All the news stories from October 2019
AINSWORTH REACHES No.1 SPOT|
(Monday 28th October 2019)
Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth went to the top of the longest serving Managers in the top four divisions of English football following the departure of Morecambe chief Jim Bentley. Bentley had been with The Shrimpers for close to 8 1/2 years but his left his position to take up the hot-seat at AFC Fylde. Ainsworth now leads the long server table with 7 years and 30 days - 18 days longer than 2nd placed Eddie Howe at Bournemouth.
ROTHERHAM 0 WYCOMBE 1|
(Saturday 26th October 2019)
A Scott Kashket goal after 5 minutes and another clean sheet was enough for Wanderers to see off Rotherham United 1-0 and move back up to 2nd place in the table. The decisive goal came after Anthony Stewart's flick ball though from defence saw Kashket skip past the home defence and knock the ball home, right footed, from the edge of the 18 yard box.
Victory on the road at Rotherham came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the starting XI from the midweek draw at Blackpool -
Darius Charles, Matt Bloomfield and Rolando Aarons returning in favour of Giles Phillips, Nick Freeman and Adebayo Akinfenwa.
The result left Wycombe with 30 points from their opening 15 games of the season and only trailing leaders Ipswich on goal difference.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Gape (sub HT Pattison), Thomspon, Bloomfield, Kashket (sub 83 Ofoborh), Wheeler, Aarons (sub 77 Akinfenwa) – subs not used: Yates, Phillips, Freeman, Parker - Att:8,337 (512 away)
Rotherham 0 Wycombe 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
TRUST SET AGM DATE|
(Friday 25th October 2019)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust have notified members that this season's AGM will take place on Wednesday 27th November 2019 at Adams Park. The agenda includes the election of two new Directors following the retirement (and stepping down) of Lawrie Read and David Smith. Lisa Bowker and John Jewell have offered to serve on the Board and their places will be asked to be ratified by Members at the meeting. WWSET will also make a presentation at the meeting.
Calling notice and documents via wycombewandererstrust.com
PROPOSED NEW BOARD|
(Thursday 24th October 2019)
The proposed new Board of Directors for Wycombe Wanderers Football Club under the new ownership, will be Rob Couhig (CEO), Missy Couhig, Peter Couhig and Mark Palmer. The Trust can appoint two representatives on the FC Board while holding a minimum of 10% shares. The representation would be reduced to one if the shareholder dropped below 10%. Missy Couhig will become the first female (non-secretary) on a WWFC Board.
VOTE 75% THRESHOLD CONFIRMED|
(Wednesday 23rd October 2019)
A joint statement by Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and WW Trust, just after 5pm on Monday 23rd October 2019, confirmed that the 75% threshold of members approval had been reached to allow the purchase of a majority share in the club by Feliciana EFL Ltd (the company controlled by Rob Couhig).
Commenting on the news, Trust and Football Club Chairman Trevor Stroud said: "This is a hugely significant step forward for the Club and we are delighted that the Legacy Members have followed the Trust board’s recommendation to welcome Rob Couhig and his team into the club as majority shareholders." The deal is subject to approval by the Football League and due dillengence tests by all parties, with a completion expected by mid December.
Full statement via wycombewandererstrust.com
IPSWICH NEW YEARS DAY ON SKY|
(Wednesday 23rd October 2019)
Wanderers scheduled 'League One' game at home to Ipswich Town on Wednesday 1st January 2020 has been selected for live broadcast by Sky TV. The kick-off time will remain at 3pm. It's understood that Wycombe, as the home side, will receive a £30,000 facility fee for the game, while Ipswich are expected to pocket £10,000. It's the second Wanderers live TV game to be selected to date in the 2019/20 campaign, with the away game at Tranmere set for Sunday 17th November 2019.
BLACKPOOL 1 WYCOMBE 1|
(Tuesday 22nd October 2019)
Wanderers remained second in the ‘League One’ table after a 1-1 draw at Blackpool. Scott Kashket had fired Wycombe into an 8th minute lead but Ben Heneghan looped in a headed equaliser on 51 minutes to deny Wanderers a first League win at Bloomfield Road for more than 20 years.
