(Friday 17th May 2013)
The following is a list of pre-season friendlies arranged to date:
Sat 6 July Havant & Waterlooville (away) - KO 3pm
Wed 17 July Farnborough Town (away) - KO 7.30pm
Sat 20 July ASTON VILLA (home) - KO 3pm
Fri 26 July Oxford City (away) - KO 7.30pm
The game with Oxford city has been brought forward a day from its original date.
The meeting with Aston Villa will see the return of former Wycombe Manager Paul Lambert, now boss at Villa Park. Wycombe last met Villa in a League Cup match at Adams Park in September 2005 when a David O'Leary managed side wiped away John Gorman's Wanderers by an 8-3 margin.
WINDIND UP DISMISSED|
(Monday 13th May 2013)
A statement by the Club released on Monday (13th May) regarding the court appearance relating to the Winding Up Petition served by the HMRC read, "Wycombe Wanderers can confirm that the club has settled its outstanding tax bill with HM Revenue & Customs. Wanderers were represented in the High Court today where the winding up petition that they faced was dismissed. Joint-chairman Don Woodward said: “The High Court hearing was a formality and we would like to thank HMRC for their cooperation. A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to ensure the club can progress and we are confident that plans are in place to make this happen.” The exact figure of the bill has not been revealed but has been fully covered by the £350,000 sale of the Club's training facilty to an, as yet, unknown consortium said to be 'life long' Wanderers supporters.
MORGAN NEXT TO SIGN|
(Monday 13th May 2013)
The Club confirmed on Monday (13th May) that Dean Morgan has agreed a new one year deal with the Wanderers. The 29 year signed for Wycombe in September from Chesterfield in what was originally described as a 'short term contract'. He went on to score nine goals in 35 appearances during his first season at the Club. Other contract news has seen midfielder and former Youth Teamer Emmanuel Ighorae released. The 18 year old failed to make a First Team appearance during his time with the Club.
BLOOMFIELD SIGNS AGAIN|
(Thursday 9th May 2013)
Matt Bloomfield has agreed a new deal with the Wanderers that will take him into his tenth season with the Club. Bloomfield, now 29, signed for Wycombe on free from Ipswich Town in December 2003 under Tony Adams and hassince clocked up 288 First Team apps, although injury restricted his First Team shows to just four last season. However, he says his rehabilitation is going and hopes to be fully fit to start the pre-season friendlies in early July.
CHAIRBOYS GAS - 25 YEARS ON|
(Friday 3rd May 2013)
COTN concludes the 1987/88 digital re-issue of supporters' fanzine 'Chairboys Gas' to mark the 25th anniversary of its original publication with Issue 8 for that season 1987/88. This issue was released shortly after the final league game of the 1987/88 campaign, away to champions elect Lincoln City. See for the first time the cover and back pages in colour, plus also the first detailed look at the plans for the new ground at Adams Park.
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CONTRACTS - GOING|
(Thursday 2nd May 2013)
Grant Basey is the most experienced player to be shown the door at Adams Park as Gareth Ainsworth starts his squad rebuilding excersise for the 2013/14 season. Basey joined Wanderers in October 2011 - making 33 First Team apps before the close of that season. But the current campaign has been injury hit with just four apps and since September 2012. Youngsters Olly Taylor, George Ehui and Dennis Oli are also released. Former Youth Teamer Taylor made his First Team debut under Waddock and was given his first start in Ainsworth's first game as caretake Manager at Dagenham. Ehui is another Youth Teamer in his first pro season with the Club and is being released having made three sub apps (all under Ainsworth). Oli joined Wanderers on a free from Gillingham in the summer of 2012 but made just 10 appearances over the course of the season.
CONTRACTS - STAYING|
(Thursday 2nd May 2013)
Gareth Ainsworth has wasted no time in revealing news about some of the squad who are out of contract this summer. Youngsters Junior Morias, Lee Angol and Max Kretzschmar have all been offered new one deals. 17 year old Morais made his First Team debut as substitute in Ainsworth first game in charge at Dagengham on 29 September and went on to total 19 apps as sub in the Football League plus two starts and a further sub appearance in cup competitions. Former Spurs trainee Angol joined Wanderers in the summer of 2012 under Gary Waddock but made just fours sub apps and none under Ainsworth. Meanwhile, Kretzschmar is a former Youth Team captain for the Wanderers but has yet to get his chance at First Team level.
