April 2015 News Archive
All the news stories from April 2015
Conference Trophy BARNET BACK AGAIN
(Saturday 25th April 2015)
Barnet are back in the Football League after they clinched the Conference title with a 2-0 home victory over Gateshead on the final day of their season. Last season's Football League dropouts Bristol Rovers has to settle for a play-off place despite a 7-0 thrashing of Alreton Town in front of a 11,000 plus gate at The Memorial Stadium. Rovers will now take on Forest Green Rovers in a two legged semi-final for the right to play the winners of the Grimsby Town/Eastleigh semi in the Final at Wembley on Sunday 17 May. Rovers will do well to beware of former Macclesfield, Preston and Fleetwood striker Jon Parkin. The 33 year old has bagged 25 Conference goals in his first season at the Gloucestershire based club that is just 30 miles from Rovers.
Race for promotion RACE FOR PROMOTION
(Saturday 25th April 2015)
Shrewsbury confirmed their promotion to 'League One' with a 1-0 victory at Cheltenham on the penultimate weekend of the regular season. That result also condemned The Robins back to the Conference following a 16 year stint in the Football League. Burton remain on course to take the title after a 3-1 home success over Northampton - that scoreline also meaning that The Cobblers are now ruled out of making the play-offs. Wycombe travel to Sixfields next Saturday needing a victory and hoping that Southend lose at Morecambe and Bury fail to win at already relegated Tranmere Rovers in order to regain the final automatic promtion spot. Stevenage are now locked into a final place of 6th, while Plymouth are virtually certain of 7th having beaten Tranmere to send the Birkenhead side out of the Football League for the first since they entered the competition in 1921.
League Two table
(Saturday 25th April 2015)
There was heartbreak for Wanderers in their final home game of the 2014/15 League season when an 86th minute goal from Paul Mullin saw Morecambe go away from Adams Park with a 1-0 victory. Victories for both Bury and Southend meant that Wycombe dropped to 5th in the table, leaving Gareth Ainsworth's troops the task of winning away at Northampton on the final day of the season and hoping that Southend lose (away to Morecambe) and Bury do not win at already relegated Tranmere.
Wycombe 0 Morecambe 1 - report, stats and reaction
Season Ticket News SEASON TICKETS 2015/16
(Thursday 23rd April 2015)
The Club released Season Ticket prices for the 2015/16 season on Thursday 23rd April 2015. Current seat season ticket holders have until 29th May 2015 to claim their existing seat, with the 'Early Bird' held until the same date. The major changes have been the standardisation of prices across all blocks of the upper tier of the Woodlands Stand. This means that an 'early bird' adult ticket in the centre blocks has reduced from £390 to £299, while the same grade ticket in the 'wings' has risen from £288 to £299. Prices in the centre blocks of the 'Old Main Stand' have also been reduced to the same levels. Elsewhere, there has been a general increase in prices (ranging from a few % to 38%), although there has been a small decrease in the cost of an adult terrace season ticket. Match day prices have yet to be confirmed.
See the updated COTN season ticket price archive
Race for promotion RACE FOR PROMOTION
(Tuesday 21st April 2015)
Southend United's 1-0 victory at Bury on Tuesday evening has put the final automatic promotion spot back into Wanderers' hands. United are now level on points with Wycombe but a goal difference that is five inferior. It was Southend's sixth straight victory and they host Luton Town on Saturday, while Wanderers entertain Morecambe. Bury also have home advantage v Wimbledon, while the other games involving the play-off contenders are: Stevenage v Carlisle, Plymouth v Tranmere, York v Newport, Burton v Northampton and Hartlepool v Exeter. Shrewsbury travel to relegation threatened Cheltenham looking to chase down the League Two title from Burton.
League Two table
(Sunday 19th April 2015)
Alfie Mawson was voted in third place in the 'League 2 Player of the Year' award revealed on Sunday (19th April) at a special events at The Brewery, London. Bury's Danny Mayor won the award, with Shrewsbury's Ryan Wood in second. It was later revealed that Matt Ingram was the highest placed goalkeeper in the placings as voted by 'League 2' Managers. Meanwhile, Fred Onyedinma was pipped to the Apprentice of the Year for the Championship by Lewis Cook of Leeds United.
