November 2012 News Archive
All the news stories from November 2012
(Saturday 24th November 2012)
Wanderers climbed out of the relegation zone as Matt McClure scored two more goals during a comprehensive 3-0 home success over Burton Albion on Saturday at Adams Park. The victory came after Gareth Ainsworth had made two changes to the side that had won at Rotherham in the week - Sam Wood and Jesse Kewley-Graham coming in for the injured Danny Foster and suspended Charles Dunne. Wood slotted almost seemlessly at right back althought it was Burton who had look the most likely to score in the opening exchanges, with former Wanderer Chris Palmer forcing Archer into a save on 10 minutes. However, it was Wycombe who broke the deadlock on 12 minutes when a low shot from the left from Joel Grant wasn't held by Dean Lyness in the Burton goal and McClure slid in at the far post to force the ball home. The goal gave Wanderers confidence which extended to the start of the second period when Dean Morgan saw an effort strike the upright. Then on 57 minutes Wycombe doubled their lead after Zander Diamond was red carded after being adjudged to have fouled McClure in the box - Grant striking home the resulting penalty in confident style. Victory was sealed on 63 minutes when McClure was quickest to react to Grant's blocked header as he rifled home another rebound. New loanee Ade Azeez was given his Wycombe debut in the final stages and almost set-up fellow sub Junior Morias but the youngster shot straight at the keeper. Ainsworth also gave a debut to former Youth Teamer George Ehui in the dying moments as Wycombe fans enjoyed the rare treat of seeing their side cruise home. Wanderers are now 19th in League Two with 19 points from 19 games. Next game, at home to 21st placed Bristol Rovers on Saturday (1st December). Wycombe:Archer, Lewis, Winfield, Johnson, Wood, Grant (sub 76 Azeez), Scowen (sub 89 Ehui), Kewley-Graham, Andrade, Morgan, McClure (sub 85 Morias) - subs not used: Harrison, Ainsworth, Oli, Hause - Att: 3,191 (153 away)
(Thursday 22nd November 2012)
Wanderers have signed Charlton Athletic striker Ade Azeez on a 'youth loan' deal until 1st January 2013. The 18 year old was joint-top scorer for Charlton U18's last season and scored a hat-trick for their U21 side in a 5-1 victory over Brentford on Monday in front of Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth. Azeez moved from The Addicks youth team at the end of the 2011/12 season and has two England U19 caps to his name, the most recent coming in a 1-0 victory over Finland at Telford. The terms of the youth loan mean that he is eligible to play for Charlton in U21 matches should Charlton take up the option of selecting him.
(Tuesday 20th November 2012)
Matt McClure bagged a second-half brace as Wanderers came from behind twice to defeat 8th placed Rotherham 3-2 on Tuesday evening at New York Stadium. The deserved victory came after Wanderers had got off to the worse possible start - falling behind after just 16 seconds when Daniel Nardiello netted from close range after Jordan Archer failed to deal with a Ben Pringle cross. However, a spirited response should have seen Wanderers draw level on 14 minutes but Stuart Lewis scuffed a great chance wide with the goal at his mercy. But the equaliser did come on 29 minutes when Dave Winfield headed home after a great delivery from Josh Scowen. It was Wanderers' current trademark defending that saw the hosts regain their lead on 35 minutes when Mark Bradley struck home from another Pringle centre. After the break the game belonged with McClure the star when he first made the score 2-2 on 50 minutes with a strike from around 12 yards following an assist from Danny Foster. Five minutes later Wanderers were ahead with a fantastic strike from McClure following a superb through ball from a Dean Morgan free-kick. The Millers pressed for an equaliser in the remaining time, including an agonising seven minutes of stoppage time but this time Wanderers' defence coped and could have even extended their lead when Morgan went close and Charles Dunne saw a header come off the top of the cross bar from the resulting corner. The result moves Wycombe off the foot of the table, with the visit of the Burton Albion to come on Saturday. Wycombe:Archer, Foster (sub Kewley-Graham 80), Johnson, Winfield, Dunne, Grant (sub 63 Wood), Scowen, Lewis, Andrade (sub 86 Ainsworth), Morgan, McClure - subs not used: Harrison, Hause, Morias, Oli - Att: 5,688 (138 away)
(Saturday 17th November 2012)
