October 2009 News Archive
All the news stories from October 2009
(Saturday 31st October 2009)
Wanderers contrived to lose 3-2 at home to Walsall on Saturday after racing into a 2-0 lead at the break and playing some of their best football of the season. Loanee Scott Davies opened the scoring on 14 minutes with a fantastic opportunists effort - flighting a 40 yard free-kick from the left wing over stranded Walsall 'keeper Clayton Ince. Davies doubled the lead eight minutes before the break when he guided home a cross from Matt Phillips from the edge of the box. At the point nothing but a Wanderers victory looked possible but a slightly lethargic start to the second period for Gary Waddock's side saw the visitors get back into the game on 55 minutes when Steve Jones converted from close range. Even then Davies went close to completing his hat-trick and Matt Harrold will be rueing a miss that would have surely put pay to The Saddlers chances of taking anything from this game. But with ten minutes left on the clock Wanderers defence crumbled when Mark Hughes forced the ball home after a goalmouth melee. Things went from bad to worse for Wycombe three minutes later when Alex Nicholls managed to angle home a shot from the right of corner, past Scott Shearer and into the opposite corner of the net. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Duberry, Johnson, Hunt, Harrold (sub 73 Pittman), Zebroski (sunb 68 Bloomfield), Doherty, Betsy, Davies, Phillips - subs not used: Green, Young, Mousinho, Westwood, Harris - Att:5,046 (away 298) NB: Community day
Wycombe Wanderers Trust TRUST NEWSLETTER
(Thursday 29th October 2009)
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust have broken their silence since Steve Hayes took sole ownership of the Club in July of 2009. In a newsletter issued to Trust members and available to view through their website, Chairman David Roberton says, "After the vote, the Trust Board decided it was ‘respectful’ to let the dust settle and to allow all parties time to reflect, plan and move on together.". The letter goes on to add, "The Trust Board has not been dormant during this period. We have been planning and preparing for our ‘changed’ role within the new corporate structure of the Club. In this letter we will elude to some of our plans for the forthcoming year, along with an overview of the continued importance of the Trust." The letter also confirms that the Trust have yet to appoint the two representative Directors to the newly formed company controlling the Football Club. This follows the resignation of the previous two Directors, David McGee and Ian Mather, due to a "serious conflict of interest prevailing." The Trust plan to hold an informal members meeting during November in order to discuss the ongoing issues and the way foward.
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(Tuesday 27th October 2009)
Goals from Chris Zebroski and Ian Westlake saw Wanderers Reserves triumph 2-0 against Northampton Town on Tuesday afternoon at Sixfields. Zebroski opened the scoring on 35 minutes when he ran on to beat the offside trap and slot past Simon Brown in The Cobblers goal. Wanderers sealed the points on 66 minutes when Westlake turned in Lewwis Spence's cross/shot. The result sees Wanderers remain unbeaten in their opening six Combination games of the season. Next game for the Reserves is on 17 November when Stevenage Borough visit Maidenhead.
Reserves info 2009/10 Wycombe: Young, Mousinho, O'Regan, Oliver, Westwood, Montrose (sub 89 Wallace), Westlake, Harris, Fitchett (sub 81 McClure), Zebroski, Spence (sub 85 Belcher) - subs not used: Ingram, Grayley
(Monday 26th October 2009)
18 year old midfielder Marlon Pack has returned to Portsmouth after a two month loan spell with the Wanderers and boss Gary Waddock opting not to extend his loan period for another month. The youngster made 9 First Team appearances during his time with the Wanderers but failed to appear in a winning line-up.
