October 2012 News Archive
All the news stories from October 2012
(Saturday 27th October 2012)
Wanderers lost 3-1 at home to Oxford United on Saturday and are now just three places off the bottom the table with 12 points from their opening 14 games. United, just two places above Wycombe prior to kick-off, had got off to a flying start with a 4th minute strike from James Constable after Tom Craddock had headed the ball down in the penalty area. Wycombe struggled to create chances and were further hindered after Jo Kuffour picked up an injury and was eventually replaced by Richard Logan seven minutes before the break. Wycombe's best chance of the half came in stoppage time when Charles Dunne tried his luck from long range with U's 'keeper Ryan Clarke spilling the ball but then saving Joel Grant's follow up. The second half started amidst torrential wind driven rain and before 60 seconds were on the clock, the visitors had doubled their lead when Tom Craddock smashed home a loose ball from the edge of the box. That looked curtains for Wycombe but they were given a lifeline three minutes later when Dave Winfield was impeded in the box and Grant cooling placed home the penalty into the Valley End net. The sparked Wycombe's best spell of the game but an error from Nikki Bull on 62 minutes helped restore the visitors two goal lead. Bull failed to hold a ball into the left side of the six yard area and Sean Rigg centred from the byeline for John Mullins to head home and send the away support into mass celebrations. Grant went close to pulling a goal back for Wanderers on 70 minutes with an effort from a narrow angle but a comeback never looked likely from that point. Wycombe now take a break from League action with the visit to Crewe Alexandra in the FA Cup First Round next Saturday (3rd November). It's then a return to the League Two relegation battle with the trip to currently 23rd placed Aldershot Town on Tuesday 6th November. Wycombe: Bull, Stewart, Dunne, Doherty, Winfield, Ainsworth (sub 62 Morias), Lewis, Scowen, Wood (sub 78 Spring), Grant, Kuffour (sub 38 Logan) - subs not used: Harrison, Hause, Angol, Taylor. - Att: 5,498 (1800 away)
(Tuesday 23rd October 2012)
Wycombe and Barnet played out a largely lifeless 0-0 draw at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. Bottom side Barnet included fromer Dutch international Edgar Davids in their starting line-up while, while fellow 'veteran' Gareth Ainsworth returned to starting XI for the Wanderers. However, neither player could inspire their respective struggling team to victory. It was Ainsworth who went closest for Wycombe in a dull first half when he cut in from the right in the 40th minute but couldn't quite find the gap to squeeze the ball in at the near post of the Valley End net. The visitors had their best chance in the second period, a 62nd minute long range strike forcing Nikki Bull to tip wide, being a rare highlight. The introduction of Junior Morias and Richard Logan for Wycombe sparked a late flurry of relative excitement for the restless crowd, with the former going close within moments of his introduction as he struck a low effort just wide of the right hand upright. Davids was muscled out in stoppage time as he made a brief threat on the Wycombe goal but Wanderers almost countered when Sam Woodssaw a 20 yarder pushed away by Graham Stack in the Barnet goal. Wycombe are now third from bottom in the table with Oxford United, just a couple of places above them, the visitors on Saturday (27th October). Wycombe:Bull, Stewart, Winfield, Doherty, Dunne, Ainsworth (sub 71 Morias), Lewis, Scowen, Grant, Morgan (sub 38 Wood), McClure (sub 71 Logan) - subs not used: Ingram, Spring, Kewley-Graham, Hause. - Att: 3,244 (400 away approx)
(Sunday 21st October 2012)
Wanderers will travel to League One side Crewe Alexandra in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup following the draw made on Sunday afternoon. The tie will be played on Saturday 3rd November with a 3pm kick-off and will be the first time the two sides have met in any cup competition.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
(Saturday 20th October 2012)
Wanderers led second placed Port Vale until the 59th minute, when two goals in seven minutes turned the game in favour of the Valiants against a Wycombe side who had been reduced to ten men after Jo Kuffour saw red. Two late goals then put an unfair reflection on the final 4-1 victory for the promotion chasing side. Wycombe had taken the lead in the 20th minute when Bruno Andrade was impeded by John McCombe in the Vale box to conceded a penalty and Joel Grant stepped up to tuck the ball low inside the left hand upright. Kuffour, who had been booked earlier for a clash with McCombe, saw red in first half stoppage time when he led with his foot in a challenge with Vale 'keeper Chris Neal out wide on the left wing. Wanderers survived the one man disadvantage until just before the hour mark when substitute Ben Williamson ran though from midfield to slot past Nikki Bull. The home side took the lead seven minutes later when a cross from the left from Vincent was headed in from around six yards by Pope. Wycombe had little response and it was the same combination on 87 minutes who made the score 3-1, Pope heading past Bull again. Then in stoppage time a Vincent shot from distance saw Bull fail to hold and the ball squirmed over the line to complete a comprehensive looking victory for Vale. Wanderers will now need to re-group for Tuesday evening's visit of Barnet to Adams Park, while the following Saturday, Oxford United make the short journey down the M40 for a League meeting. Wycombe:Bull, Foster, Doherty, Johnson, Dunne, Andrade (sub Spring), Lewis, Scowen (sub Morias), Grant (sub McClure), Morgan, Kuffour - subs not used: Winfield, Ainsworth, Ingram, Stewart - Att: 5,303 (232 away)
(Saturday 20th October 2012)
Wanderers will discover their opponents in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup on Sunday when the draw is made live on ITV between 1.30pm and 2pm. Winners in the First Round tie, that will played on the weekend of 3rd November, will receive £18,000 in sponsorship money. Last season Wanderers were knocked at the First Round stage 2-0 away to then Conference side Fleetwood Town. Non-League teams in the draw include old Conference rivals Kidderminster Harriers, Altrincham and Macclesfield Town. Slough Town also play their 4th Qualifying Round tie at home to Gosport Borough on Sunday at 3pm.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
(Wednesday 17th October 2012)
The fans takeover of Wanderers was featured in detail in an online article from renowned sportwriter David Conn. The article comments on the long negotiations with then owner Steve Hayes, saying these "..were not always happy, the trust and Hayes agreed a deal which appears fair to both. Hayes wrote off around £4m of loans, sold the club and the ground, leaving £1.5m owed to him, which the trust has 10 years to pay off."
