All the news stories from October 2018
INVESTOR UPDATE FROM TRUST|
(Wednesday 31st October 2018)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust members have been invited to attend a meeting with potential investors Bill Luby and Jim Collis on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at Adams Park.
An email to Trust Members said: "Your Trust Board has decided that the best route for securing the financial future of the Club is to move to a position where external investors own a majority of the shares." The plan is allow Luby and Collis a majority stake in the Football Club but this would require a 75% majority approval from all Legacy Members.
Read full details at www.wycombewandererstrust.com
WALSALL 3 WYCOMBE 2|
(Saturday 27th October 2018)
A stoppage time goal for Alex Samuel was not enough for Wanderers to salvage any points from their trip to mid-table Walsall - going down 3-2 and extending their winless run at The Bescot Stadium to more than 20 years. Defeat saw Wycombe drop to 15th in the table having taken 18 points from their opening 16 games.
Team news at Walsall for Wanderers saw one change from the side that had beaten Rochdale the previous Tuesday at Adams Park - Craig Mackail-Smith being favoured for Alex Samuel. Elsewhere, Dominic Gape returned on the bench following his one match suspension. Walsall gave a debut to former Wanderer, Russell Martin, after the now 32 year old had joined The Sadlers as player/coach earlier in October. Martin made more than 100 appearances for Wanderers during a four year period before leaving for Peterborough United in May 2008. He later went on to make over 300 appearances for Norwich City and gain 29 international caps with Scotland. He was released by Norwich at the end of the 2017/18 season.
The Saddlers, without a home victory in the League since August, took the lead in the 36th minute when Andy Cook glanced home Connor Ronan's free-kick from the left. The home side doubled their lead seven minutes into the second-period when Wycombe 'keeper Ryan Allsop could only parry a shot from the right bye-line into the path of Isaiah Osbourne, who side-footed the ball home from six yards.
Wanderers were given a lifetime on 80 minutes after Adebayo Akinfenwa's punt into the box from the right of midfield was lobbed past his own 'keeper by Luke Leahy. But as Wanderers pressed for an unlikely equaliser, Walsall broke down the right wing on 84 minutes and made the score 3-1 when George Dobson's cross pin-balled off the head of Dominic Gape and past Allsop. Three minutes into stoppage time, Fred Onyedinma's jinxing run into the Walsall box from the left wing drew a foul from George Dobson to concede a penalty. Scott Kashket stepped up to take the kick and dispite his left-footed effort being saved, Samuel was on hand to fire in the rebound for his first goal in a Wycombe shirt but one that came too late to earn any points for Gareth Ainsworth's side.
Wycombe: Allsop, Harriman, McCarthy, El-Abd, Jacobson, Cowan-Hall (sub 68 Kashket), Morris, Thompson (sub 78 Gape), Onyedinma, Akinfenwa, Mackail-Smith (sub 68 Samuel) - subs not used: Ma-Kalambay, Bean, Charles, Freeman - 4,265 (589 away)
WYCOMBE 3 ROCHDALE 0|
(Tuesday 23rd October 2018)
Wanderers enjoyed a relatively comfortable midweek 3-0 win over Rochdale at Adams Park as Gareth Ainsworth's side climbed to 14th in the 'League One' table. Bryan Morris fired Wycombe into a 10th minute lead with a free-kick but it was not until the 67th minute that Adebayo Akinfenwa netted to give Wanderers breathing space. Fred Onyedinma nodded in a third five minutes later to ensure a third straight home League victory.
Team news against Rochdale saw Wanderers make two changes to the starting XI that had overcome Scunthorpe at Adams Park the previous Saturday - Morris and Alex Samuel returning in favour of Dominic Gape (suspended) and Craig Mackail-Smith (dropped to bench).
