All the news stories from December 2013
(Tuesday 31st December 2013)
The Club issued a statement on Monday 30th December in an attempt to explain the reasons behind the calling the Fleetwood game off just 20 minutes before the scheduled kick-off. Meanwhile, Fleetwood Town officials have continued to criticise the late postponement. Town Chief Executive Steve Curwood said he was bewildered by the events and questioned why Wanderers hadn't used the undersoil heating system overnight.
Read full statement and comments from Fleetwood
LATE CALL OFF FALL OUT|
(Sunday 29th December 2013)
The fall out from the late call off of Wanderers' scheduled home game with Fleetwood Town has seen Town Chairman Andy Pilley brand the events as "Amateurish in the extreme" via his Twitter account. An earlier post confirmed that Pilley had first heard the game was in doubt just 2 hours before kick-off and went on to add, "What a farce, game called off at 14.40 !
How was this not decision made long ago? Surely if the under soil heating was on game was on? ...." The decision to not turn the undersoil heating on until the morning of the game could also been linked to possible cost saving measures by the Club. Estimates of the running costs of the undersoil heating range from £1,000 to £2,000 per day. The Club have yet to make any further comment.
FLEETWOOD FROZEN OFF|
(Sunday 29th December 2013)
Wanderers' home game with Fleetwood Town, scheduled for Sunday, was controversially postponed just 20 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time of 3pm after referee Andy Davies deemed the partially frozen playing surface too dangerous. Despite Adams Park having undersoil heating, the Club left supporters from both sides in confusion after posting on their soical media sites that pitch inspections would take place at 1.30pm and then 2pm. A further message indicated that the players would warm up on the surface before a final decision was made, but with fans left standing outside closed turnstiles at Adams Park, an announcement came at around 2.40pm that the game had been postponed. Subsequent Press reports have indicated that the Club failed to turn the undersoil heating on until the morning of the match, thus leaving the system to attempt to counteract a heavy overnight frost. Referee Davies was involved in previous controversy at Adams Park when he abandoned the home game with Bristol Rovers in August 2012 due to torrential rain.
MORGAN OUT FOR A MONTH|
(Friday 27th December 2013)
The Club confirmed on Friday that Dean Morgan will be out 'for up to four weeks due to a hamstring strain'. The Wanderers striker picked up the injury in the Boxing Day meeting with Newport County - being replaced just before the break. Gareth Ainsworth commented, "Heíll be a big loss Ė he was amazing at Northampton Ė but we have players to fill his shoes.Ē
WYCOMBE 0 NEWPORT 1|
(Thursday 26th December 2013)
Wanderers' awful home League form for 2013/14 continued as they lost 1-0 in the early Boxing Day kick-off to Newport County. Mike Flynn's clever lob on 31 minutes was enough to beat an unchanged Wycombe starting XI and extended an winless home run that now stretches to six games in all competitions. Wycombe are now 15th in the table.
Wycombe 0 Newport 1 - reports, stats and reaction
MATT TESTIMONIAL LAUNCH|
(Monday 23rd December 2013)
Midfielder Matt Bloomfield launched his testimonial year on the 10th anniversary of signing for the Wanderers. Bloomfield, now 29, was signed for Wycombe by Tony Adams from Ipswich Town on 23rd December 2003. He recently hit the 300 appearance mark for Wycombe and has made a YouTube video message to mark the official start of his testimonial year. One of the events is an evening function at Adams Park following the home game with Chesterfield on 22nd February 2014.
Matt Bloomfield - updated stats and profile
(Friday 20th December 2013)
Midfielder Jesse Kewley-Graham has been recalled early from his season long loan with Conference South side Havant & Waterlooville. The former Wanderers Youth Teamer made 15 appearances for the Sussex side having agreed the loan deal at the end of July 2013. The 20 year old spent time on loan with Havant last season, making 9 appearances. While he also spent time on loan at Staines Town during the 2011/12 season. He signed a new one-year deal with the Wanderers in June 2013 having made his First Team debut in January 2012 and made a further 9 appearances during 2012/13.
CHAIRBOYS GAS - 25 YEARS ON|
(Wednesday 18th December 2013)
Chairboys on the Net continues the digital re-issue of supporters' fanzine 'Chairboys Gas' in order to mark the 25th anniversary of its original publication. The third issue of the 1988/89 season was released before the home game Conference game with Chorley on Saturday 17th December 1988. This issue includes a look back on Wanderers ten game unbeaten run in the Conference and a report on the progress of the new ground in Sands (now officially named Adams Park). Download issue No.3 1988/89
WYCOMBE 1 SCUNTHORPE 1|
(Saturday 14th December 2013)
Wycombe grabbed a stoppage time equaliser for the second League game running as they drew 1-1 with Scunthorpe United at Adams Park. This time it was Leon Johnson who headed home in the sixth minute of added time to cancel out Deon Burton's strike a few minutes into the second-half. It got worse when Josh Scowen contrived to get himself sent off after picking up two yellow cards in the space of three minutes. Matt Ingram pulled off a series of class saves to keep Wycombe in the game before Johnson powered in his late header.
