November 2009 News Archive
All the news stories from November 2009
(Tuesday 24th November 2009)
Wanderers secured their second consecutive victory and nudged one place up the table with a entertaining 1-0 victory over Brentford on Tuesday evening at Adams Park. In sometimes wet and blustery conditions, it was a Matt Harrold penalty on 48 minutes that seperated the sides but the margin could have been greater after another improved performance from Gary Waddock's side. With Michael Duberry and Matt Harrold returning to the starting line-up after Chris Westwood and Jon-Paul Pittman failed fitness tests, the visitors had the better of the opening stages before Wycombe turned on some style with efforts from Harrold and Kevin Betsy. The penalty came after Karleigh Osborne was unlucky to handle a Tommy Doherty cross into the box from the right. Harrold slotted home in confident fashion and was given the chance to double the lead 15 minutes later when Gareth Ainsworth was bought down in the area by James Wilson and was duly shown the red card for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity. However, this time Harrold's penalty was under struck and too central and Bees Arsenal loanee 'keeper Wojciech Szczesny managed to save with his legs despite diving to his right. Wycombe had further chances to extend their lead but although they failed to find the net, there was no late collapse, as per the Walsall game, and it was three deserved points ahead of a weekend break from action due to Wanderers early exit from the FA Cup. Next match, away to Southampton on Tuesday 1st December. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Oliver, Mousinho, Duberry, Hunt, Betsy, Ainsworth, Doherty, Davies (sub 30 Beavon), Harrold (sub 88 Akinde) - subs not used: Green, Young, Westlake, Spence, Harris - Att:5,181
(Saturday 21st November 2009)
Wanderers registered their first win in 14 games with a confidence boosting 2-0 victory at Millwall on Saturday afternoon. A vastly improved Wycombe performance, including a solid debut from loanee Gareth Ainsworth, saw Chris Westwood send a bullet header into the top corner on 56 minutes from Scott Davies' corner from the right to put Wycombe in the driving seat. Kevin Betsy sealed the points in the 73rd minute when he slotted home from the left channel, with Davies the assistor again. Remarkably it was Millwall's first home defeat since 31st March 2009 (a run of 14 games). To add to the stats, it was Wanderers' first clean sheet of the season and with Tranmere losing to Leyton Orient, Gary Waddock's side are off the bottom of the table with 11 points, compared to Rovers 10 point haul. Next game for Wanderers, at home to Brentford on Tuesday evening. Wycombe: Shearer, Oliver, Westwood, Woodman, Hunt, Ainsworth, Mousinho, Betsy, Doherty, Davies, Pittman (sub 30 Beavon) - subs not used: Green, Young, Spence, Westlake, Bloomfield, Duberry - Att:9,728 (away 388)
(Friday 20th November 2009)
Wanderers striker Chris Zebroski has joined 'League Two' side Torquay United on loan until 2nd January 2010 but the deal could be made permanent when the January transfer window opens. 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 has failed to find the net in a further 17 First Team appearances and doesn't appear to fit into new manager's Gary Waddock's plans. Devon paper The Herald Express has since reported that the two clubs have already agreed a fee for the player when the transfer window opens.
(Friday 20th November 2009)
Gary Waddock has returned to one of his former clubs to bring in midfielder Gareth Ainsworth on an initial one month loan spell from Queens Park Rangers. The 36 year old can boast a professional career of more than 400 games and close to 100 goals. He has more recently moved into management, taking on the role of Caretaker Manager at QPR on two occasions following the respective departures of Iain Dowie and Paulo Sousa. Originally a trainee with his home town club Blackburn Rovers, he made his mark as a player during spells with Preston North End (appearing in the 1994 play-off final versus Wycombe), Lincoln City, Port Vale and Wimbledon (playing against Wycombe in the FA Cup 5th Round tie in February 2001), before joining QPR at the start of the 2003/4 season.
(Thursday 19th November 2009)
Wycombe District Council have agreed in principle to a new 'Community Stadium' for use by Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps. The decision was made at the Council Cabinet meeting held on 2nd November 2009 after Councilors were issued with a confidential report. Minutes from the meeting say that approval was given to the Council to enter 'into formal negotiations with Wycombe Sports Development Limited (‘WSDL’) to agree Heads of Terms for a new Community Stadium, based on; cross-financing most of the cost of a new stadium and associated infrastructure up to the sum referred to in [the report]; and procuring the works required [and] identifying an appropriate site and securing control of it, subject to planning considerations and processes, to enable the target programme to be achieved.' As previously reported on COTN, WSDL is a company formed in August 2006 by Steve Hayes and his long standing business advisor and fellow London Wasps Director Mike Brooks.
