All the news stories from October 2008
MACC GAME RE-ARRANGED|
(Thursday 30th October 2008)
Wanderers' 'League Two' meeting with Macclesfield Town has been re-arranged for Tuesday 2nd December with a 7.45pm kick-off at Adams Park. The Club have confirmed that supporters who purchased tickets from the original game can either get a full refund or use their ticket on the re-arranged date. Meanwhile, tickets for the FA Cup tie with AFC Wimbledon go on sale to Season Ticket holders this Friday (31st October).
ADAMS GETS POMPEY JOB|
(Wednesday 29th October 2008)
Former Wanderers Manager Tony Adams was officially confirmed as the new boss of Porstmouth on Tuesday, four years after he walked out on Wycombe. Adams had been a coach at Fratton Park under Harry Redknapp following spells coaching in Holland. Following the appointment Adams has been quick to comment on his ill fated spell at Wycombe, saying to BBC Sport "At Wycombe my job was to save the club - they were losing £6,000 a week at the time but this is a different ball game." He then went on to be quoted in The Times as saying "There’s not a person at Wycombe who doesn’t think I did OK. We had no money, so we had to cut the wage bill. I had to get rid of everybody and save the football club.”
Adams leaves Wycombe - COTN news Archive Nov 2004
MACC GAME ABANDONED|
(Tuesday 28th October 2008)
Wanderers' 'League Two' meeting with Macclesfield Town on Tuesday evening at Adams Park was abandoned after 22 minutes due to snow with score at 0-0. However, the chasing pack failed to take advantage and Wycombe remain top of the division. The game had kicked off with a covering of snow on the surface after the fall had started in the local area at around 7pm. Conditions deteriorated as the game progressed and referee Graham Horwood called a halt to proceedings as the situation continued to get more dangerous. Because the game was abandoned before half-time, all ticket holders can claim a refund and season tickets will be valid for the rearranged game. Team news had seen Tommy Doherty return to the side following his three match ban, while shoulder injury victim Leon Johnson returned on the bench. Next fixture for Wycombe is the trip to the Don Valley Stadium on Saturday (1st November) to play Rotherham. Wycombe: Shearer, Hunt, Williamson, McCracken, Woodman, Moussa, Holt, Doherty, Church, Harrold, Zebroski - subs: Phillips, Mousinho, Young, Johnson, Vieira
700 LEAGUE GAME LANDMARK|
(Tuesday 28th October 2008)
Wycombe Wanderers' 700th Football League game landmark will have to wait until another day after the 'League Two' meeting with Macclesfield at Adams Park on Tuesday 28th October 2008 was abandoned after 22 minutes. The game at Rotherham on Saturday 1st November is now set for the milestone which dates back to Wanderers' debut back in August 1993 at Carlisle United.
Wanderers 700 Football League game stats
McGLEISH BACK TO COBBLERS|
(Tuesday 28th October 2008)
Scott McGleish has been loaned back to his former club Northampton Town after his fall out with Wanderers reached a head with the striker being transfer listed on Monday. The 34 year old made comments to the Bucks Free Press the previous Friday that were said to have angered Manager Peter Taylor. McGleish joined Wycombe in January 2007 from The Cobblers and scored a Club record of 26 League goals during the 2007/8 season. The loan is for an initial one month and runs until Tuesday 25th November but it looks highly likely that he has played his last game for Wycombe and will eventually leave during the January 2009 transfer window. Scott McGleish - Profile
CUP TIE LIVE ON SETANTA|
(Monday 27th October 2008)
Wanderers' FA Cup tie at AFC Wimbledon will be shown live on Setanta on Monday 10th November with a 7.45pm kick-off. Each club will receive £75,000 for the TV coverage. Ticket details for the tie are expected to be released on Wednesday, with Wanderers' allocation estimated to be around 700 standing tickets at AFC's home ground at Kingsmeadow in Kingston on Thames.
