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(Saturday 12th January 2019)
Trailing 2-1 as the clocked approached 90 minutes, Wanderers looked to be heading for a fifth straight defeat in the their meeting with Doncaster Rovers at Adams Park. However, a remarkable comeback saw Wycombe run out 3-2 winners, with Curtis Thompson netting on 90 minutes and Paris Cowan-Hall scoring the winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Team news had seen Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the side that had lost at home to Coventry City on New Year's Day - Adam El-Adbd, Joe Jacobson, Matt Bloomfield and Paris Cowan-Hall coming in for Anthony Stewart, Alex Samuel, Michael Harriman (all three to bench) and Fred Onyedinma (returned to Millwall).
Wycombe had the better chances during the first=half but Rovers came out all guns blazing in the second-period and took the lead on the hour mark when John Marquis stabbed home. Ten minutes later it was 2-0 when Tommy Rowe netted after the ball was pulled back from the left leaving Wanderers looking dead and buried.
Scott Kashket and Adebayo Akinfenwa provided a double substition for Wycombe on 72 minutes and the change prompted the comeback - starting when Cowan-Hall fired in from the right side of the box on 77 minutes. With the home crowd urging their side on, Thompson rifled in from 25 yards to level the scores in the 90th minute and then Cowan-Hall looped in a header in stoppage time to spark wild celebrations amongst the home contingent.
The win pushed Wanderers up to 13th spot in the table and eight points clear of relegation zone. Next game for Wanderers, away to 20th placed Bristol Rovers on Saturday 19th January 2019.
Wycombe 3 Doncaster 2 - stats and reaction on
(Monday 7th January 2019)
As expected Wycombe Wanderers Trust have now confirmed that the Special General Meeting, provisionally scheduled for 14th January 2019, has been postponed. An email notice sent to members on Monday 7th January 2019 also confirmed that a new date of Monday 28th January 2019 had been set at The Hub (Wycombe Baptist Church), Easton Street, High Wycombe. The notice explained: "The purpose of the meeting is to present to members the proposal for investment into the Club, by Jim Collis and Bill Luby." Voting for the proposals are set to open at the end of the meeting and then for a three week period, culminating in a second meeting and a declaration of the result. Commenting on the proposals, Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud added: "As we are talking about selling a majority stake in the Club, 75% of the 810 Legacy Members have to vote in favour. The important message is a non-vote is a no vote and it would be criminal if apathy decided the future of our Football Club." Read full details at
(Friday 4th January 2019)
The Club confirmed on Friday 4th January 2019 that midfielder Curtis Thompson had signed a deal with Wanderers running until June 2021. The 25 year-old joined Wycombe on a 'short-term' deal in July 2018 and has impressed during the opening half of the 2018/19 campaign. Gareth Ainsworth commented: "Curtis has been outstanding since he broke in the team and we knew he was a great player at [Notts County] and he lost his way slightly. He has the heart of a lion and you can see how much he loves it here and it is a great acquisition for us. We are working hard to get some players in and Curtis is a very welcome addition for us."
Curtis Thompson - player profile
(Thursday 3rd January 2019)
COTN understands that the Trust Special General Meeting, provisionally scheduled for 14th January 2019, has been postponed. This is assumed as the Trust are required to give 14 days notice of meetings as detailed in their rules. "Notice of a general meeting is to be given either: in writing; or where a member has agreed to receive notice in this way, by such electronic means as the Trust Board shall decide at least 14 clear days before the date of the meeting." At time of this news item there has been no further formal communication to members since the AGM held on 29th November 2018.
(Tuesday 1st January 2019)
The Club confirmed on New Year's Day that loan players Bryn Morris, Fred Onyedinma, Randell Williams and Charlie Fox had all returned to their parent clubs. It's understood that Wanderers are chasing a loan extension or permanent deal from Millwall for Onyedinma. Speaking after the home defeat to Coventry City, Gareth Ainsworth commented: "The loan players have gone back. That was the end of their spells with us. We’re working hard on a few things but we have no money. We may need to ship a few out."
(Tuesday 1st January 2019)
Wanderers' miserable form over the holiday period was compounded following a 2-0 home defeat to Coventry City at Adams Park on New Year's Day. The visitors opened the scoring through a 34th minute penalty from Conor Chaplin after Nathan Tyson had fouled Dujon Sterling. Wycombe rarely threatened the City goal and there was no way back after substitute Jonson Clarke-Harris made it 2-0 on 62 minutes with his first touch of the game.
The fourth straight defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the starting XI that had lost at Scunthorpe three days earlier - Michael Harriman, Sido Jombati and Nathan Tyson returning to the side in favour of Joe Jacobson (rested), Adam El-Abd (to bench) and Scott Kashket (to bench). Defeat pushed Wanderers down to 14th spot in the table with only a five point margin to the relegation places, with 20 games left to play.
Wycombe 0 Coventry 2 - stats and reaction on
(Saturday 29th December 2018)
Wanderers' losing run over the Christmas holiday continued with a 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe United. The only goal of the game came after 8 minutes when Kyle Wootton fired a shot under Ryan Allsop. Wycombe went on to enjoy the better chances in the remainder of the game but could not find a way back and slip a further place down to 13th in the 'League One' table.
This third straight defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the side that had lost at Burton Albion on Boxing Day (three days earlier) - Anthony Stewart, Nick Freeman, Scott Kashket and Alex Samuel coming in for Sido Jombati, Bryn Morris, Craig Mackail-Smith and Nathan Tyson.
Scunthorpe 1 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction on
(Wednesday 26th December 2018)
Wanderers dropped down three places to 12th after suffering a 3-1 defeat at Burton Albion on Boxing Day. Defeat came despite Wycombe being gifted the opening goal of the game on 27 minutes when Jake Buxton sliced Joe Jacobson's cross into his own net. But Burton had been the better side up that point and responded with two goals in just over a minute. First on 33 minutes Lucas Akins fired a loose ball past Ryan Allsop after a Reece Hutchinson had surged into the Wycombe box. A minute later Akins was the provided when his low cross from the right was swept home by David Templeton - beating Allsop at the near post from 15 yards. More poor defending from Wanderers - this time Jacobson losing possession on the Wycombe right and allowing Marcus Harness to cross and Akins to net.
Wycombe improved slightly after the break following the introduction of Scott Kashket just after the hour mark and then Alex Samuel and Adebayo Akinfenwa - the latter returning for his first game in two months - but a comeback never looked likely.
The defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the starting XI that had lost at home to Wimbledon the previous Saturday - Allsop, returning in goal from injury having missed six games, plus Bryn Morris and Craig Mackail-Smith, replacing Randell Williams and Alex Samuel.
Burton Albion 3 Wycombe 1 - stats and reaction on
(Saturday 22nd December 2018)
Wanderers' winning home run in the League came to a disappointing end as lost 2-1 at home to bottom club Wimbledon. After a lethargic opening from both sides, Kwesi Appiah broke the deadlock on 29 minutes when stabbed the ball home at the far following James Hanson’s headed flick on from a corner from the left. Wycombe had little answer for Wimbledon's resolute defence, with Nathan Tyson having a day where he saw three decent chances go astray. It was the visitors who added a second on the stroke of ninety minutes when Jake Jervis neatly tucked the ball home from the near edge of the six-yard box following a cross from the left. Fred Onyedinma converted Tyson's cross from the left two minutes into stoppage but it proved just a consolation.
The reverse came after Gareth Ainsworth made one change from the starting XI that had drew at Gillingham seven days previous - In: Randell Williams being favoured to Bryn Morris. Wanderers remain 9th in the table ahead of the holiday fixtures away to Burton Albion (29th December) and at home to Coventry City (2nd January).
Wycombe 1 Wimbledon 2 - stats and reaction on
(Tuesday 18th December 2018)
Wanderers scheduled trip to Blackpool on Saturday 5th January 2019 will need to be re-arranged following Pools' FA Cup replay victory over Solihull Moors. The Lancashire club will host Arsenal in the Third Round.
(Saturday 15th December 2018)
Wanderers threw away a 2-0 lead as they had to settle for a point from a 2-2 draw at Gillingham. Goals from Adam El-Abd on 12 minutes and Nathan Tyson five minutes later had put Wycombe in dreamland and on the edge of the play-off places. However, a turnaround after the break from the home side saw Tom Eaves pull a goal back for The Gills on 56 minutes when he connected with Dean Parrett's free-kick. Parrett was also the provided for Josh Parker to head past Stephen Henderson on 76 minutes. Substitute Randell Williams almost snatched a winner for Wycombe in stoppage time but Tomas Holy tipped the effort wide.
