All the news stories from September 2010
WYCOMBE 4 BARNET 2
(Tuesday 28th September 2010)
Wanderers secured their first win since the opening day of the season with a relatively comfortbale 4-2 victory over
Barnet on Tuesday evening at Adams Park. Gary Waddock made two changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Shrewsbury the previous Saturday - Chris Westwood replacing an ill Dave Winfield and Stuart Beavon favoured ahead of Scott Davies. After a failry even opening, Wanderers got the breakthrough on 19 minutes when Andy Sandell headed in from the near corner of the six yard box following a Matt Bloomfield corner. Lewis Montrose made it 2-0 on 24 minutes with a near 30 yard strike before Sandell put Wanderers 3-0 ahead four minutes before the interval with another headed from a Bllomfield assist. With the game virtually won, the visitors hit back briefly on 74 minutes when Phil Walsh dipped a 25 yard shot over Nikki Bull. However, Bloomfield restored Wanderers three goal lead on 85 minutes with a shot from the edge of the box before Barnet got another consolation goal a minute later when Steve Kabba turned the ball in from close range. Stoppage time saw youth teamer Jerome Federico given his senior debut before Wycombe celebrated victory and a climb back to 9th place in the table ahead of the visit to Stevenage on Saturday (2nd October). Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Westwood, Sandell, Bennett, Bloomfield, Betsy, Ainsworth (sub 75 Rendell), Montrose, Strevens (sub 90 Federico), Beavon (sub 87 McClure) - subs not used: Davies, Arnold, McCoy, Johnson - Att: 3,518 (away 250 approx)
NEW CEO ANNOUNCED
(Tuesday 28th September 2010)
Wanderers and London Wasps have announced that their new joint CEO will be
Chris Thomas. The Chartered Account has been working with the Wanderers since the
departure of previous CEO Paul Harrison in April 2010. Joint Club Owner Steve Hayes has worked with Thomas for more than five years in 'other business interests' and commented to the official website, "People understandably often talk about playing squad signings, but for me securing Chris' services is just as important as any other signing we have made", concluding, "He knows what needs to be done and I feel confident knowing he is at the helm."
BOOKER BID CONFIRMED
(Tuesday 28th September 2010)
More controversy surrounding the new stadium proposals is set to surface again this week following Wanderers and Wasps owner Steve Hayes' confirmation that the Club's preferred option for the new site will be Booker Air Field. The news was reported in the
press on Tuesday morning and follows a
previous report of Hayes talking up the Booker site at a charity event held at Adams Park on Sunday (26th September) while another report had a local MP claiming the decision would make the consultation process a sham. However, Wycombe District Council Leader Lesley Clarke said, "Readers should not assume the council shares the club's view about the preferred site. Until [the consultation] finishes we won't know what the outcome is and then we'll be making our decision early in the New Year. Until then it doesn't matter, they could want, this, that and the other. It doesn't mean to say that we actually agree with them. There's no sham at all.” Back in July 2010, Clarke was unhappy at local Lib Dem Councillors highlighting the possible use of Booker for the stadium, commenting at a Council meeting reported by the press, she said "If you continue to peddle un-truths and lies, I don’t think we could perhaps work with you." She went on to add, "I was surprised that they had tried to suggest that the air park was going to be a place for the stadium because no-body has made any decisions." see wycombe.gov.uk for latest
NEW SPORTS THERAPIST
(Monday 27th September 2010)
Wanderers have appointed Mick Quinn as their new Sports Therapist. The news follows the departure of First Team Physio Shay Connolly at the end of July. 46 year old Quinn has spent the last two seasons on the coaching staff at Brentford and currently runs his own private clinic while also studying for a BSc Honours degree in Applied Sports Therapy at Teesside University. He will assist Head of Medical and Sports Science Stuart Ayles.
