Ultimately the Under 19's finished their Football League Youth Alliance in disappointing fashion. Just four wins from their final ten games in the South East Conference saw the youngsters miss out on a top four spot which would have qualified them for a place in the Premier merit matches. One of the better performances was against Champions elect Cambridge United. The game ended goalless but concluded a week where many of the players, some as young as 16 and 17 had played three games in week - combining Youth games with call-ups for the Reserve side due to the injury crisis affecting the First Team squad.
The YT's will now compete against Brentford, Portsmouth, Luton, Swansea, Cardiff and Plymouth for the Division One Merit title - a honour that many of the squad were winners with Wanderers last season.
For Youth Team boss Gary Goodchild it's a time of reckoning for his players, commenting in the matchday programme "As we go into the six play-off matches, there is a real need for our boys to look at themselves and ask if they have the desire and commitment to be professional footballers" Goodchild has seen several of his products win places in the First Team this season, the most recent being striker Leeyon Phelan who made his Football League debut against Stoke City. Phelan finished top scorer for the Youth's with 12 goals in 22 League games.
At the end of November the Under 17's were three places off the bottom of the Youth Alliance table with just three wins from their opening twelve League games. By stark contrast the remainder of the season saw the team unbeaten in seven games and finish in a respectable 5th place in the table.
Highlights of the run-in were a 4-0 home victory over Northampton and 6-0 demolition of Barnet. The match with The Bees saw Danny Platel grab a hat-trick and he finished top scorer for the Under 17's with 13 goals.
Gary Goodchild announced in March that three of the younger players from the Under 17's team would be taken on scholarship with The Wanderers. That are 'keeper Tom Gott, midfielder Mark Philo and another midfielder John-Paul Kelly. Kelly has only just returned to Wycombe after spending time back in his homeland of Scotland. The Scottish Schoolboy International has been chased by a few Premiership clubs, so persuading him to sign for The Chairboys is a quite a scoop for the Youth Team set-up.
There will be one more Youth Team review this season, which will follow the completion of the Under 19's merit matches on Saturday 5th May.
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The Wanderers Youth Team play their home League games at Molins Sports Ground in Princes Risborough. Admission is FREE and a programme is produced for all Under 19 fixtures.
The programme won the Wirral Programme Club Youth Team Programme of the Season for 1999/2000.
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