FOOTBALL LEAGUE 25 YEAR RETRO|
(Tuesday 14th August 2018)
The 2018/19 season marks the 25th anniversary of Wanderers' debut in the Football League. The game at Carlisle United on Saturday 14th August 1993 began 25 memorable years of unbroken Football League status. COTN takes a look at the stats from more than 1,100 games plus a revisit of articles first produced by COTN for the 20th annivesary.
Wanderers - 25 years in the Football League - Read more
McCARTHY BACK WITH WYCOMBE|
(Thursday 9th August 2018)
It was announced on 9 August 2018 that 22 year old defender Jason McCarthy had joined Wycombe on a three year deal from fellow 'League One' side Barnsley for an 'undisclosed fee'. The former Southampton trainee had previously spent the 2015/16 season on loan at Adams Park while still with The Saints - making 39 First Team appearances, scoring twice and picking up the Supporters' Player of the Season award. Having returned to Southampton he spent the following season on loan at Walsall before signing a three year deal with Barnsley in the summer of 2017. His return to Wycombe came as a big surprise having spent just one season at Oakwell and was seen as a major coup for Wanderers. He was allocated the No.26 in the Wycombe squad for the 2018/19 season and will line-up alongside former Southampton teammate Dominic Gape.
Jason McCarthy - new player profile added
MIDFIELDER ON LOAN|
(Tuesday 7th August 2018)
It was announced on Tuesday 7th August 2018 that Wanderers had signed Shrewsbury Town midfielder Bryn Morris on loan deal runing until 2nd January 2019. The 22 year old joined The Shrews in January 2017 having been released from childhood club Middlesbrough. He made two First Team appearances for Boro during the 2012/13 season but was subsequently loaned out to Burton Albion, Coventry City, York City and Walsall before his permanent move to Shrewsbury. He was part of The Shrews team that narrowly avoided relegation at the end of the 2016/17 season and was then a significant part of their team that lost out in the play-off final the following campaign. He was allocated the No.17 in the Wanderers squad.
NO DEBUTS ON OPENING DAY|
(Saturday 4th August 2018)
The home game with Blackpool saw Wanderers field no debutants on the opening day of the Football League season for the first time in 19 seasons. The last occasion was the season opener against Burnley on 7th August 1999 under Manager Lawrie Sanchez. Wanderers seem to have come full cycle on the number of debutants on show. There were just single debuts way back on the opening days of the 1993/94 and 1994/95 seasons under Martin O'Neill - Duncan Horton and Cyrille Regis respectively. The numbers escalated in the mid 2000’s, with a high of nine debutants on the opening day of the 2007/8 season against Accrington. From seasons 2010/11 through to 2014/15, a Wycombe debutant also scored on the opening day of the season. Although there were no debutants against Blackpool, Ryan Allsop was making his second debut having previously played on loan for Wycombe during the 2015/16 season.
WYCOMBE 0 BLACKPOOL 0|
(Saturday 4th August 2018)
Wanderers kicked-off their 2018/19 Footballl League campaign with a 0-0 draw against Blackpool at Adams Park. Wycombe, who fielded no debutants for this first time on the opening day of the season for 19 seasons, had the majority of chances to take all three points. Adebayo Akinfenwa twice went close, while Michael Harriman's long range effort in the second period was tipped over by visiting 'keeper Mark Howard. Loanee Randell Williams was also denyed by Howard in the latter stages but Wycombe finished the game with ten men after Harriman was shown a second yellow card for a fairly tame midfield challenge on Nathan Delfouneso. Harriman will now serve a one match ban for the visit to Doncaster on Saturday 11th August 2018. The visitors hardly troubled Ryan Allsop in the Wycombe goal but came closest to scoring of either side when Chris Taylor's free-kick struck the Wycombe crossbar on 42 minutes.
Wycombe 0 Blackpool 0 - report,stats,reaction to follow
SQUAD NUMBERS REVEALED|
(Friday 3rd August 2018)
Wycombe have confirmed their squad numbers for the 2018/19 season. The squad totals 20 players (including one loanee). This compares to 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 (new signing)
2. Sido Jombati
3. Joe Jacobson
4. Dominic Gape
5. Anthony Stewart
6. Adam El-Abd
7. Sam Saunders
8. Marcus Bean
9. Craig Mackail-Smith (was No.25)
10. Matt Bloomfield
11. Scott Kashket
12. Paris Cowan-Hall
16. Michael Harriman
18. Curtis Thompson (new signing)
20. Adebayo Akinfenwa
21. Darius Charles (new signing)
22. Nick Freeman
23. Nathan Tyson
24. Randell Williams (loan)
30. Yves Ma-Kalambay
Latest squad and numbers
MAIDENHEAD 1 WYCOMBE 1|
(Friday 27th July 2018)
Wanderers drew 1-1 at Maidenhead United in their final pre-season friendly before the start of the 2018/19 campaign. Returning loanee Watford midfielder Randell Williams was on target for Wanderers on 71 minutes to equalise Ryan Bird's early opener for the home side.