WYCOMBE 2 SHREWSBURY 2
(Saturday 25th September 2010)
A stoppage time goal from Lewis Montrose salvaged a 2-2 draw with league leaders
Shrewsbury Town at Adams Park on Saturday. Fielding an unchanged starting line-up to the one that drew 0-0 at Aldershot seven days previous, it was former Wanderer Matt Harrold who almost opened the scoring inside two minutes when he headed against the foot of the post from a Mat Sadler cross. Ben Strevens and Alan Bennett both then went close for Wycombe before the visitors justified their league position by turning on the pressure before the break, only for Nikki Bull to help keep the game goalless. The breakthrough came on 63 minutes when Andy Sandell thundered home a free-kick from the edge of the box into the top left corner following a trip on Matt Bloomfield. The goal lifted the spirits of the home support but there was a knock back for Gary Waddock's side on 75 minutes when Shrews substitute Lionel Ainsworth crossed the ball into the Wanderers box for an unmarked Tom Bradshaw to head past Bull. Youngster Matt McClur was introduced for his senior debut on 81 minutes but it fellow sub Lionel Ainsworth who looked to have grabbed the headlines when he fired past Bull from 25 yards to give the visitors the lead with four minutes of normal time remaining. However, with stoppage time rapidly running out, it was Montrose who tried his luck from around 25 yards and when the ball slipped through Shrews 'keeper Chris Neal's hands and into the back of the Valley End net, Wanderers could celebrate a point gained. The result leaves Wanderers languishing in 16th place in the table with the visit of one from bottom Barnet to come on Tuesday (28th September). Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Winfield, Bennett, Bloomfield, Betsy, Ainsworth (sub 81 McClure) , Davies (sub 56 Beavon) , Montrose, Strevens, Sandell - subs not used: Westwood, McCoy, Rendell, Johnson, Ingram - Att: 4,208
STADIUM FUNDING REPORT
(Friday 24th September 2010)
A financial report made public as part of the consultation exercise for the proposed 'Community Stadium' to be shared by Wanderers and London Wasps, has revealed costings that could be excess of £80m and would leave a 'substantial funding shortfall'. The Financial Issues Scoping Paper has been produced by Financial and Business advisors Grant Thornton and is available along with numerous other background material on a dedicated page at wycombe.gov.uk while the Bucks Free Press highlighted the issues in an article published on Friday (24th September). Meanwhile, supporters website smbu.co.uk have added the debate by reemphasising the need to clarify how a move to a new stadium could make economic sense for Wycombe Wanderers and questions whether there is enough potential support for the Wanderers to even come close to filling the suggested 17,500-20,000 capacity on a regular basis.
RESERVES 0-0 V ORIENT
(Tuesday 21st September 2010)
Wanderers Reserves returned their third consecutive 0-0 draw after meeting Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening at Wanderers' new Reserve venue at Burnham FC. It was Wycombe who had the better chances throughout, with Scott Rendell, Sam Belcher, Stuart Beavon and Jerome Federico all going close for the second XI. At the other end Scott Davies cleared off the line from Josh Millwood, while 'keeper Steve Arnold did well to keep out a deflected clearance from Chris Westwood. Next game for the Reserves, away to Gillingham on Wednesday 13th October (kick-off 2pm). Wycombe: Arnold, McCoy (sub Scowen), Federico, Westwood, Johnson, Olukanmi (sub Stewart), Davies, Murtagh (sub Kewley-Graham), Belcher, Beavon, Rendell - subs not used: Ingram, Weemes
JP OUT UNTIL NEXT YEAR
(Monday 20th September 2010)
The Club have confirmed that striker Jon-Paul Pittman is likely to be out of action until the early part of 2011 after a second scan on his recent leg injury revealed a 'ruptured tendon in his left knee'. Pittman, who picked up the injury during the pre-match warm-up versus Macclesfield, was due to undergo an operation on Tuesday (21st September), with reports suggesting he will be out for 'a minimum of four months'.
ALDERSHOT 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 18th September 2010)
Wanderers' indifferent start to the 2010/11 campaign continued on Saturday with a 0-0 draw at Gary Waddock's former club Aldershot Town. Waddock made three changes to the side that lost at home to Macclesfield the previous week (Alan Bennett, Lewis Montrose and Gareth Ainsworth replacing Leon Johnson, Keiran Murtagh and Scott Rendell) but after a relatively encouraging opening 45 minutes, were generally on the back foot in the second period and again had former Shot Nikki Bull to thank for keeping the home side at bay. Wanderers only effort on target came on 25 minutes when a Dave Winfield header forced former Wanderer Jamie Young into a save. While at the other end a last minute full length save from Bull denied Jermaine McGlashan.