NEW SHIRT DEAL|
(Wednesday 1st May 2013)
The Club announced a prestigious new shirt sponsorship deal on Wednesday (1st May) with electronic giants Samsung. The deal has been struck with Samsung Electronics UK and ties in with Wycombe being involved with the 'Win A Pro Contract' nationwide competition that gives amateur footballers at the grassroots of the game the opportunity to win a one-year professional playing contract. Wanderers are the third club to sign up for the deal, now starting its fourth season, following previous partnerships with Swindon Town and Leyton Orient. The Samsung logo will appear on the front of the new 'first choice' kit, which will return to quarters for the start of the 2013/14 campaign, while the Samsung logo will appear on the back of the 'second choice' kit, with another deal being sought for the front.
WYCOMBE FINISH 15th|
(Saturday 27th April 2013)
Wanderers finished the 2012/13 season in 15th place in the 'League Two' having recovered from being bottom of the table as of 17th November 2012. It's Wycombe lowest finishing position in 20 seasons in the Football League but will still be a satisfactory one for a Club ending their first season under the control of the Trust. Wycombe's last 30 games of the season under Gareth Ainsworth had them 7th in the 'League Two' form table. Champions of the 'League Two' were Gillingham, with Rotherham and Port Vale the other two clubs automatically promoted. Burton, Cheltenham, Northampton and Bradford fight it out in the play-offs. Barnet and Aldershot and relegated to the Conference National, with Mansfield coming in the other direction. Wrexham play Newport County in the Conference play-off final for the other place in the Football League. Coming down to 'League Two' from 'League One' are Scunthorpe, Bury, Hartlepool and Portsmouth. The 2013/14 Football League season kicks off on Saturday 3rd August 2013. The fixtures will be released on Wednesday 19th June 2013 at 9am.
WYCOMBE 1 PORT VALE 1|
(Saturday 27th April 2013)
Gary Ainsworth made his 600th competitive professional appearance as Wanderers concluded the 2012/13 campaign with a 1-1 draw with Port Vale at Adams Park on Saturday. With the visitors all but mathematically sure of automatic promotion, Vale boasted a following of close to 2,800 and with the home following also out in force, the 7,200 attendance was easily Wycombe's best of the season. Although the game wasn't a spectacle, Wanderers drew first blood in the 31st minute when Joel Grant's cross to the far post from the right saw Vale 'keeper Chris Neal pull down Dean Morgan as the Wycombe forward looked to fire home the loose ball. Morgan got up to dispatch the resulting penalty and subdue the travelling hordes. At the back Dave Winfield and the returning Kortney Hause snuffed out Vale's formidable front line as Wycombe continued to lead when Ainsworth introduced himself of 76 minutes for his milestone appearance on what he says will be his last in pro football. But within three minutes he saw Vale level matters when a corner from the right was flicked on in the six yard box and substitute Lee Hughes glanced a header past Matt Ingram and give the Vale fans something to cheer about. For Ainsworth there was also a fairytale finish when he went close with two efforts - an attempted overhead kick on the left side of the box and a miscued shot from a similar position, all within the space of a couple of minutes. The final whistle signalled a pitch invasion from many of the Vale fans and when calm had been returned, the Vale players returned for their celebrations, followed shortly afterwards by the Wycombe players showing their appreciation to their fans and Ainsworth also making an emotional lap of honour on his special day. Wycombe: Ingram, McCoy, Hause, Winfield, Dunne, Andrade (sub 76 Ainsworth), Spring, Lewis, Wood, Grant, Morgan - subs not used: Harrison, Johnson, Harriman, Doherty, Morias, Kuffour - Att: 7,120 (away 2,828)
GAZ AGREES NEW DEAL|
(Monday 22nd April 2013)
Gareth Ainsworth has agreed to a new two year deal as Manager of the Wanderers. The news was announced at around 11am on Monday and also included the news that the Wycombe Manager will retire from the playing side following the final game of the season on Saturday at home to Port Vale. If Ainsworth appears it would be his 600th professional competitive First Team appearance during a career that started at Preston North End in 1992. Commenting on his new deal to the official website, Ainsworth said, "I’m honoured, proud and very, very thankful to everyone that has supported me in any way that they have." He added, "This is enormous for me and I’m really thankful to everyone who has helped me achieve this. I want to repay the Trust and all the supporters by working so hard and bringing back the glory years. I’ll give it my best shot, I promise you."
