All the news stories from May 2012
DUNNE SIGNS EXTENSION
(Tuesday 29th May 2012)
The Club confirmed on Tuesday that left-back Charles Dunne had agreed the one year extension offer to his current deal. The 19 year old has now signed a new deal running until June 2014. Dunne made his First Team debut in the game at Charlton Athletic in April 2012 and featured twice more before the end of the season. Earlier in the season he made seven appearances on loan at Staines Town, while on his return he was part of the Wycombe side that triumphed in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup.
(Saturday 26th May 2012)
Wanderers have confirmed six 'First Team' pre-season friendlies to date with a further three set to be confirmed for the 'Development Squad' including a trip to Wingate and Finchley on Wednesday 1st August. The First Team begin their friendlies with a trip to Farnborough Town on Saturday 14th July, with a visit to Forest Green Rovers the following Wednesday. On Saturday 21st July it's the short trip to Staines Town, while the first home friendly arranged so far is the visit of Watford on Tuesday 31st July. On Saturday 4th August Wanderers return to former Football League rivals Cambridge United, while Brentford are the visitors to Adams Park on Tuesday 7th August. The Football League season gets underway on Saturday 18th August with the fixtures due to be released at 9am on Monday 18th June. The League season kicks off later than normal due to the London 2012 Olympics.
GAZ AGREES NEW DEAL
(Saturday 19th May 2012)
Gareth Ainsworth confirmed his acceptance of his new contract offer during the new kit launch presentation at Adams Park on Saturday. The 39 year old has agreed a one year Player/Coach deal but says he will concentrating on the coaching side although would be more than happy to 'help out' on the playing side if needed. Ainsworth joined Wanderers on a permanent basis in January 2010 following a brief loan spell from QPR. He has since totalled 89 First Team apps, scoring 15 times, including 11 strikes during the 200/11 season when he was second highest scorer with Wycombe behind Scott Rendall.
NEW KIT LAUNCHED
(Saturday 19th May 2012)
The new first choice kit to mark the 125th anniversary of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club was officially launched prior to a former Wycombe v Reading celebration game at Adams Park on Saturday. The kit, which is being marketed as based on one of Wanderers' first ever kits in the late 1890's, has a light and dark blue halved shirt with dark blue shorts and socks. The kit will be used for just one season and is being manufactured by Kukri. It replaces the current quartered design produced by Kappa which was introduced at the start of the 2011/12 season but is now defunct after less than a year.
CONTRACT NEWS - SIGNED
(Friday 18th May 2012)
19 year old Josh Scowen has become the latest Wycombe player to agree a new contract for the 2012/13 season after a signing a one year deal on Friday. The former Youth Teamer made his First Team debut for the Wanderers as substitute in the League Two match at Morecambe in March 2011. He made one further substitute appearance that season, but although being named in the First Team squad on a number of occasions during the 2011/12 season, didn't add to his appearance tally.
CONTRACT NEWS - SIGNED
(Tuesday 15th May 2012)
Former Youth Teamers Jesse Kewley-Graham and Anthony Stewart have both accepted their offers of new contracts from the Club. Kewley-Graham, whose only Wanderers First Team appearance to date was a brief appearance as substitute in the home game with Rochdale in January 2012, has signed a one year deal, while Stewart has penned a two year agreement. Stewart made his First Team debut when he started in the game at Preston on 14 Jauuary 2012 and went on to impress in three further starts before injury cut short his season.
TRUST TAKEOVER CONFIRMED
(Monday 14th May 2012)
A joint statement from Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and Wycombe Wanderers Trust has confirmed the previously reported plans for the Trust to takeover the ownership of the Football Club. Chairboys on the Net were first to break the news on Sunday 29th April 2012 but an official announcement was delayed as negotiations have been ongoing. The statement says, "Whilst there remain a number of issues to be resolved and agreed, including agreement from WWFC shareholders regarding possible changes to their shareholder rights, to enable the deal to take place, both parties are confident a deal can be finalised in the coming weeks."
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CONTRACT NEWS - GOING
(Wednesday 9th May 2012)
Striker Ben Strevens heads the list of players that have not been offered a contract by Gary Waddock. Also released are Anthony McNamee, John Halls and James Tunnicliffe. In addition, standby 'keepers Steve Arnold and Jason Mooney have both been released without making a First Team appearance. Strevens joined Wanderers in the summer of 2010 from Brentford and scored 8 goals in 46 appearances during his first season. 2011/12 saw him return just four goals in 38 apps, prompting Waddock to let the 31 year old go. Both Halls and Tunnicliffe have proved to be disappointing summer 2011 signings by Waddock, making 8 and 20 First Team appearances respectively. McNamee joined Wanderers on a short term deal in the January 2012 transfer window following an earlier loan spell where he score twice in his first two appearances. He went on to total 15 First Team appearances but didn't add to his scoring tally. Meanwhile, loan players Louis Laing, Craig Eastmond, Scott Donnelly, Chris Hackett and Gary Doherty have all returned to their parent clubs.
