January 2011 News Archive
All the news stories from January 2011
(Monday 31st January 2011)
Wanderers completed the loan signing of Aldershot Town left-back Anthony Straker on the final day of the January transfer window. The 22 year old, who played under Gary Waddock while with The Shots, is said to arrive as cover for Andy Sandell who was trying to shake off a knee injury ahead of Tuesday evening's meeting with Cheltenham Town at Adams Park. Meanwhile, midfielder Keiran Murtagh has been loaned out to Conference South side Woking having failed to break into the First Team at Wycombe. Both deals are for an initial one month. The arrival of Straker also signals the return of midfielder Josh Parker to QPR has he continues to recover from a foot injury. The 20 year old played just 25 minutes in one appearance as a substitute during his time with The Wanderers.
(Friday 28th January 2011)
Good news from the Club on Friday when it was confirmed that goalkeeper Nikki Bull had agreed an extension to his deal that will now run until June 2013. The 29 year old joined Wanderers in the summer of 2010 from Brentford and has been ever present in Wanderers' First Team games so far this season, keeping 11 clean sheets. He was originally signed on a one year deal but his outstanding form this season and has prompted an early agreement to a new contract.
(Friday 28th January 2011)
First Year pro Jerome Federico has joined Isthmian Premier League side Wealdstone on an initial one month loan deal running until 1st March 2011. The 18 year old striker spent a month on loan at Conference South side Woking earlier in the season having made his Football League debut for Wanderers in September when he came on as a last minute substitute in the 4‑2 victory over Barnet. Since returning from Woking he has been a regular in the Wanderers Reserve side.
(Thursday 27th January 2011)
COTN continues its 10th anniversary look back at the famous FA Cup run of the 2000/2001 season - rewinding this time to a snow hit Adams Park on Saturday 27th January 2001 when Wolves were the visitors for Wanderers' first (and so far only) appearance in the Fourth Round. A then record Adams Park attendance of 9,600 saw Andy Rammell and Sam Parkin grab the headlines on one of the most memorable days ever at Adams Park.
Wycombe v Wolves - COTN archive 2000/2001
(Wednesday 26th January 2011)
Jon-Paul Pittman continued his come from injury as Wanderers' Reserves went down 2-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion in a Combination played at Burnham on Tuesday evening. Pittman was involved in the opening goal on 10 minutes when he fed Scott Donnelly who was tripped and a penalty awarded. Donnelly got up to convert the resulting spot kick but the visitors responded by equalising six minutes later when Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma slotted home from six yards. The Seagulls looked the stronger side in the second period and eventually got their winner on 71 minutes through James Smith who fired past Steve Arnold in the Wycombe following a series of saves earlier in the half.
Reserves info 2010/2011Wycombe:Arnold, Stewart (sub 33 Smith), Foster, Bennett, Johnson, Murtagh, Montrose, Donnelly (sub 78 Scowen), Harris, McClure, JPittman (sub 73 Weemes) - subs not used: Ingram, Federico
(Monday 24th January 2011)
Wanderers have confirmed the permanent transfer of Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Stuart Lewis. The 23 year old originally signed a one month loan deal from The Daggers on 22 November 2010 and this was extended for a further month on 21 December 2010, with his outing against Rotherham (his 10th in a Wanderers shirt) marking the end of the current deal. Wanderers had the option of asking for a further month loan to the maximum 93 day period but eventually agreed an 18 month contract with the player who had fallen out of favour with Daggers boss John Still.