Team news for Wycombe at Priestfield saw Gareth Ainsworth make just one change from the starting XI that had beaten Barnsley the previous Saturday - Bryn Morris recalled in favour of Williams. The result saw Wycombe remain 9th in the 'League One' table - six points from the play-off zone and a gap of 12 points to the relegation places.
Gillingham 2 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction on
(Wednesday 12th December 2018)
The Club announced on Wednesday (12th December 2018) that goalkeeper Stephen Henderson’s 'emergency loan' from Nottingham Forest had been extended for a further seven days. Henderson will be available to play at Gillingham on Saturday (15th December 2018) but another loan extension will be required for games beyond that date. Commenting on the injury situation with Ryan Allsop and Yves Ma-Kalambay, Gareth Ainsworth said: "Ryan and Yves are making good progress in their recoveries from injury but they’re still a little while off returning to the team, so in the meantime we’re grateful to Stephen and Nottingham Forest for allowing him to help us out in goal."
(Saturday 8th December 2018)
Wycombe took an impressive scalp with a 1-0 victory over 5th placed Barnsley. Randell Williams fired in the only goal of the game on 5 minutes to move Wycombe up to 9th spot in 'League One' - just four points off the play-off zone and 14 points clear of the relegation places with a record of 31 points from the opening 21 games.
The result came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes from the side that had won at Accrington ten days previous - Stephen Henderson (debut on loan Nottingham Forest), Joe Jacobson, Nathan Tyson and Williams coming in, while David Stockdale (recalled by Birmingham), Michael Harriman, Nick Freeman and Craig Mackail-Smith were those omitted from the starting XI.
The victory also equalled Wanderers' record of six consecutive victories at home in the Football League. The previous six match run was during the 1993/94 season in 'Division Three' under Martin O'Neill.
Wycombe 1 Barnsley 0 - stats and reaction on
(Tuesday 4th December 2018)
Wanderers revealed on Thursday 4th December 2018 they had called in the 'emergency' services of a goalkeeper for the third time in the space of two weeks. The latest arrival is Nottingham Forest glovesman Stephen Henderson. The 30 year-old joined Forest in the summer of 2016 but has fallen down the ranks, ending the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Portsmouth. As a 21 year-old he was close to joining Wycombe on loan from Bristol City in January 2010 but then Wanderers Manager Gary Waddock could not guarantee him First Team football at Adams Park.
(Thursday 29th November 2018)
The AGM of Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust took place at Adams Park on Thursday 29th November 2018, with around 170 members present and close to 200 more watching via a live 'members only' stream. The meeting confirmed the resignation of Mark Burrell and John Bignell from the current Trust Board and with only two new names seeking election to the Board, they were replaced by Bob Massie and Peter Lerner. Current Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud and Director Nigel Kingston stood down by rotation but offered themselves for re-election without the need for a ballot. The subject of outside investment in the Football Club was stressed as a priority again. with Stroud commenting: "The reality of finances for a Fans owned Club has dominated the Trust Board agendas over the last 12 months, well in reality the last 6 years since we took ownership." He added "What is clear is we identified that the majority of League 1 & 2 Clubs lose around £600k per year before “football fortune”, and we are no exception." A meeting of Trust Legacy Members was provisionally arranged for 14th January 2019, where Bill Luby and Jim Collis would present their proposals in more detail. Stroud stated the importance of the current 675 Legacy Member making a choice and "not letting apathy determine the outcome of the vote."
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(Thursday 29th November 2018)
Birmingham City 'emergency loan' goalkeeper David Stockdale revealed through social media on Thursday 29th November 2018 that he had been recalled by his parent club. He said: "I’d like to thank everyone at [Wycombe Wanderers] for my short time there. [I] wish I could have helped for longer but unfortunately I’ve been recalled by Birmingham City. I wish you all the best in the future. Thank you." Wanderers won both games with the 33 year-old in goal and will now seek a further 'emergency loan' ahead of the meeting with Barnsley at Adams Park on Saturday 8th December 2018.
(Tuesday 27th November 2018)
A stoppage-time goal from Alex Samuel grabbed Wanderers all three points in a 2-1 victory at Accrington Stanley and lift Wycombe to 10th place and just six points from the play-off zone. This latest win for Gareth Ainsworth's side came after Sean McConville had given the home side the lead on 15 minutes. Only two spectacular saves from loanee 'keeper David Stockdale and the intervention of the crossbasr kept the score to 1-0 at the break. The second-period saw Wanderers gradually come into the game, with Dominic Gape setting up substitute Scott Kashket to level the scores on 78 minutes. Wanderers had Stockdale to thank again for grabbing a loose ball on the line on 84 minutes and then keeping out a 25 yard free-kick with two minutes of normal time remaining. Wycombe snatched the points when Jason McCarthy worked the ball down the right-wing for Samuel to cut in and fire home from a narrow-angle.
It was Wanderers first victory over Accrington (home or away) since the 2-0 win at The Crown Ground on 15th December 2012 (12 games) and came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes from the side that had beaten Shrewsbury at Adams Park the previous Saturday - Michael Harriman and Craig Mackail-Smith coming in for Joe Jacobson and Nathan Tyson). Due to the FA Cup exit at Luton, Wycombe are now without a game until Barnsley visit Adams Park on Saturday 8th December 2018.
Accrington 1 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction on
(Saturday 24th November 2018)
Wanderers came from a goal down to secure their fifth straight victory in the League at Adams Park and move to 12th spot in 'League One' following a 3-2 win over Shrewsbury Town. Loanee David Stockdale was given his Wycombe debut in goal but he was beaten on 4 minutes by former Wanderers Aaron Holloway. However, goals by Adam El-Abd on 11 minutes and Joe Jacobson five minutes before the break put Wycombe in the driving seat. Alex Samuel extended Wycombe's lead on 71 minutes. Fejiri Okenabirhie pulled a goal back for the visitors on 73 minutes following a defensive mix-up but Wanderers saw out the game to secure a deserved three points.
The win came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the starting XI that had drawn at Sunderland the previous weekend - Stockdale, Nathan Tyson and Nick Freeman coming in for Matt Ingram (returned to QPR), Bryn Morris (permission not granted to play against his parent club) and Randell Williams (dropped to bench).
Wycombe 3 Shrewsbury 2 - stats and reaction on
(Thursday 22nd November 2018)
Wanderers announced on Thursday 22nd November 2019 they had secured the 'emergency loan' of goalkeeper David Stockdale, on a seven-day deal from Birmingham City. The deal follows injuries to both 1st and 2nd choice 'keepers Ryan Allsop and Yves Ma-Kalambay. Former Wanderer Matt Ingram stepped in on loan for the game at Sunderland but has now returned to QPR following the international weekend break. 33 year-old Stockdale has been out of favour at City since the arrival of Gary Monk as Manager in March 2018 and appeared on loan with Southend United earlier in the 2018/19 campaign. He has gained most of his professional experience during a three year spell with Brighton and Hove Albion where he made 139 First Team apps.
(Monday 19th November 2018)
Confirmation of a loan to the Football Club of up to £500,000 has been confirmed by a filing at Companies House on Monday 19th November 2018. The loan is from potential 'investors' Bill Luby and Jim Collis who have been in talk with Trust officials for several months in aquiring a majority stake in the Football Club. The Trust AGM is scheduled for 29th November 2018.
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(Saturday 17th November 2018)
The attendance of 30,727 for Wanderers' visit to the The Stadium of Light on Saturday (17th November 2018) was the 2nd highest ever to have a watched a Football League involving Wycombe Wanderers. It was second only to the 38,082 for the match at Sheffield Wednesday on 5th May 2012. The previous 2nd best, 29,337, was for the game at Manchester City on 24th April 1999.
The only attendances in the history of Wycombe Wanderers that are higher than those three games are:
90,000 v Bishop Auckland - FA Amateur Cup Final 1957 - Wembley
40,109 v Preston - Play-Off Final May 1994 - Wembley
40,037 v Liverpool - FA Cup Semi-Final April 2001 - Villa Park
38,252 v Southend - Play-Off Final May 2015 - Wembley
32,968 v Runcorn - FA Trophy Final May 1993 - Wembley
31,440 v Spurs - FA Cup 4th Round Jan. 2017 - White Hart Lane
30,128 v Middlesbro' - FA Cup 3rd Round replay Jan. 1975 - Ayresome Park
Due to the international break, the attendance at The Stadium of Light is believed to have been the highest of the day for any domestic game in Europe.
