All the news stories from March 2009
WYCOMBE 1 BARNET 1
(Tuesday 31st March 2009)
Wanderers missed out on the opportunity to climb back to 2nd place in the 'League Two' table after playing out a 1-1 with Barnet at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. The result came after Peter Taylor had made four changes to the starting line-up that had drew with Shrewsbury the previous Saturday - Will Antwi, Chris Casement (on international duty with Northern Ireland), Lee Sawyer and Matt Harrold all being left out in favour of Luke Oliver (his first ever Football League start), Lewis Hunt, Chris Zebroski and John-Paul Pittman. Once again Wycombe failed to take advantage after taking an 18th minute through John Akinde who angled home a low shot from the right edge of the box after Matt Bloomfield had set-up the loanee. The visitors clawed there way back into the game when a shakey looking Wanderers defence allowed Paul Furlong to fire home from around 12 yards. The remainder of the game proved a frustrating one for all those connected with Wycombe. Gary Holt came closest to scoring for Wycombe when he saw a curling shot to the top left hand corner tipped away on the hour mark, and then in the dying moments he couldn't quite get the right direction on a follow up to Harrold's long range effort. Wanderers are now 4th in the table and one of four clubs on 65 points. No game this Saturday (4th April) because Luton Town are playing at Wembley in the Football League Trophy - next game away to Darlington on Tuesday 7th April. Wycombe: Young, Hunt, Woodman, Sinclair, Oliver, Zebroski, Holt, Mousinho, Bloomfield (sub 58 Sawyer), Akinde (sub 78 Phillips), Pittman (sub 70 Harrold) - subs: Jones, Antwi - Att: 4,066 (away end 289)
SEASON TICKET NEWS 2009/10
(Tuesday 31st March 2009)
The Club have announced an adult Season Ticket 'price freeze' for the 2009/10 season and an early purchase discount for those bought by Friday 1st May 2009. The free junior Season Ticket offer has been extended from under 10 to under 12's (if purchased with an adult Season Ticket) and the free offer now extends to the Valley Terrace. Old Main Stand and the upper wings of the Woodland Stand. Other changes include the inclusion of entry to 'the pre-season home match' and three free guest tickets for use at any time during the season. Match day entrance prices have yet to be confirmed but are likely to remain the same if Wanderers remain in 'League Two' but increase should promotion be attained. see the COTN ticket page for more info
PHILLIPS WINS FL AWARD
(Monday 30th March 2009)
Wanderers youngster Matty Phillips picked up the 'League Two Apprentice of the Year' prize at the Football League Awards held on Sunday 29th March at Grosvenor House in London. Phillips, who turned 18 two weeks previous, made his First Team debut for Wycombe at the tail end of the 20007/8 season under Paul Lambert, while this season he became Wycombe's youngest ever scorer in the Football League when he scored against Aldershot Town aged 17 years and 268 days. Phillips pipped Brentford's Robin Nicholls and Rochdale's George Bowyer to the prize.
WYCOMBE 1 SHREWSBURY 1
(Saturday 28th March 2009)
Wycombe's stuttering promotion campaign continued following a 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury Town in the 12.15 kick-off at Adams Park on Saturday. Gary Holt gave Wanderers a 29th minute lead with a superberly placed shot into the top right corner of the Valley End net but Peter Taylor's side failed to kick on and allowed the visitors to equalise in the 75th minute when a cross from the left was headed past Jamie Young by
Ben Davies. The visitors then had the better chances to take all three points as Wanderers' confidence seemed to waiver again. Results elsewhere in the 3pm kick-off's saw Wanderers fall to 5th place in the table, with 64 points from 38 games. Above them are Gillingham (65 from 40), Rochdale (65 from 40), Bury (66 from 40) and top Brentford (71 from 39). The chasing pack are Exeter, 6th (62 from 39), Shrewsbury (60 from 40) and Bradford (59 from 40).
