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Chris Westwood WESTWOOD LEAVES CLUB
(Tuesday 31st May 2011)
Defender Chris Westwood has left the Club after turning down the offer a one year extension to his contract at Adams Park and amid speculation that he has been offered a deal by Conference National side Wrexham. The 34 year old joined Wanderers in July 2009 and made 62 First Team appearances in his two year spell with the Club. Chris Westwood - Player Profile
??? TRANSFER GOSSIP
(Tuesday 31st May 2011)
Swansea City midfielder Scott Donnelly is set to sign a season long loan deal with the Wanderers according to sources close to the situation. Donnelly joined Wycombe on loan in the January 2011 transfer window and made 18 League apperances before the end of campaign - scoring three times. He is currently contracted with the Welsh side until June 2013 is expected to agree a long term loan deal with the Wanderers but following their Swansea's promotion to the Premiership via Monday's play-off victory over Reading. Meanwhile, former Wanderers loanee Scott Davies looks set to join Football League newcomers Crawley Town. Davies was released by Reading at the end of the 2010/11 season and was thought to be keen on a permament move to the Wanderers before being linked to a move to the Red Devils.
Danny Foster FOSTER AGREES DEAL
(Tuesday 31st May 2011)
Defender Danny Foster has taken up the offer of a contract extension at Adams Park - signing a new deal running until June 2013. The 26 year old joined Wanderers in the summer of 2010 from Brentford and quickly established himself as a First Team regular - making 41 appearances in Wanderers promotion winning squad. Commenting on the deal to the official website, Foster said "I'm over the moon. I always wanted to stay here and never thought about leaving for a second because this is such a good club to be at. The manager, staff, players and fans have all been great to me so it ticks all the right boxes. The people behind the scenes have got the right ideas and they're moving the club forward in a positive way. There was a real buzz and a family atmosphere around the place last season and I enjoy getting up and coming into training every day."
News GRANT SIGNED FROM CREWE
(Friday 27th May 2011)
Wanderers have signed released Crewe Alexandra winger Joel Grant on a free. The former Watford trainee was signed by Gary Waddock during his time with Aldershot Town before switching to Crewe in the summer of 2008 for a 130,000 fee. He totalled just over 100 First Team apps for Crewe, scoring 18 times after being mainly used in a left wing role. The 23 year old has agreed a two year deal with Wycombe.
Matt Bloomfield BLOOMFIELD AGREES DEAL
(Friday 27th May 2011)
Matt Bloomfield has agreed a new one year deal with The Wanderers running until June 2012. The 27 year old is Wanderers' longest serving current player having joined the Club in December 2003 on a free from Ipswich Town and has now totalled just over 250 First Team appearances for Wycombe. Last season he returned from an injury hit 2009/10 campaign to make 38 appearances and score 3 goals. Speaking to the media after signing the deal he said, "I was delighted to be offered a new deal because everyone knows how much the club means to me. There was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to stay and I'm already looking forward to next season."
Chris Westwood WESTWOOD WELSH MOVE?
(Thursday 26th May 2011)
Wanderers' out of contract defender Chris Westwood is said to be considering a move to Conference National side Wrexham. The 34 year old has been offered a one year deal to stay at Adams Park but reports in the Wrexham Leader quote Wrexham boss Dean Saunders as saying "I have been in talks with Chris and am close to agreeing a deal with him". The Welsh side reached the Conference Play-offs last season before losing 5-1 on aggregate to Luton Town and Saunders added, "I had Chris lined-up last year but hopefully I get him this time." Westwood joined Wanderers in July 2009 on a free from Peterborough United under Peter Taylor and had made 62 First Team appearances up until the end of the 2010/11 campaign.
Matchday News PALACE & HAMMERS TO VISIT
(Wednesday 25th May 2011)
'Championship' sides Crystal Palace and West Ham United have been scheduled to visit Wanderers in pre-season friendlies on Tuesday 19th July and Saturday 23rd July respectively. Ticket prices for the Palace game are 10 Adults, 5 Over 60's and Students, 1 Under 16's, while the West Ham game will be 12, 6 and 4 respectively. Special tickets for both games are also available at 18, 7 and 5, while a Family Ticket for both games giving entry for two adults and two children has been priced at 40. The Official website is also reporting that the upper tier of the Woodlands 'Frank Adams' Stand will be closed for both these games. Wanderers last played West Ham in a friendly back in July 2003 when Wycombe ran out 3-1 winners at Adams Park, while the most recent meeting with Palace came in August 2000 when goals from Steve Brown, Andy Baird and Danny Senda help see off the visitors, managed by Alan Smith, 3-1.