Wycombe 1 Scunthorpe 1 - report, stats and reaction
PITTMAN INJURED TOO|
(Thursday 12th December 2013)
The Club reported on Thursday that Jon-Paul Pittman had 'injured a ligament in his leg' and would be out for an unknown period of time. Pittman, who rejoined Wanderers from Oxford United in the summer, 'rolled his ankle' during November but was just coming back into First Team contention prior to this latest set-back.
The 27 year old's only starts this season came in the opening two games of the 2013/14 campaign.
DUNNE INJURY BLOW|
(Sunday 8th December 2013)
The Club confirmed on Sunday that defender
Charles Dunne fractured his left tibi during the FA Cup meeting Preston North End. Dunne was forced off in the 14th minute of the tie and a later x-ray confirmed the extent of the injury. The 20 year old is currently on a season long loan at Wycombe having signed for Blackpool in August 2013 on a three year deal. His eventful time during his loan spell has also included two red cards.
WYCOMBE 0 PRESTON 1|
(Saturday 7th December 2013)
A 34th minute wonder strike from Kevin Davies was enough to end Wanderers' involvement in the FA Cup for another season as they made their exit at the Second Round stage at home to Preston North End. 36 year old Davies' sent in a dipping volley from 30 yards out on the right of midfield for the only goal of a game where Wanderers only start to press in the final 20 minutes. Preston, third in 'League One', and who included former Wanderer Stuart Beavon, were generally stiffled by a Wycombe defence that included the returning Kortney Hause but had to deal with the 14th minute loss through injury of Charles Dunne. Wycombe's late charge saw a Max Kretzschmar shot and an Anthony Stewart header force saves from Declan Rudd in the North End goal. But is was too little too late for Wycombe.
Wycombe 0 Preston 1 - report, stats and reaction
PORTSMOUTH 2 WYCOMBE 2|
(Wednesday 4th December 2013)
Substitute Anthony Stewart struck a stoppage time header for Wanderers to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw at Portsmouth on Wednesday evening. Another defeat looked on the cards until Stewart popped up to head home fellow substitute Max Kretzschmar's cross, with 'keeper Matt Ingram also lurking in the box. Wycombe jump to 14th in the table.
Portsmouth 2 Wycombe 2 - report, stats and reaction
CRAWLEY GO FOR GREGORY|
(Tuesday 3rd December 2013)
Former Wanderers boss John Gregory has been appointed as Manager by 'League One' side Crawley Town. Gregory, who managed Wanderers between October 1996 and February 1998, has been out of football management in the UK since being sacked by QPR in October 2007 but has spent time since managing in Israel and Kazakhstan. Gregory was poached from Wycombe by Aston Villa in 1998 and went on to lead Villa to the FA Cup Final in 2000. During his time at Wycombe he bought in the likes of Michael Simpson and Martin Taylor as Wanderers survived the threat of relegation from the third tier at the end of the 1996/97 campaign. Gregory joins a Crawley side with no wins in eight and placed 15th in the division.
STEWART APPEAL WON|
(Tuesday 3rd December 2013)
The Club have won their appeal against the red card given to Anthony Stewart by referee Keith Stroud in the game at Dagenham on Saturday (30th November). The Independent Regulatory Commission studied written and video evidence and agreed that 'no foul had taken place'. Stewart will now be available for Wednesday's re-arranged League Two game at Portsmouth.
RED CARD APPEAL|
(Monday 2nd December 2013)
The Club have confirmed they have appealled the red card dished out to Anthony Stewart by referee Keith Stroud in the game at Dagenham. Speaking after the game, Manager Gareth Ainsworth commented, "I think itís a poor decision. Anthony Stewart is adamant he got the ball first before anything. Itís a very, very soft penalty. All my players are distraught in there. They are all saying no chance. Anthony got the ball, heís not taken the man out. The whole game has hinged on that, because I thought the last 20 minutes of the first half we were on top hugely. Second half we were the better side with ten men, and thatís changed the whole context of the game and the scoreline." The appeal will be heard by an Independent Regulatory Commission on Monday, with the outcome reported in time for Wycombe's visit to Portsmouth on Wednesday evening (oops! not Tuesday as originally reported). If the appeal is unsuccessful, Stewart would serve a one match ban for the game at Pompey but would be available for the FA Cup tie with Preston on Saturday.
HAUSE LINKED WITH EVERTON|
(Monday 2nd December 2013)
Wanderers' defender Kortney Hause has been linked with a move to Premiership Everton. Sky Sports News said they understand, "Everton are eyeing a move for highly-rated Wycombe defender Kortney Hause." Hause joined Wycombe in February 2012 having previously spent time with the West Ham Youth setup. He went on to make his Wanderers First Team debut in the FA Cup game at Crewe in November 2012, aged 17 and had totalled 26 First Team apps up until he was injured in the Football League tie at Swindon on 16th November 2013.
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