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FOREST GREEN 1 WYCOMBE 2
(Monday 1st January 2018)
Wanderers returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory from their first ever Football League trip to Forest Green Rovers. The New Years Day win came after first-half goals from Matt Bloomfield and Craig Mackail-Smith has put Wanderers firmly in the driving seat against the 'League Two' strugglers. Charlie Cooper, son of home boss Mark Cooper, was red-carded for a wild challenge on Luke O'Nien six minutes before the break and protests from his father soon led to the Manager been shown to the stands by referee Antony Coggins. However, any thoughts of an easy ride for Wanderers in the second-half were quelled by a Rovers goal on 70 minutes from Jack Fitzwater. Ebere Eze was introduced on 70 minutes for his final appearance of his loan spell from QPR but despite some nervy last few minutes, Wanderers held out for the three points. The victory moved Wycombe back up to 4th spot in the table - a point behind third placed Coventry City. Wanderers have a break from League action on Saturday 6th January when they host Preston North End in the Third Round of the FA Cup.
Forest Green Rovers 1 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 1 MANSFIELD 2
(Saturday 30th December 2017)
Wanderers lost at home for the first time in seven games as they went down 2-1 to promotion chasing Mansfield Town. The reverse came after Adebayo Akinfenwa had given Wanderers a seventh minute lead when he sent a powered a header past Bobby Olejnik in the vistors goal from a Dominic Gape cross. Wycombe were dominating at this point and two early substitutions for Mansfield due to injury looked to be making this a comfortable day for Gareth Ainsworth's side. However, after Wanderers had gone close to making it 2-0 shortly before the break, it was Steve Evan's side who went on to take all three points. Alfie Potter equalised on 52 minutes and it was former Wanderer Lee Angol who netted the winner on 81 minutes with a sublime flick past Scott Brown. A disappointing end to 2017 for Wanderers, who fall to 6th place in the table ahead on the New Year's Day trip to Forest Green Rovers.
Wycombe 1 Mansfield 2 - stats and reaction to follow
RICHARDSON LEAVES WANDERERS
(Friday 29th December 2017)
There was surpised news from the Club on Friday 29th December 2017 when they revealed the departure of goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson. The statement from the Club said he had called time on his time at Adams "to be closer to his family." He added: "“Leaving Wycombe was a really difficult decision to make and I really hope and believe they can go up this year. It’s a special club with some great people who I’ll keep in touch with and I’m sure I’ll be back to visit.” 38 years old at the time of his departure, Richardson joined the coaching staff at Wycombe in January 2014 but most famously came on as substitute in a League game at Plymouth Argyle in January 2016 and kept a clean-sheet during a 1-0 victory and in the process became the oldest ever player to represent Wanderers in the Football League.
WYCOMBE 2 NEWPORT 0
(Tuesday 26th December 2017)
Nathan Tyson and Adebayo Akinfenwa scored as Wanderers beat Newport County at Adams Park on Boxing Day to record a fourth successive home league victory in League Two. Wanderers were missing Anthony Stewart - injured in the previous game versus Coventry City - but opened the scoring on 15 minutes when Ebere Eze back-heeled to Luke O'Nien who passed to Tyson who skillfully skipped past the visiting defence and shot past Joe Day in the County goal. The visitors had their best spell leading up to break and then again at the start of the second period but Wanderers survived and eventually doubled their lead on 78 minutes with another text-book Joe Jacobson-Adebayo Akinfenwa combination - the latter chesting down the ball into the box before shooting home. Wycombe were denied a 3-0 victory, that would have pushed them into third place in the table, when the referee blew the full-time whistle a second before Matt Bloomfield fired home from a Wycombe corner. However, Wanderers did move up to 4th place, trailing Lincoln City by a goal-difference of one.
Wycombe 2 Newport County 0 - stats and reaction to follow
COVENTRY 3 WYCOMBE 2
(Friday 22nd December 2017)
Wanderers missed the chance of leaping into the top three of League Two after going down 3-2 at Coventry City on Friday evening. A freak goal had given the home side the lead on 14 minutes when Michael Doyle's curling punt forward from the left of midfield swerved over the head of Scott Brown in the Wycombe goal. Brown was beaten again on 41 minutes after Marc McNulty curled in a shot from the left side of the box after getting the better of a hobbling Anthony Stewart who was replaced shortly afterwards. However, Wanderers were given a lifeline deep into first-half stoppage time when Dan Scarr chested down a City clearance before volleying home from 20 yards for his first ever Football League goal. Wanderers then drew level four into the second-half after Nathan Tyson was adjudged to have been fouled by Devon Kelly-Evans on the left-side of the box - Joe Jacobson converting from the spot to make the score 2-2. Wanderers were in the ascendancy at this point but fell behind again after referee Tony Harrington awarded another soft penalty, this time penalising Luke O'Nien for infringing McNulty as the City playing was running away from goal on the left side of the Wycombe penalty area. McNulty recovered to smash home the penalty high to Brown's right. The loss came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that had beaten Chesterfield at home the previous Saturday, Dan Scarr coming in for the injured Adam El-Abd, while Matt Bloomfield replaced Ebere Eze, who dropped to bench. The defeat at Coventry left Wanderers without a win in the past six away League games but still only two points away from the automatic promotion slots at the half-way stage of the season.
Coventry 3 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 1 CHESTERFIELD 0
(Saturday 16th December 2017)
A 54th minute strike from Luke O'Nien was enough for Wanderers to see off struggling Chesterfield 1-0 at Adams Park and climb to 4th spot in the League Two table. The victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made two chnages to the side that had drew at Stevenage the previous weekend - Sam Saunders and Nathan Tyson both given starts in favour of Matt Bloomfield, Nick Freeman. Meanwhile, Dominic Gape returned to the bench following his spell out through injury. The visitors came to Adams Park one place above the relegation zone but a run of six games without loss, always meant this meeting would be no walk in the park for Wanderers. It was Wycombe who had the better chances during the opening 45 minutes - Craig Mackail-Smith seeing a goalbound effort blocked on 25 minutes by Cameron Dawson in the opponents goal, while Saunders curling free-kick from 25 yards struck the angle of post and cross-bar a minute before the break. The deadlock was finally broken when O'Nien played a one-two with Sido Jombati out on the right-wing before turning and drilling a low shot from the corner of the box and into the opposite left corner of the Valley End net for his first goal for more than three months. There were brief glimpses of hope for the visitors but it was Wycombe who held out for all three points and could have claimed a second-goal in stoppage time when Paris Cowan-Hall was fouled on route to goal but the referee pulled the game back for a disputed offside decision.
Wycombe 1 Chesterfield 0 - stats and reaction to follow
SCARR DEAL EXTENDED
(Monday 11th December 2017)
The Club confirmed on Monday afternoon (11th December 2017) that the loan of Birmingham City defender Dan Scarr had been extended until the end of the 2017/18 campaign. The deal will include play-off games should they be required. The 22 year old originally joined on a loan deal starting on 30th August 2017 and running until 1st January 2018. At the time of the loan extension he had made 13 appearances in a Wanderers shirt, including outings in the FA Cup after being given permission to play by City.
PRESTON TICKET DETAILS
(Monday 11th December 2017)
The date and ticket details for Wanderers' Third Round FA Cup tie at home Preston North End was confirmed on Monday (11th December). The tie will take place on Saturday 6th January 2018 with a 3pm kick-off. Ticket prices are: Adult (Seating): £20 - Adult (Terrace): £15 - Seniors (60+) (Seating): £15 - Seniors (60+) (Terrace): £13 - Young Adult (19-25) (Seating): £15 - Young Adult (19-25) (Terrace): £13 - Juniors (18 and under): £5. Season Ticket holders will have until 5pm on Friday 22nd December to purchase their regular seat, from which time they will go on general sale. Ticket prices are a £5 increase for Adult and Senior seats compared to the 2016/17 Third Round tie at home to Stourbridge - £3 increase for Young Adult seats.
See wycombewanderers.co.uk for latest ticket info
STEVENAGE 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 9th December 2017)
Wanderers had to settle for a goalless draw at Stevenage as Nathan Tyson returned to the side as substitute following two months sidelined with a leg injury. Tyson was introduced into the game just after the hour mark and he went close with a header on 79 minutes, while Adebayo Akinfenwa struck the crossbar as the clocked ticked towards 90 minutes. However, the closest Wanderers came to grabbing a winner was in the first-half stoppage time when Scott Brown's lofted free-kick from the edge of the center-circle went past the attempted claim by home 'keeper Joe Fryer before being spectacularly cleared off the line and onto the cross-bar by Boro defender Ronnie Henry. Wycombe remain 5th in the 'League Two' table.
Stevenage 0 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction to follow
FA CUP MEMORIES - 20 YEARS AGO
(Tuesday 6th December 2017)
With Wanderers in the Third Round Proper of the FA Cup for a club record third consecutive season, COTN takes a look back at the last occasion Wycombe competed in the FA Cup as a non-League side - hosting then third tier high fliers West Bromwich Albion in a Second Round tie at Adams Park.
Wycombe v West Brom - memories from 1992 - special feature
PRESTON AGAIN IN FA CUP
(Monday 5th December 2017)
Wanderers will play Preston North End in the Third Round of the FA Cup Cup after the draw was made live on BBC2 on Monday evening. The tie will take place on the weekend of Saturday 6th January 2018, with Wycombe's scheduled 'League Two' trip to Luton Town needing to be re-scheduled. It was Wanderers third consecutive home draw in the Third Round, having hosted Aston Villa in 2016 and Stourbridge in 2017. Wycombe met Preston North End at the Second Round stage in the 2013/14 season - with the Lancashire side edging through 1-0 thanks to a long range effort from Kevin Davies. Both clubs will be hoping for a better attendance than the December 2013 tie - just 2,249 (including 403 in the away end) turning out on that occasion. Last season Preston lost 2-1 at home to Arsenal at the Third Round stage before a 22,000 gate at Deepdale. Winners will pick up £67,500.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
WYCOMBE 3 LEATHERHEAD 1
(Sunday 3rd December 2017)
Wanderers survived an early scare to beat Isthmian League Leatherhead 3-1 at Adams Park and progress to the Third Round of the FA Cup for a club record third consecutive season. Wycombe fell behind to a controversial 8th minute penalty when referee Tim Robinson spotted a Sido Jombati shirt pull - allowing Jack Midson to convert from the spot. The visitors then had a couple of chances to extend their lead before Wanderers got back on level terms with a superb 30 yard curling free-kick from Sam Saunders on 29 minutes. The non-League side kept Wycombe at bay until the 76th minute when Craig Mackail-Smith followed up an Adebayo Akinfenwa effort to score and give Wanderers the lead. Two minutes later Leatherhead's day imploded when Player-Manager Sammy Moore was shown a second yellow card for retaliation following a challenge by Joe Jacobson. Wycombe's place in the Third Round was sealed in stoppage time when Akinfenwa sent a diving header past Zaki Ouala in the Leatherhead goal following a right-wing cross from Matt Bloomfield. Wycombe pick up £27,000 up for their victory plus an additional £12,000 for moving the tie to Sunday to cater for BBC Final Score coverage, plus highlights shown later that evening on BBC2.
Wycombe 3 Leatherhead 1 - stats and reaction to follow
FA CUP MEMORIES - 40 YEARS AGO
(Friday 1st December 2017)
As Wanderers look to reach the Third Round Proper of the FA Cup for third season running, COTN takes a look back 40 years ago to a trip to Minehead on Saturday 26th November 1977 in the First Round Proper. The Somerset town was more famous for Butlin's holiday camp than their football team but this tie was no Holiday in the Sun for Wanderers.
Minehead v Wycombe - memories from 1977 - special feature
WYCOMBE 2 WEST HAM U21 0
(Tuesday 28th November 2017)
Goals from Will De Havilland and Sido Jombati saw Wanderers end their 2017/18 Football League Trophy campaign on a winning note with a 2-0 victory over a West Ham U21 side at Adams Park. With six changes to the side that had beaten Yeovil the previous weekend, it was De Havilland who opened the scoring on 32 minutes when he flicked in a header off the far post from Sam Saunders cross from the right. Jombati secured the win with a near strike on 55 minutes when he chested down a ball in from the left before volleying past the West Ham 'keeper from 10 yards. The tie was watched by an attendance of 699 - the lowest ever for a competitive match at Adams Park. The previous low was 771 in the same competition versus Bristol Rovers in September 2011.
Wycombe 2 West Ham U21 0 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 2 YEOVIL 1
(Saturday 25th November 2017)
Wanderers jumped to 5th place in 'League Two' after a 2-1 home victory over Yeovil Town. It was a first ever Football League triumph over Yeovil at Adams Park in six attempts and came thanks to first-half goals from Ebere Eze and Joe Jacobson (penalty). Francois Zoko pulled a goal back for the visitors just before the break but Wanderers were good value for their three points. The victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that had lost narrowly at Accrington the previous Tuesday - Dan Scarr and Dayle Southwell coming into the starting XI in place of a suspended Adam El-Abd (five yellow cards), while Craig Mackail-Smith was rested to the bench after picking-up a knock in the game at Accrington. Eze broke the deadlock on 37 minutes when he fired home a low shot from the edge of the box after Yeovil failed to deal with a cross from the left by Jacobson. Wanderers' lead was doubled on 43 minutes when Paris Cowan-Hall was fouled in the process of shooting from the left side of the box and Jacobson stepped up to convert the resulting spot-kick. A brief lapse in the Wanderers defence gave Yeovil a lifeline a minute later when Zoko struck from the edge of the six-yard box following a cross from the left. There were a few brief scares in the second-half for Wanderers but it was Adebayo Akinfenwa who went closest to scoring when his stoppage time effort from around 20 yards rattled the Yeovil crossbar just seconds before the final whistle.
