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Reserves COLCHESTER 4 RESERVES 2
(Wednesday 29th April 2009)
Wanderers Reserves missed out on their chance to take the Football Combination Eastern Division Championship after going down 4-2 at Colchester United in their final game of the 2008/9 campaign. The game against The U's saw Wycombe take the lead in the opening minute when Magno Vieira scored from outside the box. However, the home side came back to lead 3-1 through goals from Anthony Wordsworth, Scott Vernon and Tom Bender. Vieira pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time but Wordsworth added another in the second period to seal victory for the Essex side. Wanderers will now finish third behind Luton Town and Watford with the those two clubs meeting on Thursday 30th April to decide the outcome of the title - with The Hornets needing a point to take first spot. Reserves info 2008/9 Wycombe: Reading, Moncur, Crooks, Rice, Antwi, Johnson (sub 67 Pearce), Fitchett, Daly, Vieira (sub 80 Lumsden), Spence, Botham - subs not used: Grayley, Ochoa, Saku
Adams Park BIG CROWD EXPECTED
(Wednesday 29th April 2009)
Wanderers will play in front of their largest home attendance of the season on Saturday. The highest 'League Two' gate at Adams Park so far this season has been the 6,306 who turned out for the recent game with Gillingham but that will easily be beaten after ticket sales for the meeting with Notts County topped the 7,000 mark by Wednesday afternoon. The increase in sales follows the Club stepping up their publicity for the game and also arranging for the 2,000 capacity Hillbottom Road End, normally reserved for away fans, to be used for Wanderers followers at a special price of 10 for adults and 5 for concessions. County fans have been allocated 300 seats in the Old Main Stand. The 'bean counters' at Wanderers will now be hoping that the record League attendance at Adams Park, set when 9,250 turned out for the meeting with Reading in February 2002, will be broken.
Wycombe Wanderers Trust TRUST AGM THIS WEEK
(Wednesday 29th April 2009)
A reminder that the AGM of the Wycombe Wanderers Trust will be held on Thursday 30th April 2009. This will be the first AGM since the Founders Trust and Supporters Trust were unified in August 2008. The Trust's Honorary President and two Vice Presidents, Karen Adams, Keith Ryan and Bill Turnbull intend to attend the AGM and after the formal proceedings there will be a question and answer and session in which the trio will participate. The AGM will start in the Vere Suite at 8.00pm (doors open 7.30pm). See theTrust website for AGM details
Wycombe Wanderers Trust TRUST UPDATES
(Wednesday 29th April 2009)
The Wycombe Wanderers Trust have published a report on the PLC shareholders 'Forum' that took place on 12th February 2009. The report includes confirmation from PLC Director Brian Kane that the Club is set to lose approximately 1m for the current season and that player bonuses will need to paid if Wanderers gain promotion. The report also confirms a previous story on COTN regarding the formation of a separate company (Wycombe Sports Development) to deal with the proposed 'Community Stadium'. See theTrust website for full report
News WINDSOR OFFER FOR BLUES
(Tuesday 28th April 2009)
Former Wanderer Keith Scott, now Manager at Windsor & Eton, arranged with his Club that anybody wearing a Wycombe shirt would be allowed ground entry for just 5 when they played Didcot Town at Stag Meadow on Tuesday (28th April) in their Southern League (Division One South & West) Semi-Final play-off match with Didcot Town. Unfortunately for the Royalists, they went down 2-0 and will play again in Division One next season.
News L2 PROMOTION UPDATE
(Monday 27th April 2009)
Saturday's results saw Brentford seal automatic promotion and the 'League Two' Championship after they won 3-1 at Darlington and saw Wanderers held to a 1-1 draw at Port Vale. Wycombe now need a point from their final game of the regular 2008/9 season (home to Notts County) to join The Bees in the 'League One'. Meanwhile, Exeter City need a victory from their final game (away to Rotherham) to seal automatic promotion in their first season back in the Football League. Bury are the only other Club able to jump into the automatic spots but they are relying on either Wycombe or Exeter slipping up while they travel to Accrington Stanley. If either Exeter or Bury draw, then Wanderers would be promoted even if they lost at home to Notts County. If Wycombe lost, Exeter won and Bury won, then goal difference would come into play, with The Shakers looking to overturn Wycombe's current three goal advantage. In the play-off zone, Dagenham & Redbridge are battling it out with Shrewsbury Town for the final spot and play each other on the final day at Victoria Road, with The Shrews needing victory.
