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Countdown to Blues' big birthday bash
MEMORIES of cup runs, promotions and trips to Wembley will come flooding back for Wycombe Wanderers fans tomorrow as the club celebrates its 125th anniversary.
Saturday's game with AFC Wimbledon at Adams Park is the closest day in the fixture calendar to when Blues played their first-ever match back in 1887.
Playing heroes Keith Scott, Dave Carroll, John Maskell and record appearance holder and goalscorer Tony ‘Bodger’ Horseman will all be introduced to the crowd before the game on a day of celebration for Wanderers fans.
Scott, who scored nearly a century of goals for Wanderers during two separate spells at Adams Park, said he couldn't wait to return to the club he has such a huge affinity for.
He said: "That club meant a lot to me. There are lots of fantastic memories, winning the FA Trophy, winning the championship.
"I played for 17 years as a professional and I was fortunate enough to play in the Premier League but my overriding memory is having been part of a squad that took a non league team into the Football League. It's the biggest overriding memory of my career.
"It's something written in history - it can't be eclipsed again. Anything and everything the club achieved thereafter is a result of that group of players and the management taking that club forward."
On the day a number of historic items from the club's past will be on show, 125 blue balloons will be released as the players take to the field and there will be zorbing races at half time.
Joint chairman Don Woodward is among those who will be taking part in the half time activities and he's looking forward to the occasion.
He said: "Football's coming home is the saying. This Saturday is going to be fantastic. We're really looking forward to lots and lots of people coming to see us. I'm hoping it's going to be a carnival atmosphere on Saturday."
Manager Gary Waddock hopes the party atmosphere will rub off onto the players as they search for their first home win of the season.
He said: "The 125th anniversary is fantastic for the club. There will be a feelgood factor about the club going into the game and we have to make sure that feelgood factor's there during the game."
Young fans aged six-16 can win a prize from the balloon release by heading to a marquee from 1pm
They can tie a numbered label to one of the balloons and anyone who returns a label to the club will receive a pair of complimentary tickets to a league game of their choice.
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