All the news stories from October 2010
WYCOMBE 2 LINCOLN 2
(Saturday 30th October 2010)
Wanderers were twice pegged back as they drew 2-2 with Lincoln City at Adams Park on Saturday. Kevin Betsy gave Wanderers a dream start with a goal on 46 seconds - the midfielder knocking the ball home from close range after Stuart Beavon's header had come back off the post. Wycombe had chances to increase their lead but were punished for slack defending on 28 minutes when Mustapha Carayol was given too much space on the left side of the penalty area and angled home a low shot past Nikki Bull. Wanderers managed to restore their lead seven minutes before the break when Scott Davies curled in a shot from the edge of the box into the top corner of the Valley End net but it didn't provide the kick start expected and during a frustratingly fragmented second period, not helped by the referee being forced off with
cramp on 55 minutes and replaced with the fourth official. It was the visitors who eventually managed to find the net again on 69 minutes when Celtic loanee Ben Hutchinson cut in from the right channel before shooting home off the far post. And it was the Imps who came closest to winning the game when former Wycombe loanee Drewe Broughton struck a shot from the edge of the penalty area against the crossbar on 88 minutes. For Wycombe their brief glimmer of snatching victory came in the eighth and final minute of stoppage time when Andy Sandell sent a free-kick dissapointingly into the Lincoln wall. Wycombe remain sixth in the table with a visit to 18th placed Gillingham to come on Tuesday. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Westwood, Bennett (sub 75 Winfield), Betsy, Ainsworth, Davies (sub 94 McClure), Montrose, Strevens, Sandell, Beavon - subs not used: Arnold, McCoy, Rendell, Murtagh, Johnson - Att:4,325
(Friday 29th October 2010)
A reminder that the initial consultation period for the proposals for a new 'Community Stadium' to be used by Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps ends today (29th October 2010). According to reports on the Bucks Free Press website, a late flurry had taken the response total from 2,000 to over 7,000 as of Friday morning with another mass of last day responses expected to raise the figure closer to 10,000. However, there are accusations that the responses are being distorted in favour of the Clubs' favoured site of Booker after interested parties sent out mass emails and canvassed fans attending a recent London Wasps game. The public meeting held in Booker on Wednesday also attracted close to 400 people and brought widespread condemnation of the proposals with suggestions that it was already a 'done deal'. WDC planning officials strenuously deny the claims. You can have your say online at see wycombe.gov.uk.
TRUST SAY NO
(Thursday 28th October 2010)
The main pursuers of the 'Community Stadium' project have been dealt a blow after the Board of Wycombe Wanderers Trust issued a statement opposing the proposals in their current form. The Trust now plan to formally approve the decision through their membership but have since cancelled a public meeting arranged for Thursday 11th November because representatives from Wycombe Sports Development Limited declined to attend.
Trust say No to stadium proposals - Read more
YOUTHS THRO IN CUP
(Tuesday 26th October 2010)
Wanderers Under 18 Youth Team came back from 2-0 down to run out 3-2 victors
at Barnet in the FA Youth Cup First Round on Tuesday evening. The home side raced into their lead after Mauro Vilhete (7 minutes) and Luke Gambin (14 minutes) had unlocked the Wanderers defence. Kofi Lockhart-Adams came close to making it 3-0 before Wycombe staged their comeback. The turning point came three minutes into the 2nd half when Lee Weemes cut out a Barnet pack pass and ran on to take the ball around the 'keeper before slotting home. Vilhete went close again for Barnet with a long range effort that was tipped onto the bar but on 68 minutes Wanderers were level when Miles Smith saw his shot from the edge of the box go in off the underside of the bar. It was then left for substitute Oliver Taylor to rise highest to head home from a corner on 85 minutes to complete the victory and spark celebrations for the Wycombe contingent on and off the pitch. (Att: 328) Youth Team info 2010/11
YOUTHS START CUP CAMPAIGN
(Tuesday 26th October 2010)
Wanderers Under 18 Youth Team will begin their FA Youth Cup campaign on Tuesday evening (26th October) with an away tie against Barnet. The match will take place at Underhill with a 7pm kick-off. Last season Wanderers reached the Third Round stage after victories over Maidstone United and St. Albans City, before being dumped out 3-0 away to Leyton Orient. The best run for the Wanderers remains the 2001-02 season when they bowed out at the quarter-final stage at Barnsley. Youth Team info 2010/11
STADIUM DEBATE HEATS UP
(Tuesday 26th October 2010)
With the first round of consultation due to end on Friday 29th October, the debate over the proposals for a new 'Community Stadium' to be shared by Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps have reached new levels of intensity with those 'for' and 'against' the schemes flooding the public domain with their angle of events. Stadium debate heats up - Read more
HAYES AWAY IN FA CUP
(Sunday 24th October 2010)
