All the news stories from January 2008
NEIL LENNON SIGNS
(Thursday 31st January 2008)
Wanderers signed Neil Lennon on a free from Nottingham Forest on transfer deadline day in a deal lasting initially until the end of the season. It was back in June of 2007 that Wanderers failed to tempt the former Northern Ireland international to join Wycombe following his release from Celtic, with the now 36 year old, saying that he didn't want to drop down to 'League Two' but also not ruling a move out in the future. Lennon's career has seen him notch up over 650 senior appearances, including spells with Crewe and Leicester City having initially been a trainee with Manchester City. He moved to Celtic from Leicester in December 2000 for a £5.75m fee and made close to 300 appearances for Celtic, most under former Wanderers boss Martin O'Neill and many alongside his new boss at Wycombe, Paul Lambert.
THRO IN B&B
(Wednesday 30th January 2008)
It took an 82nd minute goal from Tom Cadmore for Wanderers to beat Didcot Town 1-0 and reach the semi-final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup on Wednesday evening. A relatively strong Wycombe side lacked the finishing prowess to finish their hosts and the visiting contingent were grateful when Cadmore headed home Chris Palmer's cross. Wycombe will now play Franchise in the semi-final. Wycombe: Young, Stockley, Palmer, Boucaud, Williamson, Cadmore, Phillips, Savage (sub 47 Shulton), Daly (sub 88 Braithwaite), Fitchett (sub 65 Ogbuagu), Botham - subs not used: Cattell, Reading - Att: 357
WYCOMBE 0 DAG & RED 1
(Tuesday 29th January 2008)
Wanderers missed out on gaining more ground on the automatic promotion spots when they went down 1-0 to third from bottom Dagenham & Redbridge at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. With Matt Bloomfield missing due to a hamstring injury, the only goal of the game came in first half stoppage time when Leon Johnson was penalised for handball in the 'Daggers' penalty area and David Rainfold converted from the spot. Wanderers slip to 8th in the table after the defeat with 47 points from 29 games. Next match is away to Accrington Stanley on Saturday (2nd February). Wycombe: Fielding, Martin, Woodman, McCracken, Johnson, Bullock (sub 58 Knight), Doherty, Holt, Torres, Sutton, McGleish - subs not used: Young, Stockley, Boucaud, Palmer - Att: 3,974 (away end 197)
WYCOMBE 1 CHESTERFIELD 0
(Saturday 26th January 2008)
Wanderers jumped to 5th place in 'League Two' after a brilliant 26th minute strike from Scott McGleish was enough to beat 6th placed Chesterfield 1-0 at Adams Park on Saturday. The goal came after some neat work on the left flank by Tommy Doherty, Sergio Torres and John Sutton, with the resulting ball into the danger area being knocked down by Matt Bloomfield before McGleish struck home from 25 yards for a candidate for goal of the season. Earlier in the match Doherty had seen a similar effort tipped wide by Chesterfield 'keeper Barry Roche, while at the other Frank Fielding had to quick off his line to prevent Jamie Ward from giving the visitors the lead. The second haldf was another even affair but Wanderers looked comfortable in defence as they continued their impressive home record this season. Next match at home to Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday 29th January, kick-off 7.45pm. Wycombe: Fielding, Martin, Johnson, McCracken, Bloomfield, Woodman (sub 65 Stockley), Torres, Doherty, Holt, Sutton (sub 42 Knight), McGleish - subs not used: Young, Boucaud, Bullock - Att: 5,203 (away end 397)
SHOTS 1 RESERVES 0
(Tuesday 22nd January 2008)
Wanderers Reserves went down 1-0 at Aldershot Town on Tuesday afternoon in the Football Combination. Playing their first game for more than a month, the second string conceeded the only goal of the game three minutes into the second period when Dave Winfield headed home a Scott Davies corner - the ball going in off the underside of Jamie Young's crossbar. Wycombe: Young, Stockley, Palmer, Phillips, Cadmore, Ellams, Oakes, Bullock, Ogbuagu, Savage, Fitchett, Cattell, Boucaud, Daly, Turley, Reading
ROTHERHAM 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 19th January 2008)
A slightly fortuitous goal from Scott McGleish earned Wycombe a deserved 1-1 draw at third placed Rotherham on Saturday. The home side, backed by a decent crowd in excess of 6,500, took the lead on 14 minutes when Stephen Brogan struck home a free-kick from 25 yards. The Millers went on to be the stronger side for the remainder of the half but Wanderers fought back after the interval and equalised when McGleish's flighted cross/shot from the left wing on 56 minutes floated into the far top corner of the net. Wanderers jump to sixth placed in the table but dropped a placed after Chesterfield beat Hereford on Monday evening. Next match at home to Chesterfield on Saturday (26th January), followed by the visit of Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday 29th January. Wycombe: Fielding, Martin, McCracken, Johnson, Woodman, Bloomfield, Holt, Doherty (sub 72 Knight), Torres, Sutton, McGleish - subs not used: Douglas, Bullock, Stockley, Boucaud - Att: 6,709 (away 288)
YOUNGSTERS LOANED OUT
(Wednesday 16th January 2008)
The Club have loaned out more youngsters from the First Team squad.
