All the news stories from August 2010
PHILLIPS SOLD TO BLACKPOOL
(Tuesday 31st August 2010)
As expected, Blackpool have swooped to sign Wanderers striker Matt Phillips. The deal was confirmed on transfer deadline day and will see Pool pay an initial £325,000 for the services of the 19 year old, with a further £375,000 payable if they remain in the Premiership this season or should they be relegated, if they regain their top flight status within four years. The deal also includes what is described as a 'generous sell-on clause'.
(Sunday 29th August 2010)
Wycombe District Council have released details of the consultation procedure regarding the proposed 'Community Stadium' to be shared by Wanderers and London Wasps. Subject to Cabinet approval on 6th September, public consultation will run from Friday 17th September until Friday 29th October 2010, during which time the public are invited to have their say on the proposals. In addition, from 17th September, all the consultation materials will be available online and the consultation brochure available for public viewing. A series of public events will also be held during the consultation period, including exhibitions in High Wycombe, Marlow and Princes Risborough, plus two discussion forums in High Wycombe on 30th September and 12th October. For more information visit www.wycombe.gov.uk
PHILLIPS SET FOR BLACKPOOL
(Saturday 28th August 2010)
Premiership side Blackpool have become firm favourites to sign Wanderers striker Matt Phillips. The 19 year old was left out of Wycombe's squad for the visit to Northampton and was later reported to have been seen at Blackpool's home game with Fulham on the same afternoon. Wanderers Manager Gary Waddock was later quizzed by the press on the possibility of Phillips leaving but gave little away.
NORTHAMPTON 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 28th August 2010)
Wanderers were left rueing missed chances as they conceded an 87th minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Northampton Town on Saturday. On a day when it was Matt Phillips absence from the squad that proved to be the main post match talking point, it was Andy Sandell who eventually broke the deadline on 39 minutes when he curled home a free-kick given for handball against Dean Beckwith that Wanderers claimed had taken place inside the penalty area. Wycombe could have sealed the game during the second period, with a great chance falling to Ben Strevens on 70 minutes when he fired wide from Rendell's low cross. The Cobblers equaliser came after Strevens tripped Andy Holt and Kevin Thornton was grateful for the chance to convert the spot-kick past Nikki Bull. Next match, away to Accrington Stanley on Saturday 4th September (kick-off 3pm). Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Winfield, Johnson, Bloomfield, Betsy, Ainsworth (sub 89 Pittman), Montrose, Strevens, Sandell, Rendell (sub 89 Murtagh) - subs not used: Westwood, Arnold, McCoy, Beavon
- Att: 4,202 (away 653)
RHINO ON O'NEILL
(Thursday 26th August 2010)
Former Wanderer Keith Ryan has spoken out about the departure of Martin O'Neill as Aston Villa Manager via his column on theda.co.uk website. Rhino also reminisces about O'Neill's laid back attitude towards the antics of Simon Garner during his time with the Wanderers. He goes on to warn that Villa need to watch themselves, adding, "There seems to be an Ďafter O Neillí syndrome which creeps into any club he leaves. When he left Wycombe we were devastated. I watched the same thing happen at Leicester. It wasnít that the boys didnít want to play for a new manager, itís just they really wanted to play for Martin."
Read the full article at www.theda.co.uk
BENNETT 3 WEEKS OUT
(Wednesday 25th August 2010)
The Club are reporting that thet expect defender Alan Bennett to be out of action for three weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury in Saturday's 0-0 draw against Oxford United. Bennett was forced off after just six minutes against The U's, with Leon Johnson stepping in to deputise. Johnson is now set to continue in the back four when Wanderers travel to away to Northampton Town on Saturday (28th August kick-off 3pm).
