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PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES
(Friday 31st May 2019)
The Club confirmed a final friendly prior to the start of the 2019/20 season. Wanderers will travel to play Wealdstone at Ruislip on Tuesday 23rd July 2019. Revised list below:
Saturday 13th July 2019 - Barnet - Away
Tuesday 16th July 2019 - Woking - Away
Saturday 20th July 2019 - Brentford - Home
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 - Wealdstone - Away
Friday 26th July 2019 - Maidenhead United - Away
The Football League season starts on the weekend of Saturday 3rd August 2019, with the fixtures being released on Thursday 20th June at 9am.
KASHKET - NEW 3 YEAR DEAL
(Friday 31st May 2019)
The Club announced on Saturday (31st May 2019) that Scott Kashket had signed a new deal with Wanderers running until June 2022. The now 23-year-old signed for Wanderers from Leyton Orient in August 2016 and despite injuries had netted 23 goals in 73 appearances during his time at Adams Park.
Scott Kashket - updated Player Profile
PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES
(Wednesday 29th May 2019)
The Club confirmed their only home friendly prior to the start of the 2019/20 season. Brentford will be the visitors to Adams Park on Saturday 20th July 2019. Revised list below:
Saturday 13th July 2019 - Barnet - Away
Tuesday 16th July 2019 - Woking - Away
Saturday 20th July 2019 - Brentford - Home
Friday 26th July 2019 - Maidenhead United - Away
The Football League season starts on the weekend of Saturday 3rd August 2019, with the fixtures being released on Thursday 20th June at 9am.
WEMBLEY 1994 - 25 YEAR RETRO
(Tuesday 28th May 2019)
28th May 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of Wanderers' triumph over Preston North End at Wembley Stadium. The two-legged victory over Carlisle United had set-up a third visit to the national stadium in four seasons and produced a match that has become legendary in Wanderers' history.
Wycombe v Preston North End - 28th May 1994 - COTN retro
PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES
(Tuesday 28th May 2019)
The Club confirmed another friendly, adding Maidenhead United away on Friday 26th July 2019. Revised list below:
Saturday 13th July 2019 - Barnet - Away
Tuesday 16th July 2019 - Woking - Away
Friday 26th July 2019 - Maidenhead United - Away
The Football League season starts on the weekend of Saturday 3rd August 2019, with the fixtures being released on Thursday 20th June at 9am.
PLAY-OFFS 1994 - 25 YEAR RETRO
(Saturday 18th May 2019)
May 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the culmination of Wanderers' debut season in the Football League. Having finished the season in 4th spot in the table, Martin O'Neill's side would travel to Carlisle United on Sunday 15th May 1994 in the first of the two-legged play-off semi-final. The return would take place three days for the right to play at Wembley in the Final.
Carlisle Utd v Wycombe - 15th May 1994 - COTN retro
Wycombe v Carlisle Utd - 18th May 1994 - COTN retro
PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES
(Monday 13th May 2019)
The Club confirmed the first two friendlies ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
Saturday 13th July 2019 - Barnet - Away
Tuesday 16th July 2019 - Woking - Away
The Football League season starts on the weekend of Saturday 3rd August 2019, with the fixtures being released on Thursday 20th June at 9am.
LINCOLN 1999 - 20 YEAR RETRO
(Wednesday 8th May 2019)
Wednesday 8th 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of one of the most nerve wracking days in the history of the Club. On Saturday 8th May 1999 Wanderers needed a last day victory at Sincil Bank, Lincoln to complete a remarkable escape from relegation under the Managership of Lawrie Sanchez. Follow the links below to read the story of the day as written by COTN at the time. Also note the updated audio files now available in MP3 format digitised from our original 1170 AM local radio master tape.
Lincoln City v Wycombe - 8th May 1999 - from the COTN archives
Lincoln City v Wycombe - 8th May 1999 - Updated audio archives
BUDGET CUT FOR 2019/20
(Wednesday 8th May 2019)
Club and Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud announced that Gareth Ainsworth would operate under a reduced player budget for the 2019/20 season. In a statement on the official website, Stroud said: "While we remain in talks with a number of interested parties, we have not yet been able to secure the funding that we had hoped and simply cannot gamble the club’s future by maintaining a playing budget that we are unable to afford. We are all aware of the pros and cons that come with supporter ownership, and the limitations that it places on us, and I hope that at the same time as celebrating our recent successes, the fans can appreciate the reality of our situation and that we must cut our cloth accordingly. There are too many stories across the country where clubs are finding themselves in real trouble due to the financial pressures and it’s imperative that we avoid falling into the same situations." The news came on the same day that six players were released, Stroud adding: “It is regrettable that we have had to place Gareth and his staff in the difficult position of preparing the squad for next season on a greatly reduced budget, and having to part ways with some fantastic servants of this club over the past few years."
