Vital Football

Latest Wycombe Wanderers News

Kevin Betsy - a personal tribute

Kevin Betsy - a personal tribute

The departure of Wanderers winger Kevin Betsy may not have come as a surprise to many fans but it has been accompanied by both anger and sadness that such a popular player will no longer don the famous light and dark blue quarters.

The writing has been on the wall for some time now. Betsy's last appearance came in the Football League Trophy tie with Cheltenham Town at the beginning of October. He scored his last goal for the club in a 3-1 defeat at Adams Park.

He has left the club 'by mutual consent' with his lack of first-team opportunities this season given as the reason for his departure. Rumour has been rife with reasons being sought for his lack of involvement but they are probably best left for another time and place.

The club announced that Kevin Betsy would be signing for the Blues on a two-year deal on Wednesday 8th June 2005. That summer had seen Steve Hayes take on the role of Managing Director and he backed manager John Gorman in the transfer market.

Betsy was one of several high-profile arrivals and made his full competitive debut against Carlisle United on the opening day of the 2005/06 season. The following weekend he treated the 1,500 away fans at Oxford United to a sublime exhibition of wing-play, creating both goals for Nathan Tyson in a 2-2 draw.

He formed a much-admired partnership with Danny Senda down the right-flank with the two combining to such effect that they became known as the Benda-boys. Kev's first Wanderers goal came as part of a first half hat-trick in a 3-2 victory over Mansfield Town at Field Mill in September. He went on to score five more goals in a season that promised so much but ended in double tragedy.

The following season under manager Paul Lambert he played an integral role as the side made a promising start to the league campaign whilst also embarking on an incredible League Cup run.

He also reprised his trademark wing-play against Oxford United in an F.A. Cup tie to create the winner shortly after the visitors had equalised. He was a part of the side that triumphed at Premier League side Charlton Athletic to reach the semi-final of the League Cup.

In the two legs against reigning English Champions Chelsea he gave England left-back Ashley Cole a torrid time, particularly at Stamford Bridge. By that time most of the 6,000 away fans in West London knew that Kevin was set to sign for Bristol City.

It would be his last game before joining the Robins for a fee believed to be £150,000. At the time he said: 'If Chelsea is my last game, then what a way to go. Wycombe is a great club but at the end of the day if a League One club or a Championship club show interest it is something I've got to think about because I'm 28 and not getting any younger.'

It was no coincidence that the side's form tailed off alarmingly following his departure and he was sorely missed. It should also be recorded that Kevin returned that summer to present awards to local kids playing at various football clubs and it showed the true mark of the man.

He never really got a chance to show what he could do at Ashton Gate, making less than 20 appearances before being sent out on loan to Yeovil Town and Walsall before joining Southend United on a permanent deal in the summer of 2008.

It was from the Shrimpers that Kevin made a welcome return to Adams Park on a loan deal under manager Peter Taylor in September 2009. He made his second debut in a 1-0 defeat at Brighton. Taylor was soon sacked but Betsy remained a regular under new boss Gary Waddock.

His first goal of his second spell came in a surprise 2-0 victory away at Millwall. It was a trademark goal taken with his usual aplomb. His loan ended in January 2010 (which meant he missed the visit to Leeds United) but he returned to sign permanently on a free transfer the following week.

Kevin scored four more goals in 2009/10 but it wasn't enough to avoid relegation back to League Two. He again played a pivotal role as the team bounced back at the first attempt by winning promotion last season.

He notched five goals by mid-November, including a lovely finish in a FLT tie at rivals Colchester United and he infamously incurred the wrath of his former Oldham Athletic manager Ronnie Moore during a 4-3 victory at Rotherham United.

He saved his best for (second) last with a performance during the crucial 3-1 win at Bury that left many fans purring. It was yet another reminder of the mercurial genius of the Woking-born winger. In his second spell at the club he was asked to play in many different positions, including right-back and left-wing, which showed his flexibility.

Kevin often received criticism for not always reaching the high standards he had set himself with fans expectations of him greater than those of many of his team-mates.

He was away with the Seychelles when the current campaign began and when he returned he found it difficult to win a place in the starting line-up. He made just one league start in the 1-0 defeat at Yeovil Town back in September, which also proved to be his last league appearance in the quarters.

Talking to the club's official website Kevin said: "I wish to thank all the fans for their loyal support over the years. Wycombe will always be a special club to me and I will leave with many special memories. It is a sad day for me but I wish Wycombe Wanderers every success for the future."

Vital Wycombe would like to express our sincere gratitude to Kevin for everything he has given to Wycombe Wanderers. Both Len and I will hold dear so many special memories of Kevin in action. All the best King Kev. The King is dead. Long live the King.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday December 20 2011
Time: 11:22PM

Best of Vital Network


A very affectonate tribute to a loyal servant who will be greatly missed. Let's hope he doesn't sign for any of our near rivals !
21/12/2011 20:47:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wycombe Wanderers Articles

Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Accrington Stanley

Adams Park - Saturday 30th April 2016 - 3.00pm

If you don't have a dream...

Reflections of the 2015/16 season

Wycombe - Football League Dates 2016/17

The Football League, or the brainless EFL rebrand, have today released the key dates for the coming 2016/17 season.

The Opposition View - Portsmouth

What Pompey had to say about yesterday's game

Archived Vital Wycombe Articles

Vital Wycombe articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
no email
Dale Jenkins
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who was your Man of the Match against Pompey?
Suggested By:

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 44 27 12 5 93 33
2 Accrington 44 23 12 9 81 25
3 Oxford 44 22 14 8 80 38
4 Bristol Rovers 44 24 7 13 79 27
5 Plymouth 44 23 8 13 77 21
6 Portsmouth 44 20 15 9 75 30
7 Wimbledon 44 20 11 13 71 13
8 Cambridge 44 18 12 14 66 11
9 Wycombe 44 17 13 14 64 5
10 Carlisle 44 16 16 12 64 2
11 Mansfield 44 17 12 15 63 9
12 Exeter 44 17 12 15 63 1
13 Luton 44 18 9 17 63 1
14 Leyton Orient 44 17 12 15 63 -3
15 Barnet 44 16 11 17 59 -3
16 Hartlepool 44 15 6 23 51 -16
17 Notts County 44 13 9 22 48 -25
18 Crawley 44 13 8 23 47 -27
19 Stevenage 44 11 13 20 46 -15
20 Yeovil 44 10 15 19 45 -16
21 Morecambe 44 12 8 24 44 -22
22 Newport 44 10 13 21 43 -19
R York 44 7 12 25 33 -33
R Dag & Red 44 7 10 27 31 -37
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Wycombe Wanderers Results (view all)

Wycombe Wanderers Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 3:00PM : Accrington Stanley (H)
Sky Bet League Two
May 7 2016 3:00PM : Oxford United (a)
Sky Bet League Two