August 2012 News Archive
All the news stories from August 2012
(Friday 31st August 2012)
It is with great sadness that Chairboys on the Net reports the passing of a loyal Wanderers supporter Steve Maguire. Steve was a long time and great friend of those connected with COTN, having previously contributed to the Chairboys Gas fanzine and helped out with reports and statistics for this site. He died on Thursday 30th August 2012, aged 55, following a short illness and will be sorely missed by family and friends alike. A series of tributes have been posted on and we intend to collate and publish these for posterity on COTN. You can add your tributes via the gasroom or email them to for addition to the tribute page. Our sincere condolences go out to Steve's family and friends. We will always remember you Steve. R.I.P.
(Friday 31st August 2012)
The departure of Stuart Beavon to Preston North End was confirmed just minutes before the 11pm transfer deadline on Friday (31st August). The 28 year old joins the third tier side for an 'undisclosed fee' on a two year deal. The official website commented, "Beavon expressed an interest to further his career away from Adams Park and the club have reluctantly agreed to the deal." Beavon joined Wycombe in February 2009 on an initial loan from financially troubled Weymouth. He signed permamently in May 2009 and went on score 36 goals in 125 appearances, including 24 strikes for the First Team in 2011/12, a record that bought him to the attention of several higher league clubs.
(Thursday 30th August 2012)
Wanderers confirmed the loan signing of two more players, just over 24 hours prior to the transfer deadline. 20 year old left sided defender or midfielder Matt Parsons has signed on a one month 'youth loan' from Crystal Palace. The youngster has made 6 appearances for The Eagles in the Championship and also made 8 loan apps at Barnet during the 2010/11 season. He has been allocated the No.24 squad number. Parsons is joined by 19 year old Watford and Northern Ireland defender Adam Thompson, also on a one month 'youth loan'. Thompson made his Watford First Team debut in August 2010 and has since totalled 10 Championship appearances for The Hornets and extended his senior experience with a two loan spells with Brentford during the 2011/12 campaign, making a total of 20 League appearances.
(Tuesday 28th August 2012)
Wanderers have signed striker Jo Kuffour on what is described as a 'short term deal'. The 30 year old has been without a club since being released by Gillingham at the end of the 2011/12 campaign. The former Arsenal trainee is best known for successful spells with Torquay United and Bristol Rovers where he totalled close to 300 League appearances and scored more than 60 goals, including a hat-trick against Wycombe for Bristol Rovers in a Football League Trophy tie in November 2010. He made his first appearance for Wycombe when he played 65 minutes in a behind closed doors friendly against Luton Town on Tuesday afternoon at Wanderers' training ground.
(Saturday 25th August 2012)
The Club issued the following statement on Saturday evening regarding the abandoned match with Bristol Rovers:
Flooding in and around the Adams Park stadium and a bolt of lightning which struck the Dreams Stand - where the Bristol Rovers fans were housed – left no other option but to cancel proceedings. The proximity of electric pylons behind the stand were also a factor in the safety officer’s decision.
The club’s policy on ticketing arrangements is as follows:
- Supporters with a ticket stub can obtain EITHER a full refund or a ticket for the rearranged fixture by calling 01494 441118 and quoting the order number at the bottom of their ticket.
- Supporters without a ticket stub were issued with a voucher including a unique code which they can quote when calling the ticket office to obtain a full refund or a ticket for the rearranged fixture.
- Those supporters who left their contact details will be called on Tuesday.
- As per the club charter, those supporters who didn’t retain any part of their ticket or leave their details, are not entitled to a refund or a ticket for the rearranged fixture.
- No cash refunds were issued
Read statement on official website
(Saturday 25th August 2012)
Wanderers escaped what looked like certain defeat on Saturday after their meeting with Bristol Rovers on Saturday at Adams Park was abandoned after 65 minutes due to safety concerns relating to the weather. A Wycombe side with four changes to the side that had lost in the week to Gillingham, had fallen behind in the 10th minute after Lee Brown had struck home after Matt Gill's cross from the left had exposed Wanderers' defence. However, Wycombe responded with an equaliser on 14 minutes when Matt Spring floated a cross from the left that Richard Logan headed back into the far corner of the net. Despite playing with confidence going forward, Wycombe self destructed in a 90 second spell before the break. First on 34 minutes Wycombe contrived to ping pong the ball around their own penalty area before Eliot Richards smashed the ball home from around 30 yards. It was 3-1 on 36 minutes after Charles Dunne weak clearance header fell to Richards again who made no mistake from the edge of the box with a shot to the top right corner. Wycombe were stunned but few could have predicted the outcome of the second period. The teams returned to the pitch in torrential rain and occasional thunder and lightning. The rain eventually made playing conditionals sometimes farcical but the circulating thunder and lightning was perhaps more of a concern, culminating in referee Andy Davies calling a halt to proceedings on 65 minutes, shortly after an extremely loud and strike of lightening in close proximity to Adams Park. It was still somewhat of surprise that the officials decided to abandon the game ten minutes later, at a point when the weather had significantly improved, but it was a case of better safe than sorry. Wycombe: Bull, Stewart, Dunne, Doherty, Winfield, Grant, Spring, Lewis, Angol (sub 63 Ainsworth), Logan, Beavon - subs not used: Harrison, Basey, Johnson, Oli, Kewley-Graham, McClure
(Wednesday 22nd August 2012)
The popular matchday Park & Ride service from Stokenchurch is in jeopardy after the previously reported 50p increase has now been confirmed as a £3.50 increase. The service, previously run by Risborough Coaches, is now run by Motts Coaches who have set the distances based fair at £4.50 return for adults and £3.00 for a single journey. Meanwhile, the Cressex Park and Ride fair is now confirmed to have increased from £1 to £2 return, while the Chesham return fair has increased from £4.50 to £5. The services were originally introduced as part of the 'Green Travel Plan' relating to the ground tennancy agreement with London Wasps. Users of the services are urged to contact the Club at with their comments.
