February 2011 News Archive
All the news stories from February 2011
(Saturday 26th February 2011)
A Gareth Ainsworth goal on 39 minutes was enough to see Wanderers secure a 1-0 victory at Macclesfield on Saturday and close the gap on leaders Chesterfield who fell to surprise 2-0 home defeat to Morecambe. However, the game will probably be better remembered for a 90th minute incident that saw three players sent-off, including Wanderers' Dave Winfield, amid a mass brawl The game itself saw Gary Waddock give a Wanderers debut to Watford loanee Rob Kiernan in place of an ill Alan Bennett. However, Kiernan's debut was cut short when he was forced off with a knee injury on the hour, leaving Wanderers with a makeshift central defence for the remainder of the game. However, by that stage Wanderers had grabbed the crucial goal when Marvin McCoy's long throw from the right was flicked on for Ainsworth to turn home. With Kiernan departed it was Winfield who played a key role in keeping out the home side's attempt at forcing an equaliser and with the game entering stoppage time a series of cazy midfield challenges from Macclesfield players, culminating in Ricky Sappleton kicking wildly out at Stuart Lewis. All but Macclesfield 'keeper Veiga joined in the resulting chaos, with Football League debutant referee James Adcock deciding that Sappleton plus Winfield and Town's Emile Sinclair should be also be shown red. It's now onto the League leaders Chesterfield on Tuesday evening where Wycombe will have a chance to reduce the current six point gap. Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Winfield, Kiernan (sub 60 Straker), Foster, Ainsworth (sub 79 Betsy), Montrose, Lewis, Strevens, Rendell, Pittman (sub 73 Beavon) - subs not used: Arnold, Donnelly, McClure - Att:1,622 (away 250 approx)
(Wednesday 23rd February 2011)
Wanderers have signed Watford's 20 year old central defender/midfielder Rob Kiernan on an inital one month loan. Kiernan, who is a former Youth Teamer with The Hornets and also has appeared for Republic of Ireland U21 side, arrives at Wycombe following a two month loan spell With Bradford City (8 appearances) and earlier in the season, a one month stint with Yeovil Town (3 apps). Although yet to make his League debut with Watford, he also spent a loan spell at Scottish Premier side Kilmarnock during the second half of the 2009/2010 season, making four appearances before returning south again. The deal to bring him to Adams Park, is being referred to as a 'Youth Loan', which means he can still appear for Watford's Reserve side during his time with The Wanderers. His squad number is 24.
(Tuesday 22nd February 2011)
Wanderers jumped back to second spot in the table following a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Burton Albion at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. Albion, making their first ever visit to Adams Park, found themselves behind in the 10th minute after Stuart Lewis had powered through from the left of midfield before firing the ball past Adam Legzdins in the visitors goal. Wanderers doubled their lead on 30 minutes when Lewis Montrose's effort from the right channel took a deflection and looped over the 'keeper and into the back of the Valley End net. It was then Stuart Lewis who sealed the points when he fired in a speculative effort from the left side of midfield that Legzdins let creep into the opposite corner of the net. Burton managed to grab a goal back eleven minutes into the second period when Sam Winnall was given too much space in the six-yard box to tap home a corner. However, Wanderers had the final say in the 63rd minute after Jon-Paul Pittman was tripped in the box by Darren Moore and Scott Rendell sent the 'keeper the wrong way from the spot in his usual style to make the full-time score 4-1 to Wycombe. Next match, away to Macclesfield on Saturday (26th February). Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Winfield, Bennett, Foster, Ainsworth (sub 67 Betsy), Lewis (sub 83 Donnelly), Montrose, Strevens, Pittman (sub 64 Beavon), Rendell - subs not used: Arnold, Johnson, Straker, McClure - Att:3,345 (away 150 approx)
(Tuesday 22nd February 2011)
The BBC South East edition of 'Late Kick-Off' included a four minute feature on the Wanderers and the concerns of the supporters regarding the 'Community Stadium' proposals. Club Owner Steve Hayes wouldn't be drawn on any perceived financial benefits for Wycombe Wanderers but added, "[Adams Park] is a fantastic newish stadium but when we have problems with it, it costs a lot of money and that's the important thing". Meanwhile, Supporters Trust Vice President Gary Heath said, "We are being asked to move to a stadium which we don't really need in terms of capacity. We are potentially going to take Frank Adams' legacy and spend it on fitting out a stadium for a Rugby Club." He added, "We are being told this is a good thing for Wycombe Wanderers. Show us the numbers; if they don't stack up, then don't embarrass us by asking us to move."
Watch the feature via the BBC Sport website
(Sunday 20th February 2011)
COTN continues its 10th anniversary look back at the famous FA Cup run of the 2000/2001 season - this time it's the two epic 5th Round meetings with Wimbledon, starting with the 2-2 draw at Adams Park on Saturday 17th February 2001 and then three days later an unforgetable night in the replay at Selhurst Park.
