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By Car: (approx 64 miles from HW)
Take the M40 eastbound to join the M25 south at junction 1A. Continue on the M25 for 34.5 miles and then exit at junction 7 into M23. Continue on M23 for 14 miles and then exit at junction 11 (Pease Pottage) and take the third exit on the roundabout (brown signposted for stadium). The ground is on the left after 2 miles. Limited parking is available at the stadium (with a charge) but free parking options are also available at other sites close to the stadium.
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Train: Crawley station is the nearest (1.2 miles) to the stadium and has connections to London Victoria. Approximate travel time from High Wycombe via London Marylebone is 2 hours 10 minutes. Bus connections are available from the railway station to the stadium.
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The first competitive match between Wycombe and Crawley took place on Saturday 18th January 1986 when the two sides met in the 2nd Round of the FA Trophy at The Reds Town Mead ground. Wanderers had made it to this stage with a smash and grab 1-0 victory at Barnet - Mark West slotting home a penalty winner after Wanderers only serious attack on the Barnet goal and later 'keeper Gary Lester performing heroics to deny The Bees an equaliser.
Meanwhile, Town who were lying in 2nd place in the Southern Premier League, were enjoying their best ever run in the FA Trophy and the tie was billed locally as the biggest since they had took Exeter City to a replay in the FA Cup during the 1971/72 season. Town had beaten Worcester City 5-2 at home in the previous round, having also disposed of Farnborough Town 3-0 away in the final qualifying round.
Pre-match news for Wanderers was not great. Competiting in the national 'Gola League' for the first time, part-time Manager Paul Bence had resigned the previous week due to work commitments and assistant Alan Gane was asked to step in.
A crowd officially given as 1,150 (but looking a lot more), including several hundred following the Wanderers, saw a scrappy encounter on a muddy surface where once again Lester proved a frustration for the home side. The Wycombe 'keeper denied Town leading goalscorer Terry Robins on 20 minutes, while Anton Vircavs saw a shot from six yards saved at the other end less than a minute later. Keith Browning had the ball in the Wycombe net on 29 minutes only for the effort to be ruled out for offside before a freak own-goal gave Wanderers the lead on 31 minutes.
Bulky midfielder Steve Breach, on the losing side against Wycombe while playing for Margate eleven years previous, attempted a lob back to his 'keeper Gary Mossley from around 30 yards. However, he overhit the pass and Mossley, who had come off his line, could only make a failed attempt to scramble back as the ball nestled in the back of the Crawley net. Three minutes later Wanderers had doubled their lead when Billy Hubbick laid the ball off to Joe Blochel to bury a shot into the top corner. Neil Stanley should have added a third before the break from a Simon Read assist but he shot straight at the 'keeper.
The home side attempted to surge back after the break and were given a lifeline on 69 minutes when Kevin Collins upended Robins to concede a penalty. David Myers placed the kick to the right but Lester guessed correct to dive full length and push the effort away. Lester saved again from Robins on 77 minutes as Wanderers hung on for what turned out to be an epic four game tie against North West Counties side Leek Town in the Third Round.
Crawley: G.Moseley, B.Glozier, A.Lester, A.Coghill S.Breach. C.Cant. K.Browning (sub 79 M.Simpson), D.Myers. T.Robbins, G.Still, J.Wood
Wycombe: G.Lester, K.Collins, A.Riley, D.Burgess, A.Vircavs, B.Hubbick, M.West, S.Read (sub 85 D.MacMahon), B.Dell, J.Blochel, N.Stanley
Referee: P. Pullatt Attendance: 1,150
Players who have played for both Clubs.
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John Akinde - Striker who spent three months on loan for Wanderers from Bristol City at the end of the 2008/9 season, scoring twice on his debut against Brentford in the 3-3 draw at Griffin Park in March 2009. Went on to score 7 times in 11 apps for Wanderers and returned briefly the following season but scored just once in 6 games during an injury and suspension hit spell. Had a brief loan spell at Brentford in February 2010 before a loan move to Bristol Rovers at the start of the 2010/11 campaign. Went on to have a loan spell with Dagenham & Redbridge before signing for Crawley in the summer of 2011 but scored just once in 40 appearances before eventually finding scoring success with Alfreton and then Barnet. Originally with Ebbsfleet before a £140,000 moved to Bristol City in September 2008.