AFC WIMBLEDON IN FA CUP|
(Sunday 26th October 2008)
Wanderers were drawn away to AFC Wimbledon in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup when the draw was made on Sunday afternoon. It's the first time AFC have reached the First Round stage and the tie is a highlight of the draw and one of the favourites to be chosen for live TV coverage that would see each Club receive £75,000. The tie is due to be played on the weekend of Saturday 8th November and will revive memories of Wanderers' epic 5th Round tie with the former Wimbledon club back in the 2000/2001 season. Quick guide to Wimbledon
ACCRINGTON 0 WYCOMBE 1|
(Saturday 25th October 2008)
A 90th minute strike from Chris Zebroski saw Wycombe snatch all three points from their visit to Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon. With Wycombe fielding an unchanged side to the one that had drawn at Barnet the previous Tuesday, the game produced an uneventful opening 45 minutes but sparked into life in the second period, with Gary Holt clearing off the line moments after the restart, while the introduction of Matty Phillips later in the half sparked a period where Wycombe twice forced decent saves from the home 'keeper. It was then Stanley who produced some late pressure before Wycombe responded when Zebroski managed to force the ball through the a crowd of players at the right hand upright, with Magno Vieira following the ball into the net for safe measure. Wanderers remain top and unbeaten in 'League Two' with the next game at home to Macclesfield on Tuesday (28th October). Wycombe: Shearer, Hunt, Williamson, McCracken, Woodman, Moussa, Holt, Mousinho (sub 69 Phillips), Church (sub 75 Vieira), Harrold, Zebroski - subs not used Young, Crooks, Duncan - Att:1,217 (away 200 approx)
FA CUP DRAW ON SUNDAY|
(Thursday 23rd October 2008)
Wanderers will discover their opponents in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup on Sunday when the draw is made live on ITV between 1pm and 1.30pm. Wanderers lost at home to Swindon Town at the First Round stage last season after receiving their sixth consecutive home draw at that stage. Winners in the First Round will recieve £20,000 in sponsorship money, compared to £16,000 last season. Clubs in ties chosen for live TV by ITV or Setanta will get £75,000 each for the original tie and £37,500 for any replay. Ties shown as extended highlights will be worth £7,500 to each club. Wanderers have not gone past the Second Round stage since the 2001/2002 season.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
BARNET 1 WYCOMBE 1|
(Tuesday 21st October 2008)
Wycombe returned from Barnet with a 1-1 draw after a 68th minute equaliser from Chris Zebroski ensured Wycombe's unbeaten start to the League campaign remained intact. With many of the chasing teams dropping points, Peter Taylor's side remain top, one point ahead of Brentford. Team news at Underhill saw Lewis Hunt given his Wycombe debut following recovery from a pre-season injury. The former Southend defender replaced the injured Leon Johnson in the back four. John Mousinho also came in for Lewis Spence and Simon Church replaced Scott McGleish upfront. Without a win in their previous nine visits to Barnet, Wanderers fell behind in the 24th minute after conceeding a free-kick and seeing Nicky Deverdics turn the ball past Scott Shearer. The home side came close to doubling their lead on the hour mark when Albert Adomah's shot was cleared off the line but Wycombe's never say die approach was rewarded when Zebroski turned in Matty Phillips' cross to the far post. Next games for Wycombe, away to Accrington Stanley on Saturday followed by a home match with Macclesfield next Tuesday (28th October). Wycombe: Shearer, Hunt, Williamson, McCracken, Woodman, Mousinho (sub 53 Phillips), Holt, Moussa, Zebroski, Harrold (sub 84 McGleish), Church - subs not used: Young, Duncan, Crooks - Att:2,258 (away 800)
ZEB RED CARD RESCINDED|
(Tuesday 21st October 2008)
Chris Zebroski has had his red card rescinded from Saturday's game with Darlington. Video evidence was presented to the FA at a hearing on Tuesday afternoon and the decision was made to overturn the red card that would have seen the striker banned for three games. The outcome follows numerous incorrect reports in the national media claiming he had struck team mate Matt Harrold. Zebroski will hope to get back into action in Tuesday evening's game at Barnet, kick-off 7.45pm.
CHURCH RETURNS ON LOAN|
(Monday 20th October 2008)
The expected return of Simon Church on loan from Reading was confirmed on Monday evening. The 21 year old has agreed a two month deal, running until 20th December when Wanderers play Shrewsbury Town away, and combined with his earlier loan lasting the maximum 93 day for a 'short-term' loan. The Welsh Under 21 will go straight into the squad to travel to Barnet on Tuesday evening. Wanderers remain top of 'League Two' going into the game at Underhill after Darlington beat Bradford City 2-1 in Monday evening's live TV game. Bradford could have gone top if they had won by two clear goals.