(Monday 24th January 2011)
Wanderers Under 18 side made it through to the Area Final of the Football League Youth Alliance Cup on Saturday following a penalty shoot out victory over Millwall in a tie played at The Lions Training Ground in Bromley. Lee Weemes gave Wanderers an early lead when he fired home Nathan Olukanmi's cross in the 2nd minute and the margin was doubled just before the break when Weemes notched his second by smashing home a loose ball inside penalty area. However, the home side pushed hard after the break and pulled a goal back on 72 minutes when substitute Connor Wilkinson slotted home from 12 yards following a cross from the right. Wanderers then held on until the 86th minute when Dylan Richards' cross was headed home by Jake Gallagher to bring the scores level at 2-2. With the rules stating no-extra, the tie went to an immediate penalty shoot out where 'keeper Matt Ingram ended as hero as he saved spot kicks from Rhys Paul and Aiden O'Brien, while Lee Weemes, Josh Scowen, Oliver Duffy and David Styles all hit the target for the Wycombe to seal a 4-1 shoot out success. Wanderers now await the winners of the Southend v Stevenage tie to see who they take on in the Southern Area Final.Wycombe: Matt Ingram, Miles Smith, David Styles, Oliver Duffy, Anthony Stewart, Josh Scowen, Jess Kewley-Graham, Archie Lloyd, Kadeem Harris, Lee Weemes, Nathan Olukanmi (sub 60 Lee Wright)
(Saturday 22nd January 2011)
Wanderers dug hard to register a 1-0 victory over third placed Rotherham at Adams Park on Saturday. Gareth Ainsworth nipped in from the right channel to head in the crucial goal on 28 minutes and it was then a second half display from the home defence, with 'keeper Nikki Bull in outstanding form again, who were a major factor in ensuring all three points went Wycombe's way. An unchanged Wanderers starting XI had the better of the opening exchanges with Stuart Beavon going close twice before Ainsworth's opener where he nipped in front of Jamie Green to head home Danny Foster's cross. Beavon could have made it 2-0 ten minutes later but he shot straight at the 'keeper and Wanderers had to settle for a slender 1-0 lead at the break. The second-half saw the visitors push for an equaliser but Wanderers defence managed to snuff out the threat of top scorer Adam Le Fondre and also had Bull to thank for abreathtaking 'Gordon Banks Mexcio 1970' style save on 68 minutes when he somehow managed to push Ryan Taylor's downward header onto the crossbar before the ball was cleared. At the other end a breakaway attack saw Kevin Betsy's effort from the left channel come back off the foot of a Valley End upright before a nail biting close to proceedings which culminated in the visitors frustrations boiling over when Millers midfielder Jason Taylor kicked out at Ben Strevens as the Wycombe player shielded the ball at the corner flag to the right of the Valley End during stoppage time - Taylor being shown a straight red card. With leaders Chesterfield dropping two points in a 0-0 draw at 6th placed Shrewsbury, Wanderers are now three points off the lead with 46 points from 25 games. There is no game for Wanderers next Saturday (29th January) due to the FA Cup, the next game being at home to Cheltenham Town on Tuesday 1st February. Wycombe:Bull, Winfield, Westwood, McCoy, Bloomfield, Betsy, Ainsworth (sub 83 McClure), Lewis, Strevens, Sandell (sub 24 Foster), Beavon - subs not used: Donnelly, Pittman, Arnold, Montrose, Bennett - Att:4,181 (away 300 approx)
(Friday 21st January 2011)
The decision to move forward with the 'Community Stadium' project has been 'called in' to be looked at by the council's scrutiny committee. The decision was confirmed through the Bucks Free Press website less than two hours after COTN's story highlighting the 'call-in' process. The Improvement and Review Commission are now likely to arrange a special meeting to discuss the issue ahead of its next scheduled meeting on 16th March 2011. The BFP is also running its own 'independent survey' into the proposals. The closing date for responses is Friday 4th February 2011. Enter BFP survey page
(Friday 21st January 2011)
The leader of Wycombe District Council has claimed that a move to a new 'Community Stadium' at Booker Air Park will 'ensure the future of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club'. The comments come via a three page Council paid advert wrapped around the front of the Friday 21st January 2011 edition of the Bucks Free Press. The comments are sure to stir the growing band of Wanderers followers still looking for answers to key questions relating to how the Football Club would benefit from the scheme.