Accounts £698K LOSS FOR WWFC LTD
(Thursday 19th November 2009)
The Club has reported reduced losses of £698K for the year ending 30th June 2009. This compares to a loss of £1.66m for the 2007/8 season and comes after profit on player sales rose from £240K to £902K following the sale of Roger Johnson, Mike Williamson, Sergio Torres and Russell Martin. Club Chairman Ivor Beeks said in his report that, "The underlying squad costs were more tightly controlled than they had been previously, when costs were allowed to escalate in an ultimately unsuccessful campaign in 2007/8." However, the accounts reveal that the total staff costs rose (before social security) from £3.38m to £3.84m. Income was down on Commercial and Merchandising activities, although matchday revenue was up slightly from £1.03m to £1.06m, relecting a rise in the average home League gate but offset by a fall in executive box income and no income from two play-off matches credited in the previous season's accounts. The expected loss for the 2009/10 season was estimated at 'slightly under £1m'. The AGM of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited has been called Thursday 10th December at 7pm with a 'Supporters Forum' being held afterwards with Manager Gary Waddock and Head of Youth Richard Dobson in attendance.
(Wednesday 18th November 2009)
Wanderers' increasingly depressing season continued on Wednesday evening with a 2-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Second Round FA Cup replay. The result leaves Gary Waddock's side with only League One survival as their target for the season. With Wanderers making five changes from the side that were crushed by Huddersfield it was the home side who got the crucial breakthrough in the 36th minute when Andrew Crofts slotted home from around 8 yards from Elliott Bennett's cross from the right. The killer blow for Wanderers came in the 62nd minute when Bennett smashed home from outside the penalty area following Croft's pass from the left channel. Brighton go on to meet Rushden in the Second Round while Wanderers return to League action on Saturday with a visit to Millwall. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Oliver, Westwood, Mousinho, Green (sub 59 Pittman), Doherty, Betsy, Davies, Phillips, Harrold (sub 69 Zenroski) - subs not used: Young, Beavon, Duberry, Bloomfield, Westlake - Att:3,388 (away 137)
(Tuesday 17th November 2009)
Wanderers Under 18 side scraped through to a FA Youth Cup 3rd Round tie at Watford following a penalty shoot out victory at St Albans City on Tuesday evening. Wycombe took the lead in the 4th minute when City's Conner Baker deflected Thomas O'Regan's left wing cross into his own net and it looked like Wanderers would hold out for victory until the 88th minute when Jonathan O'Donnell smashed home a loose ball to delight the home fans. It was then City who took the lead a minute before the end of the first half of extra-time when James Macey finished from six yards after his initial effort was blocked. Wanderers forced the the penalty shoot-out with an equaliser in the 114th minute when Matt McClure stabbed the home. The spot-kick competition saw Wycombe go first and score through Thomas O'Regan. Macey then sent over his kick before Dean Wallace converted for Wanderers. Saunders scored for City to reduce the margin to 2-1 to Wycombe before McClure blasted over to keep City in with a shout. Rob Magwood then saw his kick saved by Matthew Ingram in the Wycombe goal with Pietro Palladino scoring to restore Wycombe's lead to 3-1. Stefano Geraldes converted to keep City in the tie but Josh Scowen kept his head to score and take Wycombe through to a face The Hornets in a tie at Vicarage Road scheduled for Wednesday 2nd December. Youth Team info 2009/10 Wycombe: Ingram, Kenley-Graham, Stewart, Saku, Styles (sub 67 Federico), Harris (sub 79 Palladino), Scowen, Belcher (sub 115 Ware), O'Regan, McClure, Wallace - subs not used: Raphael, Grayley
(Monday 16th November 2009)
Loanee striker Ashley Chambers has returned early to his parent club Leicester City after failing to hold down a First Team place at Adams Park. The 19 year old was signed by former boss Peter Taylor back in August 2009 on a deal lasting until Janaury 2010 but after scoring on his debut when he came on as sub in the 1-1 draw at Swindon in September, he made just two further sub appearances before falling out of favour.
