December 2016 News Archive
All the news stories from December 2016
(Sunday 1st January 2017)
Chelsea 'keeper Jamal Blackman has had his loan extended at Wycombe until the end of the 2016/17 campaign. The 23 year old had kept 11 clean sheets in the 25 appearances he had made since joining in August 2016 following injury to first choice Scott Brown. Gareth Ainsworth commented: "He has been first class for us and he has real quality which is well above League Two level, so it’s fantastic for us to be able to keep him for the rest of the season. He commands his area superbly, his distribution is outstanding and he’s made some saves which are out of this world to help us pick up some valuable points. I’d like to think we do things right here when it comes to developing young players and Jamal is another example of someone who’s come in, worked hard and improved his game with us." The news came just days after Blackman was ruled out of the League Two game at Cheltenham due to injury - Scott Brown, returning from a loan spell with Eastleigh, to play against his former Club. It's also being reported that Brown will rejoin Cheltenham on loan once Blackman has returned to action for Wanderers.
(Friday 30th December 2016)
Wanderers kept their unbeaten run intact with a gritty 1-0 victory at struggling Cheltenham Town on Friday evening. The only goal of the game came on 9 minutes when Scott Kashket scored for the fourth game running. Wycombe had Scott Brown to thank for keeping the home side at bay after the former Cheltenham 'keeper came in for the injured Jamal Blackman. The latest victory lifts Wycombe to 5th place in the table ahead of the regular Saturday fixtures where Luton will leapfrog Wanderers should they Barnet at Kenilworth Road. This round of fixtures marks the half-way stage of the season where Wycombe have accumulated 38 points from 23 games, compared to 40 at the same stage in 2015/16. Attendance v Cheltenham: 3,761 (871 away).
Cheltenham 0 Wycombe 1 - stats and reaction to follow
(Monday 26th December 2016)
Wycombe's run of consecutive victories may have come to an end but a last minute goal from Myles Weston salavaged a point for Wanderers in a 3-3 draw at league leaders Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day. The draw means Wycombe remain in 6th place with 35 points, while Plymouth dropped to second.
Plymouth 3 Wycombe 3 - report, stats and reaction
(Thursday 23rd December 2016)
The Club announced via their Twitter account on Thursday 23rd December 2016 that due to Stourbridge selling out their entire 2,000 allocation for the 3rd Round FA Cup trip to Adams Park on Saturday 7th January 2017, that the tie would now be 'all-ticket' and only those with a previous 'ticket history' for the home areas would be allowed to purchase. Stourbridge have sold their allocation of 1,850 in the 'away end' plus some additional seats in the 'Old Main Stand'. With a current registered 'safe' capacity of 9,552 capacity, this leaves around 7,500 for Wanderers fans, including a reduced terrace capacity of 1,429. The 'away end' was also reduced in capacity from just over 2,000 in June 2014 following a request from Thames Valley Police who were concerned with persistant standing in the all seater area.
(Monday 19th December 2016)
COTN continues a 10th anniversary look back at Wanderers' memorable run to the Semi-Final of the Football League Cup during the 2006/7 season. The Quarter-Final saw Wanderers take on then Premiership side side Charlton Athletic at The Valley. 4,500 Wanderers fans made the trip to South London and saw Jermaine Easter grab the only goal of the game and take Paul Lambert's side into the semi-final.
Charlton A 0 Wycombe 1 - League Cup 10 year retro
(Saturday 17th December 2016)
Scott Kashket scored again as Wanderers equalled a Club record of eight consecutive victories after grinding out a 1-0 win over Kashket's former club Leyton Orient at Adams Park.The result keeps Wanderers in 6th place in the table with 34 points from 21 games - ten points behind leaders Plymouth who Wanderers meet on Boxing Day at Home Park.
Wycombe 1 Leyton Orient 0 - report, stats and reaction
(Wednesday 14th December 2016)
The Club have released ticket details for the FA Cup tie with Stourbridge on Saturday 7th January 2017. Season Ticket holders have until the end of business on Monday 19th December 2016 to claim their regular seat or place on the terrace. General sale will start on the morning of Tuesday 20th December 2016. Stourbridge must purchase tickets through their own club and have initially been allocated the usual 1,850 capacity seated 'away end'. Ticket prices are: Adults £15, Seniors £10, Young Adults (19-15) £10, Juniors (18 and under) £5. The arrangements follows criticism of the Club for not honouring the reservation of Season Ticket Holder seats during the sale of tickets for the 3rd Round FA Cup tie with Aston Villa in January 2016 and also allocating 2,550 seats to away fans in a 9,552 capacity.
