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Fact of the day – Wycombe Wanderers reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup thanks to a player they found on Teletext

Fact of the day – Wycombe Wanderers reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup thanks to a player they found on Teletext

Today’s incredible fact of the day is that Wycombe Wanderers reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup thanks to a goal scored by a player they’d found via an advert on Teletext 2 weeks previously…

Roy Essandoah was a gynecologist. He was also a footballer, but he wasn’t exactly a shining superstar of the game. Lawrie Sanchez overlooked that, though, because he desperately needed a striker for a 2001 FA Cup quarter-final for Division Two Wycombe Wanderers against Premiership club Leicester City. Andy Rammell, Sean Devine, Andrew Baird, and Jermaine McSporran all happened to be injured at the same time, while Sam Parkin was recalled from his loan back to Chelsea. Lawrie resorted to tapping up an old-timer Ian Wright, but he happened to be nursing an ankle injury from his later years. He or Gianluca Vialli were happy to contribute on another day, but the latter didn’t want to return to football so soon after departing from Chelsea. While Sanchez brainstormed with club officials, Press Officer Alan Hutchinson offered up the idea of advertising on Teletext. Luckily for Wycombe, Roy’s agent happened to be watching the telly during the ad and called Roy up. Roy sent in a CV, and to his luck, happened to get the job due to being the only applicant. Well, eventually the cup date came, and after a shock Wycombe lead was quickly eliminated, Roy Essandoah managed to head home a winning goal and send his team to the FA Cup Semi Finals.

Another fact at the same time tomorrow!

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