March 2020 News Archive
All the news stories from March 2020
(Monday 23rd March 2020)
Wanderers major new shareholder Rob Couhig published an open letter via the official website on 23rd March 2020 explaining the current situation at the Club and insisting that "The Club will survive this crisis.” Adding: “It’s our intention to come out the other side in a better position and financially able to survive long into the future." Couhig also explained the desire not to take on loans in order to alleviate the downfall in income: “I am not going to request a loan that will only allow us to return to where we were before the interruption. If we are to borrow money, it must produce the revenue necessary to pay back the loan plus a reasonable return for the risk involved in borrowing the money.”
Full statement via
(Thursday 19th March 2020)
The Football League (EFL) issued a statement on Thursday 19th March 2020 that indicated the the 2019/20 season would be “extended indefinitely." The statement added: "The professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than 30 April." The previous occasion that Wanderers played no First Team games at all during March and April was 1918
Full statement via @EFL_Comms Twitter
(Saturday 14th March 2020)
With live football taking a back seat for at least a few weeks, there was a great initiative from Wanderers’ BBC 3 Counties reporter Phil Catchpole on Saturday 14th March 2020. He organised to re-live the 2001 FA Cup Semi-Final between Wycombe and Liverpool at Villa Park via his @bluntphil Twitter feed while watching a full re-run of the tie via YouTube.
(Friday 13th March 2020)
After much speculation on the morning of 13th March 2020, the news was finally confirmed at around 11am that all professional football matches in the UK were to be postponed (until 3rd April 2020 at the earliest) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This news has meant the postponement of Wycombe’s trip to Burton Albion (Saturday 14th March 2020), followed by the games scheduled against Oxford United (home), Coventry City (away) and Shrewsbury Town (away). The EFL added that they would provide a further update following a Board meeting expected to be held on Wednesday 18th March 2020.
Full story via Wycombe Wanderers official website
(Thursday 12th March 2020)
Wanderers were drawn away to Newport Pagnell Town in the Semi-Final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup after the draw was made on 12th March 2020. It will be the first ever meeting between the two sides and follows Wycombe's victory over Hungerford Town in the previous round. The date for the tie is to be decided.
(Tuesday 10th March 2020)
The Club confirmed on 10th March 2020 that Dominic Gape had signed a new deal with Wycombe Wanderers running until June 2022. Gareth Ainsworth commented: “Dominic has been one of the best signings we’ve made during my time at the Club and is always one of the first names on the team sheet. He’s developed both as a player and a person in his four years with us, and I now see him as one of our Generals because of his influence around the place and the respect he’s earned from his team-mates. I’m delighted that we’ve agreed this new contract with him and I believe he will continue to go from strength to strength for us in this exciting new era at the Club.”
Dominic Gape - Player Profile updated
(Saturday 7th March 2020)
Results in League One on Saturday 7th March saw Wanderers drop down to 8th place but Wycombe are now one of five teams on 59 points and with a game in hand over both Sunderland (5th) and Peterborough (4th). Second placed Rotherham are three points ahead of Wycombe having played a game more and are due to visit Adams Park on Saturday 4th April 2020.
(Friday 6th March 2020)
Wanderers will be without a League fixture on the weekend of Saturday 7th March 2020 due to the demise of Bury at the start of the 2019/20 season. Wycombe enter the weekend in 4th spot in League One with the worst case scenario seeing a drop to 8th place. However, that would still leave games in hand of most of the teams above as Wanderers go into an away game at Burton Albion on Saturday 14th March 2020.
(Thursday 5th March 2020)
Rob Couhig gave his first interview since his company completed the takeover of Wycombe Wanderers. Speaking in a video interview via the official Club media channels, Couhig summarised his hopes and expectations for the remainder of the 2019/20 season. He said he was looking at 3 or 4 sell outs at Adams Park before end of season and expected Wanderers to be in the Play-Off's as a minimum. He added that ensuring players contracts were resolved as soon as possible and that Season Tickets for the 2020/21 campaign would be ‘affordable as possible’. Ground maintenance at Adams Park was also considered a priority.
View video via - @wwfcofficial - Twitter feed
(Thursday 5th March 2020)
The Club reported on 5th March 2020 that Coventry City had opted NOT to allow UK iFollow coverage of the rearranged game with Wycombe on Tuesday 24th March 2020. The decision has come in for criticism from fans of both clubs unable to attend the match at St.Andrews and the decision could well be reversed nearer the date of the game.
(Thursday 5th March 2020)
Oxford United reported on 5th March 2020 they had sold out their 1,800 allocation in the away end at Adams Park for the League One meeting with Wanderers on 21st March 2020. Once again the allocation is in a stand officially designed to accommodate just over 2,000 supporters. Bristol Rovers, April 2014, were the last club to be allocated that figure but COTN understands that Police advice since then has restricted the number of tickets sold because of reasons relating to persistent standing in the seated areas.
(Wednesday 4th March 2020)
The owners of Wycombe Wanderers are planning music concerts at Adams Park according to an interview with Rob Couhig in the March 2020 issue of FC Business magazine. The magazine said “A vigorous campaign to attract significantly more sponsors is already planned, as are moves to engage with the local authority and the town's residents. Plans to stage end of season concerts by some of music's superstars are also on the 'to do' list.”
(Wednesday 4th March 2020)
The Club announced more backroom appointments on 4th March 2020 with the news of the return of Neil Peters as ‘Chief Commercial Officer’. Peters, a long-time Wanderers supporter, had previously been employed by the Club as ‘Head of Sales’ and has been brought back to the Club by the new owners, with Rob Couhig saying: “We are making positive and rapid progress both on and off the field, and have no plans to slow down.”
Full story via Wycombe Wanderers official website
(Tuesday 3rd March 2020)
It was announced on 3rd March 2020 that former Club Chairman Andrew Howard had returned to Wycombe Wanderers in a role described as "relating to the football side of the business." Rob Couhig explained: “I have asked Andrew Howard to join Pete Couhig, Gareth Ainsworth and Richard Dobson as they work on plans to expand the squad and widen the pool of players that are available to the club, so that it can be sustained at the highest possible level in a fiscally responsible manner.”
Howard originally joined the Wycombe Wanderers Board of Directors in June 2014, acting as Chairman from the summer of 2014 until October 2017. He resigned from the Board in October 2018.
Full story via Wycombe Wanderes official website
(Tuesday 3rd March 2020)
Slightly more detail of Wycombe Wanderers FC accounts were made available to Trust members on 3rd March 2020. Turnover for the 2018/19 season in League One was £4.08m - up 11.4% from £3.75m the previous season in League Two. The Club’s highest turnover as a Football League Club came in 2009/10 with £4.92m coming in as average attendances grew to 5,545 (compared to 5,331 in 2018/19). ‘Profit on disposal of players’ was recorded as £200,000 - equating mainly to the balance of Luke O’Nien being sold to Sunderland and Jason McCarthy bought from Barnsley.

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