Wycombe 2 Yeovil 1 - stats and reaction to follow
ACCRINGTON 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 21st November 2017)
Wanderers went down 1-0 at 3rd placed Accrington Stanley, as Gareth Ainsworth side dropped to 8th place in the table. On a typically wet and windy night in Lanchashire, the only goal of the game came in the 70th minute when a free-kick from the left bye-line was poorly defended by Wanderers and the ball eventually found its way back to Mark Hughes on the left corner of the six-yard box and the Stanley man side footed past Scott Brown. Team changes for Wycombe had seen just one change from the side that beaten Crawley the previous Saturday - Dominic Gape being reported as 'unavailable' and replaced by Sido Jombati. It was an evening to forget for Wycombe, whose best chance came early on when Craig Mackail-Smith chested down the ball on the right-side of the box but couldn't match the control with a finish and dragged the ball wide. The match marked the 450th First Team appearance in a Wycombe shirt for Matt Bloomfield.
Accrington 1 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction to follow
HAT-TRICK RECORD
(Saturday 18th November 2017)
COTN can confirm that Craig Mackail-Smith’s hat-trick in the 4-0 defeat of Crawley Town at Adams Park om Saturday 18th November 2017, is the fastest by a Wycombe player in the Football League. Mackail-Smith’s hat-trick came during a 11-minute spell in the second-half and beats the previous record (held by Scott McGleish against Mansfield in 2008) by five minutes.
Read more - Full list of Wanderers hat-tricks in the Football League
WYCOMBE 4 CRAWLEY 0
(Saturday 18th November 2017)
Craig Mackail-Smith bagged an 11-minute second-half hat-trick as Wanderers ended their five game winless streak in the Football League, with a 4-0 victory over Crawley Town at Adams Park. Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the side that had lost at Morecambe the previous Saturday and despite a goalless first-half, always looked likely to be the side that took maximum points. The deadlock was eventually broken in the 50th minute when Adebayo Akinfenwa held the ball up with his back to goal, before exchanging passes with Eze, who then skipped through towards goal and netted neatly from 12 yards. Mackail-Smith started his goal bonaza on 72 minutes with another Akinfenwa assist, 'The Beast' laying the ball to the right side of the penalty before the former Luton man powered the ball into the far corner of the Valley End net. It was 3-0 on 81 minutes when Eze dinked the ball across to a similar position to the previous goal, this time Mackail-Smith smashing the ball home off the underside of the cross-bar. The hat-trick was completed two minutes later when Akinfenwa made his third assist of the day, squaring right for Mackail-Smith to cooly side-foot home to complete the emphatic victory. The result pushed Wanderers up a place in the table to 6th, with the trip to 3rd placed Accrington Stanley to come on Tuesday (21st November).
Wycombe 4 Crawley 0 - stats and reaction to follow
CLUB TO DECLARE £1m+ PROFIT
(Friday 17th November 2017)
Wycombe Wanderers Football Club will declare a profit of just over £1m when formal accounts are published later in the 2017/18 season. The baseline profit was revealed in the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust accounts released to members prior to the Trust AGM to be held on Wednesday 29th November 2017 at Adams Park. It will be the third successive season the Football Club has announced a profit - a first for the Club since gaining promotion to the Football League for the 1993/94 season.
Read more - Club to declare £1m profit and Trust AGM preview
IT'S LEATHERHEAD IN FA CUP
(Thursday 16th November 2017)
Wanderers will host Leatherhead in the Second Round of the FA Cup Cup after the Surrey side pulled off a shock 3-1 victory at Billericay in their 1st Round replay on Thursday (16th November). The tie will take place on Sunday 3rd December at Adams Park, with a 2pm kick-off after the BBC chose the tie for inclusion on their BBC Final Score programme. Each Club is expected to receive £12,000 for agreeing to move the tie. Tickets for the tie will go on sale on Friday (17th November) to Season Ticket holders, with general sale a week later. Ticket prices for all areas are: Adults: £15, Seniors (60+): £10, Young Adults (19-25): £10, Juniors (18 and under): £5.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
MORECAMBE 2 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 11th November 2017)
A late goal and surge of pressure could not salvage a point for Wanderers as they lost for the first time on their travels to Morecambe. The home side, with two straight wins in cup competitions under their belts, took the lead in the 27th minute when Steve Old headed home a corner. Their lead was doubled after former Wanderer Garry Thompson's cross from the left was only partially cleared and Adam McGurk fired the ball low into the corner of the Wycombe net. Wanderers improved in the second-period but took until the 82nd minute to see a glimmer of hope - substititute Paris Cowan-Hall's cross seeing Adebayo Akinfenwa head home for his 10th goal of the season. Akinfenwa went close to equalising with another header two minutes later, while Craig Mackail-Smith and Nick Freeman also went close but it wasn't to be. Wanderers have now gone five games without victory in the League but remain in 7th place in the table.
Morecambe 2 Wycombe 1 - stats and reaction to follow
HOME TIE IN FA CUP
(Monday 6th November 2017)
Wanderers will host Leatherhead or Billericay Town in the Second Round of the FA Cup Cup after the draw was made live on BBC2 on Monday evening. Both sides are from the Isthmian Premier League (seventh tier) and are former none-League opponents of Wanderers back in the 1970's and 1980's. The two sides fought out a 1-1 draw at Leatherhead's Fetcham Grove on Sunday and will replay during the week commencing 13th November for the right to travel to Adams Park on thw weekend of 2nd December. Wanderers first met Leatherhead during the 1972/73 Isthmian League season and fought regularly for the following 11 seasons before their relegation. The most recent meeting was a FA Trophy tie in December 1986 that Leatherhead won after a replay. All the previous meetings with Billericay took place within three seasons in the early 1980's after their rise (and then fall) along the non-League ladder. Their fortunes were boosted more recently, when in December 2016 Glenn Tamplin took the Club over and funded several high profile signings. At the time of the draw Billericay sat in 5th place in the Isthmian League table with 9 wins from their opening 11 league games - they were 8 points behind leaders Dulwich Hamlet but due to cup runs had five games in hand. Meanwhile, Leatherhead were back in 13th spot, meaning Billericay will be firm favourites to win the replay and reach the Second Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
SOLIHULL 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Sunday 5th November 2017)
Wanderers reached the Second Round of the FA Cup for the fifth season running after a workmanlike 2-0 victory over Solihull Moors. Backed by more than 800 followers in a 1,500 crowd at Moors 3,000 capacity ground, Wanderers survived a brief early scare before taking the lead on 16 minutes when Nick Freeman turned in a long punt from Scott Brown that had been knocked on by Craig Mackail-Smith. It was then CMS who doubled Wycombe's lead on 28 minutes when he fired home from inside the penalty area after Joe Jacobson's corner from the left had been headed onto the crossbar by Anthony Stewart and then Adebayo Akinfenwa. The home side, bottom of the National League and under their third manager of the campaign, had their best spell mid-way around the hour mark - Scott Brown tipping over Oladapo Afolayan's deflected shot. Marcus Bean, still searching for his first goal in a Wycombe shirt almost broke his duck with around 20 minutes left on the clock but his curling effort from Paris Cowan-Hall's pass drifted just wide of the right-hand upright. Brown saved a close-range effort from Akwasi Asante, while at the other end Akinfenwa fired high of the target when it looked odds-on he would have made it 3-0. Wycombe now wait and see who they meet in the 2nd Round when the draw is made live on BBC2 on Monday shortly after 7pm. Wycombe pick up £18,000 for their First Round victory, with £27,000 up for grabs in the Second Round.
Solihull 0 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
SWINDON 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 31st October 2017)
Wanderers made an early exit from Football League Trophy after a late goal saw them lose 1-0 at Swindon Town in their second of three group stage matches. Wycombe had lost 5-1 at home to Bristol Rovers in the first match and needed at least a draw to keep their hopes alive in a compeition where they had reached the semi-final in 2016/17 and netted close to £100,000 in prize money. The only goal of the game at The County Ground came on 88 minutes when the home side floated in a free-kick from the right wing and Matt Preston was given too much space to head past Wycombe debutant Yves Ma-Kalambay. The tie had seen Gareth Ainsworth make five changes to the side that had drawn at home to Cheltenham the previous Saturday - former Chelsea 'keeper Ma-Kalambay being joined by Luke O'Nien, Matt Bloomfield, Paris Cowan-Hall and Dayle Southwell. West Ham U23's are Wycombe's remaining opponents in their final group game. The attendance at The County Ground was 1,236, with less than 100 in the away section.
Swindon 1 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 3 CHELTENHAM 3
(Saturday 28th October 2017)
A hotly disputed last minute goal cost Wanderers victory as they drew 3-3 with Cheltenham Town at Adams Park. The visitors had taken the lead on 22 minutes after Brian Graham slid the ball home from six yards after Wanderers failed to deal with a lofted free-kick to the right side of the penalty area that evaded Marcus Bean and allowed Jamie Grimes to square. The score remainded 1-0 to the visitors until the break but the second-period saw Wanderer fly out of the traps - Eberechi Eze equalised on 48 minutes when the QPR loanee ran through from midfield before laying the ball right to Sam Saunders. The resulting cross was half-cleared but Eze reacted with first-time shot into the back of the Valley End net from 8 yards. Two minutes later Wycombe were ahead. Eze picked out Saunders again - this time down the left channel - Saunders made a quick pass to Nick Freeman whose shot from the left side of the box was deflected onto the left-hand upright and Adebayo Akinfenwa was there to tuck the ball home from six yards. Wanderers then looked to have sealed victory just after the hour mark. Eze was involved again - picking out Craig Mackail-Smith on the left side of the penalty area - the former Luton striker turning and squaring low for Akinfenwa to slot home from close range. However, Wycombe's makeshift defence failed to hold out for three points. Injuries to Dan Scarr, Anthony Stewart and Sido Jombati had forced Gareth Ainsworth to recall central defender Will De Havilland from his loan spell at Aldershot, while Dominic Gape deputised at the back. The visitors were given a lifeline on 70 minutes when Carl Winchester fired in a low shot from just outside the box. Despite more pressure from The Robins, it looked like Wycombe had done enough to hol-on and when Eze was blatantly pushed with two hands by Mo Eisa on the Swindon right, practically everybody in the ground, bar the match officials, were waiting for a free-kick to be awarded to Wanderers. But play went on, Eisa delivering a ball from his right wing position to the far post where Graham headed back across goal and into the net off the far post. It was heartbreak for Wanderers who dropped to 7th place in the table as a result of the two missed points.
Wycombe 3 Cheltenham 3 - stats and reaction to follow
DANNY ROWE JOINS YORK CITY
(Friday 27th October 2017)
It was revealed on Friday 27th October that released Wanderers defender Danny Rowe had joined National League 'North' side York City on a deal running until June 2019. The news came just two days after he left Wycombe by 'mutual consent'. Rowe hinted on the reasons for his departure, when he commented: "I have been looking for clubs to sign for, closer to home, and York was the stand-out option. It is a really good club with big ambitions." The Minstermen were relegated from the Football League at the end of the 2015/16 season and were relegated again (to the National League North) at the end of the following campaign despite winning the FA Trophy at Wembley.
DANNY ROWE DEPARTS
(Wednesday 25th October 2017)
After months of speculation, the Club announced on Wednesday 25th October that defender Danny Rowe had left Wanderers by 'mutual consent due to personal circumstances.' His only appearance this season had been in the home League Cup defeat to Fulham and his non-selection in the matchday squad had been the subject of debate with many Wanderers followers. Rowe, who was 22 the day before the annoucement, joined Wanderers on a three year deal from Rotherham in the summer of 2015 having previously spent two loan spells with Wycombe - including being part of the team that escaped relegation at Torquay on the final day of the 2013/14 season. Having seemingly fallen out of First Team consideration back in December 2016 (playing his last League game in October 2016), he was loaned to Barrow for the remainder of the 2016/17 season. He made 54 First Team appearances and scored once during his time at Adams Park.
SWINDON 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 21st October 2017)
Wanderers were defeated away from home for the first in the League since February as they went down 1-0 at Swindon Town. The windy conditions did not make this game a spectacle, with the home grabbing the only goal of the game on 15 minutes when a lofted ball into the Wycombe box from the left was hooked past Scott Brown by Harry Smith. Brown had earlier made two decent saves to keep game goalless but had little chance with Smith's strike. Wanderers improved in the second-period and had a chance to level through Adebayo Akinfenwa on 49 minutes when he juggled the ball with his head and feet in the right corner of the Swindon box but his final shot didn't have enough power to beat Reice Charles-Cook in the home goal. The closest Wycombe came to equalising was on 75 minutes when a Brown free-kick from deep inside the Wanderers half landed well inside the Swindon six-yard box and was then tipped over the crossbar by Charles-Cook. The defeat pushed Wanderers down to 5th spot in the table with 26 points from 15 games and 5 points behind leaders Luton.
Swindon 1 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction to follow
FA CUP TIE NOW SUNDAY
(Friday 20th October 2017)
Wanderers FA Cup tie with Solihull Moors has been moved to Sunday 5th November, with a 2pm kick-off in order to tie in with BBC Sport's Final Score programme. The other games being featured on the BBC 1 show on the Sunday are: Cambridge United v Sutton United, Guiseley v Accrington Stanley, Leatherhead v Billericay Town, Dartford v Swindon Town, Woking v Bury, Charlton Athletic v Truro City and Exeter City v Heybridge Swifts. Each club is believed to receive £12,500 for agreeing to the move. Wanderers have been given an allocation of 1,300 tickets and the Club have confirmed these will go straight to general sale during the week commencing 23 October. Prices are Adults (18-64): £15, Concessions: £10, Juniors (12-15): £10, Under 12s: FREE with a paying adult. The 350 uncovered seats will be allcoated on a 'first come first served' basis on the day of the match. No 'away' tickets will be sold on the day.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
IT'S SOLIHULL AWAY IN FA CUP
(Tuesday 17th October 2017)
Wanderers will travel to Solihull Moors in the FA Cup 1st Round Proper, after they beat Ossett Town 2-1 away from home in their replay on Tuesday evening. The tie will take place on the weekend of Saturday 4th November 2017 but could be subject change for live TV coverage. Winners of the tie will receive £18,000. At the time of the draw, Solihull Moors were one place from the bottom of the 'National League' (formerly the Conference), with 8 points from their opening 15 games. They are already on their second Manager of the season - Richard Money replaced Liam McDonald at the start of October after their latter left by 'mutual consent'. The Moors' Damson Park ground has a capacity of around 3,000, with 770 seats. The away allocation will be in the order of 1,200, split between a small covered terrace behind the goal and approximately 300 uncovered seats along the side.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
CARLISLE 3 WYCOMBE 3
(Tuesday 17th October 2017)
A last gasp header from Paris Cowan-Hall rescued a point for Wanderers in a 3-3 draw from the long-haul midweek trip to Carlisle United. The home side had taken the lead through a Reggie Lambe header after just four minutes and Wanderers found themselves 2-0 down on 38 minutes when Jamie Devitt converted from the spot after Dan Scarr was adjudged to have fouled Shaun Miller. Wycombe were given a lifeline in the second minute of first half stoppage time after Eberechi Eze was fouled just outside the box and Sam Saunders duly curled in the resulting deadball. The second-half brought more drama as Adebayo Akinfenwa scored a trademark far post header to level the scores at 2-2 on 72 minutes. But the efforts to pull the game looked to be in vain when Lambe found space inside the six yard to restore the lead for United with just six minutes remaining of normal time. It was in the final minute of the five minutes of stoppage time that Cowan-Hall rose highest to head home a corner and retain Wanderers' unbeaten away record that now stretches back to February 2017. The point from the draw moves Wycombe back up to 4th place in the table - just four points behind new leaders Luton.
