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
FLEETWOOD 1 WYCOMBE 1|
(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 to follow
WYCOMBE 2 SOUTHEND 3|
(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 - report,stats,reaction to follow
FINANCE DIRECTOR TO STEP DOWN|
(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
WYCOMBE 3 NORWICH 4|
(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 - report,stats,reaction to follow
PORTSMOUTH 2 WYCOMBE 2|
(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 - report,stats,reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 2 FULHAM 1|
(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 - report,stats,reaction to follow
ANDREW HOWARD TO STEP DOWN|
(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."
WYCOMBE 0 OXFORD UTD 0|
(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 - report,stats,reaction to follow
HOWARD KENNEDY R.I.P.|
(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 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
TRUST LOOK FOR INVESTORS|
(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
CHARLTON 3 WYCOMBE 2|
(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 - report,stats,reaction to follow
NORTHAMPTON 0 WYCOMBE 1|
(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 - report,stats,reaction to follow
'KEEPER No.3 SIGNED|
(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.
WYCOMBE 1 LUTON 1|
(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 - report,stats,reaction to follow
CANARIES AT HOME IN LEAGUE CUP|
(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'.
TWO IN ON LOAN|
(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.
INTO LEAGUE CUP 3rd ROUND|
(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 - report,stats,reaction to follow
BRADFORD 1 WYCOMBE 2|
(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 - report,stats,reaction to follow
STRIKER ON SHORT TERM DEAL|
(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
UK LIVE STREAM DEBUT|
(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.
PLYMOUTH 1 WYCOMBE 1|
(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 - report,stats,reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 1 BRISTOL ROVERS 2|
(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 - report,stats,reaction to follow
FOREST GREEN IN LEAGUE CUP|
(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.
INTO LEAGUE CUP 2nd ROUND|
(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 - report,stats,reaction to follow
FOOTBALL LEAGUE 25 YEAR RETRO|
(Tuesday 14th August 2018)
The 2018/19 season marks the 25th anniversary of Wanderers' debut in the Football League. The game at Carlisle United on Saturday 14th August 1993 began 25 memorable years of unbroken Football League status. COTN takes a look at the stats from more than 1,100 games plus a revisit of articles first produced by COTN for the 20th annivesary.
Wanderers - 25 years in the Football League - Read more
DONCASTER 3 WYCOMBE 0|
(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 - report,stats,reaction to follow
McCARTHY BACK WITH WYCOMBE|
(Thursday 9th August 2018)
It was announced on 9 August 2018 that 22 year old defender Jason McCarthy had joined Wycombe on a three year deal from fellow 'League One' side Barnsley for an 'undisclosed fee'. The former Southampton trainee had previously spent the 2015/16 season on loan at Adams Park while still with The Saints - making 39 First Team appearances, scoring twice and picking up the Supporters' Player of the Season award. Having returned to Southampton he spent the following season on loan at Walsall before signing a three year deal with Barnsley in the summer of 2017. His return to Wycombe came as a big surprise having spent just one season at Oakwell and was seen as a major coup for Wanderers. He was allocated the No.26 in the Wycombe squad for the 2018/19 season and will line-up alongside former Southampton teammate Dominic Gape.
Jason McCarthy - new player profile added
MIDFIELDER ON LOAN|
(Tuesday 7th August 2018)
It was announced on Tuesday 7th August 2018 that Wanderers had signed Shrewsbury Town midfielder Bryn Morris on loan deal runing until 2nd January 2019. The 22 year old joined The Shrews in January 2017 having been released from childhood club Middlesbrough. He made two First Team appearances for Boro during the 2012/13 season but was subsequently loaned out to Burton Albion, Coventry City, York City and Walsall before his permanent move to Shrewsbury. He was part of The Shrews team that narrowly avoided relegation at the end of the 2016/17 season and was then a significant part of their team that lost out in the play-off final the following campaign. He was allocated the No.17 in the Wanderers squad.
NO DEBUTS ON OPENING DAY|
(Saturday 4th August 2018)
The home game with Blackpool saw Wanderers field no debutants on the opening day of the Football League season for the first time in 19 seasons. The last occasion was the season opener against Burnley on 7th August 1999 under Manager Lawrie Sanchez. Wanderers seem to have come full cycle on the number of debutants on show. There were just single debuts way back on the opening days of the 1993/94 and 1994/95 seasons under Martin O'Neill - Duncan Horton and Cyrille Regis respectively. The numbers escalated in the mid 2000’s, with a high of nine debutants on the opening day of the 2007/8 season against Accrington. From seasons 2010/11 through to 2014/15, a Wycombe debutant also scored on the opening day of the season. Although there were no debutants against Blackpool, Ryan Allsop was making his second debut having previously played on loan for Wycombe during the 2015/16 season.
