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WYCOMBE 2 GRIMSBY 1
(Monday 2nd April 2018)
Wycombe came from a goal down at the break to secure three points in a battling 2-1 victory over Grimsby Town at Adams Park on Easter Monday. Martyn Woolford gave The Mariners the lead in the 15th minute when he raced down the left wing before slipping the ball past Scott Brown. Scott Kaskket saw a header ruled out for Wanderers and the visitors survived a massive goal mouth scramble - twice dening efforts from Adebayo Akinfenwa. It was Captain Adam El-Abd who eventually drew the scores level on 60 minutes, with his first goal for Wanderers, when he fired home a loose ball from the left of the penalty area after Joe Jacobson had floated in a free-kick from the right of midfield. Cheered on by a 5,000 plus home following, it was Kashket who grabbed the winner seven minutes later when he side-footed home at the far post after Jacobson's corner from the left had been headed on by El-Abd. It was no less than Wanderers deserved who stay 3rd in the table but are now 4 points clear of 4th placed Exeter City who leap-frogged Notts County after coming from behind to beat Cheltenham. County lost 1-0 at leaders Accrington with 2nd placed Luton coming from a goal down to beat Mansfield Town at Kenilworth Road 2-1. Wycombe don't play again until Saturday 14th April when they travel to Yeovil who won 6-2 at Coventry.
Wycombe 2 Grimsby Town 1 - stats and reaction to follow
NOTTS COUNTY 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Friday 30th March 2018)
Wanderers returned the happier side as they drew 0-0 at fellow automatic promotion chasers Notts County on Good Friday. The draw came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the side that drew at home to Port Vale the previous Saturday - Luke O'Nien returned from injury, along with recalls for Matt Bloomfield and Craig Mackail-Smith. Out went Curtis Thompson (unavailable against his parent club), Dominic Gape (hamstring injury) and Nick Freeman (rested to bench). The hosts hit the woodwork three times and County Manager Kevin Nolan embarrassed himself by being sent to the stands just before the break after contesting a penalty appeal when Shola Ameobi went to ground in a minor tussle with Adam El-Abd. Ameobi had earlier seen a snap shot strike the left-hand post from close range, with Wanderers on the back foot for the most of the opening 45 minutes. Tafari Moore was also forced off injured on 38 minutes and was replaced by Michael Harriman making his first appearance since September 2017. But with Nolan left stewing in the stands, it was Wanderers who had the better of the second period and Wycombe had the ball in the net around the hour mark when Adebayo Akinfenwa headed Joe Jacobson's free-kick from the left back across the face of the goal for Nathan Tyson to head home but the striker was clearly offside. Sido Jombati saw a header blocked on the line on 73 minutes and an Akinfenwa header was denied by Adam Collin in the home goal after he connected with a Craig Mackail-Smith cross from the right. County went close late on when Elliott Hewitt saw a shot blocked by Scott Brown and the follow-up hit the post. It was Wanderers who were more content to hear the final whistle. The draw saw Wanderers stay in 3rd spot - four points clear of 4th placed County. 5th placed Exeter City are five points behind but have a game in hand over both Wanderers and County. Luton Town continued to implode with a 2-1 defeat at Colchester, allowing Accrington to extend their lead at the top of the table with 1-0 victory away to Mansfield Town. Wycombe host Grimsby Town on Easter Monday with a chance to consolidate their automatic promotion spot as the season enters the final few games.
