All the news stories from December 2011
WYCOMBE 0 STEVENAGE 1
(Saturday 31st December 2011)
Wanderers finished 2011 back in the relegation zone after conceeding a late goal to lose 1-0 to 6th placed Stevenage at Adams Park on New Years Eve. Although the game saw few clear cut chances for either side it was Wycombe who were left frustrated by a side managed by former Wanderer Graham Westley. After both sides cancelled each other out in the opening stages, it was Westley who made a brave double substitution on 37 minutes in an effort to change the course of the game. The switch saw the first clear effort on goal a couple of minutes later when substitute Chuks Aneke played in Lawrie Wilson to the right of goal only for the latter to see his low shot denied by the legs of Nikki Bull. However, after the break it was Wycombe who looked the side most likely to score with the closest chance coming to Marcello Trotta on 70 minutes when a breakaway attack culminated with his header being parried by Stevenage 'keeper Chris Day but the Fulham loanee put the follow up angonisingly inches over the Valley End cross bar. That appeared to set-up the game for a 0-0 finish but it was another lapse in concentration at the back for Wycombe that condemned Gary Waddock's side to defeat on 80 minutes - Luke Freeman cutting in from the left before pulling the ball back for Wilson, left in too much space, to fire past Bull. Stuart Beavon almost drew an equaliser on 84 minutes but his first time effort was blocked by the legs of Day and it was the better organised Stevenage who took all the three points. Wycombe travel to Bournemouth on Holiday Monday (2nd Jan) hoping for better fortunes. Wycombe: Bull, McCoy, Johnson, Winfield (sub 65 Basey), Foster, Grant, Bloomfield, Halls, McNamee (sub 86 Ainsworth), Trotta, Beavon - subs not used: Harding, Strevens, Harris - Att: 4,942 (away 658)
BENYON BACK TO SWINDON
(Friday 30th December 2011)
Striker Elliot Benyon's
unhappy loan spell with Wycombe came to an abrupt end on Friday when he returned to his parent club Swindon Town and was then promptly loaned out to Southend United. The Wycombe born player joined Wanderers on a season long loan during the summer but he managed just one goal in 14 outings for the Wanderers and failed to make the squad following the FA Cup exit at Fleetwood Town on 12 November 2011. He made 9 League and 4 Cup appearances during his time with Wycombe with his solitary goal coming in the 4-1 home defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Football League Cup.
ROWLANDS RETURNS TO QPR
(Thursday 29th December 2011)
QPR midfielder Martin Rowlands has returned to his parent club after his three month loan spell with the Wanderers came to an end with the home meeting with Exeter on 26th December. The 'Emergency Loan' rules means that Wycombe can now only retain the services of the 32 year old if a 'long term loan' or permanent move is arranged during the January transfer window. Rowlands' time at Wycombe was hit by injury but Manager Gary Waddock has hinted that he wants Rowlands to return to Adams Park, saying to the press "It's been hectic with the Christmas period. Over the next few days i'm sure we will make contact with QPR and Rowly." He made 10 League and 1 Cup appearance during his time with Wycombe but didn't find the net.
WYCOMBE 3 EXETER 1
(Monday 26th December 2011)
Wanderers edged out of the relegation zone after Fulham loanee Marcello Trotta continued his goalscoring blitz with a stunning hat-trick in a 3-1 victory over fellow strugglers Exeter City on Boxing Day at Adams Park. Trotta blasted Wanderers into the lead after just 30 seconds when he converted a low cross from the left byeline by Anthony McNamee. Wanderers could have gone further ahead through efforts from Marvin McCoy, Stuart Beavon and Stuart Lewis inside 20 minutes before The Grecians stunned the home crowd when Danny Coles was allowed to head home at the far side of the six yard box following a corner from the left. It was the the visitors turn to have the majority of the chances and but for poor finishing could have taken the lead. However, Trotta had other ideas and four minutes before the break he cut in from the left to an acute angle before driving a low shot past Artur Krysiak in the Exeter goal to restore Wanderers' lead. But it looked like The Grecians would draw level again four minutes into the second half when Nikki Bull was adjudged to have tripped Jake Taylor as he closed in on the right side of the penalty area. Guillem Bauza took an extended run up for the resulting penalty but tried to get clever as he kicked the ball, allowing Bull to dive to his right to push the ball away and then block Bauza's attempts to convert the rebound. That setback seemed to knock the stuffing out of Exeter and it was Trotta who capped another outstanding display when he fired in another low effort from a tight angle on the left in the 87th minute to complete his hat-trick. His celebrations saw him immediately reveal a t-shirt bearing the words 'Per te Papa' ('For you Dad'), as he raced towards his watching parents in the Woodlands Executive Boxes. That goal saw Wycombe creep out of the relegation zone on goals scored above Yeovil ahead of the visit of 6th placed Stevenage on Saturday 31st December. Wycombe: Bull, McCoy, Winfield, Johnson, Foster, Grant (sub 70 Rowlands), Lewis, Bloomfield, McNamee (sub 84 Ainsworth), Beavon, Trotta (sub Harris 93) - subs not used: Basey, Strevens - Att: 4,904 (away 502)
CHAIRBOYS GAS - 25 YEARS ON
(Friday 23rd December 2011)
COTN continues the digital release of 'Chairboys Gas' to mark the 25th anniversary of publication. Issue No.3 was released during the second half of December 1986 with a festive rename of 'Noel News'. This issue looked backed on Wanderers' first half of the 1986/87 campaign that had Alan Gane's side still leading the table ahead of Yeovil with 58 points from the opening 23 games.
