All the news stories from August 2011
HUDDERSFIELD 3 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 27th August 2011)
Wanderers held out until the 57th minute before finally conceding and eventually going down 3-0 at Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Wycombe returned to Huddersfield for the first time since collapsing 6-0 under Gary Waddock in November 2009. This time around Waddock packed his midfield and saw his team hold their own during an opening 45 minutes where a Scott Donnelly shot on 17 minutes gave the Wanderers hope of taking something from the game. Waddock's game plan worked until twelve minutes into the second half when Town substitute Alan Lee looped a header into the far corner of the Wycombe net following a cross from the left by Gary Naysmith. Lee had been on the pitch less than ninety seconds and the same player made it 2-0 on 71 minutes when a more conventional header from close range beat Nikki Bull again. The home side sealed their victory in the 82nd minute when a Gary Roberts free-kick from the right channel found its way through the Wanderers defence and into the bottom left corner of the Wycombe net. Wanderers now have a ten day break from First Team action before taking on Bristol Rovers in the First Round of the Football League Trophy at Adams Park on Tuesday 6th September (KO 7.30pm). The next League match is home to Brentford on Saturday 10th September (KO 3pm). Wycombe:Bull, Sandell, Johnson, Tunnicliffe, McCoy, Ainsworth (sub 69 Betsy), Harding, Donnelly (sub 67 Benyon), Grant, Lewis, Strevens (sub 79 Beavon) - subs not used:Stewart, Bloomfield - Att: 11,953 (away 207)
NEW DATE FOR FLT TIE
(Wednesday 24th August 2011)
Wanderers' First Round tie in the Football League Trophy with Bristol Rovers will now be played on Tuesday 6th September at Adams Park (KO 7.30pm). The original date of Tuesday 30th August was postponed because of The Pirates delayed Second Round Football League Cup tie taking place on the same date. The new date for the Wanderers/Rovers clash at Adams Park has drawn criticism from some Wycombe followers because it clashes with the England v Wales European Championship qualifier at Wembley Stadium the same evening, with live coverage also being shown on free to air ITV.
WYCOMBE 1 FOREST 4
(Tuesday 23rd August 2011)
Wanderers went out of the Football League Cup
on Tuesday evening after a 4-1 home defeat to Nottingham Forest. Gary Waddock made seven changes to the side that lost at home to Bury the previous Saturday but he found his side 2-0 down in the first six minutes after Ishmael Miller finished well with a low shot from the edge of the box on 2 minutes, while Lewis McGugan managed to squeeze home a penalty four minutes later after Nikki Bull had pulled down Miller as he cut in from the Forest right. Wanderers best spell of the tie came at the opening of the second period, with Elliot Benyon coming closest on the hour mark when his shot from the left of the box struck the upright. However, any hopes of a comeback were dashed two minutes later when Robbie Findley fired home to make the score 3-0 to Forest. High Wycombe born Benyon did get on the scoresheet on 66 minutes when he converted a penalty after Joel Lynch had tripped Stuart Lewis but it was just a consolation on an evening when Wanderers failed to produce another effort on target. Waddock introduced youngsters Kadeem Harris and Jordon Ibe for the closing stages but the visitors confirmed their dominance on 75 minutes when Radoslaw Majewski netted from close range after a ball in from Joe Garner. Wanderers return to League action on Saturday 27th August with the visit to Huddersfield Town. Wycombe: Bull, McCoy, Foster, Johnson, Winfield, Betsy, Lewis (sub 68 Harris), Bloomfield, Grant (sub 68 Ibe), Benyon, Rendell (sub HT Harding) - subs not used: Ingram, Tunnicliffe, Beavon - Att: 2,866 (away 800 approx)
PRESTON HOME NEW DATE
(Tuesday 23rd August 2011)
Wanderers' home League One meeting with Preston North End has been rearranged for Tuesday 27th September (KO 7.45pm). The original date had been postponed after the Lancashire side had four of their players called up for international duty that weekend. It will be their first visit to Adams Park since 1999.
