June 2012 News Archive
All the news stories from June 2012
(Friday 29th June 2012)
The expected takeover of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club by Wycombe Wanderers Trust was confirmed at around 8pm on Friday evening. The news followed hectic last minute negotiations to bring the deal to a close before the end of the month. The deal will see two new companies formed, one to control the Football Club operations and another (Frank Adams Legacy Ltd), responsible for Adams Park, the Training Ground and the heritage aspects of the Club. A members meeting has been arranged for Monday (2nd July) and for non-members on Tuesday (3rd July), to explain the new setup in more detail. The deal, on the same day that current owner Steve Hayes relinquished his ownership of London Wasps, sees Hayes sell his stake in the Football Club that he had fully owned since his controversial takeover in July 2009 and the equally controversial conversion of the former members club to a PLC in July 2004.
Read full statement on the Trust website.
(Friday 29th June 2012)
London Wasps confirmed shortly after noon on Friday that 'contracts have been exchanged on the sale of the Club to a new consortium headed up by former player Ken Moss, with full completion expected to take place in mid-July.' The short statement on the Club's website concluded "The Club’s priority is now on ensuring the deal is complete within this timeframe as well as finalising arrangements for the Club’s future structure and operations." The news brings an end Steve Hayes' ownership of London Wasps, dating back to December 2008.
Read full statement on the London Wasps website.
(Thursday 28th June 2012)
A rescue plan to save Wanderers' Centre of Excellence and Youth Team has been controversially halted after last minute concerns over financing. Meetings held at the Club earlier this week between representatives of the Football Club, Wycombe Wanderers Trust and parents of the players resulted in the following statement being issued by the Football Club via the Bucks Free Press website, "Wycombe Wanderers can confirm that the Club’s position regarding the closure of the Centre of Excellence has not changed. The Club were aware of an exploratory proposal presented on Monday at Adams Park. However, we regret to confirm that the decision to close the Centre of Excellence taken by the Club and Wycombe Wanderers Trust will not be reversed.” However, the statement has caused confusion after the Wycombe Wanderers Elite Development Centre website said that the Club and the Football League had agreed to support the proposal.
(Wednesday 27th June 2012)
Chairboys on the Net understands that the takeover of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club by Wycombe Wanderers Trust will be finalised and officially announced before the end of the week. The Club and Trust issued a joint statement on 14 May 2012 saying the deal was in the final stages of negotiations. A press release could be issued as early Thursday 28th June. COTN also understands that the deal to conclude the sale of London Wasps is also nearing completion, with a statement possible on Friday 29th June.
(Thursday 21st June 2012)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust issued a statement on Thursday (21st June) that, in light of the recent closure of the Centre of Excellence, they are exploring the possibilities of allowing a youth department to continue in existence. A proposal will be presented to parents of the players affected on Monday 25th June. The statement added, "It is clear that this venture will need substantial and on-going external funding in order to remain viable, however there was considerable support for an alternative to closure voiced at a recent meeting of the Centre of Excellence parents" Read full statement on Trust website.
Note: Since this article was first published, the statement has been removed from the Trust website.
(Wednesday 20th June 2012)
Wanderers' out of favour striker Scott Rendell has been sold to Conference side Luton Town for an 'undisclosed fee'. The now 25 year old joined Wycombe on a three year deal in July 2010 from Peterborough United, also for an 'undisclosed fee', and finished his first season at Adams Park as club top scorer with 21 goals in all competitions. However, the 2011/12 season in 'League One' saw him fall from favour with Manager Gary Waddock, leading to a brief loan spell at Bristol Rovers before spending the second half of the season on loan at Oxford United. He joins Luton who now spending their fourth consecutive season as a non-League club having been relegated from the Football League at the end of the 2008/9 season amid financial problems and point deductions.
