All the news stories from October 2011
BETSY WORLD CUP CALL-UP
(Monday 31st October 2011)
The Club confirmed on Saturday (29th October) that Kevin Betsy has been selected
for the Seychelles squad to play in their World Cup qualifying games with Kenya on 11th and 15th November. During the summer Betsy won a gold medal with the Seychelles in the Indian Island Ocean Games' football tournament but since returning to Wycombe has fallen out of favour with boss Gary Waddock. The midfielder also broke his hand against Yeovil on 13th September and despite recovering has not featured for the First Team since. More recently Waddock suggested through the press that there had been no fall out with the player but was not in his current First Team plans.
BIGNALL BACK TO READING
(Monday 31st October 2011)
The Club reported on Saturday (29th October) that on loan Reading striker Nicholas Bignall had returned to The Royals less than a week after coming to Wycombe. The 21 year old was injured in his Wycombe debut against Charlton Athletic and is now back at Reading for treatment.
AWAY IN FA CUP
(Sunday 30th October 2011)
Wanderers were drawn away to either Mansfield Town or Fleetwood Town after the First Round Proper of the FA Cup was drawn on Sunday afternoon. The two Conference sides replay this Tuesday at Fleetwood's Highbury stadium for the right to host Wanderers on the weekend of 12th November, Fleetwood are currently riding high in the Conference after reaching the play-offs during their 2010/11 debut campaign in the national league. If they are successful in the replay it will set-up their first ever meeting with Wanderers. Meanwhile, Mansfield are taking part in their fourth Conference campaign following relegation from the Football League at the end of the 2007/08 season. Previous meetings between Wycombe and Mansfield include a FA Cup Second Round tie in December 2003 that saw The Stags triumph in a replay at Field Mill following a 1-1 draw at Adams Park in front of the Sky cameras. The winners of the First Round tie will receive £18,000 in sponsorship money.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
WYCOMBE 1 SHEFFIELD WED 2
(Saturday 29th October 2011)
A superb goal from Jordon Ibe on his full Wanderers debut wasn't enough to prevent Wycombe going down 2-1 to third placed Sheffield Wednesday at Adams Park on Saturday. At 15 years and 325 days, Ibe became the youngest ever First Team scorer for the Club in a competitive game when he picked up the ball on the right of midfield before nipping past The Owls defence and lashing the ball just inside the right upright. The wonder striker came six minutes after Jose Semedo had given the visitors a 23rd minute lead when he followed in a Ryan Lowe effort that Nikki Bull had tipped onto the post. Ibe's goal brought a deserved equaliser for Wanderers but the youngster's celebrations, which involved racing towards his onlooking parents, were penalised by referee Mr Sarginson with a yellow card. Sadly for Wycombe, Wednesday responded by re-taking the lead in the 35th minute when Lowe was left unmarked at the far side of the box to head home a James O'Connor cross from the right. Wanderers were then thwarted by a resilient defensive display from Wednesday and the task of salavaging anything from the game was greatly hampered when Gareth Ainsworh received his marhing order in the 73rd minute for a second bookable offence when he lunged in on Chris Lines near the half-way line. Wanderers remain one off the bottom of the table and travel to 6th placed Notts County next Saturday. Wycombe:Bull, Foster (sub 80 Grant), Tunnicliffe, Winfield, Basey, Ainsworth, Rowlands, Lewis, Harris, Ibe, Beavon - subs not used: Johnson, Bloomfield, Strevens, McCoy - Att: 6,448 (away fans 1,998)
WYCOMBE 1 CHARLTON 2
(Tuesday 25th October 2011)
Wanderers fell deeper into the relegation mire after a 2-1 defeat to third placed
Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening at Adams Park. The latest set-back came after Gary Waddock had made three changes to the side that had slumped at Oldham the previous Saturday - Captain Gareth Ainsworth dropping to the bench, while Martin Rowlands and Scott Donnelly were missing with injuries and illness respectively. Coming in were Joel Grant, Kadeem Harris and a first League start of the season for Matt Bloomfield. However, a confident looking Charlton side took the lead in the 6th minute when Bradley Wright-Phillips scored from close in after Yann Kermorgant's initial overhead kick had come back off the right hand upright at The Valley End. The remainder of the half was a fairly even encounter but the task on the night got even tougher for Wycombe four minutes before the break when Wright-Phillips bagged his second of the match when he ran on to Danny Hollands' through ball before slotting the ball past Nikki Bull. A spirited second half performance from Wycombe saw Stuart Beavon bring the score back to 