WYCOMBE 0 BLACKPOOL 0|
(Saturday 4th August 2018)
Wanderers kicked-off their 2018/19 Footballl League campaign with a 0-0 draw against Blackpool at Adams Park. Wycombe, who fielded no debutants for this first time on the opening day of the season for 19 seasons, had the majority of chances to take all three points. Adebayo Akinfenwa twice went close, while Michael Harriman's long range effort in the second period was tipped over by visiting 'keeper Mark Howard. Loanee Randell Williams was also denyed by Howard in the latter stages but Wycombe finished the game with ten men after Harriman was shown a second yellow card for a fairly tame midfield challenge on Nathan Delfouneso. Harriman will now serve a one match ban for the visit to Doncaster on Saturday 11th August 2018. The visitors hardly troubled Ryan Allsop in the Wycombe goal but came closest to scoring of either side when Chris Taylor's free-kick struck the Wycombe crossbar on 42 minutes.
Wycombe 0 Blackpool 0 - report,stats,reaction to follow
SQUAD NUMBERS REVEALED|
(Friday 3rd August 2018)
Wycombe have confirmed their squad numbers for the 2018/19 season. The squad totals 20 players (including one loanee). This compares to 23 players (including one loanee) at the start of the 2017/18 season, 23 for the 2016/17 season (including one loan and Gareth Ainsworth). There were 20 players (including one loan) at the start of 2015/16, 24 (two loans) at the start of the 2014/15 campaign and 27 players (no loans) at the start of 2013/14. Full list as follows:
1. Ryan Allsop (new signing)
2. Sido Jombati
3. Joe Jacobson
4. Dominic Gape
5. Anthony Stewart
6. Adam El-Abd
7. Sam Saunders
8. Marcus Bean
9. Craig Mackail-Smith (was No.25)
10. Matt Bloomfield
11. Scott Kashket
12. Paris Cowan-Hall
16. Michael Harriman
18. Curtis Thompson (new signing)
20. Adebayo Akinfenwa
21. Darius Charles (new signing)
22. Nick Freeman
23. Nathan Tyson
24. Randell Williams (loan)
30. Yves Ma-Kalambay
Latest squad and numbers
MAIDENHEAD 1 WYCOMBE 1|
(Friday 27th July 2018)
Wanderers drew 1-1 at Maidenhead United in their final pre-season friendly before the start of the 2018/19 campaign. Returning loanee Watford midfielder Randell Williams was on target for Wanderers on 71 minutes to equalise Ryan Bird's early opener for the home side.
Maidenhead 1 Wycombe 1 - report,stats,reaction,highlights
WILLIAMS RETURNS ON LOAN|
(Friday 27th July 2018)
Wanderers announced shortly before their pre-season friendly with Maidenhead United on Friday 27th July 2018 that Watford striker Randell Williams had re-joined the Club on a loan deal running until 2nd January 2019. The 21-year-old originally joined Wanderers on loan in January 2018 - overcoming injury before making six appearances and scoring a crucial winning goal in the match at Yeovil in April 2018. He will continue to wear the No.24 in the Wanderers squad.
O'NIEN OFF TO SUNDERLAND|
(Friday 27th July 2018)
There was surprise news for Wycombe followers on Friday afternoon (27th July 2018) when an unconfirmed news story broke that Luke O'Nien was set to sign for Sunderland. Wanderers confirmed the news later in day, with the deal expected to be completed over the weekend in a Club statement that also said: "With O’Nien’s contract due to expire next summer, the club have taken the decision to allow the 23-year-old to pursue his career at the Stadium of Light, joining the Black Cats for an undisclosed fee."
CHESHAM 1 WYCOMBE 2|
(Tuesday 24th July 2018)
A late goal from substitute Craig Mackail-Smith saw Wanderers register their first pre-season victory before the 2018/19 campaign. However, the 2-1 victory over Chesham United at a sun-drenched Meadow was dampened by another frustrating injury to striker Scott Kashket.