WYCOMBE 0 BURY 2
(Saturday 20th August 2011)
Wanderers crashed to a disappointing 2-0 reverse at home to
Bury on Saturday at Adams Park. Fielding an unchanged starting line-up to the one that beat Leyton Orient the previous Tuesday, Wanderers started the game brightly with Joel Grant and Scott Donnelly both going close inside the opening four minutes. However, the visitors survived and went on to break the deadlock on 24 minutes when Ryan Lowe fed the ball through to Michael Rose on the edge of the box and his low shot went in off the right hand upright of the Valley End goal. Wanderers' efforts for an equaliser before the break culminated in frustration when Ben Strevens headed straight at the 'keeper in the 40th minute. The second period saw the visitors press for a second with a clever chip from the right of goal by Andy Bishop on 53 minutes seeing Nikki Bull tip the ball onto the crossbar. Controversary then struck around the hour mark when Wanderers saw a penalty appeal turned down after the ball had blantantly been deflected by the raised arm of Efe Sodje after Grant had played the ball in from the left of goal. The feeling of unjust for Wanderers followers was exsaperated in the 65th minute when Bury effectively sealed victory after Lowe played a one-two with Bishop on the left channel before the prolific scorer dinked the ball past Bull and into the opposite corner of the net. Lowe was then perhaps lucky to escape with just a yellow card for an aggressive lunge on Grant after 76 minutes while substitute Ben Harding summed up Wycombe's day when he missed a great chance from close range on 90 minutes. Gary Waddock will now need to pick up his squad prior to the visit of Nottingham Forest in the League Cup on Tuesday evening. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Winfield, Tunnicliffe, Sandell, Ainsworth (sub 59 Benyon), Halls (sub 53 Harding), Donnelly, Grant, Strevens, Beavon (sub 67 Rendell) - subs not used: Johnson, Bloomfield - Att: 3,259 (away 250 approx)
PRESTON HOME POSTPONED
(Thursday 18th August 2011)
Wanderers' scheduled home League One meeting with Preston North End on Saturday 3rd September has been postponed after the Lancashire side had four of their players called up for international duty on the weekend of the game. North End striker Iain Hume is on duty for the Canadian national side, youngsters Seanan Clucas and Conor McLaughlin have been called up to Northern
Ireland's U21 squad, while Adam Barton has been selected for the Republic of Ireland U21's. Central defender Daniel Devine is also on stand-by for the Republic of Ireland's U21's. No new date has yet been set for what will be Preston's first visit to Adams Park since August 1999.
LEYTON ORIENT 1 WYCOMBE 3
(Tuesday 16th August 2011)
Wanderers scored their first League win of the season with a workman like 3-1 victory at struggling Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening. Ben Strevens had headed Wycombe into the lead on 8 minutes but the home side equalised on 16 minutes when Dean Cox volleyed past Nikki Bull from 18 yards. However, Wanderers regained their lead within a couple of minutes after Stephen Dawson fouled Stuart Beavon in the box and Scott Donnelly converted from the resulting penalty. Gary Waddock's side then wrapped things up five minutes into the second half when Joel Grant headed home a Gareth Ainsworth cross. The result sees Wycombe climb to 7th place in the League One table after three games with Bury the visitors to Adams Park on Saturday. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Winfield, Tunnicliffe, Sandell, Ainsworth (sub 62 Bloomfield), Halls, Donnelly (sub 93 Harding), Grant, Beavon (sub 79 Benyon), Strevens - subs not used: Johnson, Rendell - Att: 3,503 (away 480)
COLCHESTER 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 13th August 2011)
Wanderers forced a 1-1 draw at Colchester United on Saturday to continue their unbeaten start to the 2011/12 campaign. Gary Waddock's side were outplayed during the first half, with the Essex side eventually take the lead in the 24th minute when Ashley Vincent smashed home from eight yards from Michael Rose's cross. The home side hit the woodwork twice before the break, including an effort from Ian Henderson after John Hall's had stood on the ball just yards in front of his own box. A stern half-time talk by Waddock resulted in a slight upturn in Wycombe's performance and they made The U's pay for missed chances earlier in the game when Gareth Ainsworth was fouled in the box as he powered in from the right channel on 61 minutes and Scott Rendell wrong footed Mark Cousins in the home goal from the resulting penalty. Amazingly, from that point, Wanderers had the better chances to win the game, with Joel Grant and a late low shot from Scott Donnelly almost sntaching all three points. Wanderers travel to winless Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening followed by a home meeting with Bury on Saturday. Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Winfield, Tunnicliffe, Sandell, Ainsworth (sub 66 Benyon), Halls (sub 68 Harding), Donnelly, Grant (sub 86 Beavon), Strevens, Rendell - subs not used: Foster, Johnson - Att: 3,902 (away 618)
ROVERS HOME IN FLT
(Saturday 13th August 2011)
Wanderers were drawn at home to Bristol Rovers in the First Round of the Football League Trophy after the draw was made on Saturday morning. It will be third occasion the two sides have met in this compeition. Wycombe lost 2-0 at home to Rovers in the Second Round back in October 2006, while in November 2004 the trip to the Memorial Ground in a Third Round tie ended with a 1-0 defeat for a side under the temporary management of Keith Ryan and Gary Smith. The tie in this season's competition is due to take place on Tuesday 30th August but could be disrupted due to delays in Football League Cup ties.
FOREST HOME IN LEAGUE CUP
(Thursday 11th August 2011)
Wanderers will take on Nottingham Forest at Adams Park in the Second Round of the Football League Cup following the draw made on Thursday evening. The tie is scheduled to take place during the week commencing Monday 22nd August. It will be the second time the clubs have met in this competition having clashed at the same stage back in the 1996/97 season during the final days of Alan Smith's reign as Wanderers boss. The two legged tie saw Wycombe go down 1-0 at The City Ground, to the then Premier League side, before a spirited display in the return leg saw Paul McCarthy draw the aggregate scores level before Jason Lee won it in extra-time for the visitors.