Elliott Benyon - High Wycombe born player who made 15 Conference appearances for Crawley during the 2006/7 season while on loan from Bristol City where he had been a trainee. Went on to score 39 times in 125 League appearances for Torquay United between 2007 and 2011 as The Gulls won promotion back to the Football League. Signed a season long loan with Wanderers from Swindon Town in June 2011 but struggled to make an impact - his high point, a goal during a 4-1 home League Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest in August 2011. Returned to Swindon before the end of 2011 and signed a permanent deal with Southend United on 1 January 2012 - making 21 League appearances and scoring twice before returning to Torquay United on loan in February 2013 and making the move permament in July 2013.
Jonny Dixon - Former Youth Team player with the Wanderers who went on to make 70 appearances, scoring 8 times before a permanent transfer to Aldershot Town in January 2007 for a £6,000 fee. Made four appearances on loan at Crawley from Wycombe in December 2003. In January 2008 he moved to Brighton & Hove Albion for £55,000 but subsequently struggled to break into the First Team and was loaned to Grays Athletic at the start of the 2008/9 season.
Dannie Bulman - Made close to 250 First Team for the Wanderers following a £10,000 move from Ashford Town in July 1998 - making his debut as 19 year old at Adams Park and scoring with his first touch. Moved to Stevenage Borough in the summer of 2004. Loaned to Crawley Town for the 2006/07 Conference season before a permanent move a year later. Totalled 126 Conference apps for Crawley before signing for Oxford United in the summer of 2009. Moved back to Crawley in September 2010, going on to add 171 more senior appearances before switching to Wimbledon in the summer of 2014.
Mo Harkin - Former Wycombe Youth Teamer who made his senior debut in December 1996 aged 17 and went on to make 92 appearances in a Wycombe shirt during a five year spell. Spent time with Carlisle, Aldershot and Nuneaton before spending three seasons with Crawley after signing in the summer of 2002.
Matt Harrold - Striker who scored 22 goals in 75 appearances for Wycombe having signed from Southend United in September 2008 for a £10,000 fee. Spent a year with Shrewsbury Town and then three with Bristol Rovers before signing from Crawley in June 2014 having reportedly impressed Town Manager John Gregory while playing for Rovers against The Red Devils. Spent the latter part of the 2014/15 season on loan at Cambridge United.
Paul Hayes - Travelled striker who scored 2 goals in 11 appearances for Crawley while on loan from Brentford at the end of the 2012/13 season. Had previously had a short loan spell at Wycombe from The Bees in the 2011/12 campaign before a permanent move in the summer of 2014. Had his most successful scoring spell while at Scunthorpe United where he netted 40 goals in 150 apps.
Peter Garland - Midfielder who made five appearances on loan for Wycombe from Charlton Athletic in the latter stages of the 1994/95 season under Martin O'Neill. The former Sprus trainee moved to Leyton Orient in July 1996, going on to make 17 League appearances before moving into non-League where his clubs included Crawley Town.
Charlie Mapes - Former Spurs youth player who was signed by Lawrie Sanchez for Wycombe in May 2003 from Berkhamsted. Released by Tony Adams a year later having scored three goals in 18 appearances. Signed for Crawley in the summer of 2004 - making 27 Conference appearances the following season before joining Canvey Island.
Dean Morgan - Well travelled striker who signed for Wycombe in September 2012 from Chesterfield in what turned out to be Gary Waddock's last permanent signing as Wanderers Manager. Scored 15 times in 57 League games for Wycombe before switching to Woking at the start of the 2014/15 campaign. Made 13 Football League appearances for Crawley during the 2014/15 season on loan from Woking. Started his senior football with Colchester United in the 2000/2001 season. Other clubs include Reading and Luton Town.
