All the news stories from May 2015
ROYALS FRIENDLY AT AP|
(Friday 29th May 2015)
The Club have revealed that Reading will play a pre-season friendly at Adams Park on Friday 24th July - KO 7.45pm when they take on Premier League side Swansea City. A short statement of explanation read:
"The Royals have opted to play the game at Adams Park with a view to a partnership which could see the Berkshire club play a number of under-21 games in Wycombe in the 2015/16 season, having met QPR in an under-21 cup match at Adams Park in November ".
AWARD FOR AINSWORTH|
(Wednesday 27th May 2015)
Gareth Ainsworth picked up the League Managers' Association 'League Two' Manager of the Season award for 2014/15 in a ceremony held on Tuesday evening. It was the only divisional award not to go to a manager of a title-winning side with the League One award going to Bristol City's Steve Cotterill and The Championship and the overall award going to Bournemouth's Eddie Howe. Ainsworth's award was presented by ex-Wanderers Manager Martin O'Neill. See Sky Sports Video report
(Monday 25th May 2015)
Hogan Emphraim has been offered a deal to extend his stay with the Wanderers. The 27 year old signed for Wanderers in October 2014 but having made his debut a week later struggled for fitness and made just five starts in the League, scoring once (away to Cambridge United), before the end of the regular season. However, he returned to make two starts during the Play-Off campaign and convincing Manager Gareth Ainsworth he has a future at Adams Park. Meanwhile, striker Steven Craig has been told that contract talks will be held later in the summer to discuss his current deal that runs out at the end of June 2015. The 34 year old signed for Wanderers in the summer of 2013 and has scored 8 goals in 70 appearances.
(Monday 25th May 2015)
Matt McClure heads the list of released players following Wanderers' Play-Off Final defeat at Wembley Stadium.
The Club confirmed McClure's release on Monday along with defender Tommy Fletcher, goalkeeper Charlie Horlock and striker Nathan Evans. Of the latter trio, only Fletcher had made a First Team appearance - an 89th minute substitute appearance in the Football League Trophy tie at Exeter in September 2013. Meanwhile, 23 year old McClure made his Wycombe debut in September 2010 and went on to make 125 appearances, scoring 27 goals. However, he suffered an injury plagued 2014/15 campaign, making just ten appearances since the turn of the year and is released following the expiration of his contract.
FAREWELL TO LOANEES|
(Sunday 24th May 2015)
The Club said farewell to their four loanees following the Play-Off Final defeat at Wembley Stadium bought the season to a close. Alfie Mawson, Sam Saunders, Nico Yennaris return to parent club Brentford, while Fred Oneydinma returns to Millwall. 21 year old Mawson returns after a season long loan which culminated in the central defender scooping all player of the season awards for 2014/15. 18 year old Millwall striker Oneydinma scored 8 goals in 25 League appearances for Wanderers since joining at the end of November 2014. Meanwhile, Saunders and Yennaris joined Wanderers in February 2015 as the Club showed their intentions to take promotion seriously.
The experienced Saunders scored twice in 14 appearances for Wanderers but his season ended in tragedy when he was injured within five seconds of the start of the Play-Off Final at Wembley Stadium. Of the four, midfielder Yennaris is the most likely to return to Wanderers for the 2015/16 season. The 22 year old covered at right back and central defence during his spell at Adams Park and scored his first ever senior goal in the final day victory at Northampton. He has hinted at signing permanently for Wanderers via social media.
THE CRUELEST OF DEFEATS|
(Saturday 23rd May 2015)
Wanderers' missed out on promotion to 'League One' in the cruelest manner - losing in a penalty shoot having lead Southend until the very final minute of stoppage time in extra-time. Shrimpers 'keeper Daniel Bentley had deflected a Joe Jacobson 25 yard free-kick into his own net in the 5th minute of extra-time and the score stayed the same until the 122nd minute of the match when Joe Pigott slotted home through a crowd of players from the left to send the game to penalties. Southend went first first and Wanderers were briefly ahead when Alex Lynch saved Ben Coker's kick. However, Matt Bloomfield had Wanderers' 4th penalty saved and in the sudden death shoot-out it was United 'keeper Bentley who tipped Sam Wood's penalty onto the post to break the hearts of the 17,000 plus Wanderers fans in the 38,000 crowd and send the Wycombe players to their knees.