(Saturday 14th November 2009)
Gary Waddock, perhaps understandably, dished out heavy criticism to his players following the 6-0 defeat at Huddersfield. Speaking to the media after the game, he said, "That performance wasn’t acceptable and the players know it. I was embarrassed and sorry for our supporters. You have to show more desire and committment than we did.” Waddock is now saying that the players are playing for their futures and changes will be made. He added, "I will take the result because that's my job but they will have to take care of their own performances and their performances weren't good enough. We are in the position we are in at the bottom of the table for a reason. We have to address that and we will. Me and my assistant are fighters and if we don't see that spirit among the group of players we've got we will address it. For me the season starts today. The honeymoon period has finished, underlined, capital letters, finished. Decisions will be made. If players want to do it and jump on board with us great, if they don't they can go and find a future elsewhere."
(Saturday 14th November 2009)
The superlatives were being sprayed around on Saturday after Wanderers crashed to a 6-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Manager Gary Waddock said he was 'embarassed' by the display of his side and admitted the defeat could have been even greater. The Wycombe boss made five changes to the side that had drawn with Brighton the previous week - Jamie Young taking over from Scott Shearer in goal being the biggest shock. Loanee John Akinde made his return debut for Wanderers but that was cut short after the Bristol City striker was forced off with a twisted ankle in the 38th minute. By that time Wanderers were already 2-0 down after Peter Clarke had headed home a twice taken free-kick on 21 minutes and Gary Roberts had doubled the lead seven minutes later with a neat finish on the break. Wycombe's best chance to get back into the game came shortly before the interval when Scott Davies' corner saw Jon-Paul Pittman almost force the ball home but the second-half was practically one-way traffic as Wanderers shambolic defensive qualities were exposed time and time again. Anthony Pilkington scored from the edge of the box four minutes after the re-start and Clarke bagged his second on 63 minutes when he scored from close range. Town's fifth came on 82 minutes when Michael Duberry turned Robert's cross into his own net and the six goal drubbing was complete on 84 minutes when Theo Robinson converted from the spot after Duberry had brought down Roberts. Wycombe: Young, Oliver, Westwood, Duberry, Hunt, Bloomfield, Betsy, Doherty, Davies, Harrold, Akinde (sub 38 Pittman) - subs not used: Green, Shearer, Zebroski, Mousinho, Phillips, Beavon - Att:14,669 (away 169)
(Thursday 12th November 2009)
Bristol City striker John Akinde has returned for an initial one month loan with the Wanderers. The 20 year old scored 7 goals in 11 appearances for Wanderers last season, including 2 on his debut against Brentford in March. However, he has made just 5 appearances (4 of those from the bench) for City this season and will see his return to Adams Park as a chance to prove himself again. He will be available for Wanderers' trip to Huddersfield Town on Saturday (kick-off 12.05pm).
(Tuesday 10th November 2009)
A Wanderers Reserve XI began their Berks & Bucks Senior Cup campaign on Tuesday evening with a 3-1 victory over Didcot Town at Adams Park. Goals from Stuart Green (5 mins), Luke Oliver (11 mins) and Dan Fitchett (26 mins) effectively sealed the tie in Wanderers favour. Morgan Williams pulled a goal back for the visitors on 67 minutes but it proved to be just a consolation. The tie saw Stuart Beavon make a return to action following his groin strain which has kept him sidelined for two months. Wanderers now go on to meet Windsor & Eton at the quarter-final stage on a date to be arranged in January. Reserves info 2009/10 Wycombe: Young, Spence, Mousinho, Oliver, Westwood, Montrose, Bloomfield (sub 60 Beavon), Green, Westlake (sub 80 Cobb), Harris, Fitchett (sub 60 Chambers) - subs not used: Brennan, Saku - Att: 136
(Sunday 8th November 2009)
The winners of the FA Cup replay at The Withdean on Wednesday 18th November will host Rushden & Diamonds in the Second Round on the weekend of Saturday 28th November. The Conference side beat Hinckley United in the First Round on Saturday. Wanderers last played Rushden during the 2005/6 season when they were relegated from the Football League.