Wanderers were drawn away to Hayes & Yeading United in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup after the draw was made on Sunday afternoon. Wanderers beat the Conference side 3-1 at Church Road in a pre-season friendly back in July and will also recall a visit there in a televised First Round encounter with Hayes FC in November 2001, where Lawrie Sanchez's side eventually came through 4-3 victors. Hayes & Yeading United were formed in May 2007 following the merger of Hayes FC and Yeading FC and the new club gained promotion to the Conference National league at the end of the 2008/9 season via the play-offs. Hayes & Yeading, who include former Wanderer Tom Cadmore in their squad, made it through to the First Round tie with Wycombe following a 3-1 victory at Poole Town in the 4th Qualifying Round. The tie will be played on the weekend of Saturday 6th November.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
ROTHERHAM 3 WYCOMBE 4
(Saturday 23rd October 2010)
A controversial late penalty went towards seeing Wycombe continue their excellent away record so far this season with a 4-3 victory at Rotherham on Saturday. Kevin Betsy had given Wanderers the lead on 8 minutes when he converted from close range following Gareth Ainsworth deflected cross. It was 2-0 ten minutes later when Matt Bloomfield fired home from 20 yards but the home side fought back with a goal from Adam Le Fondre on 22 minutes and then an equaliser on 39 minutes whem Jason Taylor caught out Nikki Bull with a low shot from the edge of the box that crept under his body at the near post. Nicky Law missed a golden opportunity to put The Millers ahead three minutes later when he shot wide from inside the six yard box and Wycombe captilised on that miss when Ben Strevens majestically curled in an effort from the left channel to put Wanderers 3-2 up at the break. The excitement barely died in the second period with Wanderers missing a couple of decent chances before a soft penalty saw Rotherham get back into the game again on 69 minutes - Chris Westwood being adjudged to have infringed Exodus Geohaghon and Le Fondre scoring from the the resulting spot kick. It was now Rotherham who looked the side more likely to snatch all three points but were denied by more fine keeping from Nikki Bull. There were six minutes of normal time remaining when Kevin Betsy ran into the right edge of the Rotherham box and fell under the challenge of Johnny Mullins. To the horror of the Rotherham players, the referee pointed to the spot and despite the protests and discussions with his assistant, his decision stood and Scott Rendell eventually lined up to slot away the penalty and earn the points for Gary Waddock's side who remain sixth in the table. Next game for Wanderers is at home to Lincoln City next Saturday (30th October). Wycombe:Bull, Foster (sub 80 Winfield), Westwood, Bennett, Bloomfield (sub 61 Davies), Betsy, Ainsworth (sub 74 Rendell), Montrose, Strevens, Sandell, Beavon - subs not used: Arnold, McCoy, Murtagh, McClure - Att: 3,651
FRANK AVERY R.I.P.
(Friday 22nd October 2010)
Sad news arrived on Thursday as COTN were informed that Frank Avery, one of the oldest known living Wanderers players, had passed away at the age of 89. Frank, who first played for the Wanderers in 1937, was top scorer for the Club during the 1945/46 season - bagging 25 Isthmian League goals in 26 appearances and also scoring six goals in the 10-1 home victory over Kingstonian in an Amateur Cup First Round replay at Loakes Park on 26th January 1946. Condolences to his family and friends at this time of loss.
FA CUP DRAW ON SUNDAY
(Wednesday 20th October 2010)
Wanderers will discover their opponents in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup on Sunday when the draw is made live on ITV between 12.30pm and 1pm. Winners in the First Round tie, that will played on the weekend of 6th November, will receive £18,000 in sponsorship money. Wanderers, who have not progressed past the Second Round stage since the 2001/2002 season, went out to Brighton & Hove Albion at the First Round stage last season - losing 2-0 in a replay at The Withdean following a 4-4 draw at Adams Park. Meanwhile, the new campaign marks the ten year anniversary of the famous run under Lawrie Sanchez that saw Wanderers reach the Semi-Final at Villa Park.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
STADIUM DEBATE CONTINUES
(Monday 18th October 2010)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board will come head to head with Club and Council officials on Thursday (21st October) as they continue to push to see any evidence that a move to a new 'Community Stadium' will be of benefit to Wycombe Wanderers. A statement to its members on 14th October said, "[The Trust] have yet to see any financial plans or information, that persuade them that a move to a Community Stadium at Booker (or elsewhere) makes economic sense for Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. Furthermore, [The Trust] have yet to see any financial information that supports the view that WWFC is not viable if it were to remain at Adams Park." The meeting will come with just over a week of the initial consultation period remaining and follows on from growing concern over the proposals from residents that would be affected by a relocation to Booker Air Park. A meeting at Lane End produced what was described by the local press as an emphatic 'No' vote against the proposals and COTN understands that Booker residents have also been promised a Question and Answer session with Council officials.