BARNET 1 WYCOMBE 0|
(Saturday 20th April 2013)
Wycombe failed to perform to their recent potential as they went down 1-0 to Barnet on Saturday in what was the last competitive game to be held at Underhill. The only goal of the came nine minutes from the end of the 90 minutes when Jake Hyde, nephew of former Wanderer Paul Hyde, turned the ball in at the near post following a low cross from the left. Even then Wanderers had a chance to spoil the day for Barnet when substitute Bruno Andrade was tripped in the box on the left byeline but Joel Grant saw his resulting penalty saved by Graham Stack in the home goal and ensure The Bees grabbed three vital points. A sell-out crowd of just over 6,000 led to the kick-off being delayed by 15 minutes and when proceedings finally got underway it was the home side, desperately requiring a win to help relegation fears, who set the pace. Kicking down the Underhill slope, Barnet were only kept at bay by another series of saves from Wanderers 'keeper Matt Ingram - the pick being a full length save to his right as he tipped Curtis Weston's low angled shot on 37 minutes onto the upright. With the game still goalless at the break, Wanderers still made little use of the advantage of the slope although they did have the ball in the net on 64 minutes through Leon Johnson's close range effort only for a foul to be given against Johnson. With time running out Barnet eventually got the breakthrough that the home fans had been urging. The ball was fed out to the left wing and the cross to the near post was turned in by Hyde to spark mass celebrations amongst the Barnet support. Those same fans fell silent in stoppage time after the referee pointed to the spot for the trip on Andrade but Grant's penalty to the 'keepers right was a decent height and Stack's diving save saw him mobbed by his teammates and evoke more Barnet celebrations. The final whistle moments later ensured Barnet ended their 106 year spell at Underhill on high, while Wycombe move on to host Port Vale next Saturday in what will be, win, lose or draw for Vale, a promotion celebration party. A win for Wycombe could lift them as high as 11th in the table from the current 14th placing. Wycombe: Ingram, Harriman, Dunne, Johnson, Doherty, Spring, Lewis, Scowen, Wood (sub 75 Andrade), Grant, Kuffour (sub 75 Morias) - subs not used: Harrison, McCoy, Hause, Ainsworth, Morgan - Att: 6,001 (away 857)
WYCOMBE 0 NORTHAMPTON 0|
(Tuesday 16th April 2013)
Wanderers played out a fairly unattractive 0-0 draw with promotion chasing Northampton Town at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. Wycombe failed to test Northampton 'keeper Lee Nicholls throughout on an off night for Dean Morgan, while fellow striker Matt McClure was forced off on 64 minutes with an injury. The closest Wycombe came to scoring came in the first half when McClure flick from a Joel Grant cross was deflected goalwards by Town's Lee Collins but Nicholls dived to save.
