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Pre -season
Wycombe v Leicester City
Tuesday 1st August 2000
Keith Ryan Testimonial
Keith Ryan - picture Paul Dennis A crowd of just over 2,600 turned out to support Keith Ryan's testimonial game against Leicester City at Adams Park but after a goalless first-half The Foxes proved too strong for Wycombe with with three second-half strikes.
Rhino himself only played a short part in the game due to his calf strain but he looked determined enough during his brief appearance to show that he has lost none of his determination to regain full fitness.
'Rhino' was included in what was a near full-strength side for The Chairboys. The visitors too fielded a strong starting line-up with Stan Collymore and Steve Guppy also waiting on the bench.
Peter Taylor's team had only returned from a pre-season tour to Northern Ireland on the morning of the game with Wycombe but looked comfortable on the ball. Tony Cottee missed a good chance for The Foxes early on but both Steve Brown and Steve Jones gave Simom Royce in the City goal something to think about with long range efforts.
Ryan was replaced on 15 minutes by Jermaine McSporran and it was McSporran's pace that injected some life into Wycombe's attack. After Trevor Benjamin and Robbie Savage saw efforts go begging for City, McSporran charged through from the half-way line only to see his final shot hit the woodwork with Royce well beaten.
Half-time 0-0
Wycombe continued to create chances early in the second. Steve Brown curling a free-kick towards the top corner of the City but Royce tipped over. Andy Baird also looked dangerous in front of goal while Steve Jones was still struggling to come to terms with the pace of the game.
The game swung in City's favour in the 57th minute with a goal out of the blue. 5m signing from Wolves, Adi Akinbiyi, sent in a cross-cum-shot from deep on the right wing that went in off Martin Taylor's far post. City continued to dominate with Stan Collymore keen to show that he has re-gained fitness in double-quick time following his broken leg towards the tail end of last season. It was Collymore who made it 2-0 on 78 minutes when he converted Muzzy Izzett's low pass. Collymore could have added another moments later but City sub Lawrie Dudfield completed a 3-0 victory for Peter Taylor's team when he clinically finished from a Collymore cross.
Full-time Wycombe 0 Leicester City 3
Wycombe: Taylor, Rogers, Vinnicombe, McCarthy, Bates, Simpson, Brown (sub 57 Castledine), Bulman, Ryan (sub 15 McSporran), Jones, Baird (sub 82 Senda)
subs not used: Cousins, Westhead, Brady, Beeton, Lee, Townsend
Leicester City: Royce, Impey (sub 57 Davidson), Gilchrist, Taggart (sub 57 Walsh), Elliott (sub 82 Dudfield), Izzett, Lennon (sub 61 Campbell), Savage (sub HT Rowett), Cottee (sub HT Collymore), Benjamin (sub HT Akinbiyi), Oakes (sub HT Guppy)
Referee: Mike Tingey Att:2,368
Rhino Retro

The early years

Coming of age
Keith Ryan - pic Paul Dennis
The Final Charge
A tribute from

Give it up for the Rhino
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