All the news stories from February 2012
CHAIRBOYS GAS - 25 YEARS ON
(Wednesday 29th February 2012)
COTN continues the digital release of 'Chairboys Gas' to mark the 25th anniversary of publication. Issue No.5 was released on Saturday 28th February 1987 as Wanderers took on Slough Town at home in an important Isthmian League encounter. Highlights of this issue included looking back on a remarkable series of results involving Wycombe, Yeovil and Windsor & Eton.
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CHESHAM IN B&B FINAL
(Wednesday 29th February 2012)
Wanderers will play Chesham United in the Final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup after The Generals overcame Maidenhead United in their semi-final played on Tuesday 28th February. It has since been agreed that the Final will be played on Tuesday 24th April 2012 at Adams Park. Ticket prices to be confirmed.
WYCOMBE 5 HARTLEPOOL 0
(Saturday 25th February 2012)
Wanderers hit five goals past Hartlepool without reply on Saturday as Gary Waddock gave debuts to all four of his new loan signings. Charlton loanee Paul Hayes put Wanderers ahead in the 5th minute before fellow Valley loanee Gary Doherty converted with a bullet header on 11 minutes to give Wycombe a dream start. Stuart Beavon effectively sealed the victory three minutes before the interval when he capitalised on a poor clearance from the visitors to make the score 3-0 and prompt some of the following from Hartlepool to head for the exits. To their credit Pools never let their heads drop after the break but found themselves 4-0 down on 55 minutes after 'keeper Scott Flinders made a mess of a clearance - smashing the ball into Hayes, before Beavon squared the rebound for Hayes to score his second. Pools saw an effort from substitute Paul Murray cleared off the line by Marvin Coy and Nikki Bull tip over a Neil Austin free-kick before Beavon completed the scoring on 71 minutes when he powered into the box before finally converting off the left-hand Valley End post. The 5-0 victory pushed Wanderers two places up the League One table and equalled their highest Football League victories - matching the 5-0 home win over Burnley in April 1997 and the same scoreline at Northampton in January 2003. Wanderers travel to 21st placed Scunthorpe United next Saturday (3rd March). Wycombe:Bull, McCoy, Laing, Doherty, Basey, Hackett, Eastmond, Lewis, (sub 86 Bloomfield), McNamee, Hayes (sub 86 Strevens), Beavon (sub 88 McClure) - subs not used: Foster, Ainsworth - Att: 4,408 (away 250 approx)
TWO MORE ON LOAN
(Friday 24th February 2012)
Wanderers made it four loan signings within a week following the confirmation on Friday of the arrival of Charlton Athletic pair Gary Doherty and Paul Hayes until the end of the season. Doherty is a 32 year old defender who has made 41 League appearances for Charlton since moving to The Valley in July 2010 from Norwich City where made over 200 apps. He has been allocated the No.30 shirt at Adams Park. Meanwhile, Hayes is a 28 year old 'attacking midfielder' who moved to the Valley in the summer of 2011 after his contracted was terminated at Preston North End. He has over 300 senior appearances to his name with more than 200 of these coming during two spells with Scunthorpe United. He has been allocated the No.23 shirt at Wycombe.
THRO TO B&B FINAL
(Tuesday 21st February 2012)
A Matt McClure hat-trick helped Wanderers reach the Final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup following a 4-0 victory over Hungerford Town at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. A relatively strong Wycombe line-up had the better chances in the first half but had to wait until 30 seconds into the second period before McClure opening the scoring with a neat finish from 15 yards. The younsgter then made it 2-0 on 50 minutes after he knocked Bobby Webbe's through ball into the top corner. McClure then hit the woodwork twice before Olly Taylor scored Wycombe's third on 63 minutes a shot on the turn. However, McClure was not to be denied his hat-trick as on 70 minutes he tapped home Taylor's cross to put Wanderers into the Final for the second year running. Wanderers will face the winners of the Chesham United v Maidenhead United Semi-Final to be played on 28th February. Wycombe: Ingram, McCoy, Dunne, Stewart, Winfield (sub HT Webbe), Grant, Scowen, Kewley-Graham, McNamee (sub 63 Morias), Taylor, McClure (sub 70 Ehui) - subs not used: Horlock, Ehui, Ighorae - Att:156
WINGER ON LOAN
(Tuesday 21st February 2012)
Wanderers confirmed a second loan signing on Tuesday afternoon with the news that Millwall winger Chris Hackett has agreed a move to Adams Park for an initial month. The 28 year old is a former Oxford United player who made his Football League debut in April 2000 aged 17. He made close to 150 appearances for The U's before a brief spell playing for Hearts in the Scottish Premier. He moved back south to Millwall in August 2006 and has clocked up over 140 appearances while at The New Den. Earlier this campaign he made five appearances on loan at Exeter City. He will wear the No.25 shirt while at Wycombe.