(Sunday 25th October 2009)
Wanderers were drawn at home to fellow 'League One' side Brighton & Hove Albion when the draw for the First Round Proper of the FA Cup was made on Sunday. The tie will take place on Saturday 7th November. Wanderers have not gone past the Second Round stage since the 2001/2002 season.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
(Saturday 24th October 2009)
Wanderers conceeded a goal three minutes into stoppage as they drew 1-1 at Exeter City on Saturday. Gary Waddock's first away game as Wanderers boss saw his side take the lead three minutes before the break when Kevon Betsy was tripped as he powered into the left side of the Grecians penalty area and Matt Harrold slotted home the resulting spot-kick. However, after Scott Shearer had made a number of quality saves to keep Wycombe ahead and with a first win for nearly two months looking a possibilty, a goal was conceded again from a set-piece - this time a corner from the left being nodded home from close range by Barry Corr - leaving Wanderers still rooted to the foot of the table. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Duberry, Johnson, Hunt, Bloomfield (sub 70 Zebroski), Betsy, Doherty (sub 79 Montrose), Davies, Phillips (sub 70 Mousinho), Harrold - subs not used: Young, Westlake, Oliver, Westwood - Att:5,227 (away 300)
(Tuesday 20th October 2009)
Wanderers and London Wasps have apppointed Paul Harrison as their new joint CEO. The appointment comes five months after Mike Ashton departed Wanderers following his very brief stint in the hot seat at Adams Park. According to the Wanderers official website, 56 year old Harrison is said to have been 'brought up in London in a sporting family' and is a 'former city businessmen'. Harrison said of his appointment, "I am incredibly excited by the challenge of this new role. I come from a real sporting family so I know how much rugby and football means to people. I look forward to helping both clubs achieve their aims.". Meanwhile London Wasps and Wycombe Wanderers Club Owner Steve Hayes added, "We are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Harrison as CEO to both London Wasps and Wycombe Wanderers. He is a man with a proven history in business management and he brings with him a great wealth of experience. Both Club’s have huge desire to succeed on and off the pitch this season and this appointment continues to fuel our long term ambitions." He will take his new role from 2nd Nov.
(Tuesday 20th October 2009)
Wanderers Reserves drew 1-1 at Southend United on Tuesday afternoon to extend their unbeaten start to the Combination season to five games. Kyle Asante gave the home side the lead on 44 minutes when he lobbed Jamie Young but Matt McClure equalised for Wycombe with a header on 59 minutes. Jamie Young saved an 80th minute penalty from Craig Calver to ensure Wanderers went away with a point after Tom O'Regan had fouled Jamie Dennis. For Wycombe Tommy Doherty came through 65 minutes relatively unscathed but Ashley Chambers was forced off with a hamstring injury on 30 minutes. The next game for the Reserves is on Tuesday 27th October when they travel to Northampton Town with a 2pm kick-off. Note this game was originally a home fixture and has now been switched with the away game scheduled for 9 February 2010. Reserves info 2009/10 Wycombe: Young, O'Regan, Grayley, Westwood, Oliver, Harris, Montrose, Doherty (sub 65 Belcher), Spence (sub 80 Wallace), Fitchett, Chambers (sub 30 McClure) - subs not used: Brennan, Saku
(Tuesday 20th October 2009)
Wanderers will discover their opponents in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup on Sunday when the draw is made live on ITV between 1pm and 1.30pm. Winners in the First Round will receive £18,000 in sponsorship money, compared to £20,000 last season. Wanderers beat AFC Wimbledon away from home last season at this stage last season but were dumped out 2-0 at Eastwood Town in the following round. Wanderers have not gone past the Second Round stage since the 2001/2002 season.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
(Saturday 17th October 2009)
An 88th minute equaliser from Jon-Paul Pittman saw Wanderers grab a point against Colchester United in Gary Waddock's first game in charge at Adams Park. The game looked to be heading for another miserable defeat for Wycombe after a disastrous error from Scott Shearer had gifted the visitors the lead in the 23rd minute. The Wycombe 'keeper was caught in possession outside his box by Kayode Odejayi and the United player was left with the simple task of slotting the ball into the Valley End net. Michael Duberry had gone close earlier for Wycombe with a header and with debutant Scott Davies in midfield, Wanderers were beginning to show signs of improvement. However, the goal was a kick in the teeth for the Waddock's new side and the game appeared to be drifting away before a spirited late rally eventually earned the point. The rally included Pittman contriving to miss the target from a good position on the right of goal and send the ball off for a throw-in on 83 minutes. But J-P made amends with the clock ticking down when he angled the ball home from a similar position after a superb through ball from Matt Bloomfield - playing his first game since injury in August. There was still time for Shearer to pull off a stoppage time goalline save to prevent the Essex side from taking all three points. For Wycombe it's a start but with Southampton winning, Wycombe are now rooted to the foot of the table with 7 points from their opening 13 games. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Duberry, Johnson, Hunt, Westlake (sub 55 Pittman), Betsy (sub 76 Zebroski), Davies, Pack (sub HT Bloomfield), Phillips, Harrold - subs not used: Young, Oliver, Westwood, Montrose - Att:5,394 (981 away)
(Friday 16th October 2009)
As expected Gary Waddock has dipped into the loan market and brought in central midfielder Scott Davies on loan from Reading. The 21 year old was born in Aylesbury and was part of the Wanderers Centre of Excellence side before moving to Reading in 2002, compensation from which was later used as part of the deal that bought Nathan Tyson to Adams Park in March 2004. He is also well known to Waddock having played on loan for Aldershot during the 2007/8 and 2008/9 season - making a total of 69 League appearances and scoring 22 goals.