WYCOMBE 1 DARLINGTON 1|
(Saturday 18th October 2008)
It took another last minute goal to protect Wanderers unbeaten start to their League season, this time a penalty from Scott McGleish salvaging a point in a 1-1 draw with Darlington at Adams Park. There was controversy too when Darlington's Tim Ryan was red-carded for a head butt on Chris Zebroski in the 76th minute and in the resulting melee, Zebroski was also red-carded for apparent violent conduct, although media reports initiated by Sky claiming he 'punched team-mate Matt Harrold' were wildly exaggerated and misleading. The game had seen loanee Franck Moussa given his debut in a Wycombe shirt but Peter Taylor's side struggled to create chances, with Zebroski's 22nd minute shot wide of the right-hand upright being Wycombe's best chance of the first half. Wycombe were forced to re-organise after the break when Leon Johnson failed to shake off a first-half injury and was replaced by John Mousinho in defence. The visitors took advantage of Wycombe's defensive problems in the 57th minute when a ball in from the right wing found an umarked Jason Kennedy who went on to tuck the ball past Scott Shearer. The sending off incident saw confusion reign as it looked like a free-kick was being awarded to Darlington for a foul by Zebroski, only for Ryan to react and a mass of players rush to get involved. With two red cards shown, Wycombe were awarded a free-kick to restart the game by referee Phillips, thus producing more frustration for Darlington. But that was nothing compared to their anger in the sixth and final minute of stoppage time when Steve Foster tripped Harrold as he ran into the right of the box and referee Phillips pointed to the spot. McGleish drove the spot kick down the middle and luckily for Wycombe 'keeper Simon Brown chose to dive as the ball nestled in the back of the Valley End net. Wanderers remain top by one point from Bury. Next game away to Barnet on Tuesday evening. Wycombe: Shearer, McCracken, Johnson (sub HT Mousinho), Williamson, Woodman, Zebroski, Moussa (sub 73 Ashton), Holt, Spence (sub 51 Phillips), Harrold, McGleish - subs not used: Young, Vieira - Att:5,345 (away end 201) NB: Community day
LOANEE IN FOR DOC|
(Thursday 16th October 2008)
Peter Taylor has moved to bring in 19 year old Belgium Youth international Franck Moussa on loan from Southend United. The youngster has come in on an initial one month loan and will primarly be used to cover for the suspended Tommy Doherty. Moussa joined Southend in 2006 having been on the books of West Ham and has made 21 appearances for The Shrimpers and has represented Belgium at Under 18 level. Taylor commented to the press on the signing, "He's a very good player, he can handle the ball and doesn't mind taking it in tight places. He's always available and to me that's just like the 'Doc'."
YDO DEPARTS FOR COLU|
(Wednesday 15th October 2008)
Wanderers' Youth Development Officer Gary Karsa has left the Club to join Paul Lambert and Ian Culverhouse at Colchester United. Karsa joined Wycombe in October 2006 as YDO following the sudden departure of Mark Fogarty.
Karsa was responsible for the Centre of Excellence covering all ages up to 16. It's understood that Karsa will become part of the First Team coaching staff at Colchester. The news comes as Wanderers Under 18 Youth Team discovered that they will travel to Burgess Hill Town or Kingstonian in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup. The potential opponents are due to meet on 20th October with the winners taking on Wycombe before 8th November.
ORIENT 1 RESERVES 2|
(Tuesday 14th October 2008)
Wanderers Reserves came from a goal down to beat Leyton Orient 2-1 at Brisbane Road on Tuesday afternoon in the Football Combination. The O's had taken the lead in the 4th minute through Simon Dawkins but Wycombe levelled on 27 minutes when a corner was headed down by triallist Jake Hyde (nephew of former Wanderer Paul Hyde) and Magno Vieira knocked in the loose ball. Hyde was involved again for Wanderers' winner a minute in the second-half - the striker seeing his shot saved by O's keeper Jamie Jones but Robert Rice was on hand to convert from close range. Reserves info 2008/9
Wycombe: Young, Hunt (sub 63 Shulton), Crooks, Christon, Duncan, Rice, Spence, Richards, Ashton, Vieira, Hyde - subs not used: Botham, Fitchett, Reading, Pearce
LAMBERT JOINS COLU|
(Monday 13th October 2008)
Former Wanderers Manager Paul Lambert has returned to English football as Manager of 'League One' strugglers Colchester United. The 39 year old Scot has been out of work since he quit Wycombe at the end of last season following defeat to Stockport County in the play-offs and joins the Essex side following their recent sacking of Geraint Williams. Since the appointment, Lambert has been quick to return Adams Park to poach Ian Culverhouse as his assistant. Culverhouse was originally Youth Team coach at Wycombe but moved to First Team duties following the departure of Steve Brown and Keith Ryan at the end of the 2006/7 season. Commenting on the departure of Culverhouse, Wanderers CE told the official website, "We didn't want to lose Ian but we felt it would be wrong to stand in his way. We have agreed a small compensation package with Colchester and we wish him well. He did an excellent job in his time at Wycombe and now we will have to find an equally good replacement." Lambert officially began his reign as United Manager on Monday, with his first match in charge being the 'League One' game at Stockport this Saturday.