2-1 on 63 minutes after he stabbed the ball home from close after Charlton 'keeper Ben Hamer could only push away a Kadeem Harris cross and Grant and Bloomfield saw their follow-ups blocked. Waddock then introduced new loanee Nicholas Bignall and it prompted Wycombe's best spell of the game but unfortunately it was against a well organised Addicks defence where Wanderers went closest in the dying minute when 15 year old Jordon Ibe saw an effort saved. The result leaves Wycombe one place off the bottom of the table with 12 points from their opening 15 games (still 4 more than two season ago when it took 18 games to reach 14 points). However, the games against inform sides continue on Saturday (29th October) when Sheffield Wednesday visit Adams Park. While the following week it's the trip to 5th placed Notts County. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Johnson, Winfield, Basey, Grant (sub 65 Bignall), Lewis, Bloomfield (sub 87 Ibe), Harris, Strevens (sub 83 Ainsworth), Beavon - subs not used: Tunnicliffe, McCoy - Att: 5,406 (away fans 1,500 approx)
READING STRIKER ON LOAN
(Tuesday 25th October 2011)
Wanderers announced late on Tuesday afternoon the initial one month loan signing of 21 year old Reading striker Nicholas Bignall. Wycombe becomes the eighth side the former Reading Academy player has played for on loan. Prior to making his senior debut for Reading he made his Football League debut on loan at Northampton Town and scored his first goal during a famous 2-1 victory over Leeds United in November 2008. Later that season he also played for Cheltenham Town. At the start of the 2009/10 campaign he was given his first chance with Reading and scored a brace on his debut during a 5-1 victory over Burton Albion in the Football League Cup. However, after just one further substitute appearance in The Championship for The Royals, he was loaned to then 'League One' side Stockport County for a four month spell where he scored three times in 13 appearances. Last season he continued his loan travels with time at Southampton, Bournemouth and Brentford, while earlier this season he spent a month at Exeter City - all without scoring. He will be hoping for a change of fortune at Wycombe where he will wear the No.24 shirt.
FA CUP DRAW ON SUNDAY
(Tuesday 25th October 2011)
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 1.30pm and 2pm. Winners in the First Round tie, that will played on the weekend of 12th November, will receive £18,000 in sponsorship money. Last season Wanderers progressed past the Second Round stage for the first time since the 2001/2002 season, beating Hayes & Yeading in the First Round before eliminating Chelmsford City 3-1 at Adams Park in Round Two. However, there was huge disappointment for Wanderers in the Third Round when a weather delayed tie with Hereford United ended in a 1-0 defeat at Adams Park.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
OLDHAM 2 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 22nd October 2011)
Wanderers fell to a disappointing 2-0 reverse at Oldham Athletic on Saturday on a day when Gary Waddock's side could only muster one shot on target compared to eleven from the home side. The result came after a reasonable opening from Wanderers but with the game still goalless at the break it was The Latics who took the initiative in the second period to grab all three points.
The home outfit finally broke the deadlock in the 59th minute when James Wesolowski turned in a Chris Taylor cross from the left at the near corner of the six yard box. Dave Winfield cleared off the line from Robbie Simpson in the 77th minute but the final nail in Wanderers' coffin came two minutes later when a corner from the left from Simpson found an unmarked Dean Furman, who fired in a low shot past Nikki Bull. Wycombe are now one place above the relegation and now face two daunting home games in the next week - first taking on current league leaders Charlton Athletic on Tuesday and then third placed Sheffield Wednesday the following Saturday (29th October). Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Winfield, Johnson, Basey, Ainsworth (sub 66 Harris), Lewis, Rowlands (sub 73 Ibe), Donnelly (sub 66 Grant), Beavon, Strevens - subs not used: Tunnicliffe, McCoy - Att: 3,592 (away fans 200)
SCOWEN LOANED TO HEMEL
(Friday 21st October 2011)
Wanderers First Year Pro Josh Scowen has been loaned to Southern League Premier side Hemel Hempstead Town. Scowen, now 18, signed a one year deal with the Wanderers in April 2011 having progressed through the Youth Team and making his first team debut as substitute in the Football League meeting at Morecambe on 25 March 2011. He went on to make one further substitute appearance for the Wanderers but has since failed to make an impression on First Team matters. He signed a three month deal with Hemel, although Wanderers have a 24 hour recall clause once the first 28 days of his loan have expired.