Carlisle 3 Wycombe 3 - stats and reaction to follow
PAUL HAYES JOINS NEWPORT
(Tuesday 17th October 2017)
Former Wanderer Paul Hayes has joined fellow League Two club Newport County on a deal running until the end of the current season. Hayes left Wycombe by mutual consent on 29th August 2017 and was briefly with Hemel Hempstead before being picked up by the Welsh club. County Manager Michael Flyn revealed that Hayes had made contact through via social media, explaining: "He got me on LinkedIn. We spoke to each other privately through that, he got my number and we spoke from there. Maybe social media is the way forward for transfers these days!” Wanderers are due to host Newport County in League Two on Boxing Day (26th December 2017).
AWAY IN FA CUP
(Monday 16th October 2017)
Wanderers will travel to either Solihull Moors or Ossett 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 4th November 2017, with games on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Multiple ties are expected to moved to Sunday (5th Nov) to tie in with a BBC Final Score FA Cup Special. The replay to determine who will host Wanderers is scheduled for Tuesday 17th October at Ossett. Wanderers have never played either of these clubs.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
WYCOMBE 0 EXETER 0
(Saturday 14th October 2017)
Wanderers and current league leaders Exeter City played out a entertaining 0-0 draw at Adams Park on Saturday. A 5,000 plus crowd saw Wanderers have the better chances and by the closing stages, it was the visitors who were happy to settle for a point. Adebayo Akinfenwa and Eberechi Eze had Wanderers' best efforts in the first-half, with Scott Brown continuing his good form at the other end. Akinfenwa was guilty of missing two glorious chances during the second-period. Adam El-Abd was in the right place to block an effort by Jake Taylor in the 68th minute and suffered a cut face for his troubles. Anthony Stewart had the ball in the net on the stroke of 90 minutes with a rifled effort from 12 yards but the 'goal' was disallowed for a contenious foul by Akinfenwa on an Exeter defender. The draw saw Wanderers drop a place to 5th in the table, with Notts County regaining the top spot from The Grecians on goal-difference.
Wycombe 0 Exeter 0 - stats and reaction to follow
TYSON INJURY NEWS
(Thursday 12th October 2017)
Gareth Ainsworth revealed news of Nathan Tyson's injury during a press session on Thursday 12th October. The Wycombe Manager said: “The initial scans weren’t fully comprehensive so we’re still looking at the injury in more detail, but it looks as though he’s avoided the cruciate ligament which is the major one." Tyson suffered the injury in the early stages of the recent match at Cambridge. Ainsworth added: "However, there is still damage to the ligament and although it’s hard to put a timescale on his return at this stage, we’re looking at months rather than weeks.”
CAMBRIDGE 1 WYCOMBE 3
(Saturday 7th October 2017)
QPR loanee Eberechi Eze scored two wonder strikes as Wanderers recorded a 3-1 victory at Cambridge United. The game was goalless at the break but three minutes after the re-start Adebayo Akinfenwa laid the ball back to Eze on the right corner of the box and the youngster juggled the ball from his his left to right foot before whipping a dipping shot into the top left corner of the United net. His second goal on 57 minutes was equally as good - this time picking up a loose ball in a similar position and curling a first-time left footed shot, again into the top left corner. The home side pulled a goal back on 70 minutes after Marcus Bean was adjudged to have bundled over Uche Ikpeazu in the penalty area and Medy Elito converted from the spot. Cambridge's hope of snatching a draw diminished when Captain Leon Legge was sent off for a second bookable offence on 82 minutes after a body-check on Craig Mackail-Smith. Wanderers sealed the three points on 89 minutes when Charlton loanee Josh Umerah found space on the left side of the box before cooling angling in a low shot into the opposite corner of the Cambridge goal. The was marred from Wycombe's point of view by a 25th minute leg injury to Nathan Tyson - this coming on the back of the news that Michael Harriman had broken his leg in training the previous Tuesday. The result saw Wanderers move to 4th place in the table - four points behind new leaders Exeter City who Wycombe play at Adams Park on Saturday 14th October.
Cambridge 1 Wycombe 3 - stats and reaction to follow
HARRIMAN INJURY SHOCK
(Saturday 7th October 2017)
The Club revealed, just prior to kick-off of the Cambridge game, the shock news that Michael Harriman had suffered a broken-leg during training the previous Tuesday. The Club added that they estimated the attacking right-back would be side-lined for around four months.
KEEPER ON SHORT-TERM DEAL
(Tuesday 2nd October 2017)
The Club announced on Tuesday 2nd October the signing of 31 year old former Chelsea goalkeeper Yves Ma-Kalambay on a deal running until 29th January 2018, with the Club also confirming he would be 'providing cover and competition for Scott Brown'. The 6' 6" Belgium born player originally played at Youth level for Chelsea but failed to break into the First Team, instead making his senior debut during a loan spell at Watford during the 2005/6 season. He later played for Hibernian and then Swansea City before time in Belgium with KV Mechelen and Royal Antwerp. He returned to the UK in July 2015 to take up a coaching role with Muswell Hill Football Academy. He can also claim international honours with the Belgium Olympic 2008 side and then the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), the birthplace of his father. He was allocated No.30 in the Wanderers squad.
WYCOMBE 3 BARNET 1
(Saturday 30th September 2017)
Wanderers cruised to a 3-1 victory over Barnet at Adams Park to move into the play-off places. The visitors had some decent chances in the opening exchanges but it was Adebayo Akinfenwa who broke the deallock on 23 minutes when Eberechi Eze and Nathan Tsyon combined to set up 'The Beast' for another headed goal. It was more or less one-way traffic from this point but it wasn't until the 69th minute when Wycombe doubled their lead, substitute Josh Umerah turning to shot home a loose ball after Akinfenwa initial effort had been blocked. Fellow substitute Nick Freeman then took centre stage when his run down the left channel on 76 minutes saw him finish with a blistering drive into the Valley End net to make it 3-0. Barnet grabbed a goal back on 82 minutes through Mauro Vilhere but they left Adams Park well beaten. A third successive victory saw Wanderers climb to 7th in the table.
Wycombe 3 Barnet 1 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 3 CREWE 2
(Tuesday 26th September 2017)
Two goals in the final two minutes of normal time secured Wanderers a sensational 3-2 victory over Crewe Alexandra at Adams Park. A cool finish arount the 'keeper by Craig Mackail-Smith on 29 minutes had given Wanderers the lead but the visitors, on a run of three straight defeats, looked to be heading for at least a point after Chris Dagnall levelled three minutes before the break and then the same player had given them the lead on 66 minutes. However, the crowd-pleasing skills of Eberechi Eze set up Michael Harriman on 88 minutes who burried his effort into the bottom corner. Then, with the crowd still buzzing, Nathan Tyson flew down the left wing before rifling his shot past a dazzed Garratt in the Crewe goal. The latest victory for Wanderers took them to 8th place in table, with only goal difference seperating them from 5th placed Luton Town.
Wycombe 3 Crewe Alex 2 - stats and reaction to follow
COLCHESTER 1 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 23rd September 2017)
Nathan Tyson and Craig Mackail-Smith scored as Wanderers won 2-1 at Colchester United. Tyson opened the scoring on 32 minutes, his first goal since his return to Wycombe, after he followed a Mackail-Smith's shot that had been parried by Sam Walker in the home goal. Scott Brown maintained Wycombe's lead when he tipped over Sammie Szmodics' 20-yarder but The U's levelled two minutes before the break when Drey Wright set up Brandon Hanlan who crashed in an effort off the underside of the crossbar. Wanderers were than on the back-foot with Brown denying Hanlon on the stroke of half-time and then Joe Jackson clearing off the line from Ryan Inniss on the hour mark. But Gareth Ainsworth's side quelled the storm and grabbed the winner on 67 minutes when Mackail-Smith scored his first Wycombe goal - following up a Dan Scarr header that had struck the post. The win moved Wycombe back up to 10th in the table after 9 games. Notts County are the new leaders.
Colchester 1 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 1 LUTON 2
(Saturday 16th September 2017)
A goal eight minutes into stoppage time saw Wanderers suffer a cruel 2-1 defeat to Luton Town at Adams Park. Before a 5,500 gate, Adebayo Akinfenwa headed Wycombe into the lead on 40 minutes and when Scott Brown saved a Danny Hylton penalty on 52 minutes, it looked to be Wanderers' day. However, a 90th minute scrambled equaliser by Scott Cuthbert set up a frantic finish that ended in disaster for Gareth Ainsworth's side when James Collins header crept in at the far post despite the best efforts of Michael Harriman and Marcus Bean to keep the ball out. The defeat saw Wycombe slip a further two places down the table to 12th.
Wycombe 1 Luton 2 - stats and reaction to follow
MANSFIELD 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 12th September 2017)
A second successive goalless draw away from home saw Wycombe extend their unbeaten run on the road back to February 2017 - the latest stalemate coming at Mansfield Town. On windy evening in Nottinghamshire, Gareth Ainsworth gave a Football League debut to loanee Dan Scarr and he almost had a dream start after his goalbound header on 22 minutes was kept out by home 'keeper Conrad Logan. Three minutes later the Mansfield goal led a charmed life when both Matt Bean and Luke O'Nein contrived not to score from close range. Wycombe continued to have the better chances but were unable to beat 'Man of the Match' Logan in the home goal. The draw meant Wycombe slipped down to 8th in the table.
Mansfield 0 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction to follow
NEWPORT 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 9th September 2017)
Wycombe retained their unbeaten away record in the League this season with a 0-0 draw at early form side Newport County. The home side dominated the first-half but it was Wycombe who could have snatched it in the second period, with both Josh Umerah and Craig Mackail-Smith both going close. Adebayo Akinfenwa missed the game due to an injury picked up in the closing stages of the previous Saturday's game against Forest Green Rovers. QPR loanee Eberechi Eze was given his Wycombe debut as a late substitute. Wycombe drop two places to 6th. Exeter City top the table.
Newport 0 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction to follow
John Motson - Adams Park December 1990 JOHN MOTSON TO RETIRE
(Wednesday 6th September 2017)
With the news that BBC Football Commentator John Motson has announced his retirment, we make no apologies for recalling his iconic moment at Adams Park. Saturday 8th December 1990 may not register in the playing records of Wycombe Wanderers but this was the date that turned from a potential giant-killing moment to one that created the memorable image of Motson standing in the snow in his sheepskin coat with Adams Park as the backdrop.
John Motson and his sheepskin - special feature
WYCOMBE 3 FOREST GREEN 1
(Saturday 2nd September 2017)
A stunning first-half onslaught by Wanderers helped Gareth Ainsworth's side to a 3-1 victory over Football League newboys Forest Green Rovers at Adams Park. Goals from Paris Cowan-Hall, Anthony Stewart and Luke O'Nien had Wycombe 3-0 up by the 36th minute. The second-half was less eventful, with the visitors pulling a goal back on 70 minutes through Christian Doidge but never looking like affecting the result. Charlton Athletic loanee Josh Umerah was introduced as a 69th minute substitute for his Wanderers debut. The latest victory pushes Wycombe up to 4th in the table with 10 points from the opening 5 games.
Wycombe 3 Forest Green 1 - stats and reaction to follow
DAN SCARR RETURNS TO AP
(Wednesday 30th August 2017)
Wanderers continued their foray into the loan market with the arrival of Birmingham City defender Dan Scarr in a deal running until 1st January 2018. Scarr should be familiar to Wanderers’ fans having scored for former Club Stourbridge in the 3rd Round FA Cup tie at Adams Park in January 2017. His goal at Adams Park bought him the attention that finally persuaded City to take the then 23 year old a two and half year deal. Scarr has been allocated No.28 in the Wanderers squad. It’s unknown at this stage whether he will be allowed to play in FA Cup ties with Wanderers.
QPR YOUNGSTER ON LOANEE
(Wednesday 30th August 2017)
Wanderers made another move into the loan market on Wednesday 30th August with the signing of 19 year old midfielder Eberechi Eze from Queens Park Rangers. The two clubs have agreed a deal running until 2nd January 2018. The London born player was originally part of the youth set-up with Arsenal, before time with Fulham and Millwall. He signed for Rangers in August 2016 from Millwall on a one year deal but this was extended until June 2020 after bagging nine goals in fourteen appearances for the Rangers U23 side. His solitary First Team appearance for QPR to date was an appearance in their 2-1 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup in January 2017 – however, his time was cut to just 18 minutes due to injury. He has also been called up to Nigerian national side. He has been allocated the 27 in the Wanderers squad and been given permission to play in Football League Trophy matches but not the FA Cup during his time at Adams Park.
