After two successive away wins in their crowded end-of-season schedule, Wycombe set off on their longest journey of the campaign for the 570-mile round trip to Carlisle on Saturday, April 20.

For the older generation of Chairboys fans, a trip to this northern outpost near the border with Scotland will always conjure up memories of a special day in the club’s history.

On August 14, 1993, after more than one hundred years as a non-league outfit, Wycombe finally joined the professional ranks when they stepped out at Carlisle’s Brunton Park stadium for their first-ever game in the Football League (EFL).

More than 1,500 Wanderers fans made the long journey to Cumbria to see Steve Guppy score the club’s first ever goal in the old Division Three in a 2-2 draw.

The teams would meet again later that season in a play-off semi-final, Wycombe beating Carlisle over two legs to clinch a place at Wembley where they defeated Preston North End to win promotion in their first campaign in full time football.

Saturday’s clash will be the twenty-third time the clubs have met since that historic first encounter, with Wanderers winning nine games to Carlisle’s five, nine matches ending in a draw.

The Chairboys triumphed 2-0 when the clubs faced each other in the reverse fixture at Adams Park in September last year, and they have lost only two of the last 12 meetings.

This will be their first visit to Brunton Park for seven years where their record is W2 D5 L4, their last win on Cumbrian soil coming in 2015.

It will also be their last league visit for at least a year, Carlisle having been relegated to League Two a fortnight ago.

The Cumbrians have won only seven of their forty-four games, a dismal record that includes just three wins in twenty-two home matches.

After beating Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale in the space of four days, Wanderers have shown that they are determined to finish the season on a high and another win on the road at Carlisle could lift them into the top half of the table.