Stadium will 'ensure' WWFC future claims Council leader
(Tuesday 18th January 2011)
Jon-Paul Pittman scored twice as a Wanderers XI eased through to the semi-finals of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup following a 4-0 victory over Burnham at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. 'JP' opened the scoring on 49 minutes, nudging the ball home following an assist from Keiran Murtagh. Seven minutes later the returning striker made it 2-0 when he converted a Danny Foster cross before being substituted just after the hour mark. His replacement. Kadeem Harris, then got on the scoresheet with 69 minutes on clock following a fierce effort from around 25 yards. Youth Teamer Anthony Stewart completed the scoring on 84 minutes when he tucked the ball home following a goalmouth melee. Wycombe:Arnold, Foster, Stewart, Bennett, Johnson, Donnelly, Montrose, Murtagh (sub 86 Kewley-Graham), Federico (sub 75 Taylor), McClure, Pittman (sub 63 Harris) - subs not used: Ingram, Smith - Att:171
(Tuesday 18th January 2011)
Jon-Paul Pittman is set to return to action on Tuesday evening as a Wanderers XI take on Burnham in the quarter-final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup at Adams Park (KO 7.30pm). 'JP' as been out of action since sustaining a knee injury in the warm-up prior to the League meeting with Macclesfield back in September 2010. Entrance prices for the B&B game are 5 adults, 3 concessions and 1 under 16's. All supporters will be located in the 'Old Main Stand'. Wycombe squad:Steve Arnold, Matt Ingram, Danny Foster, Alan Bennett, Leon Johnson, Anthony Stewart, Miles Smith, Scott Donnelly, Lewis Montrose, Josh Scowen, Jerome Federico, Keiran Murtagh, Kadeem Harris, Jon-Paul Pittman, Lee Weemes, Ollie Taylor
(Tuesday 18th January 2011)
As expected, Wycombe District Council's Cabinet have given the go ahead for the next stage of investigation and consultation relating to the proposed 'Community Stadium' at Wycombe Air Park. Prior to the meeting a 200 plus crowd had gathered outside the Council offices to voice their opposition to the proposals, while at the meeting itself there were growing dissenters amongst Councillors. The Bucks Free Press website also reported a frosty exchange between Scrutiny Committee Chairman Cllr Alex Collingwood and Leader Cllr Lesley Clarke. Meanwhile, another BFP report had Cllr Collingwood adding that a redeveloped Adams Park could be built with a 17,500 capacity at a cost of 17m compared to 44m at the Air Park.
(Monday 17th January 2011)
Wanderers home 'League Two' meeting with Hereford United has been re-arranged for Tuesday 5th April 2011 with a 7.45pm kick-off. The original game was scheduled for Saturday 29th January but with Hereford having dumped Wanderers out of the FA Cup, they will now travel to Sheffield Wednesday in the Fourth Round while Wycombe will have a free weekend.
(Monday 17th January 2011)
The debate over the proposed 'Community Stadium' is set to reach new levels of intensity at a Full Cabinet meeting scheduled for the evening of Monday 17th January 2011. The Cabinet, made up of nine local councillors, are expected to give the give the go ahead after a report presented to the Cabinet says there is merit in proceeding with the project. The GASP action group plan to protest outside the Council offices prior to the meeting.
Stadium proposals to get OK from Cabinet?
(Saturday 15th January 2011)
Wanderers came from a goal down to secure a gritty 2-1 victory at League Two strugglers Lincoln City on Saturday. With Scott Rendell on compasionate leave, following the funeral of his baby on Friday, Gary Waddock made two changes to the side that lost to Hereford in the FA Cup the previous Tuesday, Dave Winfield and Ben Strevens returning in favour of Alan Bennett and Scott Donnelly. The opening stages were dominated by the home side who deservedly took the lead in the 17th minute when Gavin McCallum whipped a shot from the edge of the box past Nikki Bull. The goal finally sparked Wanderers into life and they were level two minutes later Andy Sandell saw his free-kick from the left channel curl into the far corner of the Imps net. Three minutes later Marvin McCoy saw a long range effort rebound off the crossbar and then on 34 minutes Wanderers had a great opportunity to take the lead when Kevin Betsy was tripped in the box but the resulting penalty from Ben Streven's was saved by Joe Anyon in the home goal. To add to Wycombe's disappointment, Betsy needed to be carried off with an injury later reported to be a damaged nerve in his leg. However, Wanderers were bouyed six minutes before the interval when Sandell grabbed his second of the game, heading in from close quarters after Chris Westwood's shot had only been partially cleared by the home defence. The second period saw Wanderers just do enough to hold