(Saturday 7th November 2009)
Wanderers were forced into a FA Cup replay following an incident packed 4-4 draw with with Brighton & Hove Albion at Adams Park on Saturday. Wycombe twice came from behind to lead 2-1 and 4-3 but were eventually pegged back by an 83rd minute penalty converted by Glenn Murray after Matt Bloomfield was unfortunate to see a cross strike his arm. There were two earlier penalties awarded and scored by each side, while to add to the drama, Gavin Hoyte was red-carded in the 33rd minute for kicking Jon-Paul Pittman and to even things up Craig Woodman was sent down the tunnel for preventing a 'clear goal scoring opportunity' on the stroke of half-time. Matt Harrold (2), Scott Davies and Pittman were the Wanderers scorers. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Duberry, Johnson, Hunt, Betsy, Doherty, Davies, Phillips (sub 63 Bloomfield), Harrold, Pittman (sub 81 Zebroski) - subs not used: Green, Young, Mousinho, Westwood, Harris - Att: 2,749 (away 793)
(Friday 6th November 2009)
Wanderers have received a boost ahead of the FA Cup meeting with Brighton with the news that Scott Davies and Kevin Betsy have been given clearance from their respective clubs to play. Meanwhile, Davies has also agreed an extension to his loan from Reading until Monday 4th January 2010. The deal was set to expire on 14th November when Davies is set to be on international duty with the Republic of Ireland U21 side. The Royals have a 24 hour recall notice on the loan arrangement.
(Thursday 5th November 2009)
Wanderers Under 18 side are through to the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup following a 5-3 victory away to Maidstone United on Thursday evening. Richard Dobson's side had raced into a 5-0 lead through goals from Matt McClure (2), Leika Saku, Pietro Palladino and Robert Lofters-Desport just after the hour, before The Stones scored three late consolation goals. Wanderers now travel to St Albans City in the next round in a tie to be played by 21st November. Youth Team info 2009/10 Wycombe: Ingram, Grayley, Saku, Styles, Stewart, O'Regan, Wallace, Scowen, Harris, Palladino, McClure - subs: Raphael, Belcher, Ware, Weemes, Lofters-Desport
(Tuesday 3rd November 2009)
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust have confirmed the 'Trusts nominated Club Board Directors' following the earlier resignation of Dave McGee and Ian Mather during the summer takeover by Steve Hayes. Dave McGee is returning to his previous role along with new Trust Director Don Woodward. They will assume their positions immediately and serve until the Trust AGM scheduled for Spring 2010. Trust Chairman David Roberton commented, "Both Dave and Don are strong minded individuals who will not only represent the Trust and supporters at WWFC Board level but are equally very capable of making a meaningful contribution to the future development of our football club.". However, COTN understands the announcement follows the initial rejection by the Board of WWFC of two alternative names, including previous representative Ian Mather. To date, neither the Trust nor the Football Club have commented on this.
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(Monday 2nd November 2009)
A Wycombe District Council Cabinet meeting scheduled to be held on Monday evening (2nd November) will discuss a third party report on the 'financial viability' of the proposal to build a 'Community Stadium' for the use of both Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps. A statement by WDC made to the Bucks Free Press and published in the paper on Friday 30th October, said, "Their report concludes that the proposals are potentially viable and that there is a reasonable chance of meeting the clubs’ ambitions for a new stadium in 2013/14". However, the public and press will be excluded from the meeting as WDC say the report "contains a significant amount of commercially sensitive information." Wanderers and Wasps owner Steve Hayes commented to the BFP, "This is for the council to decide whether it wants to move forward, it is not for the public." He added, "This isn’t about me earning lots of money, this is a legacy for the town and making sure Wasps and Wycombe Wanderers progress."
Stadium key to proposals - COTN archive
(Monday 2nd November 2009)
Wanderers' First Round FA Cup opponents, Brighton & Hove Albion, have sacked Manager Russell Slade in the week leading up to the tie at Adams Park. Slade had been in charge at The Withdean for just eight months and overseen a poor start to the season with The Seagulls placed one place above the relegation zone following a run of one win in eight games. Former Wanderers boss Peter Taylor will immediately become linked with the vacant job having had a successful spell there during the 2001/2 season, leading them to promotion to 'Division One'.
(Monday 2nd November 2009)
Wanderers Under 18 Youth Team will begin their FA Youth Cup campaign this Thursday (5th November) will an away tie against Maidstone United. The match will take place at Ashford Town FC with a 7.45pm kick-off. The Kent side earned the right to play Wycombe in the First Round Proper with a 3-2 victory at Lewes in the final qualifying round. Last season Wanderers reached the Second Round stage before a home defeat to Leyton Orient. While in 2007/2008, the U18's made it to the Third Round before a 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool. The best run for the Wanderers remains the 2001-2002 season when they bowed out at the quarter-final stage at Barnsley. Youth Team info 2009/10

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