August 2009 News Archive
All the news stories from August 2009
(Saturday 29th August 2009)
Spectacular goals from Matt Phillips and Jon-Paul Pittman sent Wanderers on their way to a confidence boosting 2-1 victory over Bristol Rovers on Saturday at Adams Park. Events looked ominous after 26 minutes when Chris Lines was allowed to shoot home from close range and put the visitors ahead following a corner from the right. However, Wanderers responded in positive fashion and ten minutes later Phillips found space to the left of goal and sent a snap shot from 25 yards past a stunned Rhys Evans in the Rovers goal. The positive frame of mind continued into the second period, and it was susbtitutes Stuart Beavon and Pittman that combined in the 80th minute to secure the winning goal - Pittman turning on the edge of the box to curl the ball home from Beavon's ball from the right. It was only what Wanderers deserved as they registered their first League victory of the season. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Oliver, Mousinho, Duberry, Moncur, Green, Westlake (sub 60 Pittman), Phillips, Harrold (sub 60 Beavon), Zebroski - subs not used: Young, Chambers, Westwood, Spence, Pack - Att:5,214
(Friday 28th August 2009)
Wanderers confirmed on Friday afternoon the signing of Portsmouth midfielder Marlon Pack on an initial one month loan. The 18 year's loan runs until Saturday 29th September and he has been allocated the number 28 shirt that has been vacated by Danny Spiller who the Club confirmed had left the Club earlier in the week. Pack comes to Wycombe with over 50 Reserve and Accademy appearances but has yet to make the First Team.
(Friday 28th August 2009)
Wanderers could be set to receive another transfer sell-on windfall after interest has been expressed by Portsmouth in former Wanderers defender Mike Williamson. Watford paid Wycombe an 'undisclosed fee' for Williamson in January 2009 plus a 'hefty' sell-on clause. COTN understands that the fee was £150,000 coupled with a 25% sell-on clause of any profit Watford may make from his sale. At the time Wanderers MD Steve Hayes told the press "Don't look at the fee now, look at what it might be in the future. We could have waited until the end of the season but we could be turning down about £1m." Now seven months later and with Pompey reported to be offering a £5m fee, that could potentially mean a £1.2m injection to Club funds. This follows an estimated potential £700,000 windfall from Cardiff following their sale of former Wanderer Roger Johnson to Birmingham City in June 2009, although this will be paid over a four year period and dependent on First Team appearances for City.
Norwich 5 Wycombe 2 NORWICH CITY 5 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 22nd August 2009)
Wanderers capitulated on Saturday at Carrow Road, going down 5-2 to Norwich City in Paul Lambert's first game in charge of The Canaries. The former Wycombe boss saw his new side race to a 3-0 lead by the 36th minute through set-piece goals from Grant Holt (15 mins), Korey Smith (25 mins) and John Ostemobor (36 mins). Jon-Paul Pittman pulled a goal back for Wycombe on 38 minutes and the 800 or so Wycombe fans in the 23,000 plus crowd were given more hope just over 30 seconds into the second-half when Matt Harrold struck home to make the score 3-2. But the nerves of the home fans were settled again on 48 minutes when a statuesque like Wycombe defence allowed Berthel Askou to head home from another set-piece. Holt added more pain to the defeat when he walked the ball around Scott Shearer on 71 minutes and but for the Wycombe 'keeper it could have got worse 7 minutes on if he hadn't blocked Holt's attempt for a hat-trick with his legs. With four games played Wanderers have managed just one point and stand third from bottom in the table, above Brighton on goal difference and Southampton who with two draws stand on -8 points following their 10 point deduction at the start of the season. Next match for the Wanderers, at home to 4th placed Bristol Rovers on Saturday (29th August). Wycombe: Shearer, Westwood, Green, Johnson, Duberry, Woodman, Pittman, Montrose (sub 67 Phillips), Mousinho, Harrold, Zebroski - subs not used: Young, Oliver, Westlake, Chambers, Smith, Beavon - Att:23,428
(Friday 21st August 2009)
Peter Taylor has moved into the loan market to capture Leicester City striker Ashley Chambers in a deal lasting until Saturday 2nd January 2010. The 19 year old has made nine First Team appearances for City having made his debut aged just 15 years and 203 days (the youngest ever at City). He has been allocated No.27 in the Wanderers squad and will travel with his new team mates to the match at Norwich on Saturday.
