November 2008 News Archive
All the news stories from November 2008
(Saturday 29th November 2008)
Wanderers crashed out of the FA Cup at Eastwood on Saturday in what will be seen as Wycombe's biggest FA disaster since losing to Basingstoke back in the 1997/98 season. The 2-0 defeat at Eastwood came after Peter Taylor's side failed to come to terms with the conditions and opposition far more up for it than the 'League Two' leaders. Home side took the lead in the 34th minute with a curling shot from Lindon Meikle and wrapped the tie up in the 90th minute through substitute Peter Knox.
Eastwood 2 Wycombe 0 - report, reaction and pictures
(Friday 28th November 2008)
Wanderers home meeting with Rotherham United scheduled for Saturday 21st February has been switched to the following Monday (23rd February) after being chosen for live transmission on Sky TV. The coverage is understood to be worth a fee of £30,000 to Wycombe as the 'home' side. Wanderers appeared live on Sentanta earlier this season in the FA Cup game with AFC Wimbledon, while the previous live League game was the meeting with Brentford at Adams Park in September 2007.
(Friday 28th November 2008)
Wanderers' trip to Eastwood Town in the Second Round of this season's FA Cup will evoke memories of a visit to Nottinghamshire back in the 1983/84 season. Wycombe were reigning Isthmian League Champions while Eastwood were a few steps down playing in the Premier Division of the North East Counties League. That made Wycombe firm favourites to win the tie but is was far from easy. COTN has dug into the archives to bring you a match report and pictures from that day at Coronation Park. Wycombe v Eastwood - 1983 revisted
(Friday 28th November 2008)
Peter Taylor has brought in 24 year old midfielder Craig Dobson on a month's loan from MK Dons. The deal will run from 27th November up and including Wanderers' scheduled clash at Gillingham on 28th December. Dobson played under Taylor while he was Stevenage Borough and also played on trial for the Wanderers in a pre-season game at Beaconsfield in 2004. Dobson joined MK Dons in January 2008 but has also played two First Team games during an injury affected period.
(Friday 28th November 2008)
Former Wanderers boss Paul Lambert has made an audacious bid to take Mike Williamson to Colchester United. According to press reports a bid of £100,000 was made and Wycombe boss Peter Taylor reacted in the Bucks Free Press by commenting, "Paul made an offer which was absolutely nowhere near what we would value him at. It is a non-starter. I want to keep my best players to give us the best chance of getting promotion this season. It would have to be a mouthwatering offer for me to even recommend it to the board and this didn't come near it." Also according the BFP, Lambert offered other defenders in exchange but Taylor wasn't interested. Mike Williamson - Profile
(Tuesday 25th November 2008)
Wanderers consolidated their position at the top of 'League Two' with an impressive 2-0 victory at Notts County on Tuesday evening. Team news saw Peter Taylor make three changes to the side that beat Port Vale, with Tommy Doherty returning from injury to appear in a new-look midfield that included Lewis Spence and Franck Moussa - the trio replacing Gary Holt Matt Phillips and John Mousinho in the starting line-up. The opening goal came two minutes into the second-half when Angelo Balanta crossed from the left bye-line for Matt Harrold to slot home from the edge of the six-yard box. The second goal came on 62 minutes when Spence fired home from outside the penalty area after Moussa had laid a free-kick off. Wanderers lead at the top of table is now four points after Darlington dropped to third place after losing to Chester, with Bradford now in second spot. Next game, Saturday's visit to Eastwood Town in the FA Cup. Wycombe: Shearer, Hunt, McCracken, Williamson, Woodman, Moussa, Doherty, Spence, Zebroski, Harrold, Balanta (sub 85 Phillips) - subs not used: Young, Johnson, Mousinho, Vieira - Att: 2,964 (away end 234)
(Monday 24th November 2008)
Scott McGleish has extended his loan to his former club Northampton Town and it remains highly likely that he has played his last game for Wycombe and will eventually leave during the January 2009 transfer window. The out of favour striker returned to The Cobblers towards the end of October on an initial one month deal that has now been extended until 3rd January 2009. McGleish has netted one goal in five appearances since his return to The Cobblers - the strike comming in their FA Cup tie with Leeds United. Scott McGleish - Profile
(Saturday 22nd November 2008)
