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GAMES HALTED DUE TO COVID-19
(Friday 13th March 2020)
After much speculation on the morning of 13th March 2020, the news was finally confirmed at around 11am that all professional football matches in the UK were to be postponed (until 3rd April 2020 at the earliest) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This news has meant the postponement of Wycombe’s trip to Burton Albion (Saturday 14th March 2020), followed by the games scheduled against Oxford United (home), Coventry City (away) and Shrewsbury Town (away). The EFL added that they would provide a further update following a Board meeting expected to be held on Wednesday 18th March 2020. Full story via Wycombe Wanderers official website
NEWPORT PAGNELL IN B&B
(Thursday 12th March 2020)
Wanderers were drawn away to Newport Pagnell Town in the Semi-Final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup after the draw was made on 12th March 2020. It will be the first ever meeting between the two sides and follows Wycombe's victory over Hungerford Town in the previous round. The date for the tie is to be decided.
NEW CONTRACT FOR GAPE
(Tuesday 10th March 2020)
The Club confirmed on 10th March 2020 that Dominic Gape had signed a new deal with Wycombe Wanderers running until June 2022. Gareth Ainsworth commented: “Dominic has been one of the best signings we’ve made during my time at the Club and is always one of the first names on the team sheet. He’s developed both as a player and a person in his four years with us, and I now see him as one of our Generals because of his influence around the place and the respect he’s earned from his team-mates. I’m delighted that we’ve agreed this new contract with him and I believe he will continue to go from strength to strength for us in this exciting new era at the Club.” Dominic Gape - Player Profile updated
WANDERERS DOWN TO 8th
(Saturday 7th March 2020)
Results in League One on Saturday 7th March saw Wanderers drop down to 8th place but Wycombe are now one of five teams on 59 points and with a game in hand over both Sunderland (5th) and Peterborough (4th). Second placed Rotherham are three points ahead of Wycombe having played a game more and are due to visit Adams Park on Saturday 4th April 2020.
WEEKEND BREAK FOR WANDERERS
(Friday 6th March 2020)
Wanderers will be without a League fixture on the weekend of Saturday 7th March 2020 due to the demise of Bury at the start of the 2019/20 season. Wycombe enter the weekend in 4th spot in League One with the worst case scenario seeing a drop to 8th place. However, that would still leave games in hand of most of the teams above as Wanderers go into an away game at Burton Albion on Saturday 14th March 2020.
ROB COUHIG INTERVIEW
(Thursday 5th March 2020) Rob Couhig gave his first interview since his company completed the takeover of Wycombe Wanderers. Speaking in a video interview via the official Club media channels, Couhig summarised his hopes and expectations for the remainder of the 2019/20 season. He said he was looking at 3 or 4 sell outs at Adams Park before end of season and expected Wanderers to be in the Play-Off's as a minimum. He added that ensuring players contracts were resolved as soon as possible and that Season Tickets for the 2020/21 campaign would be ‘affordable as possible’. Ground maintenance at Adams Park was also considered a priority. View video via - @wwfcofficial - Twitter feed
COVENTRY BLOCK LIVE STREAM
(Thursday 5th March 2020)
The Club reported on 5th March 2020 that Coventry City had opted NOT to allow UK iFollow coverage of the rearranged game with Wycombe on Tuesday 24th March 2020. The decision has come in for criticism from fans of both clubs unable to attend the match at St.Andrews and the decision could well be reversed nearer the date of the game.
(Thursday 5th March 2020) Oxford United reported on 5th March 2020 they had sold out their 1,800 allocation in the away end at Adams Park for the League One meeting with Wanderers on 21st March 2020. Once again the allocation is in a stand officially designed to accommodate just over 2,000 supporters. Bristol Rovers, April 2014, were the last club to be allocated that figure but COTN understands that Police advice since then has restricted the number of tickets sold because of reasons relating to persistent standing in the seated areas.
CONCERTS FOR ADAMS PARK?
(Wednesday 4th March 2020)
The owners of Wycombe Wanderers are planning music concerts at Adams Park according to an interview with Rob Couhig in the March 2020 issue of FC Business magazine. The magazine said “A vigorous campaign to attract significantly more sponsors is already planned, as are moves to engage with the local authority and the town's residents. Plans to stage end of season concerts by some of music's superstars are also on the 'to do' list.”
(Wednesday 4th March 2020)
The Club announced more backroom appointments on 4th March 2020 with the news of the return of Neil Peters as ‘Chief Commercial Officer’. Peters, a long-time Wanderers supporter, had previously been employed by the Club as ‘Head of Sales’ and has been brought back to the Club by the new owners, with Rob Couhig saying: “We are making positive and rapid progress both on and off the field, and have no plans to slow down.” Full story via Wycombe Wanderers official website
ANDREW HOWARD RETURNS
(Tuesday 3rd March 2020)
It was announced on 3rd March 2020 that former Club Chairman Andrew Howard had returned to Wycombe Wanderers in a role described as "relating to the football side of the business."
Rob Couhig explained: “I have asked Andrew Howard to join Pete Couhig, Gareth Ainsworth and Richard Dobson as they work on plans to expand the squad and widen the pool of players that are available to the club, so that it can be sustained at the highest possible level in a fiscally responsible manner.”
Howard originally joined the Wycombe Wanderers Board of Directors in June 2014, acting as Chairman from the summer of 2014 until October 2017. He resigned from the Board in October 2018. Full story via Wycombe Wanderes official website
MORE ACCOUNTS INFO
(Tuesday 3rd March 2020)
Slightly more detail of Wycombe Wanderers FC accounts were made available to Trust members on 3rd March 2020. Turnover for the 2018/19 season in League One was £4.08m - up 11.4% from £3.75m the previous season in League Two. The Club’s highest turnover as a Football League Club came in 2009/10 with £4.92m coming in as average attendances grew to 5,545 (compared to 5,331 in 2018/19). ‘Profit on disposal of players’ was recorded as £200,000 - equating mainly to the balance of Luke O’Nien being sold to Sunderland and Jason McCarthy bought from Barnsley.
DONCASTER 3 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 29th February 2020)
Wanderers missed the opportunity to climb back to 3rd spot in the League One table after conceding three soft goals in a 3-1 reverse at Doncaster Rovers. Wycombe created the better chances in the opening stages but conceded on the stroke of half-time when Niall Ennis cut in from the left to tuck the ball home through a crowd of players.
But Wycombe bounced back on 67 minutes when Adebayo Akinfenwa became Wanderers’ highest current Football League era goalscorer, as he turned and shot home a loose ball from just inside the Rovers box. However, it was the home side who pressed on to take the points – a free-kick from the left seeing Kieran Sadlier ghost in at the far post to slide home on 71 minutes. The points were sealed on 83 minutes when Jason Lokilo’s cross from the right to the far post was turned past his own ‘keeper by Jason McCarthy.
The defeat on the road came after Gareth Ainsworth made one change from the starting XI that had overcome Tranmere Rovers 3-1 at Adams Park the previous Saturday – Alex Samuel returning in favour of Akinfenwa but it was ‘The Beast’ who replaced Samuel just before the hour and then went on to enter the record books with a 54 goal haul in his Chairboys career.