Next game for Wycombe, at home to Barnet on Tuesday. Wycombe: Young, Casement (sun 79 Oliver), Antwi, Sinclair, Woodman, Mousinho, Holt, Sawyer (sub 59 Zebroski), Bloomfield, Harrold, Akinde (sub 67 Pittman) - subs not used: Jones, Phillips - Att: 4,803 (away end 439)
RICHARDS LOANED TO COUNTY
(Thursday 26th March 2009)
Wanderers have agreed to loan Matt Richards to Notts County for the remainder of the season. The 19 year old midfielder officially joined Wanderers on 1st January 2009 having impressed in Reserve games during November and December. However, the former Derby County trainee has failed to impact on Peter Taylor's First Team plans this season and will join up with County where he was on trial earlier this season. The deal includes agreement for Richards to be able to play against the Wanderers in the 'League Two' meeting with County at Adams Park on the final day of the regular season on Saturday 2nd May 2009.
YET ANOTHER LOANEE IN
(Thursday 26th March 2009)
Peter Taylor has exploited the loan market yet again to bring in
'veteran' central defender Frank Sinclair on an initial one month loan from fellow 'League Two' side Lincoln City. The 37 year old joined The Imps in the summer of 2008 having clocked up more than 500 First Team appearances through a career starting as a trainee with Chelsea. His deal with The Imps was that he would be offered a new contract should he make 25 appearances but having made 24, Imps boss Peter Jackson is now planning for next season without the former Chelsea trainee. Sinclair was signed by former Wycombe boss Martin O'Neill at Leicester City in August 1998 for a Ł2m fee and went on to play under Peter Taylor when he became City boss in the summer of 2000. Taylor told the Wanderers official website, "I've worked with Frank before at Leicester, I wanted a bit of experience for our nine games between now and the end of the season and that's exactly what he'll bring.". The deal will run until 2nd May but could be extended for the play-offs if needed. Sinclair's arrival brings the total number of loan players at Wycombe to six (including Stuart Beavon).
RESERVES DRAW WITH BORO
(Monday 23rd March 2009)
Wanderers Reserves drew 1-1 with Stevenage Borough in the 'Football Combination' at Marlow on Monday evening. Wanderers included First Teamers Magno Vieira, Lewwis Spence and Nathan Ashton in their line-up and took the lead on 61 minutes when Daniel Fitchett tapped home a cross from Callum Botham. However, Boro equalised on 78 minutes when James Parkes headed home a corner. The result keeps Wanderers top of the Combination table with 20 points from 13 games. The next scheduled Combination fixture for the Wanderers is at home to eighth placed Watford on Wednesday 1st April, with a 7pm kick-off at Marlow F.C. Reserves info 2008/9 Wycombe: Jones, Shulton, Ellams, Read, Saku, Lumsden, Spence (sub 83 Ochoa), Botham, Vieira, Fitchett, Ashton (sub 83 O'Regan) - subs not used: Reading, Lewis
WYCOMBE 0 ROCHDALE 1
(Saturday 21st March 2009)
Wanderers dropped out of the automatic promotion places after conceeding a last minute goal to lose 1-0 to Rochdale at Adams Park on Saturday.
Another erratic display from the Wanderers came after Peter Taylor gave a debut to new loan signing Lee Sawyer who started in midfield in place of the suspended Tommy Doherty. Lewis Hunt also returned in defence in place of Chris Casement. The visitors, fourth place in the table before the game, had the better of the opening exchanges but it was Wycombe who had the more clear cut chances, starting on 19 minutes when the ball pinged around the penalty area only for former Wanderer loanee Frank Fielding to deny Sawyer with a point blank save from around six yards. Then in the 30th minute Matt Harrold charged down an attempted clearance from Fielding on the Wycombe left and was then left with only a defender to beat on the goalline. However, Harrold delayed too long and seemed to be caught in two minds on whether to shoot or square the ball and allowed Fielding to knock him off the ball. At the other end Marek Štech pulled off a couple of decent stops to deny Dale. The second-half produced less chances and it seemed to be heading for 0-0 until literally the final minute of normal time when Štech sliced a clearance on the right wing and when the ball was crossed in, the Wanderers defence failed to clear and Adam Le Fondre swept the ball home in front of a delighted travelling support. Rochdale, the only team in the top eight to win at the weekend, now leap to second in the table with 64 points from 38 games, Gillingham are third with 64 points from 39 games, while Wanderers sit on 63 points from 37 games. Leaders Brentford have 70 points from 38 games. Next game for Wycombe, at home to 7th placed Shrewsbury on Saturday (28th March).
