After beating Cambridge away last Saturday to a good 3-1 scoreline, the Stags take a break from League Two action when they face Wycombe at home in the EFL Trophy quarter-finals. The same Wycombe outfit which a few days later are in FA Cup action, having got a plum tie big style as being drawn away to Tottenham Hotspur the forthcoming weekend. And the question is, how will Wycombe treat the EFL Trophy game at One Call Stadium? And how will the Stags cope with this game with the semifinals at stake?
The Stags earned this game by beating eternal League One side Oldham to a 2-0 scoreline in the last round, and that result sparked an Oldham managerial upheaval, while Wycombe progressed by beating Blackpool on penalties at their place in the last round. Before that, the Chairboys beat Northampton and West Ham U23 to 3-0 scorelines respectively before losing against Coventry in the final group stage fixture. Before kayoeing Blackpool from the spot, Wycombe had disposed of League One side Millwall at their headquarters to a 3-1 scoreline.
In the FA Cup, the Chairboys earned their right to play at White Hart Lane by beating Stourbridge, themselves giant-killers in the second round by slaying Northampton 1-0 at home. Stourbridge made Wycombe work very hard to progress by the virtue of a 2-1 scoreline at Adams Park, a venue well known the previewer as a 90th minute winner for the Stags by much-travelled and much-previewed Jefferson Louis was seen on February 9, 2008.
Before beating Stourbridge in the third round of the FA Cup, Wycombe had beaten the 2008 FA Cup winners Portsmouth at Fratton Park to a 2-1 scoreline before mauling Chesterfield at their place to a heavy 5-0 scoreline in the second round.
Only once before have the Stags faced Wycombe in any cup competition. This was in the 2003-04 season.
After drawing 1-1 at Wycombe in front of the TV cameras, the Stags kayoed the Chairboys in the replay at home thanks to a 90th minute Liam Lawrence penalty. That game might have been billed: Liam Lawrence 3, Wycombe Wanderers 2, as Liam first had sent the Stags 1-0 up, then in the second half equalized to 2-2 thanks to another spot-kick. This was an FA Cup 2nd round thriller, to say the least.
Before the 2000-01 season, when Wycombe reached the semi-finals narrowly losing 1-2 to Liverpool at Villa Park (after beating Harrow Borough, Millwall, Grimsby, Wolves, Wimbledon and Leicester) the Chairboys reached the 3rd round in 1993-94, 1994-95 and as a non-league side in 1974-75, then holding Division One Middlesbrough to a 0-0 draw at home before going out 0-1in the replay at Ayresome Park. And as early as 1932-33, Wycombe reached the FA Cup 1st round for the first time. Then they held Gillingham to a 1-1 away draw before going out 2-4 at home. And in 1959-60, Wycombe won their first FA Cup 1st round game by disposing of Wisbech 4-2 (the side that succumbed 10-1 at Brighton in the FA Cup in 1965-66, noted in the Brighton FA Cup preview one month before our trip to Wycombe in February 2008) before crashing out 1-5 at Watford in the 2nd round. In 1973-74, Wycombe accounted for their first league victim as a non-league side by beating Newport County 3-1 at home before going out against another well-known giant-killer, Peterborough 1-3 at home.
An interesting fact as well is that both Wycombe and Mansfield faced Leicester in the quarter-finals of both clubs’ longest-ever FA cup runs. While Wycombe won 2-1 at Filbert Street on March 10, 2001, the Stags lost 0-1 at home on March 8, 1969. Both clubs have also met West Ham at home. While the Mighty Stags stuffed the Hammers 3-0 on February 26, 1969, the Chairboys lost 0-2 at home in the 3rd round on January 7, 1995.
For the record, the longest FA Cup runs of both sides:
Stags in 1968-69: 1st round Tow Law 4-1 (home, scorers Ledger (2), Keeley, Sharkey); 2nd round Rotherham 2-2 (away, scorers Keeley, Sharkey), 2nd round replay Rotherham 1-0 (home, scorer: Ledger), 3rd round Sheffield United 2-1 (home, scorer Roberts D (2)), 4th round Southend 2-1 (home, scorers Sharkey, Roberts D), 5th round West Ham 3-0 (home, scorers Keeley, Roberts D, Sharkey), QF Leicester 0-1 (home).
Chairboys in 2000-01: 1st round Harrow Borough 3-0 (home, scorers Bates 2, Simpson), 2nd round Millwall 0-0 (away), 2nd round replay Millwall (2-1 home, scorers Rammell, McCarthy), 3rd round Grimsby 1-1 (home, scorer McCarthy), 3rd round replay Grimsby 3-1 (away, scorers McCarthy, Simpson, Rogers), 4th round Wolverhampton 2-1 (home, scorers Rammell, Parkin), 5th round Wimbledon 2-2 (home, scorers Simpson, Brown), 5th round replay Wimbledon 1-1, 8-7 on penalties (away, scorer Carroll in normal time), QF Leicester 2-1 (away, scorers McCarthy, Essendoh), SF Liverpool 1-2 (at Villa Park, scorer Ryan).
Both sides disposed of non-league opposition as well as Division 2 (old) and Division 1 (old) and current Championship as well as, in Wycombe’s case, current Premier League sides (Leicester) during the record-breaking cup runs in 1968-69 and 2000-01 as the stats above show.
Since the 2007-08 season, the Chairboys have had two one-season stints in League One, in 2009-10 and 2011-12 respectively. In the 2009-10 campaign, Wycombe faced sides like Leeds, Norwich and Southampton while both Sheffield clubs were among Wycombe's opponents two seasons later.
Played for both sides: Adam Birchall, Matthew Carmichael, Gerald Darvill, Richard Harris, Kieran Murtagh, Iffy Onoura, Barry Richardson, Scott Shearer, Gary Silk, Mark Stallard, Gustav Uhlenbeek, Danny Wallace, Craig Woodman.
Earlier this season, the sides played out a 1-1 draw at One Call Stadium in League Two.
Home: P 10, W 2, D 4, L 4, GF 12, GA 18
Away: P 9, W 2, D 3, L 4, GF 10, GA 12
Season Home Date Away Date
1993-94 3-0 1994-02-12 0-1 1994-01-25 Div 3
2002-03 0-0 2003-01-11 3-3 2002-08-17 Div 2
2004-05 1-4 2005-02-22 1-1 2004-10-23 League Two
2005-06 2-3 2005-09-24 2-2 2006-02-11 League Two
2006-07 3-2 2007-02-24 0-1 2006-09-01 League Two
2007-08 0-4 2008-01-08 2-1 2008-02-09 League Two
2013-14 2-2 2014-01-25 1-0 2013-08-17 League Two
2014-15 0-0 2015-01-24 1-2 2014-09-13 League Two
2015-16 0-2 2015-10-31 0-1 2016-03-25 League Two
2016-17 1-1 (at Mansfield) League Two
2003-04 1-1 2003-12-05 2nd round at Adams Park, Wycombe
2003-04 3-2 2003-12-16 2nd round replay at Field Mill
A tight game is on the cards. Come on Mansfield!