WYCOMBE 1 CHESTERFIELD 2
(Saturday 16th October 2010)
Wanderers came away from Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Chesterfield feeling slightly hard done by. Gary Waddock fielded the same starting XI for the fourth consecutive league game but after a bright opening he found his side a goal behind on 27 minutes when Craig Davies headed home from a Drew Talbot cross. It came Wanderers had gone close to taking the lead through Kevin Betsy and Stuart Beavon, while the latter also had an effort ruled out for offside on 25 minutes after Spireites 'keeper Tommy Lee spilled a Matt Bloomfield shot. However, Wanderers battled back and deservedly equalised on 63 minutes when Ben Strevens fired the ball into the back of the Valley End net from the right corner of the six yard box after Chris Westwood's header had been forced away. But with Wanderers pushing for a winner, second placed Chesterfield hit back with another clinical finish on the break on 73 minutes when Davies ran through from the left channel to nip the ball past Nikki Bull. The visitors went close to making it 3-1 when Jordan Bowery's long range shot smacked on the break the Wanderers crossbar on 78 minutes while at the other end Wycombe continued to be frustrated by a resolute Chesterfield defence. Wanderers remain 6th place in the table with 18 points from 12 games. Next game, away to third placed Rotherham on Saturday (23rd October). Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Westwood, Sandell, Bennett, Bloomfield, Betsy, Ainsworth (sub 85 Davies) , Montrose, Strevens, Beavon -
subs not used: Winfield, Arnold, McCoy, Rendell, Murtagh, McClure - Att: 5,211 NB:Community Day
RESERVES LOSE TO GILLS
(Wednesday 13th October 2010)
Wanderers Reserves went down 3-1 at Gillingham on Wednesday afternoon in their latest Combination fixture. All the goals came in the second period, with the hosts opening the scoring on 48 minutes when Stefan Payne headed in a Tom Brunt cross at the near post. The Gills doubled their lead on 66 minutes when Anthony Stewart was judged to have fouled Payne in the penalty area and Mark McCammon converted from the spot past Steve Arnold. Wanderers gave themselves hope of taking something from the game on 82 minutes when Scott Rendell smashed home from close range from a Matt McClure cross. However, the Kent side confirmed their victory in stoppage time when Payne ran on to a James Brown assist to shoot home. Next scheduled Combination fixture for the Reserves is at home to Gillingham on Tuesday 30th November (kick-off 7pm @ Burnham). The home match with Aldershot set for Tuesday 9th November has now been re-arranged for Tuesday 15th March 2011 in order to avoid a clash with the FLT tie with Bristol Rovers on the same evening. Wycombe: Arnold, McCoy, Federico, Winfield, Stewart, Harris (sub 69 Olukanmi), Murtagh, Davies, Westlake, McClure, Rendell - subs not used: Belcher, Smith, Scowen, Kewley-Graham
BURTON ALBION 1 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 9th October 2010)
Another impressive away performance from the Wanderers secured a 2-1 victory at
Burton Albion on Saturday, with a third consecutive League win lifting Gary Waddock's side to sixth place in the table. Waddock reverted back to the starting line-up that had won at Stevenage seven days previous and would have felt his side should have taken the lead as early as the third minute when Ben Strevens headed over from around eight yards from Gareth Ainsworth centre. However, it was Ainsworth who gave Wanderers the lead in the 16th minute with a glorious strike from around 30 yards on the right of midfield. It was the former QPR midfielder's 100th senior goal and he celebrated in style with a guitar hero impression as he ran towards the Wycombe contingent at the other end of the ground. Wycombe continued to dominate and doubled their lead four minutes before the break after Matt Bloomfield had been fouled about 20 yards from the goal on the left of midfield - the resulting free kick from Andy Sandell taking a slight deflection over the wall and beating a frustrated Adam Legzdins in the Burton goal. It looked like Wycombe were cruising at this point but only a smart block from Nikki Bull kept out the home side in first half stoppage time but there was nothing Bull could do to keep out Shaun Harrad five minutes after the restart when the Albion forced a loose ball home from inside the Wycombe penalty area. It was then Albion, who included former Wycombe loanee Richard Walker in their stikeforce, to turn on the pressure. Aaron Webster struck an effort against the post on 54 minutes and moments later Bull had to react again to keep out Webster's free-kick. But Wycombe responded and in the end could have won by a bigger margin - Betsy going closest with a shot from the right angle that hit the foot of the opposite post on 70 minutes. Next game at home to currently high flying Chesterfield next Saturday (16th October). Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Westwood, Bennett, Bloomfield, Betsy, Ainsworth (sub 89 McClure), Montrose, Strevens, Sandell, Beavon - subs not used: Winfield, Davies, Arnold, McCoy, Rendell, Murtagh - Att: 3,042