Notts County 0 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 0 PORT VALE 0
(Saturday 24th March 2018)
There was frustration for Wanderers at Adams Park as 20th placed Port Vale held out for a 0-0 draw. But Gareth Ainsworth's side remain in 3rd spot, four points clear of Notts County who travel to relegation threatened Chesterfield on Sunday (25th March 2018). The stalemate with The Valiants came after Wycombe made two changes to the side that had won at Crawley three days previous - Curtis Thompson and Nick Freeman being drafted into the side in place of Luke O'Nien (injured) and Matt Bloomfield (dropped to the bench). There was also encouraging news when Michael Harriman was named as substitute - he last played on 30th September 2017 before breaking his leg during training the following week. The visitors were without a win in 13 games but were always going to provide a tough test. An early goal may have changed their game plan and it nearly came when Adebayo Akinfenwa headed just wide of the right hand upright in the opening minutes following Freeman's cross from the right. 'The Beast' also saw a downward header bounce over the bar from a Joe Jacobson corner and Sido Jomabti went close from a similar position. Wycombe were nearly left regretting those missed chances in the second period when Tyrone Barnett was allowed a free run on goal from midfield on 63 minutes - his low shot being saved by Scott Brown diving to his left. At the other end Tafari Moore sprinted on a run down the right-wing, exchanging with substitute Scott Kashket, but stumbled as he lined up his shot and the chance went begging. Substitutes Bloomfield and Craig Mackail-Smith also combined but the latter was denied by a fine block from Ryan Boot in the Vale goal. The same player was denied again by Boot, while Bean saw an effort cleared off the line in stoppage time. Elsewhere in the division, Luton Town took the chance to return to the top of the table after their Saturday evening 2-0 home victory over Barnet. Accrington, without a game due to opponents Yeovil Town having five players in their squad having international call-ups, dropped back to 2nd placed but have two games in hand over The Hatters and Wanderers. Wycombe travel to Notts County on Good Friday in a promotion showdown between 3rd and 4th place. Wycombe 0 Port Vale 0 - stats and reaction to follow
SEASON TICKET INFO 2018/19
(Friday 23rd March 2018)
The Club released Season Ticket information for the 2018/19 campaign on Friday (23rd March) with prices 'frozen' for existing holders who purchased before a deadline of 8th May 2018. The usual 'early-bird' offers will also apply up to 2nd July 2018. Existing seat Season Ticket Holders have until Friday 1st June 2018 to claim their existing seat. Matchday prices have shown a general £2-£3 increase all around the stadium and will be irrespective of what division Wanderers will be playing in during the 2018/19 season.
Season Ticket information and price archive from chairboys.co.uk
CRAWLEY 2 WYCOMBE 3
(Wednesday 21st March 2018)
Goals from Nathan Tyson, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Sido Jombati saw Wanderers climb back into the automatic promotion slots following a 3-2 midweek victory at Crawley Town. Wycombe are now in third spot in the table - three points clear of 4th placed Notts County - with both teams having played 38 games. The latest victory on the road came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes from the side that had won at Barnet at the weekend - Marcus Bean and Nathan Tyson moving from the bench to the starting XI, while Nick Freeman missed out through injury and Craig Mackail-Smith was dropped to bench. The match saw the deadlock broken on 25 minutes when Joe Jacobson flighted corner from the left was met on the volley at the far side of the box by Luke O'Nien and Tyson produced an instinctive back heel to guide the ball home. However, the home side levelled eight minutes later when Karlan Ahearne-Grant struck a low shot past Scott Brown from the edge of the box after Wanderers failed to deal with a free-kick delivered from midfield. But Wycombe responded and regained their lead on 39 minutes when Jacobson's free-kick from the right was only half-cleared to the right bye-line where Tyson's hooked cross was headed home by Akinfenwa amongst a huddle of players around the far side of the six yard box. Wanderers survived some home pressure immediately after the break but increased their lead to 3-1 on 62 minutes when another Jacobson deadball, this time from the right of midfield, was eventually turned back across the face of the goal from the left by Akinfenwa for Jombati to turn home from three yards. Crawley pulled a goal back on 83 minutes when Panutche Camara swept home a low cross from the left and it set-up a tense close of the game for Wanderers and one where tempers were frayed. In the first of what would becombe eight minutes of stoppage time, Mark Connolly was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on O'Nien. The Wycombe midfielder was eventually replaced by Mackail-Smith as Wycombe sucessfully played out time to gain a crucial three points ahead of the visit of Port Vale to Adams Park on Saturday (24th March 2018).
Crawley 2 Wycombe 3 - stats and reaction to follow
BARNET 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 17th March 2018)
Wycombe ground out a first victory in four games with a 2-0 success at bottom club Barnet. In more near freezing temperatures - made worse by a bitterly cold wind - it was the home side who looked most likely to score in the opening 45 minutes. Former Wanderer loanee John Akinde was guilty of wasting The Bees best chance when he managed to hit the crossbar with goal at his mercy on 33 minutes. But the second period belonged to the Wanderers after taking the lead through a penalty five minutes after the re-start when Craig Mackail-Smith was felled in the box. Joe Jacobson drove home the resulting spot-kick to delight the travelling 1,000 plus Wycombe fans braving the artic conditions. The victory was sealed in the 72nd minute when Luke O'Nien's free-kick from the left was headed past his own 'keeper by Almeida Santos. The result saw Wanderers stay 4th in the table but gain ground on third placed Notts County who conceeded a 99th minute penalty to draw 1-1 at home to Mansfield earlier in the day. Wycombe and County are now level on points but Wanderers have a game in hand. Meanwhile, Accrington opened up a four point gap at the top of the table following a 3-1 home victory over Forest Green Rovers. 2nd placed Luton Town could only manage a 1-1 draw at Newport County as their poor run of form continues. The 1,031 official 'away' following at Barnet was Wanderers biggest in the League since 1,054 travelled to Oxford United on 5th May 2016.
