All the news stories from February 2010
STOCKPORT 4 WYCOMBE 3
(Saturday 27th February 2010)
Wanderers almost staged a remarkable come back on the mud fields of Edgeley Park on Saturday, before going down 4-3 to bottom club Stockport County. In an all too familiar defensive performance, an unchanged Wycombe line-up were 4-0 down at the hour mark and it could have been worse but for the goalkeeping ability of Tom Heaton. The on loan 'keeper had already made two decent saves when Richard Partridge opened the scoring on 22 minutes when he converted from a corner. A minute later it was 2-0 when George Donnelly turned from six yards to score with the Wanderers defensive looking on. Matt Harrold replaced Alex Revell at the break but after a bright start any thoughts of a second-half recovery were dashed eight minutes after the restart when Jemal Johnson embarassed Craig Woodman down the right before firing past Heaton. Woodman was replaced shortly afterwards by Matt Phillips but Donnelly made it 4-0 on 60 minutes with a close range effort as several Wanderers fans headed for the exits having seen enough. But on 67 minutes Wanderers were given a lifeline when Harrold crossed and Phillips side-footed home. Three minutes later it was 4-2 when Phillips headed home a Dean Keates corner. Stockport's nerves then really began to show as Wanderers went all out attack and with five minutes of normal time remaining a low cross from the left from Jon-Paul Pittman was turned into his own net by County 'keeper Owain Fon Williams to make it 4-3. Wanderers then twice went close to snatching an inconceivable point with efforts from Kevin Betsy and Pittman both going close to drawing the scores level. But in the end it was too little, too late for Gary Waddock's side who will grateful that, apart from Stockport, all the other sides in the relegation battle dropped points and the gap to 20th place remains at four points. Next game, at home to Carlisle United on Saturday 6th March. Wycombe: Heaton, Woodman (sub 57 Phillips), Westwood, Bennett, Kelly, Keates, Betsy, Mousinho (sub 67 Montrose), McLeod, Revell (sub HT Harrold), Pittman - subs not used Bloomfield, Hinshelwood, Shearer, Beavon - Att:3,740
STADIUM GETS WDC NOD
(Friday 26th February 2010)
As expected Wycombe District Council leaders have given the go ahead to look formally into the building of
a 'Community Stadium' for the use of the Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps following the behind closed doors Cabinet meeting on Thursday afternoon. Press and public were excluded from the discussions, reported to have lasted 40 minutes, where a report said that Wanderers and Wasps, 'share a constrained site which limits the scope of both clubs’ ambitions and does not reflect their potential contribution to the district’s profile, economy or community’. A report on the Bucks Free Press website also says that ."(WDC) were also asked to approve a controversial ‘collaboration agreement’ with the clubs". What is becoming an increasingly debated topic, was also due to be discussed during the public question and answer session at the Full Council meeting later that evening but all dialogue has now been withheld until the next meeting, not scheduled until Monday 12th April.
COTN archive - Stadium talks - 5th February 2010
IPSWICH 1 RESERVES 2
(Wednesday 24th February 2010)
Youth teamer Jerome Federico scored a stunning stoppage time winner as the Wanderers reserves beat Ipswich Town 2-1 at Portman Road on Wednesday afternoon. Luke Oliver opened the scoring midway through the first half when he headed home a Lewwis Spence corner. The home side levelled terms when Ed Upson struck past Martin Brennan from 18 yards. However, Federico secured the three points
with a 20 yard effort from the after cutting in from the right. Goalkeeping coach Brennan was forced to play in goal after Steve Arnold was told to stay at home after contracting what is thought to be the same virus that kept Matt Harrold out of the previous Tuesday's 'League One' meeting with Southampton. Wycombe: Brennan, Cobb (sub Belcher), Oliver, Hinshelwood, Spence, Montrose, Phillips, Bloomfield, Green, Harris (sub Federico), Beavon - subs not used: Saku, Stewart, O'Regan
PAYNE RETURNS TO HAMMERS
(Wednesday 24th January 2010)
On loan midfielder Josh Payne has returned to West Ham after his one month loan period came to an end on 23rd February.