PHILLIPS LOANED TO BLADES
(Thursday 20th October 2011)
Former Wanderers striker Matt Phillips scored twice on his full debut for Sheffield United following his recent loan move from Blackpool. Phillips, now 20, joined The Seasiders in August 2010 in a deal reported to be worth an initial £325,000 to the Wanderers. Phillips suffered relegation from the Premiership with Blackpool at the end of the last season and was loaned to League One Sheffield United in time to make his debut as substitute in the 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday (16 October). He then made his first start in the meeting with Preston North End on Wednesday (19th October) and scored twice in The Blades 4-2 victory at Deepdale.
FRIENDLY DRAW WITH DONS
(Tuesday 18th October 2011)
Gary Waddock took a look at a young defender during a practice match with AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday afternoon. The match ended with a 2-0 victory for Wycombe following goals from Elliot Benyon and Matt Bloomfield. The unamed trialist played in central defence for the full 90 minutes and Waddock was later quoted in the press as saying, "He's done reasonably well. He's only a young lad. It's a case of giving him more games before we make a final decision on him. We will have another look." Wanderers: Mooney, McCoy, Dunne, Stewart, Trialist, Betsy, Scowen (sub 75 Taylor), Halls, Bloomfield, Grant, Benyon - subs not used: Kewley-Graham, Kretzschmar
DUNNE LOANED TO STAINES
(Monday 17th October 2011)
Wanderers Second Year Scholar Charles Dunne has been loaned out to Staines Town for the remainder of the 2011/12 season just two weeks after the 18 year old signed his first pro deal with the Club. Dunne joins fellow Wanderer Jesse Kewley-Graham on loan at the Conference South club and both appeared in The Swans 2-0 victory away to Worthing at the weekend in the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round. Staines now travel to Basingstoke Town on Saturday 29th October in the final qualifying round with the winners going into the First Round draw with League One and Two clubs to be made on Sunday 30th October.
IBE BREAKS LEAGUE RECORD
(Saturday 15th October 2011)
Wanderers youngster Jordon Ibe has set another new Club record by becoming the youngest player to date to turn out for the team in a Football League match. Ibe, born in December 1995, was 15 years and 311 days old when he came on as substitute against Hartlepool in Saturday's League One fixture at Victoria Park. Ibe had already become the youngster First Teamer since Wanderers were promoted to the Football League in 1993, when he appeared as substitute in the League Cup tie with Colchester in August 2011. On both occasions he beat the previous record of 16 years and 201 days set by Kadeem Harris during the Boxing Day League One game at Yeovil in December 2009. The youngest player ever to appear in a First Team fixture for the Wanderers remains Kevin Keen who played an Isthmian League game in September 1982 aged 15 years and 209 days.
HARTLEPOOL 1 WYCOMBE 3
(Saturday 15th October 2011)
Wanderers registered a confidence boosting 3-1 victory at Hartlepool on Saturday. Gary Waddock's side took the lead in the 15th minute when Scott Donnelly followed up Ben Strevens parried shot from the right to convert from close range. The lead was doubled on 36 minutes following neat footwork from Stuart Beavon who turned to shoot home with a low shot from just inside the penalty area after Strevens and Gareth Ainsworth had combined in midfield to set up the Wanderers striker. The home side improved marginally at the start of the second half but Nikki Bull was rarely troubled and Wycombe ultimately secured the points when Sam Collins but through his own net from Danny Foster's cross with eight minutes remaining of normal time. The home side bagged a consolation goal in the 89th minute after the ball hit Strevens hand in the area and Adam Poyd beat Nikki Bull from the spot. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Johnson, Winfield, Basey, Ainsworth (sub 79 Tunnicliffe), Lewis, Rowlands, Donnelly, Strevens, Beavon (sub 90 Ibe) - subs not used: Grant, McCoy, Harris - Att: 5,241 (away fans 122)
IAN RUNDLE PASSES AWAY
(Thursday 13th October 2011)
Sad news came through on Thursday (13th October 2011) of the passing away of former Wanderers player Ian Rundle at the age of 67. Ian made 357 First Team appearances for Wycombe between 1965 and 1974, ranking him in the top 30 appearance makers of all time at the Club. In his time at Wycombe he picked up three Isthmian League winners medals under the Managership of Brian Lee and played alongside other such Wycombe legends as Tony Horseman, John Delaney and Larry Pritchard. Our condolences to his family and friends.
CHAIRBOYS GAS - 25 YEARS ON
(Tuesday 11th October 2011)
October 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the publication of the first ever issue of 'Chairboys Gas'. Now for the first time and in keeping with the trend of re-releasing old material in digital format, chairboys.co.uk brings you the ever so slightly re-mastered versions of the publication that was the forerunner of this website.
