All the news stories from November 2018
(Thursday 29th November 2018)
The AGM of Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust took place at Adams Park on Thursday 29th November 2018, with around 170 members present and close to 200 more watching via a live 'members only' stream. The meeting confirmed the resignation of Mark Burrell and John Bignell from the current Trust Board and with only two new names seeking election to the Board, they were replaced by Bob Massie and Peter Lerner. Current Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud and Director Nigel Kingston stood down by rotation but offered themselves for re-election without the need for a ballot. The subject of outside investment in the Football Club was stressed as a priority again. with Stroud commenting: "The reality of finances for a Fans owned Club has dominated the Trust Board agendas over the last 12 months, well in reality the last 6 years since we took ownership." He added "What is clear is we identified that the majority of League 1 & 2 Clubs lose around £600k per year before “football fortune”, and we are no exception." A meeting of Trust Legacy Members was provisionally arranged for 14th January 2019, where Bill Luby and Jim Collis would present their proposals in more detail. Stroud stated the importance of the current 675 Legacy Member making a choice and "not letting apathy determine the outcome of the vote."
View and download AGM minutes
View and download AGM presentation
STOCKDALE RECALLED BY CITY|
(Thursday 29th November 2018)
Birmingham City 'emergency loan' goalkeeper David Stockdale revealed through social media on Thursday 29th November 2018 that he had been recalled by his parent club. He said: "I’d like to thank everyone at [Wycombe Wanderers] for my short time there. [I] wish I could have helped for longer but unfortunately I’ve been recalled by Birmingham City. I wish you all the best in the future. Thank you." Wanderers won both games with the 33 year-old in goal and will now seek a further 'emergency loan' ahead of the meeting with Barnsley at Adams Park on Saturday 8th December 2018.
ACCRINGTON 1 WYCOMBE 2|
(Tuesday 27th November 2018)
A stoppage-time goal from Alex Samuel grabbed Wanderers all three points in a 2-1 victory at Accrington Stanley and lift Wycombe to 10th place and just six points from the play-off zone. This latest win for Gareth Ainsworth's side came after Sean McConville had given the home side the lead on 15 minutes. Only two spectacular saves from loanee 'keeper David Stockdale and the intervention of the crossbasr kept the score to 1-0 at the break. The second-period saw Wanderers gradually come into the game, with Dominic Gape setting up substitute Scott Kashket to level the scores on 78 minutes. Wanderers had Stockdale to thank again for grabbing a loose ball on the line on 84 minutes and then keeping out a 25 yard free-kick with two minutes of normal time remaining. Wycombe snatched the points when Jason McCarthy worked the ball down the right-wing for Samuel to cut in and fire home from a narrow-angle.
It was Wanderers first victory over Accrington (home or away) since the 2-0 win at The Crown Ground on 15th December 2012 (12 games) and came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes from the side that had beaten Shrewsbury at Adams Park the previous Saturday - Michael Harriman and Craig Mackail-Smith coming in for Joe Jacobson and Nathan Tyson). Due to the FA Cup exit at Luton, Wycombe are now without a game until Barnsley visit Adams Park on Saturday 8th December 2018.
Final Score: Accrington 1 Wycombe 2
WYCOMBE 3 SHREWSBURY 2|
(Saturday 24th November 2018)
Wanderers came from a goal down to secure their fifth straight victory in the League at Adams Park and move to 12th spot in 'League One' following a 3-2 win over Shrewsbury Town. Loanee David Stockdale was given his Wycombe debut in goal but he was beaten on 4 minutes by former Wanderers Aaron Holloway. However, goals by Adam El-Abd on 11 minutes and Joe Jacobson five minutes before the break put Wycombe in the driving seat. Alex Samuel extended Wycombe's lead on 71 minutes. Fejiri Okenabirhie pulled a goal back for the visitors on 73 minutes following a defensive mix-up but Wanderers saw out the game to secure a deserved three points.
The win came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the starting XI that had drawn at Sunderland the previous weekend - Stockdale, Nathan Tyson and Nick Freeman coming in for Matt Ingram (returned to QPR), Bryn Morris (permission not granted to play against his parent club) and Randell Williams (dropped to bench).