Central defender Lewis Christon has joined Conference side Woking on an initial one month deal scheduled to end on 12th February. Meanwhile, Youth Team Captain Darrell Ellams has joined Hitchin Town on work experience, although the 18 year old left-back will still be able to be recalled by Wycombe during his time at Top Field. Right-back Robert Rice has joined Wealdstone on loan. Rice, who will be 19 in February, has signed initially until 16th February. However, set to return to Wycombe is Jack Obersteller whose loan spell with Grays Athletic is due to end on 23rd January. The 19 year old joined Wycombe towards the end of the last season but has yet to feature in the First Team for the Wanderers. He has made seven appearances for Grays in the Conference since joining on loan in November.
WYCOMBE 0 ROCHDALE 1
(Saturday 12th January 2008)
Wanderers conceeded a 90th minute penalty as they fell to a 1-0 home defeat to Rochdale at Adams Park on Saturday. The visitors, who have lost just once away from own this season, grabbed all three points when a clumsy challenge by Craig Woodman on substitute Muirhead saw a spot kick awarded and Tom Kennedy convert. It concluded a dissapointing afternoon for Wycombe who see an unbeaten run of six games, including five wins, come to an end. Wanderers fall a place in the table to 7th. Next game is on Saturday 19th January away to third placed Rotherham. Note that Wanderers' meeting away to Didcot Town in the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup on Tuesday evening (15th January) has been cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch and has been rescheduled for Wednesday 30th January. Wycombe: Fielding, Johnson, McCracken, Woodman, Bloomfield, Doherty (sub 66 Oakes), Holt, Torres (sub 66 Bullock), Martin, McGleish, Sutton (sub 61 Knight) - subs not used: Douglas, Stockley - Att: 4,493 (away end 251)
McGLEISH GETS ALL FOUR
(Wednesday 9th January 2008)
Club officials have credited Scott McGleish with all four goals in Wanderers' 4-0 success at Mansfield Town on Tuesday evening. The second goal was credited at the time, via the Press Association, to Gareth Jellyman who had kicked McGleish's goal bound effort past his own 'keeper but Club officials consulted with the match referee and agreed that McGleish should be given the goal, and, in theory, taking his total in 'League Two' this season to 15. However, it is unlikely this will be recognised by official statisticians, including the Official Football League stats, thus leading to many an arguement in the future.
