December 2012 News Archive
All the news stories from December 2012
(Saturday 29th December 2012)
Matt McClure scored on his return from suspension as Wanderers beat Plymouth Argyle 1-0 at Home Park on Saturday. McClure struck on 11 minutes with a low shot from inside the penalty area following an assist from Stuart Lewis, with the three points lifting Wanderers back to 17th place in the table. McClure returned along with the fellow suspended Matt Spring - replacing Dennis Oli and Josh Scowen in the starting line-up, while the only other change saw Anthony Stewart take the place of the injured Charles Dunne. Wanderers conclude the holiday fixtures with the visit of Exeter City to Adams Park on New Years Day. Wycombe: Archer, McCoy, Hause, Stewart, Wood, Ainsworth (sub 85 Morias), Lewis, Spring, Andrade, McClure (sub 70 Azeez), Kuffour - subs not used: Harrison, Angol, Oli, Ehui - Att: 6,983 (203 away)
(Friday 28th December 2012)
Ade Azeez has returned to the Wanderers on loan from Charlton Athletic after recovering from the hamstring injury that he picked up against Yeovil Town in the Football League Trophy on 4th December. The 18-year-old striker rejoined the squad for training ahead of the trip to Plymouth on Saturday (29th December). His loan spell is due to expire after the scheduled New Years Day meeting with Exeter City at Adams Park.
(Wednesday 26th December 2012)
A young Wanderers side were outclassed by Cheltenham Town on Boxing Day at Whaddon Road - crashing to a 4-0 defeat and dropping back to 19th place in the table at the half way stage of the season. With suspensions and injuries depleting Wycombe's squad, Gareth Ainsworth paired Dennis Oli and Jo Kuffour as the strikeforce, while teenagers Charles Dunne and Kortney Hause contined as the central defensive pairing. However, despite Ainsworth naming himself in the lineup, it was a step too far for the largely inexperienced side and after surving early pressure, the home side took the lead in the 29th minute when Darryl Duffy set up Jake Taylor to smash into the top corner of Jordan Archer's net. Three minutes later it was 2-0 when Portuguese full-back Sido Jombati centered from the right for Jeff Goulding to head home. Ainsworth made two changes at the break as he brought on teenagers Anthony Stewart and George Ehui for Dunne and Josh Scowen but Wycombe continued to get the run around and Duffy headed home a left wing cross from Taylor on 52 minutes to make it 3-0. Archer then made two excellent saves to keep the score from increasing - diving to full length to save from Taylor, before tipping over a Darren Carter strike to draw the applause of the bank holiday crowd. But Archer could do nothing to stop Jermaine McGlashan sealing the victory on 69 minutes as he tapped in from close range following a pull back from Carter. Wanderers will now need to regroup for the trip to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday (29th December) before entertaining Exeter City at Adams Park on New Years Day. Wycombe: Archer, McCoy, Hause, Dunne (sub HT Stewart), Wood, Ainsworth, Lewis, Scowen (sub HT Ehui), Andrade, Oli (sub 64 Morias), Kuffour - subs not used: Harrison, Angol, Kretzschmar, Ighorae Att: 3,501 (506 away)
(Saturday 22nd December 2012)
Wanderers' scheduled 'League Two' meeting with Bradford City at Adams Park was called off shortly after 10.30 on Saturday morning due to a waterlogged pitch. A statement published on the Wanderers official website at around 11am said, "Heavy rain overnight, throughout the morning and with more scheduled led to referee Scott Mathieson holding a pitch inspection at 10.30am when he deemed the pitch unplayable. As always the players’ safety is of paramount importance which is why the decision was taken. A date for the rearranged game will be announced in due course and tickets for the original match will still be valid." Wanderers next game is now due to be away to Cheltenham Town on Boxing Day (Wednesday 26th December).
