All the news stories from May 2014
PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY LIST|
(Saturday 31st May 2014)
This is the list of confirmed friendlies ahead of the start of the Football League season on Saturday 9th August 2014.
Sat 12th July - Cheshunt (A) - 1pm
Wed 16th July - CHELSEA (H) - 7.45pm
Sat 19th July - To be arranged (A)
Tue 22nd July - Chesham United (A) - 7.30pm
Sat 26th July - READING (H) - 3pm
Tue 29th July - Wealdstone (A) - 7.45pm
Sat 2nd Aug - Barnet (A) - 3pm
The Football League fixtures for 2013/14 will be published on Wednesday 18th June 2014 at 9am.
TICKET DEADLINE EXTENDED|
(Friday 30th May 2014)
The Club have extended the deadline to buy Season Tickets for 2014/15 at the 'early bird' price, from Friday 30th May until Friday 6th June. Prices for 2014/15 have been frozen compared to the 2013/14 season, with sales estimated at around 1,200 as of Tuesday 27th May.
(Friday 30th May 2014)
Wanderers teenagers Charlie Horlock and Tom Fletcher were both confirmed as signing new one year deals with the Club on Friday. 19 year old goalkeeper Horlock returned to the Club in the summer of 2013 following a spell with Stevenage. He appeared as an unused substitute several times last season but has yet to make his First Team debut. Meanwhile, Fletcher, also 19, arrived from Cheshunt in the summer of 2013 and made a his solitary First Team app to date when coming on as sub in the Football League Trophy tie at Exeter in September 2013. He Was later loaned out to Bishop's Stortford.
CLUB RESPOND TO CLAIMS|
(Wednesday 28th May 2014)
The Football Club issued a short statement on Tuesday evening following Bristol Roversí allegations of a breach in rules on Third Party Ownership. It said, "We will, as always, fully cooperate with the Football League and the Football Association in any investigation into this matter, but we are fully confident that there is no case to answer. There will be no further comment from the club at this stage." Meanwhile, the BBC website has highlighted that agent Phil Smith advised Bristol Rovers to pursue action against Wycombe following his two year ban for his involvement in the Matt Phillips transfer to Blackpool. The details of the claims from Rovers are contained in a letter made public via their official website.
ROVERS ACCUSE WYCOMBE|
(Tuesday 27th May 2014)
New broke late on Tuesday afternoon that Bristol Rovers have complained to both the Football League and Football Association regarding Wanderers' recent admission of breach of FA rules and are claiming that Wycombe should be retrospectively deducted points and relegated instead of the West Country side. a statement on the Rovers offical website claims "It has come to the attention of Bristol Rovers FC that Wycombe Wanderers FC appear to have breached FA rules on Third Party Ownership. Itís current Chairman, in giving evidence at a recent FA Disciplinary Hearing, appears to have admitted a serious breach in respect of the player, Matt Phillips (and possibly other players). The result of this led to Wycombe wrongfully obtaining a competitive advantage over Bristol Rovers. Without this, Wycombe rather than Bristol Rovers could have been relegated."
CRAIG AGREES DEAL|
(Sunday 25th May 2014)
Steven Craig is the latest player to accept his contract offer for the 2014/15 season. The 33 year old has signed a one year deal with the Wanderers having netted five times in 33 apps during his debut season at Adams Park. Craig moved to Wycombe from Scottish side Partick Thistle in the summer of 2013. Commenting on his deal, he said, "I'm delighted to extend my stay. It was an easy decision to make after speaking to the manager, Richard Dobson and Barry Richardson."
WOOD AGREES DEAL|
(Friday 23rd May 2014)
The Club confirmed on Friday that Sam Wood had agreed a new two year deal with the Wanderers. Wood, now 27, moved to Wycombe in the summer of 2012 from Brentford and has gone on to make 87 First Team apps and scoring 5 times, including a 40 yard strike on his debut at York City in August 2012. Speaking of his new deal that runs until June 2016, Wood said, "Iíve grown really fond of the club in my two years here and Iím delighted to sign for another two years. You can tell from the gafferís signings so far that weíre moving in the right direction and I canít wait to get stuck into the new season.Ē
(Friday 23rd May 2014)
Gareth Ainsworth has continued to add to his squad with the confirmation of the arrival of defender Sido Jombati on a two year deal following his release from Cheltenham Town. The 26 year old Portgugese born player spent three years at Cheltenham, making 134 First Team apps and scoring five times. He originally played youth football with Sporting Lisbon but moved to England at the age of 18 having found his opportunities limited. He initially played on trial at Exeter City before switching to then Conference National side Weymouth. A move to Basingstoke Town followed in 2008 and he became the supporters Player of the Season before a move to Bath City 12 months later. He made close to 100 apps for City before signing for Cheltenham Town in July 2011 for a nominal fee. He made his Football League debut in August 2011 and scored his first goal a couple of months later. Jombati has lined-up against Wycombe several times in his career - the most recent, prior to his arrival at Wycombe, was the 1-1 draw at Whaddon Road in March 2014 where he provided the the left sided cross for Byron Harrison to head home the opener.
