All the news stories from May 2010
THREE MORE FRIENDLIES
(Wednesday 26th May 2010)
Wanderers have added three more friendlies to their pre-season campaign. They are all away from home and will at Hayes & Yeading on Saturday 17th July (kick-off 3pm), Uxbridge on Wednesday 21st July (7.45pm) and Maidenhead United on Monday 2nd August (7.45pm). The Football League season will kick-off on Saturday 7th August 2010 (fixtures out 17th June) with the 1st Round of the League Cup taking place the week commencing 9th August 2010. The Football League Trophy will get underway the week commencing 30th August 2010.
BETSY SIGNS NEW DEAL
(Tuesday 25th May 2010)
Kevin Betsy has agreed a new two year deal with the Wanderers. The 32 year old rejoined for his second permanent spell at Wycombe in January 2010 from Southend United having spent the earlier part of the season on loan from The Shrimpers. Commenting on the news, Manager Gary Waddock said, "I'm delighted that Kevin is staying. He's seen what we're trying to do and he sees his future here. He played extremely well towards the end of last season and he gives us the experience we're looking for. I'm looking forward to working with him next season."
SIGNING NEWS & GOSSIP
(Thursday 20th May 2010)
Wanderers have been linked with trying to sign Bury striker Ryan Lowe according to reports on BBC Sport. The 31 year old, who scored 18 goals for Bury last season, still has a year of his contract to run with The Shakers after joining from Chester City on a free in June 2009. The news follows on from press reports that Gary Waddock is closing in on two signings, rumoured to be Norwich City midfielder Matt Gill and teammate at Carrow Road Jamie Cureton. Meanwhile, former Wanderers loanee Alex Revell has opted to join Leyton Orient next season. Revell, who scored 6 times in 15 appearances for Wanderers last season while on loan from Southend United, was offered a permanent deal at Wycombe but this is understood to have been bettered by a two year contract with The O's in the division above.
BLOOMS SIGNS NEW DEAL
(Wednesday 19th May 2010)
Matt Bloomfield has agree a new one year contract with the Wanderers. The 26 year old is Wanderers longest serving current player having joined under Tony Adams in December 2003 from Ipswich Town. Bloomfield suffered another injury hit season in 2009/10 but impressed Manager Gary Waddock enough towards the end of the campaign to be offered a new deal. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Steve Arnold has also agreed a new one year deal to stay at Adams Park. The 20 year old joined on a free from Eastleigh in the January 2010 transfer window but finished the season still without a First Team appearance for the Wanderers.
(Wednesday 19th May 2010)
Wanderers have added further friendlies to their pre-season campaign, with Chelsea the highest profile game when they send a squad to Adams Park on Thursday 29th July (kick-off 7.45pm). The friendly programme opens on Saturday 10th July with the visit to Woking (kick-off 3pm), followed by a trip to Chesham United on Tuesday 13th July (kick-off 7.45pm). The previously announced home friendly with Reading takes place on Saturday 24th July (kick-off 3pm) before an away game at Burnham on Tuesday 27th July (kick-off 7.30pm). Football League fixtures for the 2010/11 season are due to be published at 10am on Thursday 17th June 2010.
PRESS PITCHING ISSUES
(Tuesday 18th May 2010)
COTN can confirm that suggestions in last Friday's Bucks Free Press that Wanderers pitch 'could be dug up and replaced by an artificial pitch within two years', would need changes to both FA and Football League regulations to prevent Wanderers being expelled from both Cup and League competitions. BFP rugby hack Alan Feldberg wrote the piece that quoted Steve Hayes as saying ďThe amount of money it costs to keep a really good pitch is way in excess of £75k a year, and all you can do is play football and rugby on it. With an artificial surface we could be staging all sorts of events Ė concerts, you name it Ė every night.". The debate seems to originate from Premier Rugby's needs for better pitches (published in the press earlier in May 2010). Ironically Wanderers already play on a FA and League ratified semi-artificial pitch funded when Wasps arrived in 2002. The only First Team match postponed since came when the undersoil heating failed in February 2008. The outlawing of 'artificial surfaces' is covered by Premier League rule 29, FA Cup rule 13a and Football League regulation 15.1 - all stating that no games should be played on an 'artifical surface' or one that is not 'predominantly natural grass'. In addition any events staged on the pitch at Adams Park outside of 'football' would require date specific licensing agreements with Wycombe District Council.