(Saturday 19th February 2011)
Wanderers crashed to their third successive League defeat, this time losing 2-1 at home to Accrington Stanley on Saturday. On an increasingly muddy surface at Adams Park, mistakes were common place and a slip in midfield led to Wanderers conceeding the opening goal of the game two minutes before the interval. Stanley forced a corner after a Wycombe pass went astray in midfield and Joe Jacobson was allowed space from the resulting deadball to steer the ball past Nikki Bull. Wanderers equalised on 52 minutes when Sean Hassey misjudged Gareth Ainsworth's through ball, allowing Scott Rendell through to fire past Alex Cisak to make the score 1-1. It should have been Wycombe's initiative to drive on to victory from this point but instead it was the visitors who grabbed the winner with seven minutes of normal time remaining when a free-kick into the Wycombe box saw Edwards loop a header over Bull and into the far corner of the net. Even before that Bull had to be alert to deny Luke Joyce, while Marvin McCoy cleared off the line from Charlie Barnett. Next match for Wanderers, at home to Burton Albion on Tuesday (22nd Feb). Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Winfield, Bennett, Foster, Ainsworth, Lewis, Donnelly, Strevens, Beavon (sub 62 Pittman), Rendell - subs not used: Arnold, Johnson, Montrose, Straker, Kewley-Graham, McClure - Att:3,747 (away 100 approx)
(Wednesday 16th February 2011)
The 'call-in' process surrounding the 'Community Stadium' proposals were approved with an overwhelming majority at the Council meeting held on Tuesday 15th February 2011. The vote saw 15 Councillors vote in favour of the 'call-in' with the one remaining Councillor abstaining. The decision will now be referred to the Cabinet at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday 1 March 2011. Councillors at the meeting suggested the process lacked 'transparency' and the consultation process had been 'flawed'. A Bucks Free Press report quoted Council Leader Lesley Clarke as saying, "I take exception to his word 'flawed'. Our officers worked hard and those words were unjust." She added, "We have said all along there's lots more things to be considered. We are so far away from a planning application it could be two or three years down the line, we have only been looking at the decision made for the consultation. We weren't allowed to talk about anything else as we were told it would skew the outcome."
(Tuesday 15th February 2011)
Wanderers dropped out of the automatic promotion places after conceeding a stoppage time penalty to lose 3-2 at Southend United on Tuesday evening. Jon-Paul Pittman had given a four man changed Wanderers line-up the lead in the 31st minute but two goals conceeded through Barry Corr (50 minutes) and Kane Ferdinand (59) gave the home side a 2-1 advantage. Nikki Bull then saved a 73rd minute penalty from Blair Sturrock before Wanderers were awarded a penalty of their own in the final minute of normal time after Craig Easton handled a Gareth Ainsworth cross and Scott Rendell converted from the spot. However, disaster struck a minute into stoppage time when Easton made amends for his handball, when he forced the ball home after Wanderers' defence was left wanting again. Next match, at home to Accrington Stanley on Saturday (19th February). Wycombe:Bull, Winfield, Bennett, McCoy, Straker, Bloomfield (sub 28 Betsy), Donnelly, Lewis, Pittman, Rendell, Beavon (sub 70 Ainsworth) - subs not used: Montrose, Foster, Strevens, McClure, Arnold - Att:4,499
(Monday 14th February 2011)
Wycombe Sports Development Limited (WSDL) have placed another advert on a job agency website for a role at the proposed 'Community Stadium'. This time the position is branded 'Senior Construction Development Manager' and comes with an advertised annual salary of 65,000 to 85,000. Cobalt Recruitment placed the advert on behalf of WSDL on the RICS recruitment website where the position is ' take on the responsibility of leading and managing a 70 million project. The project will include a 20,000 seat stadium, a leisure village, and hotel and retail outlets.' Although no official planning application has yet to be made, the advert goes on to say the 'project is due for completion in 2014.
(Saturday 12th February 2011)
Wanderers missed the opportunity to close the gap on leaders Chesterfield following a 1-0 defeat at Bradford City on Saturday. Gary Waddock's side are now down to third after being leaped frog by in form Shrewsbury. The only goal of the game at Valley Parade came in the 69th minute when City debutant Kevin Ellison converted from close range following a cross from the left. Substitute Matt McClure had the best chances for Wanderers the draw level - going close with a header on 76 minutes and shooting over from the edge of the box two minutes later after getting the better of former Wanderer Luke Oliver. The result came after Dave Winfield returned to the side after suspension in place of Leon Johnson, while Anthony Straker came in for an ill Danny Foster and Matt Bloomfield returned in favour of Scott Donnelly. Managed by former Wanderers boss Peter Taylor, City had the better of the opening exchanges but it was Wycombe who had the best chance of the half when Chris Westwood's downward header was cleared off the line and Gareth Ainsworth's follow-up blocked. While five minutes before the break Wycombe had a penalty claim turned down after Ben Strevens went down under a challenge from former Wanderer Lewis Hunt. Next match, away to Southend United on Tuesday (15th Feb). Wycombe:Bull, Straker, Westwood (sub HT Bennett), Winfield, McCoy, Betsy, Ainsworth (sub 62 Rendell), Lewis, Bloomfield, Strevens, Beavon (sub 75 McClure) - subs not used: Arnold, Montrose, Pittman, Donnelly - Att:10,897 (away 232)
(Friday 11th February 2011)
A decision whether to proceed with the 'call-in' process surrounding the 'Community Stadium' proposals will be determined at a meeting scheduled for 7.30pm on Tuesday 15th February 2011 at the WDC offices. The process was instigated after at least five members of the Improvement and Review Commission requested the 'call-in'. Reasons for the call in stated:
  • Insufficient work has been undertaken to warrant taking the decision to explore the Wycombe Air Park site further to the exclusion of looking at alternate sites"
  • The Cabinet needs to explain how they will meet the very special circumstances required to override the Green Belt and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty policies.