PLAYER CONTRACT NEWS
(Wednesday 8th May 2019)
Marcus Bean, Darius Charles, Paris Cowan-Hall, Michael Harriman, Yves Ma-Kalambay and Nathan Tyson were confirmed by the Club on Wednesday 8th May 2019 as those players being released at the end of their contracts in June. New contracts will be offered to Adebayo Akinfenwa, Dominic Gape and Scott Kashket, while an option has been taken to extend the contract of goalkeeper Cameron Yates for a further year. Ben Frempah – who joined the club on non-contract terms in March – also departs, while Luke Bolton and Charlie Owens have returned to their parent clubs. News follows a meeting the previous day to determine the playing budget for the 2019/20 season.
PLAYER AWARDS 2018/19
(Sunday 5th May 2019)
The Club announced their annual awards for the 2018/19 season at a dinner hled at Adams Park on Sunday (6th May 2019). The key player awards were:
Players' Player of the Season - Curtis Thompson
OWWSA and WWISC Player of the Season - Curtis Thompson
Supporters' Player of the Season, voted by fans - Jason McCarthy
The Young Player of the Season, decided by the coaching staff - Alex Samuel
OWWSA and WWISC Young Player of the Season - Alex Samuel
FINAL TABLE 2018/19
(Saturday 4th May 2019)
Plymouth Argyle capitulated from 'League One' despite a final day victory over also relegated Scunthorpe United. They were sent down after a dramatic late win for Southend United at home to Sunderland. Wimbledon escaped what looked for many weeks as certain relegation by drawing 0-0 at already relegated Bradford City. Walsall were the fourth team to face the drop after drawing 0-0 at Shrewsbury but seeing teams above them pick up points.
Luton Town finished Champions, with Barnsley in the runners-up spot. Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth, Sunderland and Doncaster Rovers will fight for the remaining promotion spot via the play-offs.
League One - Final Full Table 2018/19
WYCOMBE 1 FLEETWOOD 0
(Saturday 4th May 2019)
A Joe Jacobson goal direct from a corner on 75 minutes was enough to see Wanderers finish the season on a high with 1-0 victory over Fleetwood Town at Adams Park. The three points meant that Gareth Ainsworth side finished in 17th spot in the third tier of English football, with 53 points. It was the highest final League placing for Wanderers for 17 years (2001/2002) when a Wycombe side under Manager Lawrie Sanchez finished in 11th place with 64 points.
Team news for Wanderers in the Sky TV enforced 5.30pm kick-off, saw three changes from the starting XI that lost at Wimbledon the previous Saturday - Jacobson, Marcus Bean and Matt Bloomfield back in the team in place of Curtis Thompson (injured), Nick Freeman and Anthony Stewart (the latter two dropping to the bench). It was Jacobson's first start since Oxford United away (30th March 2019).
On a relatively relaxing late afternoon for all connected at Adams Park, Scott Kashket had an early chance for Wycombe but his lob past Alex Cairns in the Fleetwood goal was cleared off the line. At the other end, Ryan Allsop was in fine form to keep a clean sheet throughout. The match winning goal came when Jacobson sent an inswinging corner from the right that Cairns let through his grip in a central position on the goalline.
The final whistle gave the opportunity for Wanderers fans to show their appreciation to the players and staff for their efforts over the season and to some players who may have played their final game in a Wycombe shirt. For Gareth Ainsworth, decisions on contract renewals are first on the agenda, plus time to reflect on a season of two halves, going from a potential top half side in January, to one clawing their way to survival with a week of the season remaining. It will be an experience that will hopefull prove beneficial for all concerned for season 2019/20 and beyond.
Wycombe 1 Fleetwood 0 - stats and reaction on gasroom.co.uk
MESSAGE FROM TRUST CHAIRMAN
(Saturday 4th May 2019)
Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud informed members via email on the morning of Saturday 4th May 2019 his thoughts on the next steps to improve the financial situation at the Club. He said: "It has been no secret that to be competitive in the Football League, we need external investment to give us a platform to stabilise the Club financially, and start on a new 5 year journey. We thought we had found the right partners in Jim Collis and Bill Luby, but that was not to be, and therefore we continue our search to find the right partners. We have talks taking place with a number of interested parties, and as soon as there is tangible news, I will call a meeting of Trust members, to update them on our plans." He added: "Although we have significant financial pressures, we will not be rushed into a decision that partners us with someone who does not understand the values and history of our Club."

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