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TROTTA LOAN EXTENDED
(Tuesday 20th December 2011)
Wanderers have agreed an extension to Marcello Trotta's loan at Adams Park. The Fulham striker joined Wycombe on an initial one month deal on 24th November and bagged three goals in his first three appearances for Gary Waddock's side. The extension will run up to an including the scheduled League One meeting away to Preston North End on 14th January 2012.
IBE TO LIVERPOOL CONFIRMED
(Tuesday 20th December 2011)
The rumours of Jordon Ibe's transfer to Liverpool have been proven true with the confirmation late on Tuesday afternoon via the Wanderers official website that he had signed a deal with the Premiership side. The news item contains no details of any fee connected with the deal but it likely to be heavily tied in with First Team appearances for the Anfield club. Commenting on the move, Manager Gary Waddock said "He's a phenomenal talent which is why we gave him a chance to show what he can do at first-team level. Obviously we wanted to keep him, but we didn't want to stand in the way of an opportunity he deserves. I have no doubt in my mind that he will go on to become a big star and I will be keeping a close eye on his progress. I would like to wish him and his family all the best for the future."
KEVIN BETSY RELEASED
(Tuesday 20th December 2011)
The Club confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that midfielder Kevin Betsy had left the Wanderers by 'mutual consent' following a spell of being shunned by Manager Gary Waddock. Commenting on the news, Betsy told the official website, "I wish to thank all the fans for their loyal support over the years. Wycombe will always be a special club to me and I will leave with many special memories. It is a sad day for me but I wish Wycombe Wanderers every success for the future." Meanwhile Manager Gary Waddock said, "Kevin has been a loyal servant to Wycombe Wanderers over the years, helping the club to a semi-final of a major cup competition and regaining our League 1 status. Despite not being involved as much as he would have liked this season, he has been a model professional and I would like to thank him for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future." Betsy leaves the Wanderers having clocked up 185 appearances and scoring 25 times during three spells dating back to 2005. During the summer the 33 year old won a gold medal with the Seychelles in the Indian Island Ocean Games' football tournament but since returning to Wycombe seemed to fall out of favour with boss Waddock. The midfielder was later reported to have broken his hand against Yeovil on 13th September but despite recovering did not feature for the First Team again in the League, with his final appearance being the Football League Trophy tie with Cheltenham Town on 4th October 2011 where he scored Wanderers' goal in the 3-1 defeat.
CARLISLE 2 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 17th December 2011)
Wanderers conceded a late goal as they drew 2-2 at
7th placed Carlisle United on Saturday. It was a huge blow for Wanderers who battled back from going a goal down in the 2nd minute to take the lead through goals from loanees Anthony McNamee and Marcello Trotta. With Scott Donnelly out for the season Gary Waddock brought in Matt Bloomfield. But Wanderers were behind with less then two minutes on the clock when Jon-Paul McGovernís cross saw Lee Miller head the ball down for strike partner Rory Loy to fire home, with question marks hanging again over the Wanderers defence. However, to Wycombe's credit they came back strong and went close through Joel Grant and Trotta (twice), the latter seeing a 23rd minute effort come back off the post. Reward came in the 28th minute from McNamee who thundered a 20 yarder into the top corner. Wanderers then survived a couple of home chances before Trotta scored for the third game running when Stuart Beavon's efforts down the left set up Trotta to angle in a low drive into the far corner of the net to put Wycombe ahead on 36 minutes. The remainder of the game saw Carlisle eventually step up their efforts to equalise with United boss Greg Abbott throwing on more strikers as the game progressed. Wanderers' defence eventually crumbled in the 86th minute when McGovern crossed from the right and found unmarked substitute Francois Zoko at the far post who headed past Nikki Bull. Both sides then had chances to win the game but it was Wycombe who left rueing the chance of what would have been three vital points. Wanderers remain one place from the bottom of the table with the holiday fixtures getting under way on Monday 26th December with the visit of 18th placed Exeter City and then 8th placed Stevenage on Saturday 31st December. Wycombe: Bull, McCoy, Winfield, Johnson, Basey, Grant (sub 94 Harris), Lewis, Bloomfield, McNamee, Beavon, Trotta (sub 88 Rowlands) - subs not used: Foster, Strevens, Ainsworth - Att: 4,414 (away 100 approx)
DONNELLY INJURY BLOW
(Friday 16th December 2011)
A major blow for Scott Donnelly and Wanderers on Friday when it was confirmed that the midfielder had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the 2011/12 campaign. The on loan Swansea player suffered the injury in the first half of the meeting with Chesterfield on Saturday 10th December and had a scan a few days later to reveal the bad news. Official reports say he is due to see a specialist next week and have surgery 'in the near future'.