onto their lead but once again had Nikki Bul to thank as he excelled to keep out efforts from Albert Jarrett and Stuart O'Keefe just after the hour mark. For Wycombe , Sandell almost completed his hat-trick on 69 minutes when another curling free-kick came near to finding the target, while Stuart Beavon also went close with a header on 71 minutes as Wycombe hung on to secure the three points that move them to second place in the table. The next 'League Two' fixture for the Wanderers is the visit of Rotherham to Adams Park on Saturday 22nd January. Wycombe:Bull, Winfield, Westwood, Sandell, McCoy, Bloomfield, Betsy (sub 36 Donnelly), Ainsworth (sub 82 Montrose), Lewis, Strevens, Beavon - subs not used: Foster, Arnold, Bennett, Johnson, McClure - Att:2,890 (away 212)
(Wednesday 12th January 2011)
Gary Waddock eyed up two unnamed triallists during a 3-2 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge in a 'behind closed doors' friendly at Wanderers training ground on Wednesday afternoon. Wycombe found themselves 3-0 down before Matt McClure pulled a goal back with a left footed strike. Lewis Montrose also netted from a free-kick but The Daggers held on for their victory. Wycombe:Steve Arnold, Danny Foster, Triallist (sub Miles Smith), Anthony Stewart, Lewis Montrose, Keiran Murtagh, Ian Westlake (sub Lee Weemes), Triallist (sub Stuart Green), Jerome Federico, Kadeem Harris, Matt McClure
(Tuesday 11th January 2011)
Wanderers were dumped out of the FA Cup on Tuesday evening by 'League Two' bottom side Hereford United - The Bulls winning 1-0 at Adams Park. Gary Waddock made four changes to the side that had lost 3-0 the previous weekend at Crewe - Scott Donnelly, Marvin McCoy, Alan Bennett and Matt Bloomfield replacing Andy Sandell, Leon Johnson, Scott Rendell and Lewis Montrose. The formation led to an open first half where after Wanderers survived early scares, Kevin Betsy should have gave Wycombe the lead on 26 minutes but he fired over from close range. Moments later a clever back header from Gareth Ainsworth hit the crossbar before visitors got their vital goal on 32 minutes when Mathieu Manset forced the ball home following a corner from the left. The goal changed the course of the game as the visitors proceeded to sit on their lead, while Wanderers had little imagination on how to break down the visiting defence. A flurry of substitutes for Wycombe in the final twenty minutes or so failed to produce any change to the situation, leaving Hereford to travel to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday 29th January in the Fourth Round and Wanderers to dedicate their ambitions for 2011 on League aspirations. Wycombe:Bull, Westwood, Bennett, McCoy, Bloomfield, Betsy (sub 73 McClure) , Donnelly (sub 65 Strevens) , Ainsworth (sub 65 Rendell) , Lewis, Sandell, Beavon - subs not used: Foster, Arnold, Montrose, Johnson - Att:2,353 (away 300 approx)
(Sunday 9th January 2011)
Wanderers will travel to Sheffield Wednesday should they overcome Hereford United in Tuesday evening's delayed FA Cup Third Round tie at Adams Park. The Bulls earned their right to play Wycombe by winning 4-3 at Lincoln City in their Third Round replay at Sincil Bank on Saturday and will travel to Wycombe in a run of improved form despite losing 2-1 at Adams Park on Boxing day and currently occupying the bottom position in 'League Two'.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
Matchday CREWE 3 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 8th January 2011)
Wanderers conceeded three times inside the final 20 minutes as they crashed 3-0 at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday in a rearranged 'League Two' fixture. Gareth Ainsworth and Lewis Montrose returned to the side in place of Ben Strevens and the injured Matt Bloomfield but it Crewe striker Clayton Donaldson who scored on 71 and 72 minutes to send Wanderers reeling. Shaun Miller added a third for the home side on 86 minutes to confirm an end to Wanderers run of four straight League victories. Wanderers remain third in the table as they go into Tuesday evening's FA Cup Third Round tie with Hererford United at Adams Park. The next 'League Two' fixture for Gary Waddock's side is the visit to Lincoln City on Saturday 15th January. Wycombe:Bull, Winfield, Westwood (sub 60 Donnelly), Sandell, Johnson, Betsy, Ainsworth (sub 73 Strevens), Montrose (sub 60 McCoy), Lewis, Rendell, Beavon - subs not used: Foster, Arnold, Bennett - Att:3,727 (away 238)
(Friday 7th January 2011)
As Wanderers await their opponents in this season's FA Cup Third Round, COTN begins a 10th anniversary look back at the famous cup run of the 2000/2001 season, starting when Grimsby Town were the visitors to Adams Park for a Third Round tie on Saturday 6th January 2001. At the time Wanderers had never gone beyond that stage of the competition.
