September 2012 News Archive
All the news stories from September 2012
(Saturday 29th September 2012)
There was no dream start for caretaker boss Gareth Ainsworth as Wanderers were beaten 3-0 at Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday. The former QPR man put faith in youth with his team selection, giving Olly Taylor his first start as a loan striker, while Josh Scowen also debuted in the starting XI having been recalled early from his loan spell with Eastbourne Borough during the week. However, the matchday script took on a familiar look in the 25th minute when a close range effort from Dwight Gayle but the home side ahead. Matt McClure replaced Taylor at the break and went close within moments of the restart but he stabbed wide from around eight yards. The killer blow for the Wanderers came on 55 minutes when the assistant referee signalled a controversial handball against Wycombe just before Matt Spring cleared off the goal line, Michael Spillane converting the resulting penalty past debut loanee 'keeper Jordan Archer. The introduction of Joel Grant for Dean Morgan and another debut in the form of ex-Youth Teamer Junior Morias saw Wanderers finish the game with a bit more punch up front but another miserable result and day out for the travelling support was confirmed when The Daggers, without a win all season, netted a third in the 89th when Billy Bingham smashed home from just outside the six yard box. Wanderers are now one off the foot of the table with the visit of Plymouth Argyle next on the agenda, along with the search for a new boss. Wycombe: Archer, Foster, Dunne, Johnson, Doherty, Spring, Lewis, Scowen, Kuffour (sub 71 Morias), Morgan (sub 65 Grant), Taylor (sub HT McClure) - subs not used: Harrison, Winfield, Kewley-Graham, Stewart - Att: 1,618 (363 away)
(Tuesday 25th September 2012)
Wanderers have signed their second goalkeeper in the space of ten days after bringing in Spurs youngster Jordan Archer on a seven day 'emergency loan'. The 20 year old former Charlton Athletic player will replace the previously loaned Elliot Parish who has been recalled by Cardiff City after just two appearances for the Wanderers. Caretaker Manager Gareth Ainsworth moved for the Scotland Under 21 'keeper as continued cover for the injured Nikki Bull (thigh strain) and Matt Ingram (knee cartilage).
(Tuesday 25th September 2012)
Olly Taylor scored twice as a Wanderers XI beat Wimbledon 3-0 on Tuesday afternoon in a 'behind closed doors' friendy at the training ground. After a goalless opening half, Taylor opened the scoring in the second period when he knocked in a rebound from Junior Morias's original effort. Dave Winfield headed home from a corner to make it 2-0 before Taylot completed the scoring with a close range effort following a goalmouth scramble. Wycombe: Archer, Ehui, Kretzschmar, Stewart, Winfield, Scowen, Trialist, Kewley-Graham, Angol (sub HT Morias), Taylor (sub 65 Ighorae), McClure
(Monday 24th September 2012)
Gareth Ainsworth has been appointed as 'Caretaker' Manager of the Wanderers following the dismissal of Gary Waddock after Saturday's home defeat to Wimbledon. The 39 year old will be assisted by Richard Dobson. Joint Chairman Don Woodward commented, "Gareth’s a leader and a winner. He’s an inspirational figure who has the full respect of everyone connected with the Club and it was an easy decision to make." Woodward went on to add that the Club had already received 'a number of applications from high-calibre managers'. The new Manager would become Wanderers 11th since gaining promotion to the Football League. Waddock was Wanderers'second longest serving Manager as a Football League club, with just under three years of service. Lawrie Sanchez has been the longest serving to date with four and half years at Adams Park. Martin O'Neill spent just over five years with the Wanderers but the first three and a half seasons were during the Club's Conference days.
(Monday 24th September 2012)
The 24th September 2012 marks the 125th anniversary since the first known game by Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. The game was against the wonderfully named Wycombe Nose Club on 24th September 1887. No record of the line-up exists for that game (which ended 0-0) but a few weeks later on 22nd October 1887, the Bucks Free Press reported the second game (against Wycombe Rovers) where the Wanderers line-up was:
Albert Curtis, Ted 'Datchett' Webb, Jim Hearne, Alf Thorne, George Johnson, Ralph Stallwood, Joe Norton, John Randall, Ted Ball, George Cook and Jim Ray. The game against Rovers ended with a 3-1 defeat for the Wanderers - the first ever goal for the Club being recorded as by Jim Ray.
