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Stat Attack: Michael O'Connor could return for Notts County against Wycombe Wanderers


Joe Jones

Head to head

Notts County and Wycombe Wanderers have faced each other a total of 35 times over the years, with the first meeting coming as late as 1995, when the Magpies won 2-0 at Meadow Lane.

The Chairboys have beaten Notts 16 times and drawn nine games, while we have beaten them 10 times.

Notts have won the last two meetings against Wycombe by an aggregate scoreline of 5-2, at Adams Park in March 2017 (1-0) and in August 2017 this season (4-2) also away.

History

In 1887, a meeting held at the Steam Engine public house in Station Road, High Wycombe saw the formation of Wycombe Wanderers FC.

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 side 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

Notts welcome back defender Ben Hall and midfielder Liam Walker, who missed last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Chesterfield.

Both players were both away on international duty with Northern Ireland and Gibraltar respectively.

Midfielder Michael O'Connor could return to the first-team fold almost a year on from suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Wycombe will hope to be able to call upon the services of midfielder Luke O'Nien, who sat out the goalless draw against Port Vale last Saturday with an injury.

Middlesbrough loanee Nathan McGinley is expected to recover from illness to be available.

Defender Dan Scarr will miss out with an ankle problem with fellow centre half Anthony Stewart and midfielder Sam Saunders also unlikely to play a part at Meadow Lane.

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