Wanderers returned to the top of 'League Two' after a comfortable 4-2 victory over Port Vale at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon - Matt Harrold and Chris Zebroski bagging a brace apiece as the three points saw Wycombe leap frog Darlington, who conceeded a last minute goal to draw 1-1 at Brentford. Wycombe got the scoring underway against Vale in the 23rd minute when a backheel from Harrold to Angelo Balanta on the left side of the box saw the QPR loanee adjudged to have been tripped by Anthony Griffith. Harrold stepped up to slot home the resulting spot kick. Balanta was involved again for Wycombe's second on the stroke of half-time when he nipped the ball across from the right of midfield for Zebroski to pull back past Lee Collins and strike low past Joe Anyon in the Vale goal. What looked a comfortable lead for Wycombe was halfed six minutes after the restart when Matt Phillips hesitated while in possession on the right side of his own penalty area and was consequently penalised for tugging at the shirt of David Howland in view of referee Iain Williamson. Marc Richards scored from the spot to set a different tone to the game. But it was Wycombe who showed their character by responding first when on 65 minutes Zebroski managed to prod the ball into the back of the Valley End net after he reacted first to a bouncing ball on the right side of the six yard box. However, the two goal cushion was shorted lived as a minute later Phillips was caught in posession again, this time on the Vale right by Simon Richman who centred for Scott Brown to strike the ball firmly past Scott Shearer to make the score 3-2. But Wycombe reacted again and the points were finally sealed with eight minutes left on the clock when a long clearance from Shearer saw the ball bounce twice before Harrold angled home his shot from the left channel. A satisfying result for Peter Taylor's side and one that sees Wanderers with a two point lead over Darlington with a game in hand. Next match away to Notts County on Tuesday evening. Wycombe: Shearer, Hunt, McCracken, Williamson, Woodman, Phillips (sub 71 Moussa), Mousinho, Holt, Zebroski, Harrold (sub 89 Vieira), Balanta (sun 88 Spence) - subs not used: Young, Johnson - Att: 4,521 (away end 289)
(Thursday 20th November 2008)
Ex-Wanderer Jermaine Easter has rejoined his former boss Paul Lambert at Colchester United. The 26 year old has joined The U's on loan from Plymouth Argyle until January 2009. Lambert saw Easter leave the Wanderers during the 2007/8 season - initially on loan to Plymouth and then a permanent £215,000 deal in the January 2008 transfer window. However, Easter failed to settle at Home Park and in September 2008 was loaned out to Millwall where he scored and was sent off on his debut.
Jermaine Easter - Player Profile
(Thursday 20th November 2008)
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust has commented on the recently published accounts released by the PLC. The report concludes, "Whilst awaiting further information on a possible new stadium and its impact on the Club's finances, shareholders should press the directors to explain how they are planning to stem the losses, turn them into profits and rebuild the positive asset base of the Club. The Trust's Board continues to challenge the Club's Board about the Club's financial management both through the Trust's two Club Directors and during periodic meetings with Board members." The PLC AGM has been called for Thursday 4th December 2008 at Adams Park.
See for full report and links to PLC documents
(Wednesday 19th November 2008)
Wanderers Reserves played out a goalless draw away to Peterborough United on Wednesday afternoon in their latest Football Combination fixture. A Nathan Ashton free-kick on 75 minutes was the closest Wanderers came to snatching victory at London Road. Matt Bloomfield continued his return from injury by clocking up a further 80 minutes of play. Reserves info 2008/9 Wycombe: Young, Rice, Duncan, Crooks, Johnson, Spence, Ashton, Shulton, Vieira, Bloomfield (sub 80 Lumsden), Botham - subs not used: Fitchett, Lewis, Reading
(Tuesday 18th November 2008)
Wanderers' Under 18 side went out of the FA Youth Cup at the Second Round stage on Tuesday evening following a 2-1 defeat to Leyton Orient at Adams Park. After a goalless first-half Wanderers took the lead two minutes after the restart when Jordan Lumdsen followed up to chip in Dan Fitchett's shot that had been parried by O's 'keeper Jack Giddins. However, the visitors were back level on 54 minutes when Daryl Sydes was allowed space in the Wycombe penalty area to finish. The winning goal came five minutes from time when Elliot Babos forced the ball home following a corner. Orient go on to meet Watford in Round Three. Wycombe: James Reading, Chris Clark, Thomas O'Regan, Dean Wallace (sub 64 Pietro Palladino), Craig Read, Sam Grayley, Sam Belcher, Jordan Lumsden, Dan Fitchett, Matt McClure, Jerome Federico - subs not used: Leika Saku, Joshua Scowen, Kadeem Harris - Att: 215
(Tuesday 18th November 2008)
Wanderers have set up a second loan one month loan deal with Southend United striker Franck Moussa. The youngster originally joined on a one month deal to help cover for the then suspended Tommy Doherty. He went on to play five times and retain his place following the recent injury to Doherty. The first deal expired at the weekend and a new deal has been arranged to run up to and including Wanderers meeting with Shrewsbury Town on Saturday 20th December. However, he will remain unavailable for Wanderers trip to Eastwood Town in the FA Cup.