GRIMSBY 1 WYCOMBE 1|
(Saturday 11th October 2008)
A last minute goal from Leon Johnson salvaged Wycombe a point at Grimbsy Town on Saturday. The Mariners, without a win all season, had taken the lead in the 1st minute through Nick Hegarty and it looked like a miserable day for Peter Taylor's was to be compounded when Tommy Doherty was shown a straight red card in the 86th minute for a lunge on Town's James Hunt. However, with ninety minutes on the clock Craig Woodman sent in a free-kick that was headed on by Matt Harrold for Johnson to force home at the far post and delight the travelling support. Wanderers remain top of 'League Two' and now the only unbeaten side in the Football League. Next match, at home to Darlington on Saturday. Doherty will miss the Darlington game and also the visits to Barnet on 21st October and Accrington Stanley on 25th October. Wycombe: Shearer, McCracken (sub 81 Spence), Johnson, Williamson, Woodman, Grant, Holt (sub 52 McGleish), Doherty, Mousinho (sub 63 Phillips), Zebroski, Harrold - subs not used: Young, Crooks - Att:4,562
7-0 THRASHING IN FLT|
(Tuesday 7th October 2008)
Wanderers were thrashed 7-0 at home by Shrewsbury Town in the in the Second Round of the 'Football League Trophy' on Tuesday evening. The embarassing result came after Manager Peter Taylor made just five changes to the starting line-up that had beaten Bournemouth the previous Saturday. The goal riot began on 12 minutes when Grant Holt struck. Holt hit four more goals on 27, 80, 81 and 86 minutes. Kevin McIntyre on 39 minutes and Shane Cansdell-Sherriff on 74 minutes added to the humiliation. The attendance totalled just 1,730 despite the offer of 'free' entry by the Club. The result is Wanderers biggest ever home defeat at Adams Park and the biggest home defeat since the 7-0 reverse to Barnet at Loakes Park in September 1987. Wycombe: Young, Rice, McCracken, Johnson, Woodman, Phillips, Spence (sub 72 Duncan), Mousinho, Ashton (sub 73 Zebroski), Vieira (sub 73 Grant), McGleish - subs not used: Shearer, Crooks - Att:1,730 (away end 193)
WYCOMBE 3 BOURNEMOUTH 1|
(Saturday 4th October 2008)
Wanderers returned to the top of 'League Two' following a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at Adams Park on Saturday. An open game saw Wanderers take the lead
five minutes before the interval when Matt Harrold scored his first goal for Wycombe when he followed up Craig Woodman's shot that was blocked. However, the visitors hit back after the break with an equaliser on 57 minutes through Danny Hollands following a cross from the left. The goal kicked Wycombe back into life and three minutes later Chris Zebroski restored the lead when he forced the ball home after a cross from Matt Phillips. Victory was sealed on 84 minutes when substiture Scott McGleish headed the ball home after Zebroski had centred. Wycombe:Shearer, McCracken, Williamson, Johnson, Woodman, Phillips (sub 68 Grant), Doherty, Mousinho, Spence (sub 69 McGleish), Zebroski, Harrold (sub 89 Vieira) - subs not used: Young, Ashton - Att:5,005 (away end 600 approx)
HARD PUSH FOR BLUES CARD|
(Friday 3rd October 2008)
The Club are making a hard sell of the 1st November 2008 deadline of the withdrawal of the right for Wycombe supporters to buy 'early discount' home matchday tickets without membership the 'The Blues Card' scheme. Wanderers Sales and Marketing manager Karen Murphy was quoted on the official website on 3rd October as saying, "There are countless advantages to signing up for a Blues Card but one of the most attractive is the cheaper cost of tickets to watch the team play. At the moment, anyone can save £2 off the cost of a match ticket by booking in advance but from November 1st this discount will only be available to Blues Card holders. Another bonus for supporters who enrol for Blues Card is that they can order their tickets on the day of a game and still receive the £2 discount." Meanwhile, Wanderers online ticket system remains inactive after close to two months of issues claimed to relate to a 'system ugrade'. The 'system upgrade' is not affecting London Wasps online ticket system who use the same software supplied by Audience View.
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