All the news stories from July 2009
HAMPTON 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Thursday 30th July 2009)
A predominantly Wanderers Youth Team went down 1-0 in the friendly at Hampton & Richmond Borough on Thursday evening. Wanderers included goalkeeping coach Martin Brennan inbetween the sticks while 'Head Coach' Junior Lewis featured in midfield. The only goal of the game came from Leon Yarnie whose 7th minute strike was enough to earn victory for the Surrey side.
Wycombe: Martin Brennan, Anthony Stewart, Tom O'Regan, Dean Wallace, Leika Saku, Junior Lewis, Jerome Federico, Sam Belcher, George Daly, Daniel Fitchett, Matthew McClure - subs: Pietro Palladino, Dead Raphel, Josh Scowen, Lee Weemes, Robert Lofters-Desport, Dwaine Campbell
YOUTHS FOR HAMPTON
(Thursday 30th July 2009)
Wanderers' injury predicament has led to Peter Taylor withdrawing his First Team squad from Thursday's scheduled friendly away to Hampton & Richmond. Wycombe will now send a squad consisting mainly of players from the U18's side. Taylor told the official website, "I've rung Alan [Devonshire, Manager of Hampton] to apologise but there's really nothing we can do, we've got nine injuries in a squad of twenty odd and we can't get our full team out. We'll be giving some younger lads a chance." The injury list now includes Tommy Doherty and Ian Westlake who are both expected to miss the start of the season with ankle ligament and hamstring injuries respectively. Wanderers are still expected to send a First Team squad to Bristol City on Saturday.
WYCOMBE 1 QPR 2
(Tuesday 28th July 2009)
Wycombe went down 2-1 to QPR in the only home friendly before the start of the 2009/10 season. Wanderers were 2-0 down early on after Gavin Mahon headed home unmarked on 80 seconds and then Patrick Agyemang doubled the lead on 9 minutes when he snapped home a shot from around 10 yards. Luke Oliver grabbed a consolation goal for Wycombe on 83 minutes when he fired in from close range after Matt Harrold had headed back across the face of the Valley End goal. News is awaited of Tommy Doherty, who was forced off with an injury in the second-half. Elsewhere, several hundred amongst the 3,288 attendance missed both of QPR's goals after large queues gathered outside the away end and into the home sections where a decision had been made not to open either tier of the Woodlands Stand. Club Safety officials eventually conceeded defeat 20 minutes into the game when they opened the lower tier (Family Stand). Wycombe: Young (sub HT Shearer), Mousinho, Cobb, Duberry, Westwood, Bloomfield (sub 58 Phillips), Doherty (sub 60 Oliver), Montrose, Westlake (sub 88 Daly), Pittman (sub HT Harrold), Beavon (sub 58 Zebroski) - subs not used: Fitchett, Lewis - Att: 3,288
TAYLOR - NO TO CORT
(Monday 27th July 2009)
Peter Taylor has told triallist Carl Cort that he will be looking elsewhere for a striker after the former Wimbledon, Newcastle United, Wolves, Leicester and Norwich player failed to impress the Wycombe boss in opening three pre-season friendlies. The 31 year old wasn't included on Wanderers' trip to Kent at the weekend and Taylor confirmed to the media that he couldn't offer the deal Cort was looking for. Taylor added, "I'm not in a panic because I'm very happy with the eleven that we could put out at the moment. If we don't sign another player I'm still confident we'll have a very good team against Charlton."
DOVER 2 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 25th July 2009)
Wanderers went down 2-1 to Dover Athletic on Saturday afternoon. The home side took the lead in the 12th minute when former Gillingham man Frannie Collin knocked the ball past Scott Shearer. Wanderers levelled on 40 minutes through Jon-Paul Pittman after he finished well following a run from just over the half-way line. However, Dover got their winner in the 76th minute when Sam Welford forced the ball home after Junior Lewis had made a mess of clearing the ball.1st half: Shearer, Westwood, Mousinho, Duberry, Oliver, Doherty, Westlake, Bloomfield, Zebroski, Pittman, Phillips -
2nd half: Young, Daly, Cobb, Westwood, Oliver, Phillips, Doherty (sub 75 Junior Lewis), Westlake (sub 75 Fitchett), Zebroski, Harrold, Beavon
EASTBOURNE 0 WYCOMBE 1
(Friday 24th July 2009)
An 85th goal from Chris Zebroski was enough to see Wanderers beat Eastbourne Borough 1-0 on Friday evening.