The draw came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the previous Saturday’s home victory over Sunderland - Giles Phillips, Curtis Thompson and Kashket returning with Matt Bloomfield and Rolando Aarons dropped to the bench and Saturday goalscorer Darius Charles rested.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Stewart, Phillips, Jacobson, Thompson (sub 85 Ofoborh), Gape, Freeman (sub 90+2 Bloomfield), Kashket (sub 70 Aarons), Wheeler, Akinfenwa – subs: Yates, Jombati, Pattison, Parker - Att:7,298 (225 away) - Total attendance compares to a generous 2,238 during their home boycott the previous season, 2018/19.
Blackpool 1 Wycombe 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
VOTE UPDATE - 87% VOTED|
(Tuesday 22nd October 2019)
The Club reported on the morning of Tuesday 22nd October that 87% of Legacy Members had already voted on the proposals to allow outside investment in the Club.
Voting reminders to those still to vote are being sent by CES, with voting continuing until the midnight on 29th October 2019 deadline. Legacy Members can view details of the full deal at Adams Park by appointment with The Trust. The Trust are waiting advice if they can announce the 75% threshhold, should that be reached before the deadline.
TRANMERE AWAY IN FA CUP|
(Monday 21st October 2019)
Wanderers will travel to Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup 1st Round Proper, after the draw was made on Monday evening. The tie will take place on the weekend of Saturday 9th November 2019, with games on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The prize fund for 2019/20 is the same as the previous campaign. Winners in the First Round will each receive £36,000. Last season, Wanderers went out at the First Round stage after losing 2-0 at Luton Town. The tie at Tranmere will come a week before Wanderers return to Prenton Park for a League encounter to be screened live on Sky TV.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
WYCOMBE 1 SUNDERLAND 0|
(Saturday 19th October 2019)
Darius Charles netted his first goal for Wanderers as Sunderland were beaten 1-0 at Adams Park. The winning strike came on 28 minutes after Joe Jacobson’s free-kick from the left was headed down by Adebayo Akinfenwa for Charles to smash home on the first bounce from 8 yards. It was no less than Wycombe deserved who went on to have chances to extend their lead but also had Ryan Allsop to thank for spectacularly tipping a stoppage-time effort from Aiden McGeady onto the cross-bar. McGeady’s shot was the visitors only shot on target during the encounter and left their 2,000 plus following frustrated in Phil Parkinson’s first game in charge of the Black Cats.
Victory for Wanderers came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the starting XI featured in the previous League game, two weeks prior, at home to Peterborough - Joe Jacobson and Matt Bloomfield returning plus a first start for Newcastle United loanee Rolando Aarons. Meanwhile, Giles Phillips dropped to the bench with Curtis Thompson starting a three game suspension and Fred Onyedinma ruled out through injury.
The result saw Wycombe remain in second place in the table with 26 points from their opening 13 games. Leaders Ipswich Town were a point ahead and had two games in hand before their Sunday (20th October) trip to Accrington Stanley. Wanderers visit Blackpool on Tuesday (22nd October).
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Gape, Freeman, Wheeler, Bloomfield (sub 77 Pattison), Aarons (sub 90+5 Parker), Akinfenwa - subs not used: Yates, Jombati, Kashket, Mascoll, Phillips - Att:8,395 (2,060 away)
Wycombe 1 Sunderland 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
TRUST MEMBERS MEETING|
(Tuesday 15th October 2019)
Close to 350 Trust Legacy Members attended the meeting at Adams Park on Tuesday 15th October 2019 to hear the final presentations ahead of the voting process which started at 9pm on the same evening. The meeting was broadcast live to Trust members via Facebook with an estimated further 200 watching the live stream. Voting is open until midnight on 29th October 2019.
Items relating to meeting via wycombewandererstrust.com
TRUST OWNERSHIP - HISTORY|
(Tuesday 15th October 2019)
Ahead of the Legacy Members meeting at Adams Park on Tuesday 15th October 2019, www.CHAIRBOYS.co.uk has put together a potted history of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club while under Trust ownership from the summer 2012 through to the latest investment proposals.
