January 2020 News Archive
All the news stories from January 2020
(Wednesday 29th January 2020)
A Wycombe Wanderers XI will travel to Hungerford Town in the Quarter-Final of Berks & Bucks Senior Cup. The tie against the National League South side will take place on a date to be arranged during February. Wanderers have previously met Hungerford in the B&B during the 1970's and 1980's and also won the competition when the Final was hosted at Hungerford's Bulpit Lane ground in 1990 - beating Slough Town 2-1 for Martin O'Neill's first trophy at Wycombe.
(Wednesday 29th January 2020)
The Club confirmed the tragic news on the morning of 29th January 2020 that Mark Bird, the Wycombe Wanderers supporter who fell ill prior to the home match with Blackpool, had died later that evening at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough. The 62-year-old suffered a heart-attack inside the ground prior to kick-off and although treated at the scene could not be resuscitated. A picture of Mark with his son Luke, taken at the 2015 Play-Off Final at Wembley, was posted on the official website at the time of the news story and we include this below in memory of Mark.
(Tuesday 28th January 2020)
Wanderers reached 50 points in ‘League One’ with a 2-1 victory over Blackpool at Adams Park but it was events prior to kick-off that will be remembered on this ultimately tragic evening. A Wycombe supporter was taken seriously ill inside the ground prior to the scheduled kick-off time of 7.45pm and a local air ambulance was called to the ground, landing on the pitch and consequently delaying the match start time until 8.50pm.
Wycombe adapted better to the delayed start – Nick Freeman and Alex Samuel both scoring inside the opening 10 minutes to out Wanderers into a 2-0 lead. Paul Smyth and David Wheeler went close to extending Wycombe’ s lead before Blackpool substitute Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall pulled one back on his Seasiders debut to set-up a tense end to the game but one where the defence held out.
The victory, which lifted Wycombe back up to 2nd spot in the table, came after Gareth Ainsworth seven changes from the side that had lost 4-0 at Peterborough the previous Tuesday – new loanee ‘keeper David Stockdale coming in alongside Jamie Mascoll, Darius Charles, Dominic Gape, Paul Smyth, Alex Samuel and David Wheeler. Out of the starting XI were Ryan Allsop, Joe Jacobson, Nmandi Ofoborh, Giles Phillips, Curtis Thompson, Adebayo Akinfenwa and John Parker.
The 50 point total, reached in 28 League games, compares to the same points total being achieved in 44 League games during the 2018/19 season.
Wycombe: Stockdale, McCarthy, Stewart, Charles, Mascoll, Gape (sub 85 Ofoborh), Bloomfield (sub 65 Thompson), Freeman, Wheeler (sub 74 Akinfenwa), Smyth, Samuel - subs not used: Allsop, Jombati, Pattison, Parker - Att: 3,684 (237 away)
Wycombe 2 Blackpool 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
(Friday 24th January 2020)
The Club confirmed on Friday 24th January 2020 that striker Scott Kashket will serve a two-month ban (21st January until 21st March) after admitting breaking FA betting rules between 3rd September 2014 and 22nd August 2016, while at Leyton Orient. The club and player have decided not to appeal the decision. Full details of the decision were also published via where a fine of £3,446.13 was confirmed and the playing ban clarified as being for a six month period but the with the final four months only coming into effect if the player made a further breach of The FA’s Betting Rules before 21 July 2021.
(Friday 24th January 2020)
The Club confirmed on Friday 24th January 2020 the return of goalkeeper David Stockdale on loan from Championship side Birmingham City until the end of the 2019/20 campaign. Stockdale played two games on 'emergency loan' for Wanderers in November 2018 - ending on the winning side on both occasions. The now 34-year-old comes with significant Football League experience, including time at Fulham and Brighton. He joined City in the summer of 2017 on a three-year deal but appeared to fall out of favour following Gary Monk's appointment as City boss in March 2018. He played three times on loan at Southend United earlier in the 2018/19 campaign. Stockdale's latest move to Adams Park came after first choice Wanderers 'keeper Ryan Allsop shipped 16 goals in 6 games over the Christmas period having previously gone on a record breaking clean sheet spell of more than 10 hours in League football. He was allocated No.31 in the Wycombe squad.