Final Score: Wycombe 3 Shrewsbury 2
BIRMINGHAM 'KEEPER ON LOAN|
(Thursday 22nd November 2018)
Wanderers announced on Thursday 22nd November 2019 they had secured the 'emergency loan' of goalkeeper David Stockdale, on a seven-day deal from Birmingham City. The deal follows injuries to both 1st and 2nd choice 'keepers Ryan Allsop and Yves Ma-Kalambay. Former Wanderer Matt Ingram stepped in on loan for the game at Sunderland but has now returned to QPR following the international weekend break. 33 year-old Stockdale has been out of favour at City since the arrival of Gary Monk as Manager in March 2018 and appeared on loan with Southend United earlier in the 2018/19 campaign. He has gained most of his professional experience during a three year spell with Brighton and Hove Albion where he made 139 First Team apps.
£500K LOAN CONFIRMED|
(Monday 19th November 2018)
Confirmation of a loan to the Football Club of up to £500,000 has been confirmed by a filing at Companies House on Monday 19th November 2018. The loan is from potential 'investors' Bill Luby and Jim Collis who have been in talk with Trust officials for several months in aquiring a majority stake in the Football Club. The Trust AGM is scheduled for 29th November 2018.
View and download PDF from Companies House
ATTENDANCE 2ND BEST|
(Saturday 17th November 2018)
The attendance of 30,727 for Wanderers' visit to the The Stadium of Light on Saturday (17th November 2018) was the 2nd highest ever to have a watched a Football League game involving Wycombe Wanderers. It was second only to the 38,082 for the match at Sheffield Wednesday on 5th May 2012. The previous 2nd best, 29,337, was for the game at Manchester City on 24th April 1999.
The only attendances in the history of Wycombe Wanderers that are higher than those three games are:
90,000 v Bishop Auckland - FA Amateur Cup Final 1957 - Wembley
40,109 v Preston - Play-Off Final May 1994 - Wembley
40,037 v Liverpool - FA Cup Semi-Final April 2001 - Villa Park
38,252 v Southend - Play-Off Final May 2015 - Wembley
32,968 v Runcorn - FA Trophy Final May 1993 - Wembley
31,440 v Spurs - FA Cup 4th Round Jan. 2017 - White Hart Lane
30,128 v Middlesbro' - FA Cup 3rd Round replay Jan. 1975 - Ayresome Park
Due to the international break, the attendance at The Stadium of Light was believed to have been the highest of the day for any domestic game in Europe.
SUNDERLAND 1 WYCOMBE 1|
(Saturday 17th November 2018)
An equalising goal six minutes from the end of normal time denied Wanderers a famous victory over Sunderland in their first ever first to the Stadium of Light. A crowd just in excess of 30,000 saw Gareth Ainsworth's side eventually work themselves into the game and they were rewarded on 67 minutes when Fred Onyedinma fired home from 12 yards to stun the home support. The late reprieve for The Black Cats when a low cross from the right was swept home by substitute Josh Maja past loanee 'keeper Matt Ingram
The draw came after Wycombe made three change from the starting XI that had lost the previous weekend at Luton Town in the FA Cup - Ingram, Bryn Morris and Randell Williams coming in for Ryan Allsop (injured), Paris Cowan-Hall, Marcus Bean. Nathan Tyson returned on the bench and appeared for his first appearance since the final game of the 2017/18 season.
Final Score: Sunderland 1 Wycombe 1
INGRAM RETURNS ON LOAN|
(Thursday 15th November 2018)
The Club revealed on Thurday 15th November 2018 that former Wanderers goalkeeper Matt Ingram had returned on a seven-day emergency loan deal from QPR following injuries to Ryan Allsop and Yves Ma-Kalambay. The Club also report that "Allsop is expected to be sidelined until the New Year after rupturing ankle ligaments during a training session this week, while Ma-Kalambay is unavailable after breaking a bone in his hand in the recent [Football League] Trophy tie against Oxford United." Due to the international break, QPR are without a game this weekend and have allowed Ingram to return to his hometown club and play in Wanderers first ever meeting with Sunderland (at the Stadium of Light on Saturday 17th November 2018).
