Blooms looking to share testimonial experience with fans

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MATT Bloomfield said he wants his testimonial game on Wednesday to be something special to share with the fans who've supported him over the last decade.

Chelsea will be at Adams Park next week for a game that will celebrate Bloomfield's ten years of service at Adams Park.

Jose Mourinho will manage the side, while former England captain John Terry and international stars Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic and Demba Ba are all believed to be included in the squad who will face Wanderers for a game in honour of the club's longest serving player.

Bloomfield made his debut for Wanderers as a 19-year-old after Tony Adams persuaded him to join from his boyhood club Ipswich Town.

Now aged 30, the fans' favourite said: "I've loved every minute of being at this football club and it means a great deal to me.

"You never think about having a testimonial when you're growing up. It's only when you get involved with a club you realise how much it means.

"It's been an absolute rollercoaster of a ten years. You take the lows and enjoy the highs.

"There's so many kind people I need to thank - everyone who came to the supporters' evening and the golf day last season and got involved with everything.

"I've got to know lots of supporters over the years and seen them grow from kids into men and women.

"To be able to meet Mourinho and have them take part in the game - I've never expected opposition of Chelsea's calibre to come down.

"It's an honour, really overwhelming and I'm really looking forward to sharing it with the supporters."

Reflecting on his first day at the club at Christmas 2003 he added: "The day I first joined we were changing at the ground and travelling up to the training ground. The inside was just a shell of a building with some badminton courts laid out. All of what you see up there now, none of it was there."

Gareth Ainsworth - the sixth manager Bloomfield has played under during his time at the club - said: "He is Wycombe Wanderers. He loves the club and done all sorts, from going to Kenya to represent the club to experiencing the cup runs. He's been through the mill with promotions and relegations.

"Speak to any Wycombe Wanderers fan and they won't have a bad word to say against Matt Bloomfield and rightly so. He's a great character, he's a real leader and he's going to play a big part this year, testimonial year or not.

"Money is the secondary thing, playing for Wycombe is paramount for him."

More than 4,000 tickets have been sold for the game and Ainsworth said: "It's fantastic to get a game against Chelsea to mark the start of his tenth season. I'm really chuffed for him."

Quick Q&A with Matt Bloomfield

Best moment?

Got to be Torquay away, for the magnitude of what could have been. If you'd have asked me before Torquay it would have been the Chelsea games in the League Cup, but because of what it meant to the club and supporters it has to be Torquay.

Worst moment?

The period I spent out with my groin injuries. That was hard to take and I wondered what would happen with my career. That was a tough time.

Favourite goal?

A left footer away to Rushden and Diamonds. It was under John Gorman so I think it was about nine years ago.

Best player played with?

For his touch, probably Rob Lee. As a midfielder I learned so much from him - he was incredible.

Best played faced?

Claude Makelele in the Chelsea games. He played like he had eyes in the back of his head.

Can you name the rest of the Wycombe starting XI who played in your debut game?

Steve Williams, Andy Reilly, Steven Taylor, Mark Rogers, Danny Senda, Luke Moore, Craig Faulconbridge, Keith Ryan, Jock McSporran, Andy Bell.

(Eight out of ten - Ian Simpemba and Charlie Mapes were the missing men. Rogers was an unused sub while Bell came off the bench - replacing one Matt Bloomfield in the 78th minute)

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