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ALFIE
MAWSON
(Defender)
Born: 19 January 1994
Where: Hillingdon, London
Joined Wycombe: August 2014 - Loan from Brentford
Wycombe Debut: Newport 0 Wycombe 2 - 9 Aug 2014 - League 2
First goal: Hartlepool 1 Wycombe 3 - 29 Nov 2014 - League 2
Final game (1st spell): Southend 1 Wycombe 1 - 23 May 2015 - L2 POF
Left Wycombe: May 2015 - Returned to Brentford
Returned to Wycombe: 11 Aug 2022 - Free following release from Fulham
Final game (2nd spell): Wycombe 1 Ipswich 0 - 17 Dec 2022 - L1
Retired from football: 14 Feb 2023 - retired due to a knee injury
Alfie Mawson Career summary at Wycombe.
71 appearances - 7 goals
(two spells)
Career Details - (*) indicates loan spell
Date Club League
Apps
League
goals
Cup
Apps
Cup
Goals
Jun12-May15 Brentford 0(0) 0 0(1) 0
Dec12-May13 Maidenhead United(*) 9(0) 0 0(0) 0
Oct13-Nov13 Maidenhead United(*) 3(0) 0 1(0) 0
Nov13-Jan14 Luton Town(*) 1(0) 0 0(0) 0
Jan14-May14 Welling United(*) 9(0) 1 0(0) 0
2014/2015 Wycombe Wanderers(*) 45(0) 6 5(0) 1
Jun15-Aug16 Barnsley 49 8 14 1
Aug16-Jun18 Swansea City 65 6 6 1
Jun18-Jun22 Fulham 44 0 2 0
Sep20-Mar21 Bristol City(*) 11 0 2 0
2022/2023 Wycombe Wanderers 19(1) 0 1(0) 0
Background:
Arrived on one-month 'youth loan' from Brentford on the opening day of the 2014/15 season to provide cover for Gary Doherty, who the Club revealed had been sidelined with a knee injury.

The 20-year-old had previously spent time on loan at Maidenhead United, Luton Town and Welling United.

The initial loan deal expired on 7th September 2014 but after a successful month at Adams Park, this was extended until 1st January 2015. Manager Gareth Ainsworth commented at the time: "Alfie has been outstanding for us, particularly for someone so young who had only played a handful of senior games before he came here. He and Aaron have formed an excellent partnership at the back and itís a real boost for us to retain his services until January." Meanwhile,the player added: "Iíve really enjoyed my time here so far Ė itís been a great experience and Iíve learned a lot on and off the pitch. Iíve known Aaron for a few years so it really helped coming into a club where I knew someone. Weíre really good mates on and off the pitch. Itís a very close-knit group and Iíve got a lot of respect for the gaffer. Now Iíve got the chance to push on and keep improving during my time here. Iíve really enjoyed my time here so far Ė itís been a great experience and Iíve learned a lot on and off the pitch."

The loan was extended further, until the end of the 2014/15 season on 3rd January 2015 as the player continued to impress in the centre of the Wanderers defence. Ainsworth commented: "Alfie had never played a Football League game before he came to us and slotted into the team like a seasoned professional from the very first day. His performances have been of a consistently high standard and itís great for Wycombe Wanderers that weíre able to keep him and aid his development for the whole season."

Scooped all the Wycombe Wanderers Player of the Season awards come the end of the 2014/15 season - picking up the Official and Independent Supporters' Club trophies plus the Player's Player of the Season accolade. Earlier, in April 2015, Mawson was voted in third place in the 'League 2 Player of the Year' ceremony held in London.

Suffered the disappointment of being on the losing side as Wanderers missed in their Wembley Play-Off Final versus Southend United on 23 May 2015 and despite subsequent efforts to bring the defender on a permanent deal to Adams Park, eventually opted to join League One Barnsley following his surprise release from Brentford at the end of June 2015.

After speculation throughout the summer of 2022, the Club announced on Thursday 11th August 2022 the return of Mawson on a one-year deal following his release from Fulham at the end of the 2021/22 campaign. 28-years-old at the time of his switch back to Adams Park, Mawson had spent just over a season with League One Barnsley before a high profile move to then Premier League Swansea City on a four-year deal. At the end of the 2017/18 season, following Swansea's relegation back to the Championship, Mawson signed for newly promoted Premier League side Fulham on a four-year deal, reported to be in the region of £20 million. He suffered an injury hit time at Fulham and also spending time at Bristol City on loan during the 2020/21 season. He was released by Fulham having made just three appearances during the following season. Despite the injury history, the player who swept the board at Wycombe's 2014/15 Player of the Season awards, was welcomed back with open arms by staff and fans alike.

After making 21 appearances at the start of the 2022/23 season, he was rested from the game with Bristol Rovers on 26 December 2022 due to what was reported by the Club as a 'precaution'. After continuing to be absent from the squad for the following two months, it was announced on 14 February 2023 that he had regretably been forced to retired from the playing side, due to a knee injury. Commenting on the decision via the official Wycombe Wanderers website, the 29-year-old said: "It might come as a shock to some people, but to me, itís been coming for a while. After speaking to the specialists, to my family and to [The Manager, Gareth Ainsworth], Iíve come to the difficult decision to retire. I had some time off around Christmas after feeling some pain in my knee and the pain hasnít gone away. I went for a scan and unfortunately the damage was done." He added: "Itís devastating, but itís how life goes. I was nearly in this situation in the summer, and Iíd fallen out of love with the game. I think if Iíd retired then, I wouldnít have wanted to even watch football again. But coming back here has made me fall back in love with it. It reminds me of when I was first here, being a kid and loving what I was doing. Iíve done what I wanted to achieve, and to go out with a win and a clean sheet in my last game [v Ipswich Town] was a nice way to end it."

In an emotional farewell, he went on to say: "I will always be a Wycombe fan. I donít want to just to say goodbye and leave, because I owe this club so much and I will miss the boys. Words canít do this club justice and what the staff have built here is incredible. I want to stay amongst the boys and be a shoulder to lean on and offer advice and knowledge. I knew this day was going to come Ė itís just sooner than I had hoped. But thereís a lot worse things going on in the world and that makes you realise that at the end of the day, itís a job. Iíve loved it and itís been a hell of a journey. Iíve dedicated my life to it and Iíll be forever grateful to the people that helped make that possible."

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