(Saturday 17th November 2018)
An equalising goal six minutes from the end of normal time denied Wanderers a famous victory over Sunderland in their first ever first to the Stadium of Light. A crowd just in excess of 30,000 saw Gareth Ainsworth's side eventually work themselves into the game and they were rewarded on 67 minutes when Fred Onyedinma fired home from 12 yards to stun the home support. The late reprieve for The Black Cats when a low cross from the right was swept home by substitute Josh Maja past loanee 'keeper Matt Ingram
The draw came after Wycombe made three change from the starting XI that had lost the previous weekend at Luton Town in the FA Cup - Ingram, Bryn Morris and Randell Williams coming in for Ryan Allsop (injured), Paris Cowan-Hall, Marcus Bean. Nathan Tyson returned on the bench and appeared for his first appearance since the final game of the 2017/18 season.
Sunderland 1 Wycombe 1 - stats and reaction on
(Thursday 15th November 2018)
The Club revealed on Thurday 15th November 2018 that former Wanderers goalkeeper Matt Ingram had returned on a seven-day emergency loan deal from QPR following injuries to Ryan Allsop and Yves Ma-Kalambay. The Club also report that "Allsop is expected to be sidelined until the New Year after rupturing ankle ligaments during a training session this week, while Ma-Kalambay is unavailable after breaking a bone in his hand in the recent [Football League] Trophy tie against Oxford United." Due to the international break, QPR are without a game this weekend and have allowed Ingram to return to his hometown club and play in Wanderers first ever meeting with Sunderland (at the Stadium of Light on Saturday 17th November 2018).
Remebering the Great War Wanderers GREAT WAR WANDERERS
(Sunday 11th November 2018)
To mark the centenary of the end of the 'Great War', COTN has compiled a commerative page to remember those Wanderers players, officials, supporters and their families affected by the hostilities that lasted from August 1914 until November 1918. The page includes brief profiles, pictures and memorial information for the ten former Wanderers players known to have lost their lives during The Great War.
Remembering the Grear War Wanderers - Special Feature
(Saturday 10th November 2019)
Wanderers exited the FA Cup at the First Round stage after going down 2-0 at fellow League One side Luton Town. Andrew Shinnie broke the deadlock on 41 minutes when he curled an effort past Ryan Allsop and Wanderers' task to progress was made even tougher of 71 minutes when a wayward backpass by Adam El-Abd let in Harry Cornick to double The Hatters lead. There was no way back for Wycombe from that point on meaning a First Round exit for the first time in six years.
The cup defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the side that had beaten Peterborough the previous weekend - Sido Jombati, Marcus Bean and Curtis Thompson coming in for Darius Charles (injured) Bryn Morris (denied permission to play by Shrewsbury Town) and Ryan Williams (dropped to bench).
Attendance at Kenilworth Road was 5,343 with 786 in the away end.
Luton 2 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction on
(Wednesday 7th November 2018)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust members heard from potential investors Bill Luby and Jim Collis at an informal meeting at Adams Park on Wednesday 7th November 2018. The Americans confirmed their interest in aquiring a majority stake in the Football Club. Club Chairman Trevor Stroud also revealed at the outset of the meeting that the duo had already loaned the Club £500,000 in order to overcome cashflow problems at the current stage of the season. Any majority stake in the Football Club would require a 75% majority approval from all Legacy Members. The AGM of the Trust will take place on Thursday 29th November 2018.
(Tuesday 6th November 2018)
Wanderers crashed out of the Football League Trophy following a 3-0 home reverse to Oxford United. Wycombe started the tie top of the four team group but go out of competition after Northampton beat Fulham in their final group game to finish in the top two qualifying places, along with The U's.
The match saw Wycombe make eight changes from the previous Saturday's League victory over Peterborough - Dominic Gape, Adam El-Abd and Fred Onyedinma the only names in the starting XI to retain their places. Adebayo Akinfenwa and Michael Harriman were both ruled out due to injury.
Wanderers were behind after just 28 seconds of the match - Cameron Brannagan sending a diving header past Yves Ma-Kalambay in the Wycombe goal. Marcus Browne doubled the lead for the visitors on 31 minutes and United sealed victory on 53 minutes when Sam Smith tapped in from close-range. Wanderers rarely posed a threat to the visitors goal and go out of a compeition where they had reached the semi-final in 2016/17 and netted close to £100,000 in prize money.
Wycombe 0 Oxford United 3 - stats and reaction on
(Saturday 3rd November 2019)
Bryn Morris's 67th minute deflected free-kick proved enough for Wanderers to beat 2nd placed Peterborough United at Adams Park. It was Posh's first away defeat of the 2018/19 season - 8 wins and 1 draw coming from their previous 9 League One outings in the current campaign. Wanderers remain 15th in the table but now sit with a six point gap to the relegation zone and seven points from the play-off places.
Victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the starting XI that had lost at Walsall the previous Saturday - Alex Samuel, Dominic Gape, Ryan Williams and Darius Charles coming in for Adebayo Akinfenwa (injured), Michael Harriman (injured), Craig Mackail-Smith and Curtis Thompson.
Wycombe 1 Peterborough 0 - stats and reaction on
(Wednesday 31st October 2018)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust members have been invited to attend a meeting with potential investors Bill Luby and Jim Collis on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at Adams Park. An email to Trust Members said: "Your Trust Board has decided that the best route for securing the financial future of the Club is to move to a position where external investors own a majority of the shares." The plan is allow Luby and Collis a majority stake in the Football Club but this would require a 75% majority approval from all Legacy Members.
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(Saturday 27th October 2018)
A stoppage time goal for Alex Samuel was not enough for Wanderers to salvage any points from their trip to mid-table Walsall - going down 3-2 and extending their winless run at The Bescot Stadium to more than 20 years. Defeat saw Wycombe drop to 15th in the table having taken 18 points from their opening 16 games.
Team news at Walsall for Wanderers saw one change from the side that had beaten Rochdale the previous Tuesday at Adams Park - Craig Mackail-Smith being favoured for Alex Samuel. Elsewhere, Dominic Gape returned on the bench following his one match suspension. Walsall gave a debut to former Wanderer, Russell Martin, after the now 32 year old had joined The Sadlers as player/coach earlier in October. Martin made more than 100 appearances for Wanderers during a four year period before leaving for Peterborough United in May 2008. He later went on to make over 300 appearances for Norwich City and gain 29 international caps with Scotland. He was released by Norwich at the end of the 2017/18 season.
The Saddlers, without a home victory in the League since August, took the lead in the 36th minute when Andy Cook glanced home Connor Ronan's free-kick from the left. The home side doubled their lead seven minutes into the second-period when Wycombe 'keeper Ryan Allsop could only parry a shot from the right bye-line into the path of Isaiah Osbourne, who side-footed the ball home from six yards.
Wanderers were given a lifetime on 80 minutes after Adebayo Akinfenwa's punt into the box from the right of midfield was lobbed past his own 'keeper by Luke Leahy. But as Wanderers pressed for an unlikely equaliser, Walsall broke down the right wing on 84 minutes and made the score 3-1 when George Dobson's cross pin-balled off the head of Dominic Gape and past Allsop. Three minutes into stoppage time, Fred Onyedinma's jinxing run into the Walsall box from the left wing drew a foul from George Dobson to concede a penalty. Scott Kashket stepped up to take the kick and dispite his left-footed effort being saved, Samuel was on hand to fire in the rebound for his first goal in a Wycombe shirt but one that came too late to earn any points for Gareth Ainsworth's side.
Walsall 3 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction on
(Tuesday 23rd October 2018)
Wanderers enjoyed a relatively comfortable midweek 3-0 win over Rochdale at Adams Park as Gareth Ainsworth's side climbed to 14th in the 'League One' table. Bryan Morris fired Wycombe into a 10th minute lead with a free-kick but it was not until the 67th minute that Adebayo Akinfewa netted to give Wanderers breathing space. Fred Onyedinma nodded in a third five minutes later to ensure a third straight home League victory.
Team news against Rochdale saw Wanderers make two changes to the starting XI that had overcome Scunthorpe at Adams Park the previous Saturday - Morris and Alex Samuel returning in favour of Dominic Gape (suspended) and Craig Mackail-Smith (dropped to bench).
