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TRANMERE 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Sunday 17th November 2019)
Wanderers went back to the top of League One after a clinical 2-0 victory at Tranmere Rovers. An Adebayo Akinfenwa header on 43 minutes (his 50th goal for Wanderers) plus a Joe Jacobson penalty a minute into first-half stoppage time set up a 9th clean-sheet of the season for Wycombe.
Jacobson’s spot-kick, for a foul on David Wheeler, also marked the left-back’s 500th senior appearance on his 33rd birthday and set a margin that the home side never looked like troubling.
The third win on the road for Wanderers in 2019/20 came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the starting XI that drew at Prenton Park the previous weekend in the FA Cup – Jack Grimmer, Scott Kashket and Akinfenwa returning in place of Sido Jombati, Rolando Aarons and Alex Samuel. Newcastle loanee Aarons missed out after failing a late fitness test.
The result left Wycombe sitting on 36 points after 17 games – three points clear of 2nd placed Ipswich but with the Suffolk side having two games in hand. Wanderers travel to Portman Road on Tuesday 27th November.
Wycombe: Allsop, Jacobson, Grimmer, Stewart, Charles, Thompson, Gape, Bloomfield (sub 54 Freeman), Akinfenwa, Wheeler (sub 78 Ofoborh), Kashket (sub 62 Samuel) – subs not used: Yates, Pattison, Phillps, Smyth - Att:5,460 (307 away) Tranmere 0 Wycombe 2 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
MILTON KEYNES 1 WYCOMBE 2
(Tuesday 12th November 2019)
Spectacular goals from Nnamdi Ofoborh and Josh Parker saw Wanderers score a final game consolation victory away to Milton Keynes in the Football League Trophy. Brennan Dickenson had given the home side the lead on 32 minutes with a free-kick from 20 yards that nestled in the top left corner. However, Ofoborh thumped home an equalise from the edge of the ‘D’ on 58 minutes after Nick Freeman’s cross from the left bye-line had been headed clear.
MK’s Kieran Agard and Wanderers’ Giles Phillips clashed after falling to the ground during home attack on 88 minutes and were both stunned when the sent-both players off.
With penalties looming, the winner, against a side now managed by former Wanderer Russell Martin, came when Parker volleyed home from 12 yards from Alex Samuel’s headed assist.
The win came after Gareth Ainsworth made nine changes to the starting XI that had drawn at Tranmere the previous Saturday in the FA Cup but was unchanged from the FLT tie with Fulham the week before at Adams Park. QPR loanee Paul Smyth returned from injury when introduced as a second-half substitute.
Victory bagged Wanderers £10,000 in prize money but they exit the competition at the group stage for the second successive season.
Wycombe: Yates, Gardiner-Smith, Mascoll (sub 90 Jacobson), Jombati, Phillips, Ofoborh, Pattison, Freeman, Samuel (sub 73 Wheeler), Kashket (sub HT Smyth), Parker – subs not used: Allsop, Bloomfield, Thompson - Att:1,101 Milton Keynes 1 Wycombe 2 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
TRANMERE 2 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 9th November 2019)
Wanderers had to settle for a replay after their FA Cup 1st Round tie at Tranmere Rovers ended 2-2. Kieron Morris gave Rovers the lead inside the opening 3 minutes when his low shot from the left corner of the penalty area beat Ryan Allsop. However, Wycombe levelled on 26 minutes when Joe Jacobson curled home a free-kick from 20 yards into the right corner of the Tranmere goal.
Alex Samuel then put Wycombe in the driving seat 10 minutes into the second half when he managed to poke the ball home after the home side failed to deal with a Jacobson free-kick delivered deep from the left-wing in to the Rovers box. But it was Morris who netted again to forced the replay with a goal on 67 minutes – side-footing the ball home after a low ball in from the left.
The draw came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the side that beaten Shrewsbury at Adams Park the previous Saturday – Sido Jombati, David Wheeler and Samuel returning to the side in place of Jack Grimmer (injured), Adebayo Akinfenwa and Scott Kashket.
The two sides will now meet again at Adams Park on Wednesday 20th November, just four days after they return to Prenton Park for a League meeting.
Wycombe: Allsop, Jombati, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Thompson, Gape (sub 90 Ofoborh), Wheeler, Bloomfield (sub 80 Freeman), Aarons, Samuel (sub 70 Akinfenwa) - subs not used: Yates, Pattison, Phillips, Kashket - Att: 3,849 (258 away) Tranmere 2 Wycombe 2 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
WYCOMBE 1 FULHAM 2
(Tuesday 5th November 2019)
Wanderers were dumped out of the Football League Trophy at the group stages for the second consecutive season after going down 2-1 to a Fulham U21 side at Adams Park. A Wycombe side with ten changes from the previous Saturday’s victory over Shrewsbury, fell behind on 10 minutes when Jayden Harris netted for the visitors. Substitute Rolando Aarons equalised for Wanderers five minutes into the second period and Josh Parker thought he had grabbed a potential winner on 58 minutes but the effort was ruled out for offside after lengthy deliberation between the match officials.
But it was Fulham, already out of the competition (following defeats to Milton Keynes and Stevenage), who grabbed the victory when Timmy Abraham swept the ball home on 83 minutes to deny Wycombe even the chance of a spot-kick success and the chance of qualifying for the knock out stages.
Wanderers play their final game in this competition when they travel to Milton Keynes on Tuesday 12th November – a tie sandwiched between the two trips to Tranmere Rovers. MK have already won the group but there is still £10,000 sponsorship money up for grabs for the winner of the tie.
Wycombe: Yates, Gardiner-Smith, Jombati, Phillips, Mascoll, Pattison, Ofoborh, Samuel (sub 65 Grimmer), Kashket (sub HT Aarons), Parker, Freeman – subs not used: Allsop, Jacobson, Stewart, Gape, Thompson - Att:512 (39 away)
The attendance was the lowest for a competitive First Team fixture at Adams Park since Wanderers were promoted to the Football League in 1993. Only the 461 attendance for a Berks & Bucks Senior Cup meeting with Reading in January 1992 has been lower for a First Team game at Adams Park since the ground opened in August 1990. Wycombe 1 Fulham U21 2 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
WYCOMBE 1 SHREWSBURY 0
(Saturday 2nd November 2019)
Wanderers went to the top of League One as Rolando Aarons netted the only goal of the game as Shrewsbury Town became the latest victims of an unbeaten home now extended to 11 games. Aarons bagged his goal on 57 minutes after Darius Charles flicked on Joe Jacobson's free-kick. The visitors saw Ro-Shaun Williams red-carded in second-half stoppage time after the Shrewsbury player un-wisely attempted to barge over Adebayo Akinfenwa to earn a second yellow.
The latest victory for Wycombe came after Gareth Ainsworth made one change to the starting XI that had won at Rotherham the previous Saturday - Akinfenwa coming in for David Wheeler. Fred Onyedinma and Paul Smyth remained sidelined through injury.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Charles, Stewart, Jacobson, Gape, Thompson, Bloomfield (sub 80 Pattison), Kashket (sub 89 Freeman), Aarons (sub 80 Wheeler), Akinfenwa - subs not used: Yates, Phillips, Parker, Ofoborh - Att:4,826 (420 away) Wycombe 1 Shrewsbury 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
VOTE RESULT CONFIRMED
(Friday 1st November 2019)
It was revealed on Friday (1st November 2019) that close to 95% of Trust Legacy Members voted in fabour of the proposals to allow the purchase of a majority share in the club by Feliciana EFL Ltd (the company controlled by Rob Couhig). The results were reported by Civica Election Services and published via the Trust website. Only 21 of 896 votes cast were against the proposals, with 25 votes not received. Current Trust and Football Club Chairman, Trevor Stroud, commented: "Thank you for not allowing apathy to decide the future of our Football Club." Full details via wycombewandererstrust.com
AINSWORTH REACHES No.1 SPOT
(Monday 28th October 2019)
Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth went to the top of the longest serving Managers in the top four divisions of English football following the departure of Morecambe chief Jim Bentley. Bentley had been with The Shrimpers for close to 8 1/2 years but his left his position to take up the hot-seat at AFC Fylde. Ainsworth now leads the long server table with 7 years and 30 days - 18 days longer than 2nd placed Eddie Howe at Bournemouth.