Injury update WOOD OUT FOR 10 WEEKS
(Wednesday 22nd August 2012)
Summer signing Sam Wood will be out of action for an estimated 10 weeks after a scan revealed sprained knee ligament damage picked up in the midweek defeat to Gillingham. It was feared the injury could have been worse but this will still come as a major blow following the former Brentford man's bright start with the Wanderers. Meanwhile, Matt Bloomfield could miss Saturday's home meeting with Bristol Rovers after the long serving midfielder continued to struggled with a groin strain during the clash with Gillingham and was substituted just after the hour mark.
(Tuesday 21st August 2012)
Wanderers went down 1-0 at home to a well organised Gillingham side on Tuesday evening. With Wycombe fielding an unchanged line-up to the one that tasted victory at York, the two sides played out a fairly even first half before the visitors took the intiative during the second period. Before then Wanderers had been disrupted by an injury to Sam Wood who was replaced just before the break by former Gill Dennis Oli. Charlie Allen, son of Gills boss Martin, went close with a header moments after the restart before the decisive goal came on 55 minutes when Myles Weston's free kick from around 25 yards struck the foot of the Wycombe post before Martin was first to the ball to knock in past Nikki Bull. Joel Grant looked Wanderers' most dangerous player going forward, seeing a shot go narowly wide a couple of minutes after the visitors had taken the lead and then seeing a piledriver from 30 yards pushed away by Stuart Nelson in the Gills goal. Even a 78th minute sending of Tom Flanagan for a second bookable offence when the Gills player brought down Richard Logan down the right wing was not enough to inspire Wanderers to an equaliser. Wycombe continue their League Two campaign with a home meeting with Bristol Rovers on Saturday. Wycombe: Bull, Stewart, Johnson, Doherty, Basey (sub Angol), Grant, Bloomfield (sub 63 Logan), Lewis, Spring, Wood (sub 43 Oli), Beavon - subs not used: Harrison, Winfield, Kewley-Graham, Hause - Att:3,507
(Tuesday 21st August 2012)
A number of matchday changes were announced by the Club prior to the meeting with Gillingham at Adams Park on Tuesday (21st August). The reported changes include bar prices reduced by around 15% and food at the matchday kiosks reduced by an average of 10%. However, Platinum Members will no longer receive their discounts at the bars and kiosks. The Club will also be trialling opening the Vere Suite to all fans, both home and away, with the need for membership. The Club believe this is an asset that can be utilised far greater and are hope to encourage more fans to attend before and after games. Changes to the Park and Ride schemes from Chesham, Stokenchurch and Cressex will see Motts Coaches take over these services but with a reported 50p increase per return journey. The previous adult charges for these services were Chesham (£4.50), Cressex (£1) and Stokenchurch (£1). Full details of the matchday changes are detailed on the official website.