Wycombe: Allsop, McCarthy, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Gape, Thompson, Smyth (sub 83 Parker), Wheeler, Onyedinma (sub 75 Freeman), Samuel (sub 57 Akinfenwa) - subs not used: Stockdale, Jombati, Bloomfield, Ofoborh - Att: 7,522 (432 away) Doncaster 3 Wycombe 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
TRUST vs PLC OWNED
(Friday 28th February 2020)
A comparison of Wycombe Wanderers' League form and losses while Trust owned against PLC owned makes for interesting reading.
The stats, first published via the @GasManCOTN - Twitter feed are: Trust owned - 2012-2020
League - PL 355 W 143 D 94 L 118 - Pts per game 1.47
Approx. accumulated losses - £2m (£5K per week) PLC owned - 2004-2012
League - PL 368 W 136 D 114 L 118 - Pts per game 1.42
Approx. accumulated losses - £8.4m (£20K per week)
Two seasons of PLC ownership were spent in the third tier, compared to 1 1/2 seasons under 100% Trust control.
MICKEY HOLIFIELD R.I.P.
(Friday 28th February 2020)
Very sad news was revealed on Friday 28th February 2020 of the passing of former Wanderer Mickey Holifield. Mickey was one of the heroes of the 1970's era Loakes Park team under Manager Brian Lee. He made more than 400 First Team outings for Wycombe between 1971 and 1981, putting him in the top dozen all-time appearance makers for Wanderers. Mickey Holified tribute by John Taylor via wwfc.com
WWFC DIRECTOR CHANGES
(Thursday 27th February 2020)
More changes to Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited were registered with Companies House on 27th February 2020. These include Wycombe Wanderers Trust no longer having 'significant control' and replaced by Feliciana EFL Limited, plus the appointment of Rob Couhig and Michelle 'Missy' Couhig as Directors of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. Missy becomes the first female Director of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club in a non secretarial role. The updates also include the termination as Directors of the Football Club of Ivor Beeks and David Cook (secretary). Cook is replaced by Trust Board Member David Smith as the Secretary of the Football Club. Wycombe Wanderers Football Club - filing history via Companies House
NEW DEALS FOR GAZ & DOBBO
(Wednesday 26th February 2020)
As expected, the Club confirmed new ‘long-term’ contracts for Manager Gareth Ainsworth and his assistant Richard Dobson via a press release on 26th February 2020. The length of deals were not stated in the original press release from the Club but their existing deals ran until 2023 (announced in June 2018), hence it's understand the new arrangements will run until at least 2025.
Commenting on the deal, new owner Rob Couhig said: “I am delighted that we were able to conclude their new contracts as the first official business under our ownership. I am confident we are placing our faith and the club’s future football in the right people. Gareth, Dobbo and their team will play a huge role in the continued development of our club. I am delighted that they have committed themselves to being part of the growing Worldwide Wycombe Wanderers Phenomenon!”Read full story via wwfc.com
(Wednesday 26th February 2020)
Accounts for Wycombe Wanderers Football Club year ending June 2019 were published via Companies House on 26th February 2020. The figures show a loss of £868K for the year compared to £667K the previous year. However, turnover increased from £3,751K to £4,078K. Profit from the disposal of player registrations was recorded as £200,000 compared to £13,000 the previous season. This figure is the net income from the sale and purchase of players during the year. For the 2018/19 season this essentially represented the sale of Luke O'Nien to Sunderland (estimated at £350,000), set against the purchase of Jason McCarthy from Barnsley (estimated at £150,000). Download/view WWFC accounts for 2018/19 via Companies House
DEFENDER JOINS ON 1 MONTH DEAL
(Wednesday 26th February 2020)
The Club confirmed the signing of 27-year-old defender Paco Craig on a one-month deal following his debut for Wanderers in the 3-0 victory at Hungerford Town in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup.
The former West Ham Youth player gained experience with Bishop’s Stortford before moving to the USA where he most recently played for Louisville City. He is the son of Mikey Craig, bass player of Culture Club. He was allocated No.30 in the Wycombe squad.
HUNGERFORD TOWN 0 WYCOMBE 3
(Tuesday 25th February 2020)
A Wanderers XI eased through to the Semi-Final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup with a 3-0 victory at a chilly Hungerford Town – one of Wanderers’ goals coming from Club Sports Scientist David Wates.
Wycombe included new signing short-term signing Paco Craig in the starting XI, along with triallist Erol Alkan. Wates was included as a substitute along with fellow backroom staff member Josh Hart.
The tie, Wanderers first in this competition since the 2013/14 season, saw Nnamdi Ofoborh break the deadlock on 35 minutes when he cut in from the right before shooting past the ‘keeper with his left foot. Nick Freeman doubled the lead seven minutes in the second-period before the goal of the tie came on 70 minutes when Wates curled an effort in from the right edge of the box.
Wycombe: Stockdale, Jombati, Craig, Alkan, Mascoll, Phillips, Ofoborh (sub 75 Hart), Frempah, Freeman, Parker, Samuel (sub 63 Wates) – subs not used: Allsop, Smyth - Att: 171 Hungerford 0 Wycombe 3 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
COMPANIES HOUSE UPDATES
(Tuesday 25th Febuary 2020)
Changes to Frank Adams Legacy Limited (FALL) and Wycombe Wanderers Football Club (WWFC) records at Companies House were made public on Tuesday 25th February 2020. These relate to charges by ‘Luby and Collis’ and ‘Chairboys Funders’, equating to approx. £950,000 debt, plus interest on FALL and a charge satisfaction connected with Adams Park and placed on WWFC.
Further changes are expected to be confirmed relating to the majority ownership of WWFC being transferred from Wycombe Wanderers Trust to Feliciana EFL Limited, the company owned by Rob Couhig.
View more detail via @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
NEW DEAL FOR GAZ?
(Monday 24th February 2020)
Wycombe's owner elect Rob Couhig hinted on Phil Catchpole's 'Ringing The Blues' podcast on Monday 24th February 2020 that a new deal for Gareth Ainsworth would be announced in the near future. He said: "We want to stabalise Gareth's operation. Something [will be announced soon] that will give the fans the sense that he's here to stay and we are here to stay."
THE BEAST GOES LEVEL
(Saturday 22nd February 2020) Adebayo Akinfenwa's goal against Tranmere Rovers at Adams Park on Saturday 22nd February 2020 took him level in the all-time goalscorers for Wanderers during their Football League era. The 71st minute header took 'The Beast' to 53 goals during his time with The Wanderers and level with Nathan Tyson's tally during his two spells with The Chairboys. Akinfenwa has netted his total in 172 games, while Tyson took 141 appearances.
WYCOMBE 3 TRANMERE 1
(Saturday 22nd February 2020)
Wanderers secured an impressive 3-1 victory against Tranmere Rovers at Adams Park after the relegation threatened visitors had equalised against the run of play just after the hour mark. Adebayo Akinfenwa netted the winner on 71 minutes and in doing so equalled the Club’s top scorer in the Football League era – reaching 53 goals to go level with Nathan Tyson. Joe Jacobson netted from the spot in stoppage time after Alex Samuel had been fouled, to confirm the three points and move Wanderers back up to 3rd place in the table with 59 points from 33 games.
Team news had seen Gareth Ainsworth name an unchanged starting XI for the first time in League and major cup ties in 2019/20. A Tranmere side who had knocked Wanderers out of the FA Cup earlier in the campaign came with a defensive plan in mind but were eventually broken down when Anthony Stewart forced home a corner in the 1st half stoppage time.