The 19 year old made three appearances for the Wanderers, scoring on his debut in the 1-1 draw at Southend and then adding a further app in the 3-2 victory at Bristol Rovers but making his final appearance in the 4-1 home capitulation to Yeovil on 6th February. He was an unused sub in the following game at Brentford but perhaps significantly didn't even make the bench for the recent games with Millwall and Southampton.
STADIUM TALKS THIS WEEK
(Wednesday 24th February 2010)
Wycombe District Council leaders will be quized on issues relating to the proposals to build a 'Community Stadium' for the use of the Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps at a 'Full Council' meeting to be held on Thursday (25th February) at the Council chambers. The meeting is open to the public and starts at 6.30pm. However, a 'Special Cabinet Meeting' has also been arranged for earlier in the afternoon (4.30pm) where 'Property Issues' related to the proposals will be discussed in another 'behind closed doors' agenda item. It's expected that this meeting will reach agreement to press ahead with the increasingly controversial feasibility study and implementation into the 'Core Strategy Development Plan'. Council leaders insist the project will be an 'investment' and will also be obliged to carry out their usual consultation process prior to formal plans being agreed.
COTN archive - Stadium talks - 5th February 2010
WYCOMBE 0 SOUTHAMPTON 0
(Tuesday 23rd February 2010)
Another encouraging performance for the Wanderers help return a 0-0
draw against Southampton at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. Wanderers' best chances to secure all three points came from Jon-Paul Pittman who replaced Matt Harrold who was missing due to illness. Pittman shot a 2nd minute effort from 12 yards straight at Saints keeper Kelvin Davis, while in the second half he saw a volley tipped onto the top of the Valley End crossbar by the visiting net minder. Meanwhile, The Saints had their chances during a second-half where the wet conditions caused a increasingly difficult playing surface - Adam Lallana going closest when he dragged an effort inches wide of the right hand upright. Results elsewhere saw the gap to escape the relegation deduce to four points, although Wanderers inferior goal difference of -24 effectively means this is five. Next game, away to bottom side Stockport County on Saturday (27th February). Wycombe: Heaton, Woodman, Westwood, Bennett, Kelly, Keates, Betsy, Mousinho, McLeod, Revell, Pittman -
subs not used: Bloomfield, Hinshelwood, Shearer, Oliver, Montrose, Phillips, Beavon - Att:6,232 (away end 1,710)
NO AINSWORTH APPEAL
(Monday 22nd February 2010)
Gary Waddock has said that the Club will not be appealing over the red card awarded to Gareth Ainsworth in the match with Millwall at Adams Park. The former QPR midfielder had only been on the field for five minutes when he was penalised for an elbow in the face of Tony Craig. Speaking to the press after the game. Waddock said, "Gareth Ainsworth is an honest player. He's aggressive, but he's not the type of player to throw elbows. He said he hasn't done anything and I take his word for that." But the Wycombe boss confirmed that no appeal would be made because of the risk of an extra game being added to the three match ban should the appeal fail. Ainsworth will now miss the games with Southampton (home - 23rd Feb), Stockport (away - 27th Feb) and Carlisle (home - 6th March).
WYCOMBE 1 MILLWALL 0
(Saturday 20th February 2010)
Wanderers secured what could be a vital three points with a 1-0 victory over Millwall at Adams Park on Saturday. Debutant Julian Kelly grabbed the only goal of the game in first half stoppage time when his low cross from the right wing found its way through the watching Millwall defence and into the far corner of the net. Wanderers then proceeded to hold on for the points with a much improved defensive performance and helped by a Tom Heaton penalty save on 68 minutes. The only sour point of the day for Gary Waddock's side was the sending off of Gareth Aimsworth on 77 minutes for an elbow on former Wanderers loanee Tony Craig. Ainsworth dismissal came just six minutes after the former QPR midfielder had come on as substitute and he will now suffer an automatic three game ban. But the sending off hardly dampened the delight of Wanderers' first home victory since 5th December and the completion of a double over a side chasing a play-off place. The result came as Wanderers also gave a debut to Brentford loanee Alan Bennett, while 'keeper Tom Heaton impressed on his home debut as he dived to his right to save a Neil Harris penalty after Craig Woodman had fouled Shaun Batt. Heaton made a couple of other crucial saves and when he wasn't there, the woodwork came to Wycombe's rescue - Batt seeing a header hit the bar within a minute of Wycombe's goal, while Alan Dunne saw a cross bounce off the top of the cross bar on 83 minutes.