PHILLIPS TO PRESTON?
(Monday 17th May 2010)
Reports on Sky Sports are suggesting that Wanderers youngster Matt Phillips has been the subject of a bid from financially troubled Preston North End. The 19 year old is contracted with Wycombe until June 2011 and has been called into the England Under 19 squad for a tournament in the Ukraine after initially been on reserve. Last week Preston were served a winding-up order by HMRC for an overdue tax bill but are likely to be bailed out by millionaire Club Director Trevor Hemmings. Phillips made his Wanderers debut aged 17 in April 2008 and has since gone on to make 83 First Team appearances and scored 9 times.
OXFORD UTD BACK IN LEAGUE
(Sunday 16th May 2010)
Wanderers will renew rivalries with Oxford United after The U's won the Conference Play-Off at Wembley on Sunday - beating York City 3-1. They join Conference Champions Stevenage Borough in League Two next season, where they will play Wycombe for the first time at competitive First Team level. Borough, managed by former Wanderer Graham Westley, have finally gained promotion fourteen years after winning the Conference but being denied a place in the Football League due to insufficient ground facilities. They have since upgraded the ground to a 7,100 capacity. Meanwhile, United return to the Football League after a three year spell in the Conference.
(Wednesday 12th May 2010)
Wanderers have confirmed their first friendly fixture prior to the start of the 2010/11 season. Championship side Reading will be the visitors to Adams Park on Saturday 24th July with a 3pm kick-off. The Royals last visited Adams Park in February 2002 during their promotion season from 'Division Two' (now 'League One'). Since then they won promotion to the Premier League in 2006 before relegation back to 'Championship' at the end of the 2007/8 season. The two clubs have exchanged a number of players over the years, the most recent being loanees Simon Church, Scott Davies and Julian Kelly.
(Monday 10th May 2010)
Gary Waddock has confirmed decisions on renewing players contracts for next season. Six of the senior squad whose contracts expire in June 2010 have been offered new deals - they are Kevin Betsy, Alex Revell, Matt Bloomfield, John Mousinho, Adam Hinshelwood and Steve Arnold. Meanwhile, eight of the senior squad out of contract have been released - they are Scott Shearer, Joe Cobb, Lewis Hunt, Luke Oliver, Lewwis Spence, Dean Keates, Kevin McLeod and Matt Harrold. In addition first year pro George Daly has been released without making a First Team appearance. Meanwhile, loanees Tom Heaton, Julian Kelly and Alan Bennett have returned to their parent clubs. Waddock says he wants to bring in his 'own group of players', with players at his former club Aldershot Town expected to be priority.
(Monday 10th May 2010)
Gillingham's 3-0 collapse at Adams Park saw the Kent side take up the final relegation place from 'League One' in a season where they failed to register a single away League victory. The Gills needed a point to survive but their 2,300 strong contingent could only take in the news in horror as their side collapsed and Exeter grabbed a 2-1 home victory over Huddersfield, Tranmere wiped aside Stockport 3-0 at Edgeley Park and Hartlepool (deducted three points earlier in the week) got a vital point in a 0-0 draw at Brentford. Wanderers finished in 22nd spot - five points behind the safety point of 50 points. At the other end of the table, Norwich City and Leeds United secured automatic promotion, with Millwall, Charlton, Swindon and Huddersfield in the play-offs.
