March 2013 News Archive
All the news stories from March 2013
(Friday 29th March 2013)
Wanderers conceeded a 93rd minute goal as they went down 1-0 at home to Accrington Stanley on Good Friday afternoon. The match, promoted as the 'Talk of the Town' by the Club, saw the attendance boosted to just over 4,500 but the game never threatened to live up to its billing. Former Youth Teamer Matt Ingram was given his professional start in goal after Jordan Archer was recalled by Spurs and he was involved in a controversial incident in the 20th minute when he collected a Stanley corner from the right only for Lee Molyneux to barge and then kick out at the Wycombe youngster. Molyneux was fortunate to escape with just a yellow card and the decision came back to haunt Wycombe in stoppage time when the Stanley striker latched onto a half cleared corner from the left to fire low past Ingram and snatch all three points. Wycombe were left kicking themselves for missing the better chances of the game - most notably when Stuart Lewis powered through on the edge of the box from Matt McClure's lay off only to see the ball strike the left hand upright. Then with five minutes of normal time remaining Sam Wood pulled a shot wide of the right hand post when played into space on the opposite side of the Stanley penalty area. That missed produced groans from the Wycombe crowd but there was worse to come when Molyneux struck to set the relegation alarm bells ringing again for Wycombe. Wycombe:Ingram, McCoy, Johnson, Doherty, Harriman, Grant (sub 78 Ainsworth), Lewis, Scowen, Wood, Kuffour (sub 69 Morias), McClure. Substitutes not used: Harrison, Winfield, Spring, Andrade, Dunne - Att: 4,577 (away 112)
(Monday 25th March 2013)
Wanderers’ court hearing with the HMRC has been adjourned until Monday 13th May following the hearing on Monday (25th March). An official statement following the outcome saw Wanderers Joint-Chairman Don Woodward say, “We have been and will continue to work with the HMRC to resolve the situation. We are grateful for their patience and understanding as the club work through their financial issues." The HMRC served the Club with a winding-up petition on 4th March 2013. Press reports have indicated that the debt to the HMRC now totals £107,861. Meanwhile, the sale of the Club's training ground for £350,000 has yet to be confirmed, while the Annual Accounts, due on 31st March 2013, had yet to be filed with Companies House.
(Saturday 23rd March 2013)
Wanderers' scheduled game at Burton Albion on Saturday (23rd March) was the latest to be called off in a season hit by weather disruptions. Snow during the night before the game left the pitch covered in several inches of snow and a pitch inspection at 10am confirmed the cancellation. A new date will be advised but with the home game with Northampton Town already rearranged for Tuesday 16th April, the only remaining midweek dates available are week commencing 8th April and 22nd April. Next game for Wanderers is now the Good Friday meeting with Accrington Stanley at Adams Park, kick-off 3pm. Wycombe are 15th in the table after Saturday's game, with 49 points from 38 games.
(Tuesday 19th March 2013)
Wanderers went down 1-0 at Bradford City on Tuesday. The only goal of the game came after 7 minutes when Garry Thompson's finished from after James Hanson had headed down Kyel Reid's free-kick. Matt McClure had Wycombe's best chance to equalise when he went close shortly after Thompson's goal and then again in the 49th minute - heading over a Dean Morgan cross to the far post. Wycombe:Archer, Harriman, Winfield, Doherty, Dunne, Grant (sub 66 Ainsworth), Lewis, Scowen, Wood, Morgan (sub 78 Morias), McClure - subs not used: Ingram, Oli, McCoy, Kuffour, Hause - Att: 8,047 (away 68)
(Saturday 16th March 2013)
Wanderers' scheduled home League Two match with Northampton Town was postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch at Adams Park. A statement issued by the Club at around 11.15am on the morning of the match said, "Match official Brendan Malone conducted an inspection at 11am this morning and deemed the Adams Park surface unplayable. Heavy rainfall, which had started late yesterday afternoon, continued overnight and into the morning, meaning puddles formed on the Adams Park playing surface." Wanderers next match in on Tuesday evening when they travel to Bradford City.