CONTRACT NEWS - STAYING?
(Wednesday 9th May 2012)
Gary Waddock has wasted no time in resolving contract issues with his existing squad. Of those out of contract in the summer, Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield, Jesse Kewley-Graham and
Josh Scowen have all been offered one year deals that they are currently considering. Ainsworth, who will be 39 on 10 May 2012, has been offered a Player/Coach role. Promising youngster Anthony Stewart has been offered a two year deal, while Charlies Dunne has been offered a one year extension to his current deal that is due to expire in June 2013.
Nikki Bull, Danny Foster, Dave Winfield, Leon Johnson, Scott Rendell, Grant Basey, Joel Grant, Marvin McCoy, Stuart Beavon and Matt McClure are all also contracted until June 2013. Stuart Lewis is contracted until June 2014. Newly signed First Year Pro's Matt Ingram, Max Kretzschmar and Olly Taylor will also join the First Team squad for the 2012/13 campaign.
SHEFF WED 2 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 5th May 2012)
Wanderers were privy to a League One promotion at Hillsborough as went down 2-0 to
Sheffield Wednesday in front of 38,000 plus crowd. The Owls needed a victory to ensure automatic promotion and despite an early when Louis Laing headed over and being frustrated from three quick saves from Nikki Bull, they never looked back after hearing that City rivals United had gone behind at Exeter before Nile Ranger set up Michail Antonio to flight the ball past Bull on 25 minutes to give then the lead. Wanderers held their own until the break but the result was sealed on 52 minutes when Ranger headed home a Chris Lines' free-kick. The resilient Gary Doherty kept out Ranger from adding a third when he threw himself in the way of his shot but by that time the home fans were already celebrating their promotion ahead of The Blades who eventually drew 2-2 at already relegated Exeter. Meanwhile, Wanderers finish 21st in the table with a points total of 43 - 7 points adrift of 20th placed Leyton Orient. It's now onto a rebuilding exercise on and off the pitch for the Wanderers as they look head into what looks to be uncertain times for the 2012/13 season.
Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Laing, Doherty, Basey (sub 13 Dunne), Ainsworth , Eastmond, Bloomfield, Lewis, McClure, Beavon - subs not used: Ingram, Scowen, Kewley-Graham, McNamee - Att: 38,082 (away 487)
CHAIRBOYS GAS - 25 YEARS ON
(Friday 4th May 2012)
COTN continues the digital release of 'Chairboys Gas' to mark the 25th anniversary of publication. Issue No.7 (the final issue of the 1986/87 season) was a special edition released on Friday 8th May 1987 as Wanderers took on Barnet at Loakes Park in the Second Leg of the Final of the Capital League Presidents Cup. The issue looked back on Wanderers' successful promotion to the Conference and victory in the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup Final over Aylesbury United. Next digital re-release in August.
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(Thursday 3rd May 2012)
There is nothing to play for at the foot of League One apart from pride after he final three relegation spots in League One were confirmed a week ahead of the final day of the season. Chesterfield and Exeter City will join Wycombe in League Two next season, along with Rochdale. Wanderers will look back on the 2011/12 season as period where they conceeded the most goals in a single season since promotion to the Football League in 1993. The goals against tally this season of 86, prior to the trip to Hillsborough, is ten higher than the previous worst during the relegation season of 2009/10. However, the goals for total of 65 is the highest the Wanderers have ever achieved in the third tier, bettering the previous best of 63 during the 1995/96 season.
League One - bottom 6
up to and including 28 April 2012
PL W D L GF GA Pts GD
19.Walsall 45 9 20 16 50 57 47 -7
20.Leyton Orient45 12 11 22 47 75 47 -28
21.Wycombe 45 11 10 24 65 86 43 -21
22.Chesterfield 45 10 12 23 54 78 42 -24
23.Exeter City 45 10 11 24 44 73 41 -29
24.Rochdale 45 8 14 23 46 79 38 -33
RECORD LEAGUE CROWD
(Tuesday 1st May 2012)
Wanderers will play play in front of their highest League attendance in the history of the Club to date when they take on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday. Wycombe have sold around 300 of their 470 allocation, while the Owls have sold out the remaining tickets of their 39,800 capacity stadium. The previous high for a Wanderers game was 29,337 for the famous meeting with
Manchester City at Maine Road in April 1999. On that day Wycombe won 2-1, forcing City into the Play-Offs. This time around, Wednesday need to at least match the result of Sheffield rivals United on the final day of the season to guarantee automatic promotion. The Blades travel to already relegated Exeter City on the last day of the regular season.
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