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Rhino Retro
1993-1995 - Coming of Age
Keith Ryan - pic Paul DennisFor many the 1992-93 season was the season where 'Rhino' came of age. Early in the season he couldn't quite force a regular place in the team but by the time the FA Trophy campaign was in full swing 'Rhino' was firing on all cylinders. 'Rhino' made it into the starting line-up for the quarter-final against Gateshead and both legs of the semi-final against Sutton United. Even the  'Man of the Match' award was won rather than automatically giving it to Keith Scott (no offence Scotty).

The sensational 2nd Leg victory at Sutton was greeted at the final whistle by a memorable cart-wheel by Rhino before being mobbed by the Wycombe contingent. The delight on his face was plain to see. After that the final was a breeze against Runcorn as another winners medal was added to the collection.

It's a credit to 'Rhino' and many of the others players at the time that they took to the full-time game in such a big way. Rhino had grown up alongside the likes of Dave Carroll, Steve Guppy and Matt Crossley - all hauled out of lower league clubs to play for Wycombe. A season in the Football League would sort this lot out - it certainly did. Only a poor run near the end of the season cost Wycombe automatic promotion but what the hell, it was back to Wembley and a 4-2 victory against Preston North End in what is regarded by many as the best ever Wycombe performance. That season will also be fondly recalled for a breathtaking display in the 2nd Leg of a Coca-Cola match with Premier League Coventry. 3-0 down from the 1st Leg, Wycombe actually led on the night 4-0 and 'Rhino' had a cracker. It was just the sort of game that he could get his teeth stuck into. His good buddy Jason Cousins had drove Wycombe into an extra-time lead but the fairy tale finish was spoilt by a Welsh postman called John Williams.

1994/95 in Division Two was always going to be much harder but for Ryan the season turned into a nightmare when he was badly injured in a County Cup game in January 1995 against Chalfont St.Peter. It would be a year before Keith would return to the team, by which time Martin O'Neill had left and the winds of change were ringing through the Club.

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