(Friday 21st August 2009)
Wanderers visit Carrow Road on Saturday to take on Norwich City for the first time at League level. The Canaries will be presenting new Manager Paul Lambert to the fans before the game as like Wycombe they look for their first League victory of the campaign. With in excess of 16,500 season ticket holders, a bumper gate is expected with any Wanderers supporters being urged to obtain a ticket in advance for the away allocation estimated at 900. Wanderers only previous First Team meeting with The Canaries came during the 1993/94 season when two goals from Chris Sutton was enough to see a Martin O'Neill led Wycombe side beaten at Adams Park in an FA Cup Third Round tie. Norwich City - new Quick Guide
(Tuesday 18th August 2009)
Wanderers secured their first point of the season on Tuesday evening after hanging on to gain a 1-1 with Southend United at Adams Park. An unchanged Wycombe line-up just about edged the first period and took the lead five minutes before the break when former Shrimper Matt Harrold directed a header past Steve Mildenhall following a Matty Phillips corner from the right. However, the lead was short lived as Wycombe sat back and conceeded a minute into first half stoppage time when Jean Francois-Christophe headed past Scott Shearer from a Simon Francis cross. The second-half belonged in the main to the visitors, with Dougie Freedman and Lee Barnard both guilty of missing golden chances to sneak a winner. Next match for the Wanderers, away to Norwich City on Saturday. Wycombe: Shearer, Smith (sub 22 Pittman), Oliver, Duberry, Woodman, Phillips, Montrose, Mousinho, Westlake (sub 59 Green), Harrold (sub 67 Beavon), Zebroski - subs not used: Young, Johnson, Westwood, Spiller - Att:4,607
(Tuesday 18th August 2009)
Wanderers first ever League meeting with Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday 22nd August will take on an extra meaning with the confirmation on Tuesday morning that former Wycombe boss Paul Lambert has been appointed as successor to Brian Gunn. Lambert, who quit Wycombe in May 2008, moves from Colchester United who thrashed The Canaries 7-1 at Carrow Road on the opening day of the 2009/10 campaign.
(Saturday 15th August 2009)
A 61st minute goal from Luciano Becchio was enough for Leeds United to leave Adams Park with a 1-0 victory in their first ever meeting with the Wanderers. Peter Taylor's side more than held their own in the opening 45 minutes but the visitors came out all guns blazing at the start of the second period with Becchio's 20 yard effort the reward. Wanderers went closest to equalising in the dying minutes, first through Stuart Green who saw a shot tipped onto the post in the 89th minute, while in stoppage time Stuart Beavon fired wide from close range. After two League games, Wanderers are the only side in the division to have lost both their opening games of the season. Next chance to put that right, at home to Southend United on Tuesday evening. Wycombe: Shearer, Smith (sub 77 Green), Oliver, Duberry, Woodman, Phillips, Montrose, Mousinho, Westlake (sub 62 Pittman), Zebroski, Harrold (sub 71 Beavon) - subs not used: Young, Johnson, Westwood, Spiller - Att:8,400
(Saturday 13th August 2009)
Wanderers were drawn at home to Northampton Town in the First Round of the Football League Trophy when the draw was made on Saturday morning. The tie will take place on Tuesday 1st September. Last season Wanderers received a bye in the First Round before crashing out 7-0 at home to Shrewsbury in the following round. Northampton Town - Quick Guide
(Thursday 13th August 2009)
Wanderers host Leeds United on Saturday in what is undoubtedly one of the highest profile league games to be staged at Adams Park. Supporters of the once mighty club have bought up their entire allocation of 2,000 tickets and local interest in the game should push the attendance over the 8,000 mark. According to the local press the match has been declared all-ticket by the Wanderers in an effort to restrict sales to those already on the Club database. Leeds United - new Quick Guide
(Wednesday 12th August 2009)
Matt Bloomfield is likely to be out of action for a few weeks after it was confirmed that he had broken his nose and fractured his cheek bone following an aeriel collision with Peterborough's Charlie Lee in Tuesday's League Cup tie at Adams Park. Manager Peter Taylor was unhappy with challenge, saying to the media, "I must admit I didn't think the fella should have gone in for that, he was never going to win the ball. I'm not saying he went in to smash Matty, but I think it was a little bit of a poor decision to go in for it." The midfielder will need an operation on the injury but could play with the aid of face protection.