The result leaves Wanderers 13th placed in the table with consecutive home meetings with Shrewsbury Town, the current league leaders, on Saturday (25th September) followed by bottom club Barnet on Tuesday (28th September). Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Winfield, Bennett, Bloomfield, Betsy, Ainsworth, Davies, Montrose, Strevens (sub 81 Rendell) , Sandell - subs not used: Westwood, Arnold, McCoy, Murtagh, Johnson, Beavon - Att: 3,722 (away 608)
CONSULTATION SET TO START
(Thursday 16th September 2010)
The consultation procedure regarding the proposed 'Community Stadium' to be shared by Wanderers and London Wasps is set to start on Friday (17th September) with a dedicated website to be launched and a PR company employed to help push through the controversial plans. Wycombe District Council will release the consultation documents through its own website at wycombe.gov.uk, while COTN can reveal that a dedicated website is being built at wycombecommunitystadium.com. The website says it is "being developed on behalf of Wycombe Sports Developments Limited (‘WSDL’) – the development arm of Wycombe Wanderers FC and London Wasps – and Wycombe District Council." COTN also understands that PR company Camargue have been targeted to help with the communications and media side of the project. The initial consultation period is set to run until to 29th October. WDC Cabinet is set to agree a prefered option in January 2011 before further consultation on the chosen option begins in February and March 2011.
RESERVES 0-0 AT BRIGHTON
(Tuesday 14th September 2010)
Stuart Green saw a penalty saved as Wanderers Reserves drew 0-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday evening in their second Combination match of the season. The penalty came during the first half when youth teame Nathan Olukanmi was brought down by Seagulls 'keeper Peter Brezovan. However, Brezovan dived to his left to save Green's spotkick. After that, Stuart Beavon's shot on 80 minutes that hit the post proved to be the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock. The Reserves first 'home' game set for Tuesday 21st September against Leyton Orient and will now be played at the Reserves' new home of The Gore, Burnham FC (kick-off 7pm).Wycombe: Arnold, McCoy, Westwood, Bennett, Federico, Harris, Green (sub 65 Kewley-Graham), Belcher (sub 70 Scowen), Murtagh, Olukanmi, Beavon
WYCOMBE 1 MACCLESFIELD 2
(Saturday 11th September 2010)
Wanderers crashed to a 2-1 home defeat to a previously winless Macclesfield Town on Saturday. Two stunning goals in the space of four first half minutes proved to be Wanderers' downfall and despite pulling one back in the second-half via a Scott Rendell penalty, Gary Waddock's side slumped to their first League loss of the season. The matchday got off to a bad start for Wycombe when Jon-Paul Pittman was injured in the pre-match warm-up with a reported hamstring problem. Matt McClure was his late replacement on the bench. The opening goal came on 11 minutes when Colin Daniel's free-kick from a central position was blocked on the edge of the Wycombe box but Daniel was allowed to pick up the loose ball to the left of goal and from a full 30 plus yards found the back of the net with a low shot that crept inside Nikki Bull's left hand upright. The Silkmen doubled their lead three minutes later with an equally impressive goal, this time Tyrone Barnett allowed to strike from the left corner of the Wycombe penalty area with an effort that curled into opposite corner of the net to delight the handful of travelling supporters. Hamza Bencherif saw another long range effort hit the top of the Wycombe crossbar shortly before the break, as Wanderers continued to struggle. Waddock bought in Captain Gareth Ainsworth and Lewis Montrose at the break but despite having the better of the second period, the only goal came on 65 minutes when Kevin Betsy was tripped as the he ran into the left side of the Macclesfield penalty area by Paul Morgan. Rendall sent Jose Veiga the wrong way from the spot but there was no equaliser to follow as Wycombe were left to reflect on an afternoon later described by Gary Waddock as 'shocking'. Next game for Wanderers, the trip to Waddock's former club Aldershot Town on Saturday (18th September). Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Winfield, Johnson, Bloomfield (sub HT Ainsworth), Betsy, Davies, Murtagh (sub HT Montrose), Strevens (sub 83 Beavon), Sandell, Rendell - subs not used: Westwood, Arnold, Bennett, McClure - Att: 3,789 (away 80 approx) - Note: Wanderers' lowest home League attendance on a Saturday at Adams Park since 20th April 1996 - 3,673 v Swansea.
DAVIES LOAN CONFIRMED
(Thursday 9th September 2010)
After earlier speculation, the loan move of Scott Davies to Wanderers was confirmed by the Club at around 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon. The deal, which will be finalised on Friday, will run for the maximum 93 day period - ending on Saturday 11th December (home to Bury). Commenting on the deal to the official website, Gary Waddock said, "You know what you are going to get with him. He's a massive threat from midfield - he scores goals, has an excellent passing range and a terrific energy." Like last season, Davies has been allocated the No.22 in the squad..