Wycombe: Allsop, McCarthy, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Thompson (sub 72 Ofoborh), Gape, Smyth, Wheeler, Onyedinma (sub 90+5 Bloomfield), Akinfenwa (sub 82 Samuel) – subs not used: Stockdale, Mascoll, Parker, Freeman - Att: 4,756 (307 away) Wycombe 3 Tranmere 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
BOLTON WANDERERS 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 15th February 2020)
Wycombe reached 56 points and moved to 3rd spot in League One following a 2-0 victory on a first ever visit to Bolton Wanderers. After a solid opening, Wanderers got the breakthrough a minute before the break when Toto Nsiala turned a Jason McCarthy cross to the far post past his own ‘keeper. A Joe Jacobson penalty converted on 62 minutes following a foul on Fred Onyedinma, sealed the points for Gareth Ainsworth’s side who now look in contention for a possible pop at the two automatic promotion spots.
The victory came after Ainsworth made five changes to the starting XI that had lost at home the previous Tuesday to Fleetwood – Darius Charles, Curtis Thompson, Smyth, Onyedinma and Adebayo Akinfenwa returning in favour of Sido Jombati, Alex Pattison, Nick Freeman, Alex Samuel and Josh Parker.
The points total of 56 after 32 games is the highest points total in the third tier for Wanderers since they accumulated 59 in the whole of the 2000/2001 campaign. The chance to equal that total will come against Tranmere Rovers at Adams Park on Saturday 22nd February. Wycombe’s record total in the 2nd is 60 points in the 1994/95 season when they finished 6th but missed out on the play-offs due to the re-structuring of the League.
Wycombe: Allsop, McCarthy, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Thompson, Gape, Smyth (sub 89 Parker), Wheeler, Onyedinma (sub 73 Ofoborh), Akinfenwa (sub 81 Samuel) – subs not used: Stockdale, Jombati, Pattison, Freeman - Att: 11,737 (625 away) Bolton Wanderers 0 Wycombe 2 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
WYCOMBE 0 FLEETWOOD 1
(Tuesday 11th February 2020)
Wanderers wasted the opportunity to go level on points with leaders Rotherham after going down 1-0 to a Fleetwood Town side that had been reduced to 10 men on 68 minutes with the dismissal of Ched Evans for violent conduct. The winning goal came seven minutes later when Paddy Madden tapped home. Visiting boss Joey Barton was also sent to the stands in the dying moments but he wouldn’t have worried as his side made it three straight League wins and will be eyeing a play-off place or better.
It was an evening to forget for Gareth Ainsworth’s side who failed to score at home in the League for the first time since April 2019 but made too many unforced errors to give them a chance of victory and as a result drop to 4th in the table with 53 points from 31 games. 5th placed Sunderland have 51 points and a game in hand, while sixth placed Portsmouth have 50 points and two games in hand. 11 points seperate the top ten sides.
Only the second home League defeat of the season for Wanderers came after four changes to the starting XI that beaten Bristol Rovers at Adams Park the previous Saturday – Sido Jombati, Alex Pattison, Nick Freeman and David Wheeler coming in for Darius Charles, Matt Bloomfield, Curtis Thompson and Adebayo Akinfenwa. There was some good news for Wanderes when Fred Onyedinma was introduced as a substitute for his first appearance since injury in early October 2019.
Wycombe: Allsop, McCarthy, Stewart, Jombati, Jacobson, Gape, Pattison (sub 78 Onyedinma), Freeman, Wheeler, Samuel (sub 66 Smyth), Parker (sub 66 Akinfenwa)- subs not used: Stockdale, Mascoll, Phillips, Ofoborh - Att: 3,286 (61 away) Wycombe 0 Fleetwood Town 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
HOME FANS SCHEME IN AWAY END
(Tuesday 11th February 2020)
The Club announced on 11th February 2020 they had arranged for 700 seats to be made available for Wycombe Wanderers fans in the ‘away’ end at Adams Park for ‘selected matches'. The arrangement has been agreed with the local authorities and will be available for the home game with Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 22nd February when the visitors are expected to bring 400-500 fans in a stand that can potentially hold 2,000. Original news item from official website
(Saturday 8th February 2020)
Wanderers' home game with Bristol Rovers on Saturday 1st February 2020 was dedicated to the memory of Oliver Darlington. The 13-year-old had died from sepsis on 3rd January 2020 after contracting a heavy cold. Following the final whistle of the match with Rovers, Wycombe Manager Gareth Ainsworth made an emontional lap of the pitch holding up Oliver’s playing shirt for local side Downley Dynamos. His family set up a justgiving fund in order to raise funds to promote awareness of the risks of sepsis and this had raised close to £25,000 of a target of £10,000 at the time of the tribute.
WYCOMBE 3 BRISTOL ROVERS 1
(Saturday 8th February 2020)
Wycombe kept the pressure on League leaders Rotherham following a 3-1 victory over Bristol Rovers at Adams Park. The win – a third successive victory at Adams Park for Wanderers – came after all the goals were netted in the first-half – Adebayo Akinfenwa opening the scoring on 9 minutes,only for Jayden Mitchell-Lawson to level on 20. However, Darious Charles and Matt Bloomfield struck within a two-minute spell shortly before the break to put Wanderers firmly in control and ultimately towards sealing the three points.
Team news against Rovers had seen Gareth Ainsworth make four changes to the starting XI that had lost 2-0 at from Milton Keynes the previous Saturday – Ryan Allsop returning in goal in favour of David Stockdale, while, what turned out to be the three goalscores, Charles, Bloomfield and Akinfenwa, were favoured for Sido Jombati, Nick Freeman and Paul Smyth. Elsewhere, there was encouraging news as Fred Onyedinma returned from injury on the bench.
The result saw Wanderers remain 2nd in the League One table having reached a total of 53 points from 30 games – the same points total as reached in the entire 2018/19 campaign in the same division.
Wycombe: Allsop, McCarthy, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Thompson (sub 90 Ofoborh), Gape, Bloomfield (sub HT Freeman), Samuel, Akinfenwa (sub 69 Smyth), Wheeler – subs not used: Stockdale, Jomabti, Onyedimna, Pattison - Att: 5,769 (970 away) Wycombe 3 Bristol Rovers 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
400 GAMES IN CHARGE FOR GAZ
(Friday 7th February 2020) Gareth Ainsworth hits another landmark in his Managerial career when he takes control of Wycombe Wanderers for the 400th time in a competitive First Team fixture as Bristol Rovers visit Adams Park on Saturday 8th February 2020. The landmark stat was revealed via the @GasManCOTN Twitter Feed before being picked up by official and national media previews of the game.
The Wycombe Manager had already become the longest serving Manager in Wanderers’ Football League history and in October 2019 became the current longest serving boss in the top four tiers of English football. 400 games in charage for Ainsworth - COTN special article
O'NEILL JOINS - 30 YEARS ON
(Friday 7th February 2020)
Friday 7th February 2020 marked the 25th anniversary of the day that Martin O'Neill was appointed as Wanderers' Manager. The Irishman stepped in following the 'resignation' of Jim Kelman and came after a three week hunt for a new boss at Loakes Park. Chairboys on The Net took a look back at the start of what would become an unprecidented period of success for the Club for the 25th anniversary. 25 years on - Martin O'Neill arrives - special feature
GOAL DROUGHT RECORD
(Saturday 1st February 2020)
Wanderers' run of failing to score away from home in the Football League was extended to 585 minutes of normal time following the 2-0 defeat at Milton Keynes and becomes the longest goal drought on the road for The Chairboys since joining the Football League in 1993. The previous Football League 'lean spells' had been 537 minutes on two occasions (February-April 1995 & October-December 1996). The next chance to end the record comes on Wycombe's first ever trip to play Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 15th February 2020.
