At the start of November, Wycombe Wanderers announced the tragic news that former manager John Reardon died at the age of 87.

Reardon, who managed the club for one season (1977/78), was also part of Martin O’Neill’s backroom team during his successful spell at the club between 1990 and 1995.

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He is the only person to have the honour of playing for the club, manage the club, and work as the club’s secretary.

He passed away in Wargrave near his Henley home, after suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and dementia for several years.

Many professionals within the game have paid tribute to the late manager, which includes our very own Alan Parry, who penned this homage.

Alan said: “I would like to add my tribute to Wanderers legend John Reardon, who died last week at the age of 87.

“John has a unique place in the club’s history, having represented Wanderers as a player, manager, assistant manager, secretary, and boardroom host.

“‘Reardo’ was a wonderful character, always ready to lend a helping hand and never afraid to laugh at his own mistakes.

“When Wycombe were promoted to the Football League in 1993, they played at rivals Slough Town in a crucial midweek fixture.

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“Wanderers manager Martin O’Neill wanted seats for his wife and two daughters, but secretary Reardon told a furious O’Neill that all the tickets had gone.

“On the night of the game, Wycombe arrived just as Slough were using their stand to hold a pre-match briefing for police officers and stewards, whereupon Reardo confronted a still irate O’Neill.

“Pointing to the seats filled with men in uniforms and high-viz jackets, he blurted out: ‘That’s why I couldn’t get your tickets, they’ve all been taken by the police!’

“RIP Reardo, you made us smile and you made the world a happier place.”