(Friday 16th October 2009)
New Wanderers boss Gary Waddock says he wants to hit the ground running when his new side take on Colchester United at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon. He also believes he can save the club from relegation, saying to the BFP, "I wouldn't have come here otherwise.", adding, "There are a number of games left but we have to start winning football matches. That's key. It's all very well playing well, but we want to play well and win games. That's what we are looking to do." The new man is thought to be looking to bring in a loan signing before the game with Wanderers old rivals. Colchester United - Quick Guide
(Tuesday 13th October 2009)
After a day of intense speculation, Gary Waddock was confirmed as the new Wycombe Manager following a statement on the official Aldershot Town website at around 7.30pm. He joins Wanderers along with Shots coach Martin Kuhl following negotiations between the two clubs to agree a compensation package to the Hampshire side. Kuhl, a former player with clubs including Birmingham City, Sheffield United, Watford and Portsmouth, joined The Shots in 2001 and has a UEFA 'A' coaching badge. Waddock watched Wanderers Reserves beat Luton Town 1-0 on Tuesday evening at Maidenhead and will take charge of the First Team for the first time when Colchester United are the visitors to Adams Park on Saturday. More comment
(Tuesday 13th October 2009)
With new First team boss Gary Waddock looking on, a heavily deflected shot by Ashley Chambers on 20 minutes was enough to see Wanderers Reserves beat Luton Town at Maidenhead on Tuesday evening. There's good news for Tommy Doherty as he made a first half appearance on his return from injury and he'll be looking to get back into the First Team squad soon under his former colleague at Loftus Road. Reserves info 2009/10 Wycombe: Young, Grayley, Cobb (sub 55 O'Regan), Westwood, Saku, Harris (sub 80 Federico), Spence, Doherty (sub HT Belcher), Montrose, Chambers, Fitchett - subs not used: Brennan, Wallace
(Tuesday 13th October 2009)
Gary Waddock could be the new first choice of the Wanderers Board to take on the Manager's hotseat at Adams Park. The former QPR player has apparently been the subject of substantial betting on the vacant job, resulting in some bookmakers suspending betting. 47 year old Waddock has been with The Shots since May 2007 and guided them to promotion to the Football League at the end of the 2007/2008 campaign, while The Shots finished 15th in their first season in 'League Two'. The news follows confirmation in the Windsor press that Keith Scott has applied for the post at Adams Park but says he is not first choice with the Wycombe Board. Meanwhile, Wanderers MD Steve Hayes has reacted to Peter Taylor's accusations that his departure was not through 'mutual consent, commenting to the Midweek Free Press, "I've had lots of discussions with Peter and he keeps changing his mind. I'm not going to write a press release until we've sorted out a financial and press agreement."