ROTHERHAM 0 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 26th October 2019)
A Scott Kashket goal after 5 minutes and another clean sheet was enough for Wanderers to see off Rotherham United 1-0 and move back up to 2nd place in the table. The decisive goal came after Anthony Stewart's flick ball though from defence saw Kashket skip past the home defence and knock the ball home, right footed, from the edge of the 18 yard box.
Victory on the road at Rotherham came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the starting XI from the midweek draw at Blackpool -
Darius Charles, Matt Bloomfield and Rolando Aarons returning in favour of Giles Phillips, Nick Freeman and Adebayo Akinfenwa.
The result left Wycombe with 30 points from their opening 15 games of the season and only trailing leaders Ipswich on goal difference.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Gape (sub HT Pattison), Thomspon, Bloomfield, Kashket (sub 83 Ofoborh), Wheeler, Aarons (sub 77 Akinfenwa) – subs not used: Yates, Phillips, Freeman, Parker - Att:8,337 (512 away) Rotherham 0 Wycombe 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
TRUST SET AGM DATE
(Friday 25th October 2019)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust have notified members that this season's AGM will take place on Wednesday 27th November 2019 at Adams Park. The agenda includes the election of two new Directors following the retirement (and stepping down) of Lawrie Read and David Smith. Lisa Bowker and John Jewell have offered to serve on the Board and their places will be asked to be ratified by Members at the meeting. WWSET will also make a presentation at the meeting. Calling notice and documents via wycombewandererstrust.com
PROPOSED NEW BOARD
(Thursday 24th October 2019)
The proposed new Board of Directors for Wycombe Wanderers Football Club under the new ownership, will be Rob Couhig (CEO), Missy Couhig, Peter Couhig and Mark Palmer. The Trust can appoint two representatives on the FC Board while holding a minimum of 10% shares. The representation would be reduced to one if the shareholder dropped below 10%. Missy Couhig will become the first female (non-secretary) on a WWFC Board.
VOTE 75% THRESHOLD CONFIRMED
(Wednesday 23rd October 2019)
A joint statement by Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and WW Trust, just after 5pm on Monday 23rd October 2019, confirmed that the 75% threshold of members approval had been reached to allow the purchase of a majority share in the club by Feliciana EFL Ltd (the company controlled by Rob Couhig).
Commenting on the news, Trust and Football Club Chairman Trevor Stroud said: "This is a hugely significant step forward for the Club and we are delighted that the Legacy Members have followed the Trust board’s recommendation to welcome Rob Couhig and his team into the club as majority shareholders." The deal is subject to approval by the Football League and due dillengence tests by all parties, with a completion expected by mid December.
Full statement via wycombewandererstrust.com
IPSWICH NEW YEARS DAY ON SKY
(Wednesday 23rd October 2019)
Wanderers scheduled 'League One' game at home to Ipswich Town on Wednesday 1st January 2020 has been selected for live broadcast by Sky TV. The kick-off time will remain at 3pm. It's understood that Wycombe, as the home side, will receive a £30,000 facility fee for the game, while Ipswich are expected to pocket £10,000. It's the second Wanderers live TV game to be selected to date in the 2019/20 campaign, with the away game at Tranmere set for Sunday 17th November 2019.
BLACKPOOL 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Tuesday 22nd October 2019)
Wanderers remained second in the ‘League One’ table after a 1-1 draw at Blackpool. Scott Kashket had fired Wycombe into an 8th minute lead but Ben Heneghan looped in a headed equaliser on 51 minutes to deny Wanderers a first League win at Bloomfield Road for more than 20 years.
The draw came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the previous Saturday’s home victory over Sunderland - Giles Phillips, Curtis Thompson and Kashket returning with Matt Bloomfield and Rolando Aarons dropped to the bench and Saturday goalscorer Darius Charles rested.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Stewart, Phillips, Jacobson, Thompson (sub 85 Ofoborh), Gape, Freeman (sub 90+2 Bloomfield), Kashket (sub 70 Aarons), Wheeler, Akinfenwa – subs: Yates, Jombati, Pattison, Parker - Att:7,298 (225 away) - Total attendance compares to a generous 2,238 during their home boycott the previous season, 2018/19. Blackpool 1 Wycombe 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
VOTE UPDATE - 87% VOTED
(Tuesday 22nd October 2019)
The Club reported on the morning of Tuesday 22nd October that 87% of Legacy Members had already voted on the proposals to allow outside investment in the Club.
Voting reminders to those still to vote are being sent by CES, with voting continuing until the midnight on 29th October 2019 deadline. Legacy Members can view details of the full deal at Adams Park by appointment with The Trust. The Trust are waiting advice if they can announce the 75% threshhold, should that be reached before the deadline.
TRANMERE AWAY IN FA CUP
(Monday 21st October 2019)
Wanderers will travel to Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup 1st Round Proper, after the draw was made on Monday evening. The tie will take place on the weekend of Saturday 9th November 2019, with games on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The prize fund for 2019/20 is the same as the previous campaign. Winners in the First Round will each receive £36,000. Last season, Wanderers went out at the First Round stage after losing 2-0 at Luton Town. The tie at Tranmere will come a week before Wanderers return to Prenton Park for a League encounter to be screened live on Sky TV. Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
WYCOMBE 1 SUNDERLAND 0
(Saturday 19th October 2019)
Darius Charles netted his first goal for Wanderers as Sunderland were beaten 1-0 at Adams Park. The winning strike came on 28 minutes after Joe Jacobson’s free-kick from the left was headed down by Adebayo Akinfenwa for Charles to smash home on the first bounce from 8 yards. It was no less than Wycombe deserved who went on to have chances to extend their lead but also had Ryan Allsop to thank for spectacularly tipping a stoppage-time effort from Aiden McGeady onto the cross-bar. McGeady’s shot was the visitors only shot on target during the encounter and left their 2,000 plus following frustrated in Phil Parkinson’s first game in charge of the Black Cats.
Victory for Wanderers came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the starting XI featured in the previous League game, two weeks prior, at home to Peterborough - Joe Jacobson and Matt Bloomfield returning plus a first start for Newcastle United loanee Rolando Aarons. Meanwhile, Giles Phillips dropped to the bench with Curtis Thompson starting a three game suspension and Fred Onyedinma ruled out through injury.
The result saw Wycombe remain in second place in the table with 26 points from their opening 13 games. Leaders Ipswich Town were a point ahead and had two games in hand before their Sunday (20th October) trip to Accrington Stanley. Wanderers visit Blackpool on Tuesday (22nd October).
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Gape, Freeman, Wheeler, Bloomfield (sub 77 Pattison), Aarons (sub 90+5 Parker), Akinfenwa - subs not used: Yates, Jombati, Kashket, Mascoll, Phillips - Att:8,395 (2,060 away) Wycombe 1 Sunderland 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
TRUST MEMBERS MEETING
(Tuesday 15th October 2019)
Close to 350 Trust Legacy Members attended the meeting at Adams Park on Tuesday 15th October 2019 to hear the final presentations ahead of the voting process which started at 9pm on the same evening. The meeting was broadcast live to Trust members via Facebook with an estimated further 200 watching the live stream. Voting is open until midnight on 29th October 2019. Items relating to meeting via wycombewandererstrust.com
TRUST OWNERSHIP - POTTED HISTORY
(Tuesday 15th October 2019)
Ahead of the Legacy Members meeting at Adams Park on Tuesday 15th October 2019, www.CHAIRBOYS.co.uk has put together a potted history of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club while under Trust ownership from the summer 2012 through to the latest investment proposals.
This seven part article has been derived the COTN news archive and appears in this edited and chronological form for the first time. WWFC under Trust ownership - potted history - 2012-2019
WYCOMBE 0 STEVENAGE 1
(Tuesday 8th October 2019)
A Wanderers side with nine changes to the starting XI that had drew with Peteborough at Adams Park the previous Saturday, suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Stevenage in the opening group game of the Football League Trophy. The only goal of the game came on six minutes when Jason Cowley headed past Cameron Yates.
