All the news stories from February 2013
TORQUAY 1 WYCOMBE 2|
(Tuesday 26th February 2013)
Wycombe came from a goal down to seal a deserved 2-1 victory at
19th placed Torquay United on Tuesday evening thanks to second half goals from Sam Wood and Matt McClure. The result came after Wanderers had totally dominated the first 30 minutes but fell behind on 37 minutes when Ryan Jarvis netted for a home side who had lost their previous six games. Earlier in the game Wycombe had forced a succession of corners with one of those on 11 minutes delivered by the returning Josh Scowen finding the head of McClure at the near post but with the left hand upright coming to the rescue of The Gulls. Dean Morgan also saw an effort scrambledaway by Michael Poke in the home goal on 18 minutes before Wanderers were hit by a sucker punch when Billy Bodin was allowed to weave in from deep out on the left but he cut the ball back across to the edge of the box where Ryan Jarvis's shot was deflected via another Torway player past a helpless Jordan Archer. Knocks to both Joel Grant and Bruno Andrade forced earlier second half subistitions, with Gareth Ainsworth taking his first appearance for four games. It proved to be the inspiration for a memorable first victory at Plainmoor for Wanderers. However, not before the home side had their best spell of the game where with better finishing could have consigned Wycombe to a fourth straight defeat. There were 14 minutes left on the clock when Morgan drove in a low cross from the right that was pushed away by the 'keeper only for Stuart Lewis to slide in a shot that was blocked again but Sam Wood forced the ball home at the left hand upright. The winning goal came four minutes later with Morgan pushing the ball right to Ainsworth whose low cross picked out McClure in a central position 12 yards from goal. McClure then turned, beat a defender and drilled home left-footed for his 10th goal of the campaign and another late winner to join his effort at Gillingham three weeks previous. Victory took Wycombe back to 12th place in the table with the visit of 8th placed Fleetwood Town to come on Saturday. Wycombe:Archer, Harriman, Winfield, Dunne, Wood, Andrade (sub 50 Stewart), Lewis, Scowen, Grant (sub 59 Ainsworth), Morgan, McClure - subs not used: Harrison, Spring, Oli, Kuffour, Hause - Att: 1,793 (away 103)
TRUST ADMIN WARNING|
(Tuesday 26th February 2013)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust officials have warned the Club could go into administration unless £250,000 is raised as a matter of urgency and are proposing the sale of the Club's Training Ground on the Marlow Road to help resolve the situation.
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HAUSE EXTENDS DEAL|
(Monday 25th February 2013)
Wanderers youngster Kortney Hause has signed a new deal with the Wanderers running until June 2015. The 17 year old joined Wycombe in February 2012 and made his First Team debut when he came on as substitute in the 4-1 defeat at Crewe in the FA Cup in November 2012. He had previously played in the West Ham Youth Team. Commenting on the deal, he said, "I feel fantastic. Iím really happy to be given my second contract at this club. Itís a good club Ė you get chances as a young lad. Iíve got to keep working hard and developing so the chances to play more first-team football will keep coming."
WYCOMBE 1 SOUTHEND 2|
(Saturday 23rd February 2013)
Wycombe fell to their third successive defeat after going down 2-1 at home to 9th placed Southend United at Adams Park on Saturday. The latest reverse game after Dean Morgan had fired Wanderers into a 6th minute with one of the best worked goals at Adams Park this season - with Sam Wood working the ball forward for Matt McClure who laid the ball off on the left edge of the box for Morgan to net his eighth goal of the season. At this stage Wycombe were the better side and another goal could well have killed of the threat of a side who had booked a Wembley Football League Trophy Final place just a few days earlier. But Wycombe wasted chances and then conceeded eight minutes into the second half when Kevan Hurstís corner from was headed down by Ryan Cresswell and Barry Corr reacted first to strike home the loose ball. The visitors thrived on their equaliser, with Wycombe seemingly losing their way on front of goal and culmination in Britt Assombalonga skipping through the Wanderers defence down the left channel and firing low past Jordan Archer inside the left hand upright. Even then, Wycombe almost grabbed a dramatic equaliser in the dying moments when Matt McClure saw his close range effort blocked by Paul Smith in the United goal. This latest defeat leaves Wanderers in 15th place in the table with 42 points from 33 games. Next game, away to 19th placed Torquay United on Tuesday evening. Wycombe:Archer, Harriman, Stewart, Winfield, Dunne, Grant (sub 89 Andrade), Lewis, Spring, Wood, Morgan (sub 77 Kuffour), McClure - subs not used: Harrison, Ainsworth, Oli, McCoy, Hause - Att: 3,518 (away 500 approx)
BRISTOL R 1 WYCOMBE 0|
(Saturday 16th February 2013)
Wycombe fell to a 1-0 defeat at a John Ward managed Bristol Rovers on Saturday. The only goal of the game came in the 35th minute when Ryan Brunt's connected with a looping deflected cross from the right by Joe Anyinsah, and beat Jodan Archer in the Wanderers goal.