(Wednesday 20th June 2012)
Wanderers have added a home meeting with Fulham to their list of pre-season friendlies prior to the start of the 2012/13 campaign. Wycombe will take on The Cottagers at Adams Park on Saturday 28th July, kick-off 3pm. Meanwhile, the home friendly with Watford scheduled for Tuesday 31st July has been cancelled because the two sides were subsequently drawn against each other in the First Round of the League Cup. The meeting with Premiership side Fulham will be the first clash between the two sides since Wanderers shocked the London outfit by winning 2-1 at Craven Cottage in September 2006 in a League Cup Second Round tie. Ticket prices for the friendly have been set at £12 adults, £5 concessions and £3 juniors.
(Tuesday 19th June 2012)
Wanderers and Watford have been given permission to play their Football League Cup First Round tie on Saturday 11th August, kick-off 3pm. The tie was due to take place at Vicarage Road on the week commencing 13th August but with neither club having arranged a friendly for the previous Saturday, agreement was reached to bring the tie forward. Entrance charges have been set at £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for juniors. Wanderers last met Watford in a competitive match during the 1997/98 season when they came head to head in the old 'Division Two'. The Hornets won the game at Vicarage Road 2-1, while the return at Adams Park ended goalless. Watford finished Champions at the end of that season and were then promoted to the Premiership the following season. They remained in the Premiership for just one season after finishing bottom but eventually returned at the end of the 2005/6 season but were relegated again after a single season in the top flight and have remained in the 'Championship' ever since.
(Monday 18th June 2012)
Wanderers will travel to York City on the opening day of the 2012/13 Football League season after the full fixture list was released at 9am on Monday morning. Wycombe will play City on Saturday 18th August before hosting Gillingham the following Tuesday (21st August). Bristol Rovers will then be the visitors to Adams Park on Saturday 25th August as Wycombe head into a season of relative uncertainty under new ownership.
View full fixture list via BBC Sport online
(Thursday 14th June 2012)
In the aftermath of the closure of the Centre of Excellence, the Club have offered professional contracts to three completing First Year scholars. Defender Kortney Hause, midfielder Emmanuel Ighorae and striker Junior Morias have all been given the opportunity to stay with the Club for what would have been their second year in youth set-up. Midfielder Georges Ehui is also likely to be offered a deal on his return from holday week commencing 18 June 2012. The remaining seven First Year scholars will be released. Second Year scholars Matt Ingram, Max Kretzschmar and Olly Taylor agreed one year pro deals in April 2012 prior to the news of the COE. They all join the First Team squad for the 2012/13 season.
(Thursday 14th June 2012)
Wanderers will play Watford away in the seeded and regionalised First Round of the newly sponsored Football League Cup following the draw made on Thursday morning (14th June). The game is due to take place the week commencing Monday 13th August (the week before the Football League season gets underway). However, according to some press reports, Watford are looking into the possibility of re-arranging the tie for Saturday 11th August but they may come up against issues surrounding police resources in the London area due to the London 2012 Olympics. The two sides are also already set to meet each other in a pre-season friendly at Adams Park on Tuesday 31st July and the value of that fixture may also be looked into by both clubs. Last season Wycombe beat Colchester United in the First Round before losing 4-1 at home to Nottingham Forest. Meanwhile, Watford went out to Bristol Rovers in the First Round on penalties following a 1-1 draw in Bristol, former Wanderer Matt Harrold getting the Rovers goal.
(Tuesday 12th June 2012)
It was confirmed on Tuesday (12th June) that long serving midfielder Matt Bloomfield had signed a new one year deal with the Wanderers, with an option for a further 12 months. The now 28 year old joined Wycombe in December 2003 and since totalled close to 300 First Team appearances and bagged 26 goals. Last season the former Ipswich Town player made 34 appearances, scoring twice. He becomes the final player to sign a new deal of those offered new contracts at the end of the 2011/12 season.
(Friday 8th June 2012)
Wanderers have closed their 'Center of Excellence' with immediate effect. A joint statement from Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and Wycombe Wanderers Trust on Friday 8th June 2012 revealed the news and cited the increased demands of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) where Clubs could be limited to recieving a maximum of £70,000 in transfer fees for a player they had developed, as the main reason behind the decision. Read more and full statement

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