Maidenhead 1 Wycombe 1 - report,stats,reaction,highlights
WILLIAMS RETURNS ON LOAN|
(Friday 27th July 2018)
Wanderers announced shortly before their pre-season friendly with Maidenhead United on Friday 27th July 2018 that Watford striker Randell Williams had re-joined the Club on a loan deal running until 2nd January 2019. The 21-year-old originally joined Wanderers on loan in January 2018 - overcoming injury before making six appearances and scoring a crucial winning goal in the match at Yeovil in April 2018. He will continue to wear the No.24 in the Wanderers squad.
O'NIEN OFF TO SUNDERLAND|
(Friday 27th July 2018)
There was surprise news for Wycombe followers on Friday afternoon (27th July 2018) when an unconfirmed news story broke that Luke O'Nien was set to sign for Sunderland. Wanderers confirmed the news later in day, with the deal expected to be completed over the weekend in a Club statement that also said: "With O’Nien’s contract due to expire next summer, the club have taken the decision to allow the 23-year-old to pursue his career at the Stadium of Light, joining the Black Cats for an undisclosed fee."
CHESHAM 1 WYCOMBE 2|
(Tuesday 24th July 2018)
A late goal from substitute Craig Mackail-Smith saw Wanderers register their first pre-season victory before the 2018/19 campaign. However, the 2-1 victory over Chesham United at a sun-drenched Meadow was dampened by another frustrating injury to striker Scott Kashket.
Chesham 1 Wycombe 2 - report,stats,reaction
HAVANT & W 2 WYCOMBE 0|
(Saturday 21st July 2018)
Wanderers conceeded a brace of penalties as they went down 2-0 at Havant & Waterlooville. The Hawks Alfie Pavey converted both spot kicks past Ryan Allsop as Wycombe were described as being 'well below par' by Manager Gareth Ainsworth in his post-match interview.
Havant & W 2 Wycombe 0 - report,stats,reaction,highlights
WYCOMBE 0 BRENTFORD 1|
(Tuesday 17th July 2018)
A 75th minute penalty converted by Marcus Forss was enough for Brentford to secure a 1-0 victory over Wanderers in a pre-season friendly on a warm evening at Adams Park. Wycombe's second pre-season match, following their narrow defeat to West Ham the previous Saturday, proved another experimental session for Manager Gareth Ainsworth who again used a different starting XI in each half and included three of the five triallists used in the meeting with The Hammers.
Wycombe 0 Brentford 1 - report,stats,reaction,highlights
WYCOMBE 0 WEST HAM 1|
(Saturday 14th July 2018)
Wanderers suffered defeat in their first pre-season friendly prior to the start of the 2018/19 campaign - going down 1-0 to a relatively strong West Ham United side at Adams Park. The only goal of the game came on 34 minutes when Austrian International Marko Arnautovic fired past new signing Ryan Allsop. Wanderers included five trialists throughout the 90 minutes.
Wycombe 0 West Ham 1 - report,stats,reaction,highlights
THOMPSON BACK WITH WANDERERS|
(Saturday 14th July 2018)
Midfielder Curtis Thompson has agreed a 'short-term' deal with Wanderers having been released by Notts County at the end of the 2017/18 campaign and spending pre-season training with Gareth Ainsworth's side. The 24 year old originally joined Wanderers on 26th January 2018 on a loan deal for the remainder of the 2017/18 season from the fellow 'League Two' side. He made seven appearances during his loan before returning to County.
Curtis Thompson - new player profile added
NEW KIT DESIGNS REVEALED|
(Saturday 7th July 2018)
New design 'home' kit and goalkeeping kits were revealed by the Club this week following the news that Cherry Red Records had signed a deal to sponsor the front of Wanderers' traditional first choice light and dark blue quartered shirt. The new 'home' kit was launched at a special event at Adams Park on Saturday (7th July 2018). The design retains the quarters but also includes a distinctive swan outline in the background. A new goalkeeping kit was revealed the previous day and features another bizarre design (see below). The complete kit range will continue to be produced by O'Neill's.
