Saturday, May 3, 2014.

For many Wycombe fans, this date will stay in their minds more than Monday, July 13, 2020.

Why’s that?

It’s because this was the day that Wycombe made the 400-mile round trip to Torquay United to try and stay in the Football League.

Wycombe had been in the EFL since Martin O’Neill took them there in 1993, but this was on the verge of disappearing as the Chairboys went to the South West knowing it was win or bust.

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Gareth Ainsworth’s side began the day three points adrift of safety in the relegation zone as Bristol Rovers, who were also on the verge of relegation, were above them.

The Pirates had played Wycombe the week prior at Adams Park where they defeated the Chairboys 2-1, which sparked some Rovers fans to run onto the pitch, thinking they had enough to stay up.

However, Ainsworth’s class of 2014 did not give up without a fight and after goals from Sam Wood, Steven Craig and Matt McClure gave Wycombe a 3-0 victory, they still didn’t know it was enough as Rovers were still playing their game.

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The Gasheads were at home to Mansfield who were in the driving seat, because as long as they didn’t lose, it didn’t matter what Wycombe did – anything other than a Bristol Rovers defeat and Wycombe were down.

But thankfully for everyone connected to Wycombe Wanderers, Colin Daniel’s first-half strike gave Mansfield a 1-0 win over Rovers, which meant the Pirates went down and the Chairboys stayed up.

Cue wild and emotional scenes at Plainmoor as Wycombe had done the impossible and stayed up by the skin of their teeth.

This would be the catalyst that start their rise through the EFL system as a year later, they were seconds away from being promoted to League One in the 2015 play-off final…and we know how that turned out.

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Ainsworth continued to trust his squad, and this was evident as in 2018, Wycombe finally got out of League Two for the first time in five seasons when they finished in the automatic promotion places.

Fast forward two years, and the Chairboys are just one division away from the Premier League.