(Saturday 15th November 2008)
A 70th minute strike from Lewis Hunt earned Wanderers all three points against Bradford City at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon. Wycombe remain the only unbeaten team in the Premier and Football League but stay second in the 'League Two' table behind Darlington on goal differnce but with a game in hand. Team news saw Tommy Doherty remain absent due to his 'slight thigh strain' while there was disappointment when it was revealed prior to kick-off that loanee Simon Church wouldn't be available for a month having broken his hand while back training with Reading. However, new loan signing Angelo Balanta made an impact after coming on as substitute at half-time. The winning goal came after the ball pinballed around the City box with Hunt on hand to fire a low shot through a crowd of players and into the back of the Valley End net. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, McCracken, Williamson, Hunt, Spence (sub HT Balanta), Mousinho, Holt, Zebroski, Phillips, Harrold - subs not used: Young, Johnson, Moussa, Vieira - Att: 5,002 (away end 580)
(Friday 14th November 2008)
Will Antwi has joined Northwich Victoria on an initial one month loan starting with The Vics meeting with Peter Taylor's former club Stevenage Borough on Saturday. The Vics are currently lying just above the relegation zone in the Conference National Division. Antwi has been in an out of the Wycombe side during the past two years due to injury.
Will Antwi - Player Profile
Accounts 2008 MD WANTS TO OWN CLUB
(Friday 14th November 2008)
Club MD Steve Hayes has told the Bucks Free Press that he wants to lift the 25% maximum share threshold at the Club. That would enable him to convert his £5.85m of loans into equity and therefore reduce the debt burden on the Club but at the same time giving him virtual complete control of all activities. Hayes is quoted as saying, "I have suggested to the Supporters Trust that they need to move things forward and they are dragging their feet." He goes on to generalise by saying, "I feel a bit untrusted. They are very happy to see new players come in but what they are saying is thank you very much but we don't trust you any more than to give you more than 25%." The move to lift the 25% threshold was first suggested at the PLC's AGM in February 2007 but came less than two years after Hayes had said he was happy with his 25% stake and wouldn't be pushing to change it. Supporters' Trust and PLC Director Ian Mather responded to the comments by saying, "No-one is questioning Steve Hayes and his intentions but the only thing that is guaranteed in life is that none of us are going to be here forever and we have to guarantee the club’s protection beyond Steve Hayes.”
(Thursday 13th November 2008)
Wanderers announced another loan signing on Thursday afternoon with the arrival of 18 year old striker Angelo Balanta from Queens Park Rangers. The Columbian born player has come through the Youth Team ranks at Loftus Road and was given his First Team debut towards the end of 2007, aged 17. He has since made 14 appearances and scored twice for Rangers and joins Wycombe on an intial two month loan period. He signed his first pro contract at QPR in January 2008, running until June 2010.
(Wednesday 12th November 2008)
Wanderers' away 'League Two' game at Aldershot Town on Saturday 6th December has been made 'all-ticket' for all areas of the ground. According to The Shots Official website tickets will go on sale from Tuesday 18th November and none will be sold on the day of the match. In what will be the first ever Football League meeting between the two sides, visiting supporters will be located at the South East side of the 'East Bank' terrace (capacity 888), with 212 seats available in the South Stand. Total capacity at the Recreation Ground is 7,100.
(Tuesday 11th November 2008)
Triallist Jake Hyde scored the only goal of the game as Wanderers Reserves beat Southend United at Roots Hall on Tuesday afternoon. The goal came on 30 minutes, with Hyde spotting Southend 'keeper Ian Joyce off his line and firing home from around 30 yards after Matt Bloomfield had laid the ball off. Bloomfield successfully came through his planned 45 minutes at Roots Hall as he continued his comeback from injury.
