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WHEELER IS SIGNING#8
(Tuesday 30th July 2019)
On the same day that Jason McCarthy departed and Fred Onyedinma joined Wanderers, the Club revealed at around 1pm the signing of QPR attacking right-sided midfielder David Wheeler on a three-year deal. The 28-year-old is best known for a successful four season spell at Exeter City between 2013 and 2017 where he netted 38 goals in 171 appearances in all competitions. Included in that time were two goals in victories over Wycombe (October 2014 and January 2017). He was voted Player of the Season at Exeter for the 201/17 season.
He moved to QPR in August 2017 on a three-year deal for an ‘undisclosed’ fee but despite scoring on his full debut in September 2017, was unable to hold down a regular First Team spot at Loftus Road and was loaned to both Portsmouth and MK Dons during the 2018/19 season – the latter spell re-uniting him with his former boss at Exeter City, Paul Tisdale. He scored 4 times for MK Dons as they won promotion to ‘League One’. He was allocated No.7 in the Wanderers squad.
FRED IN (SIGNING#7) - MACCA OUT
(Tuesday 30th July 2019)
The Club confirmed at around 9.30am on Tuesday 30th July 2019 the signing of Fred Onyedinma from Milwall on a three year contract. The deal with the 'Championship' side came at the same time that the expected departure of Jason McCarthy to The New Den was also confirmed. The Club added that both deal involved 'undisclosed fees'. Jason McCarthy leaves Wanderers with two years of his contract remaining and having made 88 appearances and scored 4 goals. His free-kick against Walsall in April 2019 went on a long way to securing Wycombe's place in 'League One' for at least another season. Meanwhile, Onyedinma rejoins Wanderers having spent two previous loan spells at the Club (2014/15 and 2018/19) - scoring 12 goals in 51 appearances. He has been allocated No.23 in the Wanderers squad.
Jason McCarthy - Player Profile updated
Fred Onyedinma - Player Profile added
WYCOMBE v BOLTON GIVEN OK
(Monday 29th July 2019)
Wanderers' opening home game of the season against Bolton Wanderers was given the go-head following a statement issued by the EFLat around 9pm on Monday 29th July 2019. The EFL statement read: "At its meeting today, the EFL Board was appraised of the position in regard to the outstanding information requested in respect of ongoing matters at Bolton Wanderers. The Board has fully considered the Club’s further submissions and is satisfied that they are sufficient to meet the requirements of the League subject to the completion of formal documentation." However, Bury's game at home to MK Dons was suspended under the provision of EFL Regulation 28.2.
Read the full statement via efl.com
McCARTHY ON THE MOVE
(Monday 29th July 2019)
Speculation that Wanderers defender Jason McCarthy is on his way out of Adams Park was virtually confirmed on Monday afternoon when the player was not involved in the official team squad photo shoot. The squad photos were leaked online via social-media with McCarthy absent and a move to 'Championship' Millwall now likely to be announced later in the week.
DEADLINE FOR BOLTON AND BURY
(Monday 29th July 2019)
The EFL gave both Bolton Wanderers and Bury a deadline of 5pm on Monday 29th July 2019 to provide the necessary evidence that they can 'meet all outstanding commitments' ahead of the 2019/20 season in 'League One'. Bolton are due to travel to Adams Park on Saturday 3rd August for their opening day fixture and the EFL have threatened to 'suspend' the fixture under EFL Regulation 28.2. Wycombe stopped ticket sales for the game with Bolton while awaiting an outcome to the situation.
Read the full statement via efl.com
MAIDENHEAD UTD 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Friday 26th July 2019)
Wanderers played out a 0-0 draw at National League Maidenhead United on Friday 26th July 2019 as they completed the pre-season programme unbeaten. In a largely uninspiring encounter, new loanee Paul Smyth impressed the most and forced home ‘keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond with a fierce shot around the 15 minute mark. Adebayo Akinfenwa also forced the home glovesman to make a double save from close range just before the half-time break. The Magpies’ Josh Kelly posed the biggest threat to Wycombe, the 20-year-old testing Ryan Allsop on a couple of occasions as the game ended goalless.
Team news for Wanderers saw only one trialist used – Josh Parker getting a third game in a Wanderers shirt as seeked to earn a contract. Elsewhere, Nick Freeman and Jason McCarthy were reported as being ‘rested from the squad’, with McCarthy now tipped to be joining Championship side Millwall ahead of the opening day of the season on Saturday 3rd August - Wycombe due to host Bolton Wanderers.