Wycombe 3 Rochdale 0 - stats and reaction on
(Monday 22nd October 2018)
Wanderers will travel to Luton Town 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 10th November 2018, with games on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Prize fund for 2018/19 has been virtually doubled compared to the previous campaign. Winners in the First Round will each receive £36,000 compared to £18,000 in 2017/18. Last season, Wanderers reached the Third Round after beating Solihull Moors away and then Leatherhead at Adams Park; adding around £70,000 to their 'Football Fortune' fund from round winning and TV revenue funds before crashing out 5-1 to Preston at Adams Park in the Third Round.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
(Saturday 20th October 2018)
A stoppage time winner from Craig Mackail-Smith saw Wanderers complete a remarkable comeback to overcome Scunthorpe United 3-2 at Adams Park. Wycombe were behind within 21 seconds of the start of play and the visitors doubled their lead in the 7th minute to leave Gareth Ainsworth's side a mountain to climb. However, a piledriver from Dominic Gape on 27 minutes and an exquiste finish from Fred Onyedinma eight minutes into the second-period levelled the scores and set-up an exciting finale.
Wanderers chances of winning seemed to take a blow when Ryan Allsop was sent-off in the 81st minute for apparently 'denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity' by Ike Ugbo. But Wycombe hit back again and snatched victory when Mackail-Smith chased down a long clearance from the Wanderers defence, running on down the right channel from midfield below sliding the ball past the oncoming 'keeper from 12 yards and then enjoying the resulting celebrations.
Team news against Scunthorpe had seen two changes to the starting XI that had lost at Coventry the previous weekend - Onyedinma, Paris Cowan-Hall coming in for Randell Williams (dropped to bench) and Matt Bloomfield (injured). Sam Saunders was named on the bench for a rare inclusion in the match-day squad for 2018/19 to date.
The victory moved Wanderers up to 17th place in 'League One' - four points clear of the relegation zone and ten points behind the play-off places. Wycombe host Rochdale on Tuesday (23rd October) with the Club awaiting the appeal against the red-card given to Allsop, However, Gape will serve a one-match ban for picking up his fifth yellow of the campaign.
Wycombe 3 Scunthorpe 2 - stats and reaction on
(Saturday 13th October 2018)
Wanderers slipped down a place to place to 18th in the 'League One' table following a 1-0 defeat at Coventry City. The Sky Blues, promoted via the play-offs at the end of the 2017/18 season, won the game with an 82nd minute header from Conor Chaplin. A frustrating defeat for Wycombe came after both sides struggled to create chances throughout the encounter at a windy Ricoh Arena. Wycombe's best chance falling in second-half stoppage time when Ryan Allsop came up field for a Joe Jacobson corner from the left but agonisingly volleyed over from six yards. If that effort had gone in, it would have been a goal that would have talked about for years to come.
The reverse came after Gareth Ainsworth made one change from the side that had beaten Burton Albion at Adams Park seven days previous - Darius Charles not available and replaced by Adam El-Abd, returning from injury for this first time since Plymouth away (21st August 2018). The defeat left Wycombe with a record of 12 points from their opening 13 games, 11 points to the play-off zone but just two points from the relegation places.
Coventry 1 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction on
(Saturday 6th October 2018)
Wanderers edged up to 17th spot in 'League One' following a hard fought 2-1 victory over Burton Albion at Adams Park. Two goals in seven first-half minutes from Joe Jacobson (penalty) and Adebayo Akinfenwa put Wanderers in the driving seat at the break but a Marvin Sordell strike for the visitors two minutes after the re-start ensured Wycombe had to hard firm to ensure a first home League win of the season.
Akinfenwa's goal was his 200th senior goal in English football, while Jacobson marked his 200th appearance for Wanderers with a confidence boosting penalty conversion.
Victory over Burton came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that had drawn at Fleetwood the previous Tuesday - Jacobson and Curtis Thompson coming into the starting XI while Sido Jombati (serving a one match suspension for reaching five yellow cards) and Bryn Morris (dropped to bench) were left out.
Wanderers survived early pressure from the visitors before the deadlock was broken on 30 minutes when Craig Mackail-Smith was charged down in the box by Kyle McFadzean for a penalty. Jacobson stepped up to calmly stroke the ball low into the right corner of the away end net. Seven minutes later the lead was doubled when Randell Williams got away from his defender down the left wing and centred a cross that Akinfenwa stooped to head home from the centre edge of the six-yard box. Albion pulled their goal back on 47 minutes when Northern Ireland striker Lian Boyce skipped his way through the Wycombe defence before setting up Sordell with an easy chance to nip the ball past Ryan Allsop.
There was set-back for Wanderers on 54 minutes when Akinfenwa was forced off due to injury and replaced by Paris Cowan-Hall. It made the closing stages nervous ones from the Wycombe point of view but a combination of poor finishing from the visitors and resolute defending from Wanderers ensured it was Gareth Ainsworth's side who claimed all the points.
Wycombe 2 Burton 1 - stats and reaction on
(Tuesday 2nd October 2018)
A 56th minute equaliser from Adebayo Akinfenwa earnt Wanderers a point in a 1-1 draw in the Tuesday night game at Fleetwood Town. Town, now managed by the infamous Joey Barton, had started the game the stronger side and took the lead in the 36th minute when Paddy Madden glanced home a header from 12 yards after a cross from the right.
Wanderers improved after the break and had a penalty claim turned away on 47 minutes when Craig Mackail-Smith was tripped in what replays proved to be just outside the box. The equaliser came when a long clearance from Ryan Allsop was headed on down the left-wing by Randell Williams for Akinfenwa to kick on the second bounce and into the opposite corner of the Fleetwood net from around 15 yards. Ten minutes later Dominic Gape saw a 25 yard shot tipped onto the crossbar by Town 'keeper Alex Cairns.
There were a couple of close shaves for Wanderers at the other end. Madden went close for Fleetwood with a near-post diving header on 77 minutes as Wycombe were exposed again down the right-wing and Ryan Taylor sent a late free-kick just wide - but Wanderers survived to grab a deserved point.
The draw came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the starting XI that had lost at home to Southend the previous Saturday. In came Michael Harriman, Craig Mackail-Smith and Randell Williams, while Joe Jacobson, Scott Kashket and Fred Onyedinma were demoted to bench duties.
Despite the point, the result saw Wanderers drop into the relegation zone for the first time in 2018/19 - down a place to 21st and behind Shrewsbury Town on goal-difference. A fifth yellow card of the season for Sido Jomabti in the game at Fleetwood will see the defender miss the home game with Burton Albion on Saturday 6th October.
Fleetwood 1 Wycombe 1 - stats and reaction on
(Saturday 29th September 2018)
Two late goals could not prevent Wanderers from going down 3-2 to Southend United at Adams Park. The visitors were leading 3-0 before the hour mark but a late rally from Wanderers saw Craig Mackail-Smith net a wonder strike on 83 minutes and Adebayo Akinfenwa convert from close range three minutes later, to set-up a seemingly unlikely close finish.
Defeat to Southend came after Garerth Ainsworth reverted back to the same starting XI that had drew at Portsmouth the previous Saturday. That meant no place in the match-day squad for either Sam Saunders or Alex Samuel, despite starting in the midweek defeat to Norwich City in the League Cup.
The visitors had by far the better of the early exchanges and chances, although Wycombe had a clear opening on 37 minutes but Matt Bloomfield took an extra touch close to goal and the opportunity was lost. A minute later, Southend began to stamp their authority on the game when Theo Robinson ghosted in at the far post to slide the ball home from Tom Hooper's low squared cross from the right.
Southend doubled their lead in the 53rd minute following a disputed free-kick near the half-way line. The visitors knocked the ball out to the left wing where Ben Croker's cross was smashed home from six yards by Hopper, with more questions being asked of the Wanderers defence. It got worse for Wycombe four minutes later when Southend beat Wycombe's flakey offside trap down the right wing and Simon Cox was allowed to run through and best Ryan Allsop at the near post of the Valley End goal.
For the loyal Wycombe fans who stayed to see the closing stages there was reward with a contender for goal of the season when Mackail-Smith sent a left-footed volley from the edge of the box into the top right corner of the Southend net. Then with three minutes of normal time remaining Akinfenwa blasted home from six yards following a similar build-up to Wycombe's first - a long throw from the left-wing by substitute Randell Williams causing problems in the visitor's defence. Akinfenwa and Mackail-Smith both had chances to snatch an equaliser during four minutes of stoppage time but that was a task too far for Wanderers.
The defeat sent Wanderers down to 20th place in the 'League One' table with 8 points from the opening 10 games and only goal difference from the relegation places.