Wycombe are now five points behind the relegation line and a group of three clubs on 32 points. Next game, on Tuesday (23rd February) at home to Southampton. Wycombe: Heaton, Woodman, Westwood, Bennett, Kelly, Keates, Betsy (sub 71 Ainsworth), Mousinho, McLeod, Revell (sub 89 Phillips), Harrold(sub 88 Pittman) - subs not used: Shearer, Oliver, Montrose, Beavon - Att:5,774 (away end 1,618)
TAYLOR GETS BRADFORD JOB
(Wednesday 17th February 2010)
Peter Taylor has been appointed Manager of 'League Two' side Bradford City, four months after he was sacked the Wanderers. Taylor joins The Bantams on a deal until the end of the current campaign and follows the departure of former City player Stuart McCall earlier in the month. Bradford joint Chairman Mark Lawn said to the Telegraph & Argus, "Peter is a very professional man and we've gone for him because of his track record. The three-month spell gives us the chance to look at each other so it's good for both parties. If Peter proves himself, I'm sure we will be talking about a longer-term contract. But it does mean we can look at others." Taylor was sacked from Wycombe just five months after edging automatic promotion but having started the season with just one League win from eleven amidst the fallout from the summer takeover by Steve Hayes.
CENTRAL DEFENDER ON LOAN
(Tuesday 16th February 2010)
As expected Gary Waddock has signed a central defender with Brentford's Alan Bennett arriving on a one month 'emergency loan' deal. The 28 year old comes to Wycombe after being frustrated with the lack of First Team opportunities at Griffin Park following a permanent move from Reading in the summer of 2009. The former Rebublic of Ireland U21 international spent seven years playing for his home town club Cork City before joining Reading in January 2007 for an undisclosed fee. However, after failing to break into the First Team at Reading, he first moved on loan to Southampton (10 League apps) and then onto Brentford on two extended loan deals that saw him make 55 League apps and captaining The Bees to the 'League Two' title at the end of the 2008/9 campaign. Brentford Manager Andy Scott commented on the deal on the Bees offical website, saying, "Alan has been frustrated with the lack of chances he has had and is keen to get regular first team football. Likewise we want him to retain match fitness and see this as an ideal opportunity for him to maintain the level of fitness required to step back into our side when needed." He has been allocated No.5 in the Wanderers squad.
STADIUM TALKS DELAYED
(Tuesday 16th February 2010)
Planned talks by Council chiefs on the proposals to build a 'Community Stadium' for the use of the Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps have been delayed after a report was not finalised in time for a meeting Monday 8th February. COTN now understands that Councillors will meet in private this Wednesday (17th February) to hear the report and discuss property and planning issues. A Full Council meeting is also planned for Thursday 25th February where Councillors and members of the public have a chance to put questions to the Cabinet if submitted by the deadline of 12 noon on Friday 19th February.
COTN archive - Stadium talks - 5th February 2010
RIGHT-BACK ON LOAN
(Monday 15th February 2010)
Wanderers activity in the transfer market continued on Monday (15th Feb) with the arrival of Reading defender Julian Kelly on an initial one month 'emergency loan' deal. The 20 year old specialises in the right-back position and Manager Gary Waddock has said it will bring needed competition for Lewis Hunt. The Wycombe boss has also hinted to the press he intends to go back to the loan market to bring in a central defender. Kelly made his First Team debut for The Royals during the 2008/2009 season - going on to make 11 League & Cup appearances that season. However, the current campaign has seen him make just a solitary League Cup appearance for the Berkshire side after a shoulder injury hindered his selection chances. He has been allocated No.34 in the Wanderers squad.
