All the news stories from July 2011
NORTHAMPTON 2 WYCOMBE 1|
(Saturday 30th July 2011)
Wycombe went down 2-1 at Northampton Town in their final pre-season friendly prior to the start of the 2011/12 campaign. At a sparsley attended Sixfields, Gareth Ainsworth gave Wycombe the lead on 18 minutes when he darted past Cobblers left-back Ashley Corker before angling the ball under 'keeper Sam Walker. However, the home side were level three minutes later when Ben Tozer connected with Adebayo Akinfenwa's cross from the right to beat Nikki Bull in the Wycombe goal. Scott Rendell and Joel Grant went close to restoring Wycombe's lead in the second-half but it was Northampton who grabbed victory on 79 minutes when substitute Nick McKoy stabbed the ball past Steve Arnold following a cross from Lewis Young. All Wanderers eyes now on the opening game of the Football League season at home to Scunthorpe United on Saturday 6th August. Wycombe:Bull (sub HT Arnold), McCoy, Sandell, Doig (sub 72 Stewart), Tunnicliffe, Ainsworth (sub 89 Harris), Halls, Donnelly, Grant, Beavon (sub 51 Strevens), Rendell - subs not used: Dunne, McClure - Att: 1,044 (away 107)
CLUB SECRETARY RESIGNS|
(Thursday 28th July 2011)
The Club confirmed on Tuesday 26th July 2011 that Wanderers' long serving Club Secretary Keith Allen had resigned from his position at the Club. Allen, now 63, has been with the Club for close to 12 years and cited a house move to the South Coast as the reason for his departure. The Club are now seeking a new Secretary that would also fill a similar role for London Wasps.
Club Secretary resigns - news feature
BETSY TO MISS 3 GAMES|
(Wednesday 27th July 2011)
The Club confirmed on Tuesday 26th July that Kevin Betsy will miss the first three competitive matches of the 2011/12 season after being called up for the Seychelles squad to compete in the Indian Island Ocean Games' football tournament. Betsy, now 33 years old, made his Seychelles debut in June 2011, therefore following in his fathers footsteps who represented the Seychelles in the late 1970's. The tournament opens on Sunday 4th August when Seychelles play Comoros. Further group games follow on 7th August (v Mauritius) and 9th August (v Maldives). The semi-finals take place on 11th August, with the Final set for 13th August. Betsy will return to the UK on 15th August, meaning he will miss the opening game of the season versus Scunthorpe and the League Cup and League meetings with Colchester United.
LEWIS EXTENDS DEAL|
(Tuesday 26th July 2011)
Wanderers midfielder Stuart Lewis has signed a new deal with the Club running until June 2014. The 23 year old originally joined Wycombe on loan from Dagenham & Redbridge in November 2010 before the deal was made permanent in the January 2011 transfer window. That deal ran until June 2012 but with 27 First Team appearances behind him, Manager Gary Waddock has been impressed enought to step in and secure his services on a longer term basis. commenting, "I'm delighted that Stu's committed himself to the club because he's a very important member of the group. His performances have been excellent since he arrived here and he's deserved his new contract."
WEALDSTONE 1 WYCOMBE 1|
(Tuesday 26th July 2011)
Wanderers fielded two trialists as they drew 1-1 away to Isthmian League and old rivals Wealdstone on Tuesday evening. Matt Bloomfield slotted home from close on 16 minutes to give Wycombe the lead but the home side hit back on the stroke of half-time when David Hicks tapped home past Steve Arnold. Manager Gary Waddock, who had previously stated he would not be using trialists in the pre-season games, gave a ninety minute run out to former Nottingham Forest defender Craig Doig. The 30 year old is currently looking for a return to English football following spells playing in Indonesia and Australia. He originally enjoyed an 8 year spell with Forest before making more than 120 appearances for Northampton Town and then moving down under in the summer of 2009. The other trialist was 18 year old West Ham Academy goalkeeper Deniz Mehmet. The Turkish U18 player took over in goal during the second period as Wanderers contained a lively Wealdstone side who hit the woodwork on two occasions. The final official pre-season friendly for Wanderers takes place on Saturday (30th July) away to Northampton Town (KO 3pm). Wycombe:Arnold (sub 67 Mehmet), McCoy, Winfield (sub HT Stewart), Doig, Dunne, Harris, Bloomfield, Harding, McClure, Rendell, Strevens - subs not used: Scowen, Kewley-Graham - Att: 400 (away 100) approx
WYCOMBE 0 WEST HAM 0|
(Saturday 23rd July 2011)
Wanderers recorded another 0-0 draw against 'Championship' opposition in their pre-season programme, this time after taking on West Ham United at Adams Park on Saturday. Wanderers defence were on top form to thwart The Hammers on several occasions while Wycombe went closest when Joel Grant fired wide from the left of goal on 65 minutes.
