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Matchday MORECAMBE 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 28th February 2009)
Wanderers slipped to third place in 'League Two' after a 0-0 draw at Morecambe on Saturday. Leaders Brentford pulled to four points clear after a 1-0 home victory over Bury, while Rochdale leapfrogged Wycombe following their 2-0 win over Grimsby at Spotland. The game at Morecambe saw Peter Taylor give Stuart Beavon his first start in a Wycombe shirt in favour Jon-Paul Pittman, while Lewwis Spence came in for Matt Bloomfield. A fairly even game saw limited chances for both sides - for Morecambe Stewart Drummond saw a 29th minute chip end on the top of the net, while in the second-half Diarmuid O'Carroll saw a 25 yard effort tipped around by Jamie Young. Wanderers' best efforts came from Matt Harrold who had a 38th minute back-heel from Matty Phillips pass end in the keepers arms, while earlier Harrold had an effort ruled out for offside. Wycombe: Young, Casement, Johnson, McCracken, Woodman, Phillips (sub 68 Pittman), Doherty, Holt, Spence (sub 89 Ashton), Harrold, Beavon (sub 82 Mousinho) - subs not used Shearer, Oliver - Att: 2,005 (away 270)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust SCOTTY JOINS TRUST
(Friday 27th February 2009)
Wanderers legend Keith Scott has joined Wycombe Wanderers Trust. Scotty, who is now Manager at Windsor & Eton, scored close to 100 goals for Wycombe in little over 200 appearances during two spells in the 1990's. He said on joining the Trust, "I'm delighted. During both my spells at the club I had a great connection with the Wanderers fans and it feels natural to renew my association with them through joining the Trust. It's important that the supporters continue to have their voice heard and the Trust provides a means to do that. I am really looking forward to meeting the other members and getting involved." See the See Wycombe Wanderers Trust website for full story.
Darlington QUAKERS INTO ADMIN
(Wednesday 25th February 2009)
Darlington confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that they had entered into Administration. As a result, The Football League have since confirmed that The Quakers have been deducted ten points - knocking them back down from 7th place in the table to 11th, although they still have two in hand of many of the Clubs above them. Darlington's Chairman George Houghton blamed the current economic climate and problems with obtaining planning permission for commercial property around their current stadium. Houghton, who bought Darlington two and a half years ago, said in a statement on the Club's official website, "I have put millions of pounds into this club and it is with a heavy heart that I have had to make this decision. By appointing Administrators at this time when the team is playing well, the club's management costs have been brought under control and the council is aware of the detailed planning case, I hope I have given the best possible opportunity to deliver the club into new ownership."
Reserves RESERVES 0 COBBLERS 0
(Wednesday 25th February 2009)
Wanderers Reserves drew 0-0 with Northampton Town in a Combination fixture at Sixfields on Wednesday afternoon. The home side, who included former Wanderer Ikechi Anya, missed a 26th minute penalty when Colin Larkin's spot kick hit the post and went into the arms of Wycombe 'keeper James Reading. Will Antwi went closest for Wycombe when his 42nd header hit the upright. Wanderers included trailist Jay Smith in their starting line-up but he was injured and had to be replaced early in the second-half. Wycombe: Reading, Rice, Ellams, Turley, Antwi, Shulton, Smith (sub 53 Lumsden), Richards, Botham, Vieira, Ashton - subs not used: McNeil, Fitchett, Read, Ochoa
Matchday WYCOMBE 0 ROTHERHAM 0
(Tuesday 23rd February 2009)
Wanderers failed to break down a stubborn Rotherham side in Monday evening's live TV game at Adams Park - drawing 0-0 and thus going two points behind leaders Brentford but with a game in hand. Wycombe had a host of chances to secure the points and had a loud shout for a penalty waved away in the 24th minute after Matty Phillips went to ground under challenge from two Millers defenders. The nearest to breaking the deadlock came in the early stages of the second-half when Matt Harrold and David McCracken both saw efforts cleared from the line, while new signing Stuart Beavon was introduced as substitute and nearly grabbed a dramatic winner when his diving header saw the ball end in the side netting at the Valley End. For the visitors, substitute and former Wanderers loanee Drewe Broughton went closest with a header in the closing stages. Next game for the Wanderers, away to Morecambe on Saturday. Wycombe: Young, Casement (sub 62 Oliver), Johnson, McCracken, Woodman, Phillips (sub 62 Beavon), Doherty, Holt, Bloomfield (sub 74 Spence), Harrold, Pittman - subs not used: Shearer, Mousinho - Att: 3,739 (away 80) NB: This was the lowest League attendance at Adams Park since 3,361 v Wrexham 20 Oct 1998.