Wycombe 2 Southend 3 - stats and reaction on
(Friday 28th September 2018)
A further shake-up behind the scenes at Adams Park was announced on Friday 28th September 2018 with the news that Football Club and Trust Finance Director Mark Burrell would be stepping down from his role as of 8th October 2018. Burrell was elected to the Trust Board in February 2015 and subsequently joined the Football Club Board in June 2015. As an unpaid volunteer he helped oversee three consecutive seasons of profit for the Football Club. However, at a General Meeting of the Trust on 12th September 2018, he revealed that the 2017/18 season would likely see a lost in the region of £693,000 and was part of a Trust Board that was proposing a partial sale of the currently Trust owned Football Club. Burrell commented to the official website: “I have given so much time and effort to work with others to change the Club and make significant progress towards off-field financial survival and stability. However, that work has come at a cost to my business and it is now right for others to take the Group finances and investment opportunities forward. I’m pleased to have played my part in delivering these opportunities at the recent Trust Members meeting and now others will take the plans forward as a team."
Trust meeting 12 September 2018 - COTN archive report
(Tuesday 25th September 2018)
Wanderers went out of the Football League Cup at the Third Round stage despite a late comeback in a 4-3 home defeat to Norwich City. The Championship side led 4-1 with an hour of the tie played but a penalty and a double substiution for Wanderers just after the hour mark, plus a change of formation almost changed the course of the tie.
Former Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes scored twice in as many minutes to put the visitors 2-0 up by the 14th minute and despite Paris Cowan-Hall reducing the deficit three minutes later, Tom Trybull headed home just before the break to increase the task for Wanderers. Rhodes, who had scored five times for Huddersfield in a 6-0 victory at Adams Park in April 2012, completed his hat-trick six minutes after the break and at that point in appeared that the Championship would rack up a similar score-line to Rhodes' previous visit.
However, Sam Saunders converted from the spot on 61 minutes, while Michael Harriman and Adebayo Akinfenwa were introduced shortly afterwards to give Wycombe different options. Akinfenwa was credited with the final touch on a close range effort on 75 minutes to make the score 4-3 to City and the closing stages of the game were dominated by Wycombe who went close on several occasions to forcing the tie to what had seemed an unlikely outcome just 30 minutes previous.
Defeat to Norwich came after Gareth Ainsworth made five changes from the side that had drawn at Porstmouth the previous Saturday - Fred Onyedinma (cup-tied), Akinfenwa, Scott Kaskhet, Bryn Morris and Joe Jacobson making way for Nick Freeman, Alex Samuel, Craig Mackail-Smith, Saunders and Cowan-Hall. Attendance v Norwich: 3,947 (1,439 away).
Wycombe 3 Norwich 4 - stats and reaction on
(Saturday 22nd September 2018)
An 88th penalty by Joe Jacobson saw Wanderers earn a deserved point from a 2-2 draw at league leaders Portsmouth. Bryn Morris had fired Wycombe into a 21st minute lead and the home side were knocked off their stride until a 57th minute headed equaliser from Gareth Evans set-up a frantic finish at Fratton Park. A home crowd of close to 18,000 throught their team had snatched a winner on 86 minutes when substitute Brett Pitman headed past Ryan Allsop. However, two minutes later Christian Burgess barged down Fred Onyedinma from behind and Jacobson cooley struck home the resulting spot-kick in front of the 750 away following for the Wanderers.
Tean news for Wanderers at Fratton Park saw Gareth Ainsworth make three changes from the side that drew with Oxford United the previous weekend - Anthony Stewart (injured), Craig Mackail-Smith and Randell Williams dropping out of the starting XI and being replaced by Scott Kashket, Darius Charles and Adebayo Akinfenwa. The draw moved Wycombe up a place to 18th in the 'League One' table with 8 points from the opening 9 games.
Portsmouth 2 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction on
(Tuesday 18th September 2018)
A stoppage time goal from Scott Kashket saw Wanderers sneak a 2-1 victory over an impressive looking Fulham U21 side in the second Group stage match of the Football League Trophy. It was a valuable goal - earning Wanderers £10,000 in sponsorship income and a guaranteed place in the regionalised 2nd Round.
Team-news saw Gareth Ainswoth make ten changes from the starting XI that had featured the previous Saturday in the 0-0 draw with Oxford United at Adams Park - Sido Jombati the only Wycombe player keeping his place in the starting line-up. Close-season signing Darius Charles was given his Wycombe debut having recovered from injury.
It was another new signing, Alex Samuel, who gave Wycombe the lead on 2 minutes when he drilled home from Adebayo Akinfenwa's flick-on. Against a very youthful Fulham side, many would have expected Wycombe to cruise to victory from that point on but it was the visitors who would draw level on 54 minutes when Cameron Thompson fired in a long-range shot past Yves Ma-Kalmaby. The game then looked to be heading for a spot-kick decider for a bonus point before a Paris Cowan-Hall backheel set up Kashket to shot home via a deflection and send the hard-core Wycombe fans home happy.
The crowd of 595 (76 away) was the lowest attendance at Adams Park for a competitive First Team game since Wanderers gained promotion to the Football League in 1993.
Wycombe 2 Fulham 1 - stats and reaction on
(Tuesday 18th September 2018)
The Club announced on Tuesday 18th September 2018 that former Club Chairman Andrew Howard would be stepping down from his role on the Football Club board on 31st October 2018. Howard joined the Wanderers' Board in July 2014 and took over as Chairman shortly afterwards and oversaw a period when the Club recorded profits for consecutive seasons, as well as reaching the 2015 'League Two' Play-Off Final. The now 53 year old Beechdean Ice Cream founder stepped down as Chairman at the end of the 2016/17 campaign but took on the role of 'Sporting Director', where worked alongside Manager Gareth Ainsworth during the promotion winning season of 2017/18. Howard commented: "This is not a sudden decision; it was something I have been considering for some time but it was important that I gave my full support to Gareth and his staff during the summer transfer window to help them build the best possible squad for life in League One."
(Saturday 15th September 2018)
There were plenty of chances but no goals as Wanderers played out a 0-0 draw with Oxford United at Adams Park. The result leaves Wycombe and United stuck in 19th and 23rd place in the 'League One' table respectively after eight games played for both clubs.
Team-news saw Wanderers make two changes from the starting XI that had lost 3-2 at Charlton Athletic the previous weekend - Matt Bloomfield and Millwall loanee Fred Onyedinma being favoured over Curtis Thompson and Adebayo Akinfenwa - both who moved to the bench.
The visitors dominated the first-half and were left rueing a number of missed chances and then a spectacular save from Ryan Allsop when the Wycombe 'keeper tipped Ricky Holmes effort onto the cross-bar. Earlier in the game both sides had been rocked by injuries to defenders - Anthony Stewart forced off after appearing to have pulled a hamstring on 7 minutes, while on 15 minutes Cameron Brannagan fell awkwardly after a clash with a team-mate and was also replaced following close to 10 minutes of treatment on the pitch. The latter had come after Randell Williams went close with a diving header for Wycombe but it was rare first-half chance for Wanderers who were grateful to reach the break without conceeding.
The second-period was a more even affair and as the game flowed from end to end, frustration from both sets of players boiled over around the 80 minute mark when Shandon Baptiste's late challenge on Williams as he raced towards goal, sparked a mass-brawl in midfield. Onyedinma then blasted into the side-netting on 82 minutes following a sprint down the left channel, while many Wycombe players and fans alike had thought an Akinfenwa header had won it in stoppage time but they had failed to spot the offside flag raised.
Wycombe 0 Oxford United 0 - stats and reaction on
(Thursday 13th September 2018)
Sad to report the news of a passing of Wanderers legend Howard Kennedy on Wednesday 12th September 2018 at the age of 66 after he lost a brave five year fight with prostate cancer. Kennedy played for Wanderers between 1974 and 1983, making 409 'First Team' appearances and scoring 100 goals. His total appearances for Wanderers in all games was in excess of 500 and close to 150 goals. He later played and managed Slough Town.
Signed by Brian Lee during the summer of 1974, in his debut season, Kennedy was a member of the Wanderers squad that famously reached the Third Round of the FA Cup in January 1975 - drawing at home to then joint 'First Division' leaders Middlesbrough, before losing narrowly in the replay at Ayresome Park. Consolation was to come in an Isthmian League Championship medal at the end of the 1975/75 campaign. Other highlights for Kennedy were the 1981/82 season where he will be remembered for scoring a thundering late free-kick to secure victory in a 2nd Round FA Trophy with Hyde United at Loakes Park. Sadly the FA Trophy run would end in defeat at the Semi-Final stage against Altrincham. However, he remained a regular for Wanderers the following season (his ninth at the Club) and picked up another Isthmian League Champions medal under the managership of Mike Keen.
Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time. Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association Vice-Chairman, John D Taylor, has written a tribute via the link shown - Howard Kennedy tribute by John D.Taylor
(Wednesday 12th September 2018)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust members heard at a General Meeting on Wednesday 12th September 2018 that the Trust Board have been investigating options for bringing outside investment into the Football Club in order to reduce the risk associated with cash-flow problems throughout the season and help fix what was described as an ‘unstainable’ financial situation.