£10,000 FINE FROM FA|
(Wednesday 21st May 2014)
Wanderers have been hit with a £10,000 fine from the FA after they admitted breaching FA regulations in relation to player agent activity during the sale of Matt Phillips to Blackpool in August 2010. Phil Smith, the agent involved with the deal has also had his agent's license suspended with immediate effect for two years, 18 months of which has been suspended for two years. It is reported Smith was to be paid a proportion of the 25 per cent sell-on fee instead of a commission when Phillips moved to the Seasiders. The original proposal was turned down by the FA. Smith strongly denied any wrong doing via an interview with The Daily Mail, claiming, "Itís ridiculous that I have been given such a ban when it was Wycombe who wanted to pay me that way. I earned nothing for this assistance, Wycombe earned in excess of £550,000." Wanderers received an initial £325,000 from Blackpool during Steve Hayes' time as owner of the Football Club but under Trust ownership in August 2013, sold any potential sell-on fee for £200,000 just days before a reported £5m deal saw Phillips move to QPR. Meanwhile, the Club issued a statement that said, "The Football Club has cooperated in full with the FA, acting in good faith and bringing the matter to the attention of the authorities once the irregularities were discovered in September 2013. At no point before, during or after the investigation has the club attempted to deceive or conceal information from the FA. Whilst the charge is related to the time of the previous owner, and that the £10,000 fine is a direct result of the action of those previously associated with the club, Wycombe Wanderers and Wycombe Wanderers Trust accept the charge and will not be making an appeal." However, an online petition set up by Wycombe fans is calling for the fine to be rescinded.
(Monday 19th May 2014)
Two unconfirmed pre-season friendlies have been added to Wanderers' preparations for the 2014/15 season. Both games have been advertised by the official websites of the opposition. Wanderers will take a side to Cheshunt on Saturday 12th July (kick-off 1pm), while on Tuesday 29th July they will travel to Wealdstone. More friendlies will be announced shortly.
PIERRE AGREES 3 YEAR DEAL|
(Friday 16th May 2014)
The Club confirmed on Friday that Brentford central defender Aaron Pierre had joined Wanderers on a three year deal, with Wycombe stating that 'an undisclosed compensation agreement' had been put in place for the 21 year old. Pierre originally joined Wycombe on loan from The Bees at the end of February 2014 but had to wait until the game at Burton Albion on 25th March 2014 to be given his Wanderers and Football League debut. He went on to impress in the remaining games of the season and scored what proved to be a crucial equaliser in the 1-1 home draw with Northampton Town on Good Friday.
DOHERTY ACCEPTS NEW DEAL|
(Friday 16th May 2014)
Experienced central defender Gary Doherty has accepted the offer of a one year extension to his contract with the Wanderers. Now 34, Doherty originally Wycombe in February 2012 in a loan deal from Chartlon Athletic, making 13 appearances and scoring once before agreeing a permanent two year deal in the summer of 2012. He has since gone on to add 47 appearances to his name, although missed the latter stages of the 2013/14 season after breaking an arm and dislocating an elbow in the home meeting with Chesterfield on 22 February 2014. The Club have stated they expect the former Irish international to be fully fit for pre-season training during the middle of June.
(Thursday 15th May 2014)
Wanderers confirmed the release of right sided defender Marvin McCoy on Thursday. The 25 year old joined Wanderers from non-League Wealdstone in the summer of 2010 and went on to make 108 appearances and also earned international honours with Antigua & Barbuda during their World Cup qualifying campaign.
PAUL HAYES RETURNS|
(Wednesday 14th May 2014)
Gareth Ainsworth wasted no time in announcing his first signing of the close season, with the news that former Charlton Athletic loanee Paul Hayes has joined Wanderers on a two year deal. Now 30 years old, Hayes originally joined Wycombe on loan from Athletic in February 2012 (along with Gary Doherty) - scoring six goals in six appearances before being recalled early by the London side. He joins Wycombe on a free transfer following a season at Scunthorpe United (his third spell there) where he scored 4 League goals in 16 appearances. Previous to this he had spent the 2012/13 season at Brentford, where he also played out on loan at Crawley Town and Plymouth Argyle.