BRENTFORD 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 13th February 2010)
Wanderers let another two points slip in a 1-1 draw with Brentford at Griffin Park on Saturday but will be encouraged by the performance. Loanee 'keeper Tom Heaton put in a solid performance between the sticks, while fellow debutant Kevin McLeod set up Wanderers' opener on 27 minutes when he layed the ball out from the left of midfield for Kevin Betsy to slot past
Wojciech Szczesny in the Bees goal. Wycombe may not have deserved the lead at that point but they went on to become the better side and will disappointed to have conceeded an equaliser with 15 minutes left on the clock when Myles Weston fired past Heaton from the edge of the box into the bottom corner of the net. Wanderers remain six points below the relegation line. Next
game at home to in form Millwall on Saturday (20th February). Wycombe: Heaton, Woodman, Oliver, Westwood, Hunt, Keates, Betsy, Mousinho, McLeod, Revell, Harrold (sub 81 Pittman) - subs not used: Shearer, Ainsworth, Montrose, Phillips, Payne, Beavon - Att:5,740 (away end 888)
KEEPER ON LOAN
(Friday 12th February 2010)
Wanderers Manager Gary Waddock has moved to bring in 23 year old Manchester United goalkeeper Tom Heaton on loan for the remainder of the 2009/10 season. The former England U21 international has recently been on loan with 'League Two' promotion chasers Rochdale, playing 12 games and being on the losing side just once, while earlier in the season he played two League Cup games on loan at QPR. The former United trainee made his senior debut while on loan at Swindon Town during the first half of the 2005/2006 season - his first appearance coming in a 3-1 defeat to Wanderers in a League Cup tie at The County Ground in August 2005. The following season he gained more experience with a season long loan at Cardiff City. Heaton is likely to go straight into the starting line-up to face Brentford at Griffin Park on Saturday in place of Scott Shearer.
20 YEARS AGO
(Sunday 7th February 2010)
Sunday 7th February 2010 marked the 20th anniversary of Martin O'Neill's appointment as Wanderers' Manager. The Irishman replaced Jim Kelman, who had been sacked after a 3-1 home defeat to Metropolitan Police in the First Round of the FA Trophy on 13th January 1990. O'Neill's first game in charge came at Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday 10th February 1990 where Mark West scored Wanderers goal in a 1-1 draw in the Conference. The first home game for the new Management team came the following Saturday versus Welling United where Dave Carroll scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 Conference victory for the Wanderers in front of a 1,745 crowd at Loakes Park.
WYCOMBE 1 YEOVIL TOWN 4
(Saturday 6th February 2010)
Renewed hope of Wanderers avoiding the drop to 'League Two', took another bitter blow on Saturday following a 4-1 reverse at home to Yeovil Town and the likelihood that defender Adam Hinshelwood will miss the remainder of the season through injury. Gary Waddock named unchanged starting line-up to the one that beat Bristol Rovers seven days previous but after a bright start by Wycombe, it was the visitors who took the lead on 16 minutes when former Wanderers loanee Dean Bowdith stabbed a shot into the top right corner of Scott Shearer's net after Andy Welsh had pulled the ball back from the left. It could have got worse for Wycombe on 30 minutes when Welsh missed the target from close. But Wycombe grabbed a lifeline five minutes after the re-start when Matt Harrold managed to head home a Dean Keates free-kick. However, any thoughts of Wanderers going on for victory were dashed from Yeovil's next attack when Bowditch's low angle shot from the right could only be parried into the path of an unmarked Welsh at the far post who tapped in with ease. The killer blow came on the hour mark after Luke Oliver fouled Tudur Jones on route to goal and from the resulting free-kick, Jones made a mockery of the Wycombe wall as he curled home a low shot inside the right hand upright and past the despairing dive of Shearer. Another calamitous afternoon of defending from Wycombe was completed on 67 minutes when Bowditch outstripped the chasing Oliver before cleverly dinking the ball past Shearer from just inside penalty area. Despite the result, all the other teams around Wycombe dropped points too and the gap to exit the relegation zone remains at 6 points. Next game, away to Brentford on Saturday (13th February), with the next