PAUL HAYES DEPARTS
(Tuesday 29th August 2017)
Striker Paul Hayes departed the Club by ‘mutual consent’ on Tuesday 29th August. The shock news was announced shortly after Wanderers’ 5-1 home defeat to Bristol Rovers in the Football League Trophy. Originally joining Wycombe on loan from Charlton Athletic in 2012, he returned to Adams Park on a permanent deal in May 2014 having spent time with Brentford and Scunthorpe United in the intervening years. His final record with Wanderers was played 126 – scoring 15 times. His two goals against Spurs in the FA Cup 4th Round tie at White Hart Lane in January 2017 will go down in Wycombe folklore. Hayes commented: “The club has meant a lot to me and I’ve worn the badge with pride."
WYCOMBE 1 BRISTOL ROVERS 5
(Tuesday 29th August 2017)
Wanderers were thrashed 5-1 at home by Bristol Rovers in the opening group game of the Football League Trophy at Adams Park. A team with six changes from the starting XI that had won at Grimsby the previous Saturday took the lead on 5 minutes when Dayle Southwell nodded home from close range. However, the visitors hit back four minutes later with an equaliser through Dom Telford and led at the break after the same player netted on 42 minutes. Further goals from from Ryan Broom (54 and 85) and Liam Sercombe (63) made it a miserable evening for the Wycombe fans in the sparse attendance of 1,132 (66 away). Swindon Town and West Ham U23's are Wycombe's opponents in the remaining group games.
Wycombe 1 Bristol Rovers 5 - stats and reaction to follow
ANOTHER NEW LOANEE
(Tuesday 29th August 2017)
With transfer deadline day approaching, the Club confirmed on 29th August the loan signing of 19 year old striker Josh Umerah from Charlton Athletic. A deal with Charlton has been agreed until 15th January 2018. Umerah has been with Charlton since the age of 10 and was top scorer for their U18 side when they won the Professional Development League 2 for season 2014/15. He had made seven senior appearances prior to his loan move to Wycombe (all as substitute). He made his Charlton debut as a sub in the Championship game away to Hull City on 16 January 2016. He then had to wait until August 2016 for a further chance from the bench and made one further substitute appearance before a loan deal to Kilmarnock in February 2017. He made four substitute appearances for the Scottish Premiership side before returning to The Valley. He was allocated No.26 in the Wanderers squad and made available for Wanderers Football League Trophy tie at home to Bristol Rovers later on the day the loan deal was agreed.
GRIMSBY 2 WYCOMBE 3
(Saturday 26th August 2017)
Wanderers recorded a second successive away victory after a thrilling 3-2 win over Grimsby Town. Adebayo Akinfenwa fired Wycombe into a 28th minute and Joe Jacobson made it 2-0 from the penalty on 43 minutes after Danny Collins was adjudged to have hand-balled in the area. However, the home side rallied after the break following a change in formation and reduced the deficit on 51 minutes when Anthony Stewart was deemed to have fouled Collins in the Grimsby box and Mitch Rose converted from the spot past Scott Brown. Collins was sent-off on 58 minutes for a second bookable offence on Matt Bloomfield but despite one man disadvantage, levelled on 65 minutes when JJ Hooper rifled home from 25 yards. It would have been no surpise then for the home side to take all three points but it was Wanderers who stepped up a gear and a Michael Harriman cross on 75 minutes saw Akinfenwa pull off his trademark headed goal at the far post. The result saw Wycombe rise to 8th in the table.
Grimsby 2 Wycombe 3 - stats and reaction to follow
MULLER LOANED TO SHRIMPS
(Tuesday 22nd August 2017)
The Club confirmed on 22nd August that defender Max Müller had agreed a loan deal with Morecambe running until 2nd January 2018. The 23 year old signed for Wanderers in August 2016, eventually making his debut, following injury, in December 2016. He made a further 11 appearances before the end of the 2016/17 campaign but made just a solitary appearance in 2017/18 (League Cup versus Fulham) before Manager Gareth Ainsworth opted for the loan deal with the fellow League Two club.
WYCOMBE 2 NOTTS COUNTY 4
(Saturday 19th August 2017)
Wanderers conceeded twice inside the final six minutes as they went down 4-2 to Notts County at Adams Park. Wycombe were 2-0 down by the 15th minute but pulled the scores after the break with goals from Nick Freeman (49) and Joe Jacobson (68). Gareth Ainsworth's side then had chances to win the game before defensive relapses saw goals from Forte and Alessandra spoil the day for Wycombe.
Wycombe 2 Notts County 4 - stats and reaction to follow
MACKAIL-SMITH SIGNS
(Thursday 17th August 2017)
The Club confirmed the signing of former Luton Town striker Craig Mackail-Smith on Thursday 17th August. The 33 year old signed a one year deal after being released by The Hatters in the summer. He has clocked up over 500 senior appearances in a career stretching back to his time with then Isthmian League St Albans City. His most prolific spell came at Peterborough United where he scored 99 goals in 212 First Team appearances. He has been allocated number 25 in the Wanderers squad.
PORT VALE 2 WYCOMBE 3
(Saturday 12th August 2017)
Wanderers had to survive a late scare as they ran out 3-2 winners at Port Vale. Gareth Ainsworth's side were 3-0 up by the 25th minute thanks to a brace from Adebayo Akinfenwa sandwiched around a Paris Cowan-Hall strike. However, the home side scored on 88 minutes through Turner and then again on 90 minutes via Whitfield to set the nerves on edge for the Wycombe following.
Port Vale 2 Wycombe 3 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 0 FULHAM 2
(Tuesday 8th August 2017)
Wanderers lost 2-0 at home to Fulham in the First Round of the League Cup. Wycombe held the Championship until the 67th minute when on-loan Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon struck an effort from outside the box into the top corner. Denis Odoi headed home on 81 minutes to secure a safe passage for the visitors. The attendance at Adams Park was 3,639 (1,365 away).
Wycombe 0 Fulham 2 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 2 LINCOLN 2
(Saturday 5th August 2017)
Wanderers had to settle for a point from a 2-2 draw with Lincoln City at Adams Park on the opening day of the 2017/18 Football League season. The visitors, playing their first Football League game for more than six years, took the lead on 31 minutes when Matt Green tapped home Nathan Arnold's assist. However, Wycombe responded six minutes later when Luke O'Nein nodded home following a Joe Jacobson free-kick. Three minutes later it was a Jacobson from 25 yards that went skimmed past the Lincoln wall and visiting 'keeper Paul Farman. But the visitors, backed by a large away following, levelled four minutes into the second-half when Josh Ginnelly slotted past Scott Brown. The attendance of 5,538 was Wycombe's highest opening day turn-put since 8,400 witnessed the meeting with Leeds United at Adams Park on 15th August 2009.
Wycombe 2 Lincoln 2 - stats and reaction to follow
SQUAD NUMBERS REVEALED
(Friday 4th August 2017)
Wycombe have confirmed their squad numbers for the 2017/18 season. The squad totals 23 players (including one loanee Jack Williams). This compares to the same total 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. Scott Brown, 2. Sido Jombati, 3. Joe Jacobson, 4. Dominic Gape, 5. Anthony Stewart, 6. Adam El-Abd, 7. Sam Saunders, 8. Marcus Bean, 9. Paul Hayes, 10. Matt Bloomfield, 11. Scott Kashkett, 12. Paris Cowan-Hall, 13. Barry Richardson, 15. Dayle Southwell, 16. Michael Harriman, 17. Luke O'Nien, 18. Danny Rowe, 19. Will De Havilland, 20. Adebayo Akinfenwa, 21. Max Müller, 22. Nick Freeman, 23. Nathan Tyson, 24, Jack Williams (loan) Latest squad and numbers
STEWART SIGNS NEW DEAL
(Monday 31st July 2017)
The Club revealed that Anthony Stewart had signed a three year extension to his contract at the Fans Forum held on Monday 31st July 2017 at Adams Park. Stewart had already triggered a one year extension to his current deal during the 2016/17 season but has now agreed a deal running until June 2020. Now 24 years old, the former Wanderers Youth Teamer is in his second spell with the Club having originally made his first team debut in January 2012. Returning to Wycombe in June 2015, following a season sabbatical with Crewe Alexandra, he has now clocked up over 100 appearances for Wanderers.
WILLIAMS LOANED FROM QPR
(Monday 31st July 2017)
The Club announced on 31st July 2017 a five month loan deal for 19 year old Queens Park Rangers left-back Jack Williams. He joins Wanderers having appeared in the pre-season friendlies with Wimbledon and Maidenhead United. He comes to Adams Park having yet to break into The R's First Team but having made 19 appearances for their U23's side during the 2016/17 season, plus a short 'work experience' spell with Bishops Stortford in the National League South. The loan deal runs until 1st January 2018. He was allocated No.24 in the Wanderers squad.
MAIDENHEAD 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Friday 28th July 2017)
Wanderers went down 1-0 at National League newcomers Maidenhead United on Friday evening - the only goal of the game being credited as an own-goal to Adebayo Akinfenwa on 79 minutes. Next game for Wycombe is the opening game of the 2017/18 Football League season when they take on newly promoted Lincoln City at Adams Park.
Wycombe: Brown, Harriman, Williams (sub HT Akinfenwa), Jombati (sub 76 Muller), El-Abd, Jacobson, Gape (sub 70 Rowe), Saunders (sub 56 O'Nien), Bloomfield, Tyson (sub 70 Hayes), Southwell (sub 76 Freeman) - sub not used: Trialist-GK - Attendance: 805
DE HAV. ON LOAN TO SHOTS
(Thursday 27th July 2017)
The Club confirmed on Thursday (27th July) that central defender Will De Havilland had moved to National League side Aldershot Town on a one-month loan deal. The now 22 year old joined Wanderers in the summer of 2016 from Sheffield Wednesday. He made 16 League appearances for Wycombe last season, with a further 7 appearances in cup competitions. The loan runs up to and including 28th August 2017. De Havilland played against the Shots in the pre-season friendly on 22nd July 2017. He is likely to make his Shots debut when they take on Wimbledon on Friday (28th July) - having played for Wanderers in the friendly against The Dons on Tuesday (25th July).
WYCOMBE 2 WIMBLEDON 0
(Tuesday 25th July 2017)
Goals from Luke O'Nien (22) and Adebayo Akinfenwa (33), saw Wanderers beat Wimbledon in the onlypre-season friendly scheduled at Adams Park. The meeting, also billed as 'The Cherry Red Cup', saw QPR youngster Jack Williams appear on trial for the Wanderers.
Wycombe: Brown, Harriman (sub 60 Jombati), Jacobson (sub 60 Williams*), Muller, El-Abd (sub 60 De Havilland), Gape (sub 60 Rowe), O’Nien, Saunders (sub 76 Bloomfield), Tyson (sub 60 Cowan-Hall), Akinfenwa (sub HT Freeman), Hayes (sub 60 Southwell) - sub not used: Trialist-GK - Attendance: 1,239 (179 away)
TYSON SIGNS ONE YEAR DEAL
(Tuesday 25th July 2017)
The Club confirmed prior to the home pre-season with Wimbledon that former Wanderers' striker Nathan Tyson had signed a one year deal to bring him back to Adams Park after more than an eleven year absence. Now 35 years old, he joins on a free following his release from Kilmarnock.
Nathan Tyson - archive COTN player profile
ALDERSHOT 2 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 22nd July 2017)
Wanderers drew 2-2 at Aldershot in their second pre-season friendly before the start of the 2017/18 campaign. Wycombe, missing Anthony Stewart and Scott Kashkett through injury, fell behind in the 10th minute to a Jake Gallagher goal but took a 2-1 advantage following a Dayle Southwell penalty on 53 minutes and a Nick Freeman effort 14 minutes later. The home side equalised through a Jack Cook header on 76 minutes.
Wycombe: Brown, Rowe (sub 60 Harriman), Jombati (sub 60 Jacobson), De Havilland, El-Abd (sub 60 Muller), Gape (sub 60 O'Nien), Bloomfield (sub 60 Saunders), Freeman, Southwell, Cowan-Hall (sub 60 Hayes), Akinfenwa (sub HT Bean) - subs not used: Richardson - Attendance: 698
BEAN AGREES NEW DEAL
(Friday 21st July 2017)
The Club confirmed on Friday 21st July that Marcus Bean had agreed a one year extension to his contract with the Wanderers- now running until June 2018. Now 33 years old, Bean has made 79 First Team appearances for The Wanderers since joining from Colchester United on a free transfer in January 2015.
PIERRE SIGNS FOR COBBLERS
(Friday 21st July 2017)
Out of contract Wanderer Aaron Pierre has opted to join League One Northampton Town after failing to secure a deal with Championship side Bristol City, where he had been on trial for a short time. The 24 year old signed a three year deal with a Cobblers side managed by Justin Edinburgh.
QPR U23's 1 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 15th July 2017)
Wanderers won 2-1 against a Queens Park Rangers U23 side in a 'behind closed doors' friendly at The R's training ground at Harlington. Dayle Southwell (penalty) and Paris Cowan-Hall scored Wycombe's goals. The pre-season campaign continues with a match at Aldershot on Saturday 22nd July (KO 3pm).
Wycombe (1st half): Brown, Harriman, Jacobson, Jombati, El-Abd, Bean, O'Nien, Saunders, Tyson, Trialist LF, Southwell
Wycombe 2nd half: Brown (sub 60 Triallist GK), Rowe, Jombati (sub 75 Akinfenwa), Jacobson (sub 60 De Havilland), Harriman, Trialist-LW (sub 60 Muller), O'Nien (sub 60 Gape), Bloomfield, Saunders (sub 60 Freeman), Tyson (sub 75 Hayes), Cowan-Hall
SLOUGH 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 8th July 2017)
Wanderers opened their pre-season programme with a match with old non-League rivals Slough Town. The match, played as the official opening of The Rebels new Arbour Park ground, ended 0-0. Wanderers' line-up included four triallists - including Nathan Tyson, with the other unnamed but believed to be Henry Newcombe (goalkeeper), Andrew Fox (left back) and Owain Jones (right winger). The pre-season games continue for Wycombe on Saturday 15th July with a 'behind closed doors' friendly with a Queens Park Rangers U23 side. The match is due to be played at The R's training ground at Harlington with a 1.30pm kick-off.
