Once upon a time, there was a mighty Prince named Adebayo. He travelled far and wide. Despite visiting many lands, he never found his true calling – until his short visit to a fortress called Belle Vue. During his time in the Kingdom of Doncaster, he was transformed from a Prince to a King.
Adebayo continued his travels until he finally settled in the rolling hills of High Wycombe. In these lands, he was worshipped and was loved. After winning many battles, the King decided upon retirement, and his many followers gathered to worship him and bid their farewells.
Adebayo Akinfenwa, Wycombe Wanderers’ record Football League goalscorer, has announced that this season will be his last. And so Wanderers decided this game, given he played for both clubs, should be a celebration of his career.
The impact of the man cannot be understated. I was at this fixture back in 2019, where Rovers played some great football to take a 2-0 lead. Then on came Akinfenwa, who hustled in the box, and Rovers just didn’t know how to deal with him. Wycombe duly triumphed 3-2.
I wasn’t optimistic for this game. Rovers firmly planted in the relegation zone having not scored a goal since the end of February; Wycombe recently relegated from the Championship and sitting just outside the play-offs.
Inevitably Rovers still couldn’t find the back of the net. They created plenty of opportunities but lacked confidence in front of goal. Instead this was a day to remember the King.