Reserves info 2008/9 Wycombe: Young, Rice, Duncan, Crooks, Antwi, Hyde, Ashton (sub 78 Fitchett), Shulton, Vieira, Bloomfield (sub HT Lumsden), Botham - subs not used: Clark, Read, Reading
(Tuesday 11th November 2008)
Wanderers will travel to Northern Premier league side Eastwood Town in the Second Round of the FA Cup and revive memories of a cup tie with The Badgers just over 25 years ago. Wycombe travelled to Nottinghamshire at the 4th Qualifying Round stage back in October 1983 where a crowd of 800 saw Wycombe scrape a 2-2 draw with goals from Terry Gylnn and Ken Wilson. Wanderers went on to triumph in the replay by 2 goals to 1 - Steve Long and Anton Vircavs getting the vital goals before a 1,023 attendance at Loakes Park. The current season has seen Town reach the Second Round for the first time in their history following a 2-1 First Round victory over Brackley Town in front of 969 at their home ground of Coronation Park. Previous to that they had battled through four qualifying rounds and six ties, eliminating Kidsgrove Athletic, Lincoln United, Harrogate Town and Wrexham. Coronation Park has a capacity of around 2,500, with exact capacity details for the Wycombe tie expected to be confirmed later this week after a match safety commitee sit to decide on segregation and ticket allocation issues. Winners in the Second Round will receive £30,000 from the FA.
(Monday 10th November 2008)
Wanderers' central defender Lewis Christon has been loaned out to Southern League Premier side Oxford City for an intial one month spell. The 19 year old has previously been on loan at Woking and AFC Wimbledon having struggled to break into the First Team with the Wanderers under both Paul Lambert and Peter Taylor. The loan deal with City will run until 10th December 2008. Lewis Christon - Profile
(Monday 10th November 2008)
This is a selection of the reports available online at the time of the meeting with AFC Wimbledon on Monday 11th November 2008.
Daily Telegraph - match report
Daily Mail - match report
The Independent - match report - match reaction and video highlights - match report
(Monday 10th November 2008)
A Matt Harrold hat-trick eased Wanderers through to the Second Round of the FA Cup after a 4-1 victory over AFC Wimbledon in the Monday evening live TV game at Kingsmeadow. Peter Taylor's side will now travel to Eastwood Town in the next round in a tie due to be played on the weekend of Saturday 29th November. The game with Wimbledon was a potential problem for Wycombe but after Harrold had finished well after a defensive mix-up in the 8th minute and added a second on 36 minutes, the outcome was rarely in danger. The home side pulled a goal back eleven minutes after the restart through Sam Hatton but Wycombe responded quickly with Matty Phillips making it 3-1 six minutes later and Harrold completing his hat-trick on 74 minutes to cap a professional performance. Wanderers were also buoyed in the closing stages when Matt Bloomfield returned from his long term injury as a substitute. Wycombe: Shearer, Hunt, Williamson, Mousinho, McCracken, Woodman, Phillips (sub 90 Vieira), Holt (sub 84 Duncan), Spence, Harrold (sub 89 Bloomfield), Zebroski - subs not used: Young, Crooks, Ashton, Johnson - Wimbledon: Little; Garrard, Leberl, Inns, Haswell (sub 68 Hussey) Hatton, Adjei, Davis; Godfrey (sub 68 Finn), Kedwell, Main (sub 89 Mason) - subs not used: Pullen, Goodliffe, Judge, Aiteouakrim - Att: 4,528 (away 700)
Accounts 2008 £1.66m LOSS FOR PLC
(Friday 7th November 2008)
The PLC has reported losses of £1.66m for the year ending 30th June 2008. This compares to a loss of £699k in the previous year when Wanderers had the luxury of a run to the semi-finals of the League Cup. Meanwhile, Club CE Steve Hayes has increased his loans to the Club by £1.8m to £5.85m, raising the total debt of the Club to £7.2m. The debt now outstrips assets, worth £6.28m, for the first time in the Club's history. The AGM has been called for Thursday 4th December 2008 at Adams Park.