Barnet 0 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
25 YEAR RETRO - INTO TROPHY S/F
(Tuesday 13th March 2018)
Tuesday 13th March 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of Wanderers reaching the Semi-Final of the FA Trophy. A late Steve Guppy goal at home to Gateshead set-up a two-legged Semi-Final with Sutton United. It was a result that delighted Wycombe fans and Manager Martin O'Neill alike. The programme for the Gateshead game gave O'Neill the chance to respond to criticism of his team in the local press. Read the rant in full via the link below.
Wycombe into FA Trophy Semi-Final and O'Neill rant
NEW DATE FOR CRAWLEY
(Monday 12th March 2018)
Wanderers' 'League Two' game at Crawley Town has been re-arranged for Wednesday 21st March 2018. The original meeting was postponed due to the freezing conditions on the weekend of Saturday 3rd March 2018. Crawley currently occupy 12th spot in the table. They were beaten 4-0 at Adams Park in the reverse fixture on 18th November 2017.
WYCOMBE 1 CAMBRIDGE 1
(Saturday 10th March 2018)
Wanderers halted a run of two consecutive defeats but had to settle for a point after conceeding a stoppage time goal to draw 1-1 at home to Cambridge United and remain in 4th spot in the table. Wycombe had taken the lead in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time when Adebayo Akinfenwa glanced home Scott Brown's punt forward into the Cambridge penalty area. Wanderers were then left rueing missing three or four decent second-half chances to extend their lead before U's substitute Paul Lewis capitalised on Wycombe's failure to deal with an akwardly bouncing ball into the box - knocking his effort low past Brown from 12 yards. The stalemate came after Gareth Ainsworth made one change to the side that had lost at home to Coventry City eleven days previous - Matt Bloomfield returning to the starting XI in favour of Marcus Bean. Meanwhile, Nathan McGinley and Scott Kashket returned from injury on the bench. Elsewhere, Accrington are the new leaders of 'League Two' after a late goal earned them victory over Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. Wanderers, two points behind 3rd placed Notts County with a game in hand, travel to bottom placed Barnet next Saturday.
Wycombe 1 Cambridge 1 - stats and reaction to follow
WANDERERS DOWN TO 4th
(Tuesday 6th March 2018)
Wanderers dropped a place to 4th after a number of re-arranged games played on Tuesday 6th March. Notts County leaped above Wycombe on goal difference following a 1-1 at home to Cheltenham. Meanwhile, Accrington's 1-0 victory at home to Morecambe moved them within a point a leaders Luton - with both teams having played 35 games. Mansfield conceded a last minute equaliser at home to Lincoln to stop them leap-frogging Wycombe too. Wanderers host Cambridge United on Saturday (9th March), while Luton entertain Accrington at Kenilworth Road. Notts County travel to improving Forest Green Rovers, with Mansfield at home to Colchester United.
WATFORD LOANEE RETURNS
(Tuesday 6th March 2018)
Loanee Watford striker Randell Williams has returned to Wanderers following a spell back at his parent club recovery from a thigh injury. The 21 year-old joined Wycombe in January on a deal running until the end of the 2017/18 campaign but had not been involved in First Team due to his injury understood to have been picked up during a training session with Wanderers.
CRAWLEY AWAY FROZEN OFF
(Friday 2nd March 2018)
There was little surprise on Friday afternoon (2nd March 2018) when Wanderers away game at Crawley Town was postponed due to the ongoing freezing conditions sweeping the country. A statement from Crawley Town FC read: "The pitch has been under covers for a week but on Wednesday night, when the temperature at pitch side dropped to -6 degrees, the frost got into areas of the surface. [Football League referee Graham Kane] carried out a thorough inspection and deemed the area in front of the West Stand unplayable." A new date has yet to be announced.
NEW DATE FOR LINCOLN
(Thursday 1st March 2018)
Wanderers' 'League Two' game at Lincoln City has been re-arranged for Tuesday 17th April 2018. The original tie was postponed due to The Imps involvement in the Football League Trophy Final at Wembley scheduled for Sunday 8th April 2018 where they will take on Shrewsbury Town. It will be Lincoln's first trip to Wembley Stadium and ticket sales from their fans are expected to exceed 25,000.