(Wednesday 22nd January 2020)
Wanderers' away League One match at Coventry City has been re-arranged for Tuesday 24th March at St.Andrews in Birmingham. The game needed to re-arranged due to City's involvement in the FA Cup 4th Round on Saturday 25th January when they take on landlords Birmingham City at their shared ground.
(Tuesday 21st January 2020)
Wycombe suffered a second successive 4-0 away defeat but will point to a soft-penalty and an equally soft red-card for Giles Phillips on 21 minutes for this reverse at Peterborough United. The QPR loanee brushed the back of Posh striker Sammie Szmodics and to the astonishment of most people in the ground, referee Charles Breakspear gave a spot-kick and sent Giles for an early bath. Ivan Toney converted from the spot and an out-of-sorts Wycombe side conceded again a minute before the break when Siriki Dembele netted on the break. Jack Taylor made it 3-0 on 56 minutes and Toney added another on 73 minutes on an evening that Wanderers were glad to hear the final whistle.
With this being the only League One game of the evening, Wycombe remain 2nd in the table, with 47 points from 27 games – behind leaders Rotherham on goal-difference.
The reverse at London Road came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the starting XI that had beaten Rochdale at Adams Park this previous Saturday - Phillips, Nmandi Ofoborh and Matt Bloomfield coming in for Darius Charles, Dominic Gape and David Wheeler
Wycombe:Allsop, Jacobson (sub 45+2 Jombati), Stewart, Bloomfield, Phillips, Thompson, Akinfenwa, Freeman, McCarthy, Parker (sub 57 Smyth), Ofoborh (sub 78 Samuel) - subs not used: Gape, Wheeler, Mascoll, Charles - Att: 3,851 (257 away)
Peterborough 4 Wycombe 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
(Saturday 18th January 2020)
A stoppage-time penalty from Joe Jacobson saw Wanderers claim a 2-1 victory over Rochdale at Adams Park and remain 2nd in the League One table. It was a first win for six League games for Gareth Ainsworth’s side and came after the visitors had taken an 18th minute lead when Ryan Allsop’s clearance had struck Ian Henderson’s back and rebounded into the Valley End net. But Jason MCarthy celebrated his return to Wycombe with an equaliser on 31 minutes and late Wycombe pressure eventually paid off when Dale youngster Luke Matheson brought down substitute Paul Smyth and Jacobson converted from the spot.
The much needed three points came after Wycombe fielded four changes compared to the starting XI that had lost 4-0 at Sunderland the previous Saturday – Josh Parker, Nick Freeman and Adebayo Akinfenwa, along with new loanee McCarthy, coming in for Giles Phillips, Matt Bloomfield, Paul Smyth and Alex Samuel.
Wycombe:Allsop, McCarthy, Charles, Stewart, Jacobson, Thompson (sub 89 Bloomfield), Freeman, Wheeler (sub 73 Smyth), Gape (sub 87 Ofoborh), Parker, Akinfenwa – subs not used: Jombati, Kashket, Phillips, Samuel - Att: 4,498 (172 away)
Wycombe 2 Rochdale 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
(Friday 17th January 2020)
After heavy speculation on the morning of Friday 17th January 2020, the Club confirmed later on the same day that former Wanderer's defender Jason McCarthy had re-joined the Club on loan from 'Championship' side Millwall until the end of the 2019/20 season. McCarthy moved to Millwall in July 2019 having made 88 appearances for Wycombe in two spells at Adams Park - the first on loan from Southampton during the 2015/16 season before a permament move from Barnsley in August 2018. He was allocated No.26 in the Wycombe squad.
