December 2014 News Archive
All the news stories from December 2014
(Tuesday 30th December 2014)
Many Wanderers followers were stunned on Tuesday evening when the news filtered through that 'Championship' side Millwall had agreed to sign Paris Cowan-Hall on a permament deal when the transfer window opens on 1st January 2015. Ian Holloway's side have a agreed a two and a half year deal for an 'undisclosed fee' that also includes an agreement to keep Millwall youngster Fred Onyedinma on loan at Adams Park for the remainder of the 2014/15 season. The 24 year old originally joined Wycombe on a free from Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 2013 and had scored 11 goals in 53 appearances for the Wanderers.
Paris Cowan-Hall - updated profile and reaction
(Tuesday 30th December 2014)
Alfie Mawson's loan deal with the Wanderers from Brentford expires on 1st January 2015 but Gareth Ainsworth's says he is working to extend the central defender's deal for the remainder of the season. Mawson, who will be 21 on 19 January 2015, initially arrived on a one-month 'youth loan' on the opening day of the season and immediately impressed, appearing in all six opening League and cup games, and prompting an extension to the loan. His possible 'farewell' appearance at Shrewsbury came as he took his League appearances total with Wycombe to 22 - his only absence in League games coming after he was forced to miss the trip to Cheltenham after suffering concussion the previous game against Burton. He scored his first ever Football League goal on his return from injury when he headed home in the 3-1 victory at Hartlepool on 29th November 2014.
(Sunday 28th December 2014)
Wanderers frustrated new League Two leaders Shrewsbury Town as they held The Shrews to 0-0 draw at their home ground where they had dropped just two previous points this season. The result came after Wycombe were forced into making four changes to the side that had drew with Luton two days previous - Paul Hayes and Danny Rowe missing with injuries, while Sam Wood and Peter Murphy were dropped to the bench. Into the starting line-up came Stuart Lewis, Matt Bloomfield, Fred Onyedinma and Aaron Holloway.
Shrewsbury 0 Wycombe 0 - report, stats and reaction
Matchday WYCOMBE 1 LUTON 1
(Friday 26th December 2014)
Wanderers slipped down to 2nd place in 'League Two' following a 1-1 draw with Luton Town at Adams Park on Boxing Day. The day started with Wycombe top and The Hatters 2nd but the stalemate allowed Shrewsbury Town to take over at the top of the table on goal difference. The biggest gate of the season at Adams Park saw Paris Cowan-Hall give Wycombe the lead in the 2nd minute when his downward header following a corner from the right bounced home to silence the sizeable travelling support. However, they were celebrating on 10 minutes when Jonathan Smith smashed a shot past Matt Ingram.
Wycombe 1 Luton 1 - report, stats and reaction
(Friday 26th December 2014)
Gareth Ainsworth has agreed an extension to his contract as Manager with the Wanderers. The news was revealed by Club Chairman Andrew Howard to supporters in The Vere Suite prior to the Boxing Day fixture with Luton Town. An official press release described the deal as 'long term', although initial estimates suggest the new deal will run at least until the end of the 2016/17 season. Commenting on the deal, the Wycombe Manager said: "It's a deal that marries up with the long term plan we've got here. I want to be part of what the chairman wants to achieve here and get Wycombe Wanderers back as a good business financially first of all, as a competitive League Two team and ultimately to be competing in League One." Ainsworth originally joined Wanderers as a player in November 2009, before taking on the Manager's job in November 2012.
(Saturday 20th December 2014)
Wanderers opened up a two point lead at the top of 'League Two' following a 1-1 draw at Accrington Stanley on Saturday. With Gareth Ainsworth missing the trip north due to a sickness bug, Richard Dobson took charge of the side for the day and saw an unchanged line-up take a 9th minute lead when Paris Cowan-Hall netted with a superb curling effort from the left of midfield. The home side drew level five minutes into the second-half when Sean Maguire glanced a header past Matt Ingram
Accrington 1 Wycombe 1 - report, stats and reaction
1974-75 FA Cup retro 1974-75 FA CUP RETRO
(Thursday 18th December 2014)
Our 40th anniversary retro of Wanderers' memorable run in the 1974-75 FA Cup continues with a look back at the 2nd Round Proper replay with AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday 18th December 1974. The reward for the winners would be a home tie with then First Division highflyers Middlesbrough. .