RESERVES AT BOURNEMOUTH
(Tuesday 24th August 2010)
Stuart Beavon scored for a Wanderers Reserve XI as they overcame Bournemouth 3-1 in a friendly at Wanderers' training ground at Booker on Tuesday afternoon. First year pro Matt McClure got the two other goals for Wycombe. It was Beavon's second game for the Reserves since his comeback from injury. Wycombe: Arnold, McCoy, Smith, Westwood, Green, Federico, Belcher, Murtagh, Westlake, McClure, Beavon
WYCOMBE 0 OXFORD UTD 0
(Saturday 21st August 2010)
Wanderers' had 'keeper Niki Bull to thank for helping to earn a point from a 0-0 with Oxford United at Adams Park on Saturday. However, Wanderers were also left rueing missed chances of their own to grab all three points. Matt Phillips and Jon-Paul Pittman were given starts against promoted United and it was the former who had probably Wanderers' best chance of the first period - Phillips firing wide on 9 minutes from Pittman's low delivery to the right of goal. Kevin Betsy also blazed wide six minutes before the break before the visitors came out strong at the start of the second-half. On 46 minutes Matt Green saw his effort from the edge of the box come down from the underside of the crossbar before Simon Heslop's follow up was deflected wide. However, Betsy then had a great chance for Wycombe on 52 minutes on the break but he chipped over the with just the 'keeper to beat. Four minutes later Pittman contrived to send the ball into the fields behind the Valley End terrace after he had a rush of blood with the goal at his mercy. But despite Gareth Ainsworth being introduced for his 500th senior appearance, it was the visitors who looked the side more likely to snatch the win. On 59 minutes Bull tipped a James Constable shot onto the crossbar and three minutes later the Wanderers 'keeper came to the rescue again as he denied Green on a clear run at goal. Asa Hall headed wide on 68 minutes, while Jack Midson also nodded just wide of the upright on 89 minutes as Wanderers were perhaps the side more grateful for a point. Next match, away to Northampton Town on Saturday 28th August (kick-off 3pm). Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Sandell, Winfield, Bennett (sub 6 Johnson), Phillips, Montrose (sub 56 Ainsworth), Bloomfield, Betsy, Strevens, Pittman (sub 73 Rendell) - subs not used: Arnold, Westwood, Murtagh, Beavon - Att: 6,983 (away 2,293)
FL AGENTS FEE REPORT
(Wednesday 18th August 2010)
Wanderers committed £29,660 to agents fees during the period 1st June 2009 to 30th June 2010 according to the latest report issued by the Football League. The Wanderers statistics relate to 16 new player registrations or transfers, 3 updated contracts, 14 cancelled contracts and 11 loans. 14 other clubs in League One committed more to agents fees than the Wanderers, with Leeds United topping the list with £335,723. The total for the division was £2.2m, with the total for the Football League £12.7m. Three clubs in League One committed no fees during the reporting period - they were Exeter City, Stockport County and Tranmere Rovers. For Wanderers, the latest figures compare to £1,500 comitted during the same period for the 2008/9 season, £17,000 for 2007/8, nothing during 2006/7, £7,680 for 2005/6, £24,800 for 2004/5 (the first full season the report was comissioned).
See Football League website for full report
RESERVES 0-0 AT BRENTFORD
(Monday 16th August 2010)
Stuart Beavon played a full game for the Reserves on Monday afternoon as the Wanderers 2nd XI got their Combination season underway with a 0-0 draw at Brentford. Wanderers also included triallist Ben Gill in their starting line-up against a Bees side with former Wanderer David McCracken.
Daniel Fitchett and Matt McClure went close for Wanderers in the first half while the home side's best chance fell to Sam Saunders in the 55th minute but he headed wide. Matt McClure hit the crossbar late on for Wycombe as they grabbed a deserved point.
Wycombe: Arnold, McCoy, Smith, Ben Gill, Belcher, Federico, Green, Beavon, Westlake (sub 75 Olukanmi), Fitchett (sub 70 Kewley-Graham), McClure - subs not used: Weemes, Scowen
JOHN GOLDSWORTHY R.I.P.
(Monday 16th August 2010)
Sad news came through on Sunday of the passing of former Club Secretary John Goldsworthy at the age of 90. John originally joined the Committee of the Club around 1970 before becoming Secretary in 1975. He enjoyed an almost uninterupted nineteen year stint as Secretary before standing aside in 1994 and was a well respected figure in football circles. Our thoughts and condolences go out to John's family at this time of loss.
STOCKPORT 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 14th August 2010)
Wanderers picked up a point from a hard fought 0-0 draw at Stockport County on Saturday. Wycombe probably edged the first half, with Lewis Montrose and Kevin Betsy (twice) going close to. However, at a venue where Wanderers have never won, it was the home side who came back stronger after the break with Nikki Bull tipping away a late effort from Greg Tansey to keep the game goalless. Gary Waddock's side now look forward to a home meeting with Oxford United next Saturday (21st August). Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Sandell, Bennett, Johnson, Ainsworth, Bloomfield (sub 56 Phillips), Montrose (sub 83 Murtagh), Betsy, Rendell (sub 56 Pittman), Strevens - subs not used: Arnold, McCoy, Westwood, McClure - Att: 3,837
CITY BID FOR PHILLIPS
(Friday 13th August 2010)
Championship side Bristol City have had bid for Matt Phillips turned down by the Wanderers in the week that City manager Steve Coppell tendered his resignation. Reports in the local press suggest that Wanderers are trying to persuade Phillips to sign a new deal at Adams Park - extending his current contract which expires in June 2011. Manager Gary Waddock is quoted as saying, "We want to
keep him, he's a talented footballer but if they meet the Club's valuation we will talk about it." Meanwhile, Phillips added, "The talks are going well and hopefully we will be able to come to some agreement over the next few days or so. It's a good club club and it's moving in the right direction and until something happens or something is accepted this is where I am."