WYCOMBE 0 COVENTRY 1
(Tuesday 27th February 2018)
On quite possibly the coldest ever match day at Adams Park, Wanderers sufferred League defeat for the first time in more than 12 months as Marc McNulty's 84th minute was enough for visitors Coventry City to snatch a 1-0 victory. Only the undersoil heating enabled this game to go ahead on an evening where temperatures were well below freezing throughout the 90 minutes. Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the side that capitulated at home to Morecambe the previous weekend - Dann Scarr, Marcus Bean and Nathan Tyson returning the starting XI in favour of Nathan McGinley and Matt Bloomfield, Craig Mackail-Smith. Chances for both sides became less as the game progressed and reports suggested the temperature had fallen to minus 8 degree celcious by the time Adam El-Abd was adjudged to have fouled Tom Bayliss in the box on 82 minutes. McNulty firing home the resulting spot-kick to inflict defeat on Wanderers. The result meant Wycombe stayed third in the table with 62 points and 11 games remaining. 4th placed Notts County were a point behind on the same games played as Wanderers. 5th placed Mansfield sit two points behind Wanderers, with a game in hand, but are now looking for a new Manager following the resignation of Steve Evans, along with assistant Paul Raynor. Evans and Raynor have since joined Peterborough United.
Wycombe 0 Coventry 1 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 2 MORECAMBE 4
(Saturday 24th February 2018)
Wycombe suffered defeat in the League for the first time in 2018 after going down 4-2 at home to bogey side Morecambe. The Lancashire side came to Adams Park in 22nd place in the table but with two League victories from the previous three visits and having beaten Wycombe at The Globe Arena in the reverse fixture in November 2017. But there was nothing to predict their scoring exploits in this latest meeting. The Shrimps opening the scoring on 3 minutes and had raced into a 3-0 by the break due with pantomine villain Kevin Ellison responsible for the two of the goals just a day after his 39th birthday. It got even worse for Gareth Ainsworth side on 52 minutes when Gregg Wylde was allowed to cut in from the right to make the scoreline an incredible 4-0 to the visitors. However, even at that stage an unchanged Wanderers side from the one that won at Cheltenham seven days previous, were still creating chances and when substutute Nick Freeman fired home a low shot on 65 minutes there was a glimmer of hope. However, Luke O'Nien's strike to make it 4-2 on 84 minutes was too late in the day. The reverse moved Wanderers back to third spot in the table after Accrington climbed to 2nd with a 1-0 victory over Cambridge. Leaders Luton Town needed a 92nd equaliser to snatch a 2-2 home draw with Cheltenham Town. Wanderers entertain 9th placed Coventry City on Tuesday (27th February 2018).
Wycombe 2 Morecambe 4 - stats and reaction to follow
CHELTENHAM 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 17th February 2018)
Wanderers moved up to 2nd place in the 'League Two' table as they beat Cheltenham Town 2-0 at Whaddon Road and extend their unbeaten run in the League to eight games. All the damage was down in the closing minutes of the first-half. On 40 minutes a long clearance from former Town 'keeper Scott Brown saw Adebayo Akinfenwa knock the ball towards the left bye-line where Craig Mackail-Smith turned and beat his man before returning the ball to Akinfenwa - 'The Beast' showing his goal instincts again as he turned with back to goal and shot under the 'keeper. Then in first-half stoppage time Akinfenwa provided the assist on the edge of the 'D' for Paris Cowan-Hall to angle a low shot past Scott Flinders in the home goal. The home side responded briefly in the second-period but failed to seriously test Brown and it was Wycombe who had the best chance for another goal when Luke O'Nien saw an 82nd minute effort saved to the right of the 'keeper. The victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that had beaten Swindon Town the previous Tuesday - Nathan McGinley and Matt Bloomfield returning to the starting XI in favour of Dann Scarr and Marcus Bean (both of whom dropped to the bench). Next for Wanderers - the visit of 22nd placed Morecambe to Adams Park on Saturday 24th February.
Cheltenham 0 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 3 SWINDON 2
(Tuesday 13th February 2018)
Adebayo Akinfenwa scored an 89th winner at Adams Park as Wanderers registered another 3-2 victory - the victims this time Swindon Town in another thrilling encounter. The match had started in whirlwind fashion when Marc Richards netted in the 2nd minute from close range after Matt Taylor's initial shot had been parried by Scott Brown. But a Luke O'Nien strike from the edge of the box levelled the score within the next minute and with Wycombe on a high, in the 10th minute Craig Mackail-Smith managed to turn in Paris Cowan-Hall's ball across the face of the goal from the left. The visitors fought their way back into the game and drew level on 61 minutes through a bullet-like 35-yard free-kick by Taylor that flew into the top left corner of the Wycombe net. Akinfenwa looked to have restored Wycombe's lead on 77 minutes when he dived to headed home from 6 yards but the 'goal' was ruled out for an infringement. However, Wycombe, and Akinfenwa, were not to be denied when from an almost indentical position as his disallowed effort, The Beast, got his head to Dominic Gape's cross in from the right and see the ball go in off the underside of the crossbar. Wanderers have now gone seven League game unbeaten, including six victories. Cheltenham away next up. The attendance v Swindon - 4,863 (1,012 away) - was the biggest Tuesday night crowd at Adams Park since 5,540 (1,500 away) against Charlton Athletic in 'League One' on 25th October 2011.