Wycombe (1st half): Brown, Jombati, Trialist-LB, Stewart, Muller, Rowe, Gape, Saunders, Freeman, Tyson, Trialist-W. Wycombe (2nd half): Trialist-GK, Harriman, Jacobson, De Havilland, Trialist-LB, Rowe, O’Nien, Cowan-Hall, Southwell, Hayes, Trialist-LW - Att: 1,047
PIERRE TRIAL AT BRISTOL CITY
(Friday 7th July 2017)
Aaron Pierre has been reported to be on trial with Bristol City. The out of contract 24 year old has turned down a new deal with Wanderers in favour of looking for club higher up the Football League ladder. Wanderers would receive no cash from any transfer because the player is over the age of 23.
TYSON RETURNS ON TRIAL
(Monday 3rd July 2017)
Surprise news announced by the Club on Monday (3rd July 2017) with the return of former Wanderers' striker Nathan Tyson on trial. Now 35 years old, Tyson originally joined Wycombe during the 2003/4 season from Reading - going on to score 44 goals in all competitions from 87 appearances before a £675,000 move to Nottingham Forest in January 2006. He followed his time with Forest, with spells with Derby County, Blackpool, Doncaster Rovers and most recently a season with Kilmarnock - he was released from the latter at the end of the 2016/17 campaign having failed to find the net in 17 Scottish Premier League games.
Nathan Tyson - archive COTN player profile
SIGNING No.1
(Monday 3rd July 2017)
The Club announced the first signing of the close season on 3rd July 2017 with the news that 32 year old central defender Adam El-Abd had signed a two year deal following a free transfer from Shrewsbury Town. The former Egyptian international is best known for a 10 year spell at his home town club, Brighton & Hove Albion. He spent last season as Captain of Shrewsbury Town in League One.
Adam El-Abd - New player profile added
WESTON JOINS EBBSFLEET
(Wednesday 28th June 2017)
The Club confirmed the departure of winger Myles Weston on Wednesday 28th June 2017. A statement from the Club read: "The Club have granted Myles Weston’s wish to leave the club due to family reasons, with the winger making a move closer to home with Ebbsfleet United." The 29 year old joined Wanderers in the summer of 2016 on a two year deal following his release from Southend United. After picking up an injury during the first game of the 2016/17 campaign, he returned to First Team action in October 2016 and went to make 26 appearances and scored three times. He joins the Conference side on a free transfer.
2017/18 FIXTURES OUT
(Wednesday 21st June 2017)
The Football League fixtures for the 2017/18 season were released at 9am on Wednesday (21st June) with Wanderers hosting newly promoted Lincoln City on the opening day, Saturday 5th August 2017. This will be followed on Tuesday 8th August with a home meeting with Fulham in the First Round of the League Cup. The first away League game will be on Saturday 12th August, when Wanderers travel to relegated Port Vale. The final game of the regular 2017/18 season is scheduled to be home to Stevenage on Saturday 5th May 2018.
See all Wanderers' fixtures 2017/18 via the BBC website
PRE-SEASON UPDATE
(Wednesday 21st JUne 2017)
Wanderers have so far confirmed the following pre-season friendlies ahead of the 2017/18 campaign:
Saturday 8th July: Slough Town (away) - Kick-off 1.30pm Saturday 22nd July: Aldershot Town (away) - Kick-off 3pm Tuesday 25th July: Wimbledon (home) - Kick-off 7.45pm Friday 28th July: Maidenhead United (away) - Kick-off 7.45pm
It's understood that Brighton & Hove Albion, newly promoted to the Premier League and another former Club of ex-Wanderer Paul McCarthy, have also been approached with a view to play a testimonial game in honour of the centre-half who tragically died in February 2017 aged just 45.
FULHAM IN LEAGUE CUP
(Friday 16th June 2017)
Wanderers were drawn at home to Fulham in the First Round of the League Cup when the draw was made in Thailand at 1pm (UK time) on Friday (16th June 2017). The venue of the draw was chosen as this was the home of new sponsors, Carabao Energy Drink. Similar to previous season's, the draw was regionalised (north and south) and also seeded into two groups. Wanderers' meeting with Championship Fulham will the second meeting in this competition in as many years. In August 2015, Wycombe were unfortunate to go down 1-0 at home to The Cottagers. Wanderers also famously beat the London side 2-1 at Craven Cottage in September 2006 en-route to the Semi-Finals.
PIERRE OFFERRED DEAL
(Friday 9th June 2017)
The Club released a statement on Friday 9th June 2017 confirming that an improved contract offer had been made to defender Aaron Pierre. The 24 year old will be out of contract with Wanderers at the end of June 2017 and could leave without a fee being paid. Manager Gareth Ainsworth commented: "Following lengthy negotiations, we have tabled a new deal to Aaron and his representatives which is now left for them to consider again. There is an opportunity here for him to help us achieve something next year and we would love him to be a part of that." Pierre has clocked up close to 150 appearances for Wanderers since joining from Brentford in February 2014. He has gone on to attract interest from several higher ranked clubs, including Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City.
SLOUGH TOWN PRE-SEASON
(Friday 26th May 2017)
The Club have confirmed their fourth pre-season friendly before the 2017/18 season with news of a trip to old rivals Slough Town on Saturday 8th July 2017 (KO 1.30pm). The meeting will mark the 'official opening' of their Arbour Park stadium - first played on in August 2016. Meetings between Wanderers and The Rebels date back to 1894 through numerous Berks & Bucks, FA Cup and minor league encounters. The two sides first met at Isthmian League level in 1974 and the League meetings culminated in the early 1990's during three consecutive seasons in the Conference. The final Conference meeting between the two sides in April 1993 attracted an 'official' gate of 7,230 to Adams Park with many more watching from the banks around the stadium.
RELEASED/RETAINED
(Tuesday 9th May 2017)
The Club confirmed their realised/retained list for the 2017/18 season, with Garry Thompson and Sam Wood the two players saying goodbye after Gareth Ainsworth 'opted not to extend their contacts'. Meanwhile, Anthony Stewart and Nick Freeman have triggered extensions for new deals now running until June 2018. The two other players out of contract; Aaron Pierre has been offered a new deal, while "Talks are ongoing' with Marcus Bean.
WYCOMBE 1 CAMBRIDGE 0
(Saturday 6th May 2017)
A 1-0 victory against Cambridge United wasn't enough for Wanderers to sneak into the play-off places as Gareth Ainsworth's side finished in 9th spot in the 'League Two' table - a point outside the play-off zone. Scott Kashket scored the only goal of the game to take his goal tally for the season to 16 from just 18 starts and 29 appearances overall.
Wanderers missed out on the chance of promotion at the expense of Carlisle and Blackpool who booked their play-off places with final day victories. However, Carlisle came from 2-1 down to score two goals inside the final 20 minutes to snatch three vital points at Exeter City. If Carlisle had drawn with The Grecians, then Colchester United would have jumped into the final play-off place on goal-difference, with Wanderers in 8th.
Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the Wanderers starting XI for the must-win game with United - Matt Bloomfield, Myles Weston and Kashket coming in for Luke O'Nien, Garry Thompson and Paul Hayes - the dropped trio all dropping to the bench. With both sides needing victory to have any chance of leaping into the play-offs, their was an inevitable fast pace to the game. With eyes and ears on other score-lines, it was Wycombe who had a gloriious chance to take the lead after only three minutes when Kashket managed to flick a through ball over the advancing 'keeper but then somehow managed to steer the ball wide of the open goal. It was head in hands time for the Wycombe fans amongst Adams Park highest gate of the season.
Five minutes later Aaron Pierre, possibly playing his final game for Wanderers, put the ball inches wide of his own post as the tension continued. Kashket forced a save from Norris in the visitors goal on 33 minutes and the same player went close again moments before the break as the half ended goalless and then time to catch-up on events elsewhere.
There was little to give hope from the half-time scorelines from other grounds but Wanderers continued to look the side more likely to score. O'Nien replaced Bloomfield in midfield on 62 minutes and immediately gave Wycombe added zip. The goal duly came on 65 minutes when Adebayo Akinfenwa's assist to the far post from Joe Jacobson's cross saw Kashket head home in front a delighted Valley End terrace.
Although score-lines continued to go against Wycombe's play-off chances in the other matches, United attempted to put a spoiler in the works with a late press on goal. Jamal Blackman pulled out another superb point blank stop from Ben Williamson on 89 minutes.
Then in the fourth minute if stoppage time, United and their fans behind the goal must have thought the equaliser had come when Leon Legge's close range effort looked every part a goal - but Michael Harriman's out-stretched leg protected Wanderers' lead and the Wycombe defender punched the air in delight to show his delight in keeping whatever slim chance there was of results elsewhere helping his team out.
In the end, Wycombe came up just short but will reflect on a season where they reached the 4th Fourth Round of the FA Cup for only the second time their history (and should have beaten Spurs at White Hart Lane), progressed to the semi-final of the Football League Trophy and enjoyed a mid-season winning running in the League that proved Wanderers' small squad has the potential to achieve results againt the top sides in the division and above. Attendance v Cambridge: 6,313 (1,352 away).
Wycombe 1 Cambridge 0 - stats and reaction to follow
Race for promotion RACE FOR PROMOTION
(Friday 5th May 2017)
All the top three places in League Two are secured, the race for the four places in the play-offs continues until the final day of the season. Luton Town and Exeter City are guaranteed a play-off spot but seven other clubs are chasing the two other spots. Wanderers need to beat Cambridge United in the 5.30pm kick-off at Adams Park and then hope that result is better than at least three of the four other sides currently above them in the table. A tall ask but stranger things have happened.
News BLOOMFIELD NEW DEAL
(Sunday 30th April 2017)
The Club announced on Sunday evening (30th April) that the long serving Matt Bloomfield had signed a one year extension to his contract - now running until June 2018. The 33 year has been with Wanderers since December 2003 - clocking up over 432 First Team appearances and scoring 34 goals. With 378 Football League appearances to his name for Wanderers, Bloomfield is now the highest appearance maker for Wycombe in the Football League, having overtaken Steve Brown (371) earlier this season.
MORECAMBE 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 29th April 2017)
Wanderers' pursuit for a place in the League Two play-offs will continue until the final day of the 2016/17 season after Adebayo Akinfenwa's last minute goal salvaged a 1-1 draw at Morecambe. Wycombe will go into the final Saturday of the season in 11th place but just a point behind 7th placed Blackpool. Results on the final day will need to see Wanderers take three points against Cambridge United at Adams Park AND also hope they better they results of at least three of the four other sides currently above them in the table - they are Colchester (home to Yeovil), Stevenage (home to Accrington), Blackpool (home to Leyton Orient) and Carlisle (away to Exeter). Wanderers opponents will also be chasing the same scenario.
Results elsewhere on the penultimate day of the season left Wanderers rueing a missed chance to leap into the play-off zones but also grateful, in the end, for a share of the points. Team news for Wycombe at Morecambe had seen Paul Hayes and Garry Thompson return to the front line in place of a for a reported injured Scott Kashket and benched Matt Bloomfield. Significantly there were returns as substitute for both Anthony Stewart and Paris Cowan-Hall.
After a goalless first-half, Wanderers stepped up a gear in the second period - particularly after introducing Stewart and Cowan-Hall - the latter went close when a close range effort struck the cross-bar on 75 minutes. However, local pantomime villain, Kevin Ellison, struck a cruel blow for Wycombe on 81 minutes when he lashed home a lose ball from the edge of the box and then gave the travelling Wycombe fans the 'ear'. It looked like the 38 year old would have the last laugh but Wanderers had other ideas and it was Akinfenwa to the rescue when he bundled the ball home from close range on 89 minutes to set-up a hetic closing spell where Jamal Blackman was sent up front in an attempt to grab a last minute winner. It's now on to another potentially dramatic final-day. Attendance v Morecambe: 1,742 (399 away).
Morecambe 1 Wycombe 1 - stats and reaction to follow
News ALDERSHOT FRIENDLY
(Friday 28th April 2017)
Wanderers announced a third pre-season on Friday (28th April), with a trip to current Conference National side Aldershot Town. The meeting is due to take place on Saturday 22nd July with a 3pm KO. Wanderers took on The Shots in a pre-season at the start of the 2016/17 campaign - Wycombe going down 2-1 to a side managed by Gary Waddock. The former Wycombe boss has since led The Shots onto the verge of the Conference Play-Offs - victory in their final game likely to secure a two-legged semi-final meeting with 2nd placed Tranmere Rovers.
News MAIDENHEAD FRIENDLY
(Wednesday 26th April 2017)
Wanderers announced a second pre-season on Wednesday (26th April). A Wycombe team will travel Maidenhead United on Friday 28th July with a 7.45pm KO. At the time of the announcement, The Magpies were chasing promotion to the 'Conference' National League - needing victory at already relegated Margate in order the clinch promotion. Wanderers met United in a pre-season friendly at York Road in July 2016 - Gareth Ainsworth's side running out 4-1 winners.
WYCOMBE 2 DONCASTER 1
(Saturday 22nd April 2017)
Wanderers clawed their way back onto the edge of the play-off chase with a gritty 2-1 victory over league leaders Doncaster Rovers at Adams Park. A first-half brace from Luke O'Nien, either side of a Alfie May deflected equaliser, lifted Gareth Ainsworth's side to 9th place and just a point outside of the play-off zone with two games remaining. The climax to the season will see Wanderers travel to 18th placed Morecambe on Saturday (29th April) before finishing the regular season at home to currently 11th placed Cambridge United.