MILTON KEYNES 2 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 1st February 2020)
Wanderers went down 2-0 at Milton Keynes following a frustrating afternoon at Stadium MK. The home side, managed by former Wanderer Russell Martin, were desperate for points to pull themselves clear of the relegation zone and made the vital breakthrough on 68 minutes when Rhys Healey tucker the ball in at the far post following a ball in from the left. Josh Parker came closest to leveller for Wycombe moments later but saw his flick from Jason McCarthy’s low cross go a fraction wide. The points were sealed for the home side with four minutes of normal time remaining when Ben Gladwin’s left footed strike from 25 yards bounced over the dive of David Stockdale in the Wycombe goal.
The result came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the starting XI that had beaten Blackpool the previous Tuesday at Adams Park - Sido Jombati, Joe Jacobson and Curtis Thompson returning to the side in favour of Darius Charles, Jamie Mascoll and Matt Bloomfield. Meanwhile, Adebayo Akinfenwa was unavailable for Wanderers due to a pre-agreed media related trip to watch the Super-Bowl in Miami, USA.
Wycombe remained 2nd after the defeat at Milton Keynes but leaders Rotherham opened the gap to 3 points after beating Burton. Ipswich Town’s collapse continued with a 4-1 home defeat to Peterborough, who moved to 3rd spot.
Wycombe: Stockdale, Jacobson, Jombati, Gape (sub 87 Bloomfield), Stewart, Wheeler, Smyth (sub 69 Parker), Thompson, Freeman, Samuel (sub 74 Pattison), McCarthy- subs: Allsop, Mascoll, Phillips, Ofoborh - Att: 9,699 (1,834 away - Wycombe away following highest since QPR 2001) Milton Keynes 2 Wycombe 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
TEN YEARS FOR AINSWORTH
(Saturday 1st February 2020)
The 1st February 2020 marked the 10th anniversary of Gareth Ainsworth signing for Wycombe Wanderers on a permanent basis. Back in 2010 the then 36-year-old had originally joined Wanderers on loan from QPR in November 2009 - making two appearances before being injured. He was subsequently released by QPR and signed an 18 month deal with Wycombe under Manager Gary Waddock. Speaking to the press at the time of the deal, Ainsworth said: "I really wanted to come back. It was a no-brainer for me. When other clubs realised I was a free-agent there was some interest but I didn't want to speak to anyone else. I only wanted to come here and see it as unfinished business."
HUNGERFORD TOWN AWAY IN B&B
(Wednesday 29th January 2020)
A Wycombe Wanderers XI will travel to Hungerford Town in the Quarter-Final of Berks & Bucks Senior Cup. The tie against the National League South side will take place on a date to be arranged during February. Wanderers have previously met Hungerford in the B&B during the 1970's and 1980's and also won the competition when the Final was hosted at Hungerford's Bulpit Lane ground in 1990 - beating Slough Town 2-1 for Martin O'Neill's first trophy at Wycombe.
R.I.P. MARK BIRD
(Wednesday 29th January 2020)
The Club confirmed the tragic news on the morning of 29th January 2020 that Mark Bird, the Wycombe Wanderers supporter who fell ill prior to the home match with Blackpool, had died later that evening at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough. The 62-year-old suffered a heart-attack inside the ground prior to kick-off and although treated at the scene could not be resuscitated. A picture of Mark with his son Luke, taken at the 2015 Play-Off Final at Wembley, was posted on the official website at the time of the news story and we include this below in memory of Mark.
WYCOMBE 2 BLACKPOOL 1
(Tuesday 28th January 2020)
Wanderers reached 50 points in ‘League One’ with a 2-1 victory over Blackpool at Adams Park but it was events prior to kick-off that will be remembered on this ultimately tragic evening. A Wycombe supporter was taken seriously ill inside the ground prior to the scheduled kick-off time of 7.45pm and a local air ambulance was called to the ground, landing on the pitch and consequently delaying the match start time until 8.50pm.
Wycombe adapted better to the delayed start – Nick Freeman and Alex Samuel both scoring inside the opening 10 minutes to out Wanderers into a 2-0 lead. Paul Smyth and David Wheeler went close to extending Wycombe’ s lead before Blackpool substitute Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall pulled one back on his Seasiders debut to set-up a tense end to the game but one where the defence held out.
The victory, which lifted Wycombe back up to 2nd spot in the table, came after Gareth Ainsworth seven changes from the side that had lost 4-0 at Peterborough the previous Tuesday – new loanee ‘keeper David Stockdale coming in alongside Jamie Mascoll, Darius Charles, Dominic Gape, Paul Smyth, Alex Samuel and David Wheeler. Out of the starting XI were Ryan Allsop, Joe Jacobson, Nmandi Ofoborh, Giles Phillips, Curtis Thompson, Adebayo Akinfenwa and John Parker.
The 50 point total, reached in 28 League games, compares to the same points total being achieved in 44 League games during the 2018/19 season.
Wycombe: Stockdale, McCarthy, Stewart, Charles, Mascoll, Gape (sub 85 Ofoborh), Bloomfield (sub 65 Thompson), Freeman, Wheeler (sub 74 Akinfenwa), Smyth, Samuel - subs not used: Allsop, Jombati, Pattison, Parker - Att: 3,684 (237 away) Wycombe 2 Blackpool 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
KASHKET BANNED BY THE FA
(Friday 24th January 2020)
The Club confirmed on Friday 24th January 2020 that striker Scott Kashket will serve a two-month ban (21st January until 21st March) after admitting breaking FA betting rules between 3rd September 2014 and 22nd August 2016, while at Leyton Orient. The club and player have decided not to appeal the decision. Full details of the decision were also published via thefa.com where a fine of £3,446.13 was confirmed and the playing ban clarified as being for a six month period but the with the final four months only coming into effect if the player made a further breach of The FA’s Betting Rules before 21 July 2021.
STOCKDALE RETURNS ON LOAN
(Friday 24th January 2020)
The Club confirmed on Friday 24th January 2020 the return of goalkeeper David Stockdale on loan from Championship side Birmingham City until the end of the 2019/20 campaign. Stockdale played two games on 'emergency loan' for Wanderers in November 2018 - ending on the winning side on both occasions. The now 34-year-old comes with significant Football League experience, including time at Fulham and Brighton. He joined City in the summer of 2017 on a three-year deal but appeared to fall out of favour following Gary Monk's appointment as City boss in March 2018. He played three times on loan at Southend United earlier in the 2018/19 campaign. Stockdale's latest move to Adams Park came after first choice Wanderers 'keeper Ryan Allsop shipped 16 goals in 6 games over the Christmas period having previously gone on a record breaking clean sheet spell of more than 10 hours in League football. He was allocated No.31 in the Wycombe squad.