BRISTOL ROVERS HOME IN FLT
(Saturday 9th October 2010)
Wanderers were drawn at home to Bristol Rovers in the Southern Area Quarter-Final of the Football League Trophy, following the draw made on Saturday morning. The two clubs have met on two previous occasions in this competition, with Wanderers losing on each occasion. Back in November 2005, Wanderers went down 1-0 at The Memorial Ground - Jamie Forrester getting the only goal of the tie. Meanwhile, in October 2006, goals from Jamal Easter and Sammy Igoe saw off the Wanderers 2-0 in front of a sparse 1,314 crowd at Adams Park. The tie with Rovers will take place on Tuesday 9th November.
(Friday 8th October 2010)
A reminder that Wycombe District Council have entered the consultation period for the proposals for a new 'Community Stadium' to be used by Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps. WDC say, "We want to hear what you think about the different options for the types of facilities that could be provided. We also want to know where you think the project should be built if it was to go ahead and in particular we want to hear your views on our three short-listed sites - Adams Park, Wycombe Air Park and Abbey Barn South." You can have your say online at see wycombe.gov.uk. You can also read the consultation brochure, available in libraries and WDC council offices across the district and on request from the Council. A statement from WDC adds, "We want to ensure that as many people hear about the proposals and are able to have their say. If you represent a community group, are a member of a sports club, or are just an interested resident, we would be grateful if you could spread the news of the consultation amongst your members, family & friends, neighbours and communities." Responses must be submitted to the Council by Friday 29th October 2010
COL U 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Tuesday 5th October 2010)
Late goals from Kevin Betsy and Scott Davies sent Wanderers into the Third Round of the Football League Trophy, as they overcame old rivals Colchester United on Tuesday evening in Essex. With both clubs making the maximum of five allowed changes from their previous starting line-up, it was 'League One' Colchester that looked the more composed side in the opening 45 minutes. However, Wanderers held out and eventually started to make inroads on the U's defence and were rewarded following three substititions by Gary Waddock as the tie approached the final twenty minutes. First on 75 minutes a flick by youngster Matt McClure sent through Betsy who knocked the ball into an empty net after chipping the Ben Williams in the U's goal. Six minutes later Scott Davies fired home after Ben Strevens' effort had been pushed away by the 'keeper. The draw for the next round (Southern area quarter-final) takes place on Saturday morning (9th October). Wycombe:Bull, Winfield, McCoy, Johnson (sub 63 Westwood), Betsy, Sandell, Davies, Montrose, Strevens, Rendell (sub 74 Murtagh), Beavon (sub 63 McClure) - subs not used: Arnold, Federico - Att: 2,379
STEVENAGE 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 2nd October 2010)
First half goals from Kevin Betsy and Stuart Beavon helped Wanderers on their way their first away victory of the 2010/11 campaign - the 2-0 win at Stevenage sending Gary Waddock's side up to seventh place in the table. The Wycombe boss fielded an unchanged side to the one that overcome Barnet the previous Tuesday and saw his side match the League newcomers in the opening stages before Betsy's looped in a header from a Gareth Ainsworth cross on 35 minutes to break the deadlock and delight the 750 plus Wycombe following. Beavon doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time when he followed in an Ainsworth effort that had hit the post. Those goals proved to be enough to seal all three points for Wycombe as they look forward to a trip to the other promoted side, Burton Albion, next Saturday (9th October), while on Tuesday (5th OCtober) a most likely changed Wanderers line-up travel to Colchester United in the 2nd Round of the Football League Trophy. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Westwood, Bennett, Bloomfield, Betsy, Ainsworth (sub 79 Davies), Montrose, Strevens (sub 89 Winfield), Sandell, Beavon (sub 84 Rendell) - subs not used: Arnold, McCoy, Johnson, McClure - Att: 3,384 (away 753)
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