The goal came after Stuart Beavon had centred from the right for Zebroski to shoot home from close range.1st half: Young, Cobb, Duberry, Oliver, Mousinho, Phillips, Bloomfield, Daly, Fitchett, Harrold, Pittman -
2nd half: Shearer, Daly, Johnson (sub 70 Junior Lewis), Westwood, Mousinho, Fitchett, Westlake, Doherty, Bloomfield, Zebroski, Beavon
SQUAD NUMBERS ANNOUNCED
(Thursday 23rd July 2009)
The Wanderers squad numbers for the 2009/10 season have now been confirmed by the Club. They are: 1 Scott Shearer, 2 Lewis Hunt, 3 Craig Woodman, 4 Leon Johnson, 5 Michael Duberry, 6 Luke Oliver, 7 Ian Westlake, 8 Tommy Doherty, 9 Matt Harrold, 10 Matt Bloomfield, 11 Chris Zebroski, 12 Jamie Young, 15 Stuart Green, 16 Jon-Paul Pittman, 17 Lewis Montrose, 18 Matty Phillips, 19 Lewwis Spence, 20 John Mousinho, 21 Joe Cobb, 22 TJ Moncur, 23 Chris Westwood, 24 Stuart Beavon, 25 Dan Fitchett, 26 George Daly
WINDSOR & E 0 WYCOMBE 4
(Wednesday 22nd July 2009)
Wanderers ran out comfortable 4-0 winners in the friendly at Windsor & Eton on Wednesday evening. Stuart Beavon gave Wycombe the lead in the 2nd minute when he knocked in from close range while Jon-Paul Pittman added a second half brace with clean strikes in the 61st and 80th minutes to seal the result. A bizzare own goal in the 89th minute that was generously credited to Chris Zebroski by the PA announcer completed the scoring on the night. Peter Taylor included 16 year old Dwayne Campbell as a triallist in the second-half. The former Crystal Palace youngster played in the centre of defence alongside Michael Duberry. Elsewhere, Carl Cort played up front in the first period as Peter Taylor continued to monitor the fitness of his former England U21 player.
1st half: Shearer, Cobb, Johnson, Oliver, Moncur, Phillips, Doherty, Montrose, Green, Cort, Beavon -
2nd half: Young, Cobb (sub 61 Daly) , Moncur (sub 61 Fitchett), Campbell, Duberry, Bloomfield, Mousinho, Westlake, Zebroski, Pittman, Harrold - Att: 400 approx
BLACK KIT LAUNCH
(Wednesday 22nd July 2009)
The official launch of Wanderers new 2nd choice kit will take place this Thursday at a special event at the Club's temporary shop in High Wycombe's Eden Centre. As previously reported by COTN, the new kit will be predominantly black and will be used as first choice change when Wanderers play away from home. However, in accordance with the Club Charter modified at the start of the 2008/9 season, its lifespan of use for the first team is likely to be just one season. A selection of Wanderers squad will be present from 2pm at the shop to assist with the launch.
DOC DEAL EXTENDED
(Tuesday 21st July 2009)
Midfielder Tommy Doherty has agreed a contract extension that will see him tied to the Wanderers until June 2012. Doherty, who was 30 in March 2009, originally joined Wycombe on a loan deal from QPR in September 2006 before finally making the move permanent in January 2008. He has since notched up 93 First Team appearances for Wycombe and been voted in the PFA 'League Two' team of the season on two occasions.
Tommy Doherty - COTN profile
MARLOW FRIENDLY ADDED
(Monday 20th July 2009)
Wanderers have arranged an additional pre-season friendly, this time away to Marlow on Tuesday 4th August 2009 with a 7.30pm kick-off. The game at Oak Tree Road now becomes final scheduled pre-season game before the Football League season kicks-off away to Charlton Athletic on Saturday 8th August.