Wycombe 3 Swindon 2 - stats and reaction to follow
EXETER 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 10th February 2018)
Marcus Bean netted again as Wanderers salvaged a 1-1 draw at 6th placed Exeter City. Wycombe drop to third place in the table after Accrington continued their good form with a 2-0 victory at Coventry. However, their were favourable results elsewhere with 4th placed Notts County losing at Barnet and leaders Luton held at Stevenage. The draw at the semi-building site St James Park came after Lloyd James had given the home side the lead on 12 minutes when his free-kick from wide out on the left-wing found its way through a crowd of players, past a wrong footed Scott Brown, and into far corner of the Wycombe net. Bean netted on 53 minutes, turning in a loose ball from the right side of the box after a long punt from Brown was not dealt with by The Grecians defence. Wycombe host 5th placed Swuindon Town on Tuesday (13th February 2018).
Exeter 1 Wycombe 1 - stats and reaction to follow
MANAGER OF THE MONTH FOR GA
(Friday 9th February 2018)
Gareth Ainsworth was named 'League Two' Manager of the Month for January 2018 when the monthly awards were announced on Friday morning. The honour came following four League victories during January, including thrilling 3-2 vicotories at both Crewe and Luton. The judging panel comprised of former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ Don Goodman; EFL Marketing Director Drew Barrand, League Managers’ Association Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet EFL trader Mikey Mumford. The Wycombe boss commented: "This award is for the boys really. The manager picks the team and they go out there, but once they cross that white line, they do the job, so I’m really proud of the boys. We’re on a good run at the moment and I couldn’t do it without them".
LINCOLN AWAY TO BE RE-ARRANGED
(Tuesday 6th February 2018)
Wanderers' 'League Two' meeting at Lincoln City scheduled for Saturday 7th April 2018 will need to be re-arranged after The Imps secured their place in the Final of the Football League Trophy on Sunday 8th April. It will be Lincoln's first ever trip to Wembley and came after they beat a Chelsea U21 side in the semi-final at Sincil Bank. The tie had ended 1-1 after 90 minutes but the home side secured their day out at Wembley with a 4-2 spot-kick victory. They will meet the winners of the Yeovil v Shrewsbury semi-final tie arranged for Tuesday 27th February.
O'NIEN RED CARD APPEAL REJECTED
(Tuesday 6th February 2018)
The Club's appeal against the red card Luke O'Nien received in the 4-3 victory over Carlisle was rejected at a FA hearing on Tuesday aftenoon. The Wanderers midfielder will now serve a one match ban for the trip to Exeter City on Saturday (10th February 2018).
WYCOMBE 4 CARLISLE 3
(Saturday 3rd February 2018)
Marcus Bean scored his first goal for Wanderers as Wycombe secured one of their most memorable victories ever seen at Adams Park. With 90 minutes played against Carlisle United, Wanderers were trailing 3-2 and playing with ten men due to Luke O'Nien's second-half dismissal for deliberate handball. In the third minute of stoppage time Craig Mackail-Smith's sweeping cross from the left wing saw Paris Cowan-Hall send a flying header into the back of the Valley End net to level the scores at 3-3. A shell-shocked Carlisle side then saw Matt Bloomfield's 96th minute free-kick from the left of midfield headed out of the box to Bean who struck a right-footed volley into the far left corner of the net. In a split second panamodium broke out amongst the Wycombe contingent in the stands and pitch alike. Bean, having scored his first goal in more than 100 games, set off on a pitch length sprint that will go down as one of those iconic moments in the proud history of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. Victory over Carlisle had come after Ainsworth had one change to the side that won at Luton Town the previous Tuesday - Matt Bloomfield coming in for loanee Tafari Moore who sustained a head injury in the game at Kenilworth Road. Bloomfield had given Wanderers the lead in the 28th minute, while O'Nien doubled the lead three minutes later to set Wycombe on the way to what appeared to be a comfortable victory. O'Nien saw red when his handball on the line preventing a goalscoring opportunity and Grainger netted from the resulting spot-kick. Wanderers imploded within two mad second-half minutes - conceding on 68 and 70 minutes to trail 3-2. It all seemed doom and gloom for Wanderers as the game petered out and the clock showed 90 minutes but the team had other ideas. From the point of defeat and a fall to 6th place in the table, Gareth Ainsworth's side had clocked up their 5th straight League win - keeping them in 2nd place in the table ahead of the trip to 6th placed Exeter City on Saturday 10th February 2018.