Jason McCarthy - Player Profile updated
(Friday 17th January 2020)
A joint statement from Rob Couhig and Trevor Stroud on Friday 17th January 2020 said the Club takeover would not finished in the previously suggested time schedule but there was confidence it would be completed in the near future, explaining: "It is proceeding reasonably quickly, particularly given the number of parties and agreements that must be completed. In addition to Rob Couhig and his investment vehicle, Feliciana EFL Ltd, there is Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, Wycombe Wanderers Trust, Frank Adams Legacy Limited, various lenders to the club, the owners of the training facility, and, of course, the EFL itself, who are all involved in these discussions. We are both confident that completion will take place fairly soon."
Full details via
(Friday 17th January 2020)
The Club confirmed on Friday (17th January 2020) that Craig Mackail-Smith would remain on-loan at Stevenage until the end of the 2019/20 season. CMS joined the 'League Two' side in September 2019 and had scored once in 20 appearances when the loan extension was announced. He originally joined Wycombe in August 2017 but had been unable to command a regular First Team spot since promotion to 'League One' and last appeared for Wanderers in the New Years Day home defeat to Coventry City in 2019.
Craig Mackail-Smith - Player Profile updated
(Tuesday 14th January 2020)
Wanderers' disrupted fixture list during the 2019/20 season will continue after Coventry City's 3-0 FA Cup Third Round replay victory over Bristol Rovers means that Wycombe's scheduled trip to play City at St.Andrews on Saturday 25th January will need to be re-arranged. It's the fourth Wycombe Saturday League fixture of the season to be postponed or cancelled.
(Sunday 12th January 2020)
Rolando Aarons will return to Newcastle United when his loan spell with Wanderers officially ends on Monday 13th January. The now 24-year-old joined Wycombe on loan on transfer deadline day (Monday 2nd September 2019) and went on to make 13 appearances while at Adams Park - scoring on two occasions. His first goal was the winner against Shrewsbury Town at Adams Park on 2nd November 2019 in League One. His other strike came three days later in the 2-1 home defeat to Fulham in the Football League Trophy.
(Saturday 11th January 2020)
Wanderers dropped to 2nd place in the League One table after being outclassed by a revived Sunderland side at The Stadium of Light. In front of close to 30,000 home fans, Wycombe conceded three goals inside the opening 21 minutes and never recovered in the blustery conditions.
Charlie Wyke opening the scoring on 6 minutes before Denver Hume double the lead ten minutes later. A Chris Maguire penalty mid-way through the half following a foul by Anthony Stewart on Lyden Gooch completed the early rout. Maguire grabbed a 4th for the home side on 78 minutes.
Team news for Wycombe saw Gareth Ainsworth made two changes from the starting XI that had drawn at home to Ipswich Town on New Years Day - Curtis Thompson and Dominic Gape returning to the side in favour of Nnamdi Ofoborh and Freeman. Wycombe will now look to bounce back when they take on Rochdale at Adams Park on Saturday (18th January).
Wycombe: Allsop, Jacobson, Gape (sub 76 Pattison), Stewart, Wheeler, Bloomfield, Phillips (sub 29 Akinfenwa), Smyth (sub 76 Parker), Thompson, Charles, Samuel - subs not used: Kashket, Freeman, Aarons, Ofoborh - Att: 29,331 (659 away)
Sunderland 4 Wycombe 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
(Friday 10th January 2020)
The Club confirmed on Friday (10th January 2020) that defender Darius Charles had signed a new deal running until June 2021. The 31 year-old had originally signed a deal until January 2020 following his recovery from a hip injury that threatend to end his career and restricted him to just seven appearances for Wanderers having signed on a free from Wimbledon in June 2018. Commenting on the deal, Manager Gareth Ainsworth said : "Keeping Darius at the club is as important as any new signing might be, and this deal has been helped by the contributions of fans to the 500 Club in the summer which have just stretched the budget above what we could previously afford. I’d like to thank those supporters, and also the chairman, the Couhigs, my medical team and also Darius himself for all playing their part in continuing the fantastic story that his career has become."
