All the news stories from December 2009
WYCOMBE 2 BRIGHTON 5
(Monday 28th December 2009)
Wanderers' season went from bad to worse on holiday Monday following a 5-2 home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion. The latest calamity came after Wycombe threw away a 2-1 lead to ship four goals in second-half defensive nightmare for Gary Waddock's side. John-Paul Pittman had given Wycombe the lead on 26 minutes after he finished from the left of goal after the ball had pinballed around the Brighton box. The visitors were level ten minutes later when Glenn Murray send an overhead kick past Scott Shearer butWycombe were gifted the lead again five minutes before the interval when Brighton 'keeper Peter Brezovan let slip Tommy Doherty's free-kick and John Mousinho was on hand to knock the ball in from close range. With the two sides playing out a 4-4 draw at Adams Park in the FA Cup the previous month that was never likely to be the final goal of the game but the second half was a disaster for Wycombe. Nicky Forster levelled the scores on 49 minutes when he made a clever flick to deflect Gary Dicker's low cross from the right inside the left hand upright. Murray then went on to add three goals to his haul. The first came on 56 minutes when he headed past Shearer after Chris Westwood was left wanting. Craig Woodman will also want to forget Brighton's fourth on 70 minutes when his backheel let in Murray to complete his hat-trick. Many of the Wycombe fans in the 6,000 plus crowd has already left when Shearer misjudged a Dean Cox cross to allow Murray to head into a empty net on 80 minutes for his fourth and Brighton's fifth of the day. Predictably Gary Waddock described the performance as 'unacceptable' in his post match press conference and now turns his attention to Saturday's intriguing looking meeting with Norwich City at Adams Park and possible activity in the January transfer window. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Oliver, Mousinho, Westwood, Hunt (sub 44 Phillips), Betsy, Doherty, Davies, Beavon (sub 60 Bloomfield), Pittman - subs not used: Green, Young, Harrold, Duberry, Harris - Att:6,126
HARRIS BREAKS RECORD
(Saturday 26th December 2009)
Youth Teamer Kadeem Harris became the youngest player to date to play for the Wanderers in the Football League when he came on as substitute during the Boxing Day game at Yeovil. At 16 years and 201 days, he beat the previous record held by Ikechi Anya by 78 days. Harris is a right sided winger and has come through the Centre of Excellence at Wycombe having joined the Club aged 14. Anya made his debut under Tony Adams in October 2004 and went on to make 26 First Team appearances before being released by Paul Lambert in May 2007.
YEOVIL 4 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 26th December 2009)
Wanderers crashed 4-0 at Yeovil Town on Boxing Day to remain second from bottom in 'League One'. The latest set-back came after Gary Waddock made just one change from the side that drew with Oldham seven days previous - John-Paul Pittman replacing the suspended John Akinde. After a bright start Wanderers fell behind in the 37th minute when Keiran Murtagh struck home from the edge of the box. Wycombe then conceeded twice inside three second half minutes, JP Kalala striking on 72 minutes and Jonathan Obika making into 3-0 moments later. The nightmare was complete on 87 minutes when Sam Williams slotted past Scott Shearer from six yards. 16 year old Youth Teamer Kadeem Harris made his First Team debut for the Wanderers having come on as a 78th minute substitute. Next game for Wanderers at home to Brighton on Monday (28th December). Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Oliver, Mousinho (sub 78 Harris), Westwood, Hunt, Betsy, Doherty, Davies, Phillips (sub 63 Beavon), Pittman (sub 73 Harrold) - subs not used: Bloomfield, Green, Young, Duberry - Att:5,055
TORQUAY CONFIRM ZEB DEAL
(Tuesday 22nd December 2009)
Torquay United have confirmed the permanent signing of Wanderers striker Chris Zebroski in the January transfer window. The deal, with an expected fee of around £20,000, was confirmed by Gulls Chief Executive Colin Lee when he spoke to the local press in Devon. He said, "There is no further negotiation needed. The deal for Chris is agreed. It's just a case of crossing the t's and dotting the i's. Chris believes in us, and we believe in him. It's a happy relationship which will hopefully pay dividends for both of us." Zebroski scored 18 Conference goals for The Gulls during the 2007/8 season while on loan from Millwall before Peter Taylor secured his services for Wycombe in the summer of 2008 with a £20,000 deal. He went on to score 7 goals in 33 League appearances in his debut season for the Wanderers but after scoring twice on the opening day of the season in the 3-2 defeat at Charlton, he then failed to find the net in a further 17 First Team appearances and shipped out on loan to Torquay during November. He has since gone on to score four goals in five appearances for the 'League Two' side.
