January 2019 News Archive
All the news stories from January 2019
(Thursday 31st January 2019)
Wanderers announced a transfer deadline day loan signing of QPR 21-year-old midfielder Charlie Owens at around 11.45am on Thursday 31st January 2019. The deal runs until the end of the 2018/19 campaign. Owens joined QPR in the summer of 2017 having been part of the Tottenham Hotspur youth system and then enjoying a successful trial at Loftus Road towards the end of the 2016/17 season. Born in London but with Northern Irish parents, he represented Northern Ireland U21's. He made his First Team debut for The R's as a substitute in a 2nd Round Football League Trophy tie at home to Bristol Rovers in August 2018 but had not added to his senior tally at the time of his loan deal with Wanderers. He take the No.15 shirt in the squad.
(Wednesday 30th January 2019)
The Club announced on Wednesday 30th January 2019 that 35 year-old midfielder Sam Saunders had been released by 'mutual consent' from his contract with the Wanderers. Saunders joined Wycombe on a permament deal in January 2017 from Brentford having previously been on loan from The Bees during the second half of the 2014/15 season. Appeared to have fallen out of favour with Manager Gareth Ainsworth part way through the 2018/19 season - with no appearances made since 25th September 2018. He finished his second spell with Wanderers have taken his total Club appearances to 71 and scoring 6 goals.
Sam Saunders - updated player profile
(Wednesday 30th January 2019)
The Club announced on Wednesday 30th January 2019 that striker Craig Mackail-Smith had been loaned out to League Two strugglers Notts County. The 34-year-old, whose contract with Wanderers runs until June 2020, had scored 3 times in 25 appearances during the opening half of the 2018/19 campaign but had made just three appearance in the two months leading up to loan deal. Commenting on the move, Gareth Ainsworth said: "Craig is a fantastic professional and he’s been unfortunate not to have played more football for us lately, but with other players returning to fitness and hitting good form, he hasn’t been involved as much as he would have liked. The move to Notts County is a great opportunity for him to play regular football, score some goals and help the club in their fight to stay in the EFL. Their manager [Neal Ardley] is a very good friend of mine who I know will get them firing again and having someone of Craig’s ability and work rate in their frontline will give them every chance."
Craig Mackail-Smith - updated player profile
(Tuesday 29th January 2019)
Wycombe had to settle for a point from the midweek trip to Blackpool after letting the lead slip twice. Adebayo Akinfenwa headed Wanderers into a 12th minute lead following a Joe Jacobson corner from the left and could have added to the scoreline before the break. The home side hit back five minutes into the second-half when Ben Heneghan headed in at the near post from a right side corner. However, Wycombe restored their lead three minutes later when Jacobson scored direct from a corner from the right - the ball creeping in at the near post. Wycombe survived Blackpool pressuring for another equaliser and looked to have done enough to secure all three points until Paris Cowan-Hall made a rash challenge on Nya Kirby inside the Wycombe box to concede a penalty. Harry Pritchard sent Ryan Allsop the wrong-way from the spot to level the scores at 2-2. There was still time for Cowan-Hall to almost make amends for his foul when a low shot from the right of goal went just wide of the opposite upright. While at the other end Allsop had to be quick to block as both sides looked for victory. Wanderers stay 9th in the table.
Final Score: Blackpool 2 Wycombe 2
(Monday 28th January 2019)
Trust members crowded the Union Baptist Church in High Wycombe Town Centre on Monday 28th January 2019 to hear the latest updates on the proposals to bring outside 'investment' to the Club. The meeting, which was also streamed live via social media to Trust members, explained the timeline of events leading to the meeting, including the most recent addition of a proposal by former player Andy Harman. The controversy over a charge being lodged against Adams Park was also addressed during a sometimes heated debate. Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud re-stated his position by saying: "It is an honour to be Chairman of your Trust and Football Club. Everything I and the Trust Board do is what we consider to be right for the Football Club." He added: "No Trust or Club Director stands to gain financially if Bill Luby and Jim Collis are successful [with their proposal]". A decision on the route to take after the Harman bid is now expected by the end of February 2019.
Read meeting summary on archive
(Saturday 26th January 2019)
Wanderers moved up to 9th spot in League One after Yann Songo's 24th minute own-goal was enough for a 1-0 victory over Plymouth Arygle at Adams Park. The decisive goal came after Wycombe had bossed the opening stages, the deadlock being broken when Songo flicked a header past his own 'keeper following Joe Jacobson's inswinging corner from the right.
Argyle, who came to Adams Park in 21st spot in the table but on the back of four straight wins in the League, could only muster one shot on target during the afternoon and it was Wycombe who looked the more likely to add to the scoreline - Paris Cowan-Hall and Adebayo Akinfenwa both being denied.
Victory for Wanderers came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the starting XI that had beaten Bristol Rovers seven days previous - Matt Bloomfield and Akimfenwa coming in for Alex Samuel and Scott Kashket. 19-year-old Manchester City loanee Luke Bolton was introduced by Wanderers as a 71st substitute for his Football League debut.