MIDFIELDER ON LOAN
(Tuesday 21st February 2012)
Wanderers confirmed on Tuesday the arrival of Arsenal midfielder Craig Eastmond on a loan deal until the end of the season. The 21 year old has been with the Gunners for ten years and came to prominence as part of the Arsenal side that lifted the FA Youth Cup in 2009. He went on to make his First Team debut for Arsenal in October 2009 and has since totalled ten senior appearances under Arsene Wenger. However, with opportunities becoming limited he was loaned to Millwall in January 2011, making six League appearances for The Lions before a broken ankle cut short his season. He will wear the No.4 shirt during his time at Wycombe.
WALSALL 2 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 18th February 2012)
Wanderers slumped to the foot of League One following a 2-0 defeat at
Walsall on Saturday. The Saddlers started the day a place and point behind Wanderers in the table but on a day when Gary Waddock's side were the only side in the bottom eight to lose, this result has left Wycombe trailing 20th place Scunthorpe by five points and having played three games more. Team news saw Wanderers forced to field just four substitutes after Matt Bloomfield was reported ill on route to the game - the midfielder being replaced by Stuart Lewis in one of two changes to the side that had lost to Yeovil during the week - Ben Strevens replacing Anthony McNamee the other switch. A forgetable first half ended goalless but three minutes into the second period the home side missed a golden opportunity to take the lead when Alex Nicholls saw a penalty saved by Nikki Bull after Dave Winfield had been adjudged to impede Florent Cuveleir as the home player ran into the left side of the penalty area. However, the home side finally broke the deadlock on 62 minutes when a 30 yard effort from Kevan Hurst left Bull rooted to the spot. The Saddlers sealed victory in the 85th minute when George Bowerman fired home from inside the penalty area to compound a miserable day for The Wanderers. Next game for The Wanderers, at home to 10th placed Hartlepool on Saturday (25th February). Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Winfield, Laing, Basey, Ainsworth (sub 66 McNamee), Harper, Lewis, Strevens (sub 73 Grant), Beavon, Whichelow (sub 55 McClure) - subs not used: Johnson - Att: 3,491 (away 300)
LAING LOAN EXTENDED
(Wednesday 15th February 2012)
Wanderers have extended Sunderland defender Louis Laing's loan deal until the end of the season. Laing, who will turn 19 on 6 March 2012, joined on an initial one month deal in the middle of January and has been ever present in the Wanderers team since
WYCOMBE 2 YEOVIL 3
(Tuesday 14th February 2012)
Wanderers conceeded three times in a disastorous 14 minute second half spell against Yeovil Town at Adams Park on Tuesday evening to fall back into the relegation zone. Gary Waddock made two changes to the side that had lost at Sheffield United at the weekend - returning Gareth Ainsworth and Anthony McNamee to the starting line-up with Danny Foster and Ben Strevens dropped to the bench as the formation reverted back to 4-4-2. All seemed to be going to plan after Stuart Beavon had given Wanderers a 15th minute lead when he finished well from a Matty Whichelow through ball. Wycombe kept that lead until the 59th minute when Andy Williams tucked in from close range after Nikki Bull had pushed away an effort from Jonathan Obika. It got worse for Wycombe eight minutes later when Harper contrived to lose the ball in midfield and William's angled shot from the right channel left Bull unsighted as the Wycombe 'keeper dived over the path of the ball to allow The Glovers to take the lead. To complete the latest misery for Wycombe, Yeovil extended their lead further on 73 minutes when a free-kick was headed home by Kieran Agard just a Gary Waddock was lining up a triple substitution. That late injection saw Joel Grant grab a goal back on 79 minutes when he neatly tucked the ball into the right corner of the Valley End net but it proved a mere consolation as despite seven minutes of additional time, Wanderers failed to muster up another worthwhile effort on goal as the chance to jump above the Somerset side in the table was wasted. It's now onto Walsall on Saturday - a side one place and one point behind Wanderers in the table. Wycombe: Bull, Laing, Winfield, Johnson, Basey, Ainsworth (sub 74 Strevens), Bloomfield, Harper (sub 74 Lewis), McNamee (sub 74 Grant), Beavon, Whichelow - subs not used: Foster, McClure - Att: 3,529 (away 260)
SHEFFIELD UTD 3 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 11th February 2012)
A Wanderers rear guard action plan finally came unstuck during the second-half at