Match stats, reaction and media via gasroom.co.uk
WEALDSTONE 0 WYCOMBE 1
(Tuesday 23d July 2019)
Scott Kashket’s early goal was enough to be beat Wealdstone at Ruislip on Tuesday 23rd July 2019 in Wanderers' penultimate pre-season friendly. Kashket’s strike came after the strike broke down the left before striking a low shot into the far corner of the net. Wycombe included 22-year-old former Blackburn Rovers ‘keeper Aaron Dillon between the sticks for the 90 minutes. Trialist centre-forward Josh Parker was also included in the starting XI. Jamie Mascol, Jacob Gardiner-Smith, Giles Phillips and Jack Grimmer all appeared as names on the team sheet for the first time since signing for Wanderers. Jason McCarthy, the subject of transfer speculation, was introduced as a late substitute and had the best chance to double Wycombe’s lead on 85 minutes with a penalty but saw 18-year-old Stones ‘keeper Joe Ringer make an impressive double save. Attendance was 460.
Match stats, reaction and media via gasroom.co.uk
MASCOLL IS SIGNING#6
(Tuesday 23rd July 2019)
The Club confirmed at around 6pm on Tuesday 23rd July 2019 the signing of 22 year-old defender Jamie Mascoll on a one year deal following his release from Charlton Athletic. He had played for Wanderers as a trialist in the pre-season games versus Barnet, Woking and Brentford. He was allocated the No.15 in the Wanderers squad and became the sixth close-season signing.
SIGNINGS#3,#4,#5
(Monday 22nd July 2019)
Wanderers revealed three more new signings in the space of 30 minutes during the early evening of Monday 22nd July 2019. They were:
Jack Grimmer - 25 year-old defender - free transfer from Coventry City on a two year deal - Squad number 19.
Jacob Gardiner-Smith - 22 year-old midfielder - free transfer from Hendon on a one year deal - Squad number 24.
Giles Phillips - 22 year-old central defender - season long loan from Queens Park Rangers - Squad number 16.
Read more about the new signings via the COTN Transfer page
WYCOMBE 2 BRENTFORD 2
(Saturday 20th July 2019)
Wanderers drew 2-2 with ‘Championship’ side Brentford in the only home friendly prior to the start of the 2019/20 campaign. Trialist Josh Parker converted from close range to give Wycombe a 7th minute lead and the advantage was doubled just before the half-hour mark when Adebayo Akinfenwa headed home. However, a relatively inexperienced Bees side hot back on 36 minutes when Frederik Hammar tapped in after Ryan Allsop couldn’t hold a shot from Jan Žamburek. The goal gave the visitors momentum and they equalised ten minutes into second-half when Emiliano Marcondes followed up a Josh Dasilva shot that had come back off the post.
Wanderers fielded eight trialists in the meeting with Brentford, including former Chartlon Athletic striker Josh Parker. Elsewhere, James Gardiner-Smith, Giles Phillips and Kario Edwards-John got further run-outs, while released Wanderer Darius Charles was introduced as a late substitute. Also included for the first time was new season long loan signing from QPR, Paul Smyth. Attendance at Adams Park was 1,595 (591 away end).
Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
SMYTH IS SIGNING#2
(Saturday 20th July 2019)
Queens Park Rangers striker Paul Smyth was confirmed as Wanderers second signing of the close season on the morning of Saturday 20th July 2019. The 21-year-old has agreed a season long loan from the 'Championship' club. The Belfast born player joined QPR from Linfield in July 2017 and went on to make his First Team debut on 1st January 2018 - scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 success over Cardiff City at Loftus Road. Went on to make 13 more appearances for QPR before the end of the 2017/18 campaign, adding a further goal and winning the Supporters Young Player of Season award. Was given limited chances in 2018/19 under Steve McClaren and was loaned to 'League One' Accrington Stanley in January 2019 - making 16 appearances and scoring three times (including one against Wycombe in Stanley's 3-1 victory at Adams Park in March 2019). He was allocated No. 17 in the Wanderers squad.
BURY 12 POINT DEDUCTION
(Thursday 18th July 2019)
League One Bury will be subject to a 12-point deduction after the financially challenged club filed a Company Voluntary (CVA) with the EFL [Football League]. They are now likely to join Bolton Wanderers in starting the 2019/20 season with a dozen point deficit. Bury gained promotion at the end of the 2018/19 campaign but current owner, Steve Dale, has been unable to satisfy EFL officials the Club has sufficient funds to complete the 2019/20 season, as well as pay its ongoing debts.
See BBC Sport online for full story
WOKING 2 WYCOMBE 3
(Tuesday 16th July 2019)
Wanderers included 11 trialists as a late goal from Adebayo Akinfenwa earned a 3-2 victory at National League side Woking. Alex Samuel opened the scoring for Wycombe on 15 minutes only for Woking trialist Ibrahim Meite to equalise from the spot eight minutes later after he had been fouled in the box. Five minutes before the brea, Meite, on trial from Crawley Town, put the home side ahead when he nodded past Cameron Yates. Former Wanderer, Chris Zebroski, was also included the Woking side as a trialist.
Following a mass of half-time substitutions, Wycombe eventually equalised through on trial QPR defender Giles Phillips, the US born player heading home a Jason McCarthy cross. Wanderers grabbed their winner in the 90th minute when Ryan Allsop’s long free-kick found Akinfenwa whose initial shot was saved but was quick to convert the rebound. Other trialists for Wycombe included Kairo Edwards John, Jacob Gardiner Smith, Jack Grimmer, Jamie Mascoll, Jordan Lyden and Danny Parrish. Attendance was 660.