(Saturday 18th August 2012)
Wanderers got their 2012/13 League Two campaign off to a winning start following a 3-1 victory at York City on Saturday. Wycombe took the lead in the 27th minute when a mistake at the back by the hosts led to an Anthony Stewart effort falling to Matt Bloomfield whose shot from the edge of penalty area took a cruel deflection to beat Michael Ingham in the home goal. The Minster Men pressed for an equaliser leading up to the break but poor finishing let them down and they were punished in the 43rd minute when a Sam Wood strike from around 40 yards from goal dipped over Ingram to stun the home fans but delight the travelling contingent. Wanderers effectively sealed victory eight minutes after the re-start when a cross to the far side of the box by Grant Basey was picked out by Stuart Beavon who struck home from around 8 yards. There was a minor scare for Wycombe two minutes later when Jason Walker got the last touch to beat Nikki Bull following a goalmouth scramble to make the score 3-1 and moments later Bull made a superb save to tip over Daniel Parslow's shot from the edge of the box. However, from that point on Wycombe re-grouped again and ran out comfortable winners for their first opening day success on the road for 35 years. Wycombe: Bull, Stewart, Basey, Doherty, Johnson, Spring, Lewis, Bloomfield (sub 86 Winfield), Grant (sub 75 Oli), Wood, Beavon (sub 93 Logan) - subs not used: Harrison, Angol, Kewley-Graham, Hause - Att:4,591 (319 away)
Football League Cup WATFORD 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 11th August 2012)
Wanderers went down by a single extra-time goal as they bowed out of the Football League Cup on Saturday at Watford. Wycombe were missing Stuart Beavon who was reported to have been taken ill during the night before the game but Gary Waddock's side still made things difficult for Gianfranco Zola's Championship side and could have won the tie within 90 minutes if Richard Logan had bagged chances he had in both halves of this tie. Logan saw an effort deflected wide on three minutes and in the 73rd minute sliced a shot wide. With the game still goalless after 90 minutes the tie entered extra-time and looked to heading for penalties until Matej Vydra broke down the right flank before pulling the ball back for Chris Iwelumo to force the ball past Nikki Bull. Wycombe will then feel aggrevied that they weren't given a chance to level from the spot when Grant Basey’s cross hit Jonathan Hogg’s hand but the referee ignored the loud appeals from Wanderers' players and supporters alike. Wycombe minds now turn to the opening day of the Football League season next Saturday (18th August) when Wanderers travel to newly promoted York City. Wycombe: Bull, McCoy (sub 22 Johnson), Dunne (sub Basey), Doherty, Stewart, Spring, Lewis, Bloomfield, Grant, Wood, Logan - subs not used: Ingram, Ainsworth, Kewley-Graham, Taylor - Att:5,343 (658 away)
(Tuesday 7th August 2012)
Wanderers were outplayed for large periods of their final pre-season friendly as they went down 4-1 at home to Brentford on Tuesday evening at Adams Park. Wycombe included former Fulham youngster Courtney Harris in their starting line-up as a traillist but after a fairly even opening it was the visitors who eventually broke the deadlock on 37 minutes when Clayton Donaldson struck past Nikki Bull from around 10 yards from a Jonathan Douglas assist. The Bees lead was then doubled three minutes before the break when Grant Basey headed an own goal past Bull after being put under pressure by the Brentford attack. Gary Waddock made eight changes at the break, including the introduction of former Norwich City accademy player Taylor McKenzie, and there was a brief change of fortune for his side on 58 minutes when Bees defender Dean headed the second own goal of the evening to make the score Wycombe 1 Brentford 2. But the 'League One' side always looked in control and restored their two goal lead on 70 minutes when Stuart Dallas fired home from a Shaleum Logan through ball. Brenford's dominance was confirmed in the 77th minute when Kevin O’Connor finished from point blank range after Wanderers failed to clear their lines. It's now on to the first competitive game of the season when Wanderers travel to Watford on Saturday (11th August) in the First Round of the Football League Cup. Wycombe: Bull (sub HT Ingram), McCoy (sub 60 Scowen), Dunne (sub HT Stewart), Basey, Doherty (sub HT McKenzie), Oli (sub HT Grant), Spring (sub HT Bloomfield), Kewley-Graham (sub HT Lewis), Harris, Angol (sub HT Wood), Beavon (sub HT Logan) - Att:915
(Saturday 4th August 2012)
Stuart Beavon bagged a brace as Wanderers beat Conference side Cambridge United 3-2 at the Abbey Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Wanderers took the lead in the 38th minute after U's keeper Jonathan Hedge didn't deal with Sam Wood’s corner, allowing Beavon to strike home from close range. However, the home side were level three minutes later after Nikki Bull brought down Harrison Dunk and Andy Pugh scored at the second attempt from the resulting spot kick. Wycombe eventually regained the lead in the 63rd minute when Beavon curled home a shot from just outside the six yard box. It was 3-1 two minutes after Richard Logan headed home Dennis Oli’s cross to the far post. Adam Marriott scored a last minute goal for the hosts but Wanderers were good value for their victory. Wycombe: Bull, McCoy, Dunne (sub HT Basey), Doherty, Stewart, Spring, Lewis (sub 58 Oli), Bloomfield, Wood, Beavon, Grant (sub 58 Logan) - subs not used: Ingram, Angol - Att:615
(Wednesday 1st August 2012)
A Wanderers 'Development Squad' team lost 2-0 at Wingate and Finchley on Wednesday evening. Goals in either half from Murat Karagul and Leon Smith were enough to clinch victory for the Isthmian League Premier division side. Wycombe included three unnamedtriallists in their line-up. Wycombe: Ingram, Hause, Trialist, Trialist, Ehui, Scowen, Kewley-Graham, Kretzschmar (sub 65 Ighorae), Trialist (sub 65 Morias), Taylor, McClure
Football League Trophy BYE IN FLT
(Wednesday 1st August 2012)
Wanderers will be given a bye in the First Round of the Football League Trophy when the draw is made on the morning of Saturday 18th August. Wycombe will be one of sixteen teams (eight southern and eight northern) who will sit out the First Round due to be played the week commencing 3rd September. The Second Round is due to be played the week commencing 8th October. Wanderers lost at the Second Round stage last season 3-1 at home to Cheltenham Town after eliminating Bristol Rovers in the First Round by an indentical score, also at Adams Park.

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