Meanwhile, The Cobblers went closest through top scorer Adebayo Akinfenwa, when he saw a header bounce off the top of the crossbar three minutes into the second period. The 0-0 scoreline keeps Wanderers in 15th place in the table with the trip to second from bottom Barnet to come on Saturday in what will be the last competitive game to be held at Underhill. The game is heading for a sell-out with Wanderers allocation of around 800 also close to selling out as of a couple of days before the game. Wycombe: Ingram, McCoy, Doherty, Johnson, Dunne, Lewis, Scowen, Spring, Grant, McClure (sub 64 Morias), Morgan (sub 85 Kuffour) - subs not used: Harrison, Wood, Andrade, Harriman, Hause - Att: 3,615 (away 784)
WYCOMBE 2 ALDERSHOT 1|
(Saturday 13th April 2013)
Wycombe secured their 'League Two' future for another season with a 2-1 victory over basement side Aldershot Town on Saturday. Wanderers welcomed back Dean Morgan and Matt McClure into their front line, with the latter celebrating his 50th appearance for Wycombe with a goal and an assist. After a goalless first-half Wanderers eventually took the lead on 50 minutes when McClure forced his way past Ben Herd on the left of the box before knocking the ball past former Wanderer Jamie Young in the visitors goal. It was surprise when shot shy Aldershot drew level on 68 minutes when Craig Stanley shot home with a low shot from the edge of the box. But with The Shot's 900 plus following sensing a rare victory, it was Wanderers who confirmed their fighting spirit when McClure set away Joel Grant down the left channel on 75 minutes, with Grant finishing with a neat dink over the advancing Young. This time there was no way back for the visitors who now looked doomed to relegation back to the Conference. Wycombe: Ingram, Harriman, Winfield (sub 65 Johnson), Doherty, Dunne, Grant, Spring, Scowen, Wood (sub 76 Andrade), McClure, Morgan (sub 90 Kuffour) - subs not used: Harrison, McCoy, Kewley-Graham, Morias - Att: 4,290 (away 910)
BURTON ALBION 2 WYCOMBE 0|
(Tuesday 9th April 2013)
Wanderers went down to a 2-0 defeat at promotion chasing Burton Albion on Tuesday evening. Manager Gareth Ainsworth named himself in the starting line-up but saw his side eventually fall behind when Jacques Maghoma fired home four minutes into second period after a slip by Michael Harriman. Ainsworth replaced himself shortly afterwards but on an evening where Wycombe struggled to create chances throughout, it was Maghoma who added a second on 68 minutes when he capitalised on another Harriman error before shooting past Matt Ingram. Wycombe, who have yet to seal mathmatical safety in League Two, had Ingram to thank for keeping the score down with a number of decent saves. The result sees Wycombe remain 15th in the table. Meanwhile, Burton have crept into the automatic promotion places with three games left to play. Wycombe: Ingram, Harriman, Winfield, Doherty, Dunne, Ainsworth (sub 55 Morias), Scowen, Spring, Wood (sub 70 Kewley-Graham), Grant, Kuffour (sub 79 Taylor) - subs not used: Harrison, Johnson, McCoy, Kretzschmar - Att: 2,202 (away 200 approx)
TRUST MEMBERS TO VOTE|
(Tuesday 9th April 2013)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust Members will vote on Wednesday 10th April 2013 whether they officially approve of the sale of Wanderers Training Ground for £350,000 to an anonymous consortium. Read full story from chairboys.co.uk
OXFORD UTD 0 WYCOMBE 1|
(Saturday 6th April 2013)
A delightfully taken goal from Joel Grant on 18 minutes saw Wanderers claim all three points in a deserved 1-0 victory at a sunny Oxford United on Saturday. Gareth Ainsworth fielded an unchanged starting line-up to the one that had beaten Morecambe the previous Monday but they again struggled to create chances in the opening stages. United, including three former Wanderers, Jon-Paul Pittman, Scott Davies and Michael Duberry, had the better of the early chances, with Davies curling a free-kick over the bar in the 3rd minute. However, Wycombe took the lead slightly against the run of play when Grant cut in from the right of midfield, skipped past two defenders before driving a low angled shot from the right corner of the box and under 'keeper Luke McCormick. The goal sparked Wycombe with confidence and livened the 1,000 plus following for the Wanderers, although there was a scare in the 26th minute when a low shot from the left by Pittman struck the opposite upright. Sam Wood saw a shot blocked moments before the break and Jo Kuffour had a great chance to extend Wycombe's lead eight minutes into the second period when he was set free by a Josh Scowen assist down the left but he shot too close to McCormick. United's best chance to score on 55 minutes when Alfie Potter shot straight at Matt Ingram. Wycombe had further chances through Grant and Scowen but there was a massive intake of breath for the Wycombe faithful on the stroke of 90 minutes when Ingram dropped a United throw-in from the right but recovered in time to smoother the ball on the line. Moments later the final whistle sounded to confirm a result that has Wanderers within a fraction of 'League Two' safety with just another point required or any points dropped by York, or more than one point dropped by either Wimbledon or Accrington. Wycombe travel to Burton Albion on Tuesday evening looking to consolidate their 15th place in the table. Wycombe:Ingram, Harriman, Winfield, Doherty, Dunne, Grant, Lewis, Scowen, Spring, Wood, Kuffour - subs not used: Harrison, Johnson, Ainsworth, Andrade, McCoy, Kewley-Graham, Morias - Att: 6,777 (away 1,132)