Final Score: Wycombe 1 Plymouth 0
(Friday 25th January 2019)
Trust members were informed via email on Friday 25th January 2019 that The Legacy Members meeting on Monday 28th January will now NOT involve the American bidders due to Trust Board coming to terms with the Andy Harman proposal. The Trust commented: "Following the announcement of the [28th January meeting] we were approached by an ex-player with an outline proposal of an alternative option. Throughout this process we have tried to be fair and find the best route forward for our Football Club. The Trust Board, in conjunction with [Bill Luby and Jim Collis], have therefore decided to postpone the voting process to allow time for Mr Harman to present a formal proposal to the Trust Board, allowing them to consider both proposals and then make a recommendation to members of the preferred option."
(Thursday 24th January 2019)
Around 150 people attended a meeting on the evening of Wednesday 23rd January 2019 to hear proposals by former Wanderers player Andy Harman for his investment in Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. Harman presented an articulate proposal that suggested investing £3m over a 5 year period - £2m would be ear-marked the Club and £1m into setting-up and developing an independent Academy with links to WWFC.
Read meeting summary on archive
(Thursday 24th January 2019)
Wanderers moved into the loan market on Thursday (24th January 2019) to bring in Manchester City youngster Luke Bolton on a deal until the end of the 2018/19 season. The 19-year-old made two Football League Trophy appearances for City's U21 side earlier in the 2018/19 campaign but at the time of his move to Adams Park had yet to make a competitive First Team appearance for the Premier League Champions although had been named as substitute in a number of lower-key cup games. His previous experience also includes caps for the England U20 side where he was a member of the squad that won the 2017 Toulon Tournament. He was allocated the No.17 in the Wanderers squad.
(Monday 21st January 2019)
The Trust responded to the news of the alternative investment bid from Andy Harman by issuing an update to members at around 6pm on Monday 21st January 2019. The updated promised to share details of the bid from Bill Luby and Jim Collis later in the week and ahead of their planned attendance at the meeting on Monday 28th January 2019. Regarding the alternative bid, a statement from Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud said: "We acknowledge that one interested party has called a meeting to present directly to supporters. To date we have received an outline proposal from the party in question, but no formal bid. We have always declared that we have been in discussions with more than one interested party and I can only reiterate that Bill and Jim’s proposal remains the recommended route forward for the Trust board. We will never close the door on any potential interest until such point that our negotiations with Bill and Jim reach a conclusion, but theirs is the best deal for the Club in the view of the Trust board."
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(Monday 21st January 2019)
Wanderers supporters were invited (via social media and other internet outlets on Monday 21st January 2019) to an alternative investment by former player Andy Harman. The open to anybody forum is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at the Holiday Inn, Handy Cross, High Wycombe at 7pm. Several ex-players are expected to attend and the meeting will last approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. Harman, now 56 years-old, made 90 First Team appearances for Wanderers from the 1981/82 season through to the end of the 1985/86 season, having signed for Wycombe as a youngster from Holmer Green.
(Saturday 19th January 2019)
A headed goal from Sido Jombati on 57 minutes saw Wanderers claim a 1-0 victory at Bristol Rovers and move up to 11th spot in the table - eight points clear of the relegation zone. The scoreline ended Rovers' run of 5 League games undefeated and marked their first League goal conceeded for more than six hours.
Wanderers' victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes from the starting XI that had beaten Doncaster Rovers at Adams Park the previous Saturday - Alex Samuel and Scott Kashket coming into the line-up in favour of Matt Bloomfield and Nathan Tyson. Marcus Bean returned from injury to be included on a Wycombe bench that could boast in excess of 2,450 senior appearance between them.
The winning goal came when Jombati headed home at the far post following a Joe Jacobson corner from the right. It was no less than Wycombe deserved against a Rovers side on a decent run of form but still languishing in the relegation zone. The home side went closest to equalising on 80 minutes when Alex Rodman saw an effort blocked on the line by Dominic Gape. However, Wycombe finished on top and could have sealed victory in stoppage time but Paris Cowan-Hall was unable to convert a square ball from the left.
Final Score: Bristol Rovers 0 Wycombe 1
(Thursday 17th January 2019)
The Club confirmed on Tuesday 17th January 2019 they had agreed to extend the allocation of tickets available for Sunderland fans for Wanderers' League 1 fixture with The Black Cats Adams Park on Saturday 9th March 2019. An extra 900 tickets will be available in the 'Old Main Stand', adding to the usual, number restricted, allocation of 1,800 in the 2,000 capacity 'Away End'. The Club also confirmed that Wanderers' season tickets holders in the 'Old Main Stand' have been contacted to reallocate their tickets for this fixture, and will be able to claim a free guest ticket each for the game against Accrington Stanley at Adams Park three days later as a gesture of goodwill for any inconvenience caused.