See the COTN results section 1887-88
(Saturday 22nd September 2012)
The dismissal of Wanderers Manager Gary Waddock was confirmed at around 6.20pm on Saturday evening - just over an hour after Wycombe had gone down 1-0 at home to Wimbledon in a match that marked the start of the Club's 125th year celebrations. A short statement on the Club's official website read, "Manager Gary Waddock has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect. The club would like to thank Gary for his efforts during his time at the club and wish him every success for the future. A further statement will be made on Monday.". Waddock was appointed as Wanderers boss in October 2009, taking over from Peter Taylor, but he couldn't prevent Wycombe being relegated back to 'League Two' at the end of the 2009/10 campaign. However, he led Wanderers to automatic promotion the following season with a third place finish. But a disappointing season back in 'League One' led to an immediate return to the basement division. Wanderers defeat to Wimbledon means they have not won a home League match since March 2012 and have won just won game in the last 15 attempts in the League.
(Saturday 22nd September 2012)
Another lacklustre display from the Wanderers saw them go down 1-0 to 21st placed Wimbledon on Saturday at Adams Park. The only goal of the game came on 41 minutes when Sammy Moore sent a 25 yarder into the top right corner of Elliot Parish's goal. Earlier on 34 minutes Parish had made a tremendous save from a Byron Harrison's penalty after handball had been awarded against Danny Foster. The result leaves Wanderers in 21st place in the League Two table with just four points from their opening seven games. Next Saturday they travel to 22nd placed Dagenham & Redbridge who are also on four points. Wycombe: Parish, Foster, Dunne, Johnson, Doherty, Ainsworth (sub 72 Taylor), Spring, Lewis (sub HT Kewley-Graham), Morgan, Logan (sub 60 Angol), Kuffour - subs not used: Winfield, Thompson, Parsons, Morias, Taylor - Att: 4,260 (695 away)
(Tuesday 18th September 2012)
Wycombe's defensive frailties were exposed again on Tuesday evening as they threw away the lead on two occasions to lose 3-2 at Exeter City. As expected Elliot Parish made his debut in goal for the injured Nikki Bull and there was dream start for Gary Waddock's side when surprise start Gareth Ainsworth netted on 4 minutes to give Wanderers the lead with a shot from just outside the penalty area. Wycombe held the lead until the 29th minute when Arron Davies scored from close range. Wycombe then regained the lead in the 52nd minute when Dean Morgan headed in from Joel Grant's cross. But this time the lead lasted just 60 seconds after 'veteran' Jamie Cureton capitilised on slack defending to convert from just inside the penalty area. Despite the goals conceeded it was an improved Wanderers performance but what would have been a deserved point was lost on 67 minutes when Wycombe were undone following a Davies corner that Danny Coles converted from close in. Wycombe are now 20th in the table, having played six games. They take on 21st placed Wimbledon on Saturday at Adams Park. Wycombe: Parish, Foster, Winfield, Parsons, Doherty, Ainsworth (sub 71 Kuffour), Lewis, Spring, Grant (sub 84 Angol), Logan, Morgan (sub 84 Taylor) - subs not used: Basey, Dunne, Thompson, Kewley-Graham - Att: 3,365 (84 away)
(Tuesday 18th September 2012)
Wanderers have signed Cardiff City 'keeper Elliot Parish on a 'short-term emergency loan' after Nikki Bull was ruled out of action after aggravating a thigh strain and second choice 'keeper Matt Ingram unavailable having undergone surgery on Monday to repair damaged cartilage in his knee. 22 year old Parish is a former Aston Villa youth team player who made his pro debut during a loan spell at Lincoln City in the second half of the 2010/11 season. He signed for Cardiff in January 2012 after impressing earlier in a loan spell, although he has yet to make his City debut. He will go straight into the Wanderers side that face Exeter City away on Tuesday evening. It will the first match Nikki Bull has missed since he signed for Wycombe in the summer of 2010 from Brentford (103 consecutive apps).