Read the full article via The Guardian online
(Wednesday 17th October 2012)
Wanderers will travel to Yeovil Town in the Southern Area Quarter Final of the Football League Trophy. The tie will be played the week commencing 3 December 2012. The Glovers beat Torquay United on penalties in a delayed Second Round tie on Tuesday evening. They currently sit 15th in 'League One'. The remainder of the Southern draw is: Northampton v Leyton Orient, Southend v Brentford and Plymouth v Oxford United.
(Saturday 13th October 2012)
Wanderers made it three victories in a row as they stunned third placed and League One upstarts Fleetwood Town with a 1-0 victory in Lancashire. The critical strike came from loanee Bruno Andrade after 9 minutes when he broke down right, cut inside and then curled a left footed shot in the far corner of the Town net. The League newcomers responded but without really testing Nikki Bull in the Wanderers goal and it was Gareth Ainsworth's side who could have extended their lead before the break with Dean Morgan and Joel Grant both going close. Town introduced former Macclesfield and Preston bulky forward Jon Parkin at the interval but he was the be frustrated by the Wycombe defence. Town substutute Steven Gillespie's 77th minute effort from the edge of the box that struck the crossbar was the closest the League newcomers came to an equaliser. But Wycombe had chances too to kill off the game but were met by a superb display by Town 'keeper Scott Davies who made several fine saves to earn him Man of the Match for the home side. Wycombe and the their followers then endured four minutes of stoppage time to see a first clean sheet recorded since March 2012 and the first one on the road since away at Torquay on 22 April 2011. Wanderers are now five places off the bottom of the table, with the next game away to currently second placed Port Vale on Saturday 20th October. Meanwhile, this result will have done harm to Gareth Ainsworth's chances of taking the Wycombe Manager's job on a full-time basis. Wycombe: Bull, Foster, Johnson, Dunne, Doherty, Lewis, Andrade, Grant (sub 78 Spring), Scowen, Morgan, Kuffour - subs not used: Ingram, Winfield, Stewart, Ainsworth, Taylor, Morias - Att: 3,216 (250 away approx)
(Friday 12th October 2012)
The Club confirmed on Friday afternoon that Brian Kane had resigned from the Football Club Board of Directors. The 66 year old commented via the official website, "A combination of personal and family travel commitments, coupled with a significant increase in workload in certain other charitable responsibilities, has meant the time I can devote to club matters is below the level at which I believe I can make a contribution that I would feel was appropriate and meaningful. At the same time I am also of the opinion that after over twelve years as a director of the club, it is an opportune time to step down and allow the next generation of leadership to have their time at the helm." Kane originally joined the Club Board in August 2000 as Vice Chairman and became part of a team of new faces that would seek new investment in the Football Club. He later formed part of the new PLC Board, following an EGM in July 2004 to scrap the members structure . Four years later, he was involved again as part of Steve Hayes' 100% takeover. During his time with the Club in provided an interest free loan to the Club ammounting to around £50,000 but this was paid back in full in 2009/10.
(Thursday 11th October 2012)
Season 2012-13 will see COTN continue the digital re-issue of supporters' fanzine 'Chairboys Gas' in order to mark the 25th anniversary of its original publication. Having seen its debut seven issues published during the promotion winning season of 1986-87, the following season proved one with controversy and mixed emotions for Wanderers followers.