CHELSEA VISIT FOR MATT|
(Wednesday 14th May 2014)
Chelsea will be the visitors to Adams Park on Wednesday 16th July for
Matt Bloomfield's testimonial game. The previously arranged match with Aston Villa scheduled for Tuesday 15th July, has consequently been cancelled. Bloomfield launched his testimonial year on the 10th anniversary of signing for the Wanderers. Bloomfield, who was 30 in February, was signed for Wycombe by Tony Adams from Ipswich Town on 23rd December 2003. He hit the 300 appearance mark for Wycombe in November 2013, with one of the highlights being the League Cup Semi-Final meeting with Chelsea during 2006/2007 season.
Matt Bloomfield - stats and profile
(Wednesday 14th May 2014)
Gareth Ainsworth confirmed his list of released players late on Tuesday afternoon, along with those being offered new contracts.
The following players have been offered and are currently considering new deals: Matt Bloomfield, Steven Craig, Gary Doherty, Tommy Fletcher, Charlie Horlock, Stuart Lewis, Junior Morias, Anthony Stewart and Sam Wood.
The following out of contract players have been released: Lee Angol, Jesse Kewley-Graham, Jo Kuffour, Anthony Jeffrey, Leon Johnson, Dean Morgan, Jon-Paul Pittman and Matt Spring.
Marvin McCoy is the only other out of contract yet to hold talks with the Manager. Meanwhile, loan players Charles Dunne (Blackpool), Aaron Pierre (Brentford), Nick Arnold (Reading) and Danny Rowe (Rotherham) have all returned to their parent clubs. Reece Styche, also on loan, has been released by Forest Green Rovers and has not been offered a deal with Wycombe.
The following players are already contracted with Wanderers until June 2015: Matt Ingram, Josh Scowen, Paris Cowan-Hall, Max Kretzschmar (June 2016) and Matt McClure. In addition Nathan Evans, winner of the Samsung 'Win a Pro Contract' competition, will sign a one year deal with the Wanderers in June. The 19 year old, who spent five years in the youth system at Newcastle United and played for Whitby Town last season, beat off 5,700 entrants to win the deal at Adams Park.
Updated Squad listing - May 2014
STAYING UP - IN THE PRESS|
(Tuesday 13th May 2014)
Wanderers' amazing final day escape from relegation at Torquay on Saturday 3rd May 2014 will be etched in the memories of those there or listening in. Chairboys on the Net raided the newsagents on the days after the match and now publish some extracts of how some of the local and national press reported the events. Staying Up Special - What the Papers Said
CLUB SALE UPDATE|
(Monday 12th May 2014)
Trust members heard on Saturday 10th May 2014 that negotiations to sell off Wycombe Wanderers Football Club have hit a brick wall dispite Football League status being secured in the game at Torquay the previous weekend. Read more
PLAYER AWARDS 2013/14|
(Saturday 10th May 2014)
Matt Ingram picked up the Supporters Player of the Season award at a ceremony held at Adams Park on Friday evening. The 20 year old has been ever present in his first full season in the First Team squad and sneaked the award ahead of fellow former Youth Teamer Josh Scowen. However, Scowen picked up the Players' Player of the Season award, while another ex-Youth Teamer, Max Kretzschmar took the annual Young Player of the Year. Other awards saw Matt Bloomfield take the Community Player of the Year for his efforts in charity work in Kenya, while Matt McClure took the votes for the Goal of the Season for his clever back flick against Bristol Rovers in the penultimate game of the 2013/14 season.
(Monday 5th May 2014)
Viewing the final positions at the foot of the League Two table for the 2013/14 season could never do justice to the tension of the games taking place at Plainmoor, The Memorial Ground and Sixfields. However, the important fact is that Wanderers are one place above the relegation line and can now look forward to their 22nd season in the Football League. The Football League fixtures out on Wednesday 18th June 2014 at 9am.
For the record, the final positions of the bottom seven for League Two for the 2013/14 season read as follows:
including 3 May P W D L F A PTS GD
18 Morecambe 46 13 15 18 52 64 54 -12
19 Hartlepool 46 14 11 21 50 56 53 -6
20 Wimbledon (*) 46 14 14 18 49 57 53 -8
21 Northampton 46 13 14 19 42 57 53 -15
22 Wycombe 46 12 14 20 46 54 50 -8
23 Bristol Rovers 46 12 14 20 43 54 50 -11
24 Torquay 46 12 9 25 42 66 45 -24
* Wimbledon - three points deducted for
fielding an ineligible player
TORQUAY 0 WYCOMBE 3|
(Saturday 3rd May 2014)
Wanderers retained their Football League status after an emotionally supercharged final day of the season. Close to 1,000 travelling Wycombe fans saw already relegated Torquay United beaten 3-0, while confirmation of Bristol Rovers 1-0 home defeat to Mansfield Town just prior to the final whistle at Plainmoor sparked amazing scenes amongst the Wycombe followers.
Torquay 0 Wycombe 3 - reports, stats and reaction
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