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"I CAN'T REALLY LOSE" - SAYS GUPPY
(Thursday 8th March 2001)
Steve Guppy  - click here for profile - picture Paul LewisFormer Wanderers idol Steve Guppy said that he "can't really lose" going into the FA Cup Quarter-Final final between Leicester and Wycombe. 'Gupps' says the Cup draw is a "unbelievable dream" and he's now hoping that he'll be selected to play against some of his former team-mates.
Guppy, now 31, left Wycombe in controversy in August 1994. An agent induced move to Newcastle United had Martin O'Neill hanging off the ceiling at Adams Park but it was the Irishman who gave Guppy his chance of Premiership football. O'Neill was Leicester Manager when The Foxes paid 800,000 to Port Vale for the services of the left winger who'd been shown the door by Kevin Keegan at St James Park, without even making a League appearance.
Winchester born Guppy will always be remembered by Wycombe fans for a breath taking goal against Runcorn on a cold Thursday evening as The Chairboys clinched promotion to the Football League in April 1993. Three months later in August 1993 he had the honour of being the first Wycombe player to score a goal in the Football League and by the end of that season had completed a hat-trick of Wembley successes in a Wycombe shirt.
Nearly seven years later Guppy has clocked up close to 140 appearances for The Foxes and although he's only hit the net 9 times, they've been memorable efforts. He now plays a deeper role than he did at Wycombe and while he didn't miss one minute of Leicester's 1998/1999 season, under new Manager Peter Taylor he's not always been in favour and he says he's been banging on the Manager's door for a chance to get back into the side.
Whatever happens Guppy is still excited about the tie. Speaking on The Wanderers Official Blue News Radio show on 1170am, he said "We're buzzing up here and we are the Premiership side, heaven knows what's going on down at Wycombe." Guppy had a chance to sample some of the Cup Fever sweeping Wycombe when he watched The Chairboys draw with Reading during the week leading up to the big game at Filbert Street.
Guppy admits that Wycombe are a bit of a unknown quantity amongst his team-mates at Leicester "No one really knows a great deal about Wycombe, being a couple of League's below us but I've been telling everyone who will listen it certainly won't be an easy game. You don't get into the Quarter-Finals by fluke. I've been reading the reports in the paper on how Wycombe out 'Wimbledoned' Wimbledon and if they come to Filbert Street and show the same sort of mettle - I hope they don't - but if they do it will certainly make for an interesting day"
If Guppy plays then he should be assured a great reception by the Wycombe fans and he still admits to being a fan of The Chairboys. "I can't really lose I suppose. If we get through then obviously we're in the semi-final but if Wycombe do beat us then I'll definitely be going to cheer Wycombe on"
Don't worry Steve - we'll get you some tickets!

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