News BEES GO CLEAR AGAIN
(Saturday 21st February 2009)
With Wanderers out of action on Saturday, 'League Two leaders Brentford took advantage by winning 2-1 at 5th placed Rochdale to go three points clear of Wycombe but now having played two games more. Third placed Bury beat Notts County 2-0 to go level on points with Wycombe but with an inferior goal difference and also having played two games more. Elsewhere, 4th placed Shrewsbury lost 3-1 at Luton Town, while 6th placed Bradford City crashed 4-1 at third from bottom Barnet. Wycombe will be looking to draw level on points with Brentford by beating Rotherham in Monday evening's live TV meeting at Adams Park. However, to go top, Wanderers would need to win by a five goal margin to overturn Brentford's superior goal difference of +21.
News LUTON AWAY NEW DATE
(Saturday 21st February 2009)
Wanderers' 'League Two' meeting away to Luton Town has now been re-arranged for Tuesday 21st April. The new date was required after The Hatters reached the Football League Trophy Final on the same weekend as the original date. Meanwhile, a Wanderers Reserve side will face Marlow in the Semi-Final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup on Wednesday 4th March at Oak Tree Road. Entrance charges will standard League prices for Marlow of 8 adult and 4 concessions (all pay, including Season Ticket holders and Blues Card holders).
News CROOKS LOAN EXTENEDED
(Friday 20th February 2009)
Leon Crooks loan deal with Conference Premier side Ebbsfleet United has been extended for a further month. The 23 year old joined the Kent club on 17th January having made just four First Team appearances for the Wanderers this season. The news comes during the same week that, according to a report in The Guardian, the future of Ebbsfleet is in doubt as it awaits repeat subscriptions from its 32,000 internet based owners.
New Stadium STADIUM COMPANY REVEALED
(Thursday 19th February 2009)
Wanderers MD Steve Hayes has revealed that his image is for a seperate company to run the management and ownership of any new stadium to be used by Wanderers and London Wasps. The news was presented at the shareholders forum held on Thursday 12th February where the Company name was revealed as 'Wycombe Sports Developments Limited'. The company was formed as long ago as August 2006 by Hayes and his long standing business advisor and fellow London Wasps Director Mike Brooks. The company has since made representations to the local Council as part of the 'Imagine the Future' consultation published in October 2007. The company is likely to be expanded in the near future with new Directors, including new Club CE Mark Ashton. However, plans to progress with the stadium are currently on hold due the current financial climate, although it's believed that Wycombe District Council are due to release a 'Sports Development Plan' that includes provision for a new 'Community Stadium' for Wanderers and Wasps.
Stuart Beavon BEAVON LOAN CONFIRMED
(Thursday 19th February 2009)
Wanderers have confirmed the signing of Weymouth striker Stuart Beavon on loan until the end of the season and with an option to make the deal permanent during the summer. The news was confirmed by the official website at around 10am on Thursday morning following the earlier report on COTN highlighting how the news had been rumoured via the local media in Dorset.