Race for promotion RACE FOR PROMOTION
(Saturday 18th April 2015)
Burton's 2-1 victory at Morecambe confirmed their first ever promotion as a Football League club but interest now centres on Tuesday's meeting between Bury and Southend United at Gigg Lane. After dropping two points in the 0-0 draw at Wimbledon, Wanderers will be hoping for a draw in order to return automatic promotion into their own hands. Bury and Southend kept the pressure on Wanderers with wins over Portsmouth and Exeter, respectively. Gareth Ainsworth's side now sit on 81 points, a points record for Wanderers in the third tier. The previous best was a third place promotion in 2010/11 with 80 points.
League Two table
(Saturday 18th April 2015)
Wanderers were left hanging on to their automatic promotion hopes after a frustrating afternoon away to Wimbledon. The game ended goalless and although Wycombe remain third in table, Bury and Southend are breathing down their necks with a game in hand. To add to Wycombe's woes, Aaron Pierre picked up an one match ban for a red card, following a second-yellow of the game, while both Matt Bloomfield and Nico Yennaris were forced off with head injuries.
Wimbledon 0 Wycombe 0 - report, stats and reaction
(Friday 17th April 2015)
Adams Park will host the FA Women’s Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Manchester City on Monday 4th May (KO 2pm). It will be City’s second visit to Adams Park following their FA WSL Continental Cup victory over Arsenal in October 2014. Tickets will cost £5 for adults and £2 for under 16s, and will be available to purchase on the day from Adams Park.
(Friday 17th April 2015)
Fred Onyedinma is also in line for an award to be presented at the Football League awards ceremony to be held this Sunday (19th April). The Millwall loanee, is one of three players to be nominated for the Championship 'Apprentice of the Year' award. The 18 year old has scored 8 goals in 13 appearances since arriving on loan from The New Den in November 2014. Wycombe players have been winners of the 'League 2' award on three previous occassions - Ikechi Anya (2006), Matt Phillips (2009) and Kadeem Harris (2011). Wycombe closed down their Centre of Excellence and Youth Team set-up in June 2012. A reminder that the awards event, from The Brewery, London, is being broadcast live via YouTube from 8.30pm Sunday 19th April.
(Wednesday 15th April 2015)
The Football League announced on Wednesday that Alfie Mawson had been shortlisted for the 'League 2 Player of the Year' award to be revealed on Sunday 19th April. Danny Mayor (Bury) and Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) are the other two candidates as voted for by 'League 2' Managers. Each manager was asked to list their top five players from the 2014/15 season in order, with the scores added up to get a shortlist and an overall winner. Mawson, on loan to Wycombe from Brentford, was given his Football League debut by Gareth Ainsworth on the opening day of the 2014/15 season at Newport and has gone on to make 44 appearances and scored 5 times in a hugely impressive season for the 21 year old. The event from The Brewery, London, is being broadcast live via YouTube from 8.30pm.
Race for promotion RACE FOR PROMOTION
(Wednesday 15th April 2015)
Wanderers' 'late late show' against Exeter could prove vital come the final finishing places in 'League Two'. Bury had already beaten 2nd placed Shrewsbury 1-0 as Wanderers' game entered its 10th minute of stoppage time. The Shakers would have been sniffing closing in on Gareth Ainsworth's side but they remain four points behind but with a game in hand. Meanwhile, Southend, also with a game in hand, are five points behind Wycombe having beaten Newport County 2-0 at Roots Hall. Bury host Southend next Tuesday (21st April) to play their game in hand. Before then, the vital games on Saturday (18th April) are: Wimbledon v Wycombe, Morecambe v Burton, Portsmouth (now managed by ex-Wanderer Gary Waddock) v Bury, Shrewsbury v York, Accrington v Stevenage, Carlisle v Plymouth and Luton v Hartlepool. Wycombe's point total of 80 equals their Football League record achieved in 2010-11 when they finished 3rd. Wycombe were promoted in 2008/9 with 78 points, while they reached the play-offs in 2007/8 with a 7th placed finish with 78 points.
League Two table
(Tuesday 14th April 2015)
Wanderers' midweek hoodoo came to a dramatic end on Tuesday evening at Adams Park when an 102nd minute penalty by Paul Hayes brought all three points to Gareth Ainsworth's heroic and battle scarred side following a 2-1 win over Exeter City. Next stop, Wimbledon away on Saturday.
Wycombe 2 Exeter 1 - report, stats and reaction
Race for promotion RACE FOR PROMOTION
(Monday 13th April 2015)
With all the top five sides winning on Saturday (11th April 2015), Wycombe remain four points clear of 4th placed Bury, with The Shakers still having a game in hand. A full midweek League Two programme will see Wanderers host 10th placed Exeter City on Tuesday evening, while Bury host 2nd placed Shrewsbury Town on what could be a crucial evening of results. Elsewhere on Tuesday, Southend host Newport County, Stevenage host Portsmouth and Plymouth host Wimbledon. Victory for Shrewsbury against Bury and Southend failing to win, would see The Shrews promoted on Tuesday evening. Burton entertain Carlisle on Wednesday evening knowing that victory that night is also likely to confirm a first ever promotion to the third tier. Wycombe still have sights set firmly on automatic promotion too but are now guaranteed a lowest finishing position of 5th.
