Top five: Wycombe Wanderers' best players

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WANDERERS fans haven’t had a great deal to cheer about this season, with their club struggling near the foot of the Football League. Here we recall some of the better times as we count down the top five Wycombe Wanderers players, as voted for by Bucks Free Press readers.

Keith Ryan – when he signed from Berkhamsted Town as a part timer in 1990, neither Ryan or the Wanderers fans could have guessed what was in store. ‘Rhino’ was part of the team that secured a Vauxhall Conference and FA Trophy double and went on to make more than 500 appearances for the club – etching his name into folklore with his never to be forgotten goal in the brave 2-1 FA Cup semi final defeat by Liverpool.

Dave Carroll – universally known as ‘Jesus’ by Wanderers fans, he contributed goals – lots of them – and creativity from midfield during 14 years at Adams Park. He’s most fondly remembered for his brace of goals under the Twin Towers at Wembley that brought a second successive promotion for the Chairboys in the Division Three play-off final – against a Preston North End side boasting a certain Gareth Ainsworth.

Keith Scott – big, bustling centre forward who did much to help Blues take their place in the Football League by scoring dozens of goals, which earned him a move to the Premier League with Swindon Town. Spells with Stoke City and Norwich City before he made a hero’s return to Adams Park to score even more goals – contributing no fewer than 98 in his two spells in the famous quarters.

Steve Brown – joined from Northampton Town and went on to give more than a decade of service to Wanderers. Just as likely to score a goal as he was to pick up a red card, his whole hearted performances led to the midfielder being voted the club’s all-time cult hero in a BBC poll. Later went on to be assistant manager of the club.

Steve Guppy – just given the nod over Simon Garner for the final place in our top five. Guppy was the first Wycombe player to score for them in the Football League (their first ever goal came courtesy of a Carlisle defender) and his sparkling wing play meant he was always destined for the top. Was given full international recognition in 1999, playing for England against Belgium, before returning for a Wanderers swansong in the 2004-5 season.

Do you agree with the selection? Who would make your top five? Have your say below.

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11:51am Mon 21 Apr 14

true blue says...

Simon Garner
Simon Garner true blue
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12:18pm Mon 21 Apr 14

mowgli1960 says...

Tony Horseman.
Tony Horseman. mowgli1960
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3:23pm Mon 21 Apr 14

J B Blackett says...

Wanderers needs players with good goal scoring abilities , real footballing skills , not prone to injury and dedication .
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As were Mark West , Steve Scott , Dave Carrol et al from medium term history.
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The current 'best players' and rest of the team find it a struggle every week , lacking that vital spark and appear not up to the task. Small fish in a small pool, perhaps.
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Not helped by poor management in the boardroom in quite recent times - and we don' t necessarily mean the manager
Wanderers needs players with good goal scoring abilities , real footballing skills , not prone to injury and dedication . . As were Mark West , Steve Scott , Dave Carrol et al from medium term history. . The current 'best players' and rest of the team find it a struggle every week , lacking that vital spark and appear not up to the task. Small fish in a small pool, perhaps. . Not helped by poor management in the boardroom in quite recent times - and we don' t necessarily mean the manager J B Blackett
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9:07pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Fit2drop says...

Agree with mowgli, got to include Tony Horseman. Noel Ashford was one of the best I have seen. I would go with. 1. John Maskell 2. Jason Cousins. 3. Paul Birdseye. 4. Mike Williamson. 5. Paul McCarthy. 6. Keith Ryan. 7. Dave Carroll. 8. Noel Ashford. 9. Tony Horseman. 10. Keith Searle. 11. Steve Guppy.
On the bench, Paul Hyde, Kieth Samuels, Kenny Swain, Larry Pritchard & William Buchanan.
Agree with mowgli, got to include Tony Horseman. Noel Ashford was one of the best I have seen. I would go with. 1. John Maskell 2. Jason Cousins. 3. Paul Birdseye. 4. Mike Williamson. 5. Paul McCarthy. 6. Keith Ryan. 7. Dave Carroll. 8. Noel Ashford. 9. Tony Horseman. 10. Keith Searle. 11. Steve Guppy. On the bench, Paul Hyde, Kieth Samuels, Kenny Swain, Larry Pritchard & William Buchanan. Fit2drop
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6:32am Wed 23 Apr 14

Robert.M says...

Don't forget Len Worley
Don't forget Len Worley Robert.M
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