This seven part article has been derived the COTN news archive and appears in this edited and chronological form for the first time.
WWFC under Trust ownership - potted history - 2012-2019
WYCOMBE 0 STEVENAGE 1|
(Tuesday 8th October 2019)
A Wanderers side with nine changes to the starting XI that had drew with Peteborough at Adams Park the previous Saturday, suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Stevenage in the opening group game of the Football League Trophy. The only goal of the game came on six minutes when Jason Cowley headed past Cameron Yates.
‘Keeper Yates was making his competitive debut for Wanderers along with striker James Gardiner-Smith. Wycombe continue in this competition with a home game with Fulham U21 on Tuesday 5th November 2019 and an away meeting with Milton Keynes the following Tuesday. Winners of each group game receive £10,000 in sponsorship money.
Wycombe: Yates, Jombati, Jacobson, Mascoll, Phillips, Thompson (sub 63 Gape), Gardiner-Smith, Aarons (sub 63 Wheeler), Parker, Ofoborh, Kashket (sub 72 Akinfenwa) – subs not used: Allsop, Grimmer, Freeman, Stewart - Att:766 (30 away)
Wycombe 0 Stevenage 1 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
WYCOMBE 3 PETERBOROUGH 3|
(Saturday 5th October 2019)
Yet another late, late show at Adams Park saw Adebayo Akinfenwa’s stoppage time penalty secure a point for Wanderers in a 3-3 draw with Peterborough United. Wycombe had trailed 2-0 at the break but an Akinfenwa header on 56 minutes and an own-goal seven minutes later by Frankie Kent set-up a pulsating end to the game.
Posh restored their lead on 70 minutes when Ivan Toney volley home from a corner and after Curtis Thompson was red- carded for a second bookable-offence on 83 minutes it looked like Wycombe’s unbeaten home record would come to an end.
However, in the 5th minute of stoppage time substitute Scott Kashket was felled by a clumsy challenge from fellow sub Dan Butler and referee Mr Finnie pointed to the spot. With Akinfenwa taking penalty duties on his 150th appearance for Wanderers, the Adams Park faithful held their breath and could then celebrate as the resulting kick was calmly slotted home.
There was still time for an almighty goal-mouth scramble at the other end where Ryan Allsop excelled with a wonder save to deny a George Boyd header and see the match end all-square.
The draw with Posh came after Gareth Ainsworth made one change to the starting XI that had won on the road 3-0 at Rochdale the previous Saturday – Nick Freeman coming in for Alex Pattison. Wanderers have now gone 9 games unbeaten at home in the League – their best run since August 2008 when an unbeaten sequence in regular League games went on to last 19 games (a Football League record for Wanderers).
Wycombe: Allsop, Gape, Stewart, Wheeler (sub 73 Kashket), Phillips, Thompson, Grimmer, Akinfenwa, Charles, Freeman, Onyedinma (sub 43 Aarons) – subs not used: Yates, Jombati, Jacobson, Mascoll, Parker - Att:5,083 (697 away)
Wycombe 3 Peterborough 3 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
TRANMERE AWAY MOVED FOR SKY|
(Friday 4th October 2019)
Wanderers scheduled 'League One' game at Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 16th November 2019 has been selected for live broadcast by Sky TV and as a result will now be played on Sunday 17th November 2019, with 12 noon kick-off. The game falls on another international weekend and it appears that Sky have choosen the game as it is highly unlikely to be effected by international call-ups for either side. It will be the first League game broadcast live in the UK involving the Wanderers since the 3-2 victory at Luton Town on 24th March 2015. It's understood that Wycombe, as the away side, will receive a £10,000 facility fee for the game, while Tranmere are expected to pocket £30,000.
AINSWORTH HAS A DREAM|
(Wednesday 2nd October 2019)
Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth has said that it is his 'dream' to lead Wycombe into the Championship and added that it would take something 'spectacular' to lure him away from a Club that he had been with for close to ten years. The Wycombe boss was speaking at a Fans Forum held at Adams Park on 19th September 2019 where he also stressed the importance of the forthcoming Legacy Members vote regarding investment proposals.
Ainsworth has a dream at Adams Park - COTN special article
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