League Two table - top ten
up to and incl Sat 25th April 2009
             Pl  W  D  L GF GA Pts GD
Brentford    45 22 16  7 63 36 82 +27
Wycombe      45 20 18  7 53 31 78 +22
Exeter       45 21 13 11 64 50 76 +14
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Bury         45 20 15 10 62 43 75 +19
Gillingham   45 20 12 13 57 55 72 +2
Rochdale     45 19 13 13 70 58 70 +12
Dag & Red    45 19 11 15 76 51 68 +25
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Shrewsbury   45 16 18 11 59 43 66 +16
Matchday PORT VALE 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 25th April 2009)
Wanderers moved to within a point of automatic promotion to 'League One' after Lee Sawyer's goal ten minutes from the end of normal time snatched a 1-1 draw at Port Vale on Saturday. Urged on by an expectant following of close to 1,000, Wanderers dominated the opening 45 minutes at Vale Park but failed to break the deadlock. At half-time news filtered through that Exeter were losing at home to Morecambe and Bury goalless at Gillingham, meaning that victory for Wycombe would have sealed automatic promotion. A few minutes into the second period, updates from Exeter had seen The Grecians come back to take the lead, while on the hour mark at Vale Park the nerves began to jangle for Wycombe when Lee Collins swept the ball home for the home side following a corner from the right. And it could have got worse on 74 minutes when David McCracken managed to clear the ball off the line. A brave decision by Peter Taylor on 78 minutes proved the catalyst for Wycombe to draw level. Goal machine John Akinde was replaced by Jon-Paul Pittman and two minutes later it was 'JP' who worked the ball down the left channel before centering to Sawyer who smashed the ball home from close in front of a delighted and relieved away following. But the dream winner didn't materialise and with the final scores coming through that Exeter and Bury had drawn, it's now onto the final game of the regular season on Saturday where Notts County lay between Wanderers and automatic promotion to 'League One'. Wycombe: Young, Hunt, McCracken, Sinclair, Woodman, Sawyer, Doherty, Holt (sub 71 Beavon), Bloomfield (sub 62 Phillips), Zebroski, Akinde (sub 78 Pittman) - subs not used Jones, Oliver - Att: 6,047 (away end 932)
Man City v Wyconbe - 1999 TEN YEAR RETRO
(Thursday 23rd April 2009)
While Wanderers followers prepare for Saturday's 'big' game at Port Vale, let's rewind ten years and recall the expectations of a visit to Maine Road to play Manchester City in a League game. On that day anything less than a victory would have pushed Wanderers close to relegation to bottom tier of the Football League. COTN archives - Rewind to April 1999
News L2 PROMOTION UPDATE
(Wednesday 22nd April 2009)
After Tuesday's three points at Luton, Wanderers now travel to Port Vale on Saturday knowing that a positive result coupled with a slip up for either Bury (away to Gillingham) or Exeter City (home to Morecambe), would see automatic promotion being celebrated on Saturday evening for Peter Taylor's side. Amongst the scenarios are a Wycombe victory and less than a win for either Exeter or Bury would see the promotion party start. The celebrations would also start if Wycombe draw and Bury lose. However, defeat for Wycombe at Vale Park would take the outcome to the final day of the season, where goal difference might come into play. Leaders Brentford will also be looking nervously over their shoulders with a visit to Darlington to come on Saturday followed by a final day game at home to Conference bound Luton Town. Elsewhere on the final day (Sat 2nd May), Wanderers will host Notts County, while Exeter travel to Rotherham and Bury play at home to Accrington Stanley.