Bournemouth v Wycombe - FA Cup - 40 year retro
(Thursday 18th December 2014)
The Club confirmed on Thursday (18th December 2014) that defender Gary Doherty has announced his retirement from playing after failing to recover from a knee injury sustained in the pre-season friendly at Barnet in August. The 34 year old originally joined Wanderers in February 2012 on a loan deal from Charlton Athletic. That deal made permanent at the end of the 2011/12 campaign and despite having an injury plagued time at Adams Park, managed to clock up 60 appearances for Wycombe, most of those as Captain as he proved a reliable and experienced head to have in the side. Commenting on his decision to step down from the playing side, Doherty said: "Itís the hardest decision for any footballer to have to make. You always hope youíll be able to retire in your own time when itís right for you, but injury has forced my hand and itís one of those things you have to deal with."
Gary Doherty - profile
1974-75 FA Cup retro 1974-75 FA CUP RETRO
(Sunday 14th December 2014)
Our 40th anniversary retro of Wanderers' memorable run in the 1974-75 FA Cup continues with a look back at the 2nd Round Proper home tie with AFC Bournemouth on Saturday 14th December 1974. With The Cherries struggling in the Third Division of the Football League, many had Wanderers as favourities to reach the Third Round Proper for the first time in the history.
Wycombe v Bournemouth - FA Cup - 40 year retro
(Saturday 13th December 2014)
Wanderers bounced back from their FA Cup defeat to Wimbledon with an emphatic 4-1 victory over in-form Southend United at Adams Park. The win came after going a goal down inside the opening 90 seconds and against a side who had won their previous four League games. Wycombe are now on 41 points from 20 games, ahead of 2nd placed Burton Albion (39 points, 21 games), 3rd placed Shrewsbury (37 points, 20 games) and 4th placed Luton (37 points, 20 games).
Wycombe 4 Southend 1 - report, stats and reaction
(Friday 12th December 2014)
Former Wanderers boss Gary Waddock has joined 'League Two' Portsmouth as Assistant Manager to Andy Awford. 52 year old Waddock was sacked by Oxford United in July 2014 less than four months into a two year contract and had then gone onto to help out Martin Allen in a coaching at Conference side Barnet. Commenting on his new role at Fratton Park, he said: "Pompey are a big club and I want to help them start to move forwards again. I'm excited to be working with Andy, the staff and the players. I've worked at this level before, so know what is required and now I can't wait to get started." Waddock managed Wanderers between October 2009 and September 2012.
(Sunday 7th December 2014)
A Wanderers side, depleted by unavailable players, slumped out of the FA Cup following a 1-0 home defeat to fellow 'League Two' side Wimbledon. The only goal of the game came in the 56th minute when the visitors were allowed to thread the ball across from the right of midfield to find an unmarked Sean Rigg, who flicked the ball into the bottom right corner of the away end net. Wanderers return to League action this Saturday (13th December) when they host Southend United at Adams Park.
Wycombe 0 Wimbledon 1 - report, stats and reaction
(Friday 5th December 2014)
Wanderers will host Wimbledon in the Second Round Proper of the FA Cup on Sunday at Adams Park, with a 2pm kick-off. The tie will be featured as part of BBC Oneís FA Cup Final Score programme as well as being broadcast live on overseas TV. Both club's will receive £12,500 to compensate for the change. Wanderers attracted just over 2,200 to the previous season's home Second Round tie with Preston North End but with The Dons expected to bring close to 1,000 supporters, a gate of more than 3,000 is expected but not surprisingly still some way short of the 9,650 that saw the epic Fifth Round tie in February 2001.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
(Wednesday 3rd December 2014)
Luton Town have confirmed they have sold-out of their ticket allocation for the Boxing Day meeting with Wanderers at Adams Park. The Hatters official website said "The Luton Town ticket office has sold the entire 2,656 allocation given by Chairboys. No more tickets will be made available. Thank you for your unbelievable backing!" The news comes two weeks after Wanderers confirmed the match would be ALL-TICKET for all spectators. Luton were also allocated the whole of the away end and the 'Old Main Stand'. The previous official combined capacity of these two stands is in the order of 3,300 but it's understood that the previous 2,026 capacity of the 'away end' has been reduced on police advice to around 1,800, while a significant number of seats in the 'Old Main Stand' have been kept back for the Directors Box, Press and Hospitality.

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