MORECAMBE 0 WYCOMBE 1|
(Monday 1st April 2013)
Wanderers edged towards 'League Two' safety thanks to a gritty 1-0 victory at Morecambe on Easter Monday. The only goal of the game came on 55 minutes when the returning Matt Spring delivered a free-kick deep into the Morecambe box which was headed back for Stuart Lewis to thump home through a crowd of players. In came during a game where the home side rarely threatened despite boasting a home record of one defeat in the last sixteen. The goal came during a game of few chances, with Wycombe's best effort in the first half came when a 28th minute free-kick by Spring from the left flank saw Jo Kuffour mis-cue at the far post. Meanwhile, the closest the Shrimpers came to an equaliser was on 79 minutes when a long range effort from Ryan Williams on the left of the midfield that hit the left hand post before Matt Ingram scrambled to tip Jordon Burrow's follow up onto the cross bar. Wanderers remain 15th in the table with 52 points - seven points clear of the relegation zone and six games remaining. Next up, Oxford United away on Saturday 6th April. Wycombe:Ingram, Harriman, Winfield, Doherty, Dunne, Grant, Spring, Lewis, Scowen, Wood, Kuffour - subs not used: Harrison, Johnson, Ainsworth, Andrade, Oli, McCoy, Morias - Att: 1,702 (away 158)
WYCOMBE 0 ACCRINGTON 1|
(Friday 29th March 2013)
Wanderers conceeded a 93rd minute goal as they went down 1-0 at home to Accrington Stanley on Good Friday afternoon. The match, promoted as the 'Talk of the Town' by the Club, saw the attendance boosted to just over 4,500 but the game never threatened to live up to its billing. Former Youth Teamer Matt Ingram was given his professional in goal after Jordan Archer was recalled by Spurs and he was involved in a controversial incident in the 20th minute when he collected a Stanley corner from the right only for Lee Molyneux to barge and then kick out at the Wycombe youngster. Molyneux was fortunate to escape with just a yellow card and the decision came back to haunt Wycombe in stoppage time when the Stanley striker latched onto a half cleared corner from the left to fire low past Ingram and snatch all three points. Wycombe were left kicking themselves for missing the better chances of the game - most notably when Stuart Lewis powered through on the edge of the box from Matt McClure's lay off only to see the ball strike the left hand upright. Then with five minutes of normal time remaining Sam Wood pulled a shot wide of the right hand post when played into space on the opposite side of the Stanley penalty area. That missed produced groans from the Wycombe crowd but there was worse to come when Molyneux struck to set the relegation alarm bells ringing again for Wycombe. Wycombe travel to Morecambe on Easter Monday. Wycombe:Ingram, McCoy, Johnson, Doherty, Harriman, Grant (sub 78 Ainsworth), Lewis, Scowen, Wood, Kuffour (sub 69 Morias), McClure. Substitutes not used: Harrison, Winfield, Spring, Andrade, Dunne - Att: 4,577 (away 112)
(Monday 25th March 2013)
Wanderers’ court hearing with the HMRC has been adjourned until Monday 13th May following the hearing on Monday (25th March). An official statement following the outcome saw Wanderers Joint-Chairman Don Woodward say, “We have been and will continue to work with the HMRC to resolve the situation. We are grateful for their patience and understanding as the club work through their financial issues." The HMRC served the Club with a winding-up petition on 4th March 2013. Press reports have indicated that the debt to the HMRC now totals £107,861. Meanwhile, the sale of the Club's training ground for £350,000 has yet to be confirmed, while the Annual Accounts, due on 31st March 2013, had yet to be filed with Companies House.
BURTON AWAY CALLED OFF|
(Saturday 23rd March 2013)
Wanderers' scheduled game at Burton Albion on Saturday (23rd March) was the latest to be called off in a season hit by weather disruptions. Snow during the night before the game left the pitch covered in several inches of snow and a pitch inspection at 10am confirmed the cancellation. A new date will be advised but with the home game with Northampton Town already rearranged for Tuesday 16th April, the only remaining midweek dates available are week commencing 8th April and 22nd April. Next game for Wanderers is now the Good Friday meeting with Accrington Stanley at Adams Park, kick-off 3pm. Wycombe are 15th in the table after Saturday's game, with 49 points from 38 games.