WEMBLEY SCORER PASSES
(Thursday 11th August 2011)
Sad news through today of the passing away of Wanderers' 1950's left winger Frank Smith. Smith became the first ever Wycombe player to score at Wembley Stadium when he netted in the 3-1 defeat to Bishop Auckland in April 1957. He had joined the Club two years previous from Loughborough College having turned down the opportunity of a professional deal with Newcastle United in favour of staying with the RAF and playing Amateur football. He spent four seasons with the Wanderers, scoring 11 times. He passed away on Monday 8th August 2011 aged 78 following a short illness. Our condolences to his family and friends at this time of sadness and loss.
IBE BREAKS RECORD
(Wednesday 10th August 2011)
Wanderers' young hope for the future Jordon Ibe has set a new Club record by becoming the youngest player to date to turn out for the team in a competitive match since Wycombe were promoted to the Football League in 1993. Ibe, born in December 1995, was just 15 years and 244 days old when he came on as substitute against Colchester in Tuesday's League Cup tie at Adams Park. He beats the previous record of 16 years and 201 days set by Kadeem Harris during the Boxing Day game at Yeovil in December 2009. The youngest player ever to appear in a First Team fixture for the Wanderers remains Kevin Keen who played an Isthmian League game in September 1982 aged 15 years and 209 days.
THRO ON PENS IN LEAGUE CUP
(Tuesday 9th August 2011)
Wanderers went through to the Second Round of the Football League Cup for the first time since August 2006 after a dramatic penalty shoot victory over Colchester United at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. Wanderers had raced into a 2-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of normal time but The U's turned things around to force the scores level at 2-2 by the end of ninety minutes and then took the lead during extra-time. Scott Beavon levelled things up again with a great strike in the 105th minute shortly after 15 year old Jordon Ibe had been given his competitive debut for the Wanderers. The scores still locked at 3-3 at the end of extra-time it was left to the dreaded penalty shoot out to decide the tie. The first four kicks from both side were successful before Nikki Bull managed to block Michael Rose’s effort leaving Ben Harding with the task of keeping his head and smashing home the winning strike. The tie had seen Gary Waddock make five changes to the side that had drew with Scunthorpe the previous weekend and there was joy for Wycombe followers when Scott Donnelly converted from the edge of the box in only the second minute. Joel Grant doubled Wycombe's lead in the 12th minute with a close range effort but thoughts of an easy passage were calmed when Kayode Odejayi headed home on 27 minutes. Keeper Bull was then on hand to keep out efforts from Odejayi, Anthony Wordsworth and Rose before Ian Henderson finally forced the equaliser on 41 minutes with a shot from just outside the area. The visitors now looked the side more likely to secure victory and when Andy Sandell fouled Wordsworth to concede a penalty nine minutes into extra-time, Steven Gillespie's strike past Bull looked ominous. However, Beavon's sweet strike was deserved reward for Wanderers never say die attitude and cool heads from the penalty spot coupled with another vital save from Bull took Wanderers to the Second Round for the first time for five years. Wycombe:Bull, Johnson (sub 112 Winfield), Tunnicliffe, McCoy, Halls, Harding, Donnelly (sub 104 Ibe) , Grant, Harris (sub 80 Rendell), Sandell, Beavon - subs not used: Ingram, Foster, Kewley-Graham, McClure - Att: 1,430
WYCOMBE 1 SCUNTHORPE 1
(Saturday 6th August 2011)
Wanderers kicked off their 2011/12 campaign back in 'League One' with a 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United at Adams Park on Saturday. Gary Waddock gave Wycombe competitive debuts to new signings John Halls, James Tunnicliffe and Joel Grant and saw his side take the lead in the 23rd minute when Tunnicliffe headed home at the far post following a flighted corner from the right by Scott Donnelly. However, the visitors, relegated from 'The Championship' at the end of the 2010/11 season, were back on level terms five minutes before the break when Michael Nelson's downward header from a right wing corner found its way into the Valley End net. Wanderers' best spell came at the start of the second period when three efforts went close, including Gareth Ainsworth's low drive from the right channel which hit the opposite hand upright. Iron responded with chances of their own as the game reached a climax but they found Nikki Bull on top form again as he thwarted goal bound shots from Mark Duffy, Michael O'Connor and Chris Dagnall. Then in the third and final minute of stoppage time, Ben Strevens and Sam Togwell tangled in a midfield challenge that sparked a mass confrontation of players and resulted in both players entering the book, with Strevens consequently heading down the tunnel due to an earlier yellow card. A tense finale then saw Dagnall finally beat Bull in the Wycombe with a close range header but to the relief of Wycombe followers, the assistant on the right raised his flag for offside. Wanderers host Colchester United on Tuesday evening in the First Round of the Football League Cup, before travelling to Essex on Saturday to meet the U's in 'League One'. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Halls, Winfield, Tunnicliffe, Donnelly, Grant (sub 76 Harris), Ainsworth (sub 75 Beavon), Strevens, Sandell, Rendell - subs not used: Harding, Johnson, McCoy - Att: 4,451 (away 500 approx)
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