Darius Charles - Player Profile updated
(Friday 10th January 2020)
Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud gave an update to members on Friday 10th January regarding the take-over deal: "Further to our previous communications about the completion of the deal with Rob Couhig, who is acquiring a 75% share in the football club, I can update you that we are in the very final stages of finalising the documents relating to the agreement. The deal will not be completed today, as previously suggested, but it is expected to be finalised early next week and we will update you once this has been achieved."
Full details via
(Thursday 9th January 2020)
The Club announced on Thursday 9th January 2020 that the team will wear the yellow change strip for the League 1 match against Rochdale at Adams Park on Saturday 18th January, as part of a special matchday dedicated to supportting the Chiltern Samaritans. The Club have branded the game an ‘anything but blue’ matchday, encouraging fans to ditch their traditional Wanderers attire for bright, alternative colours on the weekend of Blue Monday – reportedly the most depressing day of the year with increased rates of suicide across the UK, particularly amongst men. Full story via
(Wednesday 8th January 2020)
The two recent 7,500+ attendances at Adams Park have pushed the season to date League average to 5,953 – an 11.5% increase on the 2018/19 season.
The number of 6,000+ attendances have now reached five, the same number as the whole of the 2018/19 season, with nine home games remaining.
The 30,000+ attendance expected for Wycombe's game at Sunderland on Saturday (11th January 2020) will also mean that Wanderers will have played in front of a 10,000+ away gate for a 4th consecutive League game.
(Tuesday 7th January 2020)
The Club announced deals for five and nine game 'mini' season tickets for the remainder of the 2019/20 season on Tuesday 7th January in what is believed to be a method of guaranteeing budgets as the season concludes. The press release added: "Booking a multi-game package will secure a high priority status for high-demand away or play-off fixtures – behind full season ticket holders - and qualify supporters for a high priority status for booking next year’s season tickets, enabling those fans to keep the same seat as their multi-game package." COTN understands the method of prioritising for 'high demand' games is still to be decided for the new ticketing system used at Adams Park.
Full story via
(Wednesday 1st January 2020)
Wanderers halted a run of three successive defeats after a David Wheeler’s equaliser earned a 1-1 draw in the live TV game with Ipswich Town at Adams Park. The draw saw Wycombe remain top of the ‘League One’ table with in-form Rotherham in 2nd place, three points behind and Coventry City a point further back in 3rd.
The gate of just over 8,500 was the highest ever New Years Day gate at Adams Park and saw Gareth Ainsworth make four changes to his starting XI that had been overrun by Coventry City at Adams Park a few days previous – Darius Charles, Nick Freeman, Alex Samuel and Paul Smyth favoured ahead of Sido Jombati, Scott Kashket, Curtis Thompson and Adebayo Akinfenwa. The match also marked Joe Jacobson's 250th First Team appearance for the Wanderers.
Ipswich, in their first competitive game at Adams Park, broke the deadlock on 54 minutes when a free-kick from the left was whipped in by Luke Garbutt for James Norwood to stoop in and head home from six-yards. But Wycombe responded and equalised eleven minutes later when Akinfenwa’s flock on from outside the box saw Wheeler improvise a lob over the Town ‘keeper from 12 yards.
Scheduled Saturday 4th January opponents Peterborough United are in FA Cup action, so Wanderers' next game will be at Sunderland on Saturday 11th January.
Wycombe: Allsop, Phillips, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Ofoborh, Bloomfield, Freeman; Wheeler, Smyth (sub 65 Akinfenwa), Samuel (sub 86 Kashket) – subs not used: Yates, Jombati, Pattison, Aarons, Parker - Att: 8,523 (1,800 away)
Wycombe 1 Ipswich 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary

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