COVENTRY AWAY POSTPONED
(Wednesday 22nd January 2020)
Wanderers' away League One match at Coventry City has been re-arranged for Tuesday 24th March at St.Andrews in Birmingham. The game needed to re-arranged due to City's involvement in the FA Cup 4th Round on Saturday 25th January when they take on landlords Birmingham City at their shared ground.
PETERBOROUGH 4 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 21st January 2020)
Wycombe suffered a second successive 4-0 away defeat but will point to a soft-penalty and an equally soft red-card for Giles Phillips on 21 minutes for this reverse at Peterborough United. The QPR loanee brushed the back of Posh striker Sammie Szmodics and to the astonishment of most people in the ground, referee Charles Breakspear gave a spot-kick and sent Giles for an early bath. Ivan Toney converted from the spot and an out-of-sorts Wycombe side conceded again a minute before the break when Siriki Dembele netted on the break. Jack Taylor made it 3-0 on 56 minutes and Toney added another on 73 minutes on an evening that Wanderers were glad to hear the final whistle.
With this being the only League One game of the evening, Wycombe remain 2nd in the table, with 47 points from 27 games – behind leaders Rotherham on goal-difference.
The reverse at London Road came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the starting XI that had beaten Rochdale at Adams Park this previous Saturday - Phillips, Nmandi Ofoborh and Matt Bloomfield coming in for Darius Charles, Dominic Gape and David Wheeler
Wycombe:Allsop, Jacobson (sub 45+2 Jombati), Stewart, Bloomfield, Phillips, Thompson, Akinfenwa, Freeman, McCarthy, Parker (sub 57 Smyth), Ofoborh (sub 78 Samuel) - subs not used: Gape, Wheeler, Mascoll, Charles - Att: 3,851 (257 away) Peterborough 4 Wycombe 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
WYCOMBE 2 ROCHDALE 1
(Saturday 18th January 2020)
A stoppage-time penalty from Joe Jacobson saw Wanderers claim a 2-1 victory over Rochdale at Adams Park and remain 2nd in the League One table. It was a first win for six League games for Gareth Ainsworth’s side and came after the visitors had taken an 18th minute lead when Ryan Allsop’s clearance had struck Ian Henderson’s back and rebounded into the Valley End net. But Jason MCarthy celebrated his return to Wycombe with an equaliser on 31 minutes and late Wycombe pressure eventually paid off when Dale youngster Luke Matheson brought down substitute Paul Smyth and Jacobson converted from the spot.
The much needed three points came after Wycombe fielded four changes compared to the starting XI that had lost 4-0 at Sunderland the previous Saturday – Josh Parker, Nick Freeman and Adebayo Akinfenwa, along with new loanee McCarthy, coming in for Giles Phillips, Matt Bloomfield, Paul Smyth and Alex Samuel.
Wycombe:Allsop, McCarthy, Charles, Stewart, Jacobson, Thompson (sub 89 Bloomfield), Freeman, Wheeler (sub 73 Smyth), Gape (sub 87 Ofoborh), Parker, Akinfenwa – subs not used: Jombati, Kashket, Phillips, Samuel - Att: 4,498 (172 away) Wycombe 2 Rochdale 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
THE RETURN OF THE MAC
(Friday 17th January 2020)
After heavy speculation on the morning of Friday 17th January 2020, the Club confirmed later on the same day that former Wanderer's defender Jason McCarthy had re-joined the Club on loan from 'Championship' side Millwall until the end of the 2019/20 season. McCarthy moved to Millwall in July 2019 having made 88 appearances for Wycombe in two spells at Adams Park - the first on loan from Southampton during the 2015/16 season before a permament move from Barnsley in August 2018. He was allocated No.26 in the Wycombe squad. Jason McCarthy - Player Profile updated
TAKE-OVER 'FAIRLY SOON'
(Friday 17th January 2020)
A joint statement from Rob Couhig and Trevor Stroud on Friday 17th January 2020 said the Club takeover would not finished in the previously suggested time schedule but there was confidence it would be completed in the near future, explaining: "It is proceeding reasonably quickly, particularly given the number of parties and agreements that must be completed. In addition to Rob Couhig and his investment vehicle, Feliciana EFL Ltd, there is Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, Wycombe Wanderers Trust, Frank Adams Legacy Limited, various lenders to the club, the owners of the training facility, and, of course, the EFL itself, who are all involved in these discussions. We are both confident that completion will take place fairly soon." Full details via wycombewandererstrust.com
CMS REMAINS AT STEVENAGE
(Friday 17th January 2020)
The Club confirmed on Friday (17th January 2020) that Craig Mackail-Smith would remain on-loan at Stevenage until the end of the 2019/20 season. CMS joined the 'League Two' side in September 2019 and had scored once in 20 appearances when the loan extension was announced. He originally joined Wycombe in August 2017 but had been unable to command a regular First Team spot since promotion to 'League One' and last appeared for Wanderers in the New Years Day home defeat to Coventry City in 2019. Craig Mackail-Smith - Player Profile updated
COVENTRY AWAY POSTPONED
(Tuesday 14th January 2020)
Wanderers' disrupted fixture list during the 2019/20 season will continue after Coventry City's 3-0 FA Cup Third Round replay victory over Bristol Rovers means that Wycombe's scheduled trip to play City at St.Andrews on Saturday 25th January will need to be re-arranged. It's the fourth Wycombe Saturday League fixture of the season to be postponed or cancelled.
AARONS RETURNS TO NEWCASTLE
(Sunday 12th January 2020) Rolando Aarons will return to Newcastle United when his loan spell with Wanderers officially ends on Monday 13th January. The now 24-year-old joined Wycombe on loan on transfer deadline day (Monday 2nd September 2019) and went on to make 13 appearances while at Adams Park - scoring on two occasions. His first goal was the winner against Shrewsbury Town at Adams Park on 2nd November 2019 in League One. His other strike came three days later in the 2-1 home defeat to Fulham in the Football League Trophy.
SUNDERLAND 4 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 11th January 2020)
Wanderers dropped to 2nd place in the League One table after being outclassed by a revived Sunderland side at The Stadium of Light. In front of close to 30,000 home fans, Wycombe conceded three goals inside the opening 21 minutes and never recovered in the blustery conditions.
Charlie Wyke opening the scoring on 6 minutes before Denver Hume double the lead ten minutes later. A Chris Maguire penalty mid-way through the half following a foul by Anthony Stewart on Lyden Gooch completed the early rout. Maguire grabbed a 4th for the home side on 78 minutes.
Team news for Wycombe saw Gareth Ainsworth made two changes from the starting XI that had drawn at home to Ipswich Town on New Years Day - Curtis
Thompson and Dominic Gape returning to the side in favour of Nnamdi Ofoborh and Freeman. Wycombe will now look to bounce back when they take on Rochdale at Adams Park on Saturday (18th January).