Football League Cup WYCOMBE 0 PETERBOROUGH 4
(Tuesday 11th August 2009)
Wanderers crashed out of the Football League Cup on Tuesday evening at Adams Park, losing 4-0 to newly promoted 'Championship' side Peterborough United. As expected Peter Taylor made several changes to the side that lost at Charlton on Saturday and they were no match for a strong Posh line-up. The visitors took the lead in the 24th minute when Aaron Mclean scored from the narrowest of angles on the right side of goal. Tommy Rowe doubled the lead nine minutes later after he converted a cross from former Wycombe castoff Tom Williams. The goal of the game came on 59 minutes when George Boyd smashed a twenty yard effort past Jamie Young. Lee Frecklington added a fourth on 68 minutes as Wycombe rued early missed chances before Posh took complete control of the tie. Matt Bloomfield was forced off in the 19th minute after a clash of heads left the midfielder with a bloody nose. Next game this Saturday, when Leeds United make their first ever visit to Wycombe. Wycombe: Young, Mousinho, Woodman, Oliver, Westwood, Johnson, Bloomfield (sub 19 Phillips), Spiller, Green (sub HT Zebroski), Pittman, Beavon - subs not used: Shearer, Smith, Montrose, Cobb, Harrold - Att:2,078
(Tuesday 11th August 2009)
Wanderers take on Peterborough United on Tuesday evening at Adams Park in the First Round of the Football League Cup. Posh boss Darren Ferguson has pledged to field his 'strongest possible side with the intention of winning the game'. However, they will be without Welsh defender Craig Morgan who is away on international duty, while midfielder Paul Coutts also misses out with a knock to the knee sustained at Posh's 2-1 defeat at Derby on Saturday. Meanwhile, Peter Taylor has said he will make changes to the line-up that lost at Charlton. He said to the Bucks Free Press "Iíve got 20 players in the squad and itís important to give all the players a run. Three games in a week is hard at this stage of the season. Iím not saying nobody will do it, but I want to make that number as low as possible.Ē Former Wanderer Russell Martin is expected to feature for Posh while Chris Westwood will don a Wycombe shirt against his previous Club. KO 7.45pm
(Tuesday 11th August 2009)
Wanderers First Year pro George Daly has joined Conference National side Hayes & Yeading on an initial one month loan deal. The 18 year old striker completed his apprenticeship with Wycombe at the end of last season before being agreeing a one year pro deal for the 2009/10 season. Meanwhile, former Crystal Palace Youth Teamer Dwayne Campbell has joined the Youth set-up with Wycombe having impressed enough in the pre-season game at Windsor & Eton. The 16 year old plays in the centre defence and joins on a two year scholarship.
(Saturday 8th August 2009)
Wanderers opened the 2009/10 season with a 3-2 defeat to Charlton Athletic at The Valley. Team news for Wycombe saw Peter Taylor give debuts (*) to five of his new signings, including Spurs loan signing Adam Smith. The home side took the lead in the 21st minute when Christian Dailly headed past Scott Shearer from close range after the Wanderers defence failed to deal with a corner. Two minutes later it was 2-0 after Nick Bailey struck a shot into the top right corner of the Wycombe net after an assist from Frazer Richardson. Charlton continued to dominate play but Wanderers were given a lifeline two before the break after converting their first effort on target when Chris Zebroski looped in a header from Craig Woodman's cross. Charlton regained their two goal advantage five minutes after the restart when Jongo Shelvey's free-kick from the right was knocked past Shearer by Miguel Angel-Llera. But Wycombe hit back again when Zebroski made the score 3-2 on 73 minutes after substitute Stuart Beavon played the ball in. However, there was no dramatic late equaliser. Next match on Tuesday at home to Peterborough in the League Cup, while next Saturday it's the visit of Leeds United. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Duberry(*), Mousinho, Westwood(*) (sub 90 Oliver), Green(*) (sub 58 Pittman), Montrose(*), Phillips, Smith(*), Harrold (sub 58 Beavon), Zebroski - subs not used: Young, Johnson, Bloomfield, Spiller - Att:16,552
(Friday 7th August 2009)
Plenty of water has passed under the bridge since Wanderers squeezed promotion back on 2nd May 2009 but the 2009/10 campaign gets under away at The Valley on Saturday with Wanderers taking on Charlton Athletic for the first time at League level. Wanderers have sold around 500 tickets for the game but more than 1,000 are expected to make the journey to SE7. Charlton Athletic - new Quick Guide
(Friday 7th August 2009)
Wanderers Season Ticket sales for the 2009/10 season have been estimated at around 2,500 according to reports in the local press. The vast majority of these are understood to have been made prior to controversial takeover bid announced on 19th June. Reports also suggest there were no sales at all in the two weeks leading up to the takeover. Sales have since picked but they are still short of the best ever figure of 3,300 sold for the 2001/2 season following Wanderers FA Cup success the previous season. The Club went on to record sales of around 3,000 for both the 2002/3 and 2003/4 seasons before relegation to the basement division and conversion to a PLC coincided with a downturn in sales to close to the current level.