(Saturday 12th January 2019)
Trailing 2-1 as the clocked approached 90 minutes, Wanderers looked to be heading for a fifth straight defeat in the their meeting with Doncaster Rovers at Adams Park. However, a remarkable comeback saw Wycombe run out 3-2 winners, with Curtis Thompson netting on 90 minutes and Paris Cowan-Hall scoring the winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Team news had seen Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the side that had lost at home to Coventry City on New Year's Day - Adam El-Adbd, Joe Jacobson, Matt Bloomfield and Paris Cowan-Hall coming in for Anthony Stewart, Alex Samuel, Michael Harriman (all three to bench) and Fred Onyedinma (returned to Millwall).
Wycombe had the better chances during the first=half but Rovers came out all guns blazing in the second-period and took the lead on the hour mark when John Marquis stabbed home. Ten minutes later it was 2-0 when Tommy Rowe netted after the ball was pulled back from the left leaving Wanderers looking dead and buried.
Scott Kashket and Adebayo Akinfenwa provided a double substition for Wycombe on 72 minutes and the change prompted the comeback - starting when Cowan-Hall fired in from the right side of the box on 77 minutes. With the home crowd urging their side on, Thompson rifled in from 25 yards to level the scores in the 90th minute and then Cowan-Hall looped in a header in stoppage time to spark wild celebrations amongst the home contingent.
The win pushed Wanderers up to 13th spot in the table and eight points clear of relegation zone. Next game for Wanderers, away to 20th placed Bristol Rovers on Saturday 19th January 2019.
Final Score: Wycombe 3 Doncaster 2
(Wednesday 9th January 2019)
A loan charge against Adams Park was filed at Companies House on Wednesday 9th January 2019 as security for the loan facility provided by potential 'investors' Bill Luby and Jim Collis. A loan of 'up to £500,000' was provided by Luby and Collis following talks with Trust officials and filed at Companies House on 19th November 2018. The charge is lodged with Frank Adams Legacy Limited - the subsidiary company set-up in order to protect the ownership of the ground.
View and download PDF of Charge from Companies House
Filing history of Frank Adams Legacy Limited at Companies House
(Monday 7th January 2019)
As expected Wycombe Wanderers Trust have now confirmed that the Special General Meeting, provisionally scheduled for 14th January 2019, has been postponed. An email notice sent to members on Monday 7th January 2019 also confirmed that a new date of Monday 28th January 2019 had been set at The Hub (Wycombe Baptist Church), Easton Street, High Wycombe. The notice explained: "The purpose of the meeting is to present to members the proposal for investment into the Club, by Jim Collis and Bill Luby." Voting for the proposals are set to open at the end of the meeting and then for a three week period, culminating in a second meeting and a declaration of the result. Commenting on the proposals, Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud added: "As we are talking about selling a majority stake in the Club, 75% of the 810 Legacy Members have to vote in favour. The important message is a non-vote is a no vote and it would be criminal if apathy decided the future of our Football Club." Read full details at
(Friday 4th January 2019)
The Club confirmed on Friday 4th January 2019 that midfielder Curtis Thompson had signed a deal with Wanderers running until June 2021. The 25 year-old joined Wycombe on a 'short-term' deal in July 2018 and has impressed during the opening half of the 2018/19 campaign. Gareth Ainsworth commented: "Curtis has been outstanding since he broke in the team and we knew he was a great player at [Notts County] and he lost his way slightly. He has the heart of a lion and you can see how much he loves it here and it is a great acquisition for us. We are working hard to get some players in and Curtis is a very welcome addition for us."
Curtis Thompson - player profile
(Thursday 3rd January 2019)
COTN understands that the Trust Special General Meeting, provisionally scheduled for 14th January 2019, has been postponed. This is assumed as the Trust are required to give 14 days notice of meetings as detailed in their rules. "Notice of a general meeting is to be given either: in writing; or where a member has agreed to receive notice in this way, by such electronic means as the Trust Board shall decide at least 14 clear days before the date of the meeting." At time of this news item there has been no further formal communication to members since the AGM held on 29th November 2018.
(Tuesday 1st January 2019)
The Club confirmed on New Year's Day that loan players Bryn Morris, Fred Onyedinma, Randell Williams and Charlie Fox had all returned to their parent clubs. It's understood that Wanderers are chasing a loan extension or permanent deal from Millwall for Onyedinma. Speaking after the home defeat to Coventry City, Gareth Ainsworth commented: "The loan players have gone back. That was the end of their spells with us. We’re working hard on a few things but we have no money. We may need to ship a few out."
(Tuesday 1st January 2019)
Wanderers' miserable form over the holiday period was compounded following a 2-0 home defeat to Coventry City at Adams Park on New Year's Day. The visitors opened the scoring through a 34th minute penalty from Conor Chaplin after Nathan Tyson had fouled Dujon Sterling. Wycombe rarely threatened the City goal and there was no way back after substitute Jonson Clarke-Harris made it 2-0 on 62 minutes with his first touch of the game.
The fourth straight defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the starting XI that had lost at Scunthorpe three days earlier - Michael Harriman, Sido Jombati and Nathan Tyson returning to the side in favour of Joe Jacobson (rested), Adam El-Abd (to bench) and Scott Kashket (to bench). Defeat pushed Wanderers down to 14th spot in the table with only a five point margin to the relegation places, with 20 games left to play.
Final Score: Wycombe 0 Coventry 2

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