(Thursday 14th March 2013)
COTN continues the digital re-issue of supporters' fanzine 'Chairboys Gas' in order to mark the 25th anniversary of its original publication. Issue 7 for season 1987/88 was released on Saturday 12th March 1988 as Wanderers took on Northwich Victoria at Loakes Park. This issue, the first 20 pager, looks back on a controversial 2-2 draw at Sutton, the battle between Barnet and Lincoln for promotion to the Football League and a trip through Metroland to visit the former grounds of Leytonstone and Ilford. Download issue No.7 1987/88
(Tuesday 12th March 2013)
Gary Doherty came off the bench on his return from injury to score the equaliser that earned Wanderers a point in a 2-2 draw with Rotherham on Tuesday evening at Adams Park. Joel Grant had given Wycombe the lead in the 6th minute when he slotted home from inside the six yard box from Dean Morgan's assist. But as Wanderers looked to bounce back from the heavy defeat at Rochdale three days earlier. they suffered another injury set-back when Matt McClure was forced off with a foot injury after just 20 minutes. Chances were limited for either side up to the break while the start of the second half was delayed for a few minutes due as referee Steve Bratt was replaced by fourth official Jake Hillier. But it was the visitors who hit the ground running as they drew level on 51 minutes when Daniel Nardiello headed home a left wing cross from Liam Ridehalgh. Nardiello then put the Millers ahead. A bizzare incident on 62 minutes saw Rotherham kick the ball out of play to allow Charles Dunne to recieve treatment but on the restart, rather than return the ball to a Rotherham player, Dean Morgan took on Rotherham 'keeper Andy Warrington on a one on one with The Millers thankfully sparing Wycombe's embarassment by making a save. Two minutes later Wanderers were behind when Ben Pringle broke down the left wing before crossing low to the far post for Nardiello to poke home. Morgan should have levelled minutes later but he blazed over from inside the bo from Jo Kuffour's cross from the right. Gareth Ainsworth brought himself off the bench in an attempt to turn things around, while on 74 minutes an injury to Dave Winfield saw the return of Gary Doherty for the first time since November 2012. Within six minutes the former Charlton man had levelled the scores when he glanced in a header from a Sam Wood corner from the right. Meanwhile, Kayode Odejayi almost snatched a winner for the visitors in stoppage was but his downward header was kept out by a great stop from Jordan Archer. Wycombe:Archer, Harriman, Winfield (sub 74 Doherty), Dunne, Wood, Andrade (sub 71 Ainsworth), Lewis, Scowen, Grant, McClure (sub 21 Kuffour), Morgan - subs not used: Harrison, Oli, McCoy, Morias - Att: 2,581 (away 178)
(Saturday 9th March 2013)
Wanderers crashed to a 4-1 defeat at 16th placed Rochdale on Saturday in one of the most disappointing performances to date under Gareth Ainsworth. The Wycombe Player/Manager had brought in Joel Grant to the starting line-up in place of himself and saw his side take a 16th minute the lead against the run of play when Stuart Lewis swept the ball home from the right side of the box after it looked like Matt McClure had fouled Shane Cansdell-Sherriff in the lead up. However, the lead was shortlived as two minutes later a free-kick from the left was stroked home at the far post by Ian Henderson. The game remained at 1-1 until the break but Dale took the lead two minutes into the second period when a corner from the left was headed into his own net at the near post by Michael Harriman. Wanderers continued to struggle at the back and almost suffered another set back on 49 minutes when Lewis had to be alert to clear a Joe Thompson effort off the line. Then yet another corner from the left saw Henderson's chipped attempt from the corner of the penalty area strike the Wycombe cross-bar. Wanderers best spell followed but thoughts of taking anything from the game disappeared during the latter stages when George Donnelly grabbed a brace for the home side - first on 78 minutes when a break down the Dale left ended with Donnelly angling the ball past Jordan Archer from the right side of the penalty area. Then on 85 minutes the same player connected with yet another delivery from the left - this time heading back across the face of the goal and into the opposite corner of the Wycombe net to make it 4-1. With Wycombe all at sea, Bobby Grant saw a shot clip the top of the cross-bar as the game ended with a comprehensive defeat. Next game for Wycombe, home to Rotherham. Wycombe:Archer, Harriman, Dunne, Winfield, Stewart, Grant, Scowen, Lewis, Wood, Morgan (sub 61 Morias), McClure (sub 61 Kuffour) - subs not used: Harrison, McCoy, Johnson, Oli, Andrade - Att: 1,979 (away 120)
(Tuesday 5th March 2013)
Wanderers joint Chairman Don Woodward has reassurred supporters through the local press that the winding up petition served against the Club by the HMRC on 11th February 2013 is just 'procedure' and that action taken since that date to raise the necessary cash gives him confidence that the situation will be sorted prior to the court hearing on 25th March.
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(Monday 4th March 2013)
A winding up petition on Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited has been served by the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs. The Trust have issued a response saying "The Club are working with the HRMC to settle this amount and matters are progressing towards an amicable and workable end."
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(Saturday 2nd March 2013)
A dramatic last minute header from Anthony Stewart saw Wanderers grab a 1-0 victory over 8th placed Fleetwood Town on Saturday at Adams Park. Wycombe had gone into the game with Player/Manager Gareth Ainsworth naming himself in the starting line-up for the first time since the trip to Plymouth in December. It was Ainsworth who provided one of Wanderers best chances of the first half when a speculative effort from 25 yards on 19 minutes saw Scott Davies, in the visitors goal, get down well at the foot of the left hand upright to push away. But Ainsworth did not have a happy day on the pitch, picking up an injury that eventually forced him off before the interval to be replaced by a less than fully fit Bruno Andrade. Earlier, in a scrappy first half, referee Roger East took the ball in the face and received lengthy treatment before continuing. Fleetwood, on their first ever visit Wycombe, had their best chance in the first half when Evans shot from the right corner of the box only for Jordan Archer to save well at the near post. The second half was another tight affair, with the game looking to be heading for a goalless stalement, especially when Stewart's overhead attempt on 89 minutes was headed over the bar by former Macclesfield Jon Parkin. It was from the resulting corner, delivered by Josh Scowen, from the right that Stewart met with a downward header on the far edge of the six yard box, with the ball bouncing over Davies, into the left corner of the Valley End net and cue mass celebrations on and off the pitch. It was a rare late goal for Wanderers in the current season but provided three welcome points that consolidates a 13th position in the table - 12 points clear of the drop zone and 9 points away from the play-off places. Next game for Wanderers, away to 16th placed Rochdale on Saturday. Wycombe:Archer, Harriman, Dunne, Winfield, Stewart, Ainsworth (sub 45 Andrade), Scowen, Lewis, Wood, Morgan (sub 90 Hause), McClure (sub 82 Morias) - subs not used: Harrison, Spring, Oli, Kuffour - Att: 3,162 (away 74)

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