All the news stories from July 2014
TWO IN ON LOAN|
(Thursday 31st July 2014)
Gareth Ainsworth has moved to bring Rotherham defender Danny Rowe back to the Club on loan along with Millers midfield teammate Nicky Walker. 18 year old Rowe made seven appearances for Wanderers last season following a loan move at the end of March 2014. Meanwhile, 19 year old Walker comes to Adams Park having failed to break into the Rotherham First Team - three appearances to his name, the most recent coming in December 2012. Commenting on the signings via the official website, Ainsworth said, "Danny really impressed us last season – he may have been a bit of an unknown quantity when he joined but by the time he left, he was attracting attention from a lot of people. He’s got a lot of talent, he can play in a multitude of positions and that will be important for us this season with a smaller squad." While on Walker, the Wycombe boss said “Nicky is an exciting attacking player with electric pace and he likes to get at defenders. He’s got a goal in him as well and I know he’s looking forward to getting stuck in at League level." Both deals will run for three months (until 2nd November 2014).
STEWART TRIALS AT CRAWLEY|
(Thursday 31st July 2014)
Out of contract defender Anthony Stewart scored on trial for Crawley Town on Tuesday evening and played again on Wednesday as the saga whether he will sign a new deal at Adams Park, or not, rolls on. The 21 year old has been offered a new contract by The Wanderers but the player and his agent appear to be holding out for a better deal elsewhere. The former Youth Teamer has impressed for Wycombe since making his First Team debut in January 2012 - making 38 appearances last season and scoring four times. Former Wanderers boss John Gregory and now Manager at Crawley, commented after Stewart had featured in a 2-1 friendly victory at Woking, "Anthony looked very solid and won a lot of headers at the back. There's two lads we'll look at. They're not huge salaries, they might be two more we might consider bringing into the club in the next week or so."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE TROPHY|
(Wednesday 30th July 2013)
Wanderers will play in the First Round of the Football League [Johnstone Paints] Trophy after being advised they have not received a bye. The draw will be made on 16th August and will pair Wanderers with one of the following clubs in the South West section: Cheltenham Town, Coventry City, Newport County, Oxford United, Portsmouth, Swindon Town or Yeovil Town.
Wanderers beat Exeter City away in the First Round stage last season before beating Bristol City at Adams Park and then losing at Swindon Town in the area quarter-final.
The date for the First Round tie will be during the week commencing 1st September. The Football League have confirmed that the vanishing spray, used in the World Cup in Brazil to ensure defenders retreat the full 10 yards when defending a free-kick, will be used in this competition this season.
WEALDSTONE 1 WYCOMBE 2|
(Tuesday 29th July 2014)
Sam Wood scored late on as a Wanderers side containing triallists Jhai Dhillon and Callum Driver, plus Manager Gareth Ainsworth and young goalkeeper Charlie Horlock, won 2-1 at Wealdstone. Matt McClure (loaned to The Stones earlier in his Wycombe career) opened the scoring on 47 minutes. But the hosts hit back on 85 minutes before Wood's late winner.
Wealdstone 1 Wycombe 2 - report, stats and reaction
WYCOMBE 0 READING 2|
(Saturday 26th July 2014)
Wanderers were on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline as they went down a strong squad from Championship side Reading at Adams Park. The visitors had a hosts of scoring opportunities compared to Wycombe but in the end it was two relatively soft goals - one in each half - that saw Gareth Ainsworth's side beaten.
Wycombe 0 Reading 2 - report, stats and reaction
CHESHAM 2 WYCOMBE 2|
(Tuesday 22nd July 2014)
Wanderers came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Chesham United in their third official friendly before the start of the 2014/15 campaign. Goals inside the opening 30 minutes gave the Southern League side a two-goal advantage. But Wycombe battled back with two goals in as many minutes before the break to draw level. Wanderers included trailists Hogan Ephraim, Will Hudson and Callum Driver. Wanderers continue their pre-season friendlies on Saturday at home to Reading, KO 3.00pm
Chesham 2 Wycombe 2 - report, stats and reaction
WEST BROM 0 WYCOMBE 0|
(Saturday 19th July 2014)
A Wanderers squad played out a 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon in a 'behind closed doors' friendly at the midlands side training facility in Walsall. With the West Brom First Team squad on a pre-season tour in California, this appears to be more like a training session for both sides, with play also disprupted during the second-half due to torrential rain and a thunderstorm.
