All the news stories from April 2012
CLUB TAKEOVER SOON?|
(Sunday 29th April 2012)
Chairboys on the Net understands that the ownership of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club is set to placed in the hands of the Supporters Trust and a Press Confererence has provisionally been arranged for Wednesday (2nd May). The news follows reports in the Evening Standard on Friday that former Wasps player Ken Moss is heading a consortium to take over the rugby club that will be finalised if Wasps confirm their Premiership survival following their last game of the season on Saturday 5th May at Adams Park against Newcastle. Meanwhile, the situation regarding the Wanderers follows the non-filing of the Club Accounts for the 2010/11 season by the March 2012 deadline and the subsequent resignation of the two Trust Board reps on the Football Club Board.
WYCOMBE 3 NOTTS COUNTY 4|
(Saturday 28th April 2012)
Wanderers' relegation to League Two was confirmed on Saturday after they contrived to lose 4-3 to Notts County despite leading 3-2 with a minute of normal time remaining. With Leyton Orient losing and Walsall drawing, victory for Wanderers would have taken the relegation battle to the final day of the season but the defeat to County means Wanderers drop back to the basement division after just one season. With Gary Doherty back in the starting line-up, the match had got off to a perfect start for Wycombe when Matt Bloomfield fired Gary Waddock's ahead inside the first 40 seconds. However, playoff chasing County were back on level terms in the 4th minute when Daniel Bogdanovic swept the ball home from the left side of the box following a County break down the right. Wanderers were back in front in the 17th minute after Stuart Beavon was deemed to have been tripped in the box by Damion Stewart and Grant Basey, who missed a vital penalty two weeks previous, bravely stepped up to tuck the ball past Stuart Nelson in the Valley End goal. County always looked dangerous on the attack and were back level again five minutes before the break when Alan Judge made space on the left flank before firing a 25 yarder past Nikki Bull and into the opposite top corner of the net to make the score 2-2. Bull kept the visitors at bay in the second with saves from Lloyd Sam and Judge before the hour mark. But Wycombe battled back again to take the lead on 68 minutes when Stuart Beavon stroked home his 25th goal of the season after build up play from Joel Grant and Bloomfield. With nerves on a knife edge County were denied an equaliser on 73 minutes when substitute Lee Hughes' header was ruled out for offside. Bull saved again and Stuart Lewis cleared off the line as the minutes ticked down. Then disaster struck, starting in the 89th minute, when Dele Adebola headed in from close range. A draw would still have kept Wanderers' survival hopes open but they were wiped out too in the third minute of stoppage time when Judge smashed past Bull again to seal Wanderers fate. Wycombe now travel to Sheffield Wednesday next Saturday (5th May) with nothing to play for expect pride plus thoughts of next season in League Two and uncertainty over the future financial state of the Club. Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Johnson, Doherty, Basey , Grant (sub 84 Dunne), Eastmond, Bloomfield, Lewis, Strevens (sub 27 Ainsworth), Beavon - subs not used: Laing, Ainsworth, McClure, McNamee - Att: 5,947 (away 800 approx)
(Tuesday 24th April 2012)
Goalkeeper Matt Ingram was the hero after he saved twice in a penalty shoot as a youthful Wanderers XI lifted the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup against Chesham United at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. The tie had ended 0-0 after 90 minutes and extra-time. From the spot kicks Wycombe went first and saw Max Kretzschmar and Charles Dunne net for the Wanderers before Chesham skipper Danny Talbot had his effort saved by Ingram low to his left. Josh Scowen made it 3-1 before Bruce Wilson bought the scores back to 3-2 after 3 kicks apiece. Junior Morias then sent Shane Gore the wrong way before Ingram saved Brad Wadkins penalty to seal victory by a 4-2 margin and put Wycombe's name on the Cup for the 28th time. Wycombe: Matt Ingram, Romario Redley, Bobby Webbe, Charles Dunne, Kortney Hause, Jesse Kewley-Graham, Georges Ehui (sub 55 Junior Morias), Josh Scowen, Olly Taylor (sub 70 Emmanuel Ighorae), Max Kretzschmar, Matt McClure (sub 89 James Kelly) - subs not used: Charles Horlock, Ishmael Thomas - Att: 340
B&B FINAL ON TUESDAY|
(Monday 23rd April 2012)
A Wanderers XI will take on Chesham United in the Final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup at Adams Park on Tuesday evening (kick-off 7.45pm). Entrance prices are £9 adults and £5 for concessions. £1 from each ticket will go to the Berks and Bucks FA's charity, the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Wanderers will be looking to win the B&B for the second consecutive season having beaten Maidenhead United in the Final last season. Victory for Wycombe would be their 28th in the competition having first won the County Senior Cup in 1902.