‘Keeper Yates was making his competitive debut for Wanderers along with striker James Gardiner-Smith. Wycombe continue in this competition with a home game with Fulham U21 on Tuesday 5th November 2019 and an away meeting with Milton Keynes the following Tuesday. Winners of each group game receive £10,000 in sponsorship money.
Wycombe: Yates, Jombati, Jacobson, Mascoll, Phillips, Thompson (sub 63 Gape), Gardiner-Smith, Aarons (sub 63 Wheeler), Parker, Ofoborh, Kashket (sub 72 Akinfenwa) – subs not used: Allsop, Grimmer, Freeman, Stewart - Att:766 (30 away) Wycombe 0 Stevenage 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
WYCOMBE 3 PETERBOROUGH 3
(Saturday 5th October 2019)
Yet another late, late show at Adams Park saw Adebayo Akinfenwa’s stoppage time penalty secure a point for Wanderers in a 3-3 draw with Peterborough United. Wycombe had trailed 2-0 at the break but an Akinfenwa header on 56 minutes and an own-goal seven minutes later by Frankie Kent set-up a pulsating end to the game.
Posh restored their lead on 70 minutes when Ivan Toney volley home from a corner and after Curtis Thompson was red- carded for a second bookable-offence on 83 minutes it looked like Wycombe’s unbeaten home record would come to an end.
However, in the 5th minute of stoppage time substitute Scott Kashket was felled by a clumsy challenge from fellow sub Dan Butler and referee Mr Finnie pointed to the spot. With Akinfenwa taking penalty duties on his 150th appearance for Wanderers, the Adams Park faithful held their breath and could then celebrate as the resulting kick was calmly slotted home.
There was still time for an almighty goal-mouth scramble at the other end where Ryan Allsop excelled with a wonder save to deny a George Boyd header and see the match end all-square.
The draw with Posh came after Gareth Ainsworth made one change to the starting XI that had won on the road 3-0 at Rochdale the previous Saturday – Nick Freeman coming in for Alex Pattison. Wanderers have now gone 9 games unbeaten at home in the League – their best run since August 2008 when an unbeaten sequence in regular League games went on to last 19 games (a Football League record for Wanderers).
Wycombe: Allsop, Gape, Stewart, Wheeler (sub 73 Kashket), Phillips, Thompson, Grimmer, Akinfenwa, Charles, Freeman, Onyedinma (sub 43 Aarons) – subs not used: Yates, Jombati, Jacobson, Mascoll, Parker - Att:5,083 (697 away) Wycombe 3 Peterborough 3 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
TRANMERE AWAY MOVED FOR SKY
(Friday 4th October 2019)
Wanderers scheduled 'League One' game at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 16th November 2019 has been selected for live broadcast by Sky TV and as a result will now be played on Sunday 17th November 2019, with 12 noon kick-off. The game falls on another international weekend and it appears that Sky have choosen the game as it is highly unlikely to be effected by international call-ups for either side. It will be the first League game broadcast live in the UK involving the Wanderers since the 3-2 victory at Luton Town on 24th March 2015. It's understood that Wycombe, as the away side, will receive a £10,000 facility fee for the game, while Tranmere are expected to pocket £30,000.
AINSWORTH HAS A DREAM
(Wednesday 2nd October 2019)
Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth has said that it is his 'dream' to lead Wycombe into the Championship and added that it would take something 'spectacular' to lure him away from a Club that he had been with for close to ten years. The Wycombe boss was speaking at a Fans Forum held at Adams Park on 19th September 2019 where he also stressed the importance of the forthcoming Legacy Members vote regarding investment proposals. Ainsworth has a dream at Adams Park - COTN special article
IPSWICH AWAY OFF
(Tuesday 1st October 2019)
Wanderers scheduled 'League One' game at Ipswich Town on Saturday 12th October 2019 has been postponed by the home side due international call-ups. A statement on Town's official website said: "Town have reached the three-player tipping point that allows the Club to request the fixture to be postponed." The players called-up are Anthony Georgiou (on loan from Spurs), Cyprus; Armando Dobra, Albania U19; and Alan Judge, Rep. of Ireland. Only Judge had started a League this season, while Dobra had yet to make any League appearances. Town, managed by former Wanderers boss Paul Lambert, are the current leaders of 'League One' and when the fxiture does take place, would be meeting Wycombe for the first time in competitive football.
ROCHDALE 0 WYCOMBE 3
(Saturday 28th September 2019)
Wanderers blitzed Rochdale on their home patch 3-0 with a brace from Fred Onyedinma plus a glanced header from Adebayo Akinfenwa. The result lifted Wycombe to 2nd in the table with 22 points from their opening 11 games. It was their biggest winning margin away from home in the League since the 4-1 win at Cheltenham Town in November 2014 and came despite matchday stats of 70% possession stats in favour of a home side that had lost on penalties to Manchester United at Old Trafford the previous Tuesday.
A first win on the road in 2019/20 for Gareth Ainsworth’s side came after he made four changes to the starting XI that had beaten Portsmouth at Adams Park the previous Saturday - Curtis Thompson coming in for his first appearance of the season following injury, while Giles Phillips, David Wheeler and Alex Pattison also came in to replace Joe Jacobson, Matt Bloomfield, Nick Freeman and Scott Kashket. Bloomfield was rested as a precaution following “recent head knocks”, while Jacobson and Freeman didn’t travel due to “groin injuries”. Close season signing Jacob Gardiner-Smith was included on bench for first time in a Footballl League game, with Newcastle United loanee Rolando Aarons also back as substitute following a slight injury on his brief Wycombe debut three weeks previous against Lincoln City.
Attendance at Rochdale was 3,039 (334 away). Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
YATES DEALED EXTENDED
(Friday 28th September 2019)
The Club confirmed on Friday 28th September 2019 that 20-year-old goalkeeper Cameron Yates had signed a new contract with Wanderers running until June 2021. The Scottish born player joined Wanderers in September 2018 after time with the Leicester City youth academy and a short short trial at Adams Park during the early part of the 2018/19 campaign. At the time of the new deal he had yet to play a competitive fixture for Wanderers but had appeared in some of the friendlies before the start of the 2019/20 season. plus a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brentford.
SUNDERLAND ALLOCATED 2,700
(Monday 23rd September 2019)
The Club confirmed on Monday 23rd September 2019 they had agreed to extend the allocation of tickets available for Sunderland fans for Wanderers' League 1 fixture with The Black Cats Adams Park on Saturday 19th October 2019. Like the previous season, an extra 900 or so tickets will be available in the 'Old Main Stand', adding to the usual, number restricted, allocation of 1,800 in the 2,000 capacity 'Away End'. Existing Season Ticket Holders in the 'Old Main Stand' will be contacted and have their seats re-allocated as required. The attendance for the 2018/19 game on Saturday 9th March 2019 was 8,442 with 2,723 recorded as the number of 'away' fans. The Club added in a statement for this season that they are: "keen to maximise the opportunity of selling out Adams Park to enhance revenue streams for the benefit of the playing budget." This comment relates to the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP) guidelines that the ELF have set for League One Clubs. This states that Player related expenditure should not exceed 60% of the Club’s Relevant Turnover PLUS 100% of the club’s 'Football Fortune' Income. Read more on the SCMP guidelines via the EFL website (see Part 3)
WYCOMBE 1 PORTSMOUTH 0
(Saturday 21st September 2019)
An 83rd minute penalty from Adebayo Akinfenwa was enough for Wanderers to see off Portsmouth at Adams Park in match that sparked into life after a red-card for each side just before the hour mark. Wycombe’s Bournemouth loanee Nnamdi Ofoborh was shown a straight red-card on 54 minutes for a miss-timed challenge on Tom Naylor. The melee than ensued saw Ellis Harrison pick-up his second yellow-card of the game and follow Ofoborh down the tunnel. The match winning spot-kick came after a Basketball-esque handball by Naylor as the ball came across from the left.
Team news for the meeting with Pompey had seen Gareth Ainsworth make three changes to the side that had drawn at home to Accrington the previous Tuesday – Joe Jacobson, Darius Charles and Akinfenwa returning in favour of Jamie Mascoll, David Wheeler and Giles Phillips. There were more injury woes for Wycombe in the first-half – Matt Bloomfield substituted on 22 minutes as a precaution for another band to the head, while Jacobson was forced off with a groin injury on the stroke of half-time.