(Thursday 6th August 2009)
Spurs 18 year old right-back Adam Smith has joined Wanderers on an initial one month loan as Peter Taylor provides back-up to his injury hit squad ahead. Smith made substitute appearances for Spurs in two of their UEFA Cup ties in 2008/9 and also made eight appearances for their reserve side after signing his first professional contract in May 2008.
(Thursday 6th August 2009)
Peter Taylor has signed 27 year old midfielder Danny Spiller on a non-contract basis for an initial period running until 6th September 2009. Taylor was quoted on the official website as saying "I've known Danny for a long time, he had lots of injuries last season but he's a good player and a good type. I explained to him we've got a lot of midfielders in the building already, but he wanted to come with us for a month on no pay. That shows a great attitude." The former Gillingham player was released by Millwall at the end of the 2008/9 campaign having made just ten First Team appearances since moving from Priestfield in the summer of 2007. His last senior appearance came in November 2008 before injury curtailed his season.
(Thursday 6th August 2009)
News this week has seen Wanderers' pre-season triallist Carl Cort sign for 'League One' rivals Brentford. The news comes just days after Peter Taylor opened the options up again for the 31 year old by playing him in the friendly at Bristol City. The BFP Midweek ran a back page story on Tuesday with Taylor quoted as saying, "It's not totally dead. It's something that I am looking at.". Later the same day Cort signed a five month deal with Brentford.
(Tuesday 4th August 2009)
A Wanderers Youth Team lost 1-0 at Marlow on Tuesday evening. The Wanderers team, watched from the stands by First Team boss Peter Taylor, included the new intake of apprentices for the 2009/10 season. The only goal of the game came in the 61st minute when Jermaine Roche forced his way into the Wanderers penalty area and fired a low shot past 'keeper Sam Cowler. Earlier Cowler had saved a 6th minute penalty from Roche after Leika Saku had been penalised for handball. The Youth Team start their Football League Youth Alliance campaign on 15th August with a home fixture against Barnet in the South East Conference. Wycombe: Sam Cowler, Anthony Stewart, Tom O'Regan, Dean Wallace, Leika Saku (sub 88 Jesse Graham), Dwayne Campbell, Jerome Federico (sub 74 Kadeem Harris), Sam Belcher, George Daly (sub 60 Pietro Palladino), Dan Fitchett, Matt McClure (sub 78 Josh Scowen)
(Saturday 1st August 2009)
Wanderers went down 3-1 at Bristol City in their pre-season friendly at Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon. Wycombe held out until six minutes before the break when Marvin Elliot lobbed Jamie Young from 12 yards - Young only having been on the pitch a few minutes. Matty Phillips equalised for Wanderers on 55 minutes but goals from David Clarkson (60) and Ivan Sproule (90) ensured a 3-1 victory for the home side. Jamie Young saved an 85th minute from former Wanderers loanee John Akinde. Wycombe included triallist Danny Spiller as a second-half substitute. The 27 year old was released by Millwall at the end of last season. He previously made more than 100 appearances for Gillingham. Wycombe: Shearer (sub 35 Young), Westwood, Woodman (sub HT Cobb), Oliver, Duberry (sub 80 Johnson), Mousinho, Bloomfield (sub HT Spiller), Montrose (sub HT Phillips), Zebroski (sub 80 Daly), Harrold (sub HT Cort), Beavon (sub HT Green) - subs not used: Fitchett, Lewis

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