League Two table - top ten
up to and incl Tue 21st April 2009
             Pl  W  D  L GF GA Pts GD 
Brentford    44 21 16  7 60 35 79 +25
Wycombe      44 20 17  7 52 30 77 +22 
Exeter       44 21 12 11 62 48 75 +14
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Bury         44 20 14 10 62 43 74 +19 
Gillingham   44 20 11 13 57 55 71  +2 
Rochdale     44 19 12 13 69 57 69 +12
Dag & Red    44 18 11 15 73 51 65 +22 
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Shrewsbury   44 16 17 11 59 43 65 +16 
Chesterfield 44 16 15 13 62 54 63  +8 
Morecambe    44 15 17 12 51 50 62  +1 
Matchday LUTON 0 WYCOMBE 1
(Tuesday 21st April 2009)
Wanderers secured a massive three points after a famous 1-0 victory at Luton Town on Tuesday evening and are now just four points away from automatic promotion and also have the title in sight again after Brentford lost 3-1 at Dagenham & Redbridge. The only goal of the game at Kenilworth Road came on 56 minutes when John Akinde shrugged off The Hatters defence before firing past Hatters 'keeper Dean Brill - it was Akinde's 7th goal in his 9 games since his loan move from Bristol City. The vital goal came after a fairly uneventful first-half but then after Wanderers had started to dominate proceedings and create chances early in the second period. It also followed a change in formation where Peter Taylor brought on Stuart Beavon for Matty Phillips and changed to 4-4-2 formation. Taylor had made two changes to the starting line-up from that which beat Aldershot the previous Saturday - Lewwis Spence and John Mousinho replacing Matt Bloomfield and Lee Sawyer in a three man midfield. Tommy Doherty remained out with a back problem. The changes paid off and it's now onto Port Vale on Saturday for another crucial round of games. Wycombe: Young, Hunt, McCracken, Sinclair, Woodman (sub 79 Oliver), Phillips (sub HT Beavon), Holt, Spence, Mousinho, Pittman (sub 86 Bloomfield), Akinde - subs: Jones, Sawyer - Att: 6,553 (away end 1,500 approx)
Reserves RESERVES 2 LEYTON ORIENT 0
(Monday 20th April 2009)
Wanderers Reserves finished their home programme in the Football Combination with a 2-0 victory over Leyton Orient at Marlow FC on Tuesday evening. Nathan Ashton gave Wanderers the lead two minutes before the break when he slotted home after a cross from the right by David Pearce. The lead was doubled a minute after the re-start when Jordan Lumsden followed up a header from George Daly. Wanderers now lead the Combination Eastern Division table with 28 points and an away game at Colchester on 29th April to come to complete their 2008/9 campaign. Three other clubs can still catch Wanderers. Luton and Watford, both on 24 points and three games to play, lie in 2nd and 3rd, while Peterborough have 23 points with two games left and lie 4th. Reserves info 2008/9 Wycombe: Reading, Rice, Botham, Crooks, Read (sub 62 Grayley), Pearce, Ashton, Lumsden, Daly, Ochoa, Fitchett - subs not used: Ingram, Saku, Lewis, McClure
News L2 PROMOTION UPDATE
(Monday 20th April 2009)
Wanderers will travel to relegated Luton Town on Tuesday evening looking to close in on automatic promotion. Before the trip to Kenilworth Road, Wycombe needed seven more points to guarantee automatic promotion. Victory against The Hatters would take Wanderers to 2nd spot in the table with 77 points from 44 games. Current leaders Brentford travel to Dagenham & Redbridge the same evening where victory would guarantee their promotion to 'League One' with two games remaining. Saturday's fixtures see Wanderers make the trip to Port Vale, while Brentford travel to Darlington. Exeter (2nd before Tuesday evening) host Morecambe. Perhaps more importantly, 4th placed Bury travel to 5th placed Gillingham where any slip up for The Shakers would help Wycombe's cause.