MANSFIELD 0 WYCOMBE 4
(Tuesday 8th January 2008)
A Scott McGleish hat-trick saw Wanderers storm to a 4-0 success at Mansfield Town on Tuesday evening. Wycombe were ahead within the opening five minutes when McGleish headed in a Russell Martin corner. The lead was doubled on 57 minutes after McGleish's effort on goal was turned into his own net by Gareth Jellyman. The result was sealed twelve minutes later when McGleish fired in from 18 yards following a pass from Sergio Torres. McGleish completed his trio of goals on 73 minutes with another firm strike, this time from around 15 yards, after another assist from Torres. Leon Knight was introduced as a substitute in the latter stages for his Wanderers debut. The three points jumps Wycombe a place in the table to 6th with 43 points and only behind Chesterfield and Peterborough on goal difference. Next game is on Saturday 12th January at home to Rochdale. Wycombe: Douglas, Martin, McCracken, Johnson, Woodman, Bloomfield, Holt (sub 77 Boucaud), Doherty (sub 77 Oakes), Torres, Sutton, McGleish (sub 77 Knight) - subs not used: Bullock, Stockley - Att: 1,959 (away end 139)
KNIGHT SIGNING CONFIRMED
(Friday 4th January 2008)
The Club confirmed on Friday afternoon the signing of Leon Knight from MK Dons on a contract running until June 2009. The fee has been officially described as 'undisclosed', although some press reports suggest that Wanderers have paid £50,000 for the services of the 25 year old. Elsewhere, Wanderers are still hoping to secure the loan signing of 'keeper Frank Fielding until the end of the season. Blackburn have agreed the deal but want him to sign an extended contract at Ewood Park before returning to Wycombe. The paper work is hoped to be completed before Wanderers take on Rochdale at Adams Park next Saturday.
IN FOR KNIGHT
(Friday 4th January 2008)
COTN understands that Wanderers are close to signing 25 year old, out of favour, MK Dons striker Leon Knight. The former Chelsea trainee joined 'Franchise' in January 2007 from Swansea City where he scored 15 times in 28 'League One' appearances following a £125,000 move from Brighton. His time with The Seagulls saw 30 goals scored at 'Championship' and 'League One' level in little over 100 apearances. However, his time with 'Franchise' has been less successful, with five strikes in 33 appearances and he has not been in Paul Ince's side since a substitute appearance at the start of December. Manager Paul Lambert hinted at the transfer in the Bucks Free Press, saying, "He's proven. He started at the top level as a kid at a Premiership club and he's scored a lot of goals.". Lambert added, "I don't want someone similar to [John Sutton]. I'm after someone who has got something different and who'll surprise teams." The The MK News have also reported the story and suggest the deal will be completed around midday on Friday subject to a medical.
DOC SIGNING CONFIRMED
(Thursday 3rd January 2008)
The Club have confirmed the permanent signing
of Tommy Doherty from Queens Park Rangers. Doherty, who had been on loan at Wycombe since October 2007, was 'released by mutual consent' from his contract at QPR on Thursday morning and joins Wanderers on a free in a deal running until 30th June 2010. Doherty, who had impressed while on loan at Wycombe during the 2006/7 season, had originally intended to sign at the start of the season for an estimated £50,000 fee but an appendicitis caused the deal to be put on hold. Doherty, who will be 29 this March, leaves QPR having made just 15 appearances since joining from Bristol City in the summer of 2005. The Bristolian made just over 200 appearances for City after joining as a trainee.
WYCOMBE 0 BARNET 0
(Tuesday 1st January 2008)
Wanderers made it seven points out of nine from their holiday programme after playing out a goalless draw with Barnet at Adams Park on New Years Day. However, it could have been even better after Wycombe saw a second-half effort from the left channel by Matt Bloomfield hit the post and then
a 'goal' from Scott McGleish ruled out for offside. Barnet rarely troubled but could have snatched victory in the dying moments but Jason Puncheon took too long to line up his shot and David McCracken recovered to clear the danger. The result keeps Wycombe in 7th place in the table. Wycombe have no game this Saturday (5th Jan) but travel to Mansfield the following Tuesday (8th Jan). Next home game is on Saturday 12th January against Rochdale. Wycombe: Douglas, Martin, McCracken, Johnson, Woodman, Bloomfield, Holt, Doherty (sub 81 Oakes), Torres, Sutton, McGleish - subs not used: Bullock, Stockley, Daly, Boucaud - Att: 4,818 (away end 359)
POSH OUTBID WYCOMBE
(Tuesday 1st January 2008)
COTN understands that Wanderers lost out in a bidding war with Peterborough United for Barnet striker Liam Hatch. The 25 year old recently turned down a new offer from Barnet in hope of a move during the January 'Transfer Window'. Reports on the BBC website suggest Posh will pay £150,000 for Hatch and he has signed a contract lasting until the end of the 2010/11 season. Hatch had scored 8 times for Barnet this season and his move to Wanderers' 'League Two' rivals means that Paul Lambert will move on to other strikers on his wanted list.
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