In Both Camps, Wycombe Wanderers

Picture: Josh Knight

Wycombe Wanderers are relatively new as club in the League system and as we all know was the club Martin O’Neill was manager for just a year before taking over at Leicester, and his footmark has been seen at Adams Park.

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Leicester recently played Wycombe in pre-season and David Stockdale was on the winning side, he spent a couple of months on loan at Leicester in that League One season eleven years ago. Mostly known for his spells at Birmingham and Brighton were he was a steady first choice before joining Wycombe in 2020.

Josh Knight and Admiral Muskwe both had loan spells at Adams Park last season, and they were doing well, despite seeing the team ending in a relegation spot, both have signed for Championship clubs this term, respectively Peterborough and Luton.

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One of Martin’s players at Leicester and among TCF’s ever favorites, Stefan Oakes, did have a long and successful stay at the club from 05 to 08, appearing in 110 league games, scoring 5 goals. He was a young and upcoming player at Leicester under MON, playing 64 times in the league and scoring 2 goals.

We all remember Peter Taylor from Leicester, didn’t really work out as well as we would have hoped, and he took with him Junior Lewis, as the player to replace Neil Lennon, strangely all three had spells at Wycombe Wanderers. Lewis played as he did at Leicester under Taylor at Wycombe being part of the coaching staff. Lennon came in after the pair and has a short stint playing 9 league games before his retirement from playing.

Midfielder Franck Moussa has also been at Wycombe, playing at Adams Park in a loan spell adding up 9 games in 08, later joining Leicester from Southend, playing just 8 games and scoring 1 goal, and the first Belgian to appear at the LCFC.

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Steve Guppy made his name in football at Wycombe, playing at the club in two different decades. Firstly part of the set up under MON, playing from 93 to 94 adding up 41 league games and scoring 8 goals before being snapped up by Newcastle. Later a signing to Leicester from Port Vale, and later in life returning to Adams Park for a short spell in 04 and 05, playing 14 games and scoring 1 goal. His time at Leicester was also in two spells firstly from 91 to 01 and later from 03 to 04, adding up 161 league games and scoring 10 goals, and getting that enjoyable single cap for England.

Nick Cusak, a forward Leicester signed from Alvechurch, and hoped for the same success as they had with Alan Smith, though Cusacks life at Leicester was short lived, being at the club from for a season before moving on, 16 league games and one single goal. At Wycombe he played in 93 and 94 on loan, scoring 1 in 4 league games. He had his best spell in football with Fulham, a year later spending four years at Craven Cottage adding up 116 league games and scoring 14 goals.

Leicester legend Steve Claridge also had his spell with Wycombe, playing at Adams Park from 04 to 05 adding up 19 league games scoring 4. Claridge scored two of the most vital goals in Leicester modern history, the play-off winner v. Crystal Palace and later the EFL Cup winning goal at Hillsborough v. Middlesbrough securing the 1997 title.

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Guy Branston, a traveller in football, started his professional footballing life at Leicester without playing any regular first team games, he later had a loan spell with Wycombe from 03 to 04 adding up 9 games in total.

Players in both camps,

Goalkeepers

Paul Hyde
David Stockdale

Defenders

Guy Branston
Josh Knight
Franck Rolling

Midfield

Junior Lewis
Neil Lennon
Stefan Oakes
Steve Guppy
Franck Moussa

Forwards

Nick Cusack
Steve Claridge
Ashley Chambers
Admiral Muskwe

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