Wanderers at Wembley - report, reaction, stats and pics
HOLLOWAY TO STAY|
(Friday 22nd May 2015)
Wanderers have taken up the option to extend Aaron Holloway's contract for a further year. The 22 year old striker was originally signed by Gareth Ainsworth on a short term deal in the summer of 2014 following his release from Newport County and although struggling with injury during the majority of the season, has shown his true potential as the campaign has drawn to a close. Ainsworth commented: "When Aaron came to us last summer, he was very raw, but we knew with hard work we would be able to unlock the potential in him. He's come on leaps and bounds and is really showing that he's capable of fulfilling that potential, so much so that he's received interest from other clubs."
WEMBLEY TICKET INFO|
(Friday 15th May 2015)
Wanderers supporters have been allocated 21,618 tickets for the 'East End' of Wembley Stadium for the 'League Two' Play-Off Final versus Southend United on Saturday 23rd May - KO 5.30pm. Ticket prices range from £26 to £60 with half-price concessions for seniors and those 16 and under. The ticket distribution is being handled by Ticketmaster, with first priority going to Season Ticket holders as from 12 noon on Friday (15th May). General sale (online only) starts at 9am on Saturday (16th May) with phoneline sales available from 12 noon on Monday (18th May). This will be Wanderers first visit to Wembley since the victorious May day in 1994 when Preston North End were beaten in the Play-Offs.
Ticket info via official website
FRENCH PSF CONFIRMED|
(Friday 15th May 2015)
Wanderers will travel to play French side US Avranches for a pre-season friendly on Thursday 16th July 2015. The match appears to have been arranged inconjunction with Motts Travel who are offering supporters the chance of a three night stop in the French Normandy town and the chance to 'meet and greet' the team. Avranches play in the regionalised 4th tier of French football (Championnat de France amateur) and finished 9th out of 18 clubs at the end of the 2014/15 season. Official trip details
WYCOMBE WEMBLEY BOUND|
(Thursday 14th May 2015)
There were joyous scenes at Adams Park on Thursday evening as Wanderers reached the 'League Two' play-off final at Wembley following a 2-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle - giving Gareth Ainsworth's side a 5-3 aggregate win over the West Country side. Paul Hayes and Alfie Mawson scored for Wycombe before the break to set up the victory. Wanderers will now go to Wembley on Saturday 23rd May to face Southend United for the right to play in League One for season 2015/16.
Wycombe 2 Plymouth 1 - report, stats and reaction
PLYMOUTH 2 WYCOMBE 3|
(Saturday 9th May 2015)
Wanderers will take a goal lead into the Play-Off Semi-Final 2nd Leg at Adams Park on Thursday (14th May) but it could have been more having led Plymouth 3-0 with just five minutes remaining of the Saturday evening tie at Home Park. Strikes from Paul Hayes, Aaron Holloway and Steve Craig had put Gareth Ainsworth's side into dreamland by the 52nd minute and a herioc defensive performance in front of rookie 'keeper Alex Lynch looked to have shut out any serious threats from the home strikeforce before substitutes Zak Ansah and Jason Banton's struck to set up a tense 2nd Leg back at Adams Park.
Plymouth 2 Wycombe 3 - report, stats and reaction
PLAY-OFF TICKET INFO|
(Tuesday 5th May 2015)
Wanderers supporters have been allocated 1,650 tickets for the Play-Off Semi-Final 1st Leg at Plymouth on Saturday 9th May - KO 7.45pm. The game has been designated 'all-ticket'. Prices are: Adults: £20, Seniors (65+): £15, Under 18s: £7, Family (1 Adult + 1 Under 18): £25. Tickets went on sale online from 12 noon on Sunday (3rd May).