(Tuesday 13th October 2009)
Peter Taylor has been advised to keep quiet about his departure from Wycombe following his public outburst claiming it wasn't through 'mutual consent'. The former Wycombe boss was due to appear on the BBC Radio 5 Live Football League show on Monday evening but the show stated, "At the last minute [Peter Taylor] has been advised by his legal people not to because there is a settlement due." Cheltenham Town boss Martin Allen stepped in at the last minute and gave Taylor a sympathetic hearing. Early in the day Allen had ruled himself out from the taking the vacant role at Adams Park. Meanwhile, Club MD Steve Hayes says that the Board plan to announce the new boss before Saturday's home meeting with Colchester United - this would most likely be through a press conference on Thursday.
Peter Taylor TAYLOR - 'I WAS SACKED'
(Monday 12th October 2009)
Peter Taylor has spoken out following his departure from Wycombe on Friday. Taylor says he was 'sacked' from his role as Wycombe Manager and that the press release from the Club saying that the agreement had been by 'mutual consent' was 'misleading'. The former Wycombe boss was quoted briefly during the BBC Football League highlights package late on Saturday evening where he also wanted to make clear that he hadn't walked out on the Club. The Bucks Free Press website also picked up on the story where Taylor added, "It wasn’t mutual consent and I want the truth to come out. I was up for the challenge. I don’t want any supporter to think I walked out on the team just before an important match". Taylor is also due to air his thoughts during a BBC 5 Live programme on Monday evening.
(Sunday 11th October 2009)
COTN understands that former Wanderers playing legend Keith Scott is a favourite to land the vacant Manager's role at Adams Park. The 42 year old is currently Manager at Isthmian League Windsor & Eton and would surely jump at the chance to Manager a side he played for in three different spells during the 1990's. Other names mentioned in the media include Kevin Keen, Lawrie Sanchez and Wally Downes. Scott's Assistant at Windsor, Jim Melvin, another ex-Wanderer, could also be in line for a new role at Adams Park should Scott get the job.
(Saturday 10th October 2009)
In the aftermath of the departure of Peter Taylor, Wanderers went down 3-2 at Gillingham on Saturday. With Head of Youth Richard Dobson in charge, Wanderers twice came from behind to draw the scores level but eventually fell to a 77th minute strike by prolific scorer Simeon Jackson. Dobson made three changes to the side that lost to Leyton Orient the previous week, Oliver, Green and Zebroski taking bench places behind Johnson, Westlake and Pittman. However, after soaking up early pressure Wanderers fell behind in the 16th minute when Josh Gowling headed home from close range following a short corner. But Wycombe responded and drew level on 27 minutes when Craig Woodman struck home from the edge of the box with shot that flew into the top right corner of the net. Moments later Wanderers then went close to taking the lead after Harrold couldn't quite get connect with Woodman's free kick. But there was a blow for Wycombe a minute before the break when Curtis Weston headed past Shearer to put The Gills 2-1 up at the interval. Wanderers were then given another lifeline on 62 minutes when Mark Bentlry hooked a Woodman free-kick into his own net to level the scores again. But hopes of a point or better were dashed with 13 minutes left on the clock when Jackson finished in spectacular fashion after running onto a pass from Gowling. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Duberry, Johnson, Hunt (sub 88 Chambers), Westlake (sub 75 Green), Betsy, Phillips (sub 58 Zebroski), Pack, Harrold, Pittman - subs not used: Young, Oliver, Westwood, Montrose - Att:5,316 (away 216)
(Friday 9th October 2009)
Defender TJ Moncur has been 'released from his contract' on the same day that Manager Peter Taylor departed the Club. The 22 year old was signed by Taylor in the January 2009 transfer window from Fulham on an 18 month contract but made just six First Team appearances during his time at Adams Park.