PLC report £1.66m loss - extended story from COTN
(Friday 7th November 2008)
Wanderers have been refused persmission to play loanees Simon Church and Franck Moussa in Monday's FA Cup tie with AFC Wimbledon. Respective clubs Reading and Southend United have both made the decision to prevent either of the players being cup-tied for possible ties later in the competition. Meanwhile, Wanderers will be in the draw for the FA Cup Second Round when the draw is made this Sunday live on ITV.
(Thursday 6th November 2008)
The Club have loaned out two of their First Year professionals. Darrell Ellams and Jamie Turley have joined Isthmian Premier sides Hitchin Town and Hendon respectively. Ellams, who was 19 on 3 November, and Turley, 18, were both awarded one year professional contracts with Wycombe back in April 2008 after completing their two year scholarship with the Wanderers. Both loan deals will run until 7th December 2008.
(Tuesday 4th November 2008)
The Club have confirmed that Martin Brennan is the new goalkeeping coach at the Club. Brennan, still relatively young at 26, comes to Adams Park following a two and half year spell at Tottenham Hotspur where he coached at Youth and Reserve level. Previous to that he had started his coaching career at Leyton Orient's Youth set-up. On the playing side he began as an Under 10 With The O's before he joined Spurs aged 13 as a schoolboy and then on two year YTS deal at White Hart Lane. He opted to switch to Charlton Athletic six months before the end of his YTS stretch but failed to break into the First Team and eventually joined Cambridge United where he made three First Team appearances during the 2002/3 season - keeping clean sheets on each occasion. He had brief spells with Stevenage Borough and Dagenham & Redbridge before concentrating on the coaching side. Brennan, who replaces Laurence Batty, took his first session with Scott Shearer and Jamie Young on Tuesday.
(Tuesday 4th November 2008)
'Investors' in Wycombe Wanderers Football Club PLC have been told that they will be invited to a meeting in 'early 2009' to be given updates from Directors Ivor Beeks, Steve Hayes and Brian Kane on 'relevant financial, strategic and investment plans and expectations'. The news came as part of a letter sent to all 'Ordinary Shareholders' of the PLC by Brian Kane dated 22nd October 2008. COTN understands that the PLC has just over 90 'Ordinary (Investing) Shareholders', totalling £1.26m. Of that total, the big three of Mssrs Beeks, Kane and Hayes have the maximum investment of £315K (25%) each. The letter also revealed that the PLC would be circulating their Annual Report for the year ending 30th June 2008 within the next few weeks and also notice of the AGM. Commenting on the financial state of the PLC, Kane commented, "We are still some way from breaking even though in many respects 2008 was atypical." Kane concluded in the letter, "Your Board is still very positive about the future and attaining the goals originally outlined when the PLC was first formed. The timetable may be a little delayed but the expectation is still as strong as ever."
(Monday 3rd November 2008)
Wanderers' Under 18 side went through to the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup on Monday evening following a 2-0 victory at Burgess Hill Town. Dean Wallace put Wycombe ahead in the third minute and Matt McClure doubled the lead on 33 minutes to secure a home tie with Leyton Orient in the Second Round. The tie is due to be played at Adams Park before 22nd November.
(Monday 3rd November 2008)
The Club have confirmed the departure of goalkeeping coach Laurence Batty after 15 months at the Club. The former Woking 'keeper was brought to the Club by Paul Lambert at the start of the 2007/2008 campaign but Peter Taylor has suggested that he wants his own man and has released Batty, with a new coach expected to start this week. Taylor commented to the official website, "I would like to thank Laurence for all the work he has done but I've decided to bring in a new goalkeeping coach."
(Saturday 1st November 2008)
Wanderers' maintained their unbeaten start to their 'League Two' campaign after drawing 0-0 away to Rotherham United on Saturday. However, top spot has been lost with Darlington taking over on goal difference following their 2-1 victory at Grimsby. In an evenly matched game at the Don Valley Stadium, Wanderers best chance to snatch all three points fell to Matt Harrold with ten minutes remaining but his shot wasn't good enough to beat Andy Warrington in The Millers goal. Next match for Wycombe is the FA Cup tie with AFC Wimbledon on Monday 10th November before returning to League action at home to Bradford City on Saturday 15th November. Wycombe: Shearer, Hunt, Williamson, McCracken, Woodman, Moussa (sub 58 Phillips), Holt, Doherty, Church (sub 82 Vieira), Harrold, Zebroski - subs not used: Mousinho, Young, Johnson - Att: 3,471

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