Wy­combe’s Di­vi­sion Three play-off win­ners of 1993-94

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

DAVE CAR­ROLL says that Wy­combe Wan­der­ers’ first sea­son in the Foot­ball League was an ad­ven­ture into the un­known.

Un­like man­ager Martin O’Neill who had won League Cham­pi­onship and Euro­pean Cup win­ners’ medals with Not­ting­ham For­est, only a hand­ful of Wan­der­ers had League ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mid­fielder Car­roll, an Eng­land youth in­ter­na­tional, had been cap­tured from Ruis­lip Manor for a four fig­ure sum five years ear­lier.

Car­roll, who had started his ca­reer with Wem­b­ley, says that ini­tially the Foot­ball League was a bit of a shock.

But it wasn’t un­til the mid­dle of Septem­ber that Wy­combe tasted de­feat for the first time, against Colch­ester who two years ear­lier had pipped them to pro­mo­tion.

Wan­der­ers even recorded a 4-2 win over Pre­mier League Coven­try City in the League Cup al­though they went out on ag­gre­gate af­ter los­ing the first leg 3-0.

“It was a bit of an ad­ven­ture to be hon­est with you,” said Car­roll. “Ev­ery­one had come through the non league sys­tem. So there was a lot of de­sire to do well.

“No­body had made it as a pro, so there wasn’t any ex­pec­ta­tion. The year be­fore get­ting pro­moted we had lost out to Colch­ester United on goal dif­fer­ence.

“Af­ter a while Martin brought in Si­mon Garner, the leading scorer at Black­burn Rovers, and we added a few oth­ers.

“We had a good side and the bot­tom line was the man­ager. When we got pro­moted we weren’t sure what to ex­pect.

“We had to ad­just to do­ing the job full-time, be­cause that was to­tally dif­fer­ent to what the lads had been used to.

“When we first got into the league it was a bit of a cul­ture shock, the tack­les were slightly stronger and fit­ness was cer­tainly an is­sue.

“Then, af­ter the first five or six weeks there was noth­ing re­ally to fear, we started quite well and it just went on from there.”

Right at the end of the sea­son hopes of au­to­matic pro­mo­tion were ended when they failed to win any of their last five games.

In­stead, Carlisle United, their op­po­nents on the open­ing day of the sea­son, were dis­posed of in the play-off semi fi­nals and a date was booked against Pre­ston.

Wem­b­ley didn’t hold any fears for Wy­combe who had won the FA Tro­phy fi­nal in 1991 and 1993. Car­roll, who net­ted in the 1991 Tro­phy fi­nal went on to score twice against Pre­ston in a 4-2 win.

“Even go­ing into the play-offs there were no ex­pec­ta­tions which gave us a free li­cence to go out and en­joy it re­ally,” he said.

“Pre­ston were steeped in his­tory and we had none. Even though we went 2-1 down just be­fore half time there was a real be­lief that we were go­ing to win.

“Ul­ti­mately we did, of course. I got the third and fourth goals. Play­ing in two of the pre­vi­ous three Tro­phy fi­nals helped us a lot.”

1. Steve Guppy: Won Eng­land semi pro and full Eng­land honours coached at Rochester Rhi­nos and Colorado Rapids be­fore re­unit­ing with O’Neill at Sun­der­land.

2. Si­mon Sta­ple­ton: Still liv­ing in

his na­tive Oxfordshire and has been work­ing as an in­de­pen­dent fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor. He was pre­vi­ously a prop­er­ties re­storer.

3. Keith Scott: Has man­aged Leighton Town, Wind­sor & Eton and Wind­sor. He lives in High Wy­combe and is busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager for Ad­vanced In­te­rior So­lu­tions.

4. Matt Cross­ley: Now a part time trader in stocks and shares, is also a house hus­band and coaches at Wok­ing’s academy.

5. An­ton Vir­cavs: Lives in Kidling­ton, Oxfordshire and is a plumber run­ning APV Boiler Ser­vices

6. Hakan Hayret­tin: Has man­aged Waltham For­est, Thur­rock and Grays Ath­letic and is now first team coach at Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons Lu­ton.

7. Dave Jones (physio): Is now run­ning his own pri­vate prac­tice and trav­els around giv­ing univer­sity lec­tures.

8. Jim Melvin (youth): He has coached at Le­ices­ter, Flack­well Heath, Mar­low, Chert­sey and Wind­sor & Eton. Also man­aged Yead­ing.

9. Dave Car­roll: Has spent seven years work­ing for Space Sta­tion plc in Uxbridge and is now man­ager of the Brent­ford branch.

10. Ja­son Cousins: The broth­erin-law of Keith Scott has spent the last decade run­ning his own chauf­fer­ing busi­ness.

11. Andy Kerr: A for­mer sports and leisure sales­man, he moved to the Far East where he was work­ing as a fi­nan­cial ad­vi­sor.

12. Paul Hyde: He now teaches phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion at Ash­ford Fri­ars Prep School in Kent and is goal­keeper coach at Whit­stable Town.

13. Keith Ryan: He went into the floor­ing in­dus­try and is now a di­rec­tor of Now Floor­ing in Flack­well Heath.

14. Ge­off Cooper: Now lives in Auck­land, New Zealand where he has held a num­ber of coach­ing and foot­ball de­vel­op­ment jobs and works in in­sur­ance.

15. Dun­can Hor­ton: Liv­ing in his na­tive Kent and was last known to be work­ing in Lon­don.

16. John Rear­don: Served Wy­combe as man­ager, as­sis­tant man­ager, kit­man and club sec­re­tary and is now a vice pres­i­dent of the club.

17. Glyn Creaser: Is based in Mil­ton Keynes work­ing as a ware­house man­ager for John Lewis and is a di­rec­tor of Black­mills In­dus­trial Es­tate

18. Mark West: Scored the win­ner in the 1991 Tro­phy Fi­nal. A for­mer sales en­gi­neer who man­ages a pro­duc­tion work­shop he is the man­ager of Thame United.

19. Tim Lang­ford: A post­man in Telford be­fore turn­ing pro­fes­sional with Wy­combe, he went back to work­ing for the Royal Mail.

20. Martin O’Neill: Man­aged Nor­wich City, Le­ices­ter City, Celtic, As­ton Villa and Sun­der­land and, since Novem­ber 2013, the Repub­lic of Ire­land.

21. Paul Franklin: Coached at Wy­combe, Nor­wich City, Le­ices­ter, and man­aged Nor­wich United and Diss Town. Work­ing in busi­ness sup­plies.

22. Den­nis Greene: A for­mer pho­to­copier sales­man has man­aged St Neots Town, His­ton and, since March 2013, Bos­ton United.

23. Steve Thomp­son: A fit­ness in­struc­tor in the RAF, he served Yeovil Town for a decade. Has since man­aged Truro and is as­sis­tant man­ager of Wok­ing and man­ages a col­lege.

24. Kim Casey: Has been the as­sis­tant man­ager of Red­ditch United and worked in a so­lic­i­tor’s of­fice and for fi­nan­cial ser­vices.

25. Si­mon Hutchin­son: An exschools foot­ball coach who is now liv­ing and work­ing in his na­tive Sh­effield.


























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