See latest results and fixtures page for full list
WANDERERS WASHED OUT
(Friday 17th July 2009)
Wanderers' involvement in the South West Challenge Cup came to an abrupt end on Friday afternoon after torrential rain in North Devon caused the game with Luton Town at Appledore to be postponed.
The decision was made at around 3pm and means that Luton progress to the semi-finals on goal difference, while Wanderers' will travel home having played just one match. Next game pre-season friendly for Peter Taylor's side is now on Wednesday evening at Windsor & Eton (KO 7.30pm).
WANDERERS NEED VICTORY
(Wednesday 15th July 2009)
Wanderers will need to beat Luton Town in Friday's group stage match at Appledore in the
South West Challenge Cup in order to progress to the Saturday's Semi-Finals. The Hatters comfortably beat Bideford 3-0 on Wednesday evening to go to the top of the group and leave Wanderers trailing in 2nd place on goal difference. The winners of the group are likely to face Rushden & Diamonds in the Semi after they beat Blackpool on penalties on Wednesday evening and now need a draw or better against Barnstable on Friday evening to top their group.
SIGNINGS 5 & 6
(Wednesday 15th July 2009)
Wanderers have confirmed signings No.5 and 6 of the close season. They are former Blackpool midfielder Stuart Green and former Ipswich and Leeds left sided midfielder Ian Westlake. They have both signed two year deals with the Wanderers. The signing of 26 year old Westlake came after he impressed in the pre-season friendly at AFC Wimbledon and also in the first match of the South West Challenge Cup.
Taylor is expected to name a seventh signing later in the week - thus setting up the now obligatory 'Magnificent Seven' headlines for the media.
SPOT KICK VICTORY
(Monday 13th July 2009)
Wanderers took a penalty shoot out to overcome Bideford in their opening match in the South West Challenge Cup on Monday evening. The match ended 0-0 after the tournament match duration of 80 minutes and went straight to spot-kicks. The home side went first with Scott Shearer beaten by Nick Barker. However, Wanderers replyed through Assistant Manager Junior Lewis and then after John Vaughn had scored again for Bideford, it was Shearer who stepped up to level the scores at 2-2. Chris Brown and then Stuart Beavon for Wycombe continued the 100% striker rate before Shearer made the critical save of Bideford's fourth spot-kick as he dived to his left to deny Jamie Densham. Matt Phillips made it 4-3 to Wycombe with one each left to take and after Matt Downing had kept the shoot out alive it was left to John Mousinho to confidently strike the winning kick and ensure it was Wycombe who took the three points. Wycombe play Luton Town on Friday as they aim to win their three team group and progress to Saturday's semi-finals. Wycombe 1st half: Young, Cobb, Duberry, Johnson, Moncur, Zebroski, Westlake, Montrose, Fitchett, Pittman, Harrold - Wycombe 2nd half: Shearer, Cobb, Oliver, Lewis, Mousinho, Daly, Bloomfield, Doherty, Phillips, Cort, Beavon - Att:245
SQUAD FOR DEVON TRIP
(Monday 13th July 2009)
Peter Taylor has confirmed the squad he will be taking to play in the South West Challenge Cup, starting against Bideford on Monday evening (KO 8pm). Triallists Carl Cort and Ian Westlake get a further chance to impress the Wanderers boss but there is no room for Calum Willock, although Taylor hasn't ruled out looking at the former Fulham striker when the team return from Devon.
Squad: Shearer, Young, Woodman, Cobb, Duberry, Oliver, Johnson, Westwood, Moncur, Mousinho, Doherty, Westlake, Zebroski, Spence, Montrose, Phillips, Bloomfield, Beavon, Daly, Fitchett, Pittman, Harrold, Cort
(Saturday 11th July 2009)
Just two months after the season closed in dramatic style against Notts County, Wanderers began their pre-season programme for the 2009/10 season on Saturday with a 1-0 victory away to AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow.
The only goal of the game came in the 76th minute when Matt Harrold ran on to a through ball from new signing Lewis Montrose before rounding the Wimbledon 'keeper. Manager Peter Taylor played two practically different XI's in each half, giving run outs to triallists Carl Cort (ex-Wimbledon and Wolves), Ian Westlake (ex-Ipswich Town and Leeds United) and Calum Willock (ex-Fulham). Two other (at the time unnamed) traillists played but have since been released. Matt Bloomfield, Craig Woodmand and Chris Westwood were all rested due to minor injuries. Wanderers continue their pre-season programme on Monday with a trip to the West Country to play in the South West Challenge Cup.