Wycombe Wanderers Trust SUPPORTERS TRUST NEWS
(Thursday 19th February 2009)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust has reached a membership total of over 400 following the unification of the two Trusts in August 2008. More than 60 new members have joined since the official launch of the merger in December 2008 and the total membership now includes 177 Founder Shareholders. In addition the Trust has inherited 149 Founder Shares from lapsed Season Ticket holders, meaning that Trust members vote on 65% of the total of 500 Founder Shares. As an incentive to join all Trust members are automatically entered into a regular prize draw. All those who join by 28th February will have a chance of winning four premium tickets to home League game, a three-course meal before the match and a chance to meet Scott Shearer and the other players after the game. Membership of the Trust for Adults is 10 per year, over 65's 2 per year, while under 16's 5 per year. See the See Wycombe Wanderers Trust website for details.
??? TRANSFER RUMOURS
(Thursday 19th February 2009)
Wanderers are strongly rumoured to be looking at signing Weymouth striker Stuart Beavon. Local radio in the Weymouth area reported the possibility after the entire Weymouth squad issued a 14 day payment notice on the Club for unpaid wages dating back to the start of the year. The 24 year old had a proposed move to Bournemouth blocked by the current owners during the January transfer window but a move would be possible if the dispute is not settled and he becomes a free agent next Monday. Reading born Beavon joined Weymouth in January 2007 and has scored 26 Conference goals in 91 appearances, including 14 this season. Weymouth supporters have set up www.saveourclub.co.uk in an attempt to help the financial situation at the Dorset club.
News LUTON AWAY TO BE MOVED
(Tuesday 17th February 2009)
Luton Town's success in reaching the Final of the Football League Trophy following a penalty shoot-out victory on Tuesday evening, means that their 'League Two' fixture with Wycombe at Kenilworth Road scheduled for Saturday 4th April 2009, will now need to be rescheduled. The Hatters beat Brighton in the Southern Area Final to reach the Final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 5th April 2009. Despite the achievement, it looks ever likely they will be relegated from the Football League at the end of the season. They are currently 21 points behind third from bottom Barnet, having started the season on minus 30 points and only recently turning that into a positive total of plus 2.
Matchday DAG & RED 0 WYCOMBE 1
(Tuesday 17th February 2009)
Jon-Paul Pittman's first goal for the Wanderers was enough to earn all three points in the Tuesday evening trip to Dagenham & Redbridge. The former Crawley striker struck with a low angled shot from the left edge of the penalty area on 50 minutes for the only goal of the game. Peter Taylor made two changes to the side that had lost at Bradford at the weekend - bringing in Jamie Young in goal in place of Scott Shearer and John Mousinho adding to the midfield due to the three match suspension of Chris Zebroski. Once again it was a game of few chances for the Wanderers and only some resolute defending and some fine late saves from Young ensured a vital win that takes Wycombe to level points with Brentford, still second on goal difference but with a game in hand. Next game for Wycombe, at home to Rotherham on Monday 23rd February (kick-off 7.45pm). Before then on Saturday Brentford travel to 5th placed Rochdale, while third placed Bury (three points behind Wycombe) are at home to Notts County. Wycombe: Young, Casement, McCracken, Johnson, Woodman, Doherty, Mousinho, Holt, Bloomfield, Pittman (sub 80 Vieira), Harrold - subs not used: Shearer, Oliver, Spence, Phillips - Att: 2,242 (away section 530)
Reserves THRO IN B & B
(Monday 16th February 2009)
A a very youthful Wanderers Reserve side eased through to the semi-final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup on Monday evening following a 4-1 victory at Didcot Town. Two goals from Callum Botham plus strikes from Dan Fitchett and Matt Richards sealed the result that will see Wycombe meet Marlow for the right for a place in the Final. Wycombe: Reading, Rice, Read, Turley, Ellams, Shulton (sub 60 O'Regan), Richards, Lumsden (sub 75 Lewis), Pearce (sub 75 Belcher), Botham, Fitchett - subs not used: Ingram, McClure