(Friday 21st December 2012)
COTN continues the digital re-issue of supporters' fanzine 'Chairboys Gas' in order to mark the 25th anniversary of its original publication. Issue 4 for season 1987/88 was released on Saturday 5th December 1987 as Wanderers took on Boston United at Loakes Park. This issue reports on the transfer of Graham Bressington to then Conference title favourites Lincoln City. Download issue No.4 1987/88
(Saturday 15th December 2012)
First half goals from Bruno Andrade and Matt McClure saw Wanderers overcome Accrington Stanley 2-0 at The Crown Ground on Saturday and extend Wycombe's unbeaten run in the League to five games. However, Wycombe were made to dig deep during the second period after McClure was red carded in the 56th minute for a second bookable offence following a yellow card just five minutes earlier. The game saw Wanderers come out flying and they took the lead in the 11th minute when Andrade finished with a low effort from inside the box. The lead was doubled on 34 minutes when McClure followed up a Dean Morgan shot that had hit the post. The lead looked confortable but there was a shock when the teams emerged at the start of the second period with the news that Morgan had been forced off injured and replaced by Jo Kuffour. McClure's dismissal eleven minutes later could have set the panic bells ringing but a defensive performance that saw Jordan Archer and the youthful central defending pairing of Charles Dunne and Kortney Hause excel, saw Wycombe claim three more valuable points and push Gareth Ainsworth's side up to 17th in the table with the visit of 5th placed Bradford City next up on Saturday (22nd December). Wycombe: Archer, McCoy, Hause, Dunne, Wood, Ainsworth (sub 77 Oli), Lewis, Scowen, Andrade (sub 88 Kewley-Graham), Morgan (sub HT Kuffour), McClure - subs not used: Harrison, Angol, Morias, Ehui - Att: 1,050 (119 away) (The lowest crowd to watch a Wycombe League game since Wanderers won promotion in 1993)
(Thursday 13th December 2012)
Wanderers have extended the loan of Spurs 'keeper Jordan Archer until the end of the season. The 19-year-old Scotland Under-21 international first joined the club on a one-week 'emergency loan' in September, making three appearances before returning to White Hart Lane. He then returned to Adams Park in the first week of November on a 'youth loan' agreed until January 2013 and had now taken his First Team appearances to 11. He will continue to wear the No.36 shirt.
(Saturday 8th December 2012)
Wanderers conceeded a 90th minute equaliser as they let slip a two goal lead to draw 2-2 with Morecambe at Adams Park on Saturday. Team news for Wycombe saw 17 year old Kortney Hause given his first start, with Leon Johnson out injured. Meanwhile, Stuart Lewis and Josh Scowen returned after suspension. Wycombe had taken the lead in the 22nd minute after Morecambe made a mess of a free-kick on Wanderers goal - Dean Morgan picking up the clearance around the half way line and then going on to slot the ball in off the far post past Barry Roche in the Morecambe goal. The goal came after a positive start from Gareth Ainsworth's side but a rash challenge by Joel Grant on Andrew Wright five minutes before the break drew a straight red card from the referee and threw a different slant on the game. However, despite the loss, Wanderers extended their lead in the 50th minute when Morgan took control of a Stuart Lewis pass down the right channel and ran through on goal before tucking the ball inside the near post past substitute 'keeper Andreas Arestidou. That goal should have sealed the points for Wycombe but Morecambe were give a lifeline in the 58th minute when Richard Brodie was allowed a head home a corner from the left. Bruno Andrade had a great chance to make it 3-1 on 88 minutes when he was set up by Morgan on the left side of the box the loanee's shot was saved by Arestidou. That miss was made to look costly in the final minute of normal time when Wycombe failed to deal with another corner, this time Jack Redshaw heading home from close range. It was a blow for Wycombe but they remain unbeaten in four League games and remain in 19th place in the table with the trip to 17th placed Accrington Stanley next up on Saturday (15th December). Wycombe:Archer, Dunne, Wood, Hause, Winfield, Grant, Lewis, Scowen, Andrade, Morgan (sub 89 Kewley-Graham), McClure (sub 79 McCoy) - subs not used: Harrison, Ehui, Ainsworth, Morias, Oli - Att: 3,238 (56 away)
(Thursday 6th December 2012)
Wanderers 'League Two' match away to Gillingham scheduled for Saturday 2nd February 2013 has been moved to the following Monday (4th February 2013) after being picked for live coverage by Sky Sports. Wanderers last appeared live on Sky in January 2012 when they were thumped 6-0 at home to Huddersfield Town. Wycombe will receive around £10,000 from Sky as the away club, while The Gills are expected to pick up around £30,000.