The win keeps intact Wycombe’s unbeaten home League record at the start of the 2019/20 campaign with a healthy looking tally of 19 points from their opening 10 games and third spot in the League One table. In 2018/19, Wycombe took 17 games to break the same point barrier in League One.
Attendance v Portsmouth was 7,688 (2,125 away) - highest gate of the season to date at Adams Park Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
(Thursday 19th September 2019)
The Fans Forum held at Adams Park on Thursday 19th September was streamed live on the Club's official YouTube channel and is also consequently available to view as an archive. The Forum, hosted by Club Head of Media, Matt Cecil, saw Trevor Stroud, Rob Couhig and Gareth Ainsworth answer questions mainly centred around the takeover proposals now expected to voted on during later October 2019. The YouTube feed is embedded below.
WYCOMBE 1 ACCRINGTON 1
(Tuesday 17th September 2019)
Nick Freeman’s penalty on 72 minutes earned Wanderers a point in a 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley at Adams Park – Gareth Ainsworth’s side remaining third in the table after another frenetic meeting with the Lancashire side where close season signing Dion Charles had headed the visitors into a 40th minute lead.
Wycombe went into the game with six home League victories behind them but also with the knowledge that they had failed to beat Stanley at home for more than ten years despite nine attempts in the intervening period.
Earlier signs looked good this time around but the visitors grew into the game, with the pace of strikers Jordan Clark and Charles (a close season signing from Southport) a constant threat on the break.
Team news had seen Wycombe make six changes to the side that had lost at Gillingham the previous weekend - Fred Onyedinma, David Wheeler, Matt Bloomfield, David Mascoll, Scott Kashket and Giles Phillips the names coming in to replace Joe Jacobson, Nnamdi Ofoborh, Alex Samuel (injured), Alex Pattison, Adeabyo Akinfenwa, Darius Charles (rested).
It was Stanley mainstay, Sean McConville, who set-up the opening goal on 40 minutes when he fed Clark on the right-wing and his cross was headed home by Charles.
Wheeler headed over on a couple of occasions from Jack Grimmer crosses but it was the introduction of Akinfewnwa just after the hour mark that proved significant in finding Wycombe’s equaliser – ‘The Beast’ cushioning a header down into the Stanley box on 71 minutes for Kashket to be clattered to the ground by Seamus Conneely and concede a penalty. With regular spot-kick taker Joe Jacobson sat on the bench, it was left for Freeman to hold his nerves and sweep home the penalty low into the left corner of the Valley End net and set-up an end-to-end finish.
McConville saw a shot on the run skim the right-hand post on 75 minutes before Wycombe finished the side looking most likely to snatch a winner during eight minutes of stoppage time.
Attendance v Accrington was 3,566 (40 away approx.) Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
GILLINGHAM 2 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 14th September 2019)
Wanderers suffered their first League defeat of the 2019/20 season after going down 2-0 at Gillingham. The hosts netted twice in the second-half after a fairly lack-lustre opening 45 minutes from both sides. The deadlock was broken on 59 minutes when Brandon Hanlan (only on the pitch for two minutes) got the better of Anthony Stewart down the left-wing and his centre was fired home by Bournemouth loanee Mikael Ndjoli.
Gareth Ainsworth introduced David Wheeler and Giles Phillips on 70 minutes as his side went to three at the back in an attempt to get back into the game but within three minutes The Gills had doubled their lead – Phillips conceding a soft penalty for a nudge on Olly Lee and Ndjoli made no mistake from the spot to beat Ryan Allsop.
Team news at Priestfield had seen three changes from the Wycombe starting XI that had beaten Lincoln the previous weekend to go top of ‘League One’ - Nnamdi Ofoborh, Alex Pattison and Adebayo Akinfenwa coming in for Matt Bloomfield (injured), David Wheeler and Scott Kashket. New loan signing Rolando Aarons was reported as ruled out due to injury during his brief substitute appearance for Wanderers against Lincoln the previous Saturday.
Defeat saw Wanderers drop to third spot in the table after 8 games played.
Attendance at Gillingham was 4,814 (approx. 500 away). Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
POMPEY ALLOCATION INCREASED
(Wednesday 11th September 2019)
It was confirmed via official Social Media channels on Wednesday 11th September 2019 that the Club had increased the allocation of tickets available for Portsmouth fans for the League One fixture at Adams Park on Saturday 21st September 2019. An extra 263 tickets will be available in the 'Old Main Stand', adding to the usual, capacity restricted, allocation of 1,800 in the 2,000 capacity 'Away End'. The previous season (2018/19) Portsmoth sold out their full-allocation of 1,800 in what turned out to be a total attendance of 6,978 for the Saturday 6th April 2019 fixture.
JJ v BIG JOHN HAT-TRICK
(Monday 9th September 2019) Joe Jacobson's confirmed hat-trick versus Lincoln City on Saturday 7th Setpember 2019 begged the question, 'Had a Wanderers defender ever netted three goals in a competitive match for Wycombe before JJ's triple strike?' Tasked with such a challenge, COTN can confirm the previous occasion was 48 years earlier when John Delaney scored three goals in Wanderers’ 4-0 victory away to Enfield in the Isthmian League on 21st September 1971. All three of the goals came as a result of penalty kicks, with two converted successfully and the final one (in the 89th minute) scored via a follow-up. ‘Big’ John Delaney made 228 First Team appearances for Wanderers in two spells between 1969 and 1979. In between those two spells he spent time in the Football League with Bournemouth. The only other occasion COTN has been able to trace a Wanderers player, playing in a defensive position, scoring three goals in a competitive match, was on 23rd March 1912 when Bernard ‘Bunny’ Hooper netted a hat-trick in the 10-2 walloping of Slough at Loakes Park in the Great Western Suburban League. Hooper was a Wanderers player from 1900 to 1914 – making 390 known First Team appearances. Click here to read archive match report of John Delaney's hat-trick
WYCOMBE 3 LINCOLN 1
(Saturday 7th September 2019)
Wanderers topped the third tier of English football for the first time in their history and left-back Joe Jacobson netted a hat-trick as Lincoln City were beaten 3-1 at Adams Park. Jacobson bagged his first goal on 5 minutes when he sent a left-footed free-kick low into the right corner of the City net. His second and third goals came direct from right-sided corners, the first getting a helping deflection from City’s Michael Bostwick. In between the two latter strikers came a controversial goal for Lincoln – former Wanderer John Akinde netting from close range after referee Chris Sarginson had played on despite a player from each side laying pole-axed and interfering with play within the six-yard box.
Matt Bloomfield, the injured Wycombe player was treated in excess of eight minutes and was eventually carried off on a stretcher. Thankfully, Bloomfield was later reported as not being seriously injured.
Team news for the game with City had seen one change from the starting XI that had drawn 0-0 at Wimbledon the previous Saturday - Alex Samuel coming in for Adebayo Akinfenwa. Elsewhere, new signings Rolando Aarons and Nnamdi Ofoborh included on the bench.
Bournemouth loanee Ofoborh was sent into the fray on 59 minutes as a substitute for Bloomfield to make his senior debut in professional football. Aarons was introduced as a 96th minute substitute for Samuels but still had time to impress during an additional 15 minutes of stoppage time.
Attendance versus Lincoln was 5,562 (785 away).
Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
SAMUEL EXTENDS DEAL
(Thursday 5th September 2019)
The Club announced on Thursday 5th September 2019 that striker Alex Samuel had signed a one-year extension to his contract with Wanderers - the latest deal now running until June 2022. Approaching his 24th birthday at the time of the news, Samuel originally signed a 'short-term deal for Wycombe in August 2018 on a free from Stevenage. The deal was extended to June 2021 in November 2018. He made 36 appearances and scored 5 goals for Wanderers by the end of the 2018/19 campaign and netted another goal during the League Cup meeting with Reading at Adams Park in August 2019. Alex Samuel - updated player profile
TRUST MEMBERS UPDATE
(Wednesday 4th September 2019)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust issued an update to Members on the evening of Wednesday 4th September 2019 regarding the proposals to allow Rob Couhig to acquire 75% of the shares of the Football Club. The update suggested that a legal agreement with Rob Couhig would hope to be signed by the end of September 2019, which would later have to be ratified by 75% of Legacy Members voting in favour of the proposed deal. The date of the vote was not revealed in the update but is understood to be far sooner than the original estimate of 'Spring 2020'. The update also confirmed that a Fans Forum had been arranged at Adams Park on Thursday 19th September where the proposals would be discussed. View full statement and other updates via gasroom.co.uk
'BCD' FRIENDLY V BRENTFORD
(Tuesday 3rd September 2019)
Sido Jombati and Curtis Thompson both made their returns from injury as Wanderers defeated a Brentford 'B' side by 2 goals to 1 at The Bees Training Ground in Jersey Road on the afternoon of Tuesday 3rd September 2019. The meeting with the 'Championship' side had been arranged with the rehabilitation of Jombati and Thompson in mind, plus also to give the chance for runs for new signings Roland Aarons and Nnamdi Ofoborh. A Josh Parker penalty on 14 minutes gave Wanderers the lead after Aarons had been fouled bu the hosts levelled less than 90 seconds later when Jonny Mitchell glanced a header past Cameron Yates. Scott Kashket netted the winner for Wanderers on 73 minutes when he slotted home from Parker's pass. Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
FREEMAN EXTENDS DEAL
(Tuesday 3rd September 2019)
The Club announced on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 that striker Nick Freeman had signed a two-year extension to his contract with Wanderers - the latest deal now running until June 2022. 23-years-old at the time of the news, Freeman signed for Wycombe in July 2016 having previously played for Histon in non-League football. Had limited First Team opportunties in his first season at Adams Park but his slow burn career had taken him to 84 appearances and 5 goals by the end of the 2018/19 season. Nick Freeman - updated player profile
OFOBORH IS SIGNING#12
(Monday 2nd September 2019)
A busy day of transfer dealings at Adams Park was concluded at around 6pm on transfer deadline day (Monday 2nd September 2019), with the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh on a season-long loan from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth. The player started his football career with the U18 and U21 teams at Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall before signing a pro deal with Bournemouth in 2017 at the age of 17. He impressed enough during his first season for The Cherries U21 side to be offered a deal until 2021. In March 2018 he was also called up by the Nigerian U20’s side – this despite reports linking him to possible selection for the England U19 side. He signed for Wanderers having yet to make his senior debut in English football and was allocated No.28 in the squad for 2019/20.
ADAM EL-ABD DEPARTS
(Monday 2nd September 2019)
The shock news that defender Adam El-Abd had left the Club was confirmed at around 5pm on Monday 2nd September 2019. A statement from the Club said: "Adam El-Abd has left the club by mutual consent to explore opportunities elsewhere." A week away from his 35th birthday at the time of the news, El-Abd joined Wanderers on a free from Shrewsbury Town in July 2017 and captained the side to promotion from League Two in May 2018. A regular in the side throughout his two year spell at Adams Park, he made 82 appearances, scoring 4 times. Adam El-Abd - updated player profile
CMS LOANED TO STEVENAGE
(Monday 2nd September 2019)
The Club announced on Monday 2nd September 2019 that striker Craig Mackail-Smith had been loaned out to League Two side Stevenage until 12th January 2020. The now 35-year-old, whose contract with Wanderers runs until June 2020, spent time on loan at Notts County during the second-half of the 2018/19 campaign - scoring 3 goals in 16 appearances as County dropped out of the Football League. His most recent game for Wanderers at the time of the loan to Stevenage was the New Years day 2019 2-0 home defeat to Coventry City - having previously scored 13 goals in 83 appearances since signing on a free from Luton Town in August 2017. Craig Mackail-Smith - player profile
AARONS IS SIGNING#11
(Monday 2nd September 2019)
The Club announced shortly after 1pm on transfer deadline day (Monday 2nd September 2019), the singing of 23-year-old Newcastle United forward Rolando Aarons on a loan deal until 13th January 2020. The former Bristol City youngster signed a pro deal with The Magpies in April 2014 and after impressing pre-season 2014/15 he he made his Premier League debut in the opening game of the season – coming on as substitute in the 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City. He scored his first senior goal on 30 August 2014 in a 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace – playing alongside former Mike Williamson and setting-up a goal for his teammate. At the time of his loand move to Adams Park he had totalled 27 First Team apps for Newcastle, while also taking in loan spells at Hellas Verona (Italy Serie A), Slovan Liberac (Czech Republic top division)) and most recently with Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship. He was allocated No.26 in the Wanderers squad for 2019/20.
WIMBLEDON 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 31st August 2019)
Wanderers ended a sequence of three straight defeats against Wimbledon but had to settle for a 0-0 draw in what could be a last ever League visit to Kingsfield. Both Managers came away thinking their side could have won the game but it was Wycombe who had the bulk of the chances – Scott Kashket had a first-half chance cleared off the line, while former Don, Adebayo Akinfenwa, saw a second-half strike ruled out for a marginal offside. Wimbledon's beat chance came when Adam Roscrow was denied by Ryan Allsop with three minutes left on the clock when the Wimbledon substitute was allowed too much space on the right side of the penalty area.
The stalemate came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to starting XI that had beaten Southend United with a late rally at Adams Park the previous weekend - Nick Freeman, Akinfenwa and David Wheeler coming in for Alex Pattison, Alex Samuel, Fred Onyedinma. Onyedinma and Paul Smyth were both reported as injured.
The result saw Wanderers move down to 5th place in League One but have now equalled their best unbeaten start in the third tier - taking 12 points from their opening six League games – on par with the start to the 2000/2001 season under Lawrie Sanchez.
Attendance versus Wimbledon was 4,521 (728 away).
Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
GENERAL MANAGER DEPARTS.
(Wednesday 28th August 2019)
The Club announced on Wednesday (28th August 2019) that General Manager Michael Davies had left his role with the Wanderers. A short statement on the official website read: "His departure is a result of a re-organisation of the off-field operations, and a revised structure for this area will be announced shortly."
Davies was appointed at Adams Park in December 2016 by then Chairman Andrew Howard following time with London Welsh. Davies was the direct line Manager for all heads of department at the Club. His departure follows a long line of high ranking General Managers, Chief Executives and Sales & Marketing personnel employed by the Club and comes just a few weeks after the arrival of 'proposed owner' Rob Couhig, plus nephew Peter Couhig and Mark Palmer becoming more involved in the day-to-day running of the Club.
SMYTH CALLED UP FOR N.I.
(Wednesday 28th August 2019)
On loan QPR forward Paul Smyth has been called up for the Northern Ireland squad to face Luxembourg on Thursday 5th September 2019 in a friendly international and Germany on Monday 9th September 2019 in an Euro 2020 qualifier. Both games will take place at Windsor Park. Smyth's inclusion in the squad will mean he will not be available for Wanderers' scheduled 'League One' home game with Lincoln City on Saturday 7th September 2019.
WYCOMBE 4 SOUTHEND 3
(Saturday 24th August 2019)
Two late-late goals sparked a second consecutive week of delirious scenes at Adams Park as Wanderers turned a potential 3-2 defeat to a winless Southend United into a 4-3 victory and thus remain unbeaten and sitting close to the top of League One after five games played. After David Wheeler’s last minute strike against Milton Keynes the previous Saturday, this time the 92nd winner came courtesy of an exquisite piece of control and finish from Scott Kashket following an equally sublime lay-off from Nick Freeman. Anthony Stewart had equalised on 89 minutes to crush the hearts of the travelling fans that had earlier seen their side lead 2-0 and 3-1.
Victory over Southend came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the starting XI that had conceded a last minute goal to draw at Fleetwood Town the previous Tuesday. Jack Grimmer returned from injury to replace Giles Phillips in defences while Matt Bloomfield, Alex Samuel and Scott Kashket were preferred to Freeman, Adebayo Akinfenwa and David Wheeler, who all dropped to the bench.
Attendance against Southend was 4,196 (531 away) Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
FLEETWOOD 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Tuesday 20th August 2019)
Wanderers conceded a last minute goal as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw on a wet and blustery night at Fleetwood Town. Adebayo Akinfenwa had headed Wycombe into a second-half lead only for Ryan Allsop to spill a 90th minute header from Paddy Madden to allow the Town play to tuck the ball in a grab a share of the points.