The friendlies continue on Tuesday evening with the trip to play Wealdstone (KO 7.45pm). Wycombe:Bull, Foster (sub 70 McCoy), Sandell (sub 75 Dunne), Tunnicliffe, Johnson (sub 75 Stewart), Ainsworth (sub 59 Strevens), Halls (sub 59 Bloomfield), Lewis (sub 70 McClure), Donnelly (sub 75 Ibe), Grant (sub 70 Harding), Beavon (sub 59 Betsy) - subs not used: Arnold, Harris - West Ham: Green, O'Brien, Ilunga (sub 68 Brown), Tomkins (sub 68 Montano), Spence, Faubert, Nolan, Parker (sub 75 Nouble), Barrera, Cole (sub 59 Piquionne), Boa Morte - subs not used: Boffin, Noble - Att: 4,352 (away end 1,400 approx)
WYCOMBE 0 PALACE 0|
(Tuesday 19th July 2011)
Wanderers' first home pre-season friendly prior to the start of the 2011/12 campaign, ended in a goalless draw with 'Championship' side Crystal Palace. The South London side included former Wanderer Jermaine Easter in their line-up and he came close to breaking the deadlock on 12 minutes but his effort was ruled out for offside. Palace went on to create the better openings in the early stages, Glenn Murray's shot being denied by Nikki Bull being a highlight. However, Dave Winfield went close just before the break for Wycombe while Joel Grant, Stuart Beavon and Scott Donnelly all came close during a more inspiring second period for Gary Waddock's side. Wanderers continue their pre-season friendlies with a home meeting with West Ham United on Saturday 23rd July (KO 3pm at Adams Park). Wycombe: Bull, McCoy (sub 60 Foster), Winfield (sub HT Johnson), Tunnicliffe, Sandell, Ainsworth (sub HT Donnelly), Lewis (sub 60 Halls), Harding (sub HT Bloomfield), Betsy (sub 68 Ibe), Grant (sub 60 Harris), Strevens (sub 60 Beavon) - Att:1,426
COUNCIL END STADIUM PLANS|
(Monday 18th July 2011)
The controversial proposals for a stadium and and 'sports village' at Booker were sensationally ended at the Wycombe District Council meeting on Monday 18th July. The meeting, played out before a packed public gallery, culminated in near farce when only four of the ten members of the Cabinet were allowed to vote due to the councilís code of conduct which prevents members with 'personal or prejudicial interest' from voting. After close to an hour of speeches from Councillors, the verdict was eventually delivered around 8.40pm with all four of the eligible voters going for the option of 'ending' the project. The news will come as a hammer blow for joint Wanderers and Wasps owner Steve Hayes who issued a statement before the meeting saying, "If [the Council] are swayed by the numbers of people who turn out tonight or by those who have shouted loudest in recent months, then the faith many of us have in local democracy would be sadly misguided. I trust that they are wiser than this."
Following the meeting, Hayes' WSDL company issued a statement saying they were reflecting on the Council's decision and would comment further in due course. Meanwhile, Wycombe Wanderers Trust commented "The Trust will be arranging discussions with Steve Hayes, and will welcome further discussions with WDC to discuss how Wycombe Wanderers can move forward at Adams Park, and the part that it can play in the next era of the club."
COTN - Stadium Timeline 2011
BRAINTREE 2 WYCOMBE 1|
(Saturday 16th July 2011)
Wanderers went down 2-1 at Braintree Town on Saturday afternoon at Cressing Road in their second public pre-season friendly. Wanderers had slightly the better chances in a lack-lustre opening half before the newly promoted Conference National side took the lead two minutes after the restart when Ben Wright picked up Jesse Kewley-Graham's back-pass, before nipping the ball under the oncoming Steve Arnold in the Wycombe goal. Wanderers levelled on 56 minutes when Gareth Ainsworth followed up a Matt McClure shot that home 'keeper Matt Pooley failed to hold but the Essex side grabbed their victory in the 73rd minute when Wright finished neatly from the edge of the box after Danny Foster had slipped on the greasy surface.