Official website press release ||| Cherry Red Records press release
CHERRY RED NEW SHIRT SPONSOR|
(Thursday 5th July 2018)
The Club announced on Thursday (5th July 2018) that Cherry Red Records have agreed a deal to sponsor the front of Wanderers' 'home' shirts for the 2018/19 season. The news follows the announcement on 1st June 2018 that Beechdean would stepping down as the main sponsor of the 'home' shirt. Adam Velasco, managing director of Cherry Red Records, said: “It’s a proud day for us as a business and also for me personally, being a lifelong supporter of the club going back to the days at Loakes Park. The club welcomed us with open arms when we first started working with them in 2016 and we’re thrilled to now be the front of home shirt sponsor as we begin life back in 'League One'". The new design 'home' kit will be unvielled at a special event at Adams Park on Saturday 7th July 2018 - starting at 12 noon.
AINSWORTH SIGNS NEW DEAL|
(Tuesday 26th June 2018)
Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth has signed a new deal running until June 2023. The news was announced during a special programme on local radio station Wycombe Sound on Tuesday evening (26th June 2018). Commenting on the news, Club Sporting Director Andrew Howard said: “Quite simply, Gareth is the perfect fit for Wycombe Wanderers and extending his contract here is a fantastic and important piece of business. Everything about the Club is moulded into the culture of hard work, humility, team spirit and ambition that he has instilled into his players and he is absolutely the right man to continue to take the club forward on the pitch." The new deal follows a previous five year plus deal signed in December 2014. The Wycombe boss has since gone on to become the longest serving Wycombe Manager in the Football League and the third longest of all time. Meanwhile, Ainsworth said: "Every day I am proud to be manager of this football club and I will always give everything I’ve got to improve myself as a manager and to take the Club as far forward as we can." He added: "I’m extremely grateful to the board for offering me this new contract and to the support of all my staff and players for getting right behind me from the day I walked through the door. I want to give a special mention also to the fans, who have backed me fantastically and I really appreciate all the support I’ve had from them. Now let’s see what we can achieve together next season." Full statement from official website
BEAN AND JJ EXTEND DEALS|
(Tuesday 26th June 2018)
The remaining two players out of contract with the Wanderers at the end of June 2018 have signed new deals. Midfielder Marcus Bean has signed a one year extension until June 2019, while defender Joe Jacobson has penned a deal until June 2020.
Manager Gareth Ainsworth commented: "Beany and JJ are such important players for us on and off the pitch and I’m delighted that two more of the side that helped us win promotion have pledged their future to the club." Updated player profiles are available via the links below.
Marcus Bean - updated player profile
Joe Jacobson - updated player profile
FIXTURES RELEASED 2018/19|
(Thursday 21st June 2018)
Wanderers will open their first season back in 'League One' for six years with a home game with Blackpool on Saturday 4th August 2018. The fixture lists for the 2018/19 Football League campaigns were revealed on Thursday (21st June 2018). Wycombe's first ever meeting with Sunderland was scheduled for Saturday 17th November 2018 but that date is likely to be postponed due the match falling on an 'International Weekend'. The seemingly new Football League philosphy of arranging 'long distance' fixtures on midweek dates, will see Wanderers travel on Tuesday evenings to Plymouth (221 miles), Fleetwood (223 miles) and Accrington (221 miles), all before Christmas 2018. The final game of the regular 2018/19 season for Wycombe is home to Fleetwood Town on Saturday 4th May 2019. The kick-off time for all final day fixtures in 'League One' has been set at 5.30pm at the request of Sky Sports.
Wycombe Wanderers - Results and Fixtures - current season
'KEEPER ALLSOP RE-JOINS|
(Tuesday 19th June 2018)
It was announced on Tuesday 19th June 2018 that goalkeeper Ryan Allsop had signed a three year permanent deal with Wanderers following his release from Premier League Bournemouth at the end of the 2017/18 season. The now 23 year old was originally on loan at Wycombe from The Cherries during the second-half of the 2015/16 season - making 18 appearances for Wanderers. Unable to break into the Bournemouth, he had lengthy loan spells with Blackpool and Lincoln City during the 2017/18 season, plus previous experience with Coventry City and Leyton Orient.