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DAGGERS FRIENDLY DRAW
(Tuesday 11th October 2011)
Kevin Besty scored for a Wanderers XI in a 1-1 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge in a behind closed doors friendly match on Tuesday afternoon. The match, played at Wanderers' Training Ground, saw the visitors take the lead midway through the first half but Betsy levelled with a close range effort just before the hour mark.
Marvin McCoy and substitute Olly Taylor went close to snatching victory for Wycombe but the Essex side held on for a draw. Wanderers: Mooney, McCoy, Stewart, Trialist, Dunne, Betsy, Halls, Bloomfield (sub 60 Scowen), Grant, Ibe (sub 75 Taylor), Benyon (sub 77 Kewley-Graham)
SANDELL LOANED OUT TOO
(Tuesday 11th October 2011)
Andy Sandell has become the second Wanderers player to be loaned out within a week after the left back joined Conference National side Forest Green Rovers on a three month deal. The news follows Scott Rendell being loaned to Bristol Rovers. The 28 year old was signed by Gary Waddock in the summer of 2010 from Aldershot Town and went on to make 38 appearances and scoring 7 times in his debut season. The arrival of loanee Grant Basey seems to have prompted the move to a club where Sandell was a member of their Youth Team some ten years previous. Speaking to the Stroud News & Journal about the move, Sandell said, "I always give 100 per cent and donít like losing, but I was fed up with the travelling to Wycombe and playing left-back." He added, "I had fallen out of love with the game, but I intend to get that love back with Forest Green and enjoy myself again." The player went on to hint the move could be made permanent in the January 2012 transfer window.
WYCOMBE 1 WALSALL 1
(Saturday 8th October 2011)
Wanderers drew 1-1 with Walsall at Adams Park on Saturday with Ben Strevens having a mixed emotion afternoon. Strevens came on as a second-half substitute and promptly fired Wanderers into the lead but then his under hit back pass with nine minutes remaining let in Alex Nicholls to equalise for the visitors. Under pressure boss Gary Waddock made three changes to the side that lost at Rochdale the previous weekend. Dave Winfield returned in defence in place of James Tunnicliffe, while Joel Grant and Andy Sandell were left out as Gareth Ainsworth and new loanee Grant Basey came into the starting line-up. A fairly even first half saw Wanderers go closest when Kadeem Harris cut in from the left only for his cross to evade the decisive connection from the Wycombe front line. At the other end Nikki Bull was forced to tip over Kevan Hurst's effort on 12 minutes. Strevens was introduced at the break for an injured Martin Rowlands and two minutes later Wanderers were ahead when Stuart Beavon's cross was smashed home by Strevens at the far post. It was just the boost Wycombe needed in front of a 'Community Day' inflated crowd of over 7,000. Loanee left-back Basey almost made it 2-0 when he fired he from the left channel but some how the ball was cleared off the line. Beavon also went close himself before disaster struck. Strevens tried to lay the ball back to Bull from just inside his own half but the ball didn't have enough pace and Nicholls nipped in to take the ball around an on rushing Bull and into the away end net. Even then Wanderers had a glorious opportunity to win the game in the third minute of stoppage time when the ball fell to Strevens at the left corner of the six-yard box but he flashed his chance wide of the target to the dismay of the Wanderers fans. The result saw Wycombe end the day in 22nd place in the table with 9 points from their opening 12 games. Next game away to Hartlepool on Saturday 15th October. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Basey, Johnson, Winfield, Lewis, Rowlands (sub HT Strevens), Donnelly, Ainsworth (sub 82 McCoy), Harris (sub 86 Grant), Beavon - subs not used: Tunnicliffe, Ibe - Att: 7,097 (away fans 350 approx)
RENDELL LOANED OUT
(Friday 7th October 2011)
Gary Waddock has loaned out striker Scott Rendell to Bristol Rovers for an initial one month period. The 24 year old joined Wanderers in the summer of 2010 for an 'undisclosed fee' from Peterborough United and scored 19 goals in 43 appearances in his first season at Adams Park. The current campaign has seen a return of 1 goal from 9 appearances. The move to Rovers sees the player return to play under Paul Buckle who was Manager at Torquay United during Rendell's successful loan period from Posh to The Gulls during the 2009/10 season.