Wycombe: Allsop, Jacobson, Gape (sub 76 Pattison), Stewart, Wheeler, Bloomfield, Phillips (sub 29 Akinfenwa), Smyth (sub 76 Parker), Thompson, Charles, Samuel - subs not used: Kashket, Freeman, Aarons, Ofoborh - Att: 29,331 (659 away) Sunderland 4 Wycombe 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
CHARLES DEAL EXTENDED
(Friday 10th January 2020)
The Club confirmed on Friday (10th January 2020) that defender Darius Charles had signed a new deal running until June 2021. The 31 year-old had originally signed a deal until January 2020 following 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. Commenting on the deal, Manager Gareth Ainsworth said : "Keeping Darius at the club is as important as any new signing might be, and this deal has been helped by the contributions of fans to the 500 Club in the summer which have just stretched the budget above what we could previously afford. I’d like to thank those supporters, and also the chairman, the Couhigs, my medical team and also Darius himself for all playing their part in continuing the fantastic story that his career has become." Darius Charles - Player Profile updated
(Friday 10th January 2020)
Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud gave an update to members on Friday 10th January regarding the take-over deal: "Further to our previous communications about the completion of the deal with Rob Couhig, who is acquiring a 75% share in the football club, I can update you that we are in the very final stages of finalising the documents relating to the agreement. The deal will not be completed today, as previously suggested, but it is expected to be finalised early next week and we will update you once this has been achieved." Full details via wycombewandererstrust.com
CLUB SUPPORT CAMPAIGN
(Thursday 9th January 2020)
The Club announced on Thursday 9th January 2020 that the team will wear the yellow change strip for the League 1 match against Rochdale at Adams Park on Saturday 18th January, as part of a special matchday dedicated to supportting the Chiltern Samaritans. The Club have branded the game an ‘anything but blue’ matchday, encouraging fans to ditch their traditional Wanderers attire for bright, alternative colours on the weekend of Blue Monday – reportedly the most depressing day of the year with increased rates of suicide across the UK, particularly amongst men.
Full story via wycombewanderers.com
ATTENDANCES UP AT ADAMS PARK
(Wednesday 8th January 2020)
The two recent 7,500+ attendances at Adams Park have pushed the season to date League average to 5,953 – an 11.5% increase on the 2018/19 season.
The number of 6,000+ attendances have now reached five, the same number as the whole of the 2018/19 season, with nine home games remaining.
The 30,000+ attendance expected for Wycombe's game at Sunderland on Saturday (11th January 2020) will also mean that Wanderers will have played in front of a 10,000+ away gate for a 4th consecutive League game.
'MINI' SEASON TICKETS LAUNCHED
(Tuesday 7th January 2020)
The Club announced deals for five and nine game 'mini' season tickets for the remainder of the 2019/20 season on Tuesday 7th January in what is believed to be a method of guaranteeing budgets as the season concludes. The press release added: "Booking a multi-game package will secure a high priority status for high-demand away or play-off fixtures – behind full season ticket holders - and qualify supporters for a high priority status for booking next year’s season tickets, enabling those fans to keep the same seat as their multi-game package." COTN understands the method of prioritising for 'high demand' games is still to be decided for the new ticketing system used at Adams Park. Full story via wycombewanderers.com
WYCOMBE 1 IPSWICH TOWN 1
(Wednesday 1st January 2020)
Wanderers halted a run of three successive defeats after a David Wheeler’s equaliser earned a 1-1 draw in the live TV game with Ipswich Town at Adams Park. The draw saw Wycombe remain top of the ‘League One’ table with in-form Rotherham in 2nd place, three points behind and Coventry City a point further back in 3rd.
The gate of just over 8,500 was the highest ever New Years Day gate at Adams Park and saw Gareth Ainsworth make four changes to his starting XI that had been overrun by Coventry City at Adams Park a few days previous – Darius Charles, Nick Freeman, Alex Samuel and Paul Smyth favoured ahead of Sido Jombati, Scott Kashket, Curtis Thompson and Adebayo Akinfenwa. The match also marked Joe Jacobson's 250th First Team appearance for the Wanderers.
Ipswich, in their first competitive game at Adams Park, broke the deadlock on 54 minutes when a free-kick from the left was whipped in by Luke Garbutt for James Norwood to stoop in and head home from six-yards. But Wycombe responded and equalised eleven minutes later when Akinfenwa’s flock on from outside the box saw Wheeler improvise a lob over the Town ‘keeper from 12 yards.
Scheduled Saturday 4th January opponents Peterborough United are in FA Cup action, so Wanderers' next game will be at Sunderland on Saturday 11th January.
Wycombe: Allsop, Phillips, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Ofoborh, Bloomfield, Freeman; Wheeler, Smyth (sub 65 Akinfenwa), Samuel (sub 86 Kashket) – subs not used: Yates, Jombati, Pattison, Aarons, Parker - Att: 8,523 (1,800 away) Wycombe 1 Ipswich 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
WYCOMBE 1 COVENTRY 4
(Sunday 29th December 2019)
Wanderers’ woeful League record against Coventry City continued as Matt Godden bagged a hat-trick as the visitors left Adams Park with a 4-1 victory. Wycombe still cling on to top spot in the table but are now four points clear of 2nd placed Oxford United who have a game I hand. City climb to 5th spot – six points behind Wycombe as the League One promotion race continues tighten up.
Wycombe went into the game having lost all previous four Football League meetings with The Sky Blues and Gareth Ainsworth’s side were on the back foot on three minutes when Sam McCallum cut back from the left being curling in a righted footed effort struck from the edge of the box. Adebayo Akinfenwa drew Wycombe level on 14 minutes when he swept the ball into left corner of the net from six yards after neatly controlling Sido Jomabti’s flick on.
However, two minutes laterJomabti conceded a soft penalty when he was caught in possession and Godden converted from the resulting spot-kick. On the stroke of half-time Godden made it 3-1 when he beat the offside trap before clipping the ball past Allsop from the right edge of the six-yard box. Wycombe came close to pulling a goal back in first-half stoppage when Scott Kashket’s first-time shot appeared to strike the left-hand upright. But the match was sealed in favour of Coventry five minutes after the re-start when Godden struck first time from 20 yards with a low shot inside the right-hand post to make it 4-1.
A third successive League defeat for Wycombe came after Gareth Ainsworth made five changes to the side that had lost at Portsmouth three days previous – Giles Phillips, David Wheeler, Matt Bloomfield, Scott Kashket and Adebayo Akinfenwa returning in favour of Darius Charles, Nick Freeman, Paul Smyth, Alex Samuel and Rolando Aarons.
Wycombe host Ipswich Town on New Years Day at Adams Park.
Wycombe: Allsop, Jombati, Stewart, Phillips, Jacobson, Ofoborh, Thompson (sub 62 Freeman), Bloomfield, Wheeler (sub 77 Parker), Kashket (sub 66 Smyth) Akinfenwa – subs not used: Yates, Pattison, Samuel, Mascoll - Att: 7,533 (1,800 away) Wycombe 1 Coventry 4 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
PORTSMOUTH 2 WYCOMBE 0
(Thursday 26th December 2019)
Wanderers suffered a second successive League defeat for the first tie in the 2019/20 - campaign as they went down 2-0 to Portsmouth at Fratton Park. Defeat means that Wanderers’ lead at the top of the division was cut to six points as Ipswich again failed to take advantage after drawing 0-0 at home to Gillingham. The chasing pack continue to bunch-up with the gap from 2nd to 10th, just four points.
A sometimes frenzied game at Pompey saw Gareth Ainsworth’s side more than hold their own for the first hour but eventually succumbed in the 66th minute - Ben Close eventually netting for the home side after Ryan Allsop had moments earlier blocked earlier efforts from Ronan Curtis and Close. A second goal seven minutes later, when Curtis flicked in a low cross from the right proved a step too far for Wycombe to climb back from.