Matchday BRADFORD 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 14th February 2009)
Wanderers' bid for promotion took another knock on Saturday as they lost 1-0 at Bradford City and also saw Chris Zebroski sent off in the 76th minute for an x-rated foot first head high challenge on Matt Clarke. The defeat came despite putting in a decent display as Jon-Paul-Pittman made his Wanderers debut up front following the departure of Scott McGliesh on loan to Leyton Orient and Angelo Balanta's return to QPR. The only goal of the game came a minute before the interval when Steve Jones smashed a shot past Scott Shearer from the right side of the penalty area. Earlier Pittman and Matt Bloomfield both went close to giving Wycombe the lead but eventually it was the lack of finishing power that cost Wycombe the game. City went close to making it 2-0 in stoppage when Shearer saved from Joe Colbeck and then scrambled back to claw the ball away as it looked to be looping into the net. Wycombe were the only side in the top eight of 'League Two' to lose and Brentford are now three points clear at the top of the table but have played two games more than Wycombe. Bury are now level on points having played two games more. Next game for Wycombe, away to Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday evening (kick-off 7.45pm). Wycombe: Shearer, Casement (sub 66 Oliver), McCracken, Johnson, Woodman, Doherty, Holt (sub 66 Mousinho), Bloomfield (sub 85 Phillips), Pittman, Harrold, Zebroski - subs not used: Young, Vieira - Att: 12,689 (away section 258)
News NEW PLC CE CONFIRMED
(Thursday 12th February 2009)
As reported on COTN on Wednesday, the Club confirmed via the official website on Thursday morning that Mark Ashton will be the new CE of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club PLC. The 37 year old will also take up the role of 'non-executive director' with ground tenants London Wasps. Commenting on his appointment, Ashton said, "I'm delighted to be taking up this new post with what is a very progressive club. I'm really looking forward to working with Steve Hayes, the board and all the staff at Adams Park. It's a big challenge but we know the ingredients are in place to take this football club forward." Meanwhile, Wanderers MD Steve Hayes added "Mark will be a huge asset. We've got a great manager in Peter Taylor, an excellent playing squad and a dedicated team behind-the-scenes. Now we have the right man to lead the club forward off-the-field."
News NEW CE TO BE CONFIRMED
(Wednesday 11th February 2009)
The Club are expected to confirm Mark Ashton as their new Chief Executive on Thursday ahead of a shareholders only Forum to be held in the Vere Suite later in the evening. The former Watford CE was reported last month to be set to join the Wanderers. Those unable to attend the Forum can use the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust as a method of suggesting questions. Visit www.wycombewandererstrust.com for details.
Scott McGleish McGLEISH OFF TO ORIENT
(Wednesday 11th February 2009)
Scott McGleish is set to be loaned to Leyton Orient until the end of the season according to a report on the Bucks Free Press website. The deal, which had to still to be officially confirmed as of 5.30pm on Wednesday, apparently has a recall clause after the initial 28 days has lapsed. O's new Manager Geraint Williams reported in the Ilford Recorder that he was hoping to bring in a striker ahead of their relegation battle on Saturday against Crewe Alexandra. Meanwhile, Wycombe boss Peter Taylor says he is hoping to bring in another player on loan shortly.
News BRENTFORD GO TOP
(Tuesday 10th February 2009)
Brentford took over at the top of 'League Two' on goal difference on Tuesday night after a 90th minute equaliser from Ipswich Town loanee Jordan Rhodes gave them a 1-1 draw at 18th placed Accrington Stanley. The Bees, like Wycombe, have 53 points but have a one superior goal difference having played two games more (30). On Saturday Brentford entertain 17th placed Port Vale, while Wanderers travel to 5th placed Bradford City. Meanwhile, third placed Bury (50 points) travel to Grimsby Town.