Wycombe: Stech, Hunt, Johnson, Antwi, Woodman, Phillips (sub 59 Zebroski), Sawyer, Holt, Spence (sub HT Mousinho), Harrold, Akinde (sub 76 Pittman) - subs not used: Young, Oliver - Att: 6,055 (away end 440)
MIDFIELDER ON LOAN
(Thursday 19th March 2009)
Peter Taylor has returned again to the loan market to bring in 19 year old midfielder Lee Sawyer from Chelsea until the end of the season. The former England Youth International has been brought in to help cover for Tommy Doherty who is suspended for four games following his second straight red card of the season. Sawyer, who has been with Chelsea since he was aged nine, has yet to make a First Team appearance for the Premiership side but had an impressive three month loan spell at Southend United earlier this season (12 apps - 2 goals) and has most recently been on loan with Coventry City (2 apps). He will go straight into Wanderers squad to face Rochdale at Adams Park on Saturday.
BRENTFORD 3 WYCOMBE 3
(Saturday 14th March 2009)
A thrilling game at Griffin Park against League leaders Brentford ended 3-3 as Wanderers came from 1-0 at 2-1 down to lead 3-2 with just nine minutes remaining before Sam Williams equalised for the home side. There was an impressive debut too for new loan signing John Akinde who scored twice, while fellow loanee Marek Štech was prefered in goal to Jamie Young. But there was a rude awakening for the Czech 'keeper after Wycombe conceeded inside two minutes when Jordan Rhodes forced the ball home. However, Akinde levelled on 15 minutes before David Hunt saw a free-kick from the left flank sail through the Wanderers defence and into the net on 22 minutes. Former Bee John Mousinho drew the scores level again at 2-2 five minutes before the break and then Wanderers burst out after the interval to take the lead for the first time when Akinde weaved through on the right to score with a low shot from the angle. Tommy Doherty then saw red on 68 minutes for an elbow on Hunt and from that point on it was mainly backs to the wall for Wycombe. Williams' equaliser on 81 minutes brought groans from the 1,600 plus travelling support but Peter Taylor's side managed to cling on for a deserved share of the points. Wanderers remain second in the table, seven points behind Brentford but with a game in hand. Wycombe: Stech, Casement, Johnson, Antwi, Woodman, Holt, Doherty, Mousinho (sub HT Phillips [sub 70 Oliver]), Spence, Harrold, Akinde (sub 89 Pittman) - subs not used Ashton, Young - Att: 10,642 (away 1,661)
ANOTHER KEEPER ON LOAN
(Thursday 12th March 2009)
Peter Taylor has stepped into the loan market again to bring in
West Ham's former Czech Republic Under-17 'keeper Marek Štech on loan until the end of the season. The 6'3" 19 year old joined The Hammers from Sparta Prague in July 2006 but has yet to make a competitive appearance despite being handed a five year deal at Upton Park. Štech's arrival at Adams Park follows the news that Scott Shearer will be out for the rest of the season and the initial cover signing by Taylor of Ashlee Jones.
RESERVES DRAW AT LUTON
(Thursday 12th March 2009)
Wanderers Reserves drew 1-1 with Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Thursday afternoon in a Combination fixture. Lewis Emanuel gave The Hatters the lead but David Hutton equalised for the Wanderers. The match saw new signing Ashlee Jones given his first appearance in a Wycombe shirt. The result sees Wycombe move to the top of the East Division of the Combination, with 19 points from 12 games. Southend United are 2nd, also with 19 points but from 13 games and with an inferior goal difference. The next scheduled Combination fixture for the Wanderers is at home to 9th placed Stevenage Borough on Monday 23rd March, with a 7pm kick-off at Marlow F.C.