Wycombe, who generally struggled to create any significant chances, had their best spell at the start of the second period, with Jo Kuffour firing wide on 48 minutes. Garerth Ainsworth also tried to improve things with the introduction of Dean Morgan and Matt Spring, while Michael Harriman reverted back to his regular full-back role. However, two unsuccessful penalty claims for alleged fouls on Kuffour as the hosts seemed happy to hold, concluded a frustrating day for Wycombe who will need to improve again when they take on
9th placed Southend United at Adams Park on Saturday. Wycombe:Archer, McCoy (sub 63 Spring), Stewart, Winfield, Dunne, Grant (sub 62 Morgan), Harriman, Lewis, Wood, Kuffour, McClure (sub 89 Oli) - subs not used: Harrison, Johnson, Ainsworth, Hause - Att: 7,234 (away 388)
YOUNG DUO EXTEND DEALS|
(Wednesday 13th February 2013)
Wanderers youngsters Matt McClure and Matt Ingram have both signed new deals with the Club running until June 2015. Manager Gareth Ainsworth commented, "It's fantastic news for the club and the future of the Club. I want to protect our assets and these two are certainly assets for the football club. They've shown they're talented but they will get even better because they've got more to learn and they will develop."
WYCOMBE 0 BRADFORD 3|
(Tuesday 12th February 2013)
Wanderers' winning spell came to an abrupt end on Tuesday evening as they lost 3-0 to Bradford City at a cold Adams Park. The final scoreline was harsh on Wycombe who had conceeded within the first minute when Nathan Doyle drove the ball in from the left side of the penalty area from a cleared throw-in. The visitors long strong going forward but Wanderers will look to first half headers from Josh Scowen, Anthony Stewart and Dave Winfield that all missed the target from inviting positions. However, as the game entered the second period, Wycombe were to become more frustrated by a resolute City defence. Sam Wood saw a shot saved by Matt Duke on 58 minutes but it was Bradford who came within inches of doubling their lead on 63 minutes when Garry Thompson thumped an effort against the Wycombe crossbar that came down just in front of the goallin before being cleared. However, on 80 minutes, with Wanderers claiming a foul on Joel Grant deep in the Bradford half, the visitors broke away with Will Atkinson smashing the ball past Jordan Archer from 10 yards from James Hanson's assist. That was game over for Wycombe and the misery was piled on three minutes later when Hanson was fouled in the box and Doyle converted from the spot. To cap a frustrating evening for Wycombe, substitute Bruno Andrade limped off after just 15 of action to be replaced by Jo Kuffour. Defeat for Wycombe means they drop to 13th place in the table ahead of Saturday's trip to 19th placed Bristol Rovers. Wycombe:Archer, Harriman, Dunne, Winfield, Stewart, Grant, Scowen, Lewis, Wood, Morgan, McClure (sub 69 Andrade [ sub 86 Kuffour]) - subs not used: Harrison, Johnson, McCoy, Spring, Ainsworth - Att: 3,068 (away 444)
CHAIRBOYS GAS - 25 YEARS ON|
(Monday 11th February 2013)
COTN continues the digital re-issue of supporters' fanzine 'Chairboys Gas' in order to mark the 25th anniversary of its original publication. Issue 6 for season 1987/88 was released on Saturday 6th February 1988 as Wanderers took on Wealdstone at Loakes Park. This issue looks back on the appointment of Jim Kelman as Manager and his first League game in charge when Wanderers beat Cheltenham 5-3 in a memorable game at a misty Loakes Park. Download issue No.6 1987/88
WYCOMBE 4 YORK 0|
(Saturday 9th February 2013)
Wanderers continued their great form with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over York City at Adams Park on Saturday. Two first half penalty conversions from Dean Morgan coupled with suberb second half goals from Joel Grant and Dave Winfield mean that Gareth Ainsworth's side are now 11th in the table having taken 29 points from the last 13 games. Matt McClure for Jo Kuffour was the only change to the starting line-up that had beaten Gillingham the previous Monday and they got off to a flying start when Morgan was brought down by Scott Kerr on the left side of the Gills penalty and it was Morgan who got up to cooly slot in the resulting spot kick to give Wanderers the lead after just two minutes. Wycombe went on to dominate the remainder of the half and went close after a goal mouth scramble in the 18th minute. However, it was Morgan who doubled Wycombe's lead on the stroke of the half-time after Grant was brought down by Jamal Fyfield on the right side of the box and once again Morgan fired home from the spot. The visitors threatened briefly after the break but it was Grant who made it 3-0 on 58 minutes with a superb individual effort after running through from a central position, jinxing past a defender before nicking the ball past Michael Ingham and into the back of the Valley End net. That was curtains for City and their day was summed up four minutes later when Jason Walker fired wide of a gaping net from less than six yards. Winfield smashed a header against the crossbar in the 76th minute but he wasn't to be denied when from the resulting corner he rose highest to power in a header from around eight yards to cap Wanderers biggest winning margin since beating Hartlepool 5-0 at Adams Park in February 2012. Wycombe now take on League Cup finalists Bradford City at home on Tuesday (12th February) where victory would mean jumping to 10th place in the table. Meanwhile, next Saturday (16th February) Wanderers travel to 19th placed Bristol Rovers. Wycombe: Archer, Harriman, Dunne, Winfield, Stewart, Grant (sub 62 Andrade), Scowen, Lewis, Wood, Morgan (sub 77 Kuffour), McClure (sub 79 Ainsworth) - subs not used: Harrison, McCoy, Johnson, Spring - Att: 3,383 (away 302)
TRUST FINANCIAL CONCERNS|
(Friday 8th February 2013)
Don Woodward, the Chairman of Wycombe Wanderers Trust, has been quoted as saying he could be forced to sell the Club if the present financial situation is not improved. In an interview published in the Friday edition of the Bucks Free Press, Woodward said, "If the banks all finally
say no and there's no capital raising and Wasps don't pay us, then I'll have no option but to sell
the club having done all the work." He added, "It wouldn't be a disaster because the supporters would
still own the ground and the club would hopefully then be well financed and moving up the leagues, but it wouldn't be a supporter-run club." Woodward claimed that he had already 'had a few calls' from interested parties but went on to say that an alternative plan was to raise between £250,000 and £1m from a new share issue.
