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AINSWORTH - GIVE US THE 10 GAMES
(Friday 22nd May 2020)
Wycombe Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth was a guest on Sky Sports news on the morning of 22nd May 2020 to discuss the proposals to finalise the 2019/20 season.
The Wycombe boss said: "PPG only puts [Wycombe] into the Play-Offs when we think we had a good chance of automatic promotion." Meanwhile, fellow guest Joey Barton (Manager of potential play-off opponents Fleetwood Town) commented: "We started out the season intending to play 46 games,” and concluding “The only fair way is to finish the season.”
Ainsworth added: “We still have plenty to play for on the pitch. From a competitive point of view, give us the 10 games remaining because I believe we’ll finish in at least the play-offs, if not in the automatics."
UPDATE ON EFL MEETING
(Thursday 21st May 2020)
The Club provided an update on 21st May 2020 following an EFL Board meeting the previous day to discuss the route to a conclusion of the 2019/20 season.
The key points were:
The vote to curtail the 2019/20 season would require 51% of all clubs in that division to vote in favour
If curtailed, placings will be decided on unweighted points per game (PPG)
Play-offs, promotion and relegation would be retained
No was date given on when Clubs will vote. Read more details via @GasManCOTN on Twitter
WANDERERS SET TO FINISH 3rd?
(Friday 15th May 2020)
The EFL issued a statement at 4pm on Friday 15th May 2020 that confirmed should a curtailment of the season be agreed, final league positions would be determined by an unweighted points per game (PPG) calculation but the Play-Offs would continue in both divisions to determine the final promotion place. That situation would see Wycombe finish in 3rd spot in the table, with Coventry City 1st and Rotherham United in 2nd spot. Wycombe would therefore play Fleetwood Town in any play-off, with Portsmouth and Oxford Untied contesting the other semi-final. Meanwhile, The Championship looks likely to continue, albeit behind closed doors on dates to be determined. Full statement via the EFL website
AINSWORTH - PROUD OF BOYS
(Friday 15th May 2020)
Wycombe Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth spoke to BBC 5 Live on 15th May 2020 regarding the halt to the season due to COVID-19. He said: “Financially, continuing the season would be a real stretch for us. I feel guilty even talking about football coming back when there are still 500 people dying every day. My job as a manager is to keep my players safe.” Wycombe had dropped to 8th in the table at the point the season was stopped but had a game in hand, meaning a Points Per Game scenario would push Wanderers back to 3rd. He added: “We’re ready for anything and we’re very adaptable to whatever situation comes our way. We’ve had a great season and I’m really proud of what the boys have achieved. With our game in hand I’d be confident we’d be right back in the mix.”
POSH CHAIRMAN 'RELAYS MESSAGE'
(Thursday 14th May 2020) Peterborough United Chairman Darragh MacAnthony claimed via his Twitter account that he had been asked to relay a message on behalf of Oxford United, Fleetwood Town, Sunderland, Ipswich Town and Posh ahead of a meeting between League One and Two Clubs and the EFL on Thursday (14th May 2020). The statement read: “We have no desire for voiding the season, PPG scenario’s/letting a computer decide our footballing fate. For our fans/staff and for the integrity of our sport we are all looking forward to completing our pending Fixtures/season under guidance from the EFL at a time it is deemed safe to do so. Thank you for your time.”
The Posh Chairman with a reputation for online arrogance made the statement at a point his team would miss out on a play-off position should the season finish on points per game (PPG).
FA TROPHY FINAL 1993
(Saturday 9th May 2020) Sunday 9th May 1993 was the day Wycombe Wanderers took on Runcorn in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley – and for another lockdown special the COTN archives were duly raided, a VHS tape found, converted and uploaded to YouTube. More great memories via the @GasManCOTN Twitter feed
— Chairboys on the Net - Paul Lewis (@GasmanCOTN) May 8, 2020
LINCOLN 1999 MEMORIES
(Friday 8th May 2020)
On Saturday 8th May 1999 Wycombe Wanderers escaped relegation to the bottom tier of the Football League thanks to a late winning goal from Paul Emben in a 1-0 victory at Lincoln City. For the 2020 annual nostalgia trip of this memorable day, COTN reunited for the first time the 1170AM commentary from Alan Hutchinson with existing video footage.