Chesham 1 Wycombe 2 - report,stats,reaction
HAVANT & W 2 WYCOMBE 0|
(Saturday 21st July 2018)
Wanderers conceeded a brace of penalties as they went down 2-0 at Havant & Waterlooville. The Hawks Alfie Pavey converted both spot kicks past Ryan Allsop as Wycombe were described as being 'well below par' by Manager Gareth Ainsworth in his post-match interview.
Havant & W 2 Wycombe 0 - report,stats,reaction,highlights
WYCOMBE 0 BRENTFORD 1|
(Tuesday 17th July 2018)
A 75th minute penalty converted by Marcus Forss was enough for Brentford to secure a 1-0 victory over Wanderers in a pre-season friendly on a warm evening at Adams Park. Wycombe's second pre-season match, following their narrow defeat to West Ham the previous Saturday, proved another experimental session for Manager Gareth Ainsworth who again used a different starting XI in each half and included three of the five triallists used in the meeting with The Hammers.
Wycombe 0 Brentford 1 - report,stats,reaction,highlights
WYCOMBE 0 WEST HAM 1|
(Saturday 14th July 2018)
Wanderers suffered defeat in their first pre-season friendly prior to the start of the 2018/19 campaign - going down 1-0 to a relatively strong West Ham United side at Adams Park. The only goal of the game came on 34 minutes when Austrian International Marko Arnautovic fired past new signing Ryan Allsop. Wanderers included five trialists throughout the 90 minutes.
Wycombe 0 West Ham 1 - report,stats,reaction,highlights
THOMPSON BACK WITH WANDERERS|
(Saturday 14th July 2018)
Midfielder Curtis Thompson has agreed a 'short-term' deal with Wanderers having been released by Notts County at the end of the 2017/18 campaign and spending pre-season training with Gareth Ainsworth's side. The 24 year old originally joined Wanderers on 26th January 2018 on a loan deal for the remainder of the 2017/18 season from the fellow 'League Two' side. He made seven appearances during his loan before returning to County.
Curtis Thompson - new player profile added
NEW KIT DESIGNS REVEALED|
(Saturday 7th July 2018)
New design 'home' kit and goalkeeping kits were revealed by the Club this week following the news that Cherry Red Records had signed a deal to sponsor the front of Wanderers' traditional first choice light and dark blue quartered shirt. The new 'home' kit was launched at a special event at Adams Park on Saturday (7th July 2018). The design retains the quarters but also includes a distinctive swan outline in the background. A new goalkeeping kit was revealed the previous day and features another bizarre design (see below). The complete kit range will continue to be produced by O'Neill's.
Official website press release ||| Cherry Red Records press release
CHERRY RED NEW SHIRT SPONSOR|
(Thursday 5th July 2018)
The Club announced on Thursday (5th July 2018) that Cherry Red Records have agreed a deal to sponsor the front of Wanderers' 'home' shirts for the 2018/19 season. The news follows the announcement on 1st June 2018 that Beechdean would stepping down as the main sponsor of the 'home' shirt. Adam Velasco, managing director of Cherry Red Records, said: “It’s a proud day for us as a business and also for me personally, being a lifelong supporter of the club going back to the days at Loakes Park. The club welcomed us with open arms when we first started working with them in 2016 and we’re thrilled to now be the front of home shirt sponsor as we begin life back in 'League One'". The new design 'home' kit will be unvielled at a special event at Adams Park on Saturday 7th July 2018 - starting at 12 noon.
AINSWORTH SIGNS NEW DEAL|
(Tuesday 26th June 2018)
Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth has signed a new deal running until June 2023. The news was announced during a special programme on local radio station Wycombe Sound on Tuesday evening (26th June 2018). Commenting on the news, Club Sporting Director Andrew Howard said: “Quite simply, Gareth is the perfect fit for Wycombe Wanderers and extending his contract here is a fantastic and important piece of business. Everything about the Club is moulded into the culture of hard work, humility, team spirit and ambition that he has instilled into his players and he is absolutely the right man to continue to take the club forward on the pitch." The new deal follows a previous five year plus deal signed in December 2014. The Wycombe boss has since gone on to become the longest serving Wycombe Manager in the Football League and the third longest of all time. Meanwhile, Ainsworth said: "Every day I am proud to be manager of this football club and I will always give everything I’ve got to improve myself as a manager and to take the Club as far forward as we can." He added: "I’m extremely grateful to the board for offering me this new contract and to the support of all my staff and players for getting right behind me from the day I walked through the door. I want to give a special mention also to the fans, who have backed me fantastically and I really appreciate all the support I’ve had from them. Now let’s see what we can achieve together next season." Full statement from official website
BEAN AND JJ EXTEND DEALS|
(Tuesday 26th June 2018)
The remaining two players out of contract with the Wanderers at the end of June 2018 have signed new deals. Midfielder Marcus Bean has signed a one year extension until June 2019, while defender Joe Jacobson has penned a deal until June 2020.