Wycombe v Grimsby - COTN archive 2000/2001
(Friday 7th January 2011)
Wycombe District Council released a press release on Friday 7th January 2011 relating to the proposals to build a new 'Community Stadium' for the use of Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps. As expected, the statement says a report, running to 146 pages, will recommend to the Council Cabinet at a meeting on 17th January 2001 that Booker Air Booker is the preferred site.
Read the press release in full on COTN
(Monday 3rd January 2011)
A 64th minute headed goal from defender Dave Winfield was enough to earn Wanderers a 1-0 victory over Gillingham at Adams Park on Bank Holiday Monday. Gary Waddock made one change to the side that had beaten Cheltenham on New Years Day - resting Gareth Ainsworth in favour of Scott Rendell. The Gills, on a decent run since losing at home to Wycombe back in early November, were the first to show when former Wanderer Matt Lawrence volleyed over in the 2nd minute. Stuart Beavon went close for Wycombe on 26 minutes during an even opening 45 minutes but it was after the break that Wycombe began to look the better side. The reward came when Matt Bloomfield's corner was turned onto the crossbar by Andy Sandell in The Gills goal and Winfield was first to react and tuck the ball into the back of the Valley End net. A resolute Wanderers defence then held out to grab all three points and consolidate their third place position in 'League Two'. Wanderers visit Crewe Alexandra on Saturday (8th January) in a rearranged 'League Two' fixture before hoping to take on the winners of the Hereford/Lincoln FA Cup Third Round meeting in the Fourth Round the following Tuesday (11th January) at Adams Park. Wycombe:Bull, Winfield, Westwood (sub 56 McCoy), Johnson, Bloomfield, Betsy, Lewis, Strevens, Sandell, Rendell, Beavon - subs not used: Donnelly, Ainsworth, Arnold, Montrose, Bennett, McClure - Att:4,617 (away end approx 700)
(Saturday 1st January 2011)
Wanderers came from a goal down to defeat Cheltenham Town 2-1 at Whaddon Road on New Years Day. Danny Andrew had given the home side the lead on 12 minutes when his free-kick found the back of the Wanderers net but Stuart Beavon levelled the scores for an unchanged Wanderers side a minute before the break when he fired home from the edge of the box. Gareth Ainsworth then grabbed the winner for Gary Waddock's side on 58 minutes when he headed home a Chris Westwood cross. Scott Rendell, grieving after the loss of his month old baby on Christmas Eve, was introduced as a substitute on 76 minutes to a standing ovation from the travelling support. Wanderers now go on to face Gillingham at Adams Park on Bank Holiday Monday. Wycombe:Bull, Winfield, Westwood, Johnson, Bloomfield, Betsy, Ainsworth (sub 77 Rendell), Lewis, Strevens, Sandell, Beavon (sub 87 Montrose) - subs not used: Foster, Arnold, Bennett, McCoy, McClure - Att:3,326
(Saturday 1st January 2011)
Gary Waddock finally secured the services of midfielder Scott Donnelly after a loan deal until the end of the season was agreed with 'Championship' side Swansea City. The former Aldershot Town player, who was 23 on Christmas Day, was a target of Waddock in the January 2010 transfer window and the summer of 2010 but the moves fell through and he eventually joined Swansea on a three year deal in June 2010. The Wycombe boss is fan of Donnelly through the player's time at both The Shots and previous to that at QPR. He netted 18 times for The Shots in 83 appearances but his time at Swansea has been limited to one League Cup start and a nine minute substitute appearance in a 'Championship' game at Crystal Palace in October 2010.

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