LEFT-BACK ON LOAN
(Thursday 6th October 2011)
Wanderers have signed Peterborough United left-back Grant Basey on an initial one month loan deal.
The 22 year old signed for Posh in January 2011 from Charlton Athletic and helped his new Club gain promotion to the Championship. A former Wales U21 player, Grant started his football career with Charlton and made his Football League debut while on loan with Brentford at the start of the 2007/08 season. He went on to make more than 50 First Team apps for Charlton before being released at the end of the 2009/10 campaign. He then had a short spell with Barnet before being picked up on a free by Posh in the January 2011 transfer window. He will wear the No.15 shirt while at Wycombe.
HAYES TO SELL WASPS
(Wednesday 5th October 2011)
Wanderers Owner Steve Hayes has released the shock news that he has begun the search for new owners for London Wasps. Hayes took full ownership of the rugby club in December 2008 having first bought a minority shareholding in August 2007. The body blow of being refused progress to build Hayes' vision of a 'Community Stadium' appears to be the catalyst for this decision. In a statement on the Wanderers official website, Hayes said "I have spent much of the past few months considering the best course of action for [London] Wasps following the decision by Wycombe District Council to stop supporting our plans to develop a Sporting Village which would have included a new stadium." He went on to add, "I want to assure you that I remain fully committed to Wycombe Wanderers. Of course, as ever, if approaches are made to me for the Club then these would be considered carefully based on what is best for the Club but for now my intention is to remain the owner of the club for the foreseeable future.". London Wasps are contracting to remain at Adams Park for a further two years and require a two year notice if they intend to leave.
Press release from Wycombe Wanderers
Press Release from London Wasps
London Wasps begin search for new owner
OUT OF FLT
(Tuesday 4th October 2011)
Wanderers were dumped out of the Football League Trophy on Tuesday evening after going down 3-1 to Cheltenham Town at Adams Park.
Gary Waddock made five changes to the side that had lost at Rochdale at the weekend and saw his side make a decent start, with Kevin Betsy forcing a good save from Robins 'keeper
Scott Brown in the third minute with a header from a Kadeem Harris cross. But it was the visitors who took the lead in the 37th minute when substitute Darryl Duffy struck home with his first touch from just outside the area. That goal seemed to effect Wanderers' confidence and four minutes after the restart Brian Smikle doubled Cheltenham's lead when he flicked the ball past Nikki Bull as he ran on to a through ball. Betsy pulled one back for Wycombe on 62 minutes with a close range effort but it was The Robins who finished the stronger side and completed their passage to the Third Round when Duffy bagged his second of the night with fifteen minutes remaining - knocking in a loose ball after Bull had parried his original shot. Wanderers return to League action on Saturday when Walsall are the visitors to Adams Park. Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Johnson, Tunnicliffe, Foster, Betsy, Harding, Lewis (sub 54 Bloomfield), Harris, Rendell (sub 55 Strevens), Benyon (sub 55 Ibe) - subs not used: Ingram, Dunne - Att:931
FIRST YEAR TO STAINES
(Monday 3rd October 2011)
Wanderers First Year pro Jesse Kewley-Graham has joined Conference South side Staines Town on a initial month's loan. The 18 year old made his Staines debut in their 0-0 draw with Beaconsfield SYCOB on Saturday in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. The former Wanderers Youth Teamer came to the attention of the Surrey side after he scored against them in a pre-season friendly in July 2011
ROCHDALE 2 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 1st October 2011)
Wanderers dropped back into the relegation zone in League One after
a gloomy defeat at fellow strugglers Rochdale on Saturday. In a performance described afterwards by Gary Waddock as 'unacceptable', Wycombe actually took the lead with their first attack of the game on 6 minutes when Scott Donnelly converted with a low drive from an acute angle on the right. However, Ashley Grimes equalised for the home side in the 21st minute when he struck home from just inside the penalty area after David Ball had squared from the left. It was Dale who then looked the side more likely to score and their efforts were rewarded in the 66th minute when a long punt from 'keeper Jake Kean caused confusion in the Wanderers defence and Grimes nipped in to tuck the ball over Nikki Bull. Stuart Beavon came closest to an equaliser when he saw a header tipped over the bar by Kean but the home side held out to secure what could be an important victory and the cause of more worries for Wanderers. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Johnson, Tunnicliffe, Sandell (sub 49 McCoy), Grant (sub 59 Ainsworth), Lewis (sub 72 Benyon), Rowlands, Donnelly, Harris, Beavon - subs not used: Harding, Rendell - Att: 2,266 (away end 150 approx)
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