Reserves info 2008/9 Wycombe: Jones, Shulton, Ellams, Turley, Read, Richards, Ochoa (sub 70 Lumsden), Botham, Fitchett, Upson, Hutton. subs not used: Reading, Pearce, O'Regan, Lewis
STRIKER ON LOAN
(Wednesday 11th March 2009)
Wanderers have signed 19 year old striker John Akinde on an initial one month loan from 'League One' side Bristol City. Akinde signed for City from Conference side Ebbsfleet United in August 2008 for Ł140,000 having been a product of the non-League side's Youth system. He had come to prominence in the previous 12 months, scoring 10 goals in 19 appearances and putting in an impressive display at Wembley during their FA Trophy Final victory over Torquay United. The youngster went on to score on his debut for Bristol City against Plymouth Argyle in September 2008 but has since seen his First Team chances restricted to substitute appearances and City boss Gary Johnson has opted to loan him out with an aim for him to play regularly. Meanwhile, Peter Taylor commented to the Wanderers official website, "I've seen him play on numerous occasions, he's still new to the game but he has tremendous potential. He's here for a month and during that time I hope he can help us and we can help him." The loan will last up and including Wanderers home game with Gillingham on Saturday 11th April.
LINCOLN 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 10th March 2009)
Wanderers' season faltered again at
Lincoln City on Tuesday evening, going down 1-0 with the only goal of the game coming four minutes into the second-half when Anthony Elding slotted home Aaron Brown's cross from the left. The match had seen Peter Taylor make three changes to the side that had drew at the weekend - bringing in Will Antwi, Gary Holt and Lewwis Spence in favour of Chris Casement, John Mousinho and Matty Phillips. After going behind, Wanderers pressed hard to get back into the game with Matt Harrold, Spence, Craig Woodman and Chris Zebroski all going close on a frustraing night for the travelling support. It's now on to leaders Brentford on Saturday (14th March KO 3pm) who have now taken a seven point lead at the top of the table after they beat Barnet 1-0 at Griffin Park. Wanderers remain second with 62 points after 35 games. Below then are Rochdale (61 from 36), Bury (60 from 36), Gillingham (60 from 36), Bradford (58 from 36), Exeter (58 from 36) and Shrewsbury (57 from 37). Wycombe: Young, Antwi, Johnson, McCracken (sub 53 Moncur), Woodman, Zebroski (sub 68 Phillips), Doherty, Holt (sub 78 Ashton), Spence, Harrold, Pittman - subs not used: Jones, Mousinho - Att: 2,562 (away 136)
(Tuesday 10th March 2009)
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust has reached a number of new milestones. Membership is now over the 450 mark, while, following a recent appeal, the Trust now has 100 Life Members. The Trust holds over 150 Founder Shares in Wycombe Wanderers Football Club PLC. In addition, individual members hold 200 Founder Shares. Together the Trust and its members vote 70% of the 500 Founder Shares. Additionally the Trust holds an investment of Ł100,000 in Ordinary Shares of the Club. Commenting on reaching these milestones Francis Glenister, the Trust’s Chairman, said, “The Trust’s Board welcomes all the new members and thanks the Life Members for their special contribution. The growing membership is an indicator of a healthy organisation and is very pleasing. The next target is to reach a total membership of 500, the same as Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited prior to its conversion to a PLC. It would be a fantastic achievement if the Trust were to have 500 members by the end of the current season.” See the Wycombe Wanderers Trust website for details how to join
(Monday 9th March 2009)
News in on Friday afternoon saw Wanderers confirm that Peter Taylor had signed 21 year old goalkeeper Ashlee Jones on 'non-contract terms' until the end of the 2008/2009 season. A former youth 'keeper with Southampton, Jones has spent time with Basingstoke Town, Rushden & Diamonds, Dorchester Town, Crawley Town and more recently Fisher Athletic in the 'Conference' South. Jones was named as substitute in Wanderers game with Chesterfield on Saturday and following the game, Peter Taylor revealed that Jones' arrival had been forced due to an ankle injury to Scott Shearer. The Scot has been playing with a metal plate in his foot since the start of the current campaign but is reported to had complained of discomfort in recent weeks and will now have an operation to resolve the problem and will be out for the rest of the season. Taylor has also said that he is also looking for another 'keeper as additional cover.