League Two table - top ten
up to and incl Sat 18th April 2009
             Pl  W  D  L GF GA Pts GD 
Brentford    43 21 16  6 59 32 79 +27 
Exeter       44 21 12 11 62 48 75 +14 
Wycombe      43 19 17  7 51 30 74 +21
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Bury         44 20 14 10 62 43 74 +19 
Gillingham   44 20 11 13 57 55 71  +2 
Rochdale     44 19 12 13 69 57 69 +12 
Shrewsbury   44 16 17 11 59 43 65 +16
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Chesterfield 44 16 15 13 62 54 63  +8 
Dag & Red    43 17 11 15 70 50 62 +20 
Morecambe    43 15 17 11 49 47 62  +2 
Matchday WYCOMBE 3 ALDERSHOT 0
(Saturday 18th April 2009)
Wanderers kept their automatic promotion hopes on track following a 3-0 victory over Aldershot Town at a sunny Adams Park on Saturday afternoon. Wanderers remain third in table after all their closest rivals picked up three points and the target to ensure promotion is now seven points from the three remaining games starting at Luton Town on Tuesday evening. Saturday's events saw Wycombe make two changes to the side that lost to Exeter in holiday Monday - Jon-Paul Pittman and Matt Bloomfield coming in for Tommy Doherty and Chris Zebroski - and against the side with the worst away record in 'League Two', it was John Akinde who gave Wanderers the lead in the 7th minute when he reacted first to turn in Dean Howell's header against his own post. Once again Wycombe appeared to sit back on their lead and it wasn't until seven minutes into the second-half when Pittman cleverly worked a chance on the left side of the box only to see his shot saved by Shots 'keeper Nikki Bull and then off Ricky Newman and into the back of the Valley End net. JP was instrumental in making it 3-0 on 67 minutes when he delivered the ball from the left channel where Lee Sawyer missed kicked but Matt Phillips was lurking at the far side of the penalty area to shoot home. Wycombe: Young, Hunt, McCracken, Sinclair, Woodman, Phillips, Holt (sub 75 Mousinho), Sawyer, Bloomfield, Pittman (sub 88 Spence), Akinde (sub 78 Beavon) - subs not used: Jones, Oliver - Att: 5,440
Wycombe Wanderers Trust TRUST AGM CONFIRMED
(Thursday 16th April 2009)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust have given notice to their members of their AGM to be held on Thursday 30th April 2009. This will be the first AGM since the Founders Trust and Supporters Trust were unified in August 2008. Since then the new Trust has picked up more than a 100 new members, taking the total past the 450 mark for the first time. Since this is the first AGM of the new Trust it was felt appropriate that all members of the Trust Board retire and, if they so wish, offer themselves for election. All except Ian Baker and current Trust Chairman Francis Glenister are offering themselves for election. Meanwhile, Nicholas Langford, a Life Member of the Trust, is offering himself for election. Subject to being re-elected to the Trust's Board, David McGee is offering himself to the position of the Trust's Supporters' Director on the Board of the Football Club PLC. McGee was originally appointed to this position on an interim basis in January 2009 following the resignation of Keith Blagborough. The Trust's Honorary President and two Vice Presidents, Karen Adams, Keith Ryan and Bill Turnbull intend to attend the AGM and after the formal proceedings there will be a question and answer and session in which the trio will participate. The AGM will start in the Vere Suite at 8.00pm (doors open 7.30pm). See the Wycombe Wanderers Trust website for details how to join
News L2 PLAY-OFF DATES CHANGED
(Thursday 16th April 2009)
The previously announced dates for this season's play-offs in 'League Two' have changed as a result of live TV schedules. The First legs will now be both played on Thursday 7th May (7.45pm KO), with 7th at home to 4th and 6th at home to 5th. The return legs will both be played on Sunday 10th May, with 4th v 7th kicking off at 11.30am and 5th v 6th at 6.30pm. The Final will still place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 23rd May (3.00pm KO). All matches will be shown live on Sky TV.