Leon Johnson LJ SIGNS NEW DEAL
(Wednesday 25th May 2011)
Leon Johnson has agreed a new two year deal with the Wanderers running until June 2013. The 30 year old was originally offered a one year extension to his contract but has now negotiated a longer deal following discussions with Gary Waddock. Having joined Wycombe in June 2007 under Paul Lambert, Johnson has featured in two promotion squads on the way to making 117 First Team appearances for the Wanderers. He will also travel to the USA in June to compete for Grenada in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Leon Johnson - Player Profile
News FIRST CLOSE SEASON SIGNING
(Monday 23rd May 2011)
Gary Waddock has returned again to his former club Aldershot Town to sign midfielder Ben Harding on a free. A former trainee with the original Wimbledon side, the 26 year old was signed by Waddock at Aldershot in August 2007 and went on to make close to 150 appearances for The Shots, helping them win the Conference National title in 2008. He has signed a two year deal with the Wanderers and becomes the first player to arrive during the now obligatory mass of summer signings.
Matchday News MORE FRIENDLIES
(Monday 23rd May 2011)
Wanderers have added further friendlies to their pre-season schedule ahead of the 2011/12 campaign. They have added trips to Staines Town - Saturday 9th July (3pm), Wolverton Town - Wednesday 27th July (7.45pm) and Northampton Town - Saturday 30th July (3pm). No home friendlies have been confirmed yet ahead of the season start on Saturday 6th August. The meeting with Wolverton Town is scheduled to be the first at their new home at Greenleys Rugby Ground near Milton Keynes.
News NEWS ROUND UP
(Friday 20th May 2011)
Wanderers will play Wealdstone in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday 26th July 2011 in a game arranged as part of the deal that brought Marvin McCoy to Wycombe in the summer of 2010. The game will kick-off at 7.45pm at The Stones, Grosvenor Vale ground, former home of Ruislip Manor. Meanwhile, defender Leon Johnson has been called up by the Grenada national squad for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, to be held in the USA during June, with group games set to be played against Jamaica, Honduras and Guatemala in Los Angeles, Miami and New York respectively and starting 6th June.
Jon-Paul Pittman JP JOINS OXFORD
(Thursday 19th May 2011)
Released Wanderers striker Jon-Paul Pittman has joined Oxford United on a two year deal. The League Two side moved for the 24 year old following the news that Gary Waddock was not offering a new contract to the US born player. Pittman joined Wanderers for a fee of around 10,000 in January 2009 from Crawley Town and scored 17 goals in 82 appearances.
Jon-Paul Pittman - Player Profile
Promotion Scoreboard 2011 WE ARE STRONGER THIS TIME
(Friday 13th May 2011)
Steve Hayes says Wanderers are a much stronger side than when they were promoted at the end of the 2008/09 season and promotion will not hurt his ambitions to take Wanderers and London Wasps to a Community Stadium at Booker.
We are stronger this time - COTN news feature
News CONTRACT NEWS
(Wednesday 11th May 2011)
The Club have confirmed the list of players released, those offered new contracts and those who have accepted or otherwise.
Offered and accepted one year deal:
Gareth Ainsworth and Steve Arnold
Offered and accepted two year deal:
Stuart Beavon
Offered and considering one year deal:
Chris Westwood, Danny Foster, Leon Johnson, Matt Bloomfield
Not offered contracts and released:
Sam Belcher, Dan Fitchett, Stuart Green, Alan Bennett, Jerome Federico, Lewis Montrose, Keiran Murtagh and Jon-Paul Pittman
Remaining members of squad already under contract for 2011/12 season:
Nikki Bull, Andy Sandell, Dave Winfield, Scott Rendell, Kevin Betsy, Ben Strevens, Stuart Lewis, Marvin McCoy, Matt McClure, Anthony Stewart, Josh Scowen, Jesse Kewley-Graham and Kadeem Harris Revised squad listing
Going Up celebrations 2011
Promotion Scoreboard 2011 WANDERERS ARE UP!