Wycombe: Allsop, Harriman, McCarthy, El-Abd, Jacobson, Morris, Thompson (sub 79 Bean), Cowan-Hall, Onyedinma (sub 90+2 Kashket), Akinfenwa (sub 89 Freeman), Samuel - subs not used: Ma-Kalambay, Jombati, Mackail-Smith, Charles - 3,997 (193 away)
LUTON AWAY IN FA CUP|
(Monday 22nd October 2018)
Wanderers will travel to Luton Town in the FA Cup 1st Round Proper, after the draw was made on Monday evening. The tie will take place on the weekend of Saturday 10th November 2018, with games on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Prize fund for 2018/19 has been virtually doubled compared to the previous campaign. Winners in the First Round will each receive £36,000 compared to £18,000 in 2017/18. Last season, Wanderers reached the Third Round after beating Solihull Moors away and then Leatherhead at Adams Park; adding around £70,000 to their 'Football Fortune' fund from round winning and TV revenue funds before crashing out 5-1 to Preston at Adams Park in the Third Round.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
WYCOMBE 3 SCUNTHORPE 2|
(Saturday 20th October 2018)
A stoppage time winner from Craig Mackail-Smith saw Wanderers complete a remarkable comeback to overcome Scunthorpe United 3-2 at Adams Park. Wycombe were behind within 21 seconds of the start of play and the visitors doubled their lead in the 7th minute to leave Gareth Ainsworth's side a mountain to climb. However, a piledriver from Dominic Gape on 27 minutes and an exquiste finish from Fred Onyedinma eight minutes into the second-period levelled the scores and set-up an exciting finale.
Wanderers chances of winning seemed to take a blow when Ryan Allsop was sent-off in the 81st minute for apparently 'denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity' by Ike Ugbo. But Wycombe hit back again and snatched victory when Mackail-Smith chased down a long clearance from the Wanderers defence, running on down the right channel from midfield below sliding the ball past the oncoming 'keeper from 12 yards and then enjoying the resulting celebrations.
Team news against Scunthorpe had seen two changes to the starting XI that had lost at Coventry the previous weekend - Onyedinma, Paris Cowan-Hall coming in for Randell Williams (dropped to bench) and Matt Bloomfield (injured). Sam Saunders was named on the bench for a rare inclusion in the match-day squad for 2018/19 to date.
The victory moved Wanderers up to 17th place in 'League One' - four points clear of the relegation zone and ten points behind the play-off places. Wycombe host Rochdale on Tuesday (23rd October) with the Club awaiting the appeal against the red-card given to Allsop, However, Gape will serve a one-match ban for picking up his fifth yellow of the campaign.
Wycombe: Allsop, Harriman, El-Abd, McCarthy, Jacobson, Onyedinma, Gape, Thompson, Cowan-Hall (sub 84 Ma-Kalambay), Akinfenwa, Mackail-Smith (sub 96 Williams) - subs not used: Jombati, Saunders, Kashket, Morris, Samuel - 4,024 (230 away)
COVENTRY 1 WYCOMBE 0|
(Saturday 13th October 2018)
Wanderers slipped down a place to place to 18th in the 'League One' table following a 1-0 defeat at Coventry City. The Sky Blues, promoted via the play-offs at the end of the 2017/18 season, won the game with an 82nd minute header from Conor Chaplin. A frustrating defeat for Wycombe came after both sides struggled to create chances throughout the encounter at a windy Ricoh Arena. Wycombe's best chance falling in second-half stoppage time when Ryan Allsop came up field for a Joe Jacobson corner from the left but agonisingly volleyed over from six yards. If that effort had gone in, it would have been a goal that would have talked about for years to come.
The reverse came after Gareth Ainsworth made one change from the side that had beaten Burton Albion at Adams Park seven days previous - Darius Charles not available and replaced by Adam El-Abd, returning from injury for this first time since Plymouth away (21st August 2018).
The defeat left Wycombe with a record of 12 points from their opening 13 games, 11 points to the play-off zone but just two points from the relegation places.
Wycombe: Allsop, Harriman, McCarthy, El-Abd, Jacobson, Gape, Thompson, Bloomfield (sub 24 Morris), Williams (sub 78 Onyedinma), Akinfenwa, Mackail-Smith (sub 78 Cowan-Hall) - subs not used: Ma-Kalambay, Jombati, Kashket, Samuel - 10,480 (792 away)
WYCOMBE 2 BURTON ALBION 1|
(Saturday 6th October 2018)
Wanderers edged up to 17th spot in 'League One' following a hard fought 2-1 victory over Burton Albion at Adams Park. Two goals in seven first-half minutes from Joe Jacobson (penalty) and Adebayo Akinfenwa put Wanderers in the driving seat at the break but a Marvin Sordell strike for the visitors two minutes after the re-start ensured Wycombe had to hard firm to ensure a first home League win of the season.