Reserves RESERVES 3 COLCHESTER 1
(Wednesday 15th April 2009)
Wanderers Reserves ran out 3-1 at home to Colchester United in the 'Football Combination' on Wednesday evening at Marlow. With former Wanderers Manager Paul Lambert looking on and Wycombe Reserve boss Junior Lewis lining up in the centre of defence, Wycombe took the lead in the 9th minute when Daniel Fitchett turned to shoot home from a Jordan Lumsden assist. Wanderers doubled their lead in the 25th minute when Nathan Ashton's cross was headed past his own 'keeper by U's Mitchell Nelson. Magno Vieira then made it 3-0 a minute before the break when he latched onto to Callum Botham through ball before firing home. The visitors pulled a goal back on 57 minutes when Nelson scored at the right end but it was too little too late for the Essex side. Reserves info 2008/9 Wycombe: Reading, O'Regan, Botham, Grayley, Lewis, Ochoa, Lumsden, Spence, Fitchett (sub 72 Daly), Vieira (sub 74 Pearce), Ashton - subs not used: Ingram, Federico, Wallace
Hillsborough Memorial HILLSBOROUGH ANNIVERSARY
(Wednesday 15th April 2009)
The 15th April 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of the 'Hillsborough Tragedy' - a day when 96 football fans died at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. We remember today those who lost their lives and for the bereaved family and friends who still continue to fight for justice. Tribute
History FORMER MANAGER DIES
(Tuesday 14th April 2009)
Sad news came through over Easter with confirmation that former Wanderers Manager Mike Keen had passed away on Sunday 12th April aged 69 following a short illness. The former player with QPR, Luton Town and Watford player took over the Manager's role at Wycombe in January 1980 and revitalised the fortunes of the Club by taking them on a memorable run to the Semi-Final of the FA Trophy in the 1981/82 season, while the following season (1982/83) he led them to a first Isthmian League Championship in eight seasons. Much to Keen's disappointment, the Club turned down promotion to what would become the Conference and after finishing 7th in the Isthmian League in the 1983/84 season, Keen's contract was not renewed. As well as Wycombe Manager, he will be remembered in the Town for running the Mike Keen's Sport shop in the old Octagon shopping center and his continued support for local sport in the area. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
News DOWN TO THE WIRE
(Monday 13th April 2009)
It looks like Wanderers' quest for automatic promotion will go down to the wire this season. With four games remaining, Wanderers (71 points) currently need 10 more points to guarantee automatic promotion. with the next game at home to Aldershot Town on Saturday (18th April). Elsewhere on Saturday, leaders Brentford (76 points) are at home to Accrington, 2nd placed Exeter (72 points) travel to Lincoln, while 4th placed Bury (71 points) are at home to Macclesfield and 5th placed Rochdale (69 points) are at home to Port Vale. The picture should look a look clearer after those results are in and with Wanderers having a game in hand over all but Brentford, Peter Taylor's side will travel to relegated Luton Town next Tuesday with a vital opportunity to consolidate a top three spot and make the trip to Port Vale on Saturday 25th April the one where promotion could be guaranteed. If not it's then down to a potential nail-biter on the final day of the regular season at home to Notts County.
Matchday EXETER 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Monday 13th April 2009)
Wanderers dropped to 3rd in the table after going down 1-0 at in-form Exeter City on holiday Monday. In front of a bumper 8,000 plus crowd, it was Wycombe who went closest in the opening stages, with John Akinde seeing a shot pushed onto the post by Grecians 'keeper Paul Jones inside the first minute. But it was the home side who took the game by the scruff of the neck during the second period as they switched formation from 3-5-2 to 4-3-3 and battered the Wycombe goal, culminating in Matthew Gill firing home in the 64th minute after a delivery by Ryan Harley. It was then down to the woodwork and fine keeping from Jamie Young to keep Wanderers in the game. Young denied Harley on 70 minutes and then Rob Edwards a minute later after an initial effort from McAllister had crashed against the crossbar. Wycombe did finally react in the dying minutes with Luke Oliver playing as a make-do centre forward, Jon-Paul Pittman saw an 85th minute shot from the left channel tipped around by Jones much to the anguish of the travelling support on the open terrace at St James' Park. Wycombe: Young, Hunt, McCracken, Sinclair, Woodman, Phillips, Sawyer (sub 68 Beavon), Holt, Doherty (sub 81 Oliver), Zebroski (sub 34 Pittman), Akinde - subs not used: Jones, Bloomfield - Att: 8,183 (away 650 approx)