Ryan Allsop - new player profile added
CHARLES SIGNS FROM WIMBLEDON|
(Friday 15th June 2018)
The Club announced on Friday the signing of defender Darius Charles from Wimbledon on a one year deal. Aged 30 at the time of the deal, Charles' preferred position is central defender but he has also played at left-back, left of midfield and as a centre-forward. The former Brentford youth-teamer has gained most of his football experience with Stevenage and Wimbledon.
Darius Charles - new player profile added
COBBLERS LEAGUE CUP DRAW|
(Friday 15th June 2018)
Wanderers will play Northampton Town at home in the First Round of the Football League Cup following the draw made on Friday morning. Although regular opponents in League competitions, this will be first ever meeting between the two sides in the League Cup. Wycombe have not beaten The Cobblers at home since a League game in November 2001. The tie is due to be played in the week commencing Monday 13th August 2018.
WEST HAM FRIENDLY ADDED|
(Tuesday 12th June 2018)
The Club announced on Tuesday (12th June 2018) that a pre-season friendly with 'Premier League' side West Ham United had been arranged for Saturday 14th July 2018 at Adams Park - KO 3pm. This is likely to be first pre-season friendly for Wanderers ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. Brentford visit Adams Park on Tuesday 17th July 2018 - KO 7.45pm, with further friendlies at Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday 21st July 2018 - KO 3pm, and Maidenhead United on Friday 27th July 2018. - KO 7.45pm.
NEW KITS FOR 2018/19|
(Friday 1st June 2018)
The Club announced on Friday morning (1st June 2018) that Beechdean will be 'stepping down' as sponsor of the Club's 'home' shirt. A new 'home' shirt sponsor will be announced during the summer. Beechdean will continue to sponsor the 'Old Main Stand' and the Club's 'training and travel kit'. The statement from the Club also confirms that a new 'home' kit design and goalkeeper kit will be unveiled in early July 2018. Utilita are continuing as sponsors for the 'away' kit.
PLAY-OFF FINAL RESULTS|
(Monday 28th May 2018)
Wanderers' full list of opponents in 'League One' were confirmed on Monday (28th May 2018) after the play-off finals at Wembley were completed. Rotherham United won't be playing League football against the Wanderers in 2018/19 after they beat Shrewsbury Town 2-1 after extra-time in the 'League One' play-off on Sunday. Meanwhile, Coventry City joined Wycombe in 'League One' after a comfortable 3-1 victory over Exeter City in front of 50,196 crowd at Wembley. Fixtures for the 2018/19 season will be released on Thursday 21st June 2018 at 9am.
(Monday 21st May 2018)
The Club announced on Wednesday 16th May 2018 that a pre-season friendly with 'Championship' side Brentford had been arranged for Tuesday 17th July 2018 at Adams Park - KO 7.45pm. Further friendlies were announced on Monday 21st May 2018, with trips to Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday 21st July 2018 - KO 3pm, and Maidenhead United on Friday 27th July 2018. - KO 7.45pm.
(Thursday 10th May 2018)
Scott Brown, Will De Havilland and Max Muller were confirmed as released by the Club on Thursday afternoon (10th May 2018). Virtually unknown young goalkeeper Henry Newcombe was also released having been on loan to Canvey Island for the majority of the 2017/18 season and without a First Team appearance for Wanderers to his name. The Club also confirmed that a new deal had been offerred to defender Sido Jombati, while talks were ongoing with out-of-contract trio Joe Jacobson, Marcus Bean and Yves Ma-Kalambay. Player profile updates for the released players are available below.
Scott Brown - updated player profile
Will De Havilland - updated player profile
Max Muller - updated player profile
PLAYERS OUT OF CONTRACT|
(Thursday 10th May 2018)
The following Wanderers players are out of contract at the end of June 2018: Scott Brown,
Sido Jomabti, Joe Jacobson, Marcus Bean, Max Muller, Will De-Havilland and Yves Ma-Kalamby. The loan players returning to their parent clubs are:
Nathan McGinley (Middlesbrough), Tafari Moore (Arsenal), Randell Williams (Watford), Dan Scarr (Birmingham) and Curtis Thompson (Notts County). Favourites to be released are Brown, Bean and De-Havilland, along with Muller (who has returned from his loan at Morecambe). New contracts are expected for Jomabti and Jacobson, plus another possible short-term deal for 2nd choice 'keeper Ma-Kalamby.
WEMBLEY SUCCESS - 25 YEAR RETRO|
(Wednesday 9th May 2018)
Wednesday 9th 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of Wanderers' victory at Wembley in the FA Trophy Final versus Runcorn. Close to 30,000 Wycombe followers made the short journey and Martin O'Neill's side did not disappoint. You can read memories of the day as originally produced by COTN for the 10th anniversary by following the link below.