Victory against already promoted Rovers came after Ainsworth made just one change to the starting XI that had won at Barnet on Easter Monday - Matt Bloomfield being favoured to Paul Hayes who dropped to the bench. Wycombe's opener came on 9 minutes when a long throw from the left from Joe Jacobson saw Adebayo Akinfenwa rise to loop the ball against the crossbar and O'Nien was first to reaction as he dived in to head home from inside the six-yard box. Rovers' equaliser nine minutes later was some what fortunate - May's cross from the right bye-line taking a deflection off the boot of Sido Jombati and looping over the head of Jamal Blackman and into the far corner of the Valley End goal. Doncaster, one of the best passing sides seen at Adams Park during 2016/17 always looked dangerous going forward and Tommy Rowe struck a low shot against the foot of the right-hand upright on 26 minutes to highlight their potential danger. However, Wycombe held firm and regained the lead just after the half-hour mark when Jacobson delivered a free-kick from just inside the Wanderers half into the box. Akinfenwa managed to nod the ball back and O'Nien volleyed home from just around the penalty-spot mark. The second-half was a similar high paced affair with Wycombe never content to just sit back on their lead. Then with Rovers seemingly out of ideas of how to break down the Wycombe defence, it was subsitute Dominic Gape who went closest to adding to the scoreline when he smashed a 25 yard effort against the crossbar with three minutes of normal time remaining. The delight at the final whistle from the Wycombe bench and the players confirmed that the season was still very much alive. Attendance v Doncaster: 4,587 (820 away).
Wycombe 2 Doncaster 1 - stats and reaction to follow
News FIRST FRIENDLY ANNOUNCED
(Tuesday 18th April 2017)
Wanderers announced their first pre-season on Tuesday (18th April) - League One Wimbledon will be the visitors to Adams Park on Tuesday 25th July with a 7.45pm KO. The game will see Adebayo Akinfenwa reunited with his former Club. The two sides have been regular opponents since The Dons were promoted to the Football League in 2012 but this game will be the first 'First Team' friendly between the teams since 1978.
BARNET 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Monday 17th April 2017)
A 40 yarder from Sam Saunders and a last minute penalty from Joe Jacobson saw Wanderers to a 2-0 victory at Barnet on Easter Monday and keep open the outside chance of sneeking in the play-offs. The result left Wycombe in 13th place in the table but just two points behind 7th placed Blackpool in the final play-off position. Gareth Ainsworth's side are likely to need to win their remaining three games to have a chance of sneaking into the end of season fight to join already promoted Doncaster, Plymouth and Portsmouth. Victory at Barnet came after Ainsworth made two changes the side that had lost at home to Mansfield on Good Friday - Sam Saunders and Paul Hayes coming in for Matt Bloomfield and Garry Thompson - the latter two both dropping to the bench. Saunders' opener on 21 minutes was a pure opportunist's goal - the midfielder picking up a loose ball just over 40 yards from goal and then flighting the ball over home 'keeper Jamie Stephens who was standing around the penalty spot mark. Jamal Blackman made a superb double block a minute later to deny to twice deny Fumnaya Shomotun. In the second-half Curtis Weston side-footed a shot from outside the box against the Wycombe crossbar on 71 minutes, while Ruben Bover struck an effort against the right-hand post on 83 minutes as Wanderers goal held a charmed life. However, Wycombe had the last say at a ground they have won on every visit, when Thompson, who had been introduced on 75 minutes for his 700th professional appearance, was shoved over in the box by Weston to win a penalty that Jacobson duley dispatched. Attendance v Barnet: 2,507 (838 away).
Barnet 0 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
News AKINFENWA NEW DEAL
(Friday 14th April 2017)
The Club announced on Friday evening (14th April) that Adebayo Akinfenwa had signed a one year extension to his contract - now running until June 2018. Having signed from Wimbledon in the summer of 2016, 'The Beast' has bagged 17 goals in all competitions in his debut season for Wanderers.
WYCOMBE 0 MANSFIELD 1
(Friday 14th April 2017)
Wanderers play-off hopes took a blow following a 1-0 home reverse to Mansfield Town on Good Friday. The only goal of the game came after 13 minutes when Krystian Pearce followed up a rebound from his own shot to tuck the ball past Jamal Blackman. The goal came after a lethargic start from Wycombe but Gareth Ainsworth's side went on to dominate the second-half but found visiting 'keeper Jake Kean in inspired form - his highlights being superb stops to deny Joe Jacobson and Adebayo Akinfenwa. The set-back to Wanderers' promotion ambitions came after Gareth Ainsworth made five changes to the side that had drawn at home to Cheltenham Town the previous Saturday - Sido Jombati, Marcus Bean, Luke O'Nien, Scott Kashket and Akinfenwa returning to the starting XI. Will De Havilland, Dominic Gape, Nick Freeman, Sam Wood and Dayle Southwell the players dropping out. De Havilland, Wood and Southwell were omitted completely from the matchday squad. The defeat saw Wycombe drop to 13th spot in the table with 59 points - four points off the final play-off spot occupied by Carlisle United - and with four games remaining, starting with the Easter Monday trip to 16th placed Barnet. Attendance v Mansfield: 4,218 (305 away).
Wycombe 0 Mansfield 1 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 3 CHELTENHAM 3
(Saturday 8th April 2017)
Wanderers were left three points behind the play-off zone after having to settle for a 3-3 home draw with Cheltenham Town. The visitors had raced into a 2-0 lead in the opening 13 minutes but Wanderers battled back to level by the break - an own goal from Carl Winchester, under pressure from Garry Thompson on 21 minutes, gave Wycombe their life-line. Robins' Jordan Cranston was sent-off on 41 minutes for a second-bookable offence and two minutes later Thompson thumped home from the right corner of the six-yard box to make the score 2-2. With the scores level, Wycombe were then left disappointed they hadn't taken all three points. An 81st minute penalty converted by Joe Jacobson looked to have won the game but it was quickly followed by Wycombe conceeding a penalty of their own. Waters saw his spot-kick saved by Blackman but the Chelsea loanee couldn't keep hold of the ball and the Cheltenham player followed in to level the match up at 3-3. The draw against 21st placed Cheltenham came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the side that had won at Leyton Orient the previous Saturday - Dayle Southwell, Nick Freeman, Sam Wood and Dominic Gape coming in for Myles Weston and Sam Saunders (reported injured); while Adebayo Akinfenwa and Luke O’Nien were surprisingly dropped to the bench amid rumours they had arrived later having been stuck in traffic on the M25. The draw saw Wycombe drop a place to 11th in the table but defeats for Blackpool, Carlisle, Exeter and Stevenage, meant the gap to the play-off zone closed to three points with five games remaining. Wanderers now host 13th placed Mansfield on Good Friday and then travel to Barnet (16th) on Easter Monday. Promoted Doncaster Rovers travel to Adams Park on Saturday 22nd April, while the final two games of the season are away to Morecambe (29th April) and home to Cambridge United (6th May). Attendance v Cheltenham: 3,596 (281 away).
Wycombe 3 Cheltenham 3 - stats and reaction to follow
LEYTON ORIENT 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 1st April 2017)
Wanderers closed the gap to the play-off places to four points following a 2-0 'smash and grab' raid at crisis club Leyton Orient. The home side looked the better side in the opening stages but a 28th minute red card shown to Tom Parkes for a high challenge on Garry Thompson proved a key point in proceedings. Matt Bloomfield opened the scoring on 37 minutes when he capatilised on a loose ball following a 'route one' move from Wanderers that saw Adebayo Akinfenwa lay-off the ball following a long clearance from Jamal Blackman. Less than two minutes later, was a comedy of errors in the Orient defence. Another long Wycombe clearance saw Myles Weston set free down the left wing but as the loose ball broke into the Orient box, defender Jens Janse and 'keeper Sam Sargeant ran into each other chest to chest and Weston was able to loop the ball into the empty net. That was effectively game over against a side that lacked any confidence in an atmosphere that was understandably anti the current regime. A not unlikely scenario is that thiscould have been the last ever game for Wanderers at Brisbane Road. Victory at Orient came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the side that had lost at home to Notts County the previous Saturday - Aaron Pierre returning from injury to replace Max Muller, Garry Thompson preferred to Alex Jakubiak up front and Matt Bloomfield favoured for Dominic Gape in midfield. There was no place for Muller or Jakubiak in the matchday squad. Former Leyton Orient striker Scott Kashket returned on the bench after his spell out with injury but remained unused on a day when Wanderers took full advantage of the disarray at the East London side. The three points lifted Wanderers to 10th spot in the table with 58 points and six games remaining, starting with a home meeting with Cheltenham Town on Saturday 8th April. Attendance v Leyton Orient: 4,526 (766 away).
Leyton Orient 0 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 0 NOTTS COUNTY 1
(Saturday 25th March 2017)
Wanderers' play-off hopes took a severe jolt after a mainly spineless 1-0 home defeat to relegation threatened Notts County. The only goal of the game came on 27 minutes when former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi tucked the ball in from close range following a low ball in from the right. Disappointing to the home following was the lack of response from Wanderers. The biggest shout for an equaliser came on the hour mark when Myles Weston appeared to have his heels clipped by Matt Tootle but the claims for a spot-kick were waved away by the referee. Adebayo Akinfenwa and Joe Jacobson sent later efforts wide of the target on a day when Wycombe appeared devoid of any creativity or finesse in front of goal. With seven games remaining, Wanderers are now four points shy of the play-off zone and will need to take full advantage of forthcoming games against struggling Leyton Orient and Cheltenham Town in order to maintain a realistic chance of sneaking into the end of season promotion bun-fight. Defeat to County came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that had won on the road at Hartlepool the previous Saturday - Max Muller coming into central defence for the injured Aaron Pierre, while Watford loanee Alex Jakubiak was preferred up front to Dayle Southwell. Paul Hayes, Matt Bloomfield and Sam Wood returned on the bench following their injuries, with Paris Cowan-Hall (goal-scoring and red-carded substitute at Hartlepool) unavailable due to a one match suspension and Southwell not included in the squad. Attendance v Notts County: 4,362 (348 away).
Wycombe 0 Notts County 1 - stats and reaction to follow
HARTLEPOOL 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 18th March 2017)
Wanderers edged up to 10th spot in League Two following a 2-0 victory at 20th placed Hartlepool United. Adebayo Akinfenwa broke the deadlock in the 24th minute when he bagged his 17th goal of the campaign. Wycombe were denied further goals in the second-half by spectacular saves from home 'keeper Joe Fryer but sealed victory in the final minute when substitute Paris Cowan-Hall fired in a low shot from the right of the penalty area. However, Cowan-Hall blotted his copy-book in stoppage when he was shown a second yellow card following a needless tussle with Scott Harrison. The Wanderers midfielder will now miss the home game with Notts County on Saturday 25th March. Team news at Hartlepool had seen Wanderers make two changes from the side that had drawn with Plymouth Argyle the previous Tuesday - Sam Saunders returned for the injured Marcus Bean, while Will De Havilland was favoured for Max Muller, who dropped to the bench. Attendance v Hartlepool: 3,356 (159 away).
Hartlepool 0 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 1 PLYMOUTH 1
(Tuesday 14th March 2017)
Wanderers remained in 11th spot in League Two after playing out a 1-1 draw with promotion favourites Plymouth Argyle at Adams Park. Myles Weston had fired Wanderers into an 18th minute lead but Gareth Ainsworth's side were pegged back by a 72nd minute equaliser by substitute Nathan Blisset - scoring his first goal for Argyle since a £15,000 move from Torquay United in the January 2017 transfer window. Gareth's Ainsworth side are now five points off the play-off zone with nine games remaining. Meanwhile, Plymouth, who have missed out via the play-offs for the past two seasons, lie in 2nd spot on 69 points, a massive ten points clear of 4th spot, with only a completely disastorous run of results preventing them from finally achieving a place back in the third tier following five seasons in the basement division. For Wanderers they will need to get back to winning ways in order to stay in touch with the hectic chase for the four play-off places. Just nine points seperate 4th placed Carlisle and 13th placed Grimsby. Wanderers' next four games are against sides battling at the foot of the division - Hartlepool away (20th place), Notts County home (21st), Leyton Orient away (24th) and Cheltenham home (22nd). Attendance v Plymouth: 3,538 (652 away).
Wycombe 1 Plymouth 1 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 0 BLACKPOOL 0
(Saturday 11th March 2017)
Wanderers had Jamal Blackman to thank for securing a point in a 0-0 draw with Blackpool at Adams Park. The Wycombe 'keeper pulled out a wonder save to deny Brad Potts from less than 6 yards a minute into the second-half and then thwarted the same player from the penalty spot on 86 minutes after Will De Havilland had been adjudged to have fouled substitute Jamille Matt. The two sides went into the game on the same points but with the visitors having a far superior goal difference and the added confidence of a 3-0 victory at second placed Plymouth the previous Tuesday. Meanwhile, Wanderers welcomed back Aaron Pierre following his brief spell out with injury. He replaced Will De Havilland in the starting XI. Wanderers stay 11th in the table with 51 points - 3 points off the play-off zone with ten games remaining. Attendance v Blackpool: 3,774 (290 away).
Wycombe 0 Blackpool 0 - stats and reaction to follow
GRIMSBY 1 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 4th March 2017)
Wanderers recorded their first League victory for seven games with a controversial 2-1 success at Grimsby Town. Wycombe had fallen behind to a 17th minute penalty from Calum Dyson after Sam Wood had hacked down Tom Bolarinwa as the Grimsby player ran into the right side of the Wycombe area. It was a double substitution that eventually influenced the outcome - Paris Cowan-Hall and Luke O'Nein replacing Wood and Garry Thompson. However, it took an own-goal to finally level the scores on 67 minutes when Danny Collins hooked an attempted clearance over the head of his own 'keeper. Either side could have claimed the win from that point but it was Wycombe who grabbed the winner and it would be fair to say, the home contingent were not happy with the decision. The decisive goal came on 71 minutes when a Joe Jacobson free-kick from out on the right wing was punched clear by Mariners 'keeper James McKeown, who in the process knocked down teammate Gavin Gunning. The ball broke loose on the left wing, where Cowan-Hall, back to goal, turned and curled an effort into the opposite far corner of the home net. Grimsby protested that play should have been stopped for the injury to Gunning but their arguements rightly fell on deaf ears. The home side piled the pressure on in the closing stages but couldn't find a way past Jamal Blackman who made an incredible stoppage time save to deny Dyson and confirm a long overdue victory for a Wycombe side devoid of any luck in recent weeks. Attendance v Grimsby: 4,668 (221 away).