Trust proposals - COTN special report
(Saturday 8th September 2018)
Wanderers lost 3-2 at Charlton Athletic having taken an early lead through Randell Williams. The home side were only given a lifeline back into the game via an own-goal just after the half-hour mark but two goals in nine second-half minutes left Wanderers reeling and despite a late goal from Paris Cowan-Hall, Gareth Ainsworth's side left with nothing from the visit to South London.
Watford Williams loanee netted on 7 minutes when he curling in an effort from the right corner of the penalty area and into opposite corner of the Charlton net. Wycombe were firmly in control at this stage but The Addicks were given a way back into the game on 32 minutes when Sido Jombati sliced Lewis Page's cross from the left past Ryan Allsop in the Wycombe goal to level the scores. Wanderers had another decent spell in the second period with a Bryn Morris mis-queue on 62 minutes from a Williams cross from the left, being a chance that Wycombe would look back on with frustration.
On 71 minutes Wanderers would get caught again down the left wing, Grant sending the ball low across the face of the goal, for Patrick Bauer to return and Lyle Taylor to net from a close range at the far post. The score-line got harsher for Wycombe on 80 minutes when moments after Paris Cowan-Hall had replaced Adebayo Akinfenwa, a Charlton free-kick from the right of midfield by Ben Reeves found its way through the to Naby Sarr who netted from six yards. Cowan-Hall pulled a goal back for Wanderers in the 90th minute when he headed home at the near post from Joe Jacobson's corner from the left but despite seven minutes of added time, the home side held out for a win in Lee Bowyer's first game as permanent boss at The Valley.
Defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made ten changes from the starting XI that had beaten Northampton the previous Tuedsay in the Football League Trophy but just one change from the League meeting with Luton the previous Saturday - Matt Bloomfield sitting out due to 'seven-day protocol after sustaining concussion' and replaced by Curtis Thompson. The result left Wanderers 18th in the table with six points from their opening seven games.
Charlton 3 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction on
(Tuesday 4th September 2018)
A spectacular strike from Scott Kashket saw Wanderers beat Northampton Town 1-0 at Sixfields and get their 2018/19 Football League Trophy campaign off to a winning start. The group stage victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made ten changes to the side that had drew with Luton Town at Adams Park the previous Saturday - Anthony Stewart the only player to retain his starting position.
The winning goal came after loanee Fred Onyedinma threaded the ball through from the right channel to Kashket the prolfic scorer, with his back to goal on the edge of the D, turning and striking the ball left footed into the top right corner of the home goal. Wycombe had the better chances to add to scoreline before the break and Kashket also went close again during the second-period. The closest the home side came to equalising was a late effort from former Wanderers loannee Dean Bowdith but Curtis Thompson was in the right place to clear off the line.
Wanderers included new loanee signing Charlie Fox in the starting XI for his competitive Wycombe debut and also his first ever Senior game for any Club. Newly signed goalkeeper Cameron Yates was also named on the bench for his first inclusion in a Wanderers matchday squad. Marcus Bean's appearance as substitute was his 500th at senior level for all clubs.
Wycombe receive £10,000 in sponsorship money for the victory at Northampton and continue the group stages of the competition with home games against Fulham U21 (Tuesday 18th September) and Oxford United (Tuesday 6th November).
Northampton 0 Wycombe 1 - stats and reaction on
(Monday 3rd September 2018)
Wanderers added additional goalkeeping cover on Monday (3rd September 2018) with the signing of 19-year-old Cameron Yates for the remainder of the 2018/19 season. The Scotish born player joins Wanderers after time with the Leicester City youth academy and a short short trial at Adams Park. He was allocated No.13 in the Wycombe squad.
(Saturday 1st September 2018)
Wycombe had to settle for a point from a 1-1 draw with Luton Town at Adams Park in a tale of two penalties. Joe Jacobson put Wanderers ahead in the 15th minute after converting a penalty following a foul on Matt Bloomfield. However, Jacobson wasted the chance to double the lead just after the hour mark following a handball in the area by Glen Rea - putting the resulting spot-kick to the same side as his first kick but this time seeing Hatters 'keeper James Shea save. Six minutes later Ryan Allsop failed to hold a cross from the left and Matty Pearson headed home to level the scores. Both sides had numerous chances to seal victory, with Luton having the clearer openers but seeing Allsop make up for his earlier lapse by making crucial saves. This was the 14th consesuctive occasion that Wycombe had failed to beat Luton at Adams Park - with the all-time record now reading 7 defeats and 7 draws in League and Cup since the first meeting in September 1996 - 22 years!
Team news saw one change from Wanderers' previous League game (away to Bradford) - Adebayo Akinfenwa replacing Michael Harriman. New loannee Fred Onyedinma was named on the bench and entered the action at 70 minutes. The result saw Wanderers move up to 16th in the table.
Wycombe 1 Luton 1 - stats and reaction on
(Thursday 30th August 2018)
Wanderers will host Championship side Norwich City in the Football League Cup Third Round after the draw was made on Thursday evening. Wycombe have faced the Canaries on the three previous occasions in competitive matches. The first meeting was a FA Cup Third Round tie at Adams Park in January 1994 - a brace from Chris Sutton earning the then Premier League side a 2-0 victory. The other two meetings came in 'League One' during the 2009/10 season when a Norwich managed by former Wycombe boss Paul Lambert were successful on both occasions. The Third Round tie will take place on Tuesday 25th September 2018. Ticket prices have since been set at £10 adults and £5 for seniors and under 18's - noting that the Family Stand will not be open for this game unless 'demand dictates'.
(Thursday 30th August 2018)
Wanderers made two dips into the loan transfer market on Thursday (30th August 2018) with signing of defender Charlie Fox from QPR and striker Fred Onyedinma from Millwall. 19 year Fox played for Wanderers in pre-season and has been with the QPR youth accademy since the age of 8, signing his first pro-contract in the summer of 2018. He was allocated No.27 in the Wycombe squad. Meanwhile, 21 year old Onyedinma will be known to many Wanderers followers having netted eight times in 25 loan appearances from Millwall during the second-half of the 2014/15 season. He was allocated No.19 in the Wycombe squad. Both loans run until 1st January 2019.
(Tuesday 28th August 2018)
Wanderers progressed to the Third Round of the Football League Cup for only the second time following another spot-kick victory, this time over Forest Green Rovers at Adams Park. Following a relatively drab first 45 minutes, Scott Kashket fired Wycombe into the lead on 55 minutes only for the visitors to level two minutes later through Dayle Grubb. It then looked like Anthony Stewart's goal on 74 minutes had won the tie for Wanderers when he reacted first to a Sam saunders shot that had struck the left post. However, a lapse in the Wycombe defence saw Carl Winchester net from close range to take the match to spot-kicks with an 86th minute equaliser.
Wanderers went first with the spot-kicks and netted with consecutive kicks through Joe Jacobson, Nick Freeman, Jason McCarthy and Stewart. With Christain Doidge having seen an earlier spot-kick saved by Ryan Allsop, Saunders had a chance to seal victory only for his kick to be saved. But Allsop guessed correct again to keep out Paul Digby's fifth effort for Rovers and send Wycombe through to the Third Round for the first time since the tie with Doncaster Rovers at Adams Park in October 2006.
Wycombe 2 Forest Green 2 - stats and reaction on
(Saturday 25th August 2018)
Goals from Craig Mackail-Smith and Bryn Morris secured Wanderers' first League win of the season - a 2-1 victory at Bradford City provoking boos from the home fans but delight for Wycombe followers.
Wycombe were good value for all three points, taking the game to the opposition from the off and eventually taking the lead on 28 minutes when Joe Jacobson's inswinging corner from the right was headed in at the far post by Mackail-Smith from point-blank range. The lead was doubled seven minutes after the re-start when Wycombe worked the ball down the right before Dominic Gape's low ball into the box saw Morris's shot deflect past Richard O'Donnell in the home goal. A stoppage-time goal from Luca Conville proved to be mere consolation for a home side who knew they were well beaten.
Victory at Valley Parade came after Gareth Ainsworth made one change from the starting XI that had performed so well in the 1-1 draw at Plymouth the previous Tuesday - Sido Jombati coming in for the injured Adam El-Abd. New signing Alex Samuel didn't feature in the matchday squad but was involved in the pre-match warm-ups and will probably be involved in the midweek League Cup meeting with Forest Green Rovers at Adams Park.
