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Wycombe Wanderers' 133 year wait is over

The Buckinghamshire club have made it to the Championship.

Published at 6:05am 14th July 2020. 3-minute read.

Wycombe Wanderers 2020

Wycombe's 133-year wait for a place in the second tier of English football has come to an end.

The club will play in the Championship for the first time in their history next season.

They beat Oxford 2-1 in last night's League One play-off final at Wembley.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, boss Gareth Ainsworth was full of admiration for his team.

 "That was just amazing. We can't afford the best footballing players but we've got players with heart and determination and that was a Wycombe performance. I'm so, so proud of the boys. They just ground it out and I still just can't believe that we're a Championship club.

"I think Accrington and maybe Rochdale were down there with us as favourites to go down but we were right down there budget-wise. We had nine players turn up on that first day of pre-season and two of them were trialists. [The owners] Rob and Peter Couhig have come in and they've just enabled me to fill the slots that I had.

"That is for all the fans who are watching at home. I know they were there and we said before the game that we could feel them out on that pitch. That's a good team Karl Robinson has got and now we've beaten both Fleetwood and Oxford, so I think people might start respecting us a little bit more now.

"That win means this club is safe for a few years at least and I feel for so many clubs because COVID-19 has really hurt clubs and I know it's going to be tough for some clubs. But we weren't going to look this opportunity in the mouth, we were going to take it. All my staff have got everyone spot-on for the performances.

"Five years ago, we lost here on penalties but I didn't want lightning to strike twice. I don't even watch Joe Jacobson's penalties normally but I had to watch that one and I'm so glad it's gone in."

Oxford will stay in League One for the 2020/21 season.

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