(Monday 23rd April 2012)
Rochdale's relegation back to 'League Two' was confirmed following their 2-1 defeat at Chesterfield, while Oldham ensured their safety with a 1-1 draw at home to Preston. The remaining three relegation slots will now be between five clubs with Wycombe, Chesterfield and Exeter all looking odds on for the drop. Wycombe need a minimum of four points from their remaining two games to even have a chance of staying up. Realistically, Wanderers need to beat Notts County at Adams Park on Saturday, and then hope that Walsall (home to Huddersfield) or Leyton Orient (away to Hartlepool) drop points to take the outcome until the final day of the season. Chesterfield (away to Yeovil) and Exeter (away to carlisle) are also clinging to a slim hope of staying up. The final day of the season on Saturday 5th May will see Wanderers travel to promtion chasing Sheffield Wednesday, while Walsall travel to MK Dons, Leyton Orient host Rochdale, while Chesterfield and Exeter are at home to Brentford and Sheffield United respectively.
League One - bottom 7
up to and including 21 April 2012
PL W D L GF GA Pts GD
18.Oldham Ath 44 1311 20 49 66 50 -17
19.Leyton Orient 44 12 11 21 46 73 47 -27
20.Walsall 44 9 19 16 49 56 46 -7
21.Wycombe 44 11 10 23 62 82 43 -20
22.Chesterfield 44 10 12 22 52 75 42 -23
23.Exeter City 44 10 11 23 43 69 41 -26
24.Rochdale 44 8 14 22 45 77 38 -32
CHARLTON 2 WYCOMBE 1|
(Saturday 21st April 2012)
Despite a spirited performance, Wanderers conceeded a 74th minute goal to go down 2-1 at Charlton Athletic on Saturday and leave Gary Waddock's needing a minimum of four points from their remaining two games to even have a chance of avoiding the drop to 'League Two'. The home side needed a win to clinch the 'League One' title and were on track after a Yann Kermorgant free-kick gave Chris Powell's side a 14th minute lead. The Charlton boss had prevented loanee Gary Doherty from playing against his parent club, forcing his opposite number to return Danny Foster to the starting line-up, along with Leon Johnson replacing the injured Dave Winfield. However, despite their early breakthrough, Nikki Bull kept the home side at bay with two saves to deny Bradley Wright-Phillips. Then as the first half entered stoppage time, Stuart Beavon headed home Marvin McCoy's return from the right flank after Beavon's initial shot had been kept out by Ben Hamer in the home goal. That goal gave Wanderers the impetus to press for a winner in the second period after hearing that closest rivals Leyton Orient and Walsall were both winning at the break. Beavon, Matt Bloomfield and Joel Grant all went close before disaster struck in the 74th minute when McCoy lost possession in his own half, allowing Kermorgant to cross for Dale Stephens to slot past Bull and leave Wanderers cursing the earlier missed chances. 19 year old Charles Dunne was introduced for the final five minutes for his Football League debut but the closest Wanderers came to an equaliser was three minutes from time when Stuart Lewis saw his shot turned away by Hamer. With Wycombe defeated, only dropped points by Walsall and Leyton Orient extend the relegation battle for another week when play-off chasing Notts County visit Adams Park next Saturday (28th April). Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Johnson, Foster, Basey (sub 85 Dunne), Grant, Eastmond, Bloomfield, Lewis, Strevens, Beavon - subs not used: Laing, Ainsworth, McClure, McNamee - Att: 18,539 (away 668)
(Tuesday 17th April 2012)
With just three games remaining, Wanderers face a massive task to avoid relegation from 'League One'. While Wycombe travel to already promoted Charlton Athletic this coming Saturday (21st April), at least one of the two teams directly above Wanderers will need to drop points to extend hope of Gary Waddock's side avoiding the drop. 20th placed Leyton Orient host Yeovil Town and 19th placed Walsall travel to Exeter City. Only a win for Exeter would see them postpone their relegation fate for another week. Meanwhile, Chesterfield entertain Rochdale where defeat for either side would confirm relegation for the losing side, although both sides are virtually certain to drop back to 'League Two'. No set of results will see Wanderers relegated this weekend but defeat for Wycombe and victories for both Walsall and Leyton Orient would leave the Wanderers needing to win their last two games of the season (at home to Notts County and away to Sheffield Wednesday), while either Walsall (home to Huddersfield and away to MK Dons) or Orient (away to Hartlepool and home to Rochdale) would have to lose both. In summary, miracle required.
