‘This one’s for the loyal fans’
Wanderers boss Ainsw Ainsworth says promotion will be a jus just reward
GARETH Ainsworth hopes a play-off final appearance at Wembley goes some way to paying back the Wycombe Wanderers fans who stuck with him i in the dark days. The Chairboys will go head-to-headhead-to with Southend United for the right to play LeagueLea One football next season after knocking out PlymouthPly en route to the arch. A pitch invasion e ensued as overjoyed Wanderers supporters stormed the Adams Park turf to cele celebrate an incredible turnaround in fortunesfort at the club in the past 12 months months. When theth crowd eventually dispersed in Buckinghamshire, the ChairboysCh came out for a lap of honour in stark con contrast to the one they un undertook a year ago.
Wycombe only re remained a Football League team on the final day of last season in dramatic fashion as th they relied on Bristol Rov Rovers’ misfortune to stay up at Torquay. There were calls for Ainsworth’s head from some sections of the crowd whenwhe Wycombe performed the same ritual after losinglosi to relegation rivals Rovers on the penultimat penultimate weekend.
Those days are long g gone now though, with the Wanderers manage manager hailed as a hero for the way he has orchestratedorch a push for promotion and rebuilt the side into a winningmachine.
Ainsworth said: “It is a pride that fills me inside. They stuck by me, gave me faith and I hope I have repaid that faith.
“I’m a really luckyluck guy. I was stuck by when things were goingg really bad. It was fantastic to stay in thet league last year and we’ve just kicked on this year.
“The team spir spirit and characters we have here are ama amazing – it’s one of the best dressing roomsroo I’ve known in 25 years in football.
“I want to m make sure Wycombe Wanderers never return to the days they had last year. The club is turning around slowly off the pitch and I’m very optimistic about t the future.
“Things just seemse to have happened the right way thisth season – Andrew Howard coming in as chairman, the signings gelling so quick and with injuries – we’ve beenbe lucky.
“I’m really pleasedple that I’m able to lead such a great,grea small squad out at Wembley. It w will be an amazing experience for all, b but the most important thing is the buildingbuildin blocks that are being put in place to get this club to a solid base.” Wycombe will be facing a S Southend side who saw off Stevenage 3-1 after extra time in a magnificent League Two play-off semi-final second leg to secure a 4-2 aggregate victory.