Chairboys Gas - 25 years on
Read more and download issues No.1 and 2 1987/88
(Tuesday 9th October 2012)
A Joel Grant goal, recorded officially at 13 seconds, set Wycombe on their way to a confidence boosting 3-1 victory at Portsmouth on Tuesday evening in the Second Round of the Football League Trophy. Grant's strike came after he latched onto a pass from new QPR loan signing Bruno Andrade, controlling and then curling the shot past Simon Eastwood in The Pompey goal. Dean Morgan made it 2-0 on 8 minutes after a massive goalmouth scramble set off when Jo Kuffour saw a shot hit the post from around six yards. The League One side repsonded briefly and forced the returning Nikki Bull to save from Izale McLeod on 11 minutes. Play then swung from end to end before Pompey pulled a goal back in first half stoppage time - McLeod netting from close in after Adam Webster's effort had been blocked. But Wycombe regained their two goal cushion eleven minutes into the second half after Andrade was tripped on route to goal. Morgan saw the resulting penalty pushed away by Eastwood but the Wycombe striker was the first to the loose ball to head home and ultimately send Wycombe through to the Southern Area Quarter Final to be played the week commencing 3 December 2012. Teams in the draw are: Brentford, Oxford United, Northmapton, Southend, Leyton Orient, Plymouth and Torquay or Yeovil. The draw will be live on Soccer AM on Saturday 13th October from 10am. Meanwile, Wanderers return to League action on Saturday with the trip to third placed Fleetwood Town. Wycombe: Bull, Foster, Winfield, Stewart, Dunne, Andrade, Spring, Scowen, Grant, Morgan, Kuffour (sub 81 Morias) - subs not used: Ingram, Logan, Kewley-Graham, Doherty - Att:7,292 (away 350 approx)
(Tuesday 9th October 2012)
Wanderers have signed QPR striker Bruno Andrade on a 28 day 'youth loan' deal. The Portuguese born 19 year old has come through the youth system at Loftus Road, making his First Team debut on 20 November 2010 in a League Cup tie against Preston North End. Since then he has made one FA Cup appearance and two Premier League apps for The R's, while also spending a brief spell on loan at Aldershot Town during the 2011/12 season. He has been allocated the No.12 in the Wanderers squad and will be available for the trip to Portsmouth in the Football League Trophy on Tuesday evening.
(Saturday 6th October 2012)
Sheer hardwork from the Wanderers saw them gain a home victory in a League match for the first time since March 2012 as they beat Torquay United 2-1 at Adams Park on Saturday. The Community Day boosted crowd saw Caretaker Manager Gareth Ainsworth name himself again in the starting lineup and he played a major part in the opening goal on 33 minutes when he flicked the ball back from the left byeline for Gary Doherty to power home a header. But with Wanderers having also failed to keep a clean sheet since March 2012, it was no surprise when the visitors equalised on 42 minutes when the bulky Rene Howe was allowed space on the right of the Wycombe penalty area, before beating Jordan Archer at the near post with low shot. But Wycombe were not to be denied victory and got the winning goal on 63 minutes when Dean Morgan's chip from the left of goal saw Josh Scowen head home from six yards for his first senior goal. Only poor finishing prevented Wycombe adding to their goal tally as they finished the game worthy winners. Wycombe: Archer, Foster, Johnson, Doherty, Dunne, Ainsworth (sub 70 Morias), Scowen, Lewis (sub 56 Spring), Grant, McClure (sub HT Morgan), Kuffour - subs not used: Harrison, Winfield, Stewart, Taylor - Att: 4,205 (400 away approx)
(Tuesday 2nd October 2012)
Wanderers put in a passionate and determined performance as they drew 1-1 with Plymouth Argyle at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. Caretaker boss Gareth Ainsworth named himself in the starting XI to become Wanderers first ever First Team Player/Manager and he was the provided from the right on 12 minutes for Matt McClure to head home at the far post. It was the spark Wycombe needed and they could have extended their lead before the break, with Stuart Lewis going closest on 36 minutes when he shot just wide after his initial shot had been blocked. McClure came even closer to making it 2-0 four minutes into the second period when he turned to shot wide from inside the six yard box and that miss proved costly as the visitors levelled a minute later when Guy Madjo headed past Jordan Archer from Alex MacDonald’s cross from the right. That prompted Argyle's best spell of the game but Wanderers held out and then could have won or lost it in five minutes of added time at the end of the 90 minutes. First on 93 minutes Argyle 'keeper Jake Cole made a world class save to tip away Joel Grant's shot away from the top left corner of the Valley End goal. Then moments later Conor Hourihane smashed a 25 yarder that smacked the crossbar before Archer gathered. This was encouraging for Ainsworth and he will now hope for a first home League victory since March 2012 when Wanderers take on Torquay United at Adams Park on Saturday. The following week his troops will face a tough test at League newcomers and currently third placed Fleetwood Town. Wycombe: Archer, Foster, Dunne, Johnson, Doherty, Ainsworth (sub 77 Spring), Scowen, Lewis, Grant, McClure (sub 75 Morgan), Kuffour (sub 84 Morias) - subs not used: Harrison, Winfield, Stewart, Taylor - Att: 3,161 (494 away)

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