WYCOMBE 1 CHESTERFIELD 1
(Saturday 7th March 2009)
A stoppage time goal from Jon-Paul Pittman salavaged a point for Wycombe as they drew 1-1 with a well organised Chesterfield side on Saturday at Adams Park. Peter Taylor opted to bring Matt Harrold back into the starting line-up ahead of Stuart Beavon but he saw his side fall behind to a 31st minute strike from the prolific Jack Lester. Wanderers went close to equalising moments before the break when Chris Zebroski's looping header hit the crossbar but there was a let off a minute into the second-half when Lester was tripped in the box by David McCracken only for Jamie Young to save the resulting penalty from Lester with his feet as he dived away from the ball. The let-off did little to inspire Wycombe as they continued to struggle to create chances. It was two minutes into stoppage when substitute Nathan Ashton sent over a free-kick from the left that McCracken headed on and Pittman did well to turn and shoot home into the Valley End net and grab what could be a crucial point come the end of the season. Elsewhere, leaders Brentford drew 0-0 at Rotherham to retain their four point lead, while Bury beat Rochdale to go third, four points behind Wycombe but like Brentford have played a game more. Two more crucial games coming up this week for Wycombe, starting on Tuesday (10th March KO 7.45pm) at Lincoln City before the big game at leaders Brentford next Saturday (14th March KO 3pm). Wycombe: Young, Casement (sub 58 Beavon), Johnson (sub 87 Ashton), McCracken, Woodman, Zebroski (sub 63 Spence), Doherty, Mousinho, Phillips, Harrold, Pittman - subs not used: Jones, Antwi - Att: 4,809 (away end 246)
EX-PLAYERS ON SHOW
(Friday 6th March 2009)
Seventeen of the surviving Wanderers players who have made 300 or more appearances for the Club will be paraded before fans at around 2.40pm before Saturday's meeting with Chesterfield at Adams Park. The parade is part of the official launch of the Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association which has been instigated by former Wanderers press officer Alan Hutchinson and long standing Wanderers supporter and media man John Taylor. More than 120 former players are expected to turn up for the event. They will entertained in Scores Sports bar before the game and presented to fans in the Vere Suite after the game. Meanwhile, leading the parade on the pitch will be Wanderers' top appearance maker and goalscorer of all time, Tony 'Bodger' Horseman - with an incredible 749 competitive First Team appearances and 416 goals.
More details and the full list of the '300 Club'
MARLOW 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Wednesday 4th March 2009)
A Wanderers XI went out of the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup on Wednesday evening - losing 1-0 to Marlow at Oak Tree Road. The only goal of the game came in the First when Alex Cairns struck from just outside of the penalty area to beat Wycombe Youth Team 'keeper Tom McNeil. Wycombe: McNeill, Moncur (sub 68 Lumsden), Ellams, Rice, Turley, Oliver, O'Regan, Shulton, Fitchett, Richards (sub 82 Ochoa), Botham - subs not used: Read, Pearce.
WYCOMBE 2 CHESTER CITY 0
(Tuesday 3rd March 2009)
Wanderers moved back to second place in the 'League Two' table after a relatively comfortable 2-0 victory over Chester City on Tuesday evening at Adams Park. In torrential conditions there were chances for both sides in the early stages, with Jamie Young pulling off a couple of decent saves, including a double stop from Ritchie Partridge on 14 minutes. However, Wanderers got the breakthrough in the 26th minute when Jon-Paul Pittman's low cross from the left was slotted home by Matty Phillips from around 10 yards. The goal seemed to give Peter Taylor's side more confidence and the result was eventually sealed in the 66th minute when Craig Woodman's free-kick from the right wing was knocked on by Chris Zebroski and Pittman was there towards the far post to fire home. Elsewhere, Brentford continued their recent great form with a 1-0 victory at Grimsby, but Rochdale, second in the table before the game, conceeded a last minute goal to go down 2-1 at Barnet and drop to third spot. Next game for the Wanderers, at home to Chesterfield on Saturday. Wycombe: Young, Casement, Johnson, McCracken, Woodman, Phillips (sub 89 Spence), Doherty, Mousinho, Zebroski, Pittman (sub 68 Harrold), Beavon (sub 84 Ashton) - subs not used: Shearer, Oliver - Att: 3,713 (away end 94)
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