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1,000 Football League games up for Wycombe Wanderers

24 March 2015

Wycombe Wanderers visit Luton Town's Prostate Cancer UK Stadium on Tuesday evening to compete in their 1,000th Football League game.

For a spell last term, it looked like the milestone might not come this season, as Wycombe flirted with relegation. They managed to survive thanks to a dramatic last day, when a 3-0 win at Torquay United condemned Bristol Rovers to the drop.

A year later, Gareth Ainsworth has worked wonders and Wycombe are sitting third in Sky Bet League 2, looking for their fourth Football League promotion within that 22-year period.

Wycombe's first game in The Football League came back in August 1993, when they made the trip north to take on Carlisle United.

Under the stewardship of Martin O'Neill, the Chairboys picked up a point in the season-opener, thanks to a 2-2 draw in Cumbria. The historic first goal actually came via a Chris Curran own goal, but the second one was scored by left-winger Steve Guppy, and O'Neill's side went onto win promotion that year, beating Preston North End 4-2 in the Division Three Play-Off Final.

The club also tasted success under Peter Taylor, who guided the Chairboys to League 1 by finishing third in 2008/09. It was the start of a few up-and-down years for the club, as they were relegated the following season, promoted again the year after, before returning to the bottom tier again in 2011/12.

Of 330 players used over the years, Steve Brown holds the record for the most appearances. The combative midfielder turned out 371 times during a 10-year playing spell at the club, while Nathan Tyson has scored the most goals, hitting 42 in his two years at Adams Park.

Jordon Ibe and Rob Lee are also in the history books, as the youngest and oldest players to feature for the Chairboys. Ibe, who has this season featured in the Liverpool first-team, was 15 years and 311 days old when making his Wycombe debut, while Lee sits at the other end of the scale, making his final appearance at 40 years and 87 days old.

Wycombe's playing record over their current 999 games certainly makes for interesting reading; they've notched 347 wins, suffered 346 defeats, and shared the spoils on 306 occasions.

Will that record even out, or will the Chairboys mark the milestone with a positive result? In an unprecedented move, the Hatters have joined forces with The Football League’s Official Charity Partner, Prostate Cancer UK, to rename their home of 110 years for one game only, and the tonight's game at the Prostate Cancer UK Stadium will be shown live on Sky Sports.

We will be providing goal updates on our Twitter feed this evening - follow @SkyBetLeague2.

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