WYCOMBE 2 OLDHAM 2
(Saturday 19th December 2009)
Wanderers had another set-back in their quest to avoid relegation following a 2-2 draw with Oldham Athletic at a snowy Adams Park on Saturday coupled with a red card and consequent three game suspension for striker John Akinde. The on loan Bristol City striker had given Wycombe the lead in the 9th minute minute when he followed up Kevin Betsy's shot from the right side of the penalty area to knock the ball home from four yards. But Akinde was sent-off in the 22nd minute for a moment of madness when he raised an arm to veteran Sean Gregan after an attempt on goal. Those incidents came after Oldham's Paul Heffernan had seen a 6th minute penalty saved by Scott Shearer but following Akinde's red card it was the visitors then took advantage of Wycombe's disarray by levelling on the stroke of half-time when Danny Whitaker struck home from 25 yards and then taking the lead six minutes after the restart when Reuben Hazell tucked in a header at the right hand upright. The game could then have been sealed around the hour mark when the luckless Heffernan saw a shot hit the right hand and then left hand post before Wanderers cleared. But it was Wanderers who finished the stronger of the two sides and were rewarded with an 88th minute penalty after John Mousinho was tripped in the box and Matt Harrold side footed home the resulting spot-kick to salvage a point for Gary Waddock's side who drop a place in the table ahead of the holiday fixtures starting with a trip to Yeovil Town on Boxing Day. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Oliver, Mousinho, Westwood, Hunt, Betsy (sub 53 Harrold), Doherty, Davies, Phillips (sub 53 Pittman), Akinde - subs not used: Bloomfield, Green, Young, Duberry, Beavon - Att:4,160
AINSWORTH BACK TO QPR
(Wednesday 16th December 2009)
On loan midfielder Gareth Ainsworth has returned early to QPR due to a torn calf muscle that is likely to rule him out of action for six weeks. The 36 year old joined on an initial one month loan on 20th November and impressed in the victories at Millwall and at home to Brentford before picking up the injury in training. Manager Gary Waddock has indicated that he would like to see him return to Adams Park when he recovers.
ANOTHER MONTH FOR AKINDE
(Monday 14th December 2009)
Wanderers have secured the services of Bristol City striker John Akinde for a further month. The 20 year old returned to the Wanderers on loan during November having scored 7 goals in 11 appearances for Wanderers last season. This time around his spell has been hit by injury with his return debut in the game at Huddersfield lasting just 38 minutes before he limped off with a twisted ankle. In four appearances since he has yet to find the net but Gary Waddock will be keen to see if he can repeat his previous form before making a possible bid for the former Ebbsfleet striker in the January transfer window. Meanwhile, Youth Teamers Matt McClure and Jerome Federico have joined Burnham on 'work experience'. Federico made his debut as substitute in Burnham's 2-0 defeat at Hitchin Town and despite his brief appearance picked up the Man of the Match award. McClure, who has scored 10 goals for Wanderers U18's this season, was an unused sub but will hope to make his debut when Burnham travel to Bromsgrove Rovers on Tuesday evening.