TRUST AGM NEXT WEEK|
(Friday 8th February 2013)
The Annual General Meeting of Wycombe Wanderers Trust will be held on Wednesday 13 February 2013 at 8.00pm in the Vere Suite at Adams Park. The venue will be open to members from 7.30pm. Tea and coffee will be available and the bar will be open. Various documents have been sent to members including the agenda, last minutes, accounts and details of directors seeking re-election. The meeting will also look to approve and adopt 'The Trust Structure' discussed at a previous meeting in October 2012. The objectives of the structure are:
ē To establish a structure for Wycombe Wanderers Trust and its subsidiaries that is operationally practical and gives Trust members sufficient control to be involved.
ē To protect the assets of Adams Park and the Training Ground.
GILLINGHAM 0 WYCOMBE 1|
(Monday 4th February 2013)
Wanderers delivered their result of the season to date with a 1-0 victory away to 2nd placed Gillingham in front of the live TV cameras. The winning goal came from substitute Matt McClure with five minutes of normal time remaining and just a minute after the same player had missed a glorious chance to score. The three points lifts Wanderers to 14th place in the table with 39 points from 29 games. From the last 12 games, no team in League Two has taken more points than Wycombe. This victory came after Gareth Ainsworth had named an unchanged starting line-up to the one that had beaten Dagenham two weeks previous. Meanwhile, home were looking to return to the top of the table and started brightly with Jordan Archer forced into several stops including a relex save to tip away Cody McDonaldís header on 23 minutes. However, as the match progressed, Wanderers settled and only a remarkable save from home 'keeper Nelson on 32 minutes from Sam Wood's viscously curling effort from 25 yards prevented Wycombe from taking the lead. Jo Kuffour then had a great chance as he found himself through on goal in a central position but his eventual shot lacked accuracy and left a frustrated Dean Morgan in space to his right. The Gills turned on the pressure again at the start of the second period with Dave Winfield bravely heading clear on 47 minutes. But at the other end, Winfield saw his own header cleared off the line on 54 minutes, while on the hour mark Kuffour missed a great chance from less than six yards, with Anthony Stewart also claiming a foul as he attempted to connect with the loose ball. Morgan could also have done better on 71 minutes when he broke clear on the left channel but his low shot was again saved by Nelson. The Gills relied heavily on the long throws into the penalty area to attempt to penetrate the Wycombe defence but the Wanderers net survived. McClure was introduced for Kuffour on 75 minutes and went close three minutes later but his effort from Joel Grant's cross from the right was blocked by Adam Barrett. On 84 minutes Ainsworth was left holding his head in frustration as McClure stroked the ball wide of the right hand upright with just Nelson to beat but sixty seconds later McClure made ammends when he took on a ball from Josh Scowen before nipping into the left side of the area and dinking the ball past Nelson to delight the Wycombe followers at the match and watching on TV. Wanderers then hung on through six minutes of stoppage time, including an unfortunate incident where a teenager from the home end encroached the pitch and jumped on the back of Jordan Archer just seconds after the Wycombe player had been booked for time wasting. However, the incident was quickly dealt with and with Archer not injured, it failed to spoil a great evening for the Wanderers. Next game is at home to York City on Saturday (9th February). Wycombe: Archer, Harriman, Dunne, Winfield, Stewart, Grant, Lewis, Scowen, Wood, Morgan, Kuffour (sub 75 McClure) - subs not used: Harrison, McCoy, Hause, Spring, Ainsworth, Andrade. - Att: 4,758 (away 84)
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