Wycombe 4 Carlisle 3 - stats and reaction to follow
LUTON 2 WYCOMBE 3
(Tuesday 30th January 2018)
Wanderers moved up to 2nd spot in the table following a thilling 3-2 victory at table toppers Luton Town on Tuesday evening. Paris Cowan-Hall gave Wycombe the lead with barely a minute on the clock, driving home Nathan Tyson lay-off. Wycombe then had Scott Brown to thank for a number of top class saves before Wycombe doubled their lead six minutes before the interval when Tyson smashed in a loose ball following Joe Jacobson's corner from the left. However, Elliot Lee angled in a low shot past Scott Brown on 42 minutes to set-up an exciting second period. With Luton pressing for an equaliser, it was Wycombe who hit The Hatters with a sucker-punch on 70 minutes - Tyson running on to Dominic Gape's through ball before sprinting down the left wing and nipping the ball through Marek Stech's legs. But there was still a tense finish in store after Elliot Lee scored his second of the night on 79 minutes - firing home from the left at the second attempt - to bring the score back to 3-2 in favour of Wycombe. Luton were frustrated again by Brown on 89 minutes when the Wycombe 'keeper blocked Harry Cornick's effort as Luton substitute home in on an equaliser. The nerves were ramped up a touch more for Wanderers followers when ten minutes of stoppage time was indicated but Gareth's Ainsworth's side held to gain revenge for the cruel late defeat to The Hatters earlier in the 2017/18 campaign. A fourth straight League win left Wanderers eight points behind Luton with a game in hand.
Luton 2 Wycombe 3 - stats and reaction to follow
NOTTS COUNTY MIDFIELDER ON LOAN
(Friday 26th January 2018)
The Club announced on Friday 26th January 2018 that 24 year old midfielder Curtis Thompson had signed on loan for the remainder of the 2017/18 season from fellow 'League Two' side Notts County. Prior to the loan he had scored two goals in 83 League appearance for County having been released from Leicester City in the summer of 2009, where he joined as a school boy aged 12. He had not played a Football League game for County during 2017/18 but made 13 appearances the previous season and 26 in 2015/16. He was allocated No.29 in the Wanderers squad.
CREWE 2 WYCOMBE 3
(Saturday 20th January 2018)
Wanderers staged another remarkable victory as a stoppage time goal from Craig Mackail-Smith saw off Crewe Alexandra 3-2 at Gresty Road. Alex had been beaten by the same scoreline at Adams Park earlier in the season and in similar circumstances - Nathan Tyson grabbing the late winner on that occasion. At Gresty Road, Wanderers had fallen behind to a 6th minute penalty conceded after loanee Nathan McGinley was adjudged to have fouled as he tried to regain possession from Charlie Kirk. Chris Porter dispatched the spot-kick low to Scott Brown's right. Wycombe equalised on 61 minutes when Joe Jacobson floated in a free-kick to the right side of the home box where Adebayo Akinfenwa headed the ball back across the face of goal for Paris Cowan-Hall to strike home right-footed from the far corner of the six-yard area. With both sides aiming to take all three points, the game burst into life on 84 minutes when another Jacobson free-kick - this time from the right of midfield - was flicked on by Akinfenwa to McGinley on the left side of Crewe area - McGinley's overhead kick across the face of goal finding its way to Tyson who stabbed the ball home from close range to make the score Crewe 1 Wycombe 2. But thoughts of three points were short-lived after Brown failed to hold a 25 yard effort and Aston Villa loanee youngster Harry McKirdy converted the loose ball. The home side then went close to snatching a winner before Wanderers made one last effort of their own - Brown sending through a massive clearance that Akinfenwa headed on, only for Crewe defender Michael Raynes to slice his attempted clearance into the path Mackail-Smith who managed to direct the ball home from six yards and take all three points for Gareth Ainsworth's side. The result saw Wanderers stay 4th at the end of an afternoon where scores elsewhere during the 90 minutes saw Wanderers rise to 3rd and drop as low as 6th. Wanderers are now without a League game until the trip to Luton Town on Tuesday 30th January - the scheduled home match with Coventry City on Saturday 27th January being postponed due to The Sky Blues involvement in the FA Cup.
Crewe 2 Wycombe 3 - stats and reaction to follow
WATFORD STRIKER ON LOAN
(Friday 19th January 2018)
Wanderers announced the loan signing of Watford striker Randell Williams on Friday 19th January 2018. The deal for the 21-year-old will run for the remainder of the 2017/18 campaign. Williams was originally a youngster with Tottenham Hotspur but started his senior football with Tower Hamlets in the ninth tier of English football before being signed by Crystal Palace as a winger in January 2016. However, he was released from The Eagles in the summer of 2017 and then picked up by Watford shortly afterwards. Featured for The Hornets U23 side but didn’t net his first goals until switching to a more central position in November 2017. Williams was allocated the No.24 in the Wanderers squad.