Matchday WYCOMBE 1 GILLINGHAM 0
(Saturday 11th April 2009)
John Akinde's goal after 41 minutes was enough for Wanderers to register a potentially crucial 1-0 victory over Gillingham at Adams Park on Saturday. The Bristol City loanee ran on to a Lee Sawyer pass to finish in style from the left channel and it set up a tense remainder of the game for the Wycombe followers. The visitors put Wycombe under pressure in the second period and looked to have been given a lifeline in the 52nd minute when David McCracken was adjudged by the assistant referee on the right wing to have impeded Simeon Jackson. Thankfully for Wycombe, Jackson sent the spot kick high of the crossbar and into a despondent travelling support from Kent. It was backs to the wall stuff for much of the time left but McCracken, who sported a head bandage for the majority of the game following an earlier head injury, lead by example and when the final whistle went you could almost feel the release of tension from the home fans. It's now onto Exeter City on holiday Monday for another crucial game. The Grecians drew 1-1 with table toppers Brentford on Saturday, leaving them in 4th spot with 69 points, behind Bury (70 points), Wycombe (71 points) and Brentford (73 points). Wycombe: Young, Hunt, McCracken, Sinclair, Woodman, Zebroski, Doherty (sub 89 Oliver), Sawyer (sub 83 Mousinho), Bloomfield, Harrold (sub 43 Phillips), Akinde - subs not used: Jones, Beavon - Att: 6,306 (away 1,206)
Chris Casement CASEMENT RETURNS TO TOWN
(Friday 10th April 2009)
Ipswich Town defender Chris Casement has returned to his parent club following the end of his three month spell with the Wanderers. The 21 year old made 12 appearances during his time with Wycombe and was also involved in the Under 21 Northern Ireland side in their game with Ukraine on 31st March.
Reserves RESERVES 1 LUTON 1
(Thursday 9th April 2009)
Wanderers Reserves drew 1-1 with Luton Town in the 'Football Combination' on Thursday evening at Marlow. Jack Wood gave the visitors the lead three minutes before the break after he finished from close range at the far post following a cross from Ross Outon. Wanderers salvaged a point in the 82nd minute when Calum Botham headed home after Nathan Ashton's free kick had been deflected across the face of the goal. Reserves info 2008/9 Wycombe: Reading, Shulton (sub HT Grayley), Botham, Ellams, Saku (sub HT O'Regan), Ashton, Spence, Ochoa, Lumsden, Fitchett, Vieira - subs not used: Ingram, Pearce, Federico
Matchday BIG GAMES AHEAD
(Wednesday 8th April 2009)
Wanderers go into the Easter programme knowing that a reasonable points haul against two of their promotion rivals will push them closer to the much sought after automatic spots. On Saturday 6th placed Gillingham travel to Adams Park, while on Easter Monday, Wanderers make their first ever trip to St James Park to take on in form side Exeter City. The Grecians were in third spot and on the same points as Wycombe before the holiday programme and take on leaders Brentford at Griffin Park on Saturday. The Bees go into the weekend programme four points clear of Wycombe and complete their Easter programme when they travel to relegation battling Bournemouth on Monday. Elsewhere, fourth placed Bury, a point behind Wycombe, play on Good Friday at home to Shrewsbury knowing a win would lift them to 2nd spot at least until Saturday's crucial games have been played out. Wanderers will be boosted by the return of Tommy Doherty following his four match ban and should be full of confidence following Tuesday evening's victory at Darlington.
News AKINDE LOAN EXTENDED
(Wednesday 8th April 2009)
John Akinde's loan spell at Wycombe from Bristol City is expected to be extended until the end of the season following negotiations between the two clubs today. The 19 year old has scored four goals in five appearances for Wycombe in his intial one month spell which is due to end after Saturday's game with Gillingham at Adams Park. City boss Gary Johnson told the local Bristol press, "We've watched every game he's played for them (Wycombe) and he's done very well. We're speaking to Wycombe and they are keen to keep him. There are other, more experienced strikers, ahead of John in the pecking order here and it makes sense for him to be getting regular games at a good level in a team which is doing well." The loan extension was confirmed on the Official website on Thursday afternoon. The deal will run until the final day of the season (Sat 2nd May), with an agreement to extend to include the play-offs if necessary.