(Saturday 7th May 2011)
Wanderers were promoted back to 'League One' after coming from a goal down to beat Southend United 3-1 in front of an 8,500 crowd at Adams Park on Saturday. The champagne was put on ice after former Wanderers loanee Anthony Grant had fired the visitors ahead in the 15th minute but Scott Donnelly got Wycombe back into the game five minutes later when he tucked the ball in from close range following a Wycombe break. The dramatic turnaround was complete in the 25th minute when Ben Strevens continued his recent goalscoring form with another close range effort that found the back of the net. It was then left for top scorer Scott Rendell to give Wanderers a two goal cushion when he angled in a loose ball from the left of the box to spark more celebration in front of the Valley End. Man of the Match Gareth Ainsworth was substituted in the 72nd as he finished his possible final appearance for the Wanderers, while Kevin Betsy and Adny Sandell both went close to extending the lead before the referee signalled full-time and the cue for the celebrations to begin.
Promotion special - Match report and reaction
Matchday GOOD LUCK WANDERERS!
(Friday 6th May 2011)
The best of luck to all the Wycombe Wanderers players and management from Chairboys on the Net ahead of the meeting with Southend United at Adams Park on Saturday. It's understood that as of Friday morning that less than a thousand tickets remained for the home areas of the ground and the game is likely to sell-out on the day, taking the attendance close the League record of 9,625 achieved against Notts County two years ago. Boss Gary Waddock commented to the press "We have to win another game. They have all gone and finished, it's the one in front that's the most important one. Everyone's confident and focused. Crewe and Bury were must-win games for us and the players coped extremely well. They were very calm and we got the results that we wanted. It's in our hands, which is great. That's all we wanted. It'll change during the course of the game. I'm sure people will be looking at what Shrewsbury are doing and what we are doing, but after 95 minutes we'll know where we are."
Matt Phillips NO PHILLIPS SELL ON YET
(Friday 6th May 2011)
Steve Hayes has revealed that Wanderers will not receive any further cash from Blackpool this season for the sale of Matt Phillips, even if the Seasiders stay in the Premiership. Official statements released at the time of the sale in August 2010 said Wanderers received an initial 325,000 and would get a 'further sum if they remain in the Premier League next season'. That fee was believed to be in the region of 375,000 but it now transpires that the extra fee is linked to the number of apperances and minutes that Phillips is on the pitch for Blackpool and that has yet to have been reached. Hayes told the Bucks Free Press, "Even if they get relegated we've got clauses in there for if they go back up within a certain number of years, how many minutes he's on the pitch, and there's a high sell-on clause." Phillips, now 20, has made 26 appearances for Blackpool this season, although many of those have been from the bench and equate to just over 1000 minutes. The precise details of the clause were not reported by the press at this stage. Matt Phillips profile
Youth Team news YOUTHS WIN CUP
(Wednesday 4th May 2011)
Wanderers Under 18 side lifted the Football League Youth Alliance Cup on Wednesday evening at Adams Park after beating Darlington on penalties. The game ended 0-0 after the regulation 90 minutes and went straight to a penalty shoot out where 'keeper Matt Ingram proved to be the hero. He saved Darlo's second and fourth kicks while Lee Weemes, Miles Smith, Josh Scowen and David Styles all netted to bring the trophy to Wanderers for the first time. A crowd of just over 400 took advantage of free entry at Adams Park to watch the victory. Youth info 2010/11
Wycombe:Matt Ingram, Miles Smith, David Styles, Anthony Stewart, Charles Dunne, Ryan Ware (sub 80 Jess Kewley-Graham), Josh Scowen, Archie Lloyd (sub 90 Oliver Taylor), Kadeem Harris, Nathan Olukanmi, Lee Weemes - subs not used: Charlie Horlock, Jordon Ibe, Robert Lofters-Desport - Att: 407
Matchday BIG CROWD EXPECTED
(Wednesday 4th May 2011)
Club have reported sales of over 6,000 for Saturday's crucial game with Southend United, as of the close of business on Wednesday (4th May). With United allocated the 2,000 capacity 'away end', Wanderers fans have access to just over 8,000 tickets amongst a total ground capacity of around 10,300. Two years ago, with Wanderers in a similar position, the attendance reached a Wanderers League record of 9,625. Extra Park and Ride services will be laid on for the match, while an extra bar will be available in the marquee in the lower car park. Meanwhile, Gareth Ainsworth has issued a rally cry to fans, saying to the press, "The fans have been fantastic. Please get down there and get behind us because this could be a real great day to remember."