Wanderers slumped to the foot of 'League Two' after a 3-1 reverse at Northampton Town on Saturday. Gareth Ainsworth made one change to the side that lost to Rochdale seven days previous - with Danny Foster returning from injury and Bruno Andrade dropping to the bench. The hosts took the lead on 24 minutes when the bulky Adebayo Akinfenwa headed home from Chris Hackett's cross. However, Wanderers should have been leading on 18 minutes after Charles Dunne contrived to hit the post from around six yards. Dean Morgan saw an effort hot the post on 57 minutes and the game remained in the balance until the 61st minute when Akinfenwa made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Dave Winfield had been penalised for fouling Clive Platt. Hackett made it 3-0 on 65 minutes after he struck the ball into the top right corner from a Akinfenwa cross. Wycombe were given brief hope on 72 minutes after Foster was fouled by Jake Robinson and Joel Grant converted from the spot. However, with further chances missed by Morgan and Dunne, it was never going to be Wycombe's day. Wanderers travel to 8th placed Rotherham on Tuesday as the long hard battle to avoid the drop begins to unfold. Wycombe:Archer, Foster, Winfield, Johnson, Dunne, Grant, Lewis, Scowen, Wood (sub 66 Andrade), Oli (sub 69 McClure), Morgan - subs not used: Ainsworth, Harrison, Kewley-Graham, Morias, Taylor - Att: 4,764 (471 away)
(Friday 16th November 2012)
Richard Logan has been released by the Club by 'mutual consent'. The Club confirmed the news via the official website with a short statement concluding, "We would like to take this opportunity to thank Richard for his efforts whilst at the club and wish him every success for the future." Logan was signed on a free by Wycombe on a two year deal in July 2012 by Gary Waddock from fellow League Two side Exeter City. He went on to make ten First Team appearances for Wycombe.
(Saturday 10th November 2012)
A cruel stoppage time deflection gave Rochdale a 2-1 victory at Adams Park on Saturday in Gareth Ainsworth's first game in charge since being appointed Wycombe boss on a permanent basis. After a lacklustre midweek display at Aldershot, Ainsworth set out his troops to play an attacked minded game but found his side 1-0 down in the 5th minute when Ashley Grimes knocked in Bobby Grant's cross. Wanderers responded with efforts from Bruno Andrade (making his home debut), Dennis Oli and Dave Winfield all going close to levelling the scores. However, Wanderers were level on 25 minutes with a superb goal from Joel Grant who cut in from the right wing before flicking the ball over the advancing Josh Lillis in the Dale goal. Wycombe then had a great chance to take the lead but Oli shot wide in stoppage time from Andrade's cross. The second period saw both sides have chances to win the game, while Wanderers also had a shout for a penalty waved away after Junior Morias's shot on 77 minutes looked to have struck a defender's arm in what would have been a harsh call if given. The game looked all set for a draw as the officials indicated five minutes of stoppage time. In the second of those minutes, a speculative 30 yard effort from Bobby Grant hit Leon Johnson's back in the area and the ball looped up and over Jordan Archer for a heartbreaking moment for the Wanderers defence and the home fans. Despite the defeat, the Wycombe players were given a standing ovation by the majority of the loyal following in the 3,000 attendance. It's now onto an away game at 12th placed Northampton Town next Saturday (17th November). Wycombe: Archer, Dunne, Winfield, Johnson, Wood, Andrade, Scowen, Lewis, Grant, Oli, Morgan (sub 75 Morias) - subs not used: Harrison, Hause, Kewley-Graham, Ainsworth, Taylor, Logan - Att: 3,020 (150 away)
(Thursday 8th November 2012)
The Club confirmed in a short statement on Thursday morning that Nikki Bull had left Wycombe Wanderers. The news follows on from an official Wanderers Twitter post before the FA Cup tie at Crewe which stated, "Nikki Bull is not included after expressing a desire to not play for the club anymore." Meanwhile, the Club's statement on Thursday said, "We recognise Nikki had genuine footballing and personal reasons in his life which led to his desire to leave us early last week, which to clarify made him unavailable for the weekendís match." In subsequent comments to the press, Bull said, "On Monday October 29 I had a meeting with Gareth Ainsworth in which I openly and honestly informed him that I was unhappy due to footballing and personal reasons and that I needed a break. At no point did I refuse to play for Wycombe Wanderers or attend training." Bull joined Wanderers in the summer of 2010 on a free from Brentford and walked away with the Player of the Season award for 2010/11 as Wycombe won promotion to League One. He remained ever present until injury forced him out of the side that travelled to Exeter on 18th September 2012. He totalled 114 appearances for Wanderers.