(Friday 9th October 2009)
Peter Taylor has left the Club by 'mutual consent' after just over 16 months in charge of the Wanderers and only five months after leading the Club to promotion to 'League One'. The Club announced the news at around 10.15am on Friday morning. Taylor's assistant Junior Lewis has also left the Club. Richard Dobson, Wanderers Head of Youth, will take charge for Wanderers visit to Gillingham on Saturday. Wanderers MD and owner Steve Hayes said in a press statement, "Peter is an honourable man and he knew that it was time to move on. He came to me and said he was very disappointed with the way the season has begun and understood that things had to change. He leaves with our thanks and best wishes for the future and I want to place on record our gratitude for the excellent job he did for us last season in getting us promoted. Wycombe have a reputation for appointing good managers and I'm sure we'll get plenty of high calibre applicants. Peter's successor will inherit an excellent squad of players and with 35 games still to play we're confident that our league position will improve." COTN understands that former Wanderer and current West Ham First Team Coach Kevin Keen will be high on the wanted list after he came close to taking the job during the summer when Taylor was close to quitting after Hayes delayed confirming the playing budget for the new season.
Reserves RESERVES 2 POSH 2
(Tuesday 6th October 2009)
Wanderers Reserves drew 2-2 with Peterborough United on Tuesday evening in their first Football Combination fixture to played at Maidenhead United. An own goal from Chris Westwood on 32 minutes gave the visitors the lead before Wanderers Nigerian trialist Amodou Abdullei levelled the scores four minutes later when he vollyed home a Dean Wallace corner. Ashely Chambers then gave Wycombe the lead on 56 minutes with an individual effort after coming in from the left flank and firing home. However, Posh levelled with six minutes of normal time remaining when Edward Adjei converted from close range. Trialist Abdullei has been playing for German side Ulm 1846 this season.
Reserves info 2009/10 Wycombe: Young, Saku (sub 89 Federico), Cobb, Westwood, Johnson, Wallace, O'Regan, Belcher, Chambers, Abdullei (sub 64 McClure), Fitchett (sub 79 Harris) - subs not used: Ingram, Palladino
(Monday 5th October 2009)
Speaking out as London Wasps' owner, Wanderers' owner Steve Hayes has said that he will consider taking the rugby side away from High Wycombe unless they get backing from the Council for a new stadium. Wasps Director Mark Rigby is due to meet with Wycombe District Council officials on Monday (5th October) to discuss progress on the feasibilty study on building a community stadium in the area to serve both Wasps and the Wanderers. Hayes revealed the news at a Wasps Supporters' Forum on Sunday at Adams Park and also wrote in the matchday programme, "I would be delighted if High Wycombe would be our final home, however, we want this to be a real ambition and therefore if we do not have a full commitment by the end of the year [from WDC] we have to concentrate on the other options."
Stadium key to proposals - COTN archive
(Monday 5th October 2009)
Wanderers Reserves have switched their home games from Marlow FC to Maidenhead United FC with immediate effect. The Club announced the news without explanation on Saturday (3rd Oct) but placed on record their thanks to Marlow FC. The Reserves played their home games at Marlow who the whole of 2008/9 plus the opening two games of the current campaign before deciding to opt for the 11 mile trip to York Road. Wanderers first game at Maidenhead will be on Tuesday (6th October) when they take on Peterborough United in a Football Combination fixture (KO 7pm). Reserves info 2009/10
(Saturday 3rd October 2009)
Wanderers and Peter Taylor reject Scott McGleish grabbed the winner for Leyton Orient on Saturday at Adams Park as the London side went away with a 1-0 victory. The match had seen Taylor made one change to the side that lost 1-0 to Tranmere the previous Tuesday - Matt Harrold returning to the starting line-up ahead of Jon-Paul Pittman. McGleish's goal came in the 77th minute when he nipped in to head home ahead of Wanderers defender Luke Oliver. McGleish, who was released by Wycombe at the end of 2008/9, had already gone close to breaking the deadlock before his crucial goal in front of the travelling O's fans. Harrold almost snatched an equaliser in the 85th minute but his header was cleared off the line. Wanderers remain second from bottom in the table with bottom side Southampton now only four points behind. Next match away to Gillingham on Saturday 10th October. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, Oliver, Duberry, Hunt (sub 81 Beavon), Green (sub 58 Mousinho), Betsy, Phillips, Pack, Harrold, Zebroski (sub 71 Pittman) - subs not used: Young, Westlake, Chambers, Johnson - Att:4,798 (580 away)

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