Manager Gareth Ainsworth commented: "Beany and JJ are such important players for us on and off the pitch and I’m delighted that two more of the side that helped us win promotion have pledged their future to the club." Updated player profiles are available via the links below.
Marcus Bean - updated player profile
Joe Jacobson - updated player profile
FIXTURES RELEASED 2018/19|
(Thursday 21st June 2018)
Wanderers will open their first season back in 'League One' for six years with a home game with Blackpool on Saturday 4th August 2018. The fixture lists for the 2018/19 Football League campaigns were revealed on Thursday (21st June 2018). Wycombe's first ever meeting with Sunderland was scheduled for Saturday 17th November 2018 but that date is likely to be postponed due the match falling on an 'International Weekend'. The seemingly new Football League philosphy of arranging 'long distance' fixtures on midweek dates, will see Wanderers travel on Tuesday evenings to Plymouth (221 miles), Fleetwood (223 miles) and Accrington (221 miles), all before Christmas 2018. The final game of the regular 2018/19 season for Wycombe is home to Fleetwood Town on Saturday 4th May 2019. The kick-off time for all final day fixtures in 'League One' has been set at 5.30pm at the request of Sky Sports.
Wycombe Wanderers - Results and Fixtures - current season
'KEEPER ALLSOP RE-JOINS|
(Tuesday 19th June 2018)
It was announced on Tuesday 19th June 2018 that goalkeeper Ryan Allsop had signed a three year permanent deal with Wanderers following his release from Premier League Bournemouth at the end of the 2017/18 season. The now 23 year old was originally on loan at Wycombe from The Cherries during the second-half of the 2015/16 season - making 18 appearances for Wanderers. Unable to break into the Bournemouth, he had lengthy loan spells with Blackpool and Lincoln City during the 2017/18 season, plus previous experience with Coventry City and Leyton Orient.
Ryan Allsop - new player profile added
CHARLES SIGNS FROM WIMBLEDON|
(Friday 15th June 2018)
The Club announced on Friday the signing of defender Darius Charles from Wimbledon on a one year deal. Aged 30 at the time of the deal, Charles' preferred position is central defender but he has also played at left-back, left of midfield and as a centre-forward. The former Brentford youth-teamer has gained most of his football experience with Stevenage and Wimbledon.
Darius Charles - new player profile added
COBBLERS LEAGUE CUP DRAW|
(Friday 15th June 2018)
Wanderers will play Northampton Town at home in the First Round of the Football League Cup following the draw made on Friday morning. Although regular opponents in League competitions, this will be first ever meeting between the two sides in the League Cup. Wycombe have not beaten The Cobblers at home since a League game in November 2001. The tie is due to be played in the week commencing Monday 13th August 2018.
WEST HAM FRIENDLY ADDED|
(Tuesday 12th June 2018)
The Club announced on Tuesday (12th June 2018) that a pre-season friendly with 'Premier League' side West Ham United had been arranged for Saturday 14th July 2018 at Adams Park - KO 3pm. This is likely to be first pre-season friendly for Wanderers ahead of the 2018/19 campaign. Brentford visit Adams Park on Tuesday 17th July 2018 - KO 7.45pm, with further friendlies at Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday 21st July 2018 - KO 3pm, and Maidenhead United on Friday 27th July 2018. - KO 7.45pm.
NEW KITS FOR 2018/19|
(Friday 1st June 2018)
The Club announced on Friday morning (1st June 2018) that Beechdean will be 'stepping down' as sponsor of the Club's 'home' shirt. A new 'home' shirt sponsor will be announced during the summer. Beechdean will continue to sponsor the 'Old Main Stand' and the Club's 'training and travel kit'. The statement from the Club also confirms that a new 'home' kit design and goalkeeper kit will be unveiled in early July 2018. Utilita are continuing as sponsors for the 'away' kit.
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