(Thursday 8th November 2012)
The Club confirmed on Thursday morning (8th November) that Gareth Ainsworth had been appointed as Manager of Wycombe Wanderers on an initial contract until the end of the current season. The 39 year old has been acting as Caretaker Manager since Gary Waddock was sacked on 22nd September. He becomes Wycombe's 11th Manager since gaining promotion to the Football League in 1993. Commenting on his appointment, Ainsworth said, "Iím delighted and honoured to be the manager of Wycombe Wanderers. The Club has a big history of successful managers and I will be giving it my all to join that list." He added, "The way the players and fans have responded to me in these seven weeks has been magnificent and if we carry on in the same vein, it can only be good for Wycombe Wanderers."
(Wednesday 7th November 2012)
COTN continues the digital re-issue of supporters' fanzine 'Chairboys Gas' in order to mark the 25th anniversary of its original publication. Issue 3 for season 1987/88 was released on Saturday 7th November 1987 as Wanderers took on Lincoln City at Loakes Park. This issued included a lengthy article with then Chairman Brian Lee, who responded to the general unrest at the Club at the time. Download issue No.3 1987/88
(Tuesday 6th November 2012)
Wanderers played out a goalless draw with 23rd placed Aldershot Town on Tuesday evening at The Recreation Ground. Gareth Ainsworth returned himself to the starting XI and also recalled Denis Oli for his first appearance since September. The early stages saw loan 'keeper Jordan Archer make a series of quick saves to keep Wycombe's goal intact but Wanderers hopes of a victory were boosted when Shots defender Anthony Tonkin was red carded for a second bookable offence after fouling Ainsworth on 29 minutes. However, two poor sides rarely looked like breaking the deadline and the goalless scoreline sees Wycombe remain one place above the relegation zone on 13 points, with Barnet also on 13 points a place behind after winning 1-0 at home to Torquay - a result that sends The Shots to the bottom of the table on goal difference. Wycombe take on 8th placed Rochdale at Adams Park on Saturday. Wycombe: Archer, Dunne, Winfield, Scowen, Wood, Ainsworth (sub 66 Morias), Lewis, Grant, Andrade, Spring, Oli (sub 74 Taylor) - subs not used: Kewley-Graham, Logan, Harrison, Hause, Angol - Att: 2,042 (291 away)
(Monday 5th November 2012)
Wanderers midfielder Josh Scowen has signed a contract extension running until June 2015. Scowen, now 19, is a former Youth Team player with the Club who made his First Team debut as substitute in the League meeting at Morecambe in March 2011. During the 2011/12 season he enjoyed a three month loan spell at Hemel Hempstead Town and in August 2012 signed a six month loan deal at Eastbourne Borough. However, he was recalled to Wycombe when Gareth Ainsworth stepped in as Caretaker Manager and made his first start for the Wanderers in the League Two meeting at Dagenham & Redbridge on 29th September 2012. The following week he headed home the winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Torquay United at Adams Park.