Wycombe: Arnold (sub 73 Ingram), Foster, Dunne, Stewart (sub 60 Tunnicliffe), Johnson (sub 60 McCoy), Kewley-Graham (sub 60 Beavon), Bloomfield (sub 60 Halls), Donnelly (sub 70 Scowen), Betsy (sub HT Ainsworth), Harris (sub HT Grant), McClure - Att:TBA
STADIUM CROSSROADS AHEAD|
(Wednesday 13th July 2011)
The outcome of the Wycombe District Council meeting on Monday 18th July looks set to be the defining point on whether the proposed stadium and 'sports village' complex for Wanderers and London Wasps has any chance of seeing the light of day. Those strongly for and against the scheme have sent their publicity teams into overdrive over the past couple of weeks. Meanwhile, the 'Strategic Outline Business Case' has highlighted an estimated cost of £31m to WDC for the build of the stadium, with Wycombe Sports Development covering the estimated balance of £36m for fitment and build of the 'community sports facilities'. For many Wanderers fans, they are still bemused on how this will financially benefit the Club - with the scheme proposing that Wanderers would have no ownership stake in the facilities and would be liable to pay an annual rent, rather than recieve income as they do now from the facilities at Adams Park.
COTN - Stadium Timeline 2011
CHELSEA 3 WANDERERS 0|
(Tuesday 12th July 2011)
Wanderers went down 3-0 to a strong Chelsea side in a 'behind closed doors' friendly played at Cobham on Tuesday evening. Yossi Benayoun opened the scoring on 4 minutes when he flicked the ball up over a defender and then Nikki Bull before the ball dropped over the line. Wycombe prevented further goals until seven minutes after the break when Fernando Torres swept home Nicolas Anelka's cross from inside the penalty to make it 2-0. Slobodan Rajkovic completed the scoring on 56 minutes with a volley from close range following cross from the right by Yury Zhirkov. Wycombe will continue their public friendlies on Saturday 16th July with a trip to Braintree Town (KO 3pm).
Wycombe 1st half: Bull, Foster, Sandell (sub Dunne), Winfield, Tunnicliffe (sub Stewart), Halls, Lewis, Betsy; Ainsworth, Grant, Rendell
Wycombe 2nd half:Bull (sub Arnold), McCoy, Sandell, Johnson, Tunnicliffe, Harris, Donnelly, Bloomfield, McClure (sub Ibe), Beavon, Strevens
Chelsea 1st half: Hilario, Bosingwa, Van Aanholt, Terry, Kalas, Mikel, Kaby, Benayoun, Malouda, Kakuta, Drogba.
Chelsea 2nd half:Turnbull, Ferreira, Cole, Ivanovic, Rajkovic, B Clifford (sub 65 Mellis), McEachran, Zhirkov, Anelka, Kalou, Torres - Ref: Phil Dowd
STAINES 0 WYCOMBE 5|
(Saturday 9th July 2011)
Wanderers kicked off their pre-season friendlies prior to the start of the 2011/12 campaign with a 5-0 victory at Conference South side Staines Town. Manager Gary Waddock, who signed a new three year deal with the Wanderers on the Friday before the game, sent out two completely different XI's in each half and saw his first selection take a 4-0 lead at the break - Scott Beavon opening the scoring on 13 minutes before first year pro Jesse Kewley-Graham doubled the lead on 28. Matt McClure then struck on 35 and 45 minutes to confirm Wanderers' dominance. 15 year old Youth Teamer Jordon Ibe completed the scoring on 65 minutes when he beat two defenders before driving the ball home at the near post. Wycombe continue their friendlies on Saturday 16th July with a trip to Braintree Town (KO 3pm).