GREAT WAR WANDERERS|
(Sunday 11th November 2018)
To mark the centenary of the end of the 'Great War', COTN has compiled a commerative page to remember those Wanderers players, officials, supporters and their families affected by the hostilities that lasted from August 1914 until November 1918. The page includes brief profiles, pictures and memorial information for the ten former Wanderers players known to have lost their lives during The Great War.
Remembering the Grear War Wanderers - Special Feature
LUTON 2 WYCOMBE 0|
(Saturday 10th November 2018)
Wanderers exited the FA Cup at the First Round stage after going down 2-0 at fellow League One side Luton Town. Andrew Shinnie broke the deadlock on 41 minutes when he curled an effort past Ryan Allsop and Wanderers' task to progress was made even tougher of 71 minutes when a wayward backpass by Adam El-Abd let in Harry Cornick to double The Hatters lead. There was no way back for Wycombe from that point on meaning a First Round exit for the first time in six years.
The cup defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the side that had beaten Peterborough the previous weekend - Sido Jombati, Marcus Bean and Curtis Thompson coming in for Darius Charles (injured) Bryn Morris (denied permission to play by Shrewsbury Town) and Ryan Williams (dropped to bench).
Attendance at Kenilworth Road was 5,343 with 786 in the away end.
Final Score: Luton 2 Wycombe 0
MEMBERS HEAR INVESTMENT PLANS|
(Wednesday 7th November 2018)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust members heard from potential investors Bill Luby and Jim Collis at an informal meeting at Adams Park on Wednesday 7th November 2018. The Americans confirmed their interest in aquiring a majority stake in the Football Club. Club Chairman Trevor Stroud also revealed at the outset of the meeting that the duo had already loaned the Club £500,000 in order to overcome cashflow problems at the current stage of the season. Any majority stake in the Football Club would require a 75% majority approval from all Legacy Members. The AGM of the Trust will take place on Thursday 29th November 2018.
WYCOMBE 0 OXFORD UNITED 3|
(Tuesday 6th November 2018)
Wanderers crashed out of the Football League Trophy following a 3-0 home reverse to Oxford United. Wycombe started the tie top of the four team group but go out of competition after Northampton beat Fulham in their final group game to finish in the top two qualifying places, along with The U's.
The match saw Wycombe make eight changes from the previous Saturday's League victory over Peterborough - Dominic Gape, Adam El-Abd and Fred Onyedinma the only names in the starting XI to retain their places. Adebayo Akinfenwa and Michael Harriman were both ruled out due to injury.
Wanderers were behind after just 28 seconds of the match - Cameron Brannagan sending a diving header past Yves Ma-Kalambay in the Wycombe goal. Marcus Browne doubled the lead for the visitors on 31 minutes and United sealed victory on 53 minutes when Sam Smith tapped in from close-range. Wanderers rarely posed a threat to the visitors goal and go out of a compeition where they had reached the semi-final in 2016/17 and netted close to £100,000 in prize money.
Final Score: Wycombe 0 Oxford United 3
WYCOMBE 1 PETERBOROUGH 0|
(Saturday 3rd November 2018)
Bryn Morris's 67th minute deflected free-kick proved enough for Wanderers to beat 2nd placed Peterborough United at Adams Park. It was Posh's first away defeat of the 2018/19 season - 8 wins and 1 draw coming from their previous 9 League One outings in the current campaign. Wanderers remain 15th in the table but now sit with a six point gap to the relegation zone and seven points from the play-off places.
Victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the starting XI that had lost at Walsall the previous Saturday - Alex Samuel, Dominic Gape, Ryan Williams and Darius Charles coming in for Adebayo Akinfenwa (injured), Michael Harriman (injured), Craig Mackail-Smith and Curtis Thompson.
Final Score: Wycombe 1 Peterborough 0
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