Sheffield United at they conceeded three times in the final 25 minutes to go down 3-0. Gary Waddock made one change from the side that had beaten Tranmere Rovers the previous week - Danny Foster returning to the side as back of back five, with Gareth Ainsworth left out due to injury. Wycombe's game plan frustrated the home side for the opening hour and it was only after the introduction of new United loanee Will Hoskins that eventually changed the course of the game. Even then, Wycombe almost snatched a surprise lead on 65 minutes when Stuart Beavon cut in from the right flank but his left footed effort from just inside the box lacked the power to beat Steve Simonsen in the Blades goal. Less than a minute later Hoskins managed to swivel on the left side of the box to tuck the ball in at the near post from Michael Doyle's cross. Seven minutes later it was 2-0 after Matthew Lowton's low cross from the right eluded the Wanderers defence allowing Lecsinel Jean-Francois to return the ball back across from Ched Evans to turn and shoot home from close to the penalty spot. Those two goals were a body blow for Wanderers thoughts of getting anything from this game and salt was rubs into the wounds in the first minute of stoppage time when Kevin McDonald's effort from 25 yards took a cruel deflection to wrong foot Nikki Bull and make the final score Sheffield United 3 Wycombe 0. Despite the loss, Wanderers remain one place outside of the relegation due to none of the teams below playing due to the frozen conditions sweeping the country. Wanderers now host Yeovil Town on Tuesday (14th February) knowing that victory would lift them above the Somerset side. Wycombe: Bull, Foster, Basey, Winfield, Johnson (sub 76 McNamee), Laing, Harper, Bloomfield, Strevens (sub 82 McClure), Whichelow (sub 70 Lewis), Beavon - subs not used: McCoy, Grant - Att: 17,165 (away 172)
TUNNICLIFFE JOINS CREWE
(Thursday 9th February 2012)
Wanderers midfielder James Tunnicliffe has been loaned to League Two side Crewe Alexandra for an initial one month spell. The now 23 year old joined Wycombe in the summer on a free from Brighton & Hove Albion but after initially being a regular in the side has failed to hold down a regular First Team spot at Adams Park in recent weeks and has not been selected since the 6-0 home reverse to Huddersfield on 6th January. His playing record at Wycombe prior to moving to Crewe was 17 League appearances and 1 goal plus 3 further appearances in Cup ties. The loan to Crewe runs until Sunday 11th March 2012, with The Railway Men hoping to fit in eight League fixtures during that period, starting with a trip to Port Vale on Saturday.
WYCOMBE 2 TRANMERE 1
(Saturday 4th February 2012)
Wanderers jumped out of the relegation zone after they ground out a 2-1 victory over
Tranmere Rovers at an icey Adams Park on Saturday. Wanderers, with three changes to the side that had collapsed 5-2 at Brentford seven days previous, had to come back from a goal down to claim the points and also weathered a second half storm of pressure from the visitors. Team news saw Gary Waddock drop Danny Foster, Stuart Lewis and Joel Grant to the bench, with Leon Johnson (returning from injury in the centre of defence), Gareth Ainsworth and new loanee Matty Whichelow the fresh faces. Elsewhere, Sunderland loanee Louis Laing switched to full-back due to the absence of Foster. However, the re-jigged line-up got off to a bad start when they fell behind in the 5th minute after Adam McGurk sent in 25 yarder from the right of midfield that looped over Nikki Bull. But Wanderers dragged themselves back level on 23 minutes when Stuart Beavon fed Ainsworth on the right channel who dinked the ball over for debutant Whichelow to jump and head in from six yards. Wycombe then grabbed the lead on the half-hour mark after Whichelow's cross from the left was headed towards his own goal by David Buchanan. Owain Fon Williams in the Rovers goal kept the ball out with a full length dive but Ainsworth smashed the ball back to cause another scramble. The ball eventually pinged back out to Ainsworth on the right corner of the six yard box where his stab back towards goal was deflected into the net off the arm of a defender. It was then a case of Wanderers defending what they had got as Tranmere went on to do everything but score. Musta Tiryaki saw his shot from a narrow angle on the left come back off the crossbar on the hour mark, while Ian Goodison saw a header scrambled away on 66 minutes as an equaliser looked certain. On 72 minutes a John Welsh free-kick from 30 yards struck the crossbar as Rovers were frustrated again. Wycombe had a glorious chance to wrap things as the game entered stoppage time when Beavon set-up Matt Bloomfield as he ran into the left side of the Rovers box but the midfielder saw his shot pushed away and he couldn't get the right direction on the rebound as he over balanced. It was then a heart in mouth moment in the third minute of stoppage time for Wanderers Lateef Elford-Alliyu shot home from six yards but Rovers' celebrations were thwarted with a marginal offside decision. It's now onto Sheffield United on Saturday 11th February for Wanderers as they aim to complete a double over The Blades having beaten them 1-0 at Adams Park earlier in the season. Wycombe: Bull, Laing, Basey, Winfield, Johnson, Ainsworth (sub 68 McNamee), Harper, Bloomfield, Strevens, Whichelow (sub 79 Lewis), Beavon (sub 90 McClure) - subs not used: Foster, Grant - Att: 4,398 (away 371)
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