League One - bottom 9
up to and including 14 April 2012
PL W D L GF GA Pts GD
16.Scunthorpe 43 10 20 13 53 56 50 -3
17.Yeovil 43 13 11 19 54 74 50 -20
18.Oldham 43 13 10 20 47 64 49 -17
19.Walsall 43 9 19 15 47 52 46 -5
20.Leyton Orient 43 12 10 21 43 70 46 -27
21.Wycombe 43 11 10 22 61 80 43 -19
22.Chesterfield 43 9 12 22 50 74 39 -24
23.Exeter 43 9 11 23 39 67 38 -28
24.Rochdale 43 8 14 21 44 75 38 -31
WYCOMBE 2 OLDHAM 2|
(Saturday 14th April 2012)
There was heartbreak for Wanderers at Adams Park on Saturday after Oldham Athletic converted a 90th minute penalty to go away with a 2-2 draw and leave Gary Waddock's side still three points adrift in the relegation zone with just three games remaining. Wanderers had come back from a conceeding a 14th minute long range effort from Filipe Morais, to level through a 34th minute opportunist goal from Stuart Beavon, who nipped in to flick the ball over Oldham's keeper Dean Bouzanis from Bebn Strevens through ball from the left flank. The comeback looked like it was going to plan on 78 minutes when neat footwork from substitute Joel Grant saw the striker make space in front of goal before firing past Bouzanis from just inside the penalty area. Wanderers then had a golden opportunity to wrap the game up on 83 minutes after Craig Eastmond had been fouled in the area to concede a penalty. But there were groans from the home following when Grant Basey dragged the spot kick wide of the left hand upright of the Valley End goal leaving Wycombe with a nervy ending to the encounter with a side almost looking to pull clear of the relegation zone. The game was in the 89th minute when a ball in from the Oldham right saw Marvin McCoy pull needlessly at Robbie Simpson at the far corner of the six yard box to throw the Latics a penalty lifeline that Simpson got up to send Nikki Bull the wrong way from the spot. Wanderers now go to already promoted Charlton Athletic next Saturday looking for a Maine Road 1999 type of result. Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Winfield (sub 36 Johnson), Doherty, Basey, Eastmond, Lewis, Bloomfield, McNamee (sub 59 Grant), Strevens, Beavon - subs not used: Foster, Ainsworth, McClure - Att: 5,109 (away 258)
WASPS SALE 'STALLED'|
(Wednesday 11th April 2012)
The sale of Wanderers ground tenants London Wasps is on hold after the rugby club issued a
statement on Tuesday 10th April saying, "The board [of London Wasps] is disappointed to confirm that negotiations, which had been leading towards an imminent takeover of the Club, have stalled.
The board, having taken independent advice, is able to confirm that London Wasps Holdings Limited remains nevertheless a going concern. However, the board acknowledges the urgency of the current situation surrounding the Club." A report in the Daily Telegraph went on to claim Wasps maybe forced to go into administration next month unless fresh investment is secured. They also reported the situation was precipitated when a deal to sell the club to Tony Kleanthous, the Chairman of Barnet Football Club, fell through because of funding issues. Wanderers and London Wasps joint owner Steve Hayes put the rugby club up for sale in October 2011 after plans for a new stadium at Booker were thrown out by Wycombe District Council in July 2011.