News CASEMENT LOAN EXTENDED
(Tuesday 10th February 2009)
Wanderers have extended the loan of Ipswich Town defender Chris Casement for a further month. The 21 year old has played in all Wycombe's games since he made his temporary move to Adams Park in January. He is currently away with the Northern Ireland U21 squad ahead of their friendly with Wales in Ballymena on Tuesday evening but will return in time for Saturday's trip to Bradford City. The new loan deal runs until Tuesday 10th March.
News DARLO NEW DATE IN APRIL
(Tuesday 10th February 2009)
Wanderers will now play their 'League Two' fixture at Darlington on Tuesday 7th April with a 7.45pm kick-off. The two clubs agreed the new date on Monday afternoon after the original suggestion to play it this Tuesday was rejected by the Wanderers. Meanwhile, Wanderers Reserve squad were due to travel to Didcot Town this evening in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup but the tie has been postponed due to snow still covering the pitch. They will now try again Wednesday or, if needed, Thursday.
News DARLO NEW DATE REJECTED
(Monday 9th February 2009)
Wanderers boss Peter Taylor has revealed that he rejected a proposal from Darlington to re-arrange Saturday's postponed game for this coming Tuesday (10th February). Taylor was commenting to the official website where he said, "They (Darlington) wanted us to try again on Tuesday night but the weather forecast is for more snow and freezing temperatures. There's no way we would risk another long, wasted journey." He also bemoaned the late decision to call off the game, although reports suggest that a pitch inspection made on Friday would have given the game the go ahead only for the overnight frost to lead to same postponement decision.
Tony Adams ADAMS FOR THE CHOP
(Monday 9th February 2009)
Former Wanderers Manager Tony Adams has been sacked as Portsmouth Manager after just over three months in charge. The news was revealed by BBC Sport late on Sunday evening and confirmed at around 9am on Monday morning. Pompey have won just two of their 16 Premier League games since Adams took over from Harry Redknapp on 28th October 2008. The final straw came following a 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, despite leading 2-1 with five minutes to go of normal time. It is now just over four years since Adams walked out on Wycombe after a twelve month spell that saw nine League victories from 46 games. Former Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley is one of the favourites to take over from Adams at Fratton Park.
Adams leaves Wycombe - COTN news Archive Nov 2004
News LEAD DOWN TO A POINT
(Saturday 7th February 2009)
Wanderers' lead at the top of 'League Two' is down to a single point after second placed Brentford won 3-0 at home to Chester City on the day Wycombe's game at Darlington was postponed. The Bees have played one more game than Wycombe but could go top if they draw or win their Tuesday evening trip to Accrington Stanley. Meanwhile, third placed Bury let a 2-0 lead to Dagenham & Redbridge slip as they ended drawing 2-2 and are now three points behind Wycombe and have played two games more. Bury also play on Tuesday but would have to win by five or more clear goals at Rotherham to leapfrog the Wanderers whose next game is on Saturday (14th February) at Bradford City.
News DARLO GAME OFF
(Saturday 7th February 2009)
Wanderers' game at Darlington on Saturday has been postponed due to overnight snow and freezing conditions. The decision was made after a pitch inspection took place at around 9.30am on Saturday morning. The decision came after the Wycombe team had already made the trip north on Friday morning and call for 'common sense' by Manager Peter Taylor in the Bucks Free Press for an early decision to be made.
News BARNET GAME NEW DATE
(Thursday 5th February 2009)
A new date for the 'League Two' fixture with Barnet at Adams Park has been announced as Tuesday 31st March with a 7.45pm kick-off. Tickets for the original date will still be valid, or refunds available if needed.
News BALANTA RECALLED BY QPR
(Tuesday 3rd February 2009)
Angelo Balanta has been recalled early from his loan spell at Wycombe by QPR. He has returned to Loftus Road because QPR want the 18 year old to play in a ten day Under 21 tournament starting on Saturday 7th February in Italy. The loan deal was due to end after Wanderers' game at Bradford City on 14th February but they have invoked their ten day recall clause. Balanta made 11 League appearances for Wycombe since arriving on loan in November 2008 and scored three times.