Wycombe 1st half: Steve Arnold, Josh Scowen, Charles Dunne, James Tunnicliffe, Leon Johnson, Scott Donnelly, John Halls, Jesse Kewley-Graham, Ben Strevens, Stuart Beavon, Matt McClure
Wycombe 2nd half: Matt Ingram, Marvin McCoy, Andy Sandell, Dave Winfield, Anthony Stewart, Kadeem Harris, Ben Harding, Stuart Lewis, Joel Grant, Scott Rendell, Jordon Ibe - Att:318
WADDOCK SIGNS NEW DEAL|
(Friday 8th July 2011)
The Club announced on the evening of Friday 8th July that Manager Gary Waddock had signed a new deal with the Wanderers running until the end of the 2013/14 season. Waddock, who joined Wycombe in October 2009, told the official website, "The future looks extremely bright and encouraging and I'm delighted to commit my future to the Club. It's been a home to me since day one. A lot of hard work has been done and all we want to do is build on those foundations to take the Club forward. Steve [Hayes] has got a vision and a plan for this football club and everything is in place to achieve further success." Meanwhile, owner Steve Hayes added, "For me, this is one of the most important signings the Club has made in a long time and I am hugely delighted that Gary has pledged his future to Wycombe Wanderers. We have a fantastic working relationship, one which I am very much looking forward to continuing as we move into an exciting new era."
RESERVES QUIT LEAGUE|
(Tuesday 5th July 2011)
The Club announced on Tuesday 5th July that their reserve side will not be entered into the Football Combination for the 2011/12 season - thus ending close to 30 years of competitive league action for a Wanderers Reserve XI. According to the Official website, the decision follows 'a consultation between the manager and his players'. Manager Gary Waddock commented, "The players and I are in agreement that we'd like to be able to choose when we play our practice games throughout the season. With 46 league games to play, as well as the cup competitions, there are some very busy periods and we don't want to put too much pressure on the lads by being committed to a reserve league. The practice games will be played at a high standard to ensure the players remain in good shape and are ready to be called upon when we need them for first-team duties." Wanderers Reserves have competed in the Combination since the 1998/99 season and prior to that in the Capital League and the Surburban League.
(Monday 4th July 2011)
Steve Hayes, along with others from his Wycombe Sports Development Limited company are set to give presentations to both Wanderers and London Wasps supporters on the evenings of 4th and 5th July at Adams Park. In preperation for the meeting, WSDL took out a paid two page advert in the Bucks Free Press and they also published similar information on the WSDL website. Attendance to the meetings appears to restricted to those with internet access and the ability to register online. A series of public meetings is also planned by WSDL. Meanwhile, the previous meeting for 'stakeholders' held on 28th June 2011 was the subject of a detailed report by the SMBU website.
COTN - Stadium Timeline 2011
KAPPA SHIRT DEAL|
(Monday 4th July 2011)
Following the anouncement of Dreams as the new First Team shirt sponsors, the Club revealed on Monday 4th July that Italian sportswear manufacturer Kappa have signed a one year deal to supply the Club's team wear and merchandise. The new designs will be launched at a special event at Adams Park on Thursday 14th July. As previously stated, the new shirt designs will have a one year life span, as the Club intend to release a special design for the 2012/13 season to mark the 125th anniversary of the formation of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club.
SQUAD NUMBERS CONFIRMED|
(Friday 1st July 2011)
Wanderers' First Team squad numbers for the 2011/12 have been confirmed by the Club. All retained players have kept their number from last season. The full list is as follows:
1. Nikki BULL, 2. Danny FOSTER, 3. Andy SANDELL, 5. Dave WINFIELD, 6. Leon JOHNSON, 7. Gareth AINSWORTH, 8. Ben HARDING, 9. Scott RENDELL, 10. Matt BLOOMFIELD, 11. Kevin BETSY, 12. Ben STREVENS, 13. Matt INGRAM, 16. James TUNNICLIFFE, 17. Joel GRANT, 18. Stuart LEWIS, 19. Marvin McCOY, 20. Stuart BEAVON, 21. John HALLS, 22. Scott DONNELLY, 23. Elliot BENYON, 26. Jesse KEWLEY-GRAHAM, 27. Anthony STEWART, 28. Josh SCOWEN, 29. Matt McCLURE, 30. Kadeem HARRIS, 32. Steve ARNOLD
DREAMS BACK AS SPONSORS|
(Friday 1st July 2011)
The Club confirmed on Friday 1st July that bed retailer Dreams have agreed a deal to become shirt sponsors for Wanderers for the next two seasons. The company, who has its head office in High Wycombe, previously sponsored Wanderers' shirt for the 2007/8 and 2008/9 seasons before Bucks New University took over the role for the following two seasons. The new kit will be launched on Thursday 14th July when a new light and dark blue quartered design will be revealed as the first choice kit, while a new 'change' kit will also be put on sale. Both new kits will have a one year life span, as the Club intend to release a special design for the 2012/13 season to mark the 125th anniversary of the formation of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club.
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