The draw came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the starting XI that had beaten Milton Keynes in the last minute at Adams Park the previous weekend. Darius Charles came in for an injured Jack Grimmer (who didn’t travel), while Nick Freeman, David Wheeler and Akinfenwa were preferred to Matt Bloomfield, Alex Samuel and Paul Smyth (all three moving to the bench) as Wycombe went with a positive formation on the road.
Despite Wycombe’s attack minded line-up it was the home side who had the better chances in the first-half but Wanderers survived and went on take a 57th minute when Akinfenwa connected with a looping left-wing cross from Alex Pattison to send a downward header from six yard past Matt Gilks in the Town goal. Anthony Stewart and Darius Charles were both then denied by Gilks from doubling the lead as Wanderers gained momentum and looked certain to register another win in their unbeaten start to their League One campaign. However, with full-time approaching, in difficult conditions, Allsop was unable to hold on to Madden’s header and the ball squirmed away for the same player to net and peg the final score back to 1-1.
Attendance at Fleetwood was 2,319 (186 away) Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
WYCOMBE 3 MILTON KEYNES 2
(Saturday 17th August 2019)
David Wheeler scored a last minute winner against his former club as Wanderers ground out a 3-2 victory over Milton Keynes at Adams Park to keep up their unbeaten start to the 2019/20 League campaign. Wheeler’s strike was reward for Wycombe’s efforts to chase all three points as opposed to settling for a draw in a game that will also be remembered for three penalty calls by referee Trevor Kettle.
Victory over Milton Keynes came after Wycombe had made two changes from the starting XI that had drawn at Bristol Rovers the previous Saturday - Giles Phillips and Alex Samuel replacing Adam El-Abd (calf injury) and Adebayo Akinfenwa. Darius Charles was named on the bench following re-singing for Wanderers during the week, while former Wanderer Russell Martin was in the Milton Keynes starting XI.
A Joe Jacobson penalty had given Wycombe the lead on 12 minutes after Jordan Houghton had shoved over Paul Smyth but Jordan Bowery levelled the scores just after the half-hour mark when he stroked home a low-ball from the left from six-yards. Fred Onyedinma restored Wanderers lead on 37 minutes with a left-footed strike from Alex Samuel’s weighted pass before the visitors were gifted a chance to equalise on the stroke of half-time when Giles Phillips was adjudged to fouled Dean Lewington in the box to concede a penalty. However, there was relief for Wycombe followers when Conor McGrandles skied the resulting spot-kick over the Valley End cross-bar.
But the relief was short-lived when five minutes into the second-period Kettle had pointed to the spot again – this time Joe Jacobson pushing over Kieran Agard inside the six-yard box with the ball drifting high out of play. This time Houghton took responsibility from the spot and subsequently fired past Ryan Allsop to make the score 2-2.
On another day Wycombe may have succumbed to the resulting pressure from the opposition but Gareth Ainsworth went positive, introducing Wheeler, Nick Freeman and Adebayo Akinfenwa for an assault on the Milton Keynes goal. Akinfenwa missed a great chance to make it 3-2 as the clock approached 90 minutes before Freeman’s beautifully flighted pass to the right of the box saw Wheeler bring the ball down with one touch before firing home right-footed from the corner of the six-yard box and lifting the roofs of the home stands at Adams Park.
Attendance against Milton Keynes was 5,243 (1,130 away) Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
CHARLES IS SIGNING#10
(Thursday 15th August 2019)
The Club announced at around 1.30pm on Thursday (15th August 2019) the re-signing of defender Darius Charles on a short-term deal that will run initially to January 2020. The return of the 31 year-old follows his recovery from a hip injury that threatend to end his career and restricted him to just seven appearances for Wanderers having signed on a free from Wimbledon in June 2018. He was allocated No.21 in the Wanderers squad. Darius Charles - Player Profile updated
WYCOMBE 1 READING 1
(Tuesday 13th August 2019)
Wanderers will count themselves unlucky not to have claimed the scalp of Reading in their First Round League Cup tie at Adams Park – eventually losing on spot-kicks after the tie had ended 1-1 during the regulation 90 minutes. Alex Samuel had headed Wycombe into a 59th minute lead before Reading’s reported £7.5m new signing George Puscas levelled four minutes later. Substitute Adebayo Akinfenwa came within the width of a crossbar of snatching a last minute winner before The Royals got the better of Wanderers from the penalty spot with a 100% record from their kicks as Nick Freeman and Fred Onyedima saw their efforts saved.
Team news for Wanderers saw Gareth Ainsworth make six changes from the starting XI that had drawn in League One at Bristol Rovers the previous Saturday – In came: Jamie Mascoll (debut), Gilles Phillips (debut), Nick Freeman, Scott Kashket, Alex Samuel and Josh Parker (2nd debut)- while out went Adam El-Abd, Matt Bloomfield and Paul Smyth with Akinfenwa, Onyedinma and Joe Jacobson moved to the bench.
Attendance against Reading was 4,802 (2,041 away) - it was the highest Football League Cup gate at Adams Park since 9,771 turned out for the Semi-Final 1st Leg clash with Chelsea in 2007. Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
BACK IN THE B&B
(Monday 12th August 2019)
The Club released a statement on Monday 12th August 2019 stating they had entered the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup for the 2019/20 season. It said: "The [Club] withdrew from the competition ahead of the 2014/15 campaign as a result of carrying a small squad with no reserve, development or under-18 players at manager Gareth Ainsworth's disposal. However, with 23 players currently on the Wanderers' books, Ainsworth and chairman Trevor Stroud have made the decision to re-enter the club into the county cup.” The 23 players currently on the books for the 2019/20 season, includes 2 loan players. The compares to the start of the 2014/15 campaign when the squad numbered 24 (including 2 loans). Wanderers have previously won the competition 28 times, the most recent being 2012. The Club also withdrew from the competition in 2012/13, their first absence for more than 100 years.
BRISTOL R 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 10th August 2019)
Wanderers made it four points from their opening two games in League One following a 0-0 draw at a windswept Bristol Rovers. Both sides will feel they could have won a game affected by strong winds at the Memorial Stadium. Victor Adeboyejo went closest for the home when he saw an effort strike the post, while Jack Grimmer saw a 90th shot cleared off the line by former Coventry City team-mate Tom Davies.
Wycombe took until 19th January 2019 to register a clean-sheet in the League during 2018/19 (13 games), 2019/20 has taken just one game. It is the first time since the 2000/2001 season that Wanderers have opened a season in the third tier with two consecutive clean-sheets.
Attendance at The Memorial Ground was 7,768 (578 away). Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
WYCOMBE 2 BOLTON 0
(Saturday 3rd August 2019)
A patient display from Wycombe saw a 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the 2019/20 campaign at Adams Park. A relatively makeshift and inexperience Bolton side held out until the 56th minute when an exquisite piece of defensive skill and through-ball from Anthony Stewart set up debutant Paul Smyth to take advantage of a goalkeeping error to knock the ball into an empty net from 20 yards. Victory was sealed on 81 minutes when substitute Fred Onyedinma headed home from close range following a Joe Jacobson corner from the left that was knocked back across the face of the goal by Adebayo Akinfenwa.
The visitors, backed by close to 1,700 fans amongst the biggest opening day League gate at Adams Park for ten years, fielded six debutants in their starting XI and introduced two more new faces before the end of the 90 minutes. Meanwhile, Wycombe gave debuts to QPR loanee Smyth, Alex Pattison and Jack Grimmer in their starting XI, while David Wheeler was introduced just after the hour mark. Fellow new signings Josh Parker and Giles Phillips remained as unused substitutes.