League Two table
(Saturday 11th April 2015)
Goals from Aaron Pierre and Alfie Mawson helped Wanderers to what could be a crucial 2-1 victory over bottom club Cheltenham Town at Adams Park. With all the other clubs in the top five winning, Wycombe remain third in the table with four games left to play starting at home to Exeter City on Tuesday evening.
Wycombe 2 Cheltenham 1 - report, stats and reaction
Garerth Ainsworth MANAGER OF THE MONTH
(Friday 10th April 2015)
Gareth Ainsworth was named League 2 Manager of the Month for March 2015 for a playing record that saw four victories and two draws from the six games played. The award is chosen by a judging panel is chaired by former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, along with Sky Sports’ Football League expert Don Goodman; Football League Chief Operating Officer Andy Williamson; League Managers’ Director Olaf Dixon and Sky Bet Football Trading Manager Paul Lowery. Ainsworth commented: "To be recognised as the [Manager of the Month] is a fantastic achievement not just for myself but for the staff, players and everyone who’s played their part throughout the season. We had an excellent run of form during the month of March and hopefully we can keep the same level of performances and results for the rest of the season to help us achieve our aim of winning promotion." It's the first time Ainsworth has received such an award and the first Manager of the Month award to come Wycombe's way since Peter Taylor in November 2008.
Race for promotion RACE FOR PROMOTION
(Monday 6th April 2015)
Burton Albion and Shrewsbury Town are red hot favourites for automatic promotion following the Easter games. With five games remaining Burton are 11 points clear of 4th placed Bury, while The Shrews are 10 points clear. Wanderers' defeat to Albion on Easter Monday was eased by Bury's 2-1 home defeat to Morecambe on the same afternoon. The Shakers conceeded twice in the final 11 minutes inflict a first defeat in ten for David Flitcroft's side. Meanwhile, 5th placed Southend closed the gap to both Bury and Wycombe with a 1-0 victory at an in form Hartlepool side. Next Saturday's games see Burton travel to Luton (who won for the first time in seven on Easter Monday), Shrewsbury host Exeter City and Wycombe take on bottom side Cheltenham Town at Adams Park. Bury travel to Newport County, Southend host relegation threatened Tranmere Rovers, Stevenage are home to Northampton and Plymouth entertain Mansfield.
League Two table
(Monday 6th April 2015)
Wanderers were inflicted a successive defeat for only the second time during the 2014/15 campaign as they went down 1-0 at leaders Burton Albion on Easter Monday. The narrow defeat, in partly controversial circumstances, was hugely softened by 4th placed Bury's shock 2-1 home defeat to Morecambe and means that Gareth Ainsworth's side remain four points clear of The Shakers, although they have a game in hand.
Burton 1 Wycombe 0 - report, stats and reaction
(Friday 3rd April 2015)
Wanderers were beaten for the first time in nine games as they went down 3-2 at home to Oxford United on Good Friday. Wycombe remain third in table but are now four points ahead of 4th placed Bury who have a game in hand and boast a record of eight wins from their last nine games. Next game, away to leaders Burton Albion on Holiday Monday.
Wycombe 2 Oxford United 3 - report, stats and reaction
(Thursday 2nd April 2015)
News was confirmed on Thursday that Rotherham United defender Danny Rowe had recalled by his parent club, with Millers boss Steve Evans saying they wanted to assess him before his contract ran out in June 2015 and was unable to do that while he was not in the side at Adams Park. The 19 year old was in his third loan spell with the Wanderers having originally joined in March 2014 - making seven appearances before the end of the campaign. He rejoined again at the start of the 2014/15 season but was recalled by The Millers at the end of September 2014 because of injury problems for Steve Evans' side. However, despite being named as substitute on several occasions, he failed to make a Football League appearance for United and returned to Adams Park on a new deal that originally ran until 3 January 2015 but was extended until May 2015. However, the form of fellow centre-backs Alfie Mawson and Aaron Pierre restricted his appearances, with just two appearances coming in 2015 - with both those as result of Pierre's two match ban. His complete playing record with Wanderers is 24 apperances and no goals.

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