O's BEATEN IN FRIENDY
(Tuesday 13th December 2011)
A Wanderers XI beat Leyton Orient 3-0 in a behind closed doors friendly at The O's training ground on Tuesday afternoon. Wycombe, who included unnamed trialists in goal and in defence, took the lead in the 28th minute when Charles Dunne struck home with a 20 yard drive into the bottom corner of the home net. Kevin Besty doubled Wycombe's lead in the 33rd minute when he tapped in from close range after Orient failed to deal with a low cross from Ben Strevens. The victory was sealed with four minutes of normal time remaining when substitute Olly Taylor capitalised on a defensive error before converting. Wanderers: Trialist, Trialist, Dunne (sub 65 Webbe), Tunnicliffe, Stewart, Ainsworth (sub 80 Ehui), Halls, Kewley-Graham, Betsy, Rendell (sub 77 Taylor), Strevens
IBE LIVERPOOL RUMOUR
(Tuesday 13th December 2011)
The national and local media rumour machine went into overdrive on Monday when talkSPORT broke the 'news' on the internet that 'Liverpool have won the race to sign Wycombe teenage sensation Jordon Ibe', with claims that he will move to Anfield at the end of the 2011/12 campaign for £500,000. The story came without quotes or confirmation from either club but went on to add, "It is believed that the League One outfit decided cash in on the teenager before the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) comes into effect at the start of next season." What followed were almost indentical reports, including Sky Sports, The Bucks Free Press and the Liverpool Echo. Ibe turned 16 last week and although likely to sign a professional deal with Wycombe, the EPPP regulations that kick in the summer of 2012 would mean Wanderers would only be entitled to between £50,000 and £100,000 as compensation for his time at the Wanderers Centre of Excellence. However, the new regulations also mean that if Ibe went on to make 100 Premier League appearances, Wycombe would receive an additional estimated £1.3m compensation.
WYCOMBE 3 CHESTERFIELD 2
(Saturday 10th December 2011)
A stoppage time header from Stuart Beavon secured a dramatic 3-2 victory over bottom club Chesterfield at Adams Park on Saturday. Defeat would have seen Wanderers drop to the foot of the table and but with loanee Anthony McNamee making his Wycombe debut and Marcello Trotta having his first home outing, it was the visitors who drew first blood when they scored following a quick clearance from a Wycombe corner - Dean Morgan netting at the far post from a Craig Westcarr assist as the Wycombe defence looked on. Six minutes later there was another blow for Wycombe when Scott Donnolly went down injured unchallenged in what is believed to be a knee injury. He received lengthy attention before being carried off and replaced by Matt Bloomfield. But Wycombe recovered and equalised following an almighty goalmouth scramble where Trotta, Leon Johnson and Dave Winfield all saw efforts rebound back from goal before McNamee hit a sweet volley from the edge of the box into the top corner. From that point it looked like Wycombe would take command of the game but they fell behind again nine minutes into the second period with another goal on the break - this time a Lee dropkick eluding the Wanderers defence before Morgan stuck the ball past Nikki Bull. It was another blow to Wanderers' confidence and if Mendy had netted on 77 minutes it would have been all over. But the visitors were left rueing that missed chance when Trotta fired in with a low shot from around the 25 yard mark just over 60 seconds later. The same player then blasted over from six yards three minutes later as Wycombe's looked to snatch victory. It was then the Spireites who could have won it when they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of Wycombe's box as the game entered four minutes of stoppage time. But that chance went begging and moments later Bull delivered a free-kick for offside deep into the visitors half that Dave Winfield played into the six yard box where Beavon got in the all important header to ripple the back of the Valley End net and send the home players and support into ecstasy. Wycombe remain second from bottom in the table but there is now just a two point gap to escape the relegation zone with the long trip to 7th placed Carlisle United next on the agenda on Saturday 17th December. Wycombe: Bull, McCoy, Winfield, Johnson, Basey, Grant, Lewis, Donnelly (sub 11 Bloomfield), McNamee, Trotta, Beavon - subs not used: Foster, Ainsworth, Strevens, Harris - Att: 4,320 (away 264)
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