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Stat Attack: Wycombe Wanderers vs. Notts County, Saturday 25 March 2017

Joe Jones

Notts County and Wycombe Wanderers have faced each other a total of 33 times over the years, with the first meeting coming as late as 1995, when the Magpies won 2-0 at Meadow Lane.

The Chairboys are way ahead in the head-to-head, having beaten Notts 16 times and drawn nine – we have beaten them just eight times.

Our last encounter was on 10 December 2016, a 2-0 defeat which proved controversial due to a number of contentious decisions made by referee Eddie Ilderton, prompting former manager John Sheridan to launch a tirade against the match officials which ultimately cost him his job.

In 1887, a meeting held at the Steam Engine public house in Station Road, High Wycombe saw the formation of Wycombe Wanderers F.C. It is highly likely the club was named Wanderers after the famous Wanderers, winners of the first FA Cup in 1872. The club played just friendly matches between 1887 and 1896.

Wycombe first entered the FA Amateur Cup in 1894 and the FA Cup in 1895. In 1895 the club moved to Loakes Park, which would become its home for the next 95 years.

In 1896 the club joined the Southern League and competed in the Second Division until 1908, but in the summer of 1908 the club declined the invitation to retain their membership of the Southern League.

The club decided to pursue amateur instead of professional football and joined the Great Western Suburban League and remained there until the outbreak of the First World War.

After the hostilities had ended the club joined the Spartan League in 1919 and were Champions in successive years. In March 1921 the club's application to join the Isthmian League was accepted.

Wycombe enjoyed a fairytale season in 2000–01 as the club reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup. First Division sides Grimsby Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Wimbledon were all beaten before a memorable quarter-final with Premier League Leicester City.

In a game that has gone down in FA Cup history, striker Roy Essandoh headed an injury-time winner to seal a 2–1 win at Filbert Street as manager Lawrie Sanchez looked on from the dressing room, having been dismissed from the touchline during the game. The ensuing semi-final at Villa Park saw Liverpool pushed all the way before claiming a 2–1 victory.

Team news

Wycombe will be without Paris Cowan-Hall for their League Two clash with Notts County on Saturday.

The 26-year-old striker is suspended having been sent off in last weekend's 2-0 win at Hartlepool United, where he came off the bench to score for Gareth Ainsworth's side.

Cowan-Hall had come on for the Chairboys' other goalscorer, Adebayo Akinfenwa, who took a knock in opening the scoring.

Akinfenwa should be fine to lead the line against the Magpies, with Sam Saunders again ready to deputise for Marcus Bean - who sat out the win through injury.

Notts County will travel without the suspended Mark Yeates.

The midfielder was sent off after only 11 minutes against Barnet last weekend and must serve a three-match ban.

Despite their numerical disadvantage for the majority of that game, the Magpies won 1-0 and boss Kevin Nolan will stick largely to the same team.

Curtis Thompson will have his hamstring niggle checked again while back-up goalkeeper Scott Loach has left to join York City on loan.

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