BEAVON SET TO RETURN
(Friday 13th August 2010)
Wanderers striker Stuart Beavon is hoping to return to action following injury when the Reserves get their 2010/2011 Combination campaign underway on Monday afternoon at Brentford. Beavon broke his leg in May's Berks & Bucks Final with Maidenhead United at Marlow but has recovered well and is set to play some part in Monday's game at Griffin Park (kick-off 2pm). The Reserves have switched divisions to a reduced Central region for 2010/2011 and will be playing home games at York Road, Maidenhead, with the first home fixture set for Tuesday 14th September when Brighton & Hove Albion are the visitors (kick-off 7pm). Other clubs in the division are Leyton Orient, Gillingham, Aldershot Town and Crawley Town.
WYCOMBE 1 MILLWALL 2
(Tuesday 10th August 2010)
Wanderers went out at the First Round stage of the Football League cup for the fourth consecutive season - losing 2-1 after extra-time to Millwall at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. With Gary Waddock making five changes from the side that beat Morecambe the previous Saturday, it was the 'Championship' side who took the lead on 25 minutes when Lions 'veteran' Neil Harris who slammed home from close range after Nikki Bull had pushed away Scott Barron's shot. But a determined Wanderers side drew level with fourteen minutes remaining of normal time when Matt Phillips set up Ben Strevens to fire home from six yards. However, with the tie forced into extra-time, it was the visitors who snatched victory on 105 minutes when Alan Dunne slid the ball home from John Marquis' assist. Wycombe now move on to League action at Stockport County on Saturday, with the Cheshire side hoping to bounce back from a 5-0 home defeat to Preston on Tuesday evening and at a venue where Wycombe have not won in eleven attempts. Wycombe: Bull, McCoy, Foster (sub 59 Sandell), Bennett, Johnson, Phillips, Montrose, Murtagh (sub 62 Bloomfield), Betsy, Rendell (sub 68 Strevens), Pittman - subs not used: Arnold, Westwood, Westlake, McClure - Att: 3,028
WYCOMBE 2 MORECAMBE 0
(Saturday 7th August 2010)
Wanderers got off to a winning start in 'League Two' as a first half penalty from new signing Scott Rendell and a late wonder strike from Jon-Paul Pittman secured a 2-0 victory over Morecambe at Adams Park. With Gary Waddock giving starts to five of his summer signings, the game got off to a slow start before Rendell headed wide from 8 yards following a right wing delivery from Kevin Betsy on 33 minutes. But Rendell was to get on the scoresheet three minutes later after Chris Shuker tripped Matt Bloomfield in the box and the former Posh man slotted away the resulting spot-kick. Wycombe could have added to their lead before the break - Ben Strevens going closest on 38 minutes with a curling shot that came down off the crossbar before being cleared. The visitors best spell came at start of the second period but Wanderers finally sealed the points on 84 minutes after substitute Pittman cut in from the right side before angling in a shot from around 20 yards into the corner of the Valley End net. Wycombe:Bull, Westwood, Foster, Bennett, Winfield, Ainsworth (sub 76 Phillips), Bloomfield (sub 68 Murtagh), Montrose, Betsy, Strevens, Rendell (sub 76 Pittman) - subs not used: Arnold, Johnson, McCoy, Westlake - Att: 4,016
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ADAMS PARK
(Friday 6th August 2010)
To commerate the 20 year anniversary of the move from the much loved Loakes Park to Adams Park, COTN takes a look at the high and lows at a ground that has seen so many exciting games and fabulous memories. It all began on Thursday 9th August 1990 when Nottingham Forest managed by Brian Clough were the visitors for the inaugural match. A crowd of 4,810 saw Mark West score the first ever goal on the ground - the game ending 1-1.
COTN special - Adams Park attendances - Part 1-Part 2
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