  • The Cabinet needs to investigate the split-site options before pursing this single site option
One of the outcomes could be for referral to the Cabinet at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday 1 March 2011.
(Thursday 10th February 2011)
Wycombe Sports Development Limited (WSDL) have placed adverts on job agency websites asking for candidates for the position of 'Project Manager' for 'a 17,500-20,000 capacity state-of-the-art stadium at the heart of a wide-ranging sports village'. The advert for the role, with a renumeration advertised at between 55,000 and 80,000 per year, has appeared on the Amida and the Reed recruitment websites. The adverts says the person will report to the 'Project Executive'. A report on the BFP website says the wage 'would be entirely paid for by WSDL', although it's unclear at this time whether the advert was placed without or without the knowledge of the Wycombe District Council.
(Saturday 5th February 2011)
Wanderers came from 1-0 down to draw 1-1 with 5th placed Port Vale at Adams Park on Saturday but had to rely on a late penalty save from Nikki Bull to help avoid defeat. Injuries to Alan Bennett and Matt Bloomfield saw Leon Johnson and Scott Donnelly win places in the starting line-up and both the newcomers were to get on the score sheet. Unfortunately for Johnson, he inadvertedly turned a Vale cross from the left into his own net two minutes into the second period to give the visitors the lead. The goal came after a relatively even first half where Wanderers best chance came on 39 minutes when a break down the right ended with Vale defender Ritchie Sutton recovering in time to prevent Donnelly from scoring. However, it was Donnelly who grabbed his first goal in a Wycombe to draw the scores level on 57 minutes - the on loan Swansea midfielder pressing through from a central position to smash home a low shot from just inside the Valley End penalty area. Wanderers may have sensed victory at this point but the visitors continued to cause problems and when Doug Loft's cross from the left struck the out stretched arm of Johnson, referee Mr G.Sutton pointed to the spot. Tom Pope, on loan to Vale from Rotherham, stepped up to take the kick but drove the ball down the middle allowing Bull to save with his legs as the Wycombe 'keeper dived to his right. Wanderers remain 2nd in the table after this draw - five points behind leaders Chesterfield but with a game in hand. Next match for Wanderers, away to Bradford City on Saturday 12th February. This is followed by the trip to Southend United on Tuesday 15th February. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Westwood, Johnson, McCoy, Betsy, Ainsworth (sub 73 Rendell), Lewis, Donnelly, Strevens, Beavon (sub 84 Pittman) - subs not used: Arnold, Montrose, McClure, Straker - Att:4,173 (away 300 approx)
(Thursday 3rd February 2011)
Wanderers' 'League Two' fixture away to Morecambe scheduled for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 26th March has been brought forward to a 1pm kick-off to avoid clashing with the England v Wales European Championship qualifier, kicking-off at 3pm in Cardiff. According to the Morecambe website, the earlier kick off time has been agreed by both sides. The change in kick off time will mean an early start for Wanderers fans intending to make the 228 mile trip to Morecambe's new Globe Arena stadium.
(Tuesday 1st February 2011)
Wanderers closed the gap on leaders Chesterfield following a 2-1 victory over Cheltenham Town on Tuesday evening at Adams Park. Team news had seen Danny Foster replace the injured Andy Sandell, while Alan Bennett came in for the suspended Dave Winfield and in one of the best performances of the season so far, Wanderers eventually took the lead in the 29th minute when Ben Strevens chested the ball home at the far post after Alan Bennett had headed on Matt Bloomfield's corner. At the other end Nikki Bull was alert again to keep Wanderers lead intact at the break and nine minutes into the second period Gareth Ainsworth struck a sweet volley from the right edge of the penalty that saw the ball nestle in the opposite corner of the Valley End net. But thoughts of a comfortable win were dashed two minutes later when Wes Thomas was allowed space before firing past Bull and making the score 2-1. However, Wycombe continued to look the side likely to add to the scoreline and throughly deserved all three points. New loan signing Anthony Straker was introduced late on for his Wycombe debut and looked keen to impress. The only downside for Wycombe was a last minute injury to Matt Bloomfield - who picked up a broken nose following a challenge with Ashley Eastham. However, the Club have since reported they are hopeful the Wanderers midfielder will be available for Saturday's (5th February ) home meeting with Port Vale. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Westwood, Bennett, McCoy, Bloomfield (sub 89 Donnelly), Betsy (sub 86 Straker), Ainsworth (sub 79 Montrose), Lewis, Strevens, Beavon - subs not used: Pittman, Arnold, Johnson, McClure - Att:3,409 (away 200 approx)

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