1st half: Shearer, Moncur, Oliver, Johnson, Cobb, Phillips, Doherty, Westlake, Daly, Cort, Willock -
2nd half: Young, Moncur (sub 76 Fitchett), Jeuel Ventura, Duberry, TBC (central defender), Zebroski, Montrose, Mousinho, Pittman, Harrold, Beavon - Att: 1,018 See the full list of pre-season games
WANDERERS SIGN DUBERRY
(Friday 10th July 2009)
Wanderers confirmed on Friday morning that former Chelsea defender Michael Duberry has joined on two year deal following his release from Reading at the end of last season. The 33 year old spent six years at Chelsea in the 1990's before moving on to Leeds United, Stoke City and then Reading in the January 2007 transfer window. With close to 300 First Team appearances under his belt at Premiership or Championship level, Duberry will add considerable experience to the Wanderers squad.
POSH DEFENDER TO SIGN
(Thursday 9th July 2009)
Wanderers confirmed on Thursday morning the signing of Peterborough United central defender Chris Westwood. The 32 year old was placed on the transfer list at London Road following Posh's promotion to The Championship and still had one year of a three year contract to run. Originally a trainee at Wolves, Westwood switched to Reading in 1998 but after limited First Team opportunities moved to Hartlepool where he went on to make more than 250 appearances. Opted to join Walsall in July 2005 before his move to Peterborough two years later. Made more than 50 First Team appearances for the Posh but fell from favour during the 2008/09 season and was loaned to Cheltenham Town. He has signed a two year deal with Wycombe.
(Wednesday 8th July 2009)
Some varied news of ex-Wanderers players this week. Former Youth Teamer Ikechi Anya is set to join the Glenn Hoddle academy in Spain. BBC Online reports the 21 year old has signed a two year deal with a further two year option with Sevilla. Meanwhile, another former Adams Park Youth Teamer, Jonny Dixon, is reported to be quitting football in order to concentrate on the music industry according to reports in Brighton local paper The Argus. Dixon, now 25, made more than 70 First Team appearances for Wycombe before leaving in January 2007 for Aldershot Town in a £6,000 deal. A year later he joined Brighton & Hove Albion for £55,000 but failed to make a impact on their First Team and says he has lost his love of the game.
PROPOSALS VOTED THROUGH
(Monday 6th July 2009)
It's all change at Wycombe Wanderers following the expected thumbs up given at EGM's held on Monday evening to the proposed restructuring of the Club that will see Steve Hayes take 100% control of all significant matters. An attendance of close to 200 shareholders saw the start delayed until 8.20pm and it wasn't until past 10pm when the result was finally confirmed.
Vote result and comment - Hayes gets his way
STADIUM KEY IN PROPOSALS
(Monday 6th July 2009)
The sale of Adams Park and the building of a new 'Community Stadium' for the use of Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps provide the key to the sustainable future of the Wanderers according to the proposals being presented to PLC shareholders ahead of the EGM on 6th July 2009.
Stadium key to proposals - COTN special feature
PROPOSALS FOR & AGAINST
(Monday 6th July 2009)
With the future of the Club set to be voted upon on Monday evening, both sides of the arguments were given press coverage through letters published in the Bucks Free Press on Friday 3rd July. Club MD Steve Hayes gave his side 'for' the proposals while Founder and Ordinary Shareholder Francis Glenister gave the other side of the argument.
Read letters in full - COTN special feature
GARY HOLT LEAVES
(Wednesday 1st July 2009)
Gary Holt has left the Club by 'mutual consent' after agreeing to having his contract terminated. The shock news comes less than five months after the 36 year old had his contract extended until June 2010 by Wanderers boss Peter Taylor. However, speaking of his decision to dispense with the Scot, Taylor said "I couldn't guarantee him first team football every week and we felt it would be best if he found a club elsewhere." Holt joined the Wanderers in the summer of 2007 from Nottingham Forest and made 81 First Team appearances, scoring once. Gary Holt - Player profile
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