'This club unapologetically allows you to be yourself' - Adebayo Akinfenwa on Wycombe's play-off win

by 24britishtvMay 10, 2022, 11 a.m. 11
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Adebayo Akinfenwa’s swansong of his 20-year career will take place at the home of English football.

Saturday, May 21 will see Wycombe Wanderers take on either Sheffield Wednesday or Sunderland in the 2022 League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium, after the Chairboys defeated Milton Keynes 2-1 on aggregate over two semi-final matches.

Mad celebrations were seen at Stadium: MK as a 1-0 win for the side north of the county wasn’t enough to earn their place in the showpiece in two weeks' time.

Cue mad scenes in the top-tier of MK’s 30,500 stadium, as a wave of blue was seen bouncing around in Bletchley.

READ MORE: 'I didn’t even hear the full-time whistle go' - David Stockdale on Wycombe's play-off win over MK

Leading the celebrations on the pitch was, of course, Akinfenwa, who will be 40-years-old when the League One play-off final takes place.

His 40th birthday is on May 10, just two days after Wycombe’s place in the final was confirmed on May 8.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the win over MK, he said: “I’m going to be 40 at Wembley!

“Starting out at Hackney Marshes and my last game is going to be at Wembley and it’s with this club.

READ MORE: 'It's a tough one to take' - MK manager Manning on his side's play-off defeat against Wycombe

“People are asking about ‘what’s the secret’ and it’s our management staff, it’s our fans, and this club unapologetically, allows you to be yourself.

“We stick together, there are no egos and this is the beautiful game.

“We’ve got one more hurdle to jump, and there will be nothing better than to leave this club getting promoted to the Championship."

On being an unused sub in the game, he jokingly said: "I hate it!

"I said to the gaffer to put me on there so I can something!

READ MORE: Wembley bound! Wycombe get past Milton Keynes to earn a place in the League One play-off final

“It was nerve-wracking but we’ve got that togetherness and we’ll got over the line.

“You’ve got to beat anyone to get promoted and we’ll watch the game, and believe, whoever it is, we will bring our sauce.

“And the secret (to our success) is the gaffer and Dobbo.”

In his six years at Wycombe, Akinfenwa has finished at the club’s top-scorer in four of those campaigns.

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