The Adams Family
So Far.....
Oct/Nov 2000
The Adams Family
Average is the only word to describe the past six weeks as Wycombe completed the period by winning, losing and drawing in equal measures. However, when you take in to account the injury list then sixth place is still damn good going.
Consider the seven genuine first teamers knackered (Baird, Devine, McCarthy, Vinnicombe, Carroll, Bulman, Senda), plus the various suspensions, and the continuing mystery of Premier League waster Stewart Castledine, and it's a miracle that we aren't plummeting down to the depths of division two.
Clearly it's up front where Wycombe have been struggling, and you have to say that the miracle is, in fact, Andy Rammell who just gets better by the week. Consider this - he cost only twice as much as Paul Read and only a third of Keith Scott! 
With Jermaine McSporran currently breaking his make or break season by finishing with all the composure of Tony Hemmings, there's no doubt that it's Rammell who's keeping us in the hunt.
October started with a comfortable win over Notts County, but only after Mark Stallard had shocked the home crowd by looking vaguely alert and scoring a goal through the pins of Martin Taylor.
But it was the trip to the Mad Stad the following week that was the real annoyance of October. No complaints, Reading were better than us and Brownie embarrassed himself by getting completely wound up and sent off the park. But I'd have given anything to have nicked a point off that arrogant club, who seem to think that their presence in division two is the footballing equivalent of the incarceration of the Birmingham Six. Wake up Royals! It's really happening and it's your fault!
Typically, the blues went down to Oldham in an attractive midweek away fixture, but came up trumps against league leaders Walsall, with Rammell causing Ray Graydon a fair degree of embarrassment with two priceless strikes. Amazingly, one of them was direct from a corner, bucking the usual Wycombe trend ('..... and Simpson lobs that one into the box, McSporran stares at it, and the keeper collects unchallenged').
A dour 0-0 at Wrexham was shortly followed by the most unjust result of the period, as Bristol City sailed into a sodden Adams Park and pinched the full three points in a highly entertaining encounter. Probably the happiest man in the ground was the punter we saw in the Vere Suite placing 300 on Tony Thorpe for the first goal at 6-1. Rumours that the said punter was over six foot, with short, cropped hair and an unnaturally tanned face have yet to be confirmed!
Another Rammell strike looked to have secured 3 points against an appalling Swindon side, but the gods conspired to cause panic in our decimated defence and the Town equalised in the final minute. However, justice was swiftly served against Bury with Jamie Bates' last minute bullet header. And it was direct from a corner again!
However, there was more controversy as the sponsor's man of the match went to the anonymous Martin Lee - I trust that the outstanding defensive triumvirate of Bates, Cousins & Taylor had a decent swig from the bottle.
Andy Dickinson

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