Attendance at Adams Park was 6,454 (1,660 away). Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
SQUAD NUMBERS 2019/20
(Friday 2nd August 2019)
Wanderers squad numbers for the 2019/20 season have been confirmed. The squad total prior to the opening game was 23 players (including two loans). The compares to 20 (one loan) at the start of the 2018/19 season, although by the end of August 2018, the total had grown to 25 (including three loans). Other start of season totals were: 23 players (including one loanee) at the start of the 2017/18 season, 23 for the 2016/17 season (including one loan and Gareth Ainsworth). There were 20 players (including one loan) at the start of 2015/16, 24 (two loans) at the start of the 2014/15 campaign and 27 players (no loans) at the start of 2013/14. Full list as follows:
1. Ryan Allsop
2. Sido Jombati
3. Joe Jacobson
4. Dominic Gape
5. Anthony Stewart
6. Adam El-Abd
7. David Wheeler (new singing)
8. Alex Pattison (new signing)
9. Craig Mackail-Smith
10. Matt Bloomfield
11. Scott Kashket
13. Cameron Yates
15. Jamie Mascoll (new signing)
16. Giles Phillips (loan)
17. Paul Smyth (loan)
18. Curtis Thompson
19. Jack Grimmer (new signing)
20. Adebayo Akinfenwa
22. Nick Freeman
23. Fred Onyedinma (new signing)
24. Jacob Gardiner-Smith (new signing)
25. Alex Samuel
27. Josh Parker (new signing).
Wycombe Wanderers - latest squad and numbers
BOLTON WANDERERS - QUICK GUIDE
(Friday 2nd August 2019)
Wycombe Wanderers take on Bolton Wanderers for the first time ever, at any level, on Saturday 3rd August 2019 and COTN have compiled the usual opposition Quick Guide that includes details of six players who have played First Team football for both clubs.
Bolton Wanderers - Quick Guide - including player connections
PARKER IS SIGNING#9
(Thursday 1st August 2019)
Wanderers announced an 9th close-season at around 5pm on Thursday 1st August 2019 with the news that striker Josh Parker had signed a two-year deal following his release from Charlton Athletic in the summer. The 28-year-old is a former schoolboy player for Wanderers and also played one game on loan for Wycombe from QPR during the 2010/11 season. His most successful time as a professional player came during the 2017/18 season when he scored 12 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions.
WHEELER IS SIGNING#8
(Tuesday 30th July 2019)
On the same day that Jason McCarthy departed and Fred Onyedinma joined Wanderers, the Club revealed at around 1pm the signing of QPR attacking right-sided midfielder David Wheeler on a three-year deal. The 28-year-old is best known for a successful four season spell at Exeter City between 2013 and 2017 where he netted 38 goals in 171 appearances in all competitions. Included in that time were two goals in victories over Wycombe (October 2014 and January 2017). He was voted Player of the Season at Exeter for the 201/17 season.
He moved to QPR in August 2017 on a three-year deal for an ‘undisclosed’ fee but despite scoring on his full debut in September 2017, was unable to hold down a regular First Team spot at Loftus Road and was loaned to both Portsmouth and MK Dons during the 2018/19 season – the latter spell re-uniting him with his former boss at Exeter City, Paul Tisdale. He scored 4 times for MK Dons as they won promotion to ‘League One’.
He was allocated No.7 in the Wanderers squad.
FRED IN (SIGNING#7) - MACCA OUT
(Tuesday 30th July 2019)
The Club confirmed at around 9.30am on Tuesday 30th July 2019 the signing of Fred Onyedinma from Milwall on a three year contract. The deal with the 'Championship' side came at the same time that the expected departure of Jason McCarthy to The New Den was also confirmed. The Club added that both deal involved 'undisclosed fees'. Jason McCarthy leaves Wanderers with two years of his contract remaining and having made 88 appearances and scored 4 goals. His free-kick against Walsall in April 2019 went on a long way to securing Wycombe's place in 'League One' for at least another season. Meanwhile, Onyedinma rejoins Wanderers having spent two previous loan spells at the Club (2014/15 and 2018/19) - scoring 12 goals in 51 appearances. He has been allocated No.23 in the Wanderers squad. Jason McCarthy - Player Profile updated Fred Onyedinma - Player Profile added
WYCOMBE v BOLTON GIVEN OK
(Monday 29th July 2019)
Wanderers' opening home game of the season against Bolton Wanderers was given the go-head following a statement issued by the EFLat around 9pm on Monday 29th July 2019. The EFL statement read: "At its meeting today, the EFL Board was appraised of the position in regard to the outstanding information requested in respect of ongoing matters at Bolton Wanderers. The Board has fully considered the Club’s further submissions and is satisfied that they are sufficient to meet the requirements of the League subject to the completion of formal documentation." However, Bury's game at home to MK Dons was suspended under the provision of EFL Regulation 28.2. Read the full statement via efl.com
McCARTHY ON THE MOVE
(Monday 29th July 2019)
Speculation that Wanderers defender Jason McCarthy is on his way out of Adams Park was virtually confirmed on Monday afternoon when the player was not involved in the official team squad photo shoot. The squad photos were leaked online via social-media with McCarthy absent and a move to 'Championship' Millwall now likely to be announced later in the week.
DEADLINE FOR BOLTON AND BURY
(Monday 29th July 2019)
The EFL gave both Bolton Wanderers and Bury a deadline of 5pm on Monday 29th July 2019 to provide the necessary evidence that they can 'meet all outstanding commitments' ahead of the 2019/20 season in 'League One'. Bolton are due to travel to Adams Park on Saturday 3rd August for their opening day fixture and the EFL have threatened to 'suspend' the fixture under EFL Regulation 28.2. Wycombe stopped ticket sales for the game with Bolton while awaiting an outcome to the situation. Read the full statement via efl.com
MAIDENHEAD UTD 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Friday 26th July 2019)
Wanderers played out a 0-0 draw at National League Maidenhead United on Friday 26th July 2019 as they completed the pre-season programme unbeaten. In a largely uninspiring encounter, new loanee Paul Smyth impressed the most and forced home ‘keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond with a fierce shot around the 15 minute mark. Adebayo Akinfenwa also forced the home glovesman to make a double save from close range just before the half-time break. The Magpies’ Josh Kelly posed the biggest threat to Wycombe, the 20-year-old testing Ryan Allsop on a couple of occasions as the game ended goalless.
Team news for Wanderers saw only one trialist used – Josh Parker getting a third game in a Wanderers shirt as seeked to earn a contract. Elsewhere, Nick Freeman and Jason McCarthy were reported as being ‘rested from the squad’, with McCarthy now tipped to be joining Championship side Millwall ahead of the opening day of the season on Saturday 3rd August - Wycombe due to host Bolton Wanderers. Match stats, reaction and media via gasroom.co.uk
WEALDSTONE 0 WYCOMBE 1
(Tuesday 23d July 2019)
Scott Kashket’s early goal was enough to be beat Wealdstone at Ruislip on Tuesday 23rd July 2019 in Wanderers' penultimate pre-season friendly. Kashket’s strike came after the strike broke down the left before striking a low shot into the far corner of the net.
Wycombe included 22-year-old former Blackburn Rovers ‘keeper Aaron Dillon between the sticks for the 90 minutes. Trialist centre-forward Josh Parker was also included in the starting XI. Jamie Mascol, Jacob Gardiner-Smith, Giles Phillips and Jack Grimmer all appeared as names on the team sheet for the first time since signing for Wanderers. Jason McCarthy, the subject of transfer speculation, was introduced as a late substitute and had the best chance to double Wycombe’s lead on 85 minutes with a penalty but saw 18-year-old Stones ‘keeper Joe Ringer make an impressive double save. Attendance was 460.
Match stats, reaction and media via gasroom.co.uk
MASCOLL IS SIGNING#6
(Tuesday 23rd July 2019)
The Club confirmed at around 6pm on Tuesday 23rd July 2019 the signing of 22 year-old defender Jamie Mascoll on a one year deal following his release from Charlton Athletic. He had played for Wanderers as a trialist in the pre-season games versus Barnet, Woking and Brentford. He was allocated the No.15 in the Wanderers squad and became the sixth close-season signing.