WADDOCK TO GO FOR LOANS
(Thursday 9th September 2010)
Gary Waddock is set to delve into the loan market, with Reading midfielder Scott Davies high on his priority list. The former Wanderers Centre of Excellence player made 17 loan appearances for Wycombe under Waddock during the 2009/10 season and netted four times. Waddock is a great fan of the 22 year old having also taken him on loan while in charge at Aldershot. The loan window opened on Tuesday with the Wycombe boss commenting to the media that he would only bring in players who are better than already in the squad and adding, "Last year we were able to do that with a number of the signings we brought in because we needed bodies in. But with the work we have done in the summer, it would need to be a very good player to come in." He went on to say, "We have been fortunate that clubs have allowed really good, talented players to come out and play in our sides so hopefully that will continue because they will see the style of football we want to produce."
(Wednesday 8th September 2010)
Wycombe District Council have approved the consultation procedure regarding the proposed 'Community Stadium' to be shared by Wanderers and London Wasps following a
Cabinet Meeting held on 6th September. The meeting agenda has also revealed the original short list of 19 possible sites has now been shortened to just three - Adams Park, Abbey Barn South and as expected Wycombe Air Park in Booker. However, in a Bucks Free Press report, the Council's head of planning and sustainability, Jerry Unsworth commented, "Nothing can be completely out of the question at this stage and this consultation will help us decide." He also added that the Adams Park option was there for those happy to remain with the current set-up. As previously reported, consultation is scheduled
to take place for six weeks from 17 September to 29 October. This includes two formal evening discussion forums to be held in High Wycombe on 30 September (7-9pm) at the King’s Centre and 12 October (7-9pm) at the Town Hall. A decision on how to proceed is expected in January 2011 after the response have been analysed. For more information visit www.wycombe.gov.uk
McCLURE STRIKES AGAIN
(Tuesday 7th September 2010)
A Wanderers Reserve XI beat Bristol Rovers 4-0 in a 'behind closed doors' friendly at Wanderers' training ground at Booker on Tuesday afternoon. Once again First year pro Matt McClure was on target, scoring twice within three minutes during the opening stages of the first half. Jon-Paul Pittman made it 3-0 on the half hour mark when he converted from close range from a Stuart Beavon pass. Beavon completed the scoring for the second string with seven minutes of normal time remaining when ran on to a through ball before beating Mike Green in the Rovers goal. Next Combination outing for the Reserves remains as the Tuesday 14th September trip to Brighton & Hove Albion (kick-off 7pm). However, the first 'home' game set for Tuesday 21st September against Leyton Orient will now be played at The Gore, Burnham FC (kick-off 7pm) after the Club confirmed that home Reserve games would no longer be played at Maidenhead United.
Wycombe:Arnold, McCoy, Federico, Westwood, Stewart, Kelly, Murtagh, Belcher, Beavon, Pittman, Pittman - subs: Kewley-Graham, Scowen, Harris, Weemes
ACCRINGTON 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 4th September 2010)
Wanderers drew 1-1 at Accrington Stanley on Saturday, with Manager Gary Waddock branding his team 'unprofessional' after they conceeded a stoppage time equaliser. Matt Bloomfield had given Wanderers the lead in the 65th minute when he stroked home at the right side of the box from Kevin Betsy's assist. Wanderers then missed the opportunity to seal victory, with Betsy and Jon-Paul Pittman opting not to shoot from inside the penalty with the goal at their mercy. Bloomfield eventually slicing the ball wide in front of the left hand upright. That missed proved costly as in the fourth minute of stoppage time Chris Turner's floating cross from the right found an unmarked Rory Boulding at the far post who converted past Nikki Bull. Talking to the media after the game, Waddock said, “That was totally unprofessional. We had the ball in the furthest part of the ground away from our goal with 30 seconds to go and for some unknown reason we don't retain possession and it ends up in our goal. It was unprofessional and unnacceptable.” Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Sandell, Winfield, Johnson, Ainsworth, Montrose, Bloomfield, Betsy, Rendell (sub 60 Pittman), Strevens (sub 60 Beavon) - subs not used: Arnold, Murtagh, McCoy, Westwood, McClure - Att: 1,610
LEAGUE TROPHY DRAW
(Saturday 4th September 2010)
Having received a bye in the First Round of the Football League Trophy, Wanderers will travel to Colchester United in the Second Round following the regionalised draw made on Saturday morning. The tie will take place on Tuesday 5th October. Last season Wycombe
went out at home to Northampton Town in the First Round - losing 3-0 on penalties after the game ended 2-2 after 90 minutes. The tie with Colchester is in the Southern Section (East) part of the draw - with the other ties in this section being Leyton Orient v Brentford, MK Dons v Charlton Athletic and Barnet v Southend United. Winners from this round are then merged with the Southern Section (West) to form a Southern only Area Quarter-Final, the draw for which is due to take place on Saturday 9th October, with ties due to be played week commencing 8th November 2010.
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