WDC QUIZZED ON AP FUTURE
(Monday 14th December 2009)
Wycombe District Council are set to be quizzed on the future of Adams Park at a full Council meeting scheduled for Monday 14th December. Sands Councillor Mohammed Rafiq has asked for clarification of, "Council's intention to relocate the Adams Park Football Ground to a new location." Councillor Rafiq has been promised a verbal reply by Mr Tony Green (Deputy Leader of the Council) in the absence of Leader of the Councillor Mrs Lesley Clarke. Meanwhile, Steve Hayes has estimated that it will February 2010 before any further news on the proposal for a 'Coummunity Stadium' for the two clubs that he owns. Hayes revealed the news at the Fans Forum on Thursday 10th December where he also stated the proposed capacity of the stadium may be as low as 15,000 and that standing areas were being considered but could not be guaranteed. Hayes wants the ground to come to fruition by 2014 but the Council have already warned that the public consultation process is a 'massive task' and could take up to two years after plans have been submitted.
CARLISLE 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 12th December 2009)
Wanderers returned pointless from the game at Carlisle United on Saturday after Vincent Pericard's headed goal in first half stoppage time was enough to see Gary Waddock's side beaten 1-0 and remain third from bottom in the table. Waddock named an unchanged starting line-up to the one that beat Stockport County seven days previous, although Tommy Doherty returned from injury on the bench. The crucial goal came after Chris Westwood was penalised for a foul on Pericard and Ian Harte's free-kick from the right was glanced past Scott Shearer by the Cameroon striker. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Oliver, Mousinho (sub 59 Doherty), Westwood, Hunt, Betsy, Davies, Phillips, Harrold (sub 80 Pittman), Akinde - subs not used: Bloomfield, Green, Young, Duberry, Beavon - Att:4,528 (away 128)
CLUB BACK DOWN ON FORUM
(Wednesday 9th December 2009)
The Club have made a late back down on their intention to accept only email questions for the Supporters Forum to be held this Thursday (10th December). In a statement on the Official website, they say, "The club have listened to feedback from fans and shareholders and therefore, in addition to the questions received by email, we will also be taking questions from the floor on the evening." The Forum is scheduled to begin at 7.15pm in the Woodlands Lounge at Adams Park. Meanwhile, Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust will be holding an, 'informational members meeting' on Tuesday 15th December starting at 7.30pm in the Hypnos Lounge at Adams Park. The Trust meeting will give members the opportunity to discuss the developments of the last 5 months and the future plans of the Trust.
FANS FORUM TO BE SCRIPTED
(Monday 7th December 2009)
As previously reported on COTN (19th November), the Club are holding a Supporters Forum this Thursday (10th December) with Owner Steve Hayes and Manager Gary Waddock in attendance. However, in what appears to be an attempt to 'stage manage' events, the Club issued a directive via the Official website and through an email distribution on Monday morning that only questions emailed to the Club by 5.30pm on Monday evening would be considered for answering at the forum. It's expected that Steve Hayes will use the opportunity to give further prominence to his vision of a shared 'Community Stadium' for Wanderers and London Wasps and that this is likely to be the only option in another 'five year plan' for the financial stability of the Club.