Bradford 1 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction on
(Thursday 23rd August 2018)
Wanderers announced on Thursday 23rd August 2018 the signing of striker Alex Samuel on a 'short term deal'. The 22 year old moved to Adams Park on a free transfer having previously played for Stevenage during 2017/18 - making 28 First Team appearances and scoring on 4 occasions. The Welsh born player originally played football in his home country for Aberystwyth Town and then Swansea City but had also had loan spells with Greenock Morton (in Scotland) and then back in Wales for Newport County. He has also represented the Welsh U18 side during the 2011/12 season. He made his debut in a 2–1 win over Republic of Ireland in February 2012, scoring the winning goal. He was allocated the No.25 in the Wanderers squad and signed a deal until 20th January 2019.
Alex Samuel - new player profile added
(Tuesday 21st August 2018)
The 'League One' match at Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday evening was the first time live stream only coverage had been legally available in the UK for Wanderers followers. The pay-per-view stream was offered as part of the iFollow service that, as from the start of the 2018/19 season, is allowing non-Saturday (14.45 to 17.15) and non-Bank Holiday games in the Football League to be made available on a match by match basis. Games chosen for live coverage on Sky Sports will also not be available, plus those clubs not part of the iFollow agreement. The cost per game has been set at £10 for full HD coverage with syncronised commentary from local radio - BBC Three Counties' Phil Catchpole and Geoff Doyle provided the words for the game at Plymouth. Looking ahead for further Wanderers midweek fixtures with potential live streaming coverage in the UK, only the game at Fleetwood Town on Tuesday 2nd October 2018 is currently scheduled for the iFollow treatment. The game at Accrington on 27th November 2018 will not be covered as Stanley are not part of the iFollow service.
(Tuesday 21st August 2018)
Matt Bloomfield scored a 84th minute equaliser as Wanderers extended their remarkable unbeaten record at Home Park with a 1-1 draw against Plymouth Argyle. Wycombe then came within an inch or so of snatching a dramatic victory having conceeded a goal in the early stages.
Team news for Wycombe at Plymouth had seen two changes from the side that had lost at home to Bristol Rovers the previous Saturday - Anthony Stewart returning in defensive and Bryn Morris joining the midfield. Making way for the duo was Curtis Thompson and Adebayo Akinfenwa. Michael Harriman moved in a forward role to accomodate the change in formation. Elsewhere, Sido Jomabti returned from injury on the bench.
Wanderers got off to poor start when Freddie Ladapo lobbed an indecisive Ryan Allsop in the 4th minute to give the home side the lead. However, Wanderers grew into the game by the interval and despite losing defender Adam El-Add to injury just before the break, Gareth Ainsworth's side went on to boss possession in the second-period. However, those efforts looked to have been in vain until the introduction of Scott Kashket and Akinfenwa as substitutes with around 20 minutes remaining. It was Akinfenwa's hold-up play with six minutes left on the clock that led to Bloomfield drilling in an angled shot from the left of the box to level the scores. Then with 90 minutes showing on the clock Kashket all but scored when he sent in a low shot from the right of the box that struck the far post and then agonsingly rebounded back across the face of the goal and into grateful arms of Argyle 'keeper Matt Macey. Craig Mackail-Smith also had the ball in the net from close range in stoppage but the offside flag had already been raised and there were no complaints about the decision.
The draw against Argyle left Wycombe undefeated in any game at Home Park since April 2004 - a run of seven games at the Devonish club. Matt Bloomfield (who played in that game back in April 2004) has now scored for Wanderers in each of the 16 season's he has been with the Club.
Plymouth 1 Wycombe 1 - stats and reaction on
(Saturday 18th August 2018)
An 82nd minute strike from substitute Scott Kashket was not enough to salvage any points for Wanderers in their League meeting with Bristol Rovers at Adams Park. The visitors ran out 2-1 winners having bludgeoned Wycombe's shakey defence with two goals inside the opening 20 minutes. A mis-clearance by Curtis Thompson from a Rovers corner after 3 minutes fell straight to defender James Clarke who fired past Ryan Allsop to make it 1-0. Their lead was doubled when Wycombe failed to deal with another corner and former Wanderer loanee from Millwall in 2004/5, Tony Craig, drilled the ball home at the far post.
Team news for Wanderers saw Gareth Ainsworth make just three changes from the starting XI that had beaten Northampton in the League Cup the previous Tuesday - this coming after the Wycombe Manager had made seven changes for the tie with The Cobblers. Coming in against Rovers were goalkeeper Allsop, Joe Jacobson and Adebayo Akinfenwa - replacing Yves Ma-Kalamby, Sido Jobati (injured) and Nick Freeman.
It was Akinfenwa who had Wanderers best chances in an improved second-half showing but he headed over twice before Kashket netted with a neat strike with eight minutes remaining. In the dying moments Kashket had shot tipped wide, while Akinfenwa had a header cleared off the line but a draw would have been rough justice for Rovers.
Wycombe 1 Bristol Rovers 2 - stats and reaction on
(Thursday 16th August 2018)
Wanderers were drawn at home to Forest Green Rovers in the Second Round of the Football League Cup after the draw was made prior to the Sunderland v Sheffield Wednesday tie on Thursday evening. The tie against the 'League Two' side will take place on Tuesday 28th August 2018. Rovers beat Swindon Town away 1-0 on the First Round thanks to Tahvon Campbell goal. The meeting with Wycombe will be their first ever time at the Second Round stage having lost at the first hurdle to Milton Keynes in their debut season in the Football League (2017/18). The competition remains regionalised (North and South) at this stage with Premier League sides entering who are not involved in the European competition. The remaining Premier League clubs join at the Third Round stage.
(Tuesday 14th August 2018)
Wanderers progressed to the Second Round of the Football League Cup for the first time in seven years following spot-kick victory over Northampton Town at Adams Park. The scores were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes and under new rules the tie went direct to spot-kicks with Wanderers winning 7-6 - Adam El-Abd netting the winner after Yves Ma-Kalamby had saved the previous kick from Jordan Turnbull.
A Wycombe team with seven changes to the one that had lost at Doncaster the previous weekend took the lead on 50 minutes when Randell Williams headed home from six yards from Craig Mackail-Smith's cross from the left. The Cobblers rallied in the closing stage but were denied an equaliser on 80 minutes when Ash Taylor saw a penalty saved by Ma-Kalamby after new signing Jason McCarthy had fouled Jack Bridge. However, two minutes minutes later substitute Sam Hoskins netted to take the tie to a shoot-out.
The draw for the Second Round takes place at around 7pm on Thursday (16th August). Wanderers previous game at that stage was a 4-1 home defeat to Nottingham Forest at Adams Park in August 2011.
Wycombe 1 Northampton 1 - stats and reaction on
(Tuesday 14th August 2018)
The 2018/19 season marks the 25th anniversary of Wanderers' debut in the Football League. The game at Carlisle United on Saturday 14th August 1993 began 25 memorable years of unbroken Football League status. COTN takes a look at the stats from more than 1,100 games plus a revisit of articles first produced by COTN for the 20th annivesary.
Wanderers - 25 years in the Football League - Read more
(Saturday 11th August 2018)
Wanderers conceeded three goals inside the final 35 minutes as they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Doncaster Rovers in the second game of the 2018/19 season. It was the first defeat on the road for Gareth Ainsworth's side in the League since losing 3-2 at Coventry City in December 2017.
Team news for Wycombe at Doncaster saw from the side that drew with Blackpool on the opening day of the season. Bryn Morris was called in to make his Wanderers debut have signed on loan from Shrewsbury in the week - replacing Paris Cowan-Hall who picked up an injury versus Blackpool. Sido Jombati was recalled into defence to replace Michael Harriman - serving a one match suspension for his red card against Blackpool. New signing Jason McCarthy was named amongst the substitutes alongside side former Southampton teammate Dominic Gape. Scott Kashket was involved in the pre-match warm-ups but was not named in the matchday squad.
The opening goal came on 55 minutes when 19 year old Leeds United loanee Mallik Wilks beat Ryan Allsop at the near post with a long range effort. The goal came moments after Wanderers had a clear chance when Randell Williams' cross was too high for Matt Bloomfield to convert. The real damage was done in a two minute spell where Joe Wright netted on 78 minutes from six yards before former Millwall striker John Marquis made it 3-0 with a second attempt after Allsop had blocked his first effort.