Wanderers at Wembley - May 1993 - 25 Year Retro - Read more
RACE FOR PROMOTION|
(Saturday 5th May 2018)
Wanderers finish the 2017/18 season in 3rd place in League Two' with 84 points, four points behind 2nd placed Luton Town and nine points adrift of Champions Accrington Stanley. Exeter City, Notts County, Coventry City and Lincoln City will go into the play-off seeking to claim that fourth promotion slot. There is interest too for Wanderers at the top of 'League One' to discover opponents for next season.
The play-offs to gain promotion to the Championship will be contended between Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe, Rotherham, and Charlton. Plymouth Argyle miss out by one place - so Gareth Ainsworth and Argyle boss Derek Adams are set to renew rivalries. Coming down from the 'Championship' to play in 'League One' alongside Wanderers are Sunderland, Burton Albion and Barnsley. Chesterfield and Barnet were the two teams relegated from 'League Two'.
View full Final League Two table - 2017/18
WYCOMBE 1 STEVENAGE 0|
(Saturday 5th May 2018)
Wanderers' promotion season finished on a high as Matt Bloomfield netted the only goal of the game on 19 minutes as Stevenage were beaten 1-0. An 8,802 crowd descended on Adams Park to have a party and they were not disapppointed. 'Player of the Season' Adebayo Akinfenwa was introduced on 77 minutes for a cameo appearance as he returned from injury, while goalkeeper Scott Brown, most likely playing his last game for Wycombe, made way during the second-period for Yves Ma-Kalambay. The final whistle signalled a pitch invasion from Wanderers' fans and when the pitch was eventually cleared, the players returned to receive their awards for the season. A perfect end to the season.
Wycombe 1 Stevenage 0 - special reports to follow
EXTRA HOME TICKETS V STEVENAGE|
(Thursday 3rd May 2018)
The Club announced on Thursday afternoon that a 1,000 extra 'home' tickets will be made available for the season finale with Stevenage in the 'away' end at Adams Park. Stevenage, who are expected to bring around 400 supporters, will see their fans allocated a section of the 'Old Main Stand'. This announcement, plus confirmation that all other 'home' areas have sold-out, guarantees an attendance of close to the current 'safe' capacity of around 8,800 (excluding Executive Boxes, Press, Directors, etc).
SAM SAUNDERS EXTENDS DEAL|
(Thursday 3rd May 2018)
More contract extension news was announced on Thursday (3rd May 2018) when midfielder Sam Saunders signed a new deal running until June 2019. The now 34 year old originally signed a permanent deal with Wanderers in January 2017 from Brentford having previously spent time on loan with Wycombe during the second-half of the 2014/15 season.
Sam Saunders - updated player profile
8,000 PLUS V STEVENAGE?|
(Wednesday 2nd May 2018)
Wanderers’ final game of the 2017/18 campaign versus Stevenage will see a season best attendance at Adams Park. The Club reported on the Tuesday (1st May) that the ‘home’ terrace and ‘The Family Stand’ [Origin] had both sold out. The ‘Old Main Stand’ [Beechdean] was reported as being sold out early on Wednesday afternoon. The only remaining tickets left for ‘home’ fans, as of Wednesday afternoon were 500 in the Woodlands Stand [Frank Adams].
As previously reported on COTN, Adams Park has a current registered 'safe' capacity of 9,552 capacity. This leaves around 7,700 for Wanderers fans, including a reduced terrace capacity of 1,429. The 'away end' was reduced in capacity from just over 2,000 to 1,850 in June 2014 following a request from Thames Valley Police who were concerned with persistent standing in the all-seater area. With Stevenage expected to bring around 400 supporters, the total attendance should be just over 8,000 – making this the highest home league attendance at Adams Park since the final game of the 2010/11 season when 8,567 turned out for the promotion winning game against Southend United.
PROMOTION - 25 YEAR RETRO|
(Tuesday 1st May 2018)
Monday 1st May 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of Wanderers playing their final Conference match of the 1992/93 season before embarking on their debut season in the Football League. Wanderers had already clinched the Championship when Macclesfield Town visited Adams Park needing a victory to avoid relegation. The matchday programme once again gave Manager Martin O'Niell the chance to express his thoughts on the season. You can read memories of the day and O'Neill's article in full as originally produced by COTN for the 10th anniversary by following the link below.
Wanderers' farewell to the Conference - 25 Year Retro - Read more
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