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(Thursday 25th January 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez, who has been critical of the stay-away fans in the past, has been taken back by the sudden upsurge of interest in the Club leading up to the Cup tie with Wolves. Speaking to the press during the week he said "We've put up the sold-out signs which is amazing. The town's gone mad over it, which is nice because when we came back from Grimsby we thought we'd get 7,000 or 8,000 at a push but the phones haven't stopped ringing." He added "It's enjoyable, the crowd have seen the Second Division for the last seven years. Over the last six years the most they've had to look forward to is relegation fights up until my time here, but now we're looking at the other end of the table and this is something different for them that they haven't seen and they're coming out in their numbers to support it."
The national media have been descending on Adams Park ahead of the tie with Wolves. The media have been quick to pick up on the fact that this is the first time that Wycombe have reached this stage of the competition and as well as national newspapers, both BBC and SKY cameras have been roaming around the ground this week. BBC's Tony Gubba was at Adams Park on Wednesday interviewing Lawrie Sanchez and his players for a piece to be shown on Football Focus.
It seems that the tie has really captured the imagination of the public and no other game in the ten year history of Adams Park has generated as much interest and demand for tickets.
The game with Wolves will set a new record attendance at Adams Park and will also generate record receipts. The demand for this game has given Sanchez an insight on what it might be like if his target of promotion to Division One is reached. He told Ringing The Blues "If we were able to get to the First Division I would hope we could average up in the 9,000's. We could go from averaging 5,500 to averaging 8-9,000 quite easily and if we could to that level of income I'm sure we could compete in the First Division."
After all the media exposure Sanchez is now keen to get his players focused on the task in hand "It's been a big build up, plenty of coverage both in the press and on the TV. It's been good and we've all enjoyed it but we're all looking forward to the game now."
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