We trace Wy­combe’s fa­mous FA Cup semi-fi­nal squad from 2000-01

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

STEVE BROWN still finds Wy­combe’s FA Cup semi-fi­nal de­feat to Liver­pool hard to take 14 years later.

Brown made na­tional head­lines when he was sent off in the 2-1 quar­ter-fi­nal win over Le­ices­ter for tak­ing his shirt off cel­e­brat­ing Roy Es­san­doh’s dra­matic last-minute win­ner at Fil­bert Street.

Es­san­doh, now a per­sonal trainer in Cam­bridge, was fa­mously signed af­ter Wy­combe boss Lawrie Sanchez placed an ad­vert on tele­text dur­ing an in­jury cri­sis.

It gave the third-tier Chair­boys, who had never been past the third round of the com­pe­ti­tion, the chance of tast­ing life in the na­tional spot­light.

They had seen off Non-League Har­row Bor­ough (3-0), Mill­wall (2-1 in a re­play), Grimsby (3-1 in a re­play) then Wolves (2-1) be­fore win­ning on penal­ties at Sanchez’s for­mer club Wim­ble­don af­ter a 2-2 draw.

Not many gave them a chance against Pre­mier League Le­ices­ter, but they proved good enough to stun Peter Tay­lor’s side.

Paul McCarthy put Wy­combe ahead be­fore Muzzy Izzet equalised, only for Es­san­doh to win it at the death and spark ju­bi­lant scenes.

It earned the Chair­boys a shot against Liver­pool at Villa Park.

Wy­combe held out for 78 min­utes be­fore Emile Heskey put Liver­pool – who would go on to win a cup tre­ble that sea­son – ahead and Rob­bie Fowler added a sec­ond five min­utes later be­fore Keith Ryan pulled one back.

“Gérard Houl­lier had re­ally done his homework on us, not giv­ing away free-kicks or cor­ners be­cause that is where we scored a lot of goals,” said Brown.

“We got Liver­pool play­ing at a tempo that suited us, but Steven Ger­rard raised it and we strug­gled to cope.

“We never got up a head of steam where we at­tacked their goal. Maybe we showed them too much re­spect but they are fond mem­o­ries.” 1. Steve Brown: Since Oc­to­ber he has been the head of re­gional tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion for the FA. Pre­vi­ously worked as an au­di­tor of academies, in tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion for Adi­das and as a scout. 2. Mo Harkin: A North­ern Ire­land U21 in­ter­na­tional. Is now living and work­ing around the Twick­en­ham area. 3. Sean Devine: Lives in New Zealand. Was events manager for Acrow scaf­fold­ing and events. He is now ware­house manager for NHP En­gi­neer­ing prod­ucts and is head coach of Can­ter­bury United. 4. Ja­son Cousins: The broth­erin-law of an­other for­mer Wy­combe player Keith Scott, he has spent the last 11 years run­ning his own chauf­feur­ing busi­ness. 5. Andy Baird: Is now living in Hook Nor­ton, Ban­bury, and runs a com­pany, W Baird, who are sales agents. 6. Ste­wart Cas­tle­dine: Is a direc­tor for sports mar­ket­ing agency Sports Revo­lu­tion and com­mer­cial direc­tor for man­age­ment agency James Grant. His wife is tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Lucy Alexander. 7. Paul Em­blen: Is now a con­sul­tant with Rio Fer­di­nand’s man­age­ment com­pany New Era Global Sports Man­age­ment in Lon­don. 8. Dave Car­roll: He spent seven years work­ing for Space Sta­tion plc in Uxbridge and is now manager of the Brent­ford branch. 9. Alan Bee­ton: Is now living in Kings Lan­g­ley and has worked in the mo­tor trade since leav­ing full­time foot­ball. 10. Steve Jones: Opened a me­mora­bilia shop in Lon­don’s West End, but has spent six years work­ing for Tesco in Lain­don and is also as­sis­tant manager of Burn­ham Ram­blers. 11. Mark Rogers: A Canadian de­fender who coached Uni­ver­sity of Bri­tish Columbia women’s soc­cer team and worked with the men’s na­tional team. Is now a Van­cou­ver White­caps pun­dit. 12. Roger John­son: Now play­ing for Charl­ton af­ter mov­ing on to Cardiff, Birm­ing­ham and Wolves. 13. Paul McCarthy: For­mer Repub­lic of Ire­land U21 in­ter­na­tional, he has been as­sis­tant manager of Ebbsfleet and a coach at North­fleet Col­lege. 14. Keith Ryan: He went into the floor­ing in­dus­try and is now a direc­tor of Now Floor­ing in Flackwell Heath. 15. Martin Tay­lor: Be­came a goal­keep­ing coach at Bur­ton Al­bion and Derby County un­der Nigel Clough and is now at Sh­effield United. 16. Mark West­head: Af­ter work­ing as a goal­keep­ing coach with Black­pool’s youth team, he is now a lec­turer in sport and public ser­vices in fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion at Black­pool and Fylde Col­lege. 17. Mark Os­born: A goal­keeper who is still living and work­ing in his na­tive Mil­ton Keynes. 18. Jamie Bates: A leg­end at Brent­ford, he be­came a courier driver for a print­ing com­pany in his na­tive Lon­don. 19. Matt Brady: Since 1995 he has been run­ning a life­style com­pany Lime­light Ac­cess Life­style from Clerken­well, Lon­don. 20. Danny Senda: The for­mer de­fender is now run­ning his own fit­ness com­pany and is an academy coach at Brent­ford. 21. Peter Hols­grove: One of three foot­balling broth­ers, he is now the part­ner in Lon­don cre­ative agency BKKR 2014. 22. Terry Evans: He went on to the physio staff at Wy­combe but is now se­nior phys­io­ther­a­pist with Wasps rugby club. 23. Dave Jones (Physio): Is now run­ning his own pri­vate prac­tice and trav­els around giv­ing uni­ver­sity lec­tures. 24. Mar­tyn Lee: Lives in Wok­ing and was a tiler spe­cial­is­ing in mar­ble and stone floors be­fore be­com­ing a self-em­ployed chauf­feur. 25. Ben Townsend: The full-back is now work­ing for the fam­ily paint­ing and dec­o­rat­ing busi­ness in Wood­ley, Read­ing. 26. Dan­nie Bul­man: Is still play­ing in the Foot­ball League for AFC Wim­ble­don. 27. Terry Gibson: A mem­ber of the Crazy Gang, he is now a pun­dit for Sky Sports’ cov­er­age of Span­ish foot­ball. 28. Lawrie Sanchez: He went on to man­age North­ern Ire­land, Ful­ham and Bar­net be­fore hav­ing a spell in charge of Greek out­fit Apol­lon. 29. Jer­maine McS­por­ran: He set­tled in the Ox­ford area where he works lo­cally in the Uni­part dis­tri­bu­tion ware­house. 30. Michael Simp­son: He re­turned to his na­tive Not­ting­ham where he is work­ing as a post­man and coach­ing at Notts County’s academy. 31. Chris Vin­ni­combe: A for­mer Eng­land U21 in­ter­na­tional, he has man­aged at Non-League level in Devon and is player-manager of Witheridge. 32. Gary Good­child: The for­mer youth team manager has spent many years in Nor­way with Vik­ing Sta­vanger where he is cur­rently chief scout. 33. Adrian Cole: Was Wy­combe’s youth devel­op­ment of­fi­cer un­til 2003 and he then started to scout for Brent­ford.


































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