Ainsworth dedicates great escape to the fans

'Believe' was the message from Wanderers fans before their final day showdown at Torquay that preserved Football League status

'Believe' was the message from Wanderers fans before their final day showdown at Torquay that preserved Football League status

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

GARETH Ainsworth dedicated Football League survival to the Wanderers fans who had supported him through the bad times.

The Adams Park faithful have had precious little to cheer this season, with Ainsworth himself admitting he could quite easily have been given the bullet for some of his side's poor runs of form.

He said the messages he had received from fans in the build-up to Saturday's do-or-die clash at Torquay had been nothing but positive however.

And the Blues boss could pick up a touch of writer's cramp as he vowed to give a personal word of thanks to every fan who had written to him.

He used the fan feedback as a way to spur his men on before they beat Torquay 3-0 to help ensure Wanderers avoided relegation into non-league football.

Ainsworth said: "I said to them, 'Don't worry, people will support you no matter what'. People I've spoken to this week have said, 'If you go down we'll support you', and that's the fans I have done it for. They are the ones who care, not the ones who only have the good times.

"I've always said the good times will be superb if you come through the bad times, and the majority of them have been through the bad times.

"Our fans could go to QPR, they could go to Brentford, they could go to bigger teams than us, but they have stuck by us and that's really special. I'm so proud to be the Wycombe Wanderers manager.

"If you've said, 'We believe in you Gaz' or 'We'll stay with you', then you've done your part this season as well; thank you.

"The mail I've had this week, I had so many letters of support and I'm going to try to reply to every one of them, because they have been fantastic. That's who I've done it for."

He added: "I'd like to mention my family and my partner Donna - they have been by me all the time and supported me and said we believe in you, and so have the fans.

"It's not been great this year, but to stay up like that, I'm still pinching myself."

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10:17pm Wed 7 May 14

bayriver says...

A C Milan will be coming to a town near you soon. Watch this space ...........
A C Milan will be coming to a town near you soon. Watch this space ........... bayriver
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9:18am Thu 8 May 14

FedUp1980 says...

I hope that has nothing to do with Edgar Davids, I hear an ex international footballer is part of the proposed take over
I hope that has nothing to do with Edgar Davids, I hear an ex international footballer is part of the proposed take over FedUp1980
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4:49pm Thu 8 May 14

bayriver says...

They will use it as a feeder club for loan players !! The end of homegrown talent thats for sure. Be realistic the whole club is a shambles, mr beeks got it right when he resigned. Not a nice man but a very clever businessman who rode the wave of success without costing him a penny, made a fortune from building within the district on dubious land and then left when he realised he would be asked for some funds !! Arsehole or clever you decide..... but one thing is for sure wwfc is now run by amateurs who do not know how to run a professional football club ! Such a shame. Its not just investment that they need they now need to get some foundation back into the club that has been demolished, and start building a football club with a fanbase again and get back the 3000 or so lost fans.
They will use it as a feeder club for loan players !! The end of homegrown talent thats for sure. Be realistic the whole club is a shambles, mr beeks got it right when he resigned. Not a nice man but a very clever businessman who rode the wave of success without costing him a penny, made a fortune from building within the district on dubious land and then left when he realised he would be asked for some funds !! Arsehole or clever you decide..... but one thing is for sure wwfc is now run by amateurs who do not know how to run a professional football club ! Such a shame. Its not just investment that they need they now need to get some foundation back into the club that has been demolished, and start building a football club with a fanbase again and get back the 3000 or so lost fans. bayriver
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