CHESTERFIELD 4 WYCOMBE 0|
(Monday 9th April 2012)
Wanderers' League One survival hopes took a battering on Easter Monday following a horrific 4-0 defeat at relegation doomed Chesterfield. In torrential conditions Gary Waddock stuck with the same starting XI that had grabbed draws against Stevenage and Carlisle but after dominating the opening ten minutes or so, the day started to go wrong on 29 minutes when Craig Westcarr bundled the ball home after Wycombe failed to deal with a corner. That was a huge blow for the near 500 following for the Wanderers and it got worse three minutes before the interval when impressive youngster Anthony Stewart was forced off through injury. Then two minutes into the second period former Wycombe loanee Franck Moussa doubled The Spireites lead when he struck home from inside the box from substitute Scott Boden. As the downpour continued the result hit the point of no return on 52 minutes when Alex Mendy raced through from just over the halfway line before curling a shot past Nikki Bull. Gareth Ainsworth and Matt McClure were introduced as substitutes a few minutes later but Wanderers never looked like making an impact on the game and it was Jordan Bowery who completed the scoring on 79 minutes to complete a nightmare afternoon for Gary Waddock's side who remain four points adrift in the relegation zone but with just four games remaining - starting at home to Oldham Athletic on Saturday (14th April). Wycombe:Bull, McCoy (sub 60 McClure), Stewart (sub 42 Johnson), Doherty, Basey, Eastmond, Lewis, Bloomfield, Hackett (sub 58 Ainsworth), Strevens, Beavon - subs not used: Laing, McNamee - Att: 5,087 (away 469)
WYCOMBE 1 CARLISLE 1|
(Friday 6th April 2012)
A 91st minute wonder strike from Stuart Lewis saw Wanderers salvage a point from a 1-1 draw for the third week running after sharing the spoils with Carlisle United on Good Friday. Before then it looked like a 62nd minute own goal from Grant Basey was going to be enough to give the promotion chasing Cumbrians all three points. An unchanged Wanderers side had once again shown some true determination in their fight to avoid the drop but in a game of few clear cut chances were generally lacking that killer instinct in front of goal. Ben Strevens went closest in the first half with a shot from the edge of the box that United 'keeper Adam Collin managed to block. The visitors took the lead when a Jon-Paul McGovern shot from the left hit the cross bar only for Basey to deflect the rebound into his own net. Wanderers took a while to compose themselves again and should have equalised through Craig Eastmond on 71 minutes but the Arsenal loanee blazed over from just inside the box after doing all the hard work. Substitute Anthony McNamee saw a back header tipped over by Collin on 75 minutes before a final push from Wanderers saw Lewis pick the ball up on the right of midfield and send a drive into the opposite corner of the net despite Collin getting a hand to the ball. It's now onto relegation doomed Chesterfield on Easter Monday with Wanderers still two points inside the relegation zone. Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Stewart (sub 87 McClure), Doherty, Basey, Eastmond, Lewis, Bloomfield (sub 68 McNamee), Hackett, Strevens, Beavon - subs not used: Laing, Johnson, Ainsworth - Att: 4,823 (away 572)
OWNER IN HACKING CLAIMS|
(Thursday 5th April 2012)
Shock news was released in the public domain on Thursday when it was revealed Wanderers and Wasps owner
Steve Hayes had been arrested by The Metropolitan Police on 24 February 2012 'on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000'. The story appeared in the online edition of the Evening Standard on Thursday morning. The raid on Hayes' home in Hertfordshire took place as part of 'Operation Tuleta' and was reported on the Met's website. Hayes, long with another suspect, was later bailed to return in June and July 2012 pending further inquiries.
CHAIRBOYS GAS - 25 YEARS ON|
(Wednesday 4th April 2012)
COTN continues the digital release of 'Chairboys Gas' to mark the 25th anniversary of publication. Issue No.6 was released on Saturday 4th April 1987 as Wanderers hosted Barking in an Isthmian League game at Loakes Park. The season was now reaching a climax and this issue looked back on a month when Wanderers League form faltered slightly as continued to battle with Yeovil Town for the promotion place back to the Conference.
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