News BARNET GAME OFF
(Tuesday 3rd February 2009)
Tuesday evening's 'League Two' fixture with Barnet at Adams Park has been called off following a 10am pitch inspection by the Match referee Trevor Kettle. The inspection coincided with more snow fall in the area and conditions were deemed too dangerous for the match to go ahead. Kettle commented, "The pitch itself is immaculate, but after speaking to the Safety Officer (Richard Stanford) the decision was made that the risk of people hurting themselves in the treacherous conditions around the ground was too great." Meanwhile, Stanford added, "There is too much snow and ice in key areas of the ground, the main car park is severely damaged. This decision had to be made on a health and safety basis." Wanderers next game is now Saturday's visit to Darlington whom they drew 1-1 at home earlier in the season. A new date for the Barnet game will be advised in the near future.
New Stadium STADIUM MEETING ON HOLD
(Monday 2nd February 2009)
The Wycombe District Council Cabinet meeting, including potential discussion on the proposed 'Community Stadium' and scheduled for Monday evening has been cancelled, 'Due to adverse weather conditions that are likely to further deteriorate'. The WDC website reports that a revised date will confirmed shortly. The Bucks Free Press website reported on Monday morning claimed that the meeting 'would discuss the future of the stadium shared by High Wycombe's two top sports teams.' However, the meeting agenda on the WDC website does not include any reference to the stadium proposals.
News SNOW CAUSING PROBLEMS
(Monday 2nd February 2009)
The heavy snow fall in the South of England has seen Wycombe's scheduled Berks & Bucks Senior Cup game on Monday evening at Didcot Town postponed. Meanwhile, Tuesday evening's 'League Two' fixture with Barnet at Adams Park will be subject to a 10am pitch inspection by the Match referee. Wanderers currently have the undersoil heating on but with more snow forecast for the remainder of Monday and Tuesday, the covering of snow may be too great to allow the game to go ahead. Earlier on Monday Peter Taylor had feared that his deadline deals were at risk of being scuppered by the snow as it would affect players trying to make their way to the ground prior to the 5pm deadline.
News 'J-P' DEAL CONFIRMED
(Monday 2nd February 2009)
Wanderers have the confirmed the signing of striker Jon-Paul Pittman. The official website confirmed the deal at around 11.15am on Monday morning after the 22 year old made his way through the blizzard conditions to sign a deal running until June 2011. Peter Taylor commented, "I'm excited to have him here, he's a very, very quick player and has had a nice grounding at Villa and Forest. Hopefully this is really going to work out for us."
News STREVENS BID REJECTED
(Monday 2nd February 2009)
Wanderers have had a bid for Dagenham & Redbridge striker Ben Strevens rejected. The Daggers announced the news via their official website on Monday morning and reported in the Ilford Recorder, where it stated, "Ben has never expressed any interest in leaving the club before the end of his contract which expires in the summer. The club do not want to lose his services and, after consultation with the player, the club decided to turn down the offer from Wycombe. Ben is fully committed to helping the Daggers to achieve the highest possible finish in the league."
?? TRANSFERS RUMOURS
(Monday 2nd February 2009)
Amercian born striker Jon-Paul Pittman is the latest player to be linked to a move to Wycombe. The 22 year old is currently playing for Crawley Town where he has scored 23 Conference goals in 47 appearances since moving there in the summer of 2007. Originally with the Aston Villa youth set-up, he moved to Nottingham Forest in 2005 where he made his Football League debut while on loan to Hartlepool United. He went on to score his only Football League goal while on loan to Bury before being released by Forest in December 2006. He then signed a contract with Doncaster Rovers until the end of the 2006/2007 season but failed to make a League appearance and joined Crawley.

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