Doncaster 3 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction on
(Thursday 9th August 2018)
It was announced on 9 August 2018 that 22 year old defender Jason McCarthy had joined Wycombe on a three year deal from fellow 'League One' side Barnsley for an 'undisclosed fee'. The former Southampton trainee had previously spent the 2015/16 season on loan at Adams Park while still with The Saints - making 39 First Team appearances, scoring twice and picking up the Supporters' Player of the Season award. Having returned to Southampton he spent the following season on loan at Walsall before signing a three year deal with Barnsley in the summer of 2017. His return to Wycombe came as a big surprise having spent just one season at Oakwell and was seen as a major coup for Wanderers. He was allocated the No.26 in the Wycombe squad for the 2018/19 season and will line-up alongside former Southampton teammate Dominic Gape.
Jason McCarthy - new player profile added
(Tuesday 7th August 2018)
It was announced on Tuesday 7th August 2018 that Wanderers had signed Shrewsbury Town midfielder Bryn Morris on loan deal runing until 2nd January 2019. The 22 year old joined The Shrews in January 2017 having been released from childhood club Middlesbrough. He made two First Team appearances for Boro during the 2012/13 season but was subsequently loaned out to Burton Albion, Coventry City, York City and Walsall before his permanent move to Shrewsbury. He was part of The Shrews team that narrowly avoided relegation at the end of the 2016/17 season and was then a significant part of their team that lost out in the play-off final the following campaign. He was allocated the No.17 in the Wanderers squad.
(Saturday 4th August 2018)
The home game with Blackpool saw Wanderers field no debutants on the opening day of the Football League season for the first time in 19 seasons. The last occasion was the season opener against Burnley on 7th August 1999 under Manager Lawrie Sanchez. Wanderers seem to have come full cycle on the number of debutants on show. There were just single debuts way back on the opening days of the 1993/94 and 1994/95 seasons under Martin O'Neill - Duncan Horton and Cyrille Regis respectively. The numbers escalated in the mid 2000’s, with a high of nine debutants on the opening day of the 2007/8 season against Accrington. From seasons 2010/11 through to 2014/15, a Wycombe debutant also scored on the opening day of the season. Although there were no debutants against Blackpool, Ryan Allsop was making his second debut having previously played on loan for Wycombe during the 2015/16 season.
(Saturday 4th August 2018)
Wanderers kicked-off their 2018/19 Footballl League campaign with a 0-0 draw against Blackpool at Adams Park. Wycombe, who fielded no debutants for this first time on the opening day of the season for 19 seasons, had the majority of chances to take all three points. Adebayo Akinfenwa twice went close, while Michael Harriman's long range effort in the second period was tipped over by visiting 'keeper Mark Howard. Loanee Randell Williams was also denyed by Howard in the latter stages but Wycombe finished the game with ten men after Harriman was shown a second yellow card for a fairly tame midfield challenge on Nathan Delfouneso. Harriman will now serve a one match ban for the visit to Doncaster on Saturday 11th August 2018. The visitors hardly troubled Ryan Allsop in the Wycombe goal but came closest to scoring of either side when Chris Taylor's free-kick struck the Wycombe crossbar on 42 minutes.
Wycombe 0 Blackpool 0 - stats and reaction on
(Friday 3rd August 2018)
Wycombe have confirmed their squad numbers for the 2018/19 season. The squad totals 20 players (including one loanee). This compares to 23 players (including one loanee) at the start of the 2017/18 season, 23 for the 2016/17 season (including one loan and Gareth Ainsworth). There were 20 players (including one loan) at the start of 2015/16, 24 (two loans) at the start of the 2014/15 campaign and 27 players (no loans) at the start of 2013/14. Full list as follows:
1. Ryan Allsop (new signing) 2. Sido Jombati 3. Joe Jacobson 4. Dominic Gape 5. Anthony Stewart 6. Adam El-Abd 7. Sam Saunders 8. Marcus Bean 9. Craig Mackail-Smith (was No.25) 10. Matt Bloomfield 11. Scott Kashket 12. Paris Cowan-Hall 16. Michael Harriman 18. Curtis Thompson (new signing) 20. Adebayo Akinfenwa 21. Darius Charles (new signing) 22. Nick Freeman 23. Nathan Tyson 24. Randell Williams (loan) 30. Yves Ma-Kalambay
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(Friday 27th July 2018)
Wanderers drew 1-1 at Maidenhead United in their final pre-season friendly before the start of the 2018/19 campaign. Returning loanee Watford midfielder Randell Williams was on target for Wanderers on 71 minutes to equalise Ryan Bird's early opener for the home side.
Maidenhead 1 Wycombe 1 - report,stats,reaction,highlights
(Friday 27th July 2018)
Wanderers announced shortly before their pre-season friendly with Maidenhead United on Friday 27th July 2018 that Watford striker Randell Williams had re-joined the Club on a loan deal running until 2nd January 2019. The 21-year-old originally joined Wanderers on loan in January 2018 - overcoming injury before making six appearances and scoring a crucial winning goal in the match at Yeovil in April 2018. He will continue to wear the No.24 in the Wanderers squad.
(Friday 27th July 2018)
There was surprise news for Wycombe followers on Friday afternoon (27th July 2018) when an unconfirmed news story broke that Luke O'Nien was set to sign for Sunderland. Wanderers confirmed the news later in day, with the deal expected to be completed over the weekend in a Club statement that also said: "With O’Nien’s contract due to expire next summer, the club have taken the decision to allow the 23-year-old to pursue his career at the Stadium of Light, joining the Black Cats for an undisclosed fee."
(Tuesday 24th July 2018)
A late goal from substitute Craig Mackail-Smith saw Wanderers register their first pre-season victory before the 2018/19 campaign. However, the 2-1 victory over Chesham United at a sun-drenched Meadow was dampened by another frustrating injury to striker Scott Kashket.
Chesham 1 Wycombe 2 - report,stats,reaction
(Saturday 21st July 2018)
Wanderers conceeded a brace of penalties as they went down 2-0 at Havant & Waterlooville. The Hawks Alfie Pavey converted both spot kicks past Ryan Allsop as Wycombe were described as being 'well below par' by Manager Gareth Ainsworth in his post-match interview.
Havant & W 2 Wycombe 0 - report,stats,reaction,highlights
(Tuesday 17th July 2018)
A 75th minute penalty converted by Marcus Forss was enough for Brentford to secure a 1-0 victory over Wanderers in a pre-season friendly on a warm evening at Adams Park. Wycombe's second pre-season match, following their narrow defeat to West Ham the previous Saturday, proved another experimental session for Manager Gareth Ainsworth who again used a different starting XI in each half and included three of the five triallists used in the meeting with The Hammers.
Wycombe 0 Brentford 1 - report,stats,reaction,highlights
(Saturday 14th July 2018)
Wanderers suffered defeat in their first pre-season friendly prior to the start of the 2018/19 campaign - going down 1-0 to a relatively strong West Ham United side at Adams Park. The only goal of the game came on 34 minutes when Austrian International Marko Arnautovic fired past new signing Ryan Allsop. Wanderers included five trialists throughout the 90 minutes.
Wycombe 0 West Ham 1 - report,stats,reaction,highlights
(Saturday 14th July 2018)
Midfielder Curtis Thompson has agreed a 'short-term' deal with Wanderers having been released by Notts County at the end of the 2017/18 campaign and spending pre-season training with Gareth Ainsworth's side. The 24 year old originally joined Wanderers on 26th January 2018 on a loan deal for the remainder of the 2017/18 season from the fellow 'League Two' side. He made seven appearances during his loan before returning to County.
Curtis Thompson - new player profile added
(Saturday 7th July 2018)
New design 'home' kit and goalkeeping kits were revealed by the Club this week following the news that Cherry Red Records had signed a deal to sponsor the front of Wanderers' traditional first choice light and dark blue quartered shirt. The new 'home' kit was launched at a special event at Adams Park on Saturday (7th July 2018). The design retains the quarters but also includes a distinctive swan outline in the background. A new goalkeeping kit was revealed the previous day and features another bizarre design (see below). The complete kit range will continue to be produced by O'Neill's.

Official website press release ||| Cherry Red Records press release
(Thursday 5th July 2018)
The Club announced on Thursday (5th July 2018) that Cherry Red Records have agreed a deal to sponsor the front of Wanderers' 'home' shirts for the 2018/19 season. The news follows the announcement on 1st June 2018 that Beechdean would stepping down as the main sponsor of the 'home' shirt. Adam Velasco, managing director of Cherry Red Records, said: “It’s a proud day for us as a business and also for me personally, being a lifelong supporter of the club going back to the days at Loakes Park. The club welcomed us with open arms when we first started working with them in 2016 and we’re thrilled to now be the front of home shirt sponsor as we begin life back in 'League One'". The new design 'home' kit will be unvielled at a special event at Adams Park on Saturday 7th July 2018 - starting at 12 noon.

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