New Stadium STADIUM TIMELINE 2011
(Wednesday 4th May 2011)
Chairboys on the Net has published a special 'Timeline' page which aims to collate links to all the relevant stories published relating to the 'Community Stadium' since the decision by Wycombe District Council on 17 January 2011 to progress with the proposals. COTN - Stadium Timeline 2011
??? YOUNGSTER ON TRIAL
(Tuesday 3rd May 2011)
Wanderers have taken Fleet Spurs youngster George Short on a short term trial according to local reports from the Wessex League side. The 16 year old midfielder only broke into the First Team with Fleet this season, scoring 3 goals in 32 appearances, will train with Wanderers during the closing days of the season. A statement from Fleet Spurs said "[We] wish George all the best as he ventures up to Adams Park for his trial where he will also be trialling with AFC Totton players Mike Green and Mike Gosney who are also being monitored by Wycombe Wanderers."
Berks and Bucks Senior Cup B&B SENIOR CUP VICTORY
(Monday 2nd May 2011)
A Wanderers XI triumphed in the Final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup on Holiday Monday at Chesham - a last minute goal from Youth Teamer Oliver Taylor snatching a 3-2 victory over Maidenhead United. Wanderers appeared to have taken control of the Final within the opening nine minutes, with Keiran Murtagh scoring on 8 minutes and then Matt Bloomfield doubling the lead within the next sixty seconds. However, United, who beat Wanderers in the previous season's final, got back into the game when Lee Barney on 14 minutes and Ashley Smith on 27 minutes both beat Steve Arnold in the Wycombe goal to draw the scores level before the break. The tie looked to be heading for Extra-Time when Bloomfield was tripped in the box in the first minute of stoppage time and Taylor netted from the resulting penalty.
Reserves info 2010/11 Wycombe:Arnold, McCoy, Dunne, Bennett, Kiernan, Harris, Bloomfield, Montrose (sub 79 Scowen), Federico, Murtagh, Taylor - subs not used: Ingram, Stewart, Kewley-Graham - Att: 336
News PROMOTION BATTLE
(Monday 2nd May 2011)
Wycombe go into the final day of the season knowing victory at home to Southend United would guarantee an automatic return to 'League One'. Anything less than a victory and it will be all eyes on the result of Shrewsbury's home meeting with Oxford United. The Shrews are the only other side capable of sneeking into the final automatic promotion slot, while the play-off spots will realistically see Gillingham and Stevenage rely on final day results to confirm the final standings. They play Chesterfield and Bury respectively with The Shakers still able to grab the Championship should they win at Stevenage and Chestefield lose at home to The Gills. The all important games on the final day (Saturday 7th May) are: Barnet v Port Vale, Burton v Accrington, Chesterfield v Gillingham, Rotherham v Torquay, Shrewsbury v Oxford, Stevenage v Bury and Wycombe v Southend.
League Two - top 10
up to and including 30 April 2011
                 PL  W  D  L GF GA Pts GD
 1.Chesterfield  45 23 14  8 82 50 83  32 
 2.Bury          45 23 11 11 79 47 80  34 
 3.Wycombe       45 21 14 10 66 49 77  17
=========================================
 4.Shrewsbury    45 21 13 11 69 49 76  20
 5.Accrington    45 18 18 16 72 54 72  18
 6.Torquay       45 17 18 10 73 50 68  23
 7.Stevenage     45 18 14 13 59 42 68  17
=========================================
 8.Gillingham    45 17 17 11 66 54 68  12
 9.Port Vale     45 17 14 14 54 48 65   6
10.Rotherham     45 16 15 14 72 59 63  13

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