(Monday 5th November 2012)
The new date for the abandoned home game with Bristol Rovers has been moved from Tuesday 27th November 2012 to Saturday 1st December 2012 (KO 3pm) following both club's exit from the FA Cup on Saturday. The original game on Saturday 25th August at Adams Park was abandoned after 65 minutes due to 'safety and healthy' concerns with Rovers leading 3-1. Tickets for the original or revised date will still be valid. Applications for refunds should be made to Wycombe Wanderers.
(Saturday 3rd November 2012)
Wanderers crashed out of the FA Cup 4-1 on Saturday at Crewe Alexandra despite taking an early lead through Matt Spring. Wycombe had begun the tie with Jordan Archer in goal after he had rejoined on loan from Spurs on the back of shock news that Nikki Bull had 'expressed a desire to no longer play for the Club' via the Club's official Twitter page. There was more disruption for Wanderers just nine minutes into the tie when Gary Doherty was forced off injured and with no defenders on the bench, replaced by Richard Logan. But despite the set-back Wycombe took the lead in the 13th minute after an effort by Spring from around 25 yards crept through home 'keeper Alan Martin's hands. It could have easily been 2-0 moments later when QPR loanee Bruno Andrade crossed but Martin pushed the ball away with Richard Logan waiting. However, the home side were back on level terms in the 19th minute when Mathias Pogba finished from close range from Byron Moore's cross. Wanderers held their own until five minutes before the break when Mark Ellis slotted home from six yards. Anthony Stewart limped off a minute later as Wanderers' injury list was added to. Seven minutes into the second half a crude challenge by Dave Winfield on Pogba conceeded a penalty but Archer saved Harry Davis' spot kick. Crewe sealed the tie with two wonder strikes. First on 62 minutes Chuks Aneke smashed home from 20 yards plus into the top left corner, while on 77 minute Luke Murphy struck from a similar range to end Wanderers interest in the competition for another year. Wycombe: Archer, Stewart (sub 41 Hause), Winfield, Doherty (sub 9 Logan), Dunne, Spring, Scowen, Wood, Grant, Andrade, Morias (sub 58 Kewley-Graham) - subs not used: Ainsworth, Oli, Harrison, Taylor - Att: 2,417 (143 away)
(Saturday 3rd November 2012)
QPR striker Bruno Andrade has extended his loan deal with Wycombe until the end of January 2013. The Portuguese born 19 year old made his debut for Wanderers in the Football League Trophy meeting at Portsmouth on 9th October 2012 and made two more starts before limping off in the League game at Port Vale. He will be available for the FA Cup tie at Crewe.
(Thursday 1st November 2012)
A well attended Wycombe Wanderers Trust meeting on Wednesday 31st October 2012 gave members the chance to hear and quiz the Trust Board on the current situation at the Club. A significant point revealed at the meeting, and in response to the recently published David Conn article, included confirmation that the outstading debt to Steve Hayes was £2m. This was payable, interest free, in 15 annual installments starting June 2014. A presentation made at the meeting has since been made available via the Trust website at
(Thursday 1st November 2012)
Wanderers financial situation is not being helped by an outstanding debt of £400,000 from ground tenants London Wasps. The figure was revealed at the Trust members meeting on 31st October where Trust representatives also explained the difficulty surrounding the take over of both the Football Club and Rugby Club during the first half of the year and the extreme way the finances of the two Club were entwined. The news follows the publication of the delayed accounts for London Wasps for the 2010/11 season. The accounts confirm a loss of around £2m for the 2010/11 season with liabilities of around £10m. Comments from the Auditor added, "These conditions, indicate the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern".
(Thursday 1st November 2012)
It's been confirmed that Ivor Beeks intends to step down as Chairman of Wycombe Wanderers in January 2013, after just over 24 years in that role. Beeks, now 70 years old, originally joined the Football Club board in August 1986 and went on to take over from Brian Lee as Chairman in August 1988. He has remained Chairman of the Club through various structure and ownership changes. Most recently, in June 2012, he became Joint Chairman, along with Don Woodward, of the Trust owned Club. The news was confirmed at a Trust members meeting held on Wednesday 31st October, where it was also suggested he would continue on the Board of the Football Club.

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