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

Part 6
June 2017 - May 2018
Promotion season - Mind The Gape

(Friday 17th November 2017)
Wycombe Wanderers Football Club will declare a profit of just over 1m when formal accounts are published later in the 2017/18 season. The baseline profit was revealed in the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust accounts released to members prior to the Trust AGM to be held on Wednesday 29th November 2017 at Adams Park. It will be the third successive season the Football Club has announced a profit - a first for the Club since gaining promotion to the Football League for the 1993/94 season.
Read more - Club to declare 1m profit and Trust AGM preview
(Sunday 3rd December 2017)
Wanderers survived an early scare to beat Isthmian League Leatherhead 3-1 at Adams Park and progress to the Third Round of the FA Cup for a club record third consecutive season. Wycombe fell behind to a controversial 8th minute penalty when referee Tim Robinson spotted a Sido Jombati shirt pull - allowing Jack Midson to convert from the spot. The visitors then had a couple of chances to extend their lead before Wanderers got back on level terms with a superb 30 yard curling free-kick from Sam Saunders on 29 minutes. The non-League side kept Wycombe at bay until the 76th minute when Craig Mackail-Smith followed up an Adebayo Akinfenwa effort to score and give Wanderers the lead. Two minutes later Leatherhead's day imploded when Player-Manager Sammy Moore was shown a second yellow card for retaliation following a challenge by Joe Jacobson. Wycombe's place in the Third Round was sealed in stoppage time when Akinfenwa sent a diving header past Zaki Ouala in the Leatherhead goal following a right-wing cross from Matt Bloomfield. Wycombe pick up 27,000 up for their victory plus an additional 12,000 for moving the tie to Sunday to cater for BBC Final Score coverage, plus highlights shown later that evening on BBC2.
(Saturday 6th January 2018)
Wanderers were outclassed from start to finish of their Third Round FA Cup tie at home Preston North End - conceeding the first goal within the opening two minutes and eventually going down 5-1 to the Lancashire side.
(Tuesday 30th January 2018)
Wanderers moved up to 2nd spot in the table following a thilling 3-2 victory at table toppers Luton Town on Tuesday evening. Paris Cowan-Hall gave Wycombe the lead with barely a minute on the clock, driving home Nathan Tyson lay-off. Wycombe then had Scott Brown to thank for a number of top class saves before Wycombe doubled their lead six minutes before the interval when Tyson smashed in a loose ball following Joe Jacobson's corner from the left. However, Elliot Lee angled in a low shot past Scott Brown on 42 minutes to set-up an exciting second period. With Luton pressing for an equaliser, it was Wycombe who hit The Hatters with a sucker-punch on 70 minutes - Tyson running on to Dominic Gape's through ball before sprinting down the left wing and nipping the ball through Marek Stech's legs. But there was still a tense finish in store after Elliot Lee scored his second of the night on 79 minutes - firing home from the left at the second attempt - to bring the score back to 3-2 in favour of Wycombe. Luton were frustrated again by Brown on 89 minutes when the Wycombe 'keeper blocked Harry Cornick's effort as Luton substitute home in on an equaliser. The nerves were ramped up a touch more for Wanderers followers when ten minutes of stoppage time was indicated but Gareth's Ainsworth's side held to gain revenge for the cruel late defeat to The Hatters earlier in the 2017/18 campaign. A fourth straight League win left Wanderers eight points behind Luton with a game in hand.
(Saturday 28th April 2018)
Dominic Gape scored a dramatic 76th minute winner at already relegated Chesterfield to secure automatic promotion for Wanderers on the penultimate weekend of the season. On what will go down as one of the most memorable away-days in the history of the Club, Wycombe came back conceeded a 39th minute own-goal from Michael Harriman to equalise in first-half stoppage when Nathan Tyson tucked in Luke O'Nien's ball in from the right. With news that Exeter City and Notts County were both losing, the vital winning goal looked like it would never arrive but when Joe Jacobson's corner from the right eventually fell to Gape, the former Southampton youngster drilled the ball through a crowd of players from 12 yards to send Wycombe players, staff and fans into mass celebration - the 1,000 plus travelling fans directly behind the goal having the perfect view of the ball hitting the back of the net. There were some nervy moments to follow in the remaining minutes but Wanderers held on and with Exeter and Notts County both confirmed to have lost at the time the referee blew the final whistle, the post match celebration could begin.
Wanderers Promotion Day - player quotes from social media
(Saturday 28th April 2018)
Wanderers were promoted after their 2-1 comeback victory at Chesterfield was coupled with a 3-1 defeat for Exeter City at Stevenage and a 2-1 loss for Notts County at Grimsby Town. It was former Wanderer Alex Revell who proved to be the thorn in the side for Exeter. The Stevenage striker netted after just 13 minutes and made it 2-0 on 31 minutes. Notts County were behind on 29 minutes to give more encoragement to Wycombe, only for Michael Harriman's own-goal to put a temporary spanner in the works. Nathan Tyson's equaliser in first-half stoppage time at Chesterfield proved to be the catalyst for Wycombe to turn the pressure on in the second period. News of Revell completing his hat-trick came through the news channels at around 4.10pm to put Exeter completely out of the equation. It was 4.36pm when Dominic Gape's shot struck the back of the Chesterfield net and make the closing the 15 minutes or so a case of checking that Notts County had not made a comeback against Grimbsy. To add to the tension there was news that County had equalised on 90 minutes and another goal would extend the fight for automatic promotion to the final day of the season. Almost simultaneously as the final whistle went at Chesterfield, there was news that Grimsby had regained the lead against Notts County with what was virtually the last kick of the game. And breath - Wycombe were up in perhaps the most thoroughly deserved and hardworked promotion since Wanderers gained promotion to the Football League some 25 years previous.
(Saturday 5th May 2018)
Wanderers' promotion season finished on a high as Matt Bloomfield netted the only goal of the game on 19 minutes as Stevenage were beaten 1-0. An 8,802 crowd descended on Adams Park to have a party and they were not disapppointed. 'Player of the Season' Adebayo Akinfenwa was introduced on 77 minutes for a cameo appearance as he returned from injury, while goalkeeper Scott Brown, most likely playing his last game for Wycombe, made way during the second-period for Yves Ma-Kalambay. The final whistle signalled a pitch invasion from Wanderers' fans and when the pitch was eventually cleared, the players returned to receive their awards for the season. A perfect end to the season.

Read more
Part 7
June 2018 until July 2019
Back in League One - Investors seeked again

Latest News
Archive Index

Chairboys on the Net 2012-19 - all rights reserved.

Chairboys on the Net All there is to say and know about Wycombe Wanderers on the Internet