Guy finished at Wycombe - now he’s aiming to end their run

Guy Whittingham during his Wycombe playing days
Guy Whittingham during his Wycombe playing days

Wycombe provided Guy Whittingham with his Football League swan-song in a glorious goal-scoring career.

Now the Blues boss is plotting their downfall as he bids to maintain his side’s improved recent form.

It was May 5, 2001, when Whittingham last turned out for the Chairboys against Colchester, at the age of 36.

After a 1-1 draw, he left professional football to represent Newport IoW and then Newbury – the latter as a player manager.

Yet, it was a two-month spell at Adams Park which would see him bow out of the Football League, during which he scored once in 13 appearances.

He also appeared as a substitute in an FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool at Villa Park, which inevitably brings back many memories from nine years earlier.

On that 2001 occasion, Lawrie Sanchez’s side lost 2-1, with Robbie Fowler and Emile Heskey netting for the Reds and ending a remarkable Cup run from a team in the third tier of English football.

Now Whittingham is facing his former club at Fratton Park tonight – in an attempt to dislodge them from seventh spot in the League Two table.

‘Wycombe were my last club in the Football League,’ said Whittingham. ‘They are a nice little club, very friendly people with good staff, and I liked it there.

‘It was only the last couple of months of the season – it got me playing again and I enjoyed it.

‘Lawrie Sanchez took me there in the Roy Essandoh season when he scored the winner against Leicester in the FA Cup.

‘I went there after the quarter-finals and hadn’t played in the FA Cup that season so was on the bench in the semi-final at Villa Park.

‘I came off the bench against Liverpool – that brought back other memories, that did!

‘Still, it was good to spend time at Wycombe.’

The Chairboys are sitting four points ahead of Pompey, occupying the final play-off spot as it currently stands.

It has been an excellent start to the season for Gareth Ainsworth’s young side, who feature many home-grown prospects.

Whittingham added: ‘Wycombe are on a great roll at the moment, they are a good side.

‘Their manager, Gareth Ainsworth, is a good guy – you can see he is working his socks off.

‘They have a young side and play without fear.

‘They just want to get on with what they have been told.’