home game against in form Millwall the following Saturday (20th February). Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Hinshelwood (sub 51 Oliver), Westwood, Keates, Betsy, Mousinho, Payne, Beavon (sub 62 Pittman), Revell, Harrold - subs not used: Arnold, Montrose, Phillips, McLeod, Hunt - Att:4,793 (away end 269)
SECRET STADIUM TALKS
(Friday 5th February 2010)
Council chiefs will have more behind closed doors discussions on Monday 8th February 2010 as they look at property and planning issues relating to the proposals to build a 'Community Stadium' for the use of the Wycombe and London Wasps. The Cabinet meeting will exclude public and press from the relevant part of the agenda as it contains what is deemed 'a significant amount of commercially sensitive information'. However, Councillors at the meeting on 8th Feb are expected put questions to the Cabinet and the public will be able to put questions to the Council at a meeting later in the month. COTN feature - read more
RESERVES 3 NORWICH 1
(Tuesday 2nd February 2010)
Leon Johnson returned for the Wanderers Reserves On Tuesday evening as they beat Norwich City 3-1 at Maidenhead United FC. Luke Oliver headed Wanderers into the lead in the 2nd minute from a Matt Phillips free-kick. Meanwhile, Johnson, who had not played for Wycombe since picking up a hip injury in the FA Cup tie with Brighton at Adams Park in November, came through the first half without any problems before being replaced. Substitute Kadeem Harris then put Wanderers into a 2-0 lead on the hour mark when he fired home another Phillips assist. However, the visitors hit back a minute later when Danny Kelly finished from close range and although The Canaries pressed for an equaliser, it was Wycombe who sealed the game in the 72nd minute when Matt McClure headed home - Phillips the provided again. The Wycombe squad also included trialists Simon Cox and Andre Schembri. Wycombe: Arnold, Cox, O'Regan, Johnson (sub HT Daly), Oliver, Belcher, Montrose (sub 67 McClure), Wallace, Phillips, Fitchett, Schembri (sub HT Harris) - subs not used: Ingram, Federico
McCLEOD SIGNS TOO
(Monday 1st February 2010)
Gary Waddock completed a busy day of activity in the final hours of the January transfer window with the capture of Brighton & Hove Albion left sided midfielder Kevin McLeod. The 29 year old is a former Everton trainee who eventually made his mark in senior football with Queens Park Rangers (67 apps - 6 goals), transfering to the London club in August 2003 for a £250,000 fee following two earlier loan spells. He spent 18 months at QPR before a move to Swansea City (44 apps - 7 goals). He went on to join Colchester United in August 2006 (52 apps - 7 goals) and subsequently joined Brighton in the summer of 2008 after turning down the offer a further two year deal with the Essex club. He made 26 First Team appearances for The Seagulls without scoring before agreeing to move to Wycombe on a free.
(Monday 1st February 2010)
Michael Duberry has left the Wanderers by 'mutual consent' just six months after he arrived at the Club on a two year contract. The former Chelsea, Leeds and Reading defender was signed by Peter Taylor in July on a free from Reading but he failed to make an impact on new boss Gary Waddock and a deal has been arranged with the 34 year to depart Adams Park with 18 months of his contract still to run. Duberry made 19 First Team appearances for the Wanderers, with his final appearance coming in the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on 1st December.
(Monday 1st February 2010)
The Club confirmed at around 12 noon on Monday (1st February) that Gareth Ainsworth had joined Wanderers on an 18 month contract following his release from QPR. Manager Gary Waddock commented to the official website, "I'm delighted to have him on board on a permanent basis. Everyone knows what you are going to get with him and we all saw that during his loan spell. It's an excellent signing for us." However, It's unlikely that the 36 year old will play for Wanderers until the middle of February as he is still reported to be recovering from a calf strain.
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