WYCOMBE 2 STOCKPORT 1
(Saturday 5th December 2009)
Late goals saw the Wanderers come back from 1-0 down to secure a 2-1 victory over fellow strugglers Stockport County at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon. Wycombe had enjoyed the better of the chances but fell behind in the
64th minute when Carl Barker controlled the ball on the right side of the penalty area before curling a shot into the opposite top corner of the net. However, a determined Wycombe side drew level ten minutes later after Johnny Mullins let a ball run out for a Wycombe corner, thinking the referee would award a goalkick. From the resulting corner from the left, Chris Westwood powered in to head home Scott Davies' delivery. Then with seven minutes of normal time remaining Davies himself made space from a central position outside the County penalty area before sending in a shot that took a significant deflection to beat Owain Fon Williams and send the home supporters into mass celebration. The result came after Gary Waddock made four changes to the side that lost at Southampton in the week- Westwood, Davies, John Akinde and Matt Phillips returning to the starting line-up in place of Michael Duberry (dropped to the bench), Ian Westlake (dropped to the bench), Tommy Doherty (injured in training) and Stuart Beavon (ill). Wanderers remain third from bottom in the table with the next game away to Carlisle United on Saturday 12th December. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Oliver, Mousinho, Westwood, Hunt, Betsy, Davies, Phillips, Harrold (sub 77 Pittman), Akinde - subs not used: Bloomfield, Green, Young, Westlake, Duberry (no 7th substitute) - Att:4,343
GRANT STORY RELEASED
(Friday 4th Decemeber 2009)
The mysterious circumstances surrounding the absence of now former Wanderers midfielder Gavin Grant can now be revealed according to a front page story in Friday's Bucks Free Press. The 25 year old has been accused of murder in a trial that began in October 2009 at the Old Bailey and jurors were considering their verdict earlier this week. Grant, who denies all charges, last played for Wycombe in October 2008 before being arrested and held by police prior to the start of the trial almost 12 months later. The report claims that Wanderers 'terminated his contract before the end of the last season'. News of the trial had previously been reported through the South London Press back in October 2009.
YOUTHS OUT OF CUP
(Wednesday 2nd Decemeber 2009)
Wanderers Under 18 side are out of the FA Youth Cup after going down 3-0 to Watford in a 3rd Round tie at Vicarage Road on Wednesday evening. All the goals came in the second-half with Eddie Oshodi opening the scoring on 50 minutes and Matty Whichelow bagging a brace with further goals on 65 and 72 minutes. In wet conditions, Wanderers had chances in the first half but eventually conceeded when
Oshodi headed home Piero Mingoia's corner. Whichelow then shook off the Wanderers defence before directing the ball past Matt Ingram and the same player made it 3-0 seven minutes later when he slammed the ball home from Gavin Massey's pass. Youth Team info 2009/10 Wycombe: Ingram, Grayley, Stewart, Saku, O'Regan; Federico, Scowen (sub 88 Weemes), Belcher, Harris, McClure, Wallace (sub 81 Palladino) - subs not used: Raphael, Kewley-Graham, Ware
SOUTHAMPTON 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 1st December 2009)
Wanderers went down 1-0 to Southampton on Tuesday evening in their first ever visit to St Mary's and the winning margin for the home side could have been much greater but for some woeful finishing and top class keeping from Scott Shearer. In the end, the only goal of the game came from former Bristol Rovers striker Ricky Lambert who swept the ball home four minutes before the break after a break down the right by Papa Waigo N'Diaye. Wycombe started the game with two changes from the side that beat Brentford seven days previous - Stuart Beavon replacing the less than 100% fit Scott Davies and Ian Westlake covering for the injured Gareth Ainsworth. Wanderers best and perhaps only clear cut chances to score came in the 14th minute when Beavon shot wide of the far post following a run from the right channel and in the 22nd minute when Matt Harrold could quite connect with Kevin Betsy's low delivery from the right. The remainder of the match belonged in the main to The Saints, with N'Diaye's miss from around 4 yards on 28 minutes leaving the home fans in shock before Lambert settled their nerves. In increasingly difficult windy and wet conditions, Wanderers rarely looked like pulling an equaliser out of the bag and can thank Scott Shearer expertise between the posts, including a double save from Lambert and then Adam Lallana's follow-up to keep the margin at one goal. Wanderers remain third from bottom in the table with the next match a seemingly crucial home game with second from bottom Stockport County on Saturday at Adams Park. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Oliver, Mousinho (sub 64 Davies), Duberry, Hunt, Westlake (sub 58 Phillips), Betsy, Doherty, Beavon (sub 56 Akinde), Harrold - subs not used Green, Young, Pittman, Spence - Att:16,402 (away 679)
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