Blues stars launch Wanderers exhibition

Blues stars launch Wanderers exhibition

Matt Bloomfield and Dave Winfield with the lucky Wanderers commanche

Manager Gareth Ainsworth takes on his assistant Richard Dobson at table football

Ainsworth signs a ball for eight-year-old Annie Baskerville, watched by her younger brother Will

Jack Deasley plays Helen Grigg at table football

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

AN EXHIBITION celebrating Wycombe Wanderers' 125th anniversary has proved so popular fans have been queuing up to get in.

It was officially launched yesterday as manager Gareth Ainsworth, captain Dave Winfield and the club's longest serving player Matt Bloomfield all arrived at the Wycombe Museum in Priory Avenue.

The museum has been welcoming visitors since last Wednesday and the exhibition has been a huge hit amongst fans.

Catherine Grigg, the museum curator, said: "We were still vacuuming at two minutes past ten on the first morning. When we opened at 10am we had to ask the first visitors to wait. We've never had people queuing up for an exhibition before, which was amazing. For a Wednesday morning in term time it was really busy.

"We've been saying for years we really should do a Wycombe Wanderers exhibition but it kept getting put down the list. David Cook from the Supporters' Trust got in touch last year and let us know it's the 125th anniversary and could we do something during the season."

It's taken nearly a year to put together the exhibition as supporters and the club donated items for display.

The famous lucky commanche statue - bought by then-manager Lawrie Sanchez and his assistant Terry Gibson as a good luck charm after Wanderers unexpectedly avoided relegation in 2000 - takes pride of place alongside medals and cups won by the club throughout its history.

Midfielder Bloomfield said: "Me and Dave were having a game of table football with a little lad and he was enjoying himself. I'd urge everyone to come down here."

Fans have the chance to win a season ticket for the 2013/14 campaign by completing a Wanderers quiz before the end of March and younger supporters can be entered into a monthly draw to be a mascot by taking part in a fun football trail for £1.50.

Admission is free, with the museum open from 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday and from 2-5pm on Sundays.

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