This season Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity of The
Football League. To celebrate, we've asked bloggers from each of
the 72 clubs to count down their top five strikers to have worn the
No9 shirt, in recognition of the fact that prostate cancer
affects one in nine men.
Wanderers star: Nathan Tyson's career took off at Wycombe. Photo courtesy of Action Images
Here blogger Tom Bowers, from away from thebrightlights.co.uk, selects Wycombe's five
best No9s… and one to forget!
5. Jermaine Easter
A big part of Wycombe's recent history, Jermaine Easter had
sizable boots to fill when he replaced the departing Nathan Tyson.
After taking nearly three months to break his goalscoring duck,
Easter shot to prominence in the 2006-07 season. The former
Stockport forward scored in every round of the Carling Cup as the
Blues enjoyed a fairytale run to the semi-final stage.
4. Nathan Tyson
Lightning-quick Tyson was a huge hit in south Buckinghamshire
after joining from Reading, initially on loan, in December 2003.
After Tony Adams tied him down to a permanent deal his career took
off as he plundered 22 league goals in his first full season.
Similarly prolific at the start of the 2005-06 campaign, interest
from elsewhere was inevitable and Tyson soon moved on to Nottingham
3. Keith Searle
A natural goalscorer, Searle netted 124 goals in 249 appearances
during his time at the club's previous Loakes Park home. Four
Isthmian League titles came in that spell too, with Searle's final
act in a Wanderers shirt being a late winner against Dagenham to
clinch that fourth title on goal difference.
2. Mark West
A standout star in Wycombe's ascent to the Football League, West
enjoyed a prolific nine-year spell with Wanderers. The locally born
star scored 171 goals in 381 appearances, the most notable being
the winner in the 1991 FA Trophy final against Kidderminster
Harriers at Wembley. West was unfortunate to never play in the
Football League, a mixture of injury and illness cruelly robbing
him of the opportunity.
1. Paul Bates
Second on Wanderers' all-time scorers list, Bates hit 309 goals in
416 appearances at the club. High Wycombe born and bred, Bates was
a part of the side that reached the 1957 FA Amateur Cup final and
the former amateur international striker will forever have his name
etched in Wanderers' folklore.
And the worst...
'The Falcon' swooped into Adams Park in May 2002 after being
courted by manager Lawrie Sanchez for the entirety of the previous
season. He arrived with a bold claim: "If you give me half a chance
in the box, in the air or on the ground, nine times out of 10 I
will finish it off."This proved to be unfounded, as he notched just
eight goals in 69 appearances. In his defence injuries weren't kind
to him, but a fruitless three seasons at Wycombe were ended
following his release in May 2005.
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