Leeds United will play Wycombe Wanderers (informally known as the Chairboys) for the first time in their history on Saturday as the League One campaign continues. The Wycombe Wanderers official site is describing the game as ‘one of the biggest in recent history’.

The club play their home games at Adams Park in Buckinghamshire and are currently managed by former England U21, Leicester City and Hull City manager Peter Taylor. Taylor also acted as caretaker manager of the national side in 2000.

Taylor has been quite successful in lower league management getting Hull promoted twice during his four years at the club. After taking over Wycombe in May 2008, he guided them to promotion at the first time of asking finishing third in last years League Two championship.

Adams Park can hold upto 10,000 fans although rarely achieves such an attendance. Last season the clubs average was just over 5,000, but they’ll be expecting close to a full house on Saturday as most clubs do when Leeds United are in town. We’re not famous anymore!

Michael Duberry back in his 'happiest days' at Leeds United.

Michael Duberry back in his 'happiest days' at Leeds United.

Leeds fans will be familiar with at least two of the players in the Wycombe line-up. Former players, Ian Westlake and Michael Duberry both play for the club these days, with Michael Duberry in the role of captain.

Duberry told the offical WWFC site that his “time at Leeds was probably the happiest of my career.'”

He goes on to add that “We had a great team spirit in those days and the players used to come in a couple of hours before training just to have breakfast together and talk football. They were great days and I was sorry to leave”.

Anyone who attends the game on Saturday will be able to sample more of his interview including his thoughts on giving evidence at that trial we all want to forget about.

On paper, Leeds United should walk this game, but Wycombe shouldn’t be underestimated. Peter Taylor is a good manager, with years of experience and is sure to have done his homework. You also have to factor in the ‘Cup Final’ factor. As Wycombe admitted on their official site, this is a huge game for them. The club has just started making steps forward under Peter Taylor and this is by far the biggest game they’ve played so far, so the players will need little motivation ahead of the fixture. Having said that, the quality of the Leeds side should be the decisive factor and I’d be disappointed with anything less than three points.

12 Responses

  1. Grumpy Older Man

    Adams Park isn’t a bad little ground which was built whilst they were still non-league so Wycombe deserve some credit for that. I think your headline is a touch harsh, Wycombe had a decent pedigree in their non-league days and have never really looked like losing their League status since promotion. We all can’t be robbed European Champions!

  2. Russ (Wycombe)

    1) We are the Chairboys, not the Choirboys. Our nickname derives from the history of furniture making in the town.

    2) Ian Westlake won’t be playing – he is injured and so will be missing for the time being.

    Looking forward to the game Saturday, hopefully we can give you a good game. We did the double over Man City in the 1998/99 season, beat Wigan too, and we have proved over the years that we are no pushover

    • MOT

      Hi Russ, I knew it was ‘chairboys’ as I read about your past when researching the club so why I put ‘choirboys’ I really don’t know!?

      Shame Westlake’s out. Would have liked to see how he was getting on post-Leeds United.

      Don’t think anyones expecting a push over. For one, Leeds never make things easy for themselves and there never seems to be much between the teams in this division so there really is no easy game. Looking forward to visiting somewhere new, but I’d still be disappointed with anything less than a win. We need to build some momentum and push for automatic thus term.

      All the best, MOT

      • G (wwfc)

        On the contrary, I think many people are expecting a walkover, not least many of the Wycombe supporters. Our defence is suspect at best, but then 3 of the 4 are new this season so this will hopefully change in time, our “Goal scoring” forwards haven’t come out of the woodwork yet and our midfield is depleated through injury, not least to our strongest and arguably best player Tommy Doherty. If you dont return north with 3 points then something is seriously wrong with your team/tactics. Me, i’m full of confidence for a blues win as you can tell!

  3. Paul South Wales

    WW fans, please accept my condolences for having to endure Michael Duberry. I was present when he playd his last game for us in the carling cup against Birmingham at St Andrew’s, when we were in the CCC. He gave the ball to Heskey who duly drilled it into the back of our net. Kevin Blackwell then subbed him immediately and i’m sure that was his last outing for us. Anyway on a lighter note well done for getting promoted and i hope it’s a good game on Saturday.

  4. Hunslet38er

    I hope G is giving the teamtalk prior to the game… I bet rope sales are booming Wycombe way.
    It might interest you to know the respected pundits inBetting Zone tipped the Chairboys for a promotion !!!!

    • G(wwfc)

      I wish I was giving the team talek, it would go along the lines of “The two becs up front are carrying slight niggles, get in and tackle hard, ankles and knees please” Of course Beckford also has his point to prove at Wycombe after being here on trial before joining Leeds. (we are good at letting the good players slip through our fingers) Kandol was another you know well.

      • Hunter's boots

        I can empathise with you G.we have also lost good prospects to higher league clubs. Beckford would have gone sometime or other and we got him. However, how can you say that a talentless, Sunday league pub team player like Kandol is a good player that got away? In all my years going to Elland Rd, I have never seen a forward so lacking in basic football skills,I am aghast as to how he ever got a professiional contact. Take him back please please please!!! Good luck for Saturday mate, but I think we will be too strong for you…3-0.

  5. Hunter's boots

    Mmmmm? Heston & Hereford, names that give us hope of handing out thrashings to our inferior opponents.Yep guaranteed 3 points on saturday!

  6. Russ (Wycombe)

    I never thought much of Kandol when he was at Barnet or Thurrock, let alone Leeds!

    I reckon a 1-1 draw tomorrow. Shame Westlake is injured, he looked very good in pre season


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