(Tuesday 13th December 2016)
Wanderers will host Stourbridge in the Third Round Proper of the FA Cup on Saturday 7th January 2017 with a 3pm kick-off. The lowest ranked side remaining in the competition beat 'League One' Northampton Town in their delayed Second Round tie on Tuesday evening - the only goal of the game came on 86 minutes through defender Jack Duggan. It will be 'The Glassboys' first ever appearance in Third Round Proper but they have a recent record of reaching the competition proper in five of the last seven seasons. The side, managed by former Shrewsbury, Stoke, West Brom and Peterborough winger Gary Hackett, have never played Wanderers before in any competition. Winners of the Third Round ties receive £67,500 in sponsorship money.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
(Saturday 10th December 2016)
Wanderers bagged a seventh straight victory as a 2-0 success at Notts County took Gareth Ainsworth's side to sixth spot in League Two. A subtlety executed header from Adebayo Akinfenwa gave Wycombe the lead on 37 minutes before the home side had Michael O’Connor shown a straight red-card in first home stoppage for a lunge at Paris Cowan-Hall. Goalmachine Scott Kashket made it 10 goals in as many games for Wanderers when he tapped in on 55 minutes and it was Wycombe who comfortably saw out the game despite seeing Akinfenwa sent-off for a second bookable offence on 77 minutes.
Notts County 0 Wycombe 2 - report, stats and reaction
(Friday 9th December 2016)
Gareth Ainsworth was named as the 'League Two' Manager of the Month for November after a string of consecutive victories in both the League and FA Cup. It's the second time Ainsworth has picked up the MOM award, having also claimed the prize in March 2015. The award is handed out by a judging panel that includes Ipswich Town manager George Burley, Sky Sports’ pundit Don Goodman, plus representatives from the Football League and sponsors Sky Bet. The award comes at a time when Ainsworth was the 5th in the current list of longest serving managers in English football. Ainsworth, with a record of just over 4 years in charge at Adams Park, is behind Arsene Wenger, Arsenal (20 years), Paul Tisdale, Exeter (10 years), Jim Bentley, Morecambe (close to 6 years) and Steve Davis, Crewe (5 years).
(Wendesday 7th December 2016)
Wanderers completed a sixth successive victory in all competitions following a 3-1 win at Millwall in the 2nd Round of the Football League Trophy. A goal from Adebayo Akinfenwa and two late strikes from Garry Thompson sealed the victory. Wanderers pick up £20,000 from the win at The New Den. The draw for the Third Round (last 16) was a 'free draw, with Wanderers placed away to Blackpool in a tie to played week commencing 9th January 2017. Winners in the Third Round will receive £40,000 in sponsorship money.
Millwall 1 Wycombe 3 - report, stats and reaction
(Monday 5th December 2016)
Wanderers will entertain either Stourbridge or Northampton Town in the Third Round Proper of the FA Cup following the draw made on Monday evening. Northern Premier [Evo-Stik] side Stourbridge are the lowest ranked club left in the competition and had their Second Round tie at home to The Cobblers postponed on Sunday due to a frozen pitch. It will be replayed on Tuesday 13th December. Wanderers have never met Stourbridge before in any competition but will be familiar with Northampton, with 30 previous meetings including two FA Cup Ties (1958 and 2005), both won by The Cobblers. However, Wanderers won a Football League Trophy 3-0 at Sixfields earlier in 2016/17. The tie at Adams Park will played on the weekend of Saturday 7th January 2017. Live games will be confirmed following the results of the outstanding replays. Winners of the Third Round ties receive £67,500 in sponsorship money.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
(Monday 5th December 2016)
The Club announced more good news on Monday evening with confirmation that Scott Kashket had agreed a deal running until June 2019. The midfielder turned striker had hit the headlines after bagging nine goals in nine appearances for Wanderers since signing on a free from Leyton Orient at the end of August.
Scott Kashket - updated player profile and comment
(Monday 5th December 2016)
News that an estimated £1.3m debt to former owner Steve Hayes had been paid off, was by far the biggest talking point following the Trust AGM on Thursday 30th November 2016. The meeting confirmed the 'sell-on' fee from Liverpool for the sale of Jordon Ibe to Bournemouth had been received and used to pay the debt and leave a cash surplus. Meanwhile, other news saw the draft Football Club accounts for the 2015/16 season show a profit of £472,000 - the second successive season the Football Club has made a surplus. See link for extended report.
Trust AGM November 2016 - feature
(Saturday 3rd December 2016)
Scott Kashket scored a hat-trick as Wanderers made it through to the Third Round of the FA Cup for the second succesive season following a remarkable 5-0 victory away to 'League One' Chesterfield. The midfielder made striker has now bagged nine goals for Wanderers in nine appearances since signing on a short term deal following his release from Leyton Orient in August and it will now be Ainsworth's priority to secure his contract before the Third Round tie on the weekend of 7th January 2017. The draw for the Third Round takes place on Monday (5th December).
Chesterfield 0 Wycombe 5 - report, stats and reaction

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