(first published October 2019 - reseached and edited by Paul Lewis - Chairboys on the Net - @GasManCOTN)

Part 5
June 2016 - May 2017
The one where Wycombe should have beaten Spurs in the Cup

(Sunday 10th July 2016)
Wanderers confirmed the signing of Adebayo Akinfenwa during the kit 'launch day' at Adams Park on Sunday (10th July). The 34 year old, nicknamed 'The Beast', has attained cult status during his 13 year professional career and joins Wanderers on a one year deal having been released from promoted Wimbledon at the end of the 2015/16 season. The 16 stone striker will be no stranger to Wanderers followers having been on the opposing side in games versus Swansea, Gillingham, Northampton and The Dons in the past ten seasons. He will join up with the Wycombe squad ready to take on Le Havre on Tuesday evening.
(Thursday 14th July 2016)
News confirming Jordon Ibe's 15m transfer from Liverpool to Bournemouth on Thursday evening (14th July 2016) is set to kick in 'sell-on' clauses from the deal that took the then 15 year old to Anfield in December 2011. Liverpool have paid Wanderers upwards of 600,000 for the original transfer plus numerous 'add-ons'. The deal with Bournemouth, a record for the South Coast side, is expected to see Wanderers net around 15% of any profit Liverpool make from the deal - equating to around 2m. Priority on use of the windfall would be to pay off the remaining 1.44m debt to former owner Steve Hayes. The Club also last reported debts of around 450K with 'The Chairboys Funders', an ex-Brewery loan totalling 183K and an estimated 47K in lawyers fees.
Jordon Ibe windfall's kick-in - archive news Sep 2015
Jordon Ibe - Player Profile
(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 7th January 2017)
Wanderers made it through to the 4th Round of the FA Cup for only the second time in their history after a late goal from Adebayo Akinfenwa saw them overcome a stubborn Stourbridge side 2-1 at Adams Park. Wanderers picked-up 67,500 following their victory over the lowest ranked side remaining in the competition. The draw for the 4th round will be shown live on BBC2 on Monday evening shortly after 7pm.
Wycombe 2 Stourbridge 1 - report,stats,reaction,pics
(Monday 9th January 2017)
Wanderers will travel to Premiership Tottenham Hotspur in the 4th Round of the FA Cup following the draw made on Monday evening. The tie will be played on the weekend of Saturday 28th January 2017, with every chance the game will be switched to cater for live TV on either BBC or BT Sport. Broadcasting rights for live TV coverage in the 4th Round is set at 144,000 per club for the initial tie and 72,000 for replays. One live game will be shown on Friday, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. Lives games are unlikely to be selected for Monday (30th January) due to a full programme of Premier League matches taking place the following Tuesday and Wednesday. Clubs also share 45% of gate receipts after expenses. Wanderers have never met Spurs in a competitive fixture before and the tie will take place in the final season that the North London side will play at White Hart Lane before major redevelopment of the 100 year old ground in N17.
(Saturday 28th January 2017)
It was heartbreak for Wanderers at White Hart Lane, as Premiership Tottenham Hotspur snatched a 'stoppage-time plus' winner after Wycombe had led 3-2 with a minute of normal time remaining. Other than the obvious immense pride for Gareth Ainsworth's side, relecting on this result less than a day after the game, it's a case of being, more or less, lost for words. I'm sure words will come but in the meantime, see the link below for a set of Fans Eye photos from the memorable day in North London.
Fans Eye - Break Hart Lane -Story in Pictures
(Tuesday 7th February 2017)
Wanderers missed out on a trip to Wembley after going down 2-1 to Coventry City in the Football League Trophy at The Ricoh Arena on Tuesday evening. Slack defending, plus a slice of mis-fortune had gifted the home side a 2-0 lead inside the first 20 minutes but the introduction of Adebayo Akinfenwa at the break saw 'The Beast' reduce the deficit to 2-1 on 55 minutes. However, despite top scorer Scott Kashket also entering the action just before the hour mark and Wanderers enjoying the majority of possession, City held out for their first Wembley appearance in 30 years.
(Saturday 6th May 2017)
A 1-0 victory against Cambridge United wasn't enough for Wanderers to sneak into the play-off places as Gareth Ainsworth's side finished in 9th spot in the 'League Two' table - a point outside the play-off zone. Scott Kashket scored the only goal of the game to take his goal tally for the season to 16 from just 18 starts and 29 appearances overall.
In the end, Wycombe came up just short but will reflect on a season where they reached the 4th Fourth Round of the FA Cup for only the second time their history (and should have beaten Spurs at White Hart Lane), progressed to the semi-final of the Football League Trophy and enjoyed a mid-season winning running in the League that proved Wanderers' small squad has the potential to achieve results againt the top sides in the division and above. Attendance v Cambridge: 6,313 (1,352 away).

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