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Looking back at Wycombe Wanderers former home Loakes Park

Next up in our look at former homes of football clubs, it’s Loakes Park of Wycombe Wanderers.

Loakes Park was the home of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club from 1895 to 1990. It was located next to Wycombe General Hospital in the centre of High Wycombe.

The most famous feature of the ground was the 11-foot slope of the pitch, downhill from the main seated stand.

The record attendance was 15,850 for an FA Amateur Cup Fourth Round tie on Saturday 25 February 1950, when Wycombe Wanderers beat St Albans City 4-1. It remains to this day the highest attendance for a Wycombe Wanderers home fixture.

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Arguably the most memorable match to be played at Loakes Park was in the FA Cup Third Round on Saturday 4 January 1975. At the time, Middlesbrough were near the top of the old Football League First Division (now the Premier League), and Wycombe (a non-league team at this time) held them to a 0-0 draw. The game was watched by 12,000 people.

During the final season at Loakes Park, 1989-90, Wycombe Wanderers were still playing in the GM Vauxhall Conference. Three years later they won promotion to the Football League.

The site of Loakes Park was redeveloped, partly as extra car parking for the nearby hospital, and partly as new housing.

When the club moved to its new Adams Park ground, the original gates from Loakes Park were transferred to the new stadium.

Take a look at more photos and memories of the ground on the next page.

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