TIMING is everything with books as much as in sport. When renowned horror writer Stephen King arbitrarily chose the 2004 season to chronicle the adventures of his beloved baseball team he could not have picked a better moment. The Boston Red Sox ended up winning the World Series for the first time in 86 years and his book was with them every step of the way.

What chance the same happening to Wycombe Wanderers? When author Neil Harman was first given behind-the-scenes access last summer to follow the team they had only nine players signed up for the new season. Now they are just three games away from reaching the second tier of English football for the first time in their history. 

The first of that trilogy takes place on Friday against Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town, a match likely to mark the comeback after seven months of Jack Grimmer. The former Aberdeen player admits it will be quite the story if Wycombe end up going all the way.

“Neil came in on the first day of pre-season and the club only had nine signed players,” explained Grimmer. “The book starts with them and then me and the rest all signed to fill out the squad.

“We had no idea how this season would go and if it was a good idea to let someone cover it. And then at Christmas we were seven points clear at the top and it was like “holy s***, how did we get here?” 

“I’ve had a wee peek at what he’s done so far and it looks an interesting read. He’s been in at training most days and he gets on well with the gaffer which has been a big help. We just need a happy ending to finish it off. If we go up then it really is a fairy-tale book.”

A second trip to Wembley would be a hugely different experience to Grimmer who scored as Coventry City sealed promotion two years ago in front of 50,000 fans. This time the most famous stadium in English football will be virtually empty. 

“It will be really surreal if we get there,” added the 26 year-old. “I’m just glad my first Wembley experience was a normal one with all the fans there and of course scoring to help get Coventry up. This time - if we get there - it will be really strange for those who are playing there for the first time.

“The atmosphere will be night and day from my last time. It will feel like a bounce game but with so much at stake for both clubs. But most importantly we have to make sure we get there first.”

Grimmer has been in England for eight years after signing for Fulham as an 18 year-old and is now ready to move back home if the right deal comes along. 

“I spoke to a couple of Scottish clubs last summer before signing for Wycombe,” he revealed. “I was close to coming back up the road at that point and it’s something I’m definitely going to do at some point.

“I was only 18 when I left Aberdeen so I never really got a taste for Scottish football and so it feels like unfinished business for me. I’ve also been away from family and friends for a while now and it would be nice to get back home.

“Without hopefully sounding overly confident I’d like to think I could play in the top end of the Scottish Premiership. If it’s not a return to Aberdeen then maybe one of the Edinburgh clubs would be a good fit for me.” 

A move home would hopefully bolster his international prospects, too. 

“That was a big pull for me when I was looking to come back last summer,” he admitted. “I felt that if I was playing regularly in Scotland I would have a better chance of being selected for the national team. Nobody has really settled at right-back over the last few years and I still think I can get into that Scotland set-up. 

“I just hope the door is still open for me. I’m still only 26 and people have made their Scotland debuts a lot older than that.”