CONTRACT NEWS
(Wednesday 17th January 2018)
The Club announced news of two player's contract extensions on Wednesday (17th January). Striker Nick Freeman agreed a new contract until June 2020, while goalkeeper Yves Ma-Kalambay has had his short-term deal extended until the end of the 2017/18 campaign. Freeman joined Wanderers in July 2016 on an initial one year deal following time with non-League Histon and made 17 appearances during his debut season at Adams Park. His deal was subsequently extended for a further 12 months before impressing again to be offered a further new deal. Former Chelsea youth player Ma-Kalambay joined Wanderers in October 2017 as cover for Scott Brown and subsequently played in two Football League Trophy matches for Gareth Ainsworth's side.
CYRILLE REGIS R.I.P.
(Monday 15th January 2018)
There was very sad news announced on the morning of Monday 15th January 2018 of the death of former Wanderer Cyrille Regis at the age of 59. Best known for his lengthy spells with West Brom and Coventry City, he will also be affectionately remembered by Wanderers followers for his year at Adams Park during the 1994/95 season. Regis (then aged 36) played for Wanderers in the old ‘Second Division’ division under Martin O’Neill and was part of the squad that ended with Wanderers' highest finish to date in the Football League. He totalled 35 League appearances for Wanderers, scoring nine times. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
WYCOMBE 3 COLCHESTER 1
(Saturday 13th January 2018)
Wanderers moved up to 4th spot in the table following a moral boasting 3-1 victory over Colchester United. The victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the side that had been mauled 5-1 at home by Preston North End the previous weekend in the FA Cup. New loanees Tafari Moore and Nathan McGinley were given starts, while Craig Mackail-Smith and Paris Cowan-Hall also returned to the starting XI - Adam El-Abd (injured), Marcus Bean, Nathan Tyson and Nick Freeman were the players who made way for the changes. Wycombe took the lead in the 14th minute Wanderers after Adebayo Akinfenwa stopped to head home Mackail-Smith’s cross from the left. The lead was doubled on 24 minutes when Cowan-Hall forced the ball home from 12 yards, with the help of a deflection, after the visitors failed to deal with a deep corner from the right. Wycombe weathered some second pressure from the visitors before dominating again - debutant Moore almost scoring the goal of the season following an amazing jinzing run from midfield - his shot being cleared off the line. Wanderers deservedly made it 3-0 on 74 minutes when Luke O'Nien crashed home a volley from the edge of the penalty area D. The U's scored a consolation goal on 78 minutes through Sammie Szmodics but Wycombe were well worth their three points. .
Wycombe 3 Colchester 1 - stats and reaction to follow
MIDDLESBORO DEFENDER ON LOAN
(Saturday 13th January 2018)
The Club confirmed on the morning of Saturday 13th January 2018 that the loan signing of Middlesbrough central defender Nathan McGinley had been completed before the close of the January transfer window the previous day. The 21 year old has been with Boro since the age of 9 and has progressed through the youth ranks into their U23 side. Without a First Team appearance with Boro but made three appearances in the Football League Trophy earlier in 2017/18. He was allocated the No.15 in the Wanderers squad ahead of the home match with Colchester on Saturday 13th January 2018.
ARSENAL DEFENDER ON LOAN
(Friday 12th January 2018)
The Club announced on Friday 12th January 2018 that 20 year old Arsenal defender Tafari Moore had been brought in on loan until the end of the 2017/18 campaign. Joining Arsenal as a 12 year old, the attacking right-back has represented England at U16 through to U20 levels. Although without First Team experience with The Gunners, he spent a season long loan at Dutch side Utrecht, making one senior appearance in addition to being a regular in their reserve side during the 2015/16 season. Commenting on the deal, Gareth Ainsworth said: “He’s trained with us this week and proved himself to be a very talented defender who will also be a threat going forward." He was allocated No.18 in the Wycombe squad and will be available for the home match with Colchester on Saturday 13th January 2018.