Team news for Wanderers at Fratton Park saw five changes to the starting XI that had lost at Oxford the previous Saturday - Nmandi Offorborh, Rolando Aarons, Paul Smyth, Alex Samuel and Nick Freeman coming in, while Adebayo Akinfenwa (suspended) and Dominic Gape (injured) were left out and Scott Kashket, Matt Bloomfield and David Wheeler dropping to the bench.
Wycombe host Coventry City on 29th December – a team they have a 100% losing record in the Football League (4 games).
Wycombe: Allsop; Jombati, Stewart, Charles Jacobson; Thompson (sub 27 Pattison), Ofoborh; Aarons (sub 67 Wheeler), Samuel, Freeman; Smyth (sub 77 Kashket) – subs not used: Yates, Phillips, Bloomfield, Parker
- Att: 18,419 (749 away) Portsmouth 2 Wycombe 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
(Tuesday 24th December 2019)
An update on the takeover of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club was given to Trust Members by Chairman Trevor Stroud via email on 24th December 2019. The summary said that Rob Couhig's company had: "Planned to complete the deal on 10th January 2020." Rob Couhig added that: "Mark Palmer will not be involved with his team on a day to day basis, to allow him to pursue other opportunities." The Trust Board also agreed that "due to potential conflicts of interest, the Trust Chairman should not sit on the Football Club Board." David Cook and Trevor Stroud will stay on the FC Board and therefore as a result, Stroud will stand down as Trust Chairman as soon as the deal is completed. The Trust Board held an election the previous week where it was decided that Nigel Kingston will take over as Chairman, with Peter Lerner as his Vice Chair. Full details via wycombewandererstrust.com
GARDINER-SMITH LOANED OUT
(Tuesday 24th December 2019)
It was confirmed on 24th December 2019 that Wanderers midfielder Jacob Gardiner-Smith had been signed by former Wycombe player George Borg at Braintree Town -
joining the National League South side on a three month loan. The 22-year-old joined Wanderers in July 2019 but had been limited to three First Team appearances (all in the Football League Trophy) before agreeing the loan.
KASHKET CHARGED BY FA
(Tuesday 24th December 2019)
The FA confirmed on 24th December 2019 that Wanderers striker Scott Kashket been charged with misconduct under The FA’s Betting Rules.
It is alleged that he placed 183 bets on football matches between 3 September 2014 and 22 August 2016, contrary to FA Rule E8. Kashket was on the books of Leyton Orient during this period and signed for Wanderers on 31st August 2016. The player has until 31st Decembver 2019 to respond with a fine and expected ban to be announced early in the new year.
CLEAN SHEET RECORD
(Saturday 21st December 2019)
Wanderers reached a record 10 hours of League football without conceding a goal during the match at Oxford United on Saturday (21st December 2019). The final total of 602 clean sheet minutes set a new Club record for Wycombe as a Football League Club (1993-2019).
OXFORD UTD 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 21st December 2019)
Wanderers conceeded a League goal for the first time in over 10 hours and saw Adebayo Akinfewna red-carded as they went down 1-0 to Oxford United in front of a 10,000 plus gate at the U's Grenoble Road stadium. James Henry scored the only goal of the game on 23 minutes and Wycombe's task was not helped three minutes later when Akinfenwa (already booked for a 20th minute push) was goaded by former Wanderer John Mousinho and shown a second yellow by referee Lee Swabey.
Wycombe's only second League defeat of the season came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the side that had beaten Burton Albion at Adams Park the previous saturday - Dominic Gape, Scott Kashket and Akinfenwa coming in for Nmandi Ofoborh, Rolando Aarons and Alex Samuel. Gape was forced off on 9 minutes with a leg injury.
Despite the defeat, Wanderers remained 7 points clear at the top of the table after previously 2nd placed Ipswich lost away to Portsmouth. Wycombe travel to Fratton Park to take on Pompey on Boxing Day.
Wycombe: Allsop, Jombati, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Gape (sub 9 Ofoborh), Thompson, Bloomfield (sub 81 Aarons), Kashket (sub 62 Smyth), Wheeler, Akinfenwa – subs not used: Yates, Phillips, Freeman, Samuel
- Att: 10,123 (1,802 away) Oxford Utd 1 Wycombe 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
HAUSE MAKES PREMIER DEBUT
(Monday 16th December 2019)
Former Wycombe Wanderers defender Kortney Hause made his Premier League debut for Aston Villa on Saturday (14th December 2019) - playing the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United. The 24-year-old
moved to Villa from Wolves in June 2019 for a fee reported in the region of £3m - leaving Wycombe with an expected windfall of around £560,000 from the sell-on agreement when he left Wycombe for Wolves in January 2014. Kortney Hause - Player Profile
WYCOMBE 2 BURTON 0
(Saturday 14th December 2019)
Wanderers extended their lead at the top of ‘League One’ to seven points with an efficient 2-0 victory over Burton Albion at Adams Park. The sixth clean sheet was also a Football League record for Wycombe who have now reached 43 points after 20 games and are now guaranteed a top spot in the division on Christmas Day irrespective of how results develop on Saturday 21st December.
Team news had seen Gareth Ainsworth make four changes from the starting XI at Ipswich on Wanderers’ last outing 18 days previous – Sido Jombati, Nmandi Ofoborh, Alex Samuel and Rolando Aarons coming in for Jack Grimmer, Dominic Gape, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Paul Smyth. Grimmer and Gape were both reported to have picked up knocks in training.
Wycombe opened the scoring in the 24th minute when Joe Jacobson’s corner from the left found its way to Anthony Stewart on the far side of the penalty area – Stewart then stroking the ball back across the face of the goal for David Wheeler to sweep home from six yards.
The visitors pressed briefly in the second period but failed to get any serious efforts on goal and it was left for Wanderers to wrap the game up in the final minute of normal time - a sublime midfield pass from Wheeler to Alex Pattison on the right corner of the Burton penalty area seeing the former Middlesbrough trainee’s pass across the goal partially cleared to Matt Bloomfield who struck home from 10 yards to make the final score 2-0 to Wanderers.
It was Bloomfield’s first goal of the season and meant that he continued his record of scoring in all season’s he has been at Adams Park (now standing at 17). He showed his delight by celebrating wildly in front of the Woodlands stand.
Wycombe travel to an in form Oxford United on Saturday 21st December before entering a daunting holiday programme that includes games against Portsmouth, Coventry City and Ipswich Town.
Wycombe: Allsop, Jombati, Jacobson, Stewart, Charles, Thompson (sub 80 Pattison), Ofoborh, Bloomfield, Wheeler, Aarons (sub 66 Kashket), Samuel (sub 65 Akinfenwa) – subs not used: Yates, Phillips, Smyth, Freeman
- Att: 5,448 (186 away) Wycombe 2 Burton 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
IPSWICH 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 26th November 2019)
Wanderers returned with a point from their first ever Football League meeting at Portman Road with Ipswich Town but could have snatched all three if Joe Jacobson had converted an 87th minute penalty with the scores at 0-0.