CHAIRMAN STEPS DOWN|
(Thursday 17th July 2014)
An official statement on Thursday morning (17th July 2014) confirmed that Club Chairman Don Woodward was to stand down from his position as from 1st August 2014 and would be replaced by recently appointed Director Andrew Howard. The statement cited "increasing personal work commitments" as the reason behind Woodward's decision, although he will remain as a Trust Director. Woodward became joint Club Chairman at the time of the Trust takeover in June 2012. He went on to become Chairman in his own right when Ivor Beeks retired from the Board in August 2013. In a further statement, Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud commented, "His efforts during the takeover two years ago and since have been an integral part of ensuring Wycombe Wanderers future as a professional football club.”
WYCOMBE 0 CHELSEA 5|
(Wednesday 16th July 2014)
Wanderers went down 5-0 to a mixed Chelsea side, as close to 8,000 fans turned out for Matt Bloomfield's testimonial as Adams Park. Wanderers just about held their own for the first 45 minutes but the introduction of some 'big guns' after the interval, swung the game convincingly in favour of the Premier League side. Wycombe play in a behind closed doors friendly against West Brom on Saturday before a friendly at Chesham on Tuesday.
Wycombe 0 Chelsea 5 - report, stats and reaction
CHESHUNT 2 WYCOMBE 3|
(Saturday 12th July 2014)
A late own-goal secured a 3-2 victory for the Wanderers at Cheshunt in their opening pre-season game. Two first half goals from Matt McClure put Wycombe in the driving seat at the break but the Isthmian League Division One North sied battled back to equalise before Nic Barratt turned Paris Cowan-Hall's cross past his own 'keeper to give Garerth Ainsworth's experimental line-up the win. Wycombe fielded a different eleven in each half, including new signings Aaron Pierre, Joe Jacobson, Nathan Evans, Peter Murphy and Paul Hayes plus triallists Aaron Holloway, Jamie Tank, Adam Nditi and Leon Mannion. Wycombe host a Chelsea XI on Wednesday for Matt Bloomfield's testimonial.
Cheshunt 2 Wycombe 3 - report, stats and reaction
WADDOCK SACKED AT OXFORD|
(Friday 4th July 2014)
Farcical scenes at Oxford United on Friday after they confirmed the dismissal of former Wycombe Manager Gary Waddock after less than four months at the Club. The 52 year old had been handed a two year contract as 'Head Coach' of The U's in March 2014 and comes after their previous boss, Chris Wilder, walked out in January 2014 in favour of the Manager's position at relegation threatened Northampton Town. Waddock's departure comes after the arrival of Mark Ashton as Chief Executive, who in a statement from U's Chairman Ian Lenagan, said that Ashton wanted to bring in Michael Appleton as his 'own person'. Ashton spent four months in a similar role at Wycombe towards the end of the 2008/9 season.
PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY LIST|
(Wednesday 2nd July 2014)
A reminder of 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 - West Brom (A) - BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
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
Tickets for the Matt Bloomfield Testimonial home game with Chelsea are on sale from the Club now.
Wanderers begin their Football League campaign at Newport County on Saturday 9th August, followed by a League Cup trip to Millwall on Tuesday 12th August. The first home game is on Saturday 16th August versus Carlisle United.
TWO JOIN BACKROOM|
(Wednesday 2nd July 2014)
The Club have added two new names to their backroom staff with the appointment of a new physio and new fitness coach. Dave Wates has returned to Adams Park to become the Club's new 'Head of conditioning and fitness'.
He was previously the fitness coach of the Wanderers youth team before moving on to take up a similar role at the Charlton Athletic Academy. Meanwhile, Cian O'Doherty has been appointed physio as a replacement for Theo Farley who left the Club at the end of the 2013/14 after two years at Adams Park. O'Doherty arrives following recent experience as youth team physio at Exeter City and earlier as a rugby physio.
YOUNG KEEPER SIGNED|
(Wednesday 2nd July 2014)
Wanderers confirmed the signing of 19 year old goalkeeper Alex Lynch on a free transfer following his release from League One side Peterborough United. He has signed a two year deal with Wycombe and is said to have signed in order to, "develop his career under goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson, with whom he worked at the Posh." The Welsh U19 international spent time on loan with Stamford AFC last season having signed from Welsh side Amlwch Town in 2011.
JOE JACOBSON SIGNS|
(Tuesday 1st July 2014)
The Club confirmed the signing of left-back Joe Jacobson on Tuesday afternoon.
The 27 year old joins on a two year deal following his release from relegated Shrewsbury Town. The former Welsh U21 Captain was Player of the Season with The Shrews in 2013/14 - his third year there following time with Cardiff City, Bristol Rovers, Oldham Athletic and Accrington Stanley.
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