Saturday, May 3, 2014.

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

Why’s that?

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

The Chairboys had been in the EFL since Martin O’Neill took them there in 1993, but 19 years on, their stay in the 92 was hanging by the thinnest of threads, as they 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 dropping out of League Two, were above them.

The Pirates had played Wycombe the week prior at Adams Park where they defeated the Chairboys 2-1.

Wild celebrates were seen from the away end as fans ran onto the pitch, stewards had to intervene, and unless a miracle happened on May 3, Wycombe Wanderers were going to be a Non League outfit. 

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 Wanderers a 3-0 victory at Plainmoor.

However, they still didn’t know it was enough as Rovers were still playing their fixture, which was at home to Mansfield Town.

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The Gasheads took on the Stags and 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 the Yellow aermy a 1-0 win over Darrell Clarke's men.

The result kept Wycombe up and sent Rovers down, meaning that after 96 years in the EFL, the Pirates were a Non League club.

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 as this was evident in 2018, because 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.