League One - bottom 9
Final positions 2009/2010
PL W D L GF GA Pts GD
16.Oldham 46 13 13 20 39 57 52 -18
17.Leyton Orient 46 13 12 21 53 63 51 -10
18.Exeter 46 11 18 17 48 60 51 -12
19.Tranmere 46 14 9 23 45 72 51 -27
20.Hartlepool 46 14 11 21 59 67 50 -8
21.Gillingham 46 12 14 20 48 64 50 -16
22.Wycombe 46 10 15 21 56 76 45 -20
23.Southend 46 10 13 23 51 72 43 -21
24.Stockport 46 5 10 31 35 95 25 -60
WYCOMBE 3 GILLINGHAM 0
(Saturday 8th May 2010)
Wanderers finished the season on a high with a 3-0 victory over Gillingham at Adams Park and in the process consigned the Kent side to relegation to 'League Two'. The Gills came to Adams Park without an away win all season but in the knowledge that a point would secure safety for another season. However, after Matt Phillips had curled in a wonderful opening goal for the Wanderers on the stroke of half-time, the visitors, backed by a following of more than 2,300, never looked likely to get anything from the game. When Alan Bennett headed home a corner on 64 minutes and Kevin Betsy saw a shot from the left channel deflect past Alan Julian in The Gills goal eight minutes later, it was left for the travelling contingent to hope for Tranmere, Exeter or Hartlepool to slip up in their final games taking place at the same time. But the news was bad The Gills and their players and management were left to endure boos from the travelling support at the final whistle. Wycombe: Heaton, Woodman, Bennett, Kelly, Hunt, Betsy, Mousinho, Montrose (sub 76 Ainsworth), Phillips, McLeod (sub 62 Harris), Pittman - subs not used: Keates, Oliver, Harrold, Westwood- Att:7,110 (away 2,300)
HAYES SET TARGETS
(Friday 7th May 2010)
Wanderers MD Steve Hayes has set Manager Gary Waddock the target of promotion next season but also confirmed he will be working on a reduced playing budget. Hayes told the Bucks Free Press, "We have to go up next year. Gary knows it and everyone knows it. We donít want to wait around another year in that division, the aim is to go up automatically and we want to do it in a blaze of glory. Iím gutted to find ourselves back in League Two. It wasnít in our plans to go down." Commenting on the budget, Hayes said, "The budget has been set for next season and itís a lesser budget than last year. But Iím confident that itís a good budget. We donít want to take on expensive players with expensive reputations, we want to take on some assets and have a mix of youth and experience." Waddock, who was already aware that he would be on a reduced budget for the 2010/11 season no matter what division Wanderers found themselves in, said, "I would put the same pressure on myself. I want to bounce back at the first attempt, just like any fan and any owner. I want to take this club forward. Weíve taken a step backward and we want to move forward again."
(Friday 7th May 2010)
Gary Waddock will conduct contract talks 'early next week' with the players in the senior squad whose deals are up in the summer. Those players are Scott Shearer, Lewis Hunt, Luke Oliver, Dean Keates, Matt Harrold, Matt Bloomfield, Steven Arnold, Lewwis Spence, John Mousinho, Joe Cobb, Kevin McCleod, Kevin Betsy and Adam Hinshelwood. In addition first year pro George Daly is also out of contract. Waddock commented to the Wanderers official website "With players out of contract it means we have an opportunity to rebuild and bring in players that will suit our style of play. I'm looking forward to the summer, it's going to be very busy but it's one I'm relishing." The Wycombe boss added, "Everybody wants to get it right so we make sure we get the players we want. You have your targets and you might not get all of them but the players we want to bring to the club will excite everybody."
(Thursday 6th May 2010)
Wanderers battle against relegation finally came to and end following the 2-0 defeat at Leyton Orient. The fight to avoid the final relegation spot will now be played out on the final day of the season (Saturday 8th May), with Wanderers involved in one of the key games. On paper the three clubs still in danger of the drop are Tranmere (away to Stockport), Exeter (home to Huddersfield) and Gillingham (away to Wycombe). However, Hartlepool United still have a points deduction threat hanging over them that could be significant if they fail to win their final game of the season away to Brentford. Tranmere will see their chance of survival by beating already relegated Stockport. That would leave Exeter needing victory over promotion chasing Huddersfield to beat the drop, while The Gills need at least a point at Adams Park to ease their relegation fears. If Hartlepool fail to win their final match and receive a predicted three point penalty, then they would be relegated should Tranmere and Exeter both win. For Wanderers they have an incentive to win to jump back above Southend should the Shrimpers fail to win at Southampton on the final day.