Match stats, reaction and media via gasroom.co.uk
BARNET 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 13th July 2019)
Trialist striker Jacob Gardiner Smith netted a last minute equaliser for Wanderers in a 1-1 draw at Barnet in the opening pre-season friendly ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. 22-year-old Gardiner-Smith comes with experience of playing in Russia and was one of eight trialists who featured for Wanderers throughout the 90 minutes. Other trialists included former Wycombe Centre of Excellence player Jake Gray and Ben Frempah (non-contract player from 2018/19), plus Danny Parrish, Jamie Mascoll and Jordan Lyden. The attendance at Barnet was 665.
Match stats, reaction and highlights via gasroom.co.uk
MEMBERS MEETING
(Thursday 11th July 2019)
More than 200 members of Wycombe Wanderers Trust attended the meeting at Adams Park on Thursday 11th July 2019 to introduce potential new shareholder Rob Couhig, along with football consultant Mark Palmer and financial consultant Peter Couhig. The meeting revealed that the Trust had already agreed a 'short-term', interest free and unsecured loan with Rob Couhig to help the Club with cash flow problems. The loan has meant the 2018/19 playing budget has been re-instated for the 2019/20 season. A vote by Legacy Members is likely to take place within the next six to nine months to approve the proposed 75% shareholding deal. Since the meeting, the Trust have made available the slides shown at the meeting (see link below).
Download PDF of slide presentation via wycombewandererstrust.com
View meeting notes and other updates via gasroom.co.uk
PATTISON IS SIGNING#1
(Tuesday 9th July 2019)
The Club announced their first signing of the summer transfer window with the arrival of 21-year-old midfielder Alex Pattison following his released from Middlesbrough. The midfielder was released by the Championship club at the end of the 2018/19 season having initially signed schoolboy forms at the age of 9. He progressed to play in Boro's U18 and U23 teams but First Team opportunities were limited to two apps in the Football League Trophy during the 2016/17 season. He spent time on loan at York City in the National League North, followed by a season on loan at League Two Yeovil Town in 2018/19 (making 34 appearances in all competitions). He signed a one-year deal with Wanderers and was allocated No.8 in the squad.
BCD FRIENDLY V BEACONSFIELD
(Saturday 6th July 2019)
Wanderers played a 'Behind Closed Doors' friendly against Beaconsfield on Saturday morning (6th July 2019) at the training ground on Marlow Road. The game, played in three sessions of 25 minutes, ended with a 4-0 victory for Gareth Ainsworth's side - Scott Kashket and Alex Samuel. The first public pre-season friendly for Wanderers takes place at Barnet on Saturday (13th July).
NEW CHANGE AND GK KITS
(Friday 5th July 2019)
New design 'change' and goalkeeping kits were revealed by the Club at a launch event on Friday 5th July 2019 at sponsors Dormeo. The 'change' kit is an all-yellow design, while the 'keeper tops revert back to a more traditional design, compared to recent seasons, with all-black and all-purple versions available. The first choice 'home' kit will remain the same design as the 2018/19 season and also continue to be sponsored by Cherry Red Records.

MEMBERS MEETING 11th JULY 2019
(Tuesday 2nd July 2019)
The Trust have invited members to a meeting at Adams Park on Thursday 11th July 2019 to introduce potential new shareholder Rob Couhig, along with football consultant Mark Palmer and financial consultant Peter Couhig. In an email to members, Trust and Football Club Chairman Trevor Stroud said he would be: "sharing details of the proposed agreement and the plans to drive forward the Club’s on-field and off-field operations." The meeting will start at 7.30pm and will include the opportunity for members to ask questions. It is also planned to give members the option to live stream the event via Facebook.
Meeting details via wycombewandererstrust.com
NEW INVESTMENT DISCUSSIONS
(Tuesday 2nd July 2019)
The Trust revealed on Tuesday (2nd July 2019) that they were in “advanced discussions with American sports team owner Rob Couhig in relation to Mr Couhig becoming a shareholder of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club.” The news follows the collapse of discussions with Bill Luby and Jim Collis in April 2019 following more than six months of discussions with the US duo. The Trust plan to hold a meeting of all members at Adams Park on Thursday 11th July to discuss the latest proposals and will send out invitations in due course.
Read full statement at wycombewandererstrust.com
GAPE NEW ONE YEAR DEAL
(Monday 1st July 2019)
The Club confirmed on Monday 1st July 2019 that midfielder Dominic Gape had signed a new deal with the Wanderers - running until June 2020. The news follows speculation that the 25-year-old out-of-contract former Southampton youngster was set to leave the Club. Since originally joining on loan from Southampton in August 2016 he had totalled 121 appearances for Wanderers going into the start of the 2019/20 campaign. And scored 'that' goal.
Dominic Gape - updated Player Profile

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