(Monday 17th September 2012)
A new date for the abandoned home game with Bristol Rovers has been confirmed as Tuesday 27th November 2012 (KO 7.45pm). 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. The decision led to an appeal by Rovers to the Football League for the situation to be reviewed but this was thrown out with a statement issued last week by the Football League saying, “Having considered the relevant submissions from all parties, the Football League is satisfied that, in very difficult circumstances, the match referee took the appropriate action by initially suspending and then abandoning the match following advice from the safety officer. The League fully supports the referee in his actions and, in line with its regulations, requires that the match be replayed in full and at the earliest reasonable opportunity."
(Saturday 15th September 2012)
Wycombe's poor run continued on Saturday with a 3-1 defeat at Chesterfield. The latest loss came after Leon Johnson had hauled back Marc Richards in the 10th minute and referee Tim Robinson brandished a red card for seeing this as 'denying a clear goalscoring opportunity'. Wycombe's misery was compounded when the home side took the lead in the 14th minute after Richards had got the better of Charles Dunne and crossed for Chris Atkinson to knock in from six yards. It got worse six minutes later when Lester used his head to direct a Sam Togwell shot past Nikki Bull to make it 2-0. Chesterfield continued to dominate, although there was brief hope for Wanderers following the introduction of 18 year old Olly Taylor for his First Team debut on 72 minutes. Within seconds Taylor had put pressure on home 'keeper Richard O’Donnell and the lose ball was diverted into his own net by Neal Trotman. However, any hopes of a share of the points were thrown away on 85 minutes when Sam Hird headed past Bull from Craig Westcarr's free-kick. Wycombe: Bull, Thompson (sub 72 Taylor), Doherty, Johnson, Dunne, Grant, Lewis, Spring, Parsons (sub 12 Stewart), Kuffour (sub 78 Ainsworth), Morgan - subs not used: Foster, Harrison, Angol, Kewley-Graham - Att: 5,113 (187 away)
(Friday 14th September 2012)
The sale of London Wasps has finally been confirmed, more than two months following the exchange of contracts. As expected, former Wasps player Ken Moss played an important role in the development of the consortium that purchased the Club from former Wanderers owner Steve Hayes. A statement on the Wasps website states, "Under the new ownership structure, the majority of office staff will be based at Twyford Avenue, the Club’s training ground, as a full separation from Wycombe Wanderers." The statement continues, "London Wasps will continue to play at Adams Park for the foreseeable future, with the new owners placing a long-term priority on developing a new Stadium for the Club." The news finally brings to an end Steve Hayes' ownership of London Wasps, dating back to December 2008. Read full statement on the London Wasps website.
(Thursday 13th September 2012)
Gary Waddock ventured into the transfer market again on Thursday, bringing in striker Dean Morgan on what has been described as a 'short-term' deal. The 28 year old scored twice for Chesterfield at Adams Park last season and boasts a career that started out at Colchester United before time at clubs including Reading, Luton Town and Leyton Orient. He was loaned to Oxford United during the second half of the 2011/12 campaign before being released by Chesterfield at the end of the season. He has totalled close to 350 senior appearances, scoring 45 times. He has been allocated the No.20 in the Wanderers squad.
(Tuesday 11th September 2012)
A Wanderers XI beat Nike Academy 3-0 on Tuesday in a 'behind closed doors' friendy. Junior Morias gave Wanderers the lead in the 6th minute wiht a low shot but Wycombe had to wait until the second period before securing the victory. On 65 minutes, Danny Foster finished from close range after Olly Taylor drove the ball across the face of the goal. Three minutes later Taylor made it 3-0 with a shot from six yards following Grant Basey's assist. Wycombe: Ingram, Foster, Basey, Winfield, Hause (sub 60 Ehui), Ighorae (sub 60 Taylor), Scowen, Stewart, Kretzschmar (sub 60 Angol), Trialist, Morias.

(Monday 10th September 2012)
More sad news was relayed via the Trust at the weekend with a report of the passing away on Saturday night of another lifelong Wycombe Fan, Graham Cadle. Graham will be familiar to many as one of the Stewards at Adams Park, working mainly around the tunnel area. He died after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Graham was described as “a true gentleman, great family man and a loyal supporter and employee of this Club”. Our sincere condolences go out to Graham's family and friends.
