ADEBAYO Akinfenwa became Wycombe Wanderers’ joint all-time leading Football League goals scorer after netting his 53rd for the club last weekend, writes Robert Folker.

The striker joined the club after leaving AFC Wimbledon in 2016 and went on to help the Blues gain promotion to League One.

He was nominated for the League Two Player of the season for the way he played in that promotion-gaining season.

The 37-year-old has now levelled Nathan Tyson’s record of most Football League goals by scoring the 53rd of his Wycombe career in the win against Tranmere Rovers.

His manager is delighted with the way his striker has been playing, but insists that the talisman adds so much more than his goals to the club.

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Gareth Ainsworth told the Bucks Free Press: “I could not have been sat here without him. I don’t know where we’d be. I certainly think he played a major part of getting us out of League Two.

“People will look at the 53 goals and what he does on the pitch, but what he does off the pitch, it probably eclipses what he does on it for me.

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PHOTO: Adebayo Akinfenwa, centre, celebrates in front of supporters after the 3-1 win against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.

“He’s that good around the dressing room. He’s that good of a leader and that humble of a person that you can’t fail to want to follow this guy.

“I think he’s been awesome since he signed and I know that raised a few eyebrows, but I’m hoping once again people realise we do know what we’re doing sometimes.

“Bayo is living proof you don’t write people off. He’s a fantastic person and a great player as well, in that order.”

Wycombe travel to Doncaster Rovers this Saturday (3pm), a club the striker has spent a brief spell at, making nine appearances and scoring four goals.

Akinfenwa will be hoping to overtake Tyson as Wycombe’s all-time leading Football League goals scorer at his former club.