DAYLE SOUTHWELL LEAVES
(Tuesday 9th January 2018)
The Club revealed on Thursday 9th January 2018 that striker Dayle Southwell had left Wanderers to join 'National League' side Guiesley for an 'undisclosed fee'. Southwell joined Wanderers in June 2016 on a free from Boston United and went on to make 11 starts in League Two for Wycombe in 2016/17 before spending a loan spell with Lincoln City during February and March 2017. However, he made just three League Two starts for Wanderers in 2017/18. Commenting on the decision to let Southwell go, Gareth Ainsworth said: “I had high hopes for Dayle when he came here and unfortunately it just hasn’t worked out how we would have wanted. Nobody could ever fault Dayle’s effort and dedication because he worked his socks off in every training session and every game he played, but he hasn’t been able to force his way into the starting line-up regularly enough. He’s a great lad and I’m sure he’ll benefit from regular football at Guiseley. We wish him all the best for the future.” His final playing record for Wanderers was 32 appearances (12 from the bench) plus two goals - home to Stevenage in League Two in September 2016, plus a goal in Wanderers 5-1 home reverse in the Football League Trophy to Bristol Rovers in August 2017.
WYCOMBE 1 PRESTON 5
(Saturday 6th January 2018)
Wanderers were outclassed from start to finish of their Third Round FA Cup tie at home Preston North End - conceeding the first goal within the opening two minutes and eventually going down 5-1 to the Lancashire side. Former Preston player Gareth Ainsworth had made three changes from the side that had beaten Forest Green Rovers on New Year's Day - bringing in Adam El-Abd, Marcus Bean and Nathan Tyson in place of Dominic Gape, Will De Havilland and Craig Mackail-Smith. There was also seemingly good news with Scott Kashkett returning from injury to be included on the bench - his first appearance in the matchday squad since the final game of the 2016/17 season at home Cambridge in May 2017. The visitors opened the scoring in the 2nd minute when Josh Harrop fired a 20 yard free-kick past Scott Brown. Wanderers enjoyed a very brief spell of pressure on the PNE goal midway through the half but fell further behind in the 38th minute after Alan Browne fired home. There was a small glimmer of hope for Wanderers in first-half stoppage when Luke O'Nien's shot from a narrow angle on the right deflected its way past Rudd in the visitors goal. The hope continued for the first five minutes of the second period as Wycombe came at PNE with more purpose. However, any thoughts of Wycombe getting any joy from the tie were doused when Daryl Horgan saw a 50th minute shot deflect off Will De Havilland and past Brown. Wanderers conceeded a penalty on 78 minutes for a shirt pull - with Browne making no mistake from the spot. Harrop got his second on 85 minutes to make the final score 5-1 and if wasn't for a number of quality saves from Brown in the Wycombe goal, the losing margin could have been far greater. Wycombe return to League action on Saturday 13th January with a home meeting against Colchester United.
Wycombe 1 Preston 5 - stats and reaction to follow
MULLER STAYS WITH SHRIMPS
(Thursday 4th January 2018)
The Club confirmed on the morning of 4th January 2018 that defender Max Müller will remain on loan at Morecambe for the remainder of the 2017/18 season. The 23 year old signed for Wanderers in August 2016, eventually making his debut, following injury, in December 2016. He made a further 11 appearances before the end of the 2016/17 campaign but made just a solitary appearance for Wanderers in 2017/18 (League Cup tie versus Fulham) before Manager Gareth Ainsworth opted for the loan deal with the fellow League Two club on 22 August 2016. Müller went on to make 19 appearances for Morecambe, including being allowed to play in FA Cup ties despite an original statement from Wanderers saying permission had not been granted. Gareth Ainsworth commented: “Max has been getting regular game time at Morecambe and that’s something we can’t guarantee here, so it makes sense for all parties for him to stay with them." With his contract with Wanderers running until June 2018, it seems highly unlikely he will play for Wanderers again. The Club have confirmed he has not been given permission to play in the scheduled League Two fixture between Wanderers and Morecambe at Adams Park on 24 February 2018.
FOREST GREEN 1 WYCOMBE 2
(Monday 1st January 2018)
Wanderers returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory from their first ever Football League trip to Forest Green Rovers. The New Years Day win came after first-half goals from Matt Bloomfield and Craig Mackail-Smith has put Wanderers firmly in the driving seat against the 'League Two' strugglers. Charlie Cooper, son of home boss Mark Cooper, was red-carded for a wild challenge on Luke O'Nien six minutes before the break and protests from his father soon led to the Manager been shown to the stands by referee Antony Coggins. However, any thoughts of an easy ride for Wanderers in the second-half were quelled by a Rovers goal on 70 minutes from Jack Fitzwater. Ebere Eze was introduced on 70 minutes for his final appearance of his loan spell from QPR but despite some nervy last few minutes, Wanderers held out for the three points. The victory moved Wycombe back up to 4th spot in the table - a point behind third placed Coventry City. Wanderers have a break from League action on Saturday 6th January when they host Preston North End in the Third Round of the FA Cup.
Forest Green Rovers 1 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow

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