Jon-Paul Pitman - Striker who originally joined Wanderers from then Conference side Crawley in January 2009. Scored 17 times in 82 appearances before switching to Oxford United in the summer of 2011. Spent time back on loan at Crawley during the 2011/12 season before returning for a second spell at Wycombe in 2013/14 under Manager Gareth Ainsworth. Joined Grimsby Town in the summer of 2014 following his release from Wanderers.
Scott Rendell - Striker who spent the 2006/7 season on loan at Crawley from Reading. Joined Wycombe in June 2010 from Peterborough United - scoring 22 times in 54 appearances before signing for Luton Town in June 2012. Subsequently moved on to Conference side Woking in September 2013.
Sergio Torres - Popular midfielder who created an impact at Wycombe having been spotted playing for Basingstoke Town by Wanderers boss John Gorman in July 2005. Made 94 apps before signing for Peterborough United in the summer of 2008 for a fee in the region of
£150,000. Spent time on loan at Lincoln City during the 2009/10 season before signing for Crawley in the summer of 2010 - going on to make close to 150 apps in a four year spell. Joined Conference South side Whitehawk in July 2014.
- Goalkeeper who signed for Wycombe on a free from Bristol Rovers in the summer of 2007. Formerly with Albion Rovers and Coventry City before signing for Rovers in the summer of 2005. Initially a regular in the Rovers side before falling out of favour and ending the 2006/2007 season on loan to Shrewsbury Town. Spent three seasons with Wanderers before a short spell with Wrexham. Joined Crawley in December 2010, making 46 appearances before singing for Rotherham in May 2012.
- Former Wycombe Youth Team player who progressed to the First Team at Adams Park in Aoril 2003 aged 20. Made 19 Football League appearances during the 2003/4 season while Tony Adams was Manager but opted to join Crawley in the Conference in July 2004 having turned down a reduced deal at Wycombe. Went in to make 65 Conference apps at Crawley and also played on loan at Aldershot before extended spells with Lewes and Havant & Waterlooville. Was Club Captain with Eastbourne Borough as of the start of the 2015/16 season.
Ben Strevens - Former Barnet striker who made 15 Conference appearances for Crawley in 2006. Later joined Wanderers from Brentford in July 2010. Scored 12 goals in two seasons before being released. Made more than 100 appearances for Dagenham & Redbridge between December 2006 and May 2009, before signing for Brentford.
Richard Thompson - Forward signed from Crawley in March 1999 season but only got his chance in the First Team during Wycombe's injury crisis in the early part of 2000. Made his First Team debut when he came on as sub in the AutoWindscreens game at Oxford in January 2000 and made his full debut in the home game with Oldham Athletic in March 2000. Released by Lawrie Sanchez in May 2000.
Magno Vieira -
Striker for signed for Wycombe in the summer of 2008 from Crawley Town having previously made 21 League appearances for Barnet during the 2006/7 season. Scored twice in 17 appearances for Wycombe before being released at the end of the 2008/9 campaign. Went on to play for Ebbsfleet United in the Conference National before switching to Fleetwood Town in the summer of 2010 as The Cod Army began their first season in the Conference National. In his first season at Fleetwood he helped the club reach the play-offs and was their highest goalscorer with 22 league goals whilst in his second season at the club, Vieira helped Fleetwood to promotion to the Football League as Conference champions. He left Fleetwood in May 2012 for Forest Green Rovers.
Also: Former Wanderers Youth Teamer Michael Malcolm made 69 appearances for Crawley, intially on loan from Weymouth, between November 2008 and December 2011.
Anthony Stewart played on trial at Crawley at the start of the 2014/15 season after he opted not to sign a new contract with Wanderers.
Ex-Wanderers Manager John Gregory managed Crawley between December 2013 and December 2014 before stepping down due to health reasons.
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all-time record against Crawley Town
|Sat, Jan 18, 1986
|Tue, Jul 24, 2001
|Sat, Jul 30, 2005
|Sat, Aug 29, 2015
|Mon, Dec 28, 2015
|Sat, Aug 6, 2016
FAT = Football Association Challenge Trophy
Fr = Friendly
FL3 = Football League Division Three/'League Two'
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