Grimsby 1 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
ACCRINGTON 2 WYCOMBE 2
(Tuesday 28th February 2017)
Wanderers put to an end their run of six straight defeats in all competitions with a 2-2 draw at a boggy Accrington Stanley. Adebayo Akinfenwa scored twice within two second-half minutes to put Wycombe in the driving seat after Sean Clare had headed the home side into the lead in first-half stoppage time. Akinfenwa scored on 56 and 58 minutes to stun the lowly home crowd of just over 1,000 but Wycombe couldn't hold onto the lead - Matty Pearson heading home a Jordan Clark free-kick at the far post on 63 minutes. However, it was ycombe who looked the team more likely to grab a winner, Akinfenwa, Max Muller and Joe Jacobson all going close - the latter seeing a stoppage claim that a corner had crossed the line, waved away by the officials. Team news at Accrington saw former Stanley player Joe Jacobson return after his one match ban - with Marcus Bean and Garry Thompson also returning to the starting XI as Sido Jombati, Dominic Gape and Luke O'Nien dropped to the bench. Attendance v Accrington: 1,045 (97 away).
(This was the lowest crowd to watch a Wycombe League game since Wanderers won promotion in 1993. The previous lowest was 1,050 for the game at Accrington in December 2012. Wanderers five lowest attendances of all time in the Football League have all been away to Accrington Stanley).
Accrington 2 Wycombe 2 - stats and reaction to follow
WYCOMBE 1 CRAWLEY 2
(Saturday 25th February 2017)
Wanderers painfull run of results continued with a 2-1 home defeat to Crawley Town. This latest reverse came after Adebayo Akinfenwa had continued his goalscoring purple patch with a 15th minute back-heel to give Wanderers the lead. Wycombe survived the response from the visitors until two minutes before the break when they gifted Crawley an equaliser. Sido Jombati's throw-in from the left wing back to Jamal Blackman bounced up and was failed to be kept in play by the Chelsea loanee. Then from the resulting corner, Paris Cowan-Hall headed past his own 'keeper at the near post. The goal was credited to Joe McNerney by the press but video replays clearly show the Crawley was not even close to getting a touch. The second-period saw Wycombe step up a gear but without having the final finish. The match looked to be heading for draw until Luke O'Nein conceded a free-kick some 25 yards from the Wycombe - Josh Payne eventually stepping up to send a virtually unstoppable effort into the top left corner of the net. The defeat, which sees Wycombe drop a place to 11th in the table, came after Gareth Ainsworth made five changes to the side that had lost at Colchester the previous Tuesday - Joe Jacobson (suspended) and Anthony Stewart (knee injury) being the forced changes, plus Sam Saunders, Marcus Bean and Alex Jakubiak dropping to the bench. Coming in was Max Muller, Sido Jombati, Dominic Gape, Matt Bloomfield and Sam Wood. Scott Kashket, Paul Hayes and Aaron Pierre remain on the injury list.
The match was marked in the 5th minute with a minute's applause in memory of former Wanderers defender Paul McCarthy who had passed away the previous week, aged just 45. Attendance v Crawley: 3,206 (161 away).
Wycombe 1 Crawley 2 - stats and reaction to follow
COLCHESTER 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 21st February 2017)
Wanderers dropped to 10th spot in League Two after suffering another narrow defeat - this time a 1-0 reverse at Colchester United, who moved up to 7th place but still only a point ahead of the Wanderers. The only goal of the game came on 13 minutes when George Elokobi scored a wonder goal from out on the right wing - his curling effort nestling in the opposite top corner of the Wycombe net. Wanderers registered 13 shots (7 on target) in their efforts to equalise but frustration set in with two minutes remaining when Joe Jacobson was red carded for a second bookable offence. Jacobson, who would have automatically missed two games for reaching ten yellow cards, will now miss one game and revert back to nine yellows. Team news had seen one change from the side that had lost to Carlisle the previous Saturday - Marcus Bean recalled in place of Dominic Gape. Attendance v Colchester: 3,031 (275 away).
Colchester 1 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction to follow
PAUL McCARTHY R.I.P.
(Monday 20th February 2017)
Shocking news came through on Monday morning of the passing of former Wanderer Paul McCarthy at the age of just 45 following what is being reported as a sudden heart-attack. The central defender spent seven seasons with Wanderers, clocking up over 250 appearances and scoring 19 goals. The highlight of his time at Adams Park was the FA Cup run of 2000/1 where he scored five goals, including crucial strikes against Millwall, Grimsby, Wimbledon and Leicester City. His 120th minute equaliser in the 5th Round replay with Wimbledon at Selhurst Park came 16 years ago to the day that the tragic news was revealed. The former trainee with Brighton & Hove Albion made more just over 200 appearances for the South Coast side before a summer 1996 move to Wanderers for a £100,000 fee. After his release from Wycombe in the summer of 2003 'Macca' joined Oxford United where he spent a season before time with Hornchurch and then Gravesend & Northfleet. He progressed to Club Captain with Gravesend during the time they became Ebbsfleet and lifted the FA Trophy with the Kent side in May 2008. He is survived by his wife and four children. Condolences to his family and friends.
Paul McCarthy - player profile
WYCOMBE 1 CARLISLE 2
(Saturday 18th February 2017)
Wanderers' poor run of results continued with a 2-1 home loss to 3rd placed Carlisle United. It's now six defeats in the last seven games in all competitions but Wycombe were left kicking themselves for not earning at least a draw against The Cumbrians. Adebayo Akinfenwa gave Wycombe a dream start when he headed home an Anthony Stewart cross from the left on 2 minutes but two soft strikes before the break gifted all three points to United. First on 9 minutes Jamie Procter was left unmarked just outside of the box and his shot crept inside the left-hand upright to level the scores. Wycombe responded with a spell of encouraging play but contrived to concede again on 34 minutes when a hopeful punt forward from the visitors wasn't dealt with by Will De Havilland and the ball ran on to Reggie Lambe who got the vital touch to steer the ball home ahead of Anthony Stewart and Jamal Blackman. The closest Wanderers came to levelling was a second-half header from Akinfenwa that struck the right-hand upright of the Valley End goal. Wanderers fall to 9th spot in the table, still a point off the play-zone and play their game in hand at Colchester on Tuesday evening (21st February). Attendance v Carlisle: 3,858 (354 away).
Wycombe 1 Carlisle 2 - stats and reaction to follow
CREWE 2 WYCOMBE 1
(Tuesday 14th February 2017)
Wanderers lost in controversial fashion at Crewe Alexandra, a late penalty call going against Gareth Ainsworth's side and incensing both the Wycombe boss and the accused Sido Jombati. The Wycombe defender was adjudged to have fouled George Ray in the 87th minute by referee Michael Salisbury - James Jones grateful to fire home the resulting spot-kick to secure a 2-1 victory for the home side. After the previous Saturday's 3-0 reverse at Stevenage, Ainsworth made just one change to the starting XI - loanee Alex Jakubiak getting his first start in place of Sam Saunders who dropped to the bench. But there was bad news and misfortune again for Wanderers after just 11 minutes when Chris Dagnall's strike from an angle was pushed onto the underside of the crossbar by Jamal Blackman but the ball was judged to have cross the line following a brief discussion between referee Salisbury and his Assistant. Wycombe had a decent spell before the break but the half-time loss of Aaron Pierre through injury, followed by Scott Kashket also being withdrawn due to injury, were a blow to Wanderers' chances. However, it was Wycombe who kicked on again and equalised on 75 minutes when Adebayo Akinfenwa swivelled in the box before firing home and levelling the scores. Wanderers then looked the side with more desire to seek victory before disaster struck three minutes from time when Jombati's clumsy challenge proved costly. Attendance v Crewe: 2,896 (169 away).
Crewe 2 Wycombe 1 - stats and reaction to follow
STEVENAGE 3 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 11th February 2017)
Wanderers suffered their biggest reverse for five months and failed to score in a game for this first time in 24 games as they lost 3-0 at in form Stevenage. In a performance described after the game by Gareth Ainsworth as 'not good enough', Wanderers found themselves behind in the 25th minute when the Wycombe defence failed to deal with a cross in from the left - Steven Schumacher getting the vital flick header past Blackman from a yard out. With Wycombe struggling to create any clear cut chances, the home side doubled their lead in first-half stoppage time when Dominic Gape conceded a penalty after clipping Tom Pett on the left corner of the Stevenage box. Matt Godden sent Blackman the wrong way from the spot. Stevenage's third goal on 49 minutes summed up Wycombe's day and in particular Gape's. Blackman rolled the ball out to the former Southampton man but he failed to control and was eventually caught in possession by Pett who ran into the box before cooly taking the ball around Blackman and making the score 3-0. The result meant that Wycombe dropped to 8th place on 46 points. Attendance v Stevenage: 2,602 (658 away).
Stevenage 3 Wycombe 0 - stats and reaction to follow
COVENTRY 2 WYCOMBE 1
(Tuesday 7th February 2017)
Wanderers missed out on a trip to Wembley after going down 2-1 to Coventry City in the Football League Trophy at The Ricoh Arena on Tuesday evening. Slack defending, plus a slice of mis-fortune had gifted the home side a 2-0 lead inside the first 20 minutes but the introduction of Adebayo Akinfenwa at the break saw 'The Beast' reduce the deficit to 2-1 on 55 minutes. However, despite top scorer Scott Kashket also entering the action just before the hour mark and Wanderers enjoying the majority of possession, City held out for their first Wembley appearance in 30 years. Team news had seen Gareth Ainsworth make six changes to the side that had beaten Portsmouth the previous Saturday and his rotated line-up had the brighter start of the two sides. However, it was City who took the lead in the 11th minute when they were allowed to play the ball in from the right wing before former Wanderers forward Stuart Beavon saw his low angled shot take a heavy deflection off the outstretched leg of Will De Havilland and beat Jamal Blackman. Their lead was doubled on 19 minutes when a ball from the left of midfield by Kyel Reid to the far side of the penalty area, saw George Thomas given too much space by Joe Jacobson, and the City striker smashed past Blackman to make it 2-0. Those goals seemed to knock Wanderers' early confidence and on a pitch suffering badly from the familiar effects of rugby, chances were few and far between. Myles Weston left footed shot over the cross bar from not much more than six yards on 43 minutes seemed to sum up the half for Wycombe. Akinfenwa's goal on 55 minutes came when he chested down a ball into the box, turned and hammered the ball high into the roof of the net from around 12 yards. Kashket's appearance a few minutes later gave more hope for Wanderers but it was not to be and it's now back to the challenge of promotion, starting with the trip to Stevenage on Saturday. Attendance v Coventry: 11,672 (600 away approx)..
WANDERERS' WEMBLEY AIM
(Tuesday 7th February 2017)
Wanderers travelled to Coventry City on Tuesday evening (7th February) in the Semi-Final of The Football League, with the attraction of a Wembley final for the winners. The two sides went into the tie on the back of almost mirror-image runs of form. Since losing to Coventry in the group stages of the compeition back on 9th November, Wanderers have lost just two out of 19 games in all competitions. Meanwhile, City have dropped to the bottom of 'League One' following a run of just three wins in 18. The attraction of City reaching Wembley for the first time since 1987 has seen close to 10,000 advance tickets sold.
WYCOMBE 1 PORTSMOUTH 0
(Saturday 4th February 2017)
Wanderers beat Portsmouth for the first time ever in the Football League after Scott Kashket's deflected shot on 48 minutes proved to be the only goal of tense, high paced encounter. Victory came after Gareth Ainsworth reverted back to the starting XI that had suffered defeat at Spurs in the FA Cup the previous Saturday, thus making seven changes from the line-up that had lost 4-2 in the week at in-form Exeter City. The winning goal came after half-time substitute Sam Saunders had held the ball up in midfield before spreading play left to Joe Jacobson who then centred to Kashket whose shot from the edge of the box took a decisive deflection off a Pompey defender, leaving 'keeper David Forde wrong-footed. There was blow for Wanderers on the hour mark when Aaron Pierre was forced off injury but replacement Will De Havilland provided admiral cover as Wycombe survived over eight minutes of added time to run out victors and leap-frog the visitors into 6th spot in the table. Wanderers now travel to Coventry City on Tuesday evening in the Semi-Final of the Football League Trophy (kick-off 7.30pm), with the winners earning a place in the Final at Wembley on Sunday 2nd April. Attendance v Portsmouth: 6,028 (1,800 away).
Wycombe 1 Portsmouth 0 - stats and reaction to follow
EXETER 4 WYCOMBE 2
(Tuesday 31st January 2017)
Wanderers' 12 game unbeaten run in the League came to an end at Exeter City on Tuesday evening. The 4-2 defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made seven changes to the starting XI that had bowed out of the FA Cup at Spurs the previous Saturday - the changes included a League debut for Max Muller, while new loan signing Alex Jakubiak was named on the bench. The home side, also on an impressive run of League results, took the lead on 19 minutes through David Wheeler but Garry Thompson equalised for Wanderers on 38 minutes when he smashed home at the far post from Sam Saunders corner. But it was two goals in two second-half minutes that proved crucial - first Brown converted from close range on 65 minutes, then former Wanderer Joel Grant netted from similar range. A 90th minute debut goal from Jakubiak from an Aaron Pierre assist looked to have set up a tense finish for the home side but a slip by Muller in defence in stoppage time let in Ollie Watkins to seal the victory for The Grecians. Wycombe drop to 7th in the table ahead of the visit of 6th placed Portsmouth on Saturday.
Exeter 4 Wycombe 2 - report, stats and reaction
PCH SIGNS AGAIN
(Tuesday 31st January 2017)
Media reports on Tuesday (31st January) suggest that Paris Cowan-Hall has signed a permanent deal with Wanderers following his from Millwall. The midfielder originally left Wycombe in December 2014 for The New Den but returned on loan at Adams Park in January 2016. However, after scoring twice in five appearances, he missed the remainder of the season through injury. He then returned to Wanderers in the summer of 2016 for a second loan spell from Millwall in a deal running until 31st January 2017. A deal running until June 2019 was subsequently confirmed by the Club on 2 February.