An ill-tempered match saw 11 yellow cards dished out by referee Alan Young (6 Wycombe/5 Ipswich). Young also disallowed an Ipswich ‘goal’ on 43 minutes. Luke Garbutt’s left-footed cross from the left saw Luke Chambers flick a header goalwards past Ryan Allsop but with the home players and fans celebrating wildly, the officials pulled the play back to rule out the effort due to offside. Earlier Paul Smyth and Adebayo Akinfenwa had chances for a Wycombe side Captained by former Town youth player Matt Bloomfield.
Wycombe’s golden chance to grab all three points came when David Wheeler was tripped by Chambers on the edge of the box. Jacobson, who had scored late on from the spot the previous Saturday to beat Doncaster, struck this effort towards the top left corner but Tomas Holy pulled off a fantastic improvised one-handed save to claw the ball away from behind him to ensure the game ended goalless.
The result came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes from the side that beaten Doncaster at Adams Park the previous Saturday- Dominic Gape and Akinfenwa returning to the starting XI ahead of Nmandi Ofoborh and Alex Samuel who both dropped to bench.
The draw maintained Wanderers five point gap at the top of the table, with 40 points now accumulated from the opening 19 games. Wycombe now go into an enforced 2 ½ week break from action due to elimination from the FA Cup and the demise of Bury. Next game is at home to Burton Albion on Saturday 14th December 2019.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Jacobson, Stewart, Charles, Gape, Thompson, Bloomfield (sub 71 Freeman), Wheeler, Smyth (sub 62 Kashket), Akinfenwa – subs not used: Yates, Phillips, Samuel, Aarons, Ofoborh
- Att: 19,215 (793 away) Ipswich 0 Wycombe 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
WYCOMBE 1 DONCASTER 0
(Saturday 23rd November 2019)
A stoppage time penalty from Joe Jacobson saw Wanderers overcome Doncaster Rovers 1-0 at Adams Park and extend their lead at the top of ‘League One’ to five points.
Rovers, reduced to 10 men on 49 minutes after Tom Anderson was shown a straight red for a lunge on Matt Bloomfield, conceded the spot-kick when Donervon Daniels shoved over Adebayo Akinfenwa allowing Jacobson to eventually send Timothy Dieng the wrong way from the spot.
The victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made six changes to the starting XI compared to the midweek defeat to Tranmere in the FA Cup – Daruis Charles, Jacobson, Nmandi Ofoborh, Bloomfield, David Wheeler and Alex Samuel returning in favour of Jamie Mascoll, Giles Phillips, Dominic Gape, Nick Freeman, Scott Kashket and Akinfenwa.
Wycombe travel to Ipswich Town on Tuesday 27th November for a first ever Football League meeting at Portman Road.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Jacobson, Stewart, Charles, Thompson, Ofoborh, Bloomfield (sub 60 Akinfenwa), Wheeler, Smyth (sub 74 Aarons), Samuel (sub 79 Kashket) – subs not used: Yates, Gape, Phillips, Freeman
- Att: 4,875 (459 away) Wycombe 1 Doncaster 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
WYCOMBE 1 TRANMERE 2
(Wednesday 20th November 2019)
Wanderers’ FA Cup journey for the 2019/20 season was cut-short after they lost 2-1 in extra-time at Adams Park to a Tranmere Rovers side reduced to ten-men after 41 minutes but who had battled back from a goal-down to snatch the tie with spot-kicks just five minutes away.
With a live TV 2nd Round home encounter with Chichester the reward for the winners, it looked like it would be Wycombe reaping the benefits of least £150,000 worth of 'Football Fortune' when Anthony Stewart fired home on the stroke of half-time. The breakthrough came just four minutes after Kane Wilson had been red-carded for a dangerous challenge on Jack Grimmer.
A second goal for Wycombe would have surely put the tie beyond Rovers and only the cross-bar on 54 minutes denied Nick Freeman from giving Wanderers that vital cushion. Moments later the home support were stunned when the visitors levelled against the run of play when Morgan Ferrier timed his run perfectly down the right channel before nipping the ball past Ryan Allsop from eight yards.
Despite the set-back it was Wycombe who still looked the side most likely to progress but they found visiting ‘keeper Scott Davies in inspirational form. Paul Smyth had the ball in the net for follow-up after Davies parried a Scott Kashket shot. Davies would go on to deny Kashket again and then Alex Pattison as the match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.
The tie followed a similar pattern into extra-time with the Davies palming away Josh Parker free-kick from 25 yards that looked destined for the top right corner. The winning goal came with five minutes of the extra-time remaining when Kieran Morris (who had scored twice in the original tie at Prenton Park) picked out a left-wing pass from Blackett-Taylor before switching the ball to his left-foot and striking low past Allsop from the edge of the ‘D’.
The defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes from the previous Sunday’s League game at Tranmere – Jamie Mascoll, Giles Phillips, Freeman and Smyth coming in with Joe Jacobson, Darius Charles, Matt Bloomfield and David Wheeler left out of the starting XI.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Mascoll, Phillips, Stewart, Gape, Thompson (sub 65 Pattison), Freeman, Smyth (sub 76 Wheeler), Kashket (sub 101 Parker), Akinfenwa (sub HT Samuel) - subs not used: Yates, Pattison, Gardiner-Smith, Ofoborh
- Att: 2,928 (243 away) Wycombe 1 Tranmere 2 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
AINSWORTH - 10 YEARS AT WYCOMBE
(Wednesday 20th November 2019)
Wednesday 20th November 2019 marked the 10th anniversary of Gareth Ainsworth first joining Wycombe Wanderers. Ainsworth signed on an initial one month loan from Queens Park Rangers on 20th November 2009. The then 36 year old could boast a professional career of more than 400 games and close to 100 goals. He had also recently moved into management, taking on the role of Caretaker Manager at QPR on two occasions following the respective departures of Iain Dowie and Paulo Sousa. Originally a trainee with his home town club Blackburn Rovers, he made his mark as a player during spells with Preston North End (appearing in the 1994 play-off final versus Wycombe), Lincoln City, Port Vale and Wimbledon (playing against Wycombe in the FA Cup 5th Round tie in February 2001), before joining QPR at the start of the 2003/4 season.
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
2nd ROUND TIE FOR LIVE TV
(Thursday 14th November 2019)
BT Sport announced on Thursday (14th November) they had chosen the Wycombe or Tranmere v Chicester City tie for live coverage on Sunday 1st December. The two sides involved will both receive a broadcast fee of £75,000 in addition to the £36,000 for progressing to the 2nd ROund. Winners of the 2nd Round tie will pick-up £54,000 meaning the 'Football Fortune' value for the Club progressing to the Third Round Round would be £165,000.
REPLAY TICKET DETAILS
(Wednesday 13th November 2019)
The Club have confirmed ticket details for the FA Cup replay with Tranmere Rovers. All stands at Adams Park will be open and the prices will match those charged at Prenton Park for the original tie (advance prices £10 adults, £5 concessions and £1 under-18's - Adult and concession prices will rise by £3 for 'on-the-day' tickets).
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
CHICHESTER HOME FOR WINNERS
(Monday 11th November 2019)
Wycombe Wanderers or Tranmere Rovers were drawn at home to Chichester City in the 2nd Round of the FA Cup after the draw was made live on BBC TV on Monday evening. City are the lowest ranked side left in the competition and received a bye into the 2nd Round after they were last out of the hat in the 1st Round draw that was missing Bury. The tie would be played on the weekend of 30th November with the winners receiving £54,000 on top of the £36,000 for victory in the 1st Round.
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.
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