Since Russell was nice enough to answer out questions, I tried not to ask anything too silly. Like: Why are they called the Chairboys? Answer: High Wycombe is well known for furniture making, especially chairmaking. In the Wycombe Wanderers football club’s amateur days, many of the early team members made chairs for a living, playing football in the evenings and weekends.
Be sure to give Russell a follow on twitter. Now, on to the questions.
Cottagers Confidential: I'm going to come out and admit it. I know next to nothing about Wycombe. What can you tell us about the club? What kind of style are they going to play and who are the players to watch out for?
Russell Cox: We were founded in 1887 and remained a successful non league club up until our promotion to the Football League in 1993 under the legendary Martin O’Neill. We then won promotion to the third tier in our first season and remained there until 2004 when we were relegated back to the basement division and apart from a couple of singular seasons back up in League 1, we have remained there since.
Last season we reached the playoff final and were 20 seconds away from going up, but conceded an equaliser and lost on penalties to Southend. This was after only staying up on goal difference the season before. We have reached the semi final of both cup competitions - the FA Cup in 2001 and the League Cup in 2007.
CC: There are often horror stories about travelling to lower league sides for cup games and finding sub par facilities or pitches. What is Adams Park like?
RC: The facilities at Adams Park are excellent as it’s a really modern ground. The pitch was awful last season, but has been freshly relayed and was in great nick on Saturday.
CC: The League Cup is kind of the step child of all the competitions in England. Many of the clubs don't take it very seriously until much later in the competition. How much focus does Wycombe put on it and would you rather them focus on results in the league or trying to make a cup run?
RC: I think we have always made a few changes for our first round games, though a cup run would be very handy for the club coffers , so we might go with the same lineup as Saturday.
CC: Finally, if you could predict a lineup and scoreline, that would be great.
RC: I think it will be 1-1 and will go all the way to penalties, which hopefully we will win.
Line up on Saturday was
I’d expect it to be the same there or thereabouts, possibly with Jason Banton, our new signing from Plymouth, coming in for Hayes or Thompson to give them a rest.