Games like tomorrow’s are vital if this season is ever going to amount to anything. After fourteen games, we have the boring record of won 4, drawn 5, lost 5. even a win at Wycombe would only make it 5 5 5, which sounds like boring mid table to me! At least High Wycombe itself, while boring, does have some non boring famous sons and daughters, including former Dr Who Colin Baker, chef Heston Blumenthal, tv presenter Fern Britton, comedians Jimmy Carr and James Corden, rugby star and World Cup winner Matt Dawson, aviation pioneer Geoffrey De Havilland, golfer Like Donald, music legend Ian Dury, singer Howard Jones and pop legend Dusty Springfield. One hell of a list and considerably longer than Walsall’s! After that, I’ll forgive them for Frankie Vaughan.
One of the interesting things about us and Wycombe is the number of players who have been at both clubs – all but one of which have been since the 1980s. There’s a list at the bottom of the article, if you’d like to see how many you can think of before you get to it!
Chris Hutchings does have a full squad available. I’d guess that he will go for a 4 4 2, as that seems to be his preferred way of playing, although he does have the option of a 4 3 3 against a team from well down the table. He has shown caution until now, so I’d expect:
Defence: Ince, Weston, Hughes and/or Smith and/or MacDonald, Vincent (if fit) or Sansara,
Midfield: Till or Jones or Nicholls, Taundry and/or Mattis and/or Bradley and/or Richards, Jones or Richards
Strikers: Deeney, Byfield (or Parkin might get a chance)
Taundry will certainly be pushing for a start and Bradley is the man under threat.
There is no team news from new Wycombe manager Gary Waddock, who kicked off his spell there with a 1 – 1 draw at Exeter City last week (so it looks like he had some immediate impact). They lined up in that game:
Shearer, Hunt, Woodman, Johnson, Duberry, Doherty, Bloomfield. Phillips, Davies, Betsy, Harrold
Subs were: Young, Oliver, Mousinho. Westwood, Westlake, Montrose, Zebroski
Striker John-Paul Pittman was missing from that game with an injury, but should be back.
It’s interesting to see only one of the ex Saddlers made the team (yes, if you’re trying to get the players in common, two of them are there), so travelling fans may not get a chance to boo Westwood!
Wycombe are absolutely rock bottom. In 14 games, they’ve won just 1, drawn 5 and lost the rest. If we have any pretentions at all about doing well in this Division, then a win is needed.
Kevin Betsy – Creative wide player who scored 13 goals in 89 appearances for Wycombe during an 18 month spell following a move from Oldham Athletic in the summer of 2005.
Billy Coward – Played for The Wanderers in the 1920′s before moving to QPR in October 1927. Joined The Saddlers in 1932 where he scored 8 goals in 35 League appearances.
John Kerr- Canadian born striker who made 12 League appearances for The Saddlers during the 1995/96 season. Played briefly with Portsmouth and Posh in the late 1980′s before joining Wycombe in the Conference in 1988 – going on to make 48 appearances and scoring 22 times during a two year spell. Returned to the States to play before time with Milwall and then his spell with Walsall.
Chris Marsh – The step over legend joined Wycombe on the eve transfer deadline day in March 2001 after 12 years with The Saddlers where he has made more than 400 First Team appearances. Spent just six months at Wycombe before joining Northampton. Made 41 League appearances for The Cobblers in two season before injury problems forced him to retire from the game in the summer of 2003.
Jermaine McSporran – Pacey striker who joined Wanderers from non-League Oxford City in November 1998 and went on to score 41 goals in 186 appearances before a move to The Saddlers in March 2004. Made just six apps at Walsall before a permanent move to Doncaster Rovers in the summer of 2004.
Tommy Mooney – Prolific scorer who bagged 32 goals in 101 appearances during a two year spell with the Wanderers. Best remembered for a seven year stint at Watford where he scored 63 goals in close to 280 First Team apps. Switched to The Saddlers after his time with Wycombe and scored 11 League goals in 36 appearances before moving to play in Spain in the summer of 2008 and subsequently retiring from the playing side.
Stefan Oakes – Former Leicester City trainee who had a short spell at Walsall during the 2003/4 season but made just five appearances and only one start before moving on to Notts County. Moved to Wycombe in the summer of 2005 and made 124 appearances before moving to Lincoln City in the summer of 2008.
Sam Parkin – Striker who was on loan at Wycombe during the famous 2000/1 FA Cup run. Went to Oldham on loan towards the end of that season before spending the 2001/2 season on loan at Northampton. Joined Swindon the following season on a permanent basis and scored 67 League goals during a three year spell. Went on to spend time with Ipswich, Luton (including a loan spell with Leyton Orient) before switching to The Saddlers in the summer of 2009.
David Perpetuini – Defender who made 2 apps for Wycombe after transferring from Gillingham in January 2005. A former trainee at Watford – making 19 League apps for The Hornets before a three and a half year spell with The Gills. Joined Walsall on a free from Wycombe in March 2005 and made 7 apps before leaving at the start of the following campaign.
Andy Rammell – Former Saddlers legend who moved to Wycombe in September 2000 for £75,000. Scored 31 goals in 97 appearances for the Wanderers before joining Bristol Rovers on a free in March 2003.
Darren Rogers – A substitute appearance at Scunthorpe in November 1993 while on loan from Birmingham City was his solitary game for Wycombe. Move to Walsall in the summer of 1994 and made 54 League apps before joining Stevenage Borough.
Paul Sanderson – Appeared five times for Wycombe at the start of 1989/90 season before joining Cheltenham Town. The former Cardiff City striker previously helped The Saddlers clinch promotion at the end of the 1987/88 season via the play-offs.
Gus Uhlenbeek – Dutch born defender who made five appearances on loan at Walsall from Sheffield United during the 2001/2002 season. Spent time with Bradford City and Chesterfield before Tony Adams bought him to Wycombe in June 2004. Made 46 appearances for Wycombe before opting to leave in the summer of 2005.
Chris Westwood – Defender who made 69 League appearances for The Saddlers during a two year spell following a move from Hartlepool United in the summer of 2005. Went on to spend two years at Peterborough before Peter Taylor brought him to Wycombe in the summer of 2009.
John Williams – Former Wanderers striker who had a short spell at Walsall during the 1997/98 season.