BRADFORD 1 WYCOMBE 0|
(Tuesday 19th March 2013)
Wanderers went down 1-0 at Bradford City on Tuesday. The only goal of the game came after 7 minutes when Garry Thompson's finished from after James Hanson had headed down Kyel Reid's free-kick. Matt McClure had Wycombe's best chance to equalise when he went close shortly after Thompson's goal and then again in the 49th minute - heading over a Dean Morgan cross to the far post. Wycombe:Archer, Harriman, Winfield, Doherty, Dunne, Grant (sub 66 Ainsworth), Lewis, Scowen, Wood, Morgan (sub 78 Morias), McClure - subs not used: Ingram, Oli, McCoy, Kuffour, Hause - Att: 8,047 (away 68)
NORTHAMPTON GAME OFF|
(Saturday 16th March 2013)
Wanderers' scheduled home League Two match with Northampton Town was postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch at Adams Park. A statement issued by the Club at around 11.15am on the morning of the match said, "Match official Brendan Malone conducted an inspection at 11am this morning and deemed the Adams Park surface unplayable. Heavy rainfall, which had started late yesterday afternoon, continued overnight and into the morning, meaning puddles formed on the Adams Park playing surface." Wanderers next match in on Tuesday evening when they travel to Bradford City.
CHAIRBOYS GAS - 25 YEARS ON|
(Thursday 14th March 2013)
COTN continues the digital re-issue of supporters' fanzine 'Chairboys Gas' in order to mark the 25th anniversary of its original publication. Issue 7 for season 1987/88 was released on Saturday 12th March 1988 as Wanderers took on Northwich Victoria at Loakes Park. This issue, the first 20 pager, looks back on a controversial 2-2 draw at Sutton, the battle between Barnet and Lincoln for promotion to the Football League and a trip through Metroland to visit the former grounds of Leytonstone and Ilford. Download issue No.7 1987/88
WYCOMBE 2 ROTHERHAM 2|
(Tuesday 12th March 2013)
Gary Doherty came off the bench on his return from injury to score the equaliser that earned Wanderers a point in a 2-2 draw with Rotherham on Tuesday evening at Adams Park. Joel Grant had given Wycombe the lead in the 6th minute when he slotted home from inside the six yard box from Dean Morgan's assist. But as Wanderers looked to bounce back from the heavy defeat at Rochdale three days earlier. they suffered another injury set-back when Matt McClure was forced off with a foot injury after just 20 minutes. Chances were limited for either side up to the break while the start of the second half was delayed for a few minutes due as referee Steve Bratt was replaced by fourth official Jake Hillier. But it was the visitors who hit the ground running as they drew level on 51 minutes when Daniel Nardiello headed home a left wing cross from Liam Ridehalgh. Nardiello then put the Millers ahead. A bizzare incident on 62 minutes saw Rotherham kick the ball out of play to allow Charles Dunne to recieve treatment but on the restart, rather than return the ball to a Rotherham player, Dean Morgan took on Rotherham 'keeper Andy Warrington on a one on one with The Millers thankfully sparing Wycombe's embarassment by making a save. Two minutes later Wanderers were behind when Ben Pringle broke down the left wing before crossing low to the far post for Nardiello to poke home. Morgan should have levelled minutes later but he blazed over from inside the bo from Jo Kuffour's cross from the right. Gareth Ainsworth brought himself off the bench in an attempt to turn things around, while on 74 minutes an injury to Dave Winfield saw the return of Gary Doherty for the first time since November 2012. Within six minutes the former Charlton man had levelled the scores when he glanced in a header from a Sam Wood corner from the right. Meanwhile, Kayode Odejayi almost snatched a winner for the visitors in stoppage was but his downward header was kept out by a great stop from Jordan Archer. Wycombe:Archer, Harriman, Winfield (sub 74 Doherty), Dunne, Wood, Andrade (sub 71 Ainsworth), Lewis, Scowen, Grant, McClure (sub 21 Kuffour), Morgan - subs not used: Harrison, Oli, McCoy, Morias - Att: 2,581 (away 178)
ROCHDALE 4 WYCOMBE 1|
(Saturday 9th March 2013)