Matchday DARLINGTON 1 WYCOMBE 2
(Tuesday 7th April 2009)
Wanderers returned to 2nd place in the table after a confidence boosting 2-1 victory at Darlington on Tuesday evening - the winning goal coming in the third and final minute of second-half stoppage time when Chris Zebroski headed home a Craig Woodman corner. Wanderers, with David McCracken back in the side, had taken the lead in the 39th minute when John Akinbe fired home a McCracken assist. But for the travelling faithful it looked like a familiar story when Jason Kennedy levelled the scores on the hour when he shot home from close range. The home side might have sensed victory at that point but Peter Taylor's side battled until the end and were rewarded with their first three point haul since beating Chester City seven games previous. Wycombe: Young, Hunt, McCracken, Sinclair, Woodman, Zebroski, Holt, Sawyer (sub 69 Mousinho), Bloomfield, Akinde (sub 68 Harrold), Pittman (sub 68 Phillips) - subs not used: Jones, Oliver - Att: 2,180 (away 120 approx)
News WANDERERS TO GO WEST
(Monday 6th April 2009)
Wanderers have agreed to take part in the Errea South West Challenge Cup, a pre-season tournament to be held in North Devon in July 2009. The Devon County FA have confirmed that 12 teams will take part in the competition to be held between 13th and 19th July at the grounds of Appledore, Barnstaple, Bideford, Ifracombe and Torrington. The format of the competition has yet to be confirmed but last season's inaugural tournament, won by Eastleigh, saw 8 teams play two groups stage games in an attempt to qualify for a semi-final and then a final. The teams competing this season are Barnet, Barnstaple Town, Bath City, Bideford, Burton Albion, Eastleigh, Exeter City, Ilfracombe Town, Luton Town, Royal Racing FC Montegnee (Belgium), Wycombe Wanderers and Yeovil Town. Official Tournament website
News WANDERERS STAY 4TH
(Saturday 4th April 2009)
Wanderers managed to stay in 4th place in the League Two table after Saturday's result despite not playing a game. Exeter City, 5th place at the start of the day and the same points as Wycombe (65), leapt to 2nd spot after they won 2-1 at home to Dagenham & Redbridge. However, 6th placed Gillingham, also on 65 points, lost 2-0 at home to Barnet to stay 6th, while Rochdale, 3rd before the day's results, dropped to 5th place on goal difference behind Wycombe after crashing 4-0 away to Rochdale. Wanderers will now have another chance to regain 2nd spot if they win at Darlington on Tuesday evening.
News L2 PLAY-OFF DATES
(Wednesday 1st April 2009)
The dates for this season's play-offs in 'League Two' have been released. The First legs will see 7th at home to 4th on Thursday 7th May (7.45pm KO) and 6th at home to 5th on Friday 8th May (7.45pm KO). The return legs will see 4th v 7th on Sunday 10th May (6.30pm KO) and 5th v 6th on Monday 11th May (7.45pm KO). The Final will take place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 23rd May (3.00pm KO). All matches will be shown live on Sky TV and the dates subject to confirmation by the Football League.
News JOHNSON INJURY CONFIRMED
(Wednesday 1st April 2009)
Manager Peter Taylor confirmed in the press conference following the Barnet game that central defender Leon Johnson is likely to be out for six weeks following a knee injury. The Wycombe Manager said the 26 year old complained of a problem following the home game with Rochdale on Saturday 21st March and underwent an operation the following Friday in order to 'repair a slight cartilage tear in his knee'. The news prompted Taylor to bring in Frank Sinclair on 'emergency loan' from Lincoln City ahead of the vital run in to the season.
Reserves RESERVES 1 WATFORD 1
(Wednesday 1st April 2009)
Wanderers Reserves drew 1-1 at home to Watford in the 'Football Combination' on Wednesday evening. Jordan Lumsden gave Wanderers the lead in the first-half with a header but Matty Whichelow equalised for the visitors during the second period. Wycombe have now dropped to the 3rd place in the totesport.com Combination after Peterborough United and Southend United both won their fixtures on the same day to leap above the Wanderers. The next scheduled Combination fixture for the Wanderers is at home to 7th placed Luton Town on Thursday 9th April, with a 7pm kick-off at Marlow F.C. Reserves info 2008/9 Wycombe: Jones, Shulton (sub 60 O'Regan), Botham, Saku, Ellams, Lumsden, Ochoa, Spence, Vieira, Ashton, Fitchett - subs not used: Reading, Pearce, Daly, Lewis

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