League One - bottom 9
up to and including 1 May 2010
PL W D L GF GA Pts GD
16.Hartlepool 45 14 10 21 59 67 52 -8
17.Oldham 45 13 13 19 39 55 52 -16
18.Leyton Orient 45 13 12 20 53 62 51 -9
19.Gillingham 45 12 14 19 48 61 50 -13
20.Exeter 45 10 18 17 46 59 48 -13
21.Tranmere 45 13 9 23 42 72 48 -30
22.Southend 45 10 13 22 50 69 43 -19
23.Wycombe 45 9 15 21 53 76 42 -23
24.Stockport 45 5 10 30 35 92 25 -57
RESERVES LOSE B&B FINAL
(Monday 3rd May 2010)
Wanderers Reserves lost 3-2 to Maidenhead United after extra-time in the final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup at Marlow FC on Bank Holiday Monday. Watched by First Team boss Gary Waddock, Wanderers went behind in the 9th minute when Kieron Knight curled in an effort from the left of goal. However, Wanderers levelled on 19 minutes when Matt Phillips touched a ball in at the near post from Kadeem's delivery from the left. There was a blow for Wanderers just before the interval when Stuart Beavon went down awkwardly and had to be stretchered off - it was later revealed that Beavon had cracked his left fibula and is likely to be out for three months.
When the game resumed for the second half it was United who restored their lead six minutes in after Sam Collins managed to loop an effort from around 30 yards over Steve Arnold in the Wycombe goal. Matt McClure pulled the scores even again on 67 minutes when he finished from just inside the penalty area following an assist from Ian Westlake but it was United who went closest to winning the tie in normal time - former Wanderers Youth Teamer Lewis Ochoa hitting the cross bar from long range, with Wanderers then managing to keep the rebound out, while Collins missed from close range in the 90th minute. It was Alex Wall who eventually deservedly won the Cup for United in the 104th minute when he was sent through and slotted past Arnold. Harris went closest to equalising for Wycombe on a day when many were playing their final game for the Wanderers.Wycombe: Arnold, Green, Spence, Cox, Oliver, Westlake, Phillips (sub 105 Federico), Belcher (sub 65 Scowen), Harris, Beavon (sub HT McClure), Fitchett - subs not used: Ingram, Kewley-Graham
LEYTON ORIENT 2 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 1st May 2010)
Wanderers' slim hopes of avoiding the drop finally came to an end following a 2-0 defeat at Leyton Orient on Saturday. With a backing of over 1,000 supporters, an unchanged Wanderers line-up enjoyed the better possession for the majority of the game but failed to turned that advantage into goals and were eventually undone on the break in the 77th minute when former Wanderers Scott McGleish sent through Ryan Jarvis down the left channel and he ran on to fire past Tom Heaton. But there had already been bad news before the goal, with relegation rivals Exeter, Gillingham and Tranmere all going into the half-time break ahead in their own games. McGleish added a second for the O's in the second minute of the stoppage time when he finished off from close range at the right side of the penalty area after Charlie Daniel delivered a low ball from the left after robbing John Mousinho in midfield. With Southend winning, Wanderers drop to 23rd spot in the table with just Gillingham at home to play on the final day of the season on Saturday 8th May. Wycombe: Heaton, Woodman, Westwood (sub 82 Harrold), Hunt, Bloomfield, Betsy, Ainsworth, Mousinho, Montrose (sub 55 Phillips), Revell, Pittman (sub 70 Beavon) - subs not used: Keates, Oliver, Arnold, McLeod - Att:5,918 (away 1,100)
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