Wanderers crashed to a 4-1 defeat at 16th placed Rochdale on Saturday in one of the most disappointing performances to date under Gareth Ainsworth. The Wycombe Player/Manager had brought in Joel Grant to the starting line-up in place of himself and saw his side take a 16th minute the lead against the run of play when Stuart Lewis swept the ball home from the right side of the box after it looked like Matt McClure had fouled Shane Cansdell-Sherriff in the lead up. However, the lead was shortlived as two minutes later a free-kick from the left was stroked home at the far post by Ian Henderson. The game remained at 1-1 until the break but Dale took the lead two minutes into the second period when a corner from the left was headed into his own net at the near post by Michael Harriman. Wanderers continued to struggle at the back and almost suffered another set back on 49 minutes when Lewis had to be alert to clear a Joe Thompson effort off the line. Then yet another corner from the left saw Henderson's chipped attempt from the corner of the penalty area strike the Wycombe cross-bar. Wanderers best spell followed but thoughts of taking anything from the game disappeared during the latter stages when George Donnelly grabbed a brace for the home side - first on 78 minutes when a break down the Dale left ended with Donnelly angling the ball past Jordan Archer from the right side of the penalty area. Then on 85 minutes the same player connected with yet another delivery from the left - this time heading back across the face of the goal and into the opposite corner of the Wycombe net to make it 4-1. With Wycombe all at sea, Bobby Grant saw a shot clip the top of the cross-bar as the game ended with a comprehensive defeat. Next game for Wycombe, home to Rotherham. Wycombe:Archer, Harriman, Dunne, Winfield, Stewart, Grant, Scowen, Lewis, Wood, Morgan (sub 61 Morias), McClure (sub 61 Kuffour) - subs not used: Harrison, McCoy, Johnson, Oli, Andrade - Att: 1,979 (away 120)
(Tuesday 5th March 2013)
Wanderers joint Chairman Don Woodward has reassurred supporters through the local press that the winding up petition served against the Club by the HMRC on 11th February 2013 is just 'procedure' and that action taken since that date to raise the necessary cash gives him confidence that the situation will be sorted prior to the court hearing on 25th March.
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CLUB WINDING-UP PETITION|
(Monday 4th March 2013)
A winding up petition on Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited has been served by the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs. The Trust have issued a response saying "The Club are working with the HRMC to settle this amount and matters are progressing towards an amicable and workable end."
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WYCOMBE 1 FLEETWOOD 0|
(Saturday 2nd March 2013)
A dramatic last minute header from Anthony Stewart saw Wanderers grab a 1-0 victory over 8th placed Fleetwood Town on Saturday at Adams Park.
Wycombe had gone into the game with Player/Manager Gareth Ainsworth naming himself in the starting line-up for the first time since the trip to Plymouth in December. It was Ainsworth who provided one of Wanderers best chances of the first half when a speculative effort from 25 yards on 19 minutes saw Scott Davies, in the visitors goal, get down well at the foot of the left hand upright to push away. But Ainsworth did not have a happy day on the pitch, picking up an injury that eventually forced him off before the interval to be replaced by a less than fully fit Bruno Andrade. Earlier, in a scrappy first half, referee Roger East took the ball in the face and received lengthy treatment before continuing. Fleetwood, on their first ever visit Wycombe, had their best chance in the first half when Evans shot from the right corner of the box only for Jordan Archer to save well at the near post. The second half was another tight affair, with the game looking to be heading for a goalless stalement, especially when Stewart's overhead attempt on 89 minutes was headed over the bar by former Macclesfield Jon Parkin. It was from the resulting corner, delivered by Josh Scowen, from the right that Stewart met with a downward header on the far edge of the six yard box, with the ball bouncing over Davies, into the left corner of the Valley End net and cue mass celebrations on and off the pitch. It was a rare late goal for Wanderers in the current season but provided three welcome points that consolidates a 13th position in the table - 12 points clear of the drop zone and 9 points away from the play-off places. Next game for Wanderers, away to 16th placed Rochdale on Saturday. Wycombe:Archer, Harriman, Dunne, Winfield, Stewart, Ainsworth (sub 45 Andrade), Scowen, Lewis, Wood, Morgan (sub 90 Hause), McClure (sub 82 Morias) - subs not used: Harrison, Spring, Oli, Kuffour - Att: 3,162 (away 74)
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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