(Monday 22nd July 2019)
Wanderers revealed three more new signings in the space of 30 minutes during the early evening of Monday 22nd July 2019. They were: Jack Grimmer - 25 year-old defender - free transfer from Coventry City on a two year deal - Squad number 19. Jacob Gardiner-Smith - 22 year-old midfielder - free transfer from Hendon on a one year deal - Squad number 24. Giles Phillips - 22 year-old central defender - season long loan from Queens Park Rangers - Squad number 16. Read more about the new signings via the COTN Transfer page
WYCOMBE 2 BRENTFORD 2
(Saturday 20th July 2019)
Wanderers drew 2-2 with ‘Championship’ side Brentford in the only home friendly prior to the start of the 2019/20 campaign. Trialist Josh Parker converted from close range to give Wycombe a 7th minute lead and the advantage was doubled just before the half-hour mark when Adebayo Akinfenwa headed home. However, a relatively inexperienced Bees side hot back on 36 minutes when Frederik Hammar tapped in after Ryan Allsop couldn’t hold a shot from Jan Žambůrek. The goal gave the visitors momentum and they equalised ten minutes into second-half when Emiliano Marcondes followed up a Josh Dasilva shot that had come back off the post.
Wanderers fielded eight trialists in the meeting with Brentford, including former Chartlon Athletic striker Josh Parker. Elsewhere, James Gardiner-Smith, Giles Phillips and Kario Edwards-John got further run-outs, while released Wanderer Darius Charles was introduced as a late substitute. Also included for the first time was new season long loan signing from QPR, Paul Smyth.
Attendance at Adams Park was 1,595 (591 away end). Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
SMYTH IS SIGNING#2
(Saturday 20th July 2019)
Queens Park Rangers striker Paul Smyth was confirmed as Wanderers second signing of the close season on the morning of Saturday 20th July 2019. The 21-year-old has agreed a season long loan from the 'Championship' club. The Belfast born player joined QPR from Linfield in July 2017 and went on to make his First Team debut on 1st January 2018 - scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 success over Cardiff City at Loftus Road. Went on to make 13 more appearances for QPR before the end of the 2017/18 campaign, adding a further goal and winning the Supporters Young Player of Season award. Was given limited chances in 2018/19 under Steve McClaren and was loaned to 'League One' Accrington Stanley in January 2019 - making 16 appearances and scoring three times (including one against Wycombe in Stanley's 3-1 victory at Adams Park in March 2019). He was allocated No. 17 in the Wanderers squad.
BURY 12 POINT DEDUCTION
(Thursday 18th July 2019)
League One Bury will be subject to a 12-point deduction after the financially challenged club filed a Company Voluntary (CVA) with the EFL [Football League].
They are now likely to join Bolton Wanderers in starting the 2019/20 season with a dozen point deficit. Bury gained promotion at the end of the 2018/19 campaign but current owner, Steve Dale, has been unable to satisfy EFL officials the Club has sufficient funds to complete the 2019/20 season, as well as pay its ongoing debts. See BBC Sport online for full story
WOKING 2 WYCOMBE 3
(Tuesday 16th July 2019)
Wanderers included 11 trialists as a late goal from Adebayo Akinfenwa earned a 3-2 victory at National League side Woking. Alex Samuel opened the scoring for Wycombe on 15 minutes only for Woking trialist Ibrahim Meite to equalise from the spot eight minutes later after he had been fouled in the box. Five minutes before the brea, Meite, on trial from Crawley Town, put the home side ahead when he nodded past Cameron Yates. Former Wanderer, Chris Zebroski, was also included the Woking side as a trialist.
Following a mass of half-time substitutions, Wycombe eventually equalised through on trial QPR defender Giles Phillips, the US born player heading home a Jason McCarthy cross. Wanderers grabbed their winner in the 90th minute when Ryan Allsop’s long free-kick found Akinfenwa whose initial shot was saved but was quick to convert the rebound. Other trialists for Wycombe included Kairo Edwards John, Jacob Gardiner Smith, Jack Grimmer, Jamie Mascoll, Jordan Lyden and Danny Parrish. Attendance was 660. Match stats, reaction and media via gasroom.co.uk
BARNET 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 13th July 2019)
Trialist striker Jacob Gardiner Smith netted a last minute equaliser for Wanderers in a 1-1 draw at Barnet in the opening pre-season friendly ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. 22-year-old Gardiner-Smith comes with experience of playing in Russia and was one of eight trialists who featured for Wanderers throughout the 90 minutes. Other trialists included former Wycombe Centre of Excellence player Jake Gray and Ben Frempah (non-contract player from 2018/19), plus Danny Parrish, Jamie Mascoll and Jordan Lyden. The attendance at Barnet was 665. Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
(Thursday 11th July 2019)
More than 200 members of Wycombe Wanderers Trust attended the meeting at Adams Park on Thursday 11th July 2019 to introduce potential new shareholder Rob Couhig, along with football consultant Mark Palmer and financial consultant Peter Couhig. The meeting revealed that the Trust had already agreed a 'short-term', interest free and unsecured loan with Rob Couhig to help the Club with cash flow problems. The loan has meant the 2018/19 playing budget has been re-instated for the 2019/20 season. A vote by Legacy Members is likely to take place within the next six to nine months to approve the proposed 75% shareholding deal. Since the meeting, the Trust have made available the slides shown at the meeting (see link below). Download PDF of slide presentation via wycombewandererstrust.com View meeting notes and other updates via gasroom.co.uk
PATTISON IS SIGNING#1
(Tuesday 9th July 2019)
The Club announced their first signing of the summer transfer window with the arrival of 21-year-old midfielder Alex Pattison following his released from Middlesbrough. The midfielder was released by the Championship club at the end of the 2018/19 season having initially signed schoolboy forms at the age of 9. He progressed to play in Boro's U18 and U23 teams but First Team opportunities were limited to two apps in the Football League Trophy during the 2016/17 season. He spent time on loan at York City in the National League North, followed by a season on loan at League Two Yeovil Town in 2018/19 (making 34 appearances in all competitions). He signed a one-year deal with Wanderers and was allocated No.8 in the squad.
BCD FRIENDLY V BEACONSFIELD
(Saturday 6th July 2019)
Wanderers played a 'Behind Closed Doors' friendly against Beaconsfield on Saturday morning (6th July 2019) at the training ground on Marlow Road. The game, played in three sessions of 25 minutes, ended with a 4-0 victory for Gareth Ainsworth's side - Scott Kashket and Alex Samuel. The first public pre-season friendly for Wanderers takes place at Barnet on Saturday (13th July).
NEW CHANGE AND GK KITS
(Friday 5th July 2019)
New design 'change' and goalkeeping kits were revealed by the Club at a launch event on Friday 5th July 2019 at sponsors Dormeo. The 'change' kit is an all-yellow design, while the 'keeper tops revert back to a more traditional design, compared to recent seasons, with all-black and all-purple versions available. The first choice 'home' kit will remain the same design as the 2018/19 season and also continue to be sponsored by Cherry Red Records.
MEMBERS MEETING 11th JULY 2019
(Tuesday 2nd July 2019)
The Trust have invited members to a meeting at Adams Park on Thursday 11th July 2019 to introduce potential new shareholder Rob Couhig, along with football consultant Mark Palmer and financial consultant Peter Couhig. In an email to members, Trust and Football Club Chairman Trevor Stroud said he would be: "sharing details of the proposed agreement and the plans to drive forward the Club’s on-field and off-field operations." The meeting will start at 7.30pm and will include the opportunity for members to ask questions. It is also planned to give members the option to live stream the event via Facebook. Meeting details via wycombewandererstrust.com
NEW INVESTMENT DISCUSSIONS
(Tuesday 2nd July 2019)
The Trust revealed on Tuesday (2nd July 2019) that they were in “advanced discussions with American sports team owner Rob Couhig in relation to Mr Couhig becoming a shareholder of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club.”
The news follows the collapse of discussions with Bill Luby and Jim Collis in April 2019 following more than six months of discussions with the US duo.
The Trust plan to hold a meeting of all members at Adams Park on Thursday 11th July to discuss the latest proposals and will send out invitations in due course. Read full statement at wycombewandererstrust.com
GAPE NEW ONE YEAR DEAL
(Monday 1st July 2019)
The Club confirmed on Monday 1st July 2019 that midfielder Dominic Gape had signed a new deal with the Wanderers - running until June 2020. The news follows speculation that the 25-year-old out-of-contract former Southampton youngster was set to leave the Club. Since originally joining on loan from Southampton in August 2016 he had totalled 121 appearances for Wanderers going into the start of the 2019/20 campaign. And scored 'that' goal. Dominic Gape - updated Player Profile
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