— Chairboys on the Net - Paul Lewis (@GasmanCOTN) May 8, 2020
LOAKES PARK MEMORIES
(Tuesday 7th May 2020)
7th May 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of Wycombe Wanderers playing their final game at Loakes Park. The link below is to an article written on the 25th anniversary, while there are video memories via the embedded @GasManCOTN Twitter feed. Last game at Loakes Park - archive feature from COTN
#OTD Monday 7th May 1990 Last ever game at Loakes Park Home of Wycombe Wanderers 1895-1990 WWFC XI 4 Martin O'Neill's Int. XI 8 Att:3,950 30 years ago 😱 🎥Video from 'Loakes Park Years' 👇 pic.twitter.com/kBK54hv17v
— Chairboys on the Net - Paul Lewis (@GasmanCOTN) May 7, 2020
TORQUAY MEMORIES 2014
(Friday 3rd May 2020)
As we tried to keep ourselves amused during lockdown, I managed to find an archive of the BBC news feed from the day of the Torquay v Wycombe game on Saturday 3rd May 2014 and posted this via Twitter below.
— Chairboys on the Net - Paul Lewis (@GasmanCOTN) May 3, 2020
LONGEST PEACETIME BREAK
(Thursday 23rd April 2020)
23rd April 2020 marked the longest ‘peace time’ break during a season in the 132-year history of Wycombe Wanderers - 54 days, no games. The previous longest break was during the 1962/63 'big freeze' when there were no games played from 27th December 1962 until 18th February 1963. With no return imminent, it looks likely the break will approach in excess of 100 days.
BACK TO TRAINING 16th MAY 2020?
(Friday 17th April 2020)
A letter sent to all EFL Clubs on Thursday 16th April 2020 was leaked online and stated that details of how the 2019/20 season would be concluded were expected to be resolved with the following two weeks. A recommended return to training date of 16th May 2020 ('at the earliest') was also stated but it was also made clear that a date of returning to play had yet to be agreed. Read complete letter via @GasManCOTN on Twitter
FA TROPHY S/FINAL 1991
(Monday 13th April 2020)
It was back to the video archives again on Easter Monday 2020 via the @GasManCOTN Twitter feed for a complete re-run of the Altrincham v Wycombe FA Trophy Semi-Final 2nd Leg on Saturday 13th April 1991.
Wanderers were aiming to reach Wembley for this first time in 34 years. The outcome became what is arguably the most significant game in Wanderers' modern day history. The full match is available via YouTube in two parts with full commentary and post-match interviews.
FA TROPHY S/FINAL 1993
(Friday 10th April 2020)
As a Good Friday lockdown ‘treat’, COTN dug into the video archives to find a complete recording of the Saturday 10th April 1993 FA Trophy Semi-Final 2nd Leg clash between Sutton United and Wycombe Wanderers at Gander Green Lane.
Wanderers trailed 3-2 from the 1st Leg at Adams Park but this proved to be a memorable day for Martin O’Neill’s team and the travelling fans.
Available via YouTube in two parts with full commentary and post-match interviews.
"THE CLUB WILL SURVIVE"
(Monday 23rd March 2020)
Wanderers major new shareholder Rob Couhig published an open letter via the official website on 23rd March 2020 explaining the current situation at the Club and insisting that "The Club will survive this crisis.” Adding: “It’s our intention to come out the other side in a better position and financially able to survive long into the future."
Couhig also explained the desire not to take on loans in order to alleviate the downfall in income: “I am not going to request a loan that will only allow us to return to where we were before the interruption. If we are to borrow money, it must produce the revenue necessary to pay back the loan plus a reasonable return for the risk involved in borrowing the money.” Full statement via wycombewanderers.co.uk
"SEASON EXTENDED INDEFINTELY"
(Thursday 19th March 2020)
The Football League (EFL) issued a statement on Thursday 19th March 2020 that indicated the the 2019/20 season would be “extended indefinitely." The statement added: "The professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April." The previous occasion that Wanderers played no First Team games at all during March and April was 1918
Full statement via @EFL_Comms Twitter
FA CUP SEMI-FINAL 2001 RE-RUN
(Saturday 14th March 2020)
With live football taking a back seat for at least a few weeks, there was a great initiative from Wanderers’ BBC 3 Counties reporter Phil Catchpole on Saturday 14th March 2020. He organised to re-live the 2001 FA Cup Semi-Final between Wycombe and Liverpool at Villa Park via his @bluntphil Twitter feed while watching a full re-run of the tie via YouTube.
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.
Matchday entrance prices for home and away fans. Player Profiles Squad numbers, profiles, statistics and links to extended profiles. Transfers Who have we signed and who have we sold or released?