Mar 4 2010 By Greg Burns
GARETH Ainsworth has issued a rallying cry to Wycombe Wanderers fans as he prepares to serve out his final game of a three-match ban by joining them in the terraces for their crunch home game with Carlisle United.
The 36-year-old former QPR midfielder is still smarting from being sent-off after just four minutes into his second debut for the club against Yeovil last month.
In his absence, Wycombe have picked up four points against Millwall and Southampton but suffered a disappointing defeat at Stockport on Saturday.
Always a frustrated spectator, Ainsworth is desperate to be back in contention for the first-team but has decided to join the home fans in the Valley Terrace and help roar his team-mates on.
“If I can't be on the pitch then I want to be able to do whatever I can to help the team,” he told the Examiner.
“I don't want to just sit in the stand but want to get in with the fans and do my bit for the cause.
“It has been a difficult time for the Wycombe fans but I have never heard anything negative from them. They are nervous because of the position we are in but we want them to keep believing that we can achieve something special this season.”
Ainsworth is excited to be enjoying a different match day experience and Saturday will bring back memories of a decade supporting home-town club Blackburn Rovers.
His boyhood hero was Rovers all-time top scorer Simon Garner who, ironically, went on to make 66 appearances for Wycombe scoring 15 goals.
He said: “It is really turning back the clock for me back to my days following Blackburn which is where my love affair with football started.
“I was a season ticket holder at Rovers for 10 years and used to go all the time with my dad until my professional career took off.
“I am a true football fan and the game is in me and I think the fans know how to take me because there are no airs and graces with me.
“I just want to do all I can for the club in the same way I have done at all my clubs. I am 100 per cent behind behind the Wycombe cause and behind the players and staff because they are a talented bunch and good group.”