Akinfenwa's goal was his 200th senior goal in English football, while Jacobson marked his 200th appearance for Wanderers with a confidence boosting penalty conversion.
Victory over Burton came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to the side that had drawn at Fleetwood the previous Tuesday - Jacobson and Curtis Thompson coming into the starting XI while Sido Jombati (serving a one match suspension for reaching five yellow cards) and Bryn Morris (dropped to bench) were left out.
Wanderers survived early pressure from the visitors before the deadlock was broken on 30 minutes when Craig Mackail-Smith was charged down in the box by Kyle McFadzean for a penalty. Jacobson stepped up to calmly stroke the ball low into the right corner of the away end net. Seven minutes later the lead was doubled when Randell Williams got away from his defender down the left wing and centred a cross that Akinfenwa stooped to head home from the centre edge of the six-yard box. Albion pulled their goal back on 47 minutes when Northern Ireland striker Lian Boyce skipped his way through the Wycombe defence before setting up Sordell with an easy chance to nip the ball past Ryan Allsop.
There was set-back for Wanderers on 54 minutes when Akinfenwa was forced off due to injury and replaced by Paris Cowan-Hall. It made the closing stages nervous ones from the Wycombe point of view but a combination of poor finishing from the visitors and resolute defending from Wanderers ensured it was Gareth Ainsworth's side who claimed all the points.
Wycombe: Allsop, Harriman, McCarthy, Charles, Jacobson, Gape, Thompson, Bloomfield (sub 82 Morris), Mackail-Smith, Akinfenwa (sub 54 Cowan-Hall), Williams (sub 83 Onyedinma) - subs not used: Ma-Kalambay, Kashket, Freeman, Samuel - 4,022 (221 away)
FLEETWOOD 1 WYCOMBE 1|
(Tuesday 2nd October 2018)
A 56th minute equaliser from Adebayo Akinfenwa earnt Wanderers a point in a 1-1 draw in the Tuesday night game at Fleetwood Town.
Town, now managed by the infamous Joey Barton, had started the game the stronger side and took the lead in the 36th minute when Paddy Madden glanced home a header from 12 yards after a cross from the right.
Wanderers improved after the break and had a penalty claim turned away on 47 minutes when Craig Mackail-Smith was tripped in what replays proved to be just outside the box. The equaliser came when a long clearance from Ryan Allsop was headed on down the left-wing by Randell Williams for Akinfenwa to kick on the second bounce and into the opposite corner of the Fleetwood net from around 15 yards. Ten minutes later Dominic Gape saw a 25 yard shot tipped onto the crossbar by Town 'keeper Alex Cairns.
There were a couple of close shaves for Wanderers at the other end. Madden went close for Fleetwood with a near-post diving header on 77 minutes as Wycombe were exposed again down the right-wing and Ryan Taylor sent a late free-kick just wide - but Wanderers survived to grab a deserved point.
The draw came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the starting XI that had lost at home to Southend the previous Saturday. In came Michael Harriman, Craig Mackail-Smith and Randell Williams, while Joe Jacobson, Scott Kashket and Fred Onyedinma were demoted to bench duties.
Despite the point, the result saw Wanderers drop into the relegation zone for the first time in 2018/19 - down a place to 21st and behind Shrewsbury Town on goal-difference. A fifth yellow card of the season for Sido Jomabti in the game at Fleetwood will see the defender miss the home game with Burton Albion on Saturday 6th October.
Wycombe: Allsop, Jombati, McCarthy, Charles, Harriman, Gape, Bloomfield, Morris (sub 81 Thompson), Williams (sub 78 Cowan-Hall), Akinfenwa, Mackail-Smith (sub 90+1 Onyedinma) - subs not used: Ma-Kalamby, Jacobson, Kashket, Samuel - 2,304 (112 away)
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