(Wednesday 5th December 2012)
Charlton loanee Ade Azeez has returned to his parent club for an assessment on the hamstring strain he picked up in the midweek game with Yeovil Town in the Football League Trophy. The 18-year-old striker was replaced after 25 minutes of his first start in a Wycombe shirt since signing from The Addicks two weeks ago.
(Tuesday 4th December 2012)
Matt Spring was red carded as Wanderers lost 2-0 at Yeovil Town in the Southern Area Quarter Final of the Football League Trophy. The tie saw Wanderers make five changes to side that had beaten Bristol Rovers at the weekend, with Marvin McCoy returning to action for the first time since being injured back in August. However, loanee Ade Azeez wouldn't have enjoyed his first start in a Wycombe shirt, as he was forced off on 25 minutes with a suspected hamstring injury. Spring saw a straight red for a wild challenge on Gavin Williams in the 27th minute while the score was still 0-0. Five minutes later Ed Upson headed the home side into the lead following a cross from the right by Joe Edwards. Then after a spell of pressure by the home side Sam Foley made it 2-0 when he tapped in at the far post with 44 minutes on the clock. Wycombe improved slightly during the second period and an appeal for a penalty turned down on 68 minutes after Bruno Andrade looked to have been impeded in the box. Matt McClure saw a shot hit the bar in the 84th minute after Andrade had beat two defenders to set up the chance but it was not to Wycombe's evening against a side they have not beaten since February 1993. Wycombe return to League action on Saturday with the visit of 17th placed Morecambe. Wycombe:Archer, McCoy, Winfield, Dunne, Wood (sub 78 Ehui), Andrade, Spring, Kewley-Graham, Morias (sub HT Hause), Azeez (sub 25 McClure), Morgan - subs not used: Ainsworth, Kuffour - Att: 1,771 (94 away)
(Saturday 1st December 2012)
Superb goals from Joel Grant and Player/Manager Gareth Ainsworth helped Wanderers secure a 2-0 victory over Bristol Rovers in the replayed League Two encounter at Adams Park on Saturday. The third consecutive victory came after Wanderers made one change to the side that had beaten Burton Albion the week before - Charles Dunne returning after his one match ban and Jesse Kewley-Graham dropping to the bench. After an even opening, Wanderers took the lead in the 11th minute following a delightful individual effort from Grant. The Wycombe midfielder took possession of the ball just inside his own half from a Stuart Lewis flick on, before weaving down the centre of the pitch and then striking the ball low into the right corner of the net from just inside the box. Wycombe looked comfortable for the remainder of the half but survived a brief spell of Rovers pressure at the start of the second period where Gary Kenneth blasted over with the goal at his mercy being a prime chance. The visitors were then punished further when Sam Wood's cross from deep on the left wing was deflected by a Rovers' head into the path of Ainsworth who saw his diving header land firmly into the back of the Valley End net. Wycombe never looked back from that point as Rovers continued to squander any chances they created. Their misery was further compounded when Matthew Lund was red carded for a second bookable offence following a 90th minute challenge on Lewis. The result sees Wycombe remain in 19th place in the table with 22 points from 20 games - 5 points clear of the relegation zone. Next outing for Wanderers is the trip to Yeovil Town on Tuesday (4th December) in the Southern Area Semi-Final of the Football League Trophy. Next Saturday (8th December), Wanderers host 17th placed Morecambe in League Two. Wycombe:Archer, Dunne, Wood, Winfield, Johnson, Andrade, Lewis, Scowen, Grant (sub HT Ainsworth), Morgan, McClure (sub 77 Azeez) - subs not used: Harrison, McCoy, Kewley-Graham, Oli, Morias - Att: 3,740 (487 away)

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