Paris Cowan-Hall - player profile
WATFORD STRIKER ON LOAN
(Monday 30th January 2017)
The Club confirmed on Monday the loan signing of Watford striker Alex Jakubiak on a deal until the end of the season. The 20 year old has been tracked by Gareth Ainsworth during his U21 displays for The Hornets, plus previous loan spells at Dagenham (4 goals in 23 apps), Oxford United (1 goal in 9) and Fleetwood (no goals in 3). He is set to feature in Wanderers League fixture at Exeter City on Tuesday evening but is cup-tied for the Football League Trophy having played for Fleetwood earlier in the compeition. His only First Team appearance for Watford was a start against Hudderfield Town on the final day of the 2013/14 season when he was aged just 17.
SPURS 4 WYCOMBE 3
(Saturday 28th January 2017)
It was heartbreak for Wanderers at White Hart Lane, as Premiership Tottenham Hotspur snatched a 'stoppage-time plus' winner after Wycombe had led 3-2 with a minute of normal time remaining. Other than the obvious immense pride for Gareth Ainsworth's side, relecting on this result less than a day after the game, it's a case of being, more or less, lost for words. I'm sure words will come but in the meantime, see the link below for a set of Fans Eye photos from the memorable day in North London.
Fans Eye - Break Hart Lane -Story in Pictures
WYCOMBE v SPURS MEMORIES
(Friday 27th January 2017)
Prior to Wanderers' meeting with Spurs at White Hart Lane in the 4th Round of the FA Cup on Saturday 28th January 2017, the two sides had never previously met at First Team level. However, there has been a smattering of friendly meetings over the years, the first stretching back to October 1895. In a special feature, we take a look back at all the previous meetings.
Wycombe v Spurs - past meetings - special feature
4th ROUND MEMORIES
(Friday 27th January 2017)
Wanderers' appearance in the FA Cup 4th Round on Saturday (28th January 2017) will be only the second occasion that Wycombe have progressed that far in the competition. The debut came in the famous 2000/1 run to the Semi-Final - an unforgetable home tie with Wolves, won by Wanderers by a late goal from Sam Parkin in front of a capacity crowd at Adams Park.
Wycombe v Wolves - 4th Round Retro - January 2001
McGINN DEPARTS
(Wednesday 25th January 2017)
The Club have confirmed that midfielder Stephen McGinn has left the club 'after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent'. Joining the Club in August 2015, the Scotsman debuted in the 1-0 home defeat to Fulham in the League Cup on 11 August 2015 and scored his first goal was the winner against Exeter in League Two on 13 February 2016. However, his First Team opportunities have been limited, playing his final game for Wanderers in the FLT tie at Millwall on 7 December 2016. His career stats with Wycombe were 40 appearances and 2 goals.
INTO FLT LAST FOUR
(Tuesday 24th January 2017)
Wanderers came from 1-0 down with just over 15 minutes remaining to beat Mansfield Town 2-1 and reach the last four of the Football League Trophy for only the second-time and for the first time since 1994. A Wycombe starting XI with six changes from the side that had drew with Luton the previous weekend fell behind to 34th minute penalty converted by Green after Joe Jacobson had handled. A key moment in the tie came with a double substitution by Gareth Ainsworth, Scott Kashket and Adebayo Akinfenwa being introduced on 66 minutes for Paris Cowan-Hall and Garry Thompson. It took Kashket seven minutes to add to his goal tally when he snapped up a shot spilled by the Mansfield 'keeper. The winner came on 81 minute when Akinfenwa turned and shot home inside the box. Jamal Blackman made a late save to ensure Wanderers went into the Semi-Final draw where they were subsequently drawn away to Leagone strugglers Coventry City, in a tie set for Tuesday 7th February. Attendance v Mansfield: 2,047 (108 away)
Mansfield 1 Wycombe 2 - report, stats and reaction
LEAGUE CUP 10 YEAR RETRO
(Monday 23rd January 2017)
COTN's 10th anniversary look back at Wanderers' memorable run to the Semi-Final of the Football League Cup during the 2006/7 season concludes with a look back at the 2nd Leg tie with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday 23rd January 2007. After a 1-1 draw at Adams Park two weeks previous, it took a near full strength Chelsea line-up to finally end the fairy-tale cup run.
Chelsea 0 Wycombe 4 - League Cup 10 year retro
WYCOMBE 1 LUTON 1
(Saturday 21st January 2017)
An 82nd equaliser from Adebayo Akinfenwa maintained Wanderers unbeaten run as they drew 1-1 with Luton Town at Adams Park. The visitors had taken a 56th lead via a headed goal from Hatters Captain Scott Cuthbert but Wanderers hit back following a double substitution, coupled with a sending-off for Town's Johnny Mullins. It was the now familiar combination of a Joe Jacobson cross from the left and a Akinfenwa header, that drew the scores level and keep Wanderers in 5th spot and a point ahead of The Hatters in the table. Wycombe now take a break from League action with the midweek visit to Mansfield Town in the quarter-final of the Football League Trophy followed by the FA Cup 4th Round tie with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday (28th January).
Wycombe 1 Luton 1 - report, stats and reaction
SAM SAUNDERS BACK AT AP
(Friday 20th January 2017)
The Club confirmed on Friday they had signed Brentford midfielder Sam Saunders on a free transfer. Saunders, who scored two goals in 14 games for Wycombe during the second-half of the 2014/2015 campaign, has signed a deal until June 2018. The 33-year-old made 206 appearances for Brentford after joining from Dagenham and Redbridge in July 2009. Having not played for Brentford in either the Football League Trophy or FA Cup this season, he is not 'cup-tied' for either of Wanderers' up and coming cup ties with Mansfield and Tottenham.
FINAL DAY 5.30pm KO
(Wednesday 18th January 2017)
The Football League confirmed on Wednesday (18th January) that all 'League Two' fixtures on the final day of the regular season (Saturday 6th May 2017) will kick-off at 5.30pm in order to tie in with live coverage on Sky Sports. A statement from the League included the following spin, "The change means more and more football fans up and down the country will now be able to see the season finale and witness first-hand the contribution League Two clubs have made to another fantastic campaign in the [Football League]." Wanderers entertain Cambridge United on the final day.
WYCOMBE 1 YEOVIL 1
(Saturday 14th January 2017)
In a game of two penalties, Wanderers had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Yeovil Town at Adams Park. Sido Jombati's trip on Francois Zoko on 20 minutes saw Kevin Dawson send Jamal Blackman the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick. However, six minutes later Wycombe were level after Alex Lacey took Paris Cowan-Hall's legs away on the left side of the Yeovil box and Joe Jacobson did a similar job as Dawson from the spot. Despite the draw, Wanderers remain 5th in the table, with 42 points, five points off third placed Carlisle, with a game in hand.
Wycombe 1 Yeovil 1 - report, stats and reaction
SPURS TICKET PRIORITY
(Saturday 14th January 2017)
The Club confirmed on Friday the ticket sales priority for the FA Cup 4th Round tie with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday 28th January 2017. Tickets will be sold across four phases. 1st: Season Ticket Holders (one each) - 2nd: STH plus '500 Club members' and 'Half-Season' Ticket holders (one each) - 3rd: 1st and 2nd phase plus 'Share Scheme' investors (two each) - this phase allows tickets to be bought for guests who do not have the necessary eligibilty in the 1st and 2nd phases. 4th: General sale (limited to four per person. The Club have received criticism from some supporters for reneging on the current Club Charter which states priority will be given to 'Those who, as determined by bookings on the WWFC ticket database, have attended the highest number of home matches for the current season', rather than '500 Club' or 'Share Scheme' members.
MONTY SEYMOUR R.I.P.
(Friday 13th January 2017)
The sad news arrived on Friday afternoon (13th January) of the passing of Club President Monty Seymour at the age of 102. Monty took up the Club President role in 1966, enjoying more than 50 years as an official of the Club. In 2016, the former Centre Spot/Scores bar at Adams Park was renamed 'Monty's' in his honour. The Club will announce funeral details when available. Thoughts with his family and friends at this sad time.
MULLER SIGNS NEW DEAL
(Thursday 12th January 2017)
Gareth Ainsworth has rewarded Max Muller with a new contract running until June 2018. The 22 year old was signed after impressing for Wanderers in a pre-season friendly in France. However, a hamstring injury ruled him out of action until he was given his official First Team debut in the Football League Trophy tie at Millwall in December 2016. This is his first stint in British football having previosuly played at SV Sandhausen in Germany and Salzburg in Austria.
NO LIVE TV FOR WYCOMBE
(Thursday 12th January 2017)
The Club announced on Thursday evening that their FA Cup 4th Round tie with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane had NOT been selected for live TV coverage in the UK and would therefore go ahead on Saturday 28th January 2017 with a 3pm kick-off. Wanderers fans have been allocated 4,035 tickets in the reduced 32,000 capacity stadium of the Premiership side - prices were announced as follows: Full Season Ticket Holders - Adults: £20, Seniors (65+): £10: Juniors (U18): £5 - All Other Supporters - Adults: £25, Seniors (65+): £10, Juniors (U18): £5. Priority and selling arrangements were expected to be confirmed on Friday. Wanderers' Club Charter confirms that current Season Ticket Holders (approx 2,000) get priority for Cup ties.
INTO FLT Q-FINALS
(Tuesday 10th January 2017)
Wanderers progressed to the Quarter-Finals of the Football League Trophy following a 5-4 penalty-shoot out victory at Blackpool. The victory, in front of just a few hundred spectators, brought in £40,000 of sponsorship money to the Wanderers and came after the tie ended 1-1 after the regular 90 minutes. The tie went straight to penalties after 90 minutes and Wanderers converted all five of their spot kicks through Jacobson, O'Nein, De Havilland, Akinfenwa and Thompson, before Jamal Blackman tipped Will Aimson’s effort onto the post and set-up a last eight meeting away to Mansfield Town.
Blackpool 1 Wycombe 1 - report, stats and reaction
LEAGUE CUP 10 YEAR RETRO
(Tuesday 10th January 2017)
COTN's 10th anniversary look back at Wanderers' memorable run to the Semi-Final of the Football League Cup during the 2006/7 season reaches the 1st Leg tie with Chelsea at Adams Park on Wednesday 10th January 2007. Very few gave Wycombe a chance against the reigning Premier League Champions but Paul Lambert's side had other ideas on a never to be forgotten evening.
Wycombe 1 Chelsea 1 - League Cup 10 year retro
WYCOMBE TRAVEL TO SPURS
(Monday 9th January 2017)
Wanderers will travel to Premiership Tottenham Hotspur in the 4th Round of the FA Cup following the draw made on Monday evening. The tie will be played on the weekend of Saturday 28th January 2017, with every chance the game will be switched to cater for live TV on either BBC or BT Sport. Broadcasting rights for live TV coverage in the 4th Round is set at £144,000 per club for the initial tie and £72,000 for replays. One live game will be shown on Friday, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. Lives games are unlikely to be selected for Monday (30th January) due to a full programme of Premier League matches taking place the following Tuesday and Wednesday. Clubs also share 45% of gate receipts after expenses. Wanderers have never met Spurs in a competitive fixture before and the tie will take place in the final season that the North London side will play at White Hart Lane before major redevelopment of the 100 year old ground in N17.
Wanderers full record in the FA Cup Proper
WYCOMBE 2 STOURBRIDGE 1
(Saturday 7th January 2017)
Wanderers made it through to the 4th Round of the FA Cup for only the second time in their history after a late goal from Adebayo Akinfenwa saw them overcome a stubborn Stourbridge side 2-1 at Adams Park. Wanderers picked-up £67,500 following their victory over the lowest ranked side remaining in the competition. The draw for the 4th round will be shown live on BBC2 on Monday evening shortly after 7pm.
Wycombe 2 Stourbridge 1 - report,stats,reaction,pics
GAPE SIGNS 2 1/2 YR DEAL
(Saturday 7th January 2017)
The Club confirmed in the hours leading up to the Stourbridge FA Cup tie, that midfielder Dominic Gape had signed a permanent deal with Wanderers running until June 2019. Now 22 years old, Gape had signed on loan from Premier League Southampton on deadline day in August 2016 and made 20 appearances before the deal ended on 3rd January 2017. With news of Danny Rowe's return to Barrow on loan revealed the previous day, many were expecting Gape's loan deal to be extended to the end of the season but a permanent deal will come as a bonus. Commenting on the free transfer, Gareth Ainsworth said: "This is a significant piece of business for us, not just bringing Dom back to the club but getting him on our books as a Wycombe Wanderers player."
ROWE RETURNS TO BARROW
(Friday 6th January 2017)
Wanderers defender/midfielder Danny Rowe has rejoined Conference National side Barrow on loan for the remainder of the 2016/17 season. The news had not been confirmed by the Wanderers as of the end of business on Friday (6th January 2017) but had been revealed earlier in the day by the official website of 'The National League'. Now 21, Rowe signed a three year deal with Wanderers in June 2015 and had commanded a regular spot in the side before seemingly dropping out of favour at the end of October 2016.
WYCOMBE 2 NEWPORT 1
(Monday 2nd January 2017)
Wanderers came from behind to win a League game for the first time since December 2014 as the fended off bottom club Newport County at Adams Park on Holiday Monday. A 8th win in nine games for Wanderers lifts Gareth Ainsworth side to 5th spot in the table and just five points behind the automatic promotion spots, currently held by Doncaster, Plymouth and Carlisle.
Wycombe 2 Newport 1 - report, stats and reaction
BLACKMAN LOAN EXTENDED
(Sunday 1st January 2017)
Chelsea 'keeper Jamal Blackman has had his loan extended at Wycombe until the end of the 2016/17 campaign. The 23 year old had kept 11 clean sheets in the 25 appearances he had made since joining in August 2016 following injury to first choice Scott Brown. Gareth Ainsworth commented: "He has been first class for us and he has real quality which is well above League Two level, so it’s fantastic for us to be able to keep him for the rest of the season. He commands his area superbly, his distribution is outstanding and he’s made some saves which are out of this world to help us pick up some valuable points. I’d like to think we do things right here when it comes to developing young players and Jamal is another example of someone who’s come in, worked hard and improved his game with us." The news came just days after Blackman was ruled out of the League Two game at Cheltenham due to injury - Scott Brown, returning from a loan spell with Eastleigh, to play against his former Club. It's also being reported that Brown will rejoin Cheltenham on loan once Blackman has returned to action for Wanderers.

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