(Saturday 8th September 2012)
Wanderers stumbled to a 1-1 draw at home to Cheltenham Town on Saturday as they picked up their first League points since the opening day of the season. The draw came after Wycombe had been gifted a third minute lead when Joel Grant's low cross from the right was fired into his own net at the near post by Keith Lowe. But Wanderers didn't take the initiative and after Dennis Oli had been forced off on a stretcher in the 20th minute, it was the visitors who eventually drew level after Stuart Lewis was adjudged to have tripped former Wanderers loanee Marlon Pack in the box and Shaun Harrad sent Nikki Bull the wrong way from the spot. The second half was uninspiring from a Wanderers point of view as the failed to register a single meaningful shot on target. At the other end, former Wanderer Chris Zebroski could have done better with a chance from the right channel, while a late effort from Jeff Goulding was kept out by Bull to ensure the meeting ending in a stalemate. Wycombe travel to Chesterfield next Saturday. Wycombe: Bull, Dunne, Parsons, Doherty, Johnson, Lewis, Spring (sub 40 Ainsworth), Kewley-Graham, Grant, Kuffour, Oli (sub 21 Logan) - subs not used: Ingram, Foster, Basey, Winfield, Angol - Att: 3,667
Football League Trophy POMPEY IN FLT
(Saturday 8th September 2012)
Wanderers First Team will meet Portsmouth for the first time in a competitive fixture for more than 100 years, following the draw for the Second Round of the Football League Trophy made on Saturday morning. Wycombe will travel to Fratton Park during the week commencing 8th October for a tie with a club with ongoing financial difficulties. The two sides have met in numerous friendly, reserve and youth team fixtures in recent years but the last competitive meeting involving Wanderers' First Team was back in 1908 when they clashed in the Southern League.
(Thursday 6th September 2012)
Jo Kuffour has agreed a deal running until the summer of 2014 after impressing Gary Waddock in his debut 45 minutes of First Team football for the Wanderers at Southend. The 30 year old joined on what was described as a 'short term deal' at the end of August having been without a club since being released by Gillingham at the end of the 2011/12 campaign. He has been allocated the No.22 in the Wanderers squad.
(Wednesday 5th September 2012)
Another sad event to report regarding a Wanderers supporter with the news that 24 year old Jonathan Saunders passed away on the evening of Tuesday 4th September 2012. Jonathan, who posted on the gasroom message board as 'My Only Wycombe', had been fighting Ewings Sarcoma for around a year but eventually lost his battle having spent a short time in nursing care. He was an extremely enthusiastic and passionate supporter who always seemed to have a smile on his face. He bravely attended what turned out to be his final game, when the Wanderers took on Bristol Rovers at Adams Park on Saturday 25th August. Once again a series of condolence messages and tributes have been posted on and we intend to collate and publish these for posterity on COTN. Our sincere condolences go out to Jonathan's family and friends.
(Saturday 1st September 2012)
A 7th minute goal from Britt Assombalonga was enough to see Wanderers defeated 1-0 in a disappointing display at Southend United on Saturday. With Stuart Beavon departed for Preston the previous day, Gary Waddock promoted Dennis Oli to the starting line-up and the former Gillingham man had a great chance to give Wycombe the lead in the 2nd minute but he fired wide from new loanee Matt Parson's assist. The decisive goal came when 19 year old Watford loanee Assombalonga converted from close range after Matt Spring had to cleared a Ryan Cresswell header off the line. Wycombe were then lucky not to conceded more goals prior to the break with John Spicer and Anthony Straker (twice) going close. New signing Jo Kuffour was introduced for his Wycombe debut at the start of the second period, prompting a brief period where Wycombe looked more threatening. However, the hosts responded again with Spicer being the main threat. Amazingly, Southend failed to add to their goal tally and would have been embarassed if Wycombe had converted late pressure into an equaliser. Describing the performance post match, Gary Waddock commented to the press, "It lacked absolutely everything. There’s no way that group of players can go out on the field of play on a matchday and produce that type of performance. It’s something we can’t have here." Wanderers meet Cheltenham Town on Saturday (9th September) aiming register their first League points since the opening day victory at York City. Wycombe: Bull, Thompson, Basey, Stewart (sub 66 Johnson), Doherty, Grant, Spring, Lewis, Parsons, Logan (sub HT Kuffour), Oli (sub 70 Ainsworth) - subs not used: Harrison, Dunne, Angol, Kewley-Graham - Att: 4,787 (away 351)

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