Tickets for the home leg on Thursday 14th May - KO 7.45pm went on sale to Wycombe Season Ticket holders from 9.30am Tuesday (5th May). General Sale (to those with a previous purchase history at WW) will start from 9.30am on Friday (8th May). The Club state: "In line with Football League regulations, tickets for this game remain at the standard price as league fixtures. There is a £2 discount for all season ticket holders and everyone who has a ticket history on our system from the 2014/15 season." Check 2014/15 Tickets Prices here.
Plymouth supporters have been allocated the usual 'away end' at Adams Park with a capacity of around 1,800 - subsequently an additional 300 tickets were made available for visiting supporters in the far right corner of the 'Old Main Stand'.
DON WOODWARD RESIGNS|
(Tuesday 5th May 2015)
The Trust announced on Tuesday (5th May) that former Football Club Chairman Don Woodward had resigned from the Trust Board following five years of service. Woodward became Football Club Chairman following the Trust takeover in May 2012. He stepped down to allow Andrew Howard to take that role in August 2014 but remained on the Trust Board. A statement on the Trust website said that 'Woodward cited that he felt it was time for others to take responsibility for the next stage of Wycombe’s revival and upward journey, as the reason behind his resignation.' Commenting on the announcement, Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud said: "I would like to thank Don for his pivotal contribution in establishing Wycombe Wanderers as a Trust owned football club, as well as his contribution as Club Chairman. During this time he was instrumental in reducing the significant losses the Club were incurring, and putting the Club on the path to financial stability. It is not an understatement to say that without Don’s involvement, the Club would not be in the position it currently is."
(Sunday 4th May 2015)
Alfie Mawson completed his scoop of all the major Wanderers Player of the Season awards for 2014/15, when he picked up the Player's Player of the Season award at a Presentation night at Adams Park on Sunday evening. His latest trophy adds to the Official Supporters Club and Independent Supporters Club awards revealed the previous week. Other awards on the night included: Young Player of the Season, Aaron Pierre; Community Player of the Season, Joe Jacobson and Goal of the Season Sam Wood at Morecambe.View Season Highlights on YouTube
RACE FOR PROMOTION|
(Saturday 2nd May 2015)
Wanderers missed out on automatic promotion by just a single point as Bury claimed the final spot with a 1-0 victory at already relegated Tranmere Rovers. The Shakers finished the season with 13 wins from the final 16 games (39 points). That compared to Wycombe's haul of 28 points from their final 16 games. Southend missed out on automatic promotion following a 3-1 defeat at Morecambe having won 7 straight games previously. Wycombe travel to 7th placed Plymouth next Saturday (9th May) - a venue they have won at on their previous three visits. Southend travel to Stevenage the following day. Champions of League Two are Burton Albion following their last day victory at Cambridge and 2nd placed Shrewsbury's defeat at home to Plymouth.
League Two play-offs dates 2015
Plymouth v Wycombe: Saturday 9th May, 7.45pm
Stevenage v Southend: Sunday 10th May, 6.35pm
Wycombe v Plymouth: Thursday 14th May, 7.45pm
Southend v Stevenage: Thursday 14th May, 7.45pm
Final at Wembley Stadium:
Saturday 23rd May, 5.30pm
NORTHAMPTON 2 WYCOMBE 3|
(Saturday 2nd May 2015)
Wanderers missed out on automatic promotion despite a stoppage winner from Alfie Mawson in a 3-2 victory
in the final day clash at Northampton Town. Gareth Ainsworth's side will now meet with Plymouth Argyle in the two legged play-off semi-final for the right to play in the final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 23rd May. The 1st Leg v Plymouth will take place at Home Park on Saturday 9th May with a 7.45pm KO. The 2nd Leg at Adams Park will take place on Thursday 14th May - KO 7.45pm.
Northampton 2 Wycombe 3 - report, stats and reaction
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