December 2015 News Archive
All the news stories from December 2015
(Thursday 31st December 2015)
Chairboys on the Net 'celebrated' 20 years online during December 2015 and to mark the occasion we've put together a quick look back at the intervening years since the 10th anniverary in December 2005. In brief, that was: 2 promotions, 2 relegations, 5 managers, 2 Play-Off semi-final defeats, 1 'dreamland' run to the League Cup Semi-Final, 1 'miracle' escape from relegation from the Football League, 1 'cruel' Play-Off Final defeat at Wembley. Happy reading and a Happy New Year to everybody.
Chairboys on the Net - 20 years online special
(Wednesday 30th December 2015)
Congratulations are due to former Wanderers Manager and Chairman Brian Lee for his award of the MBE for 'services to football'. The news was revealed in the New Years honour list. Lee, now 78, became Wanderers Manager in December 1968 and took the Club on a run of pre-longed success until he announced his retirement in November 1975 due to his ongoing commitments with running the sports facilities at Bisham Abbey. He went on to become Chairman of the Wanderers in 1980, overseeing the conversion to Limited Company in 1986, before stepping down in 1988. He was then appointed the Director responsible for overseeing the move from Loakes Park to Adams Park in August 1990. Since 1991 he has been involved with the Football Conference, serving as Chairman between from the 2007/8 season to the end of the 2014/15 season before accepting the role as President in July 2015. A sometimes controversial character at Wanderers, is best remembered for his role as Manager when the Club reached the Third Round of the FA Cup during the 1974/75 season.
Wanderers 1974-1975 FA Cup run retro special
(Monday 28th December 2015)
Wanderers made it three consecutive wins so far in the holiday period after a 2-0 victory over Crawley Town at Adams Park lifted Gareth Ainsworth's side to 5th spot in table at the half-way stage of the season. Max Kretzschmar (7 minutes) and Sam Wood (second-half stoppage tome) got the Wycombe goals.
Wycombe 2 Crawley 0 - report, stats and reaction
(Saturday 26th December 2015)
Wanderers put in a professional performance to beat managerless Luton Town 2-0 at Kenilworth Road on Boxing Day and climb to 6th in table. Both Wycombe goals came in the second-half through 'old boys' Garry Thompson and Paul Hayes.
Luton 0 Wycombe 2 - report, stats and reaction
(Thursday 24th December 2015)
The Club confirmed though social media that Brentford loanee Jermaine Udumaga had extended his loan period with Wanderers until 2nd February 2016. The 20 year old has yet to make a Wycombe appearance but has been named as substitute on two occasions. Meanwhile fellow Brentford loanee James Ferry has returned to Griffin Park without having made an appearance. 18 year Ferry joined Wanderers on loan along with Udumaga on 23rd November 2015 for an initial one month spell.
(Monday 21st December 2015)
Wanderers have rescheduled their away 'League Two' game at Dagenham & Redbridge for Tuesday 26th January 2016 with a 7.45pm kick-off. The original date for the meeting was the weekend of the Third Round of the FA Cup when Wanderers host Aston Villa, while The Daggers have since battled through a replay with Whitehawk to earn a trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton. The news of the new date was quickly followed by the announcement that the Essex club had sacked Manager Wayne Burnett following a record of failing to win in any of the 11 home League games to date this season and just two in total - leaving them one place off the foot of the table. Former Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still will be favourite to take over after his recent departure from Luton Town.
(Monday 21st December 2015)
Former Wanderer Kevin Keen was confirmed as the new Colchester United Manager on Monday afternoon. Now 48, Keen holds the record as the youngest ever player for Wanderers - 15 years and 209 days back in September 1982. Four years later he made his professional debut for West Ham United as he started a playing career that would span 16 years and ended as Player/Manager for Macclesfield Town. He later had spells as Caretaker Manager at West Ham and was connected with the Manager's job at Wycombe when Peter Taylor was considering quitting in the summer of 2009. He was linked again when Taylor was sacked in October 2009 - Gary Waddock eventually getting the job instead. His father Mike was also Manager of Wanderers in 1980's. Mike died in April 2009 and a year later a Charity game was played at Adams Park, arranged with help from Kevin. His most recent positions have been coach at West Brom and Assistant Manager at Reading. He takes over from Tony Humes at Colchester after the Essex side dropped to the botton of 'League One' with a run of seven straight league defeats.
Kevin Keen - archive player profile
(Saturday 19th December 2015)
Wanderers secured their first home win since the end of September with a 2-1 victory over 'in-form' Oxford United at Adams Park. The visitors had come into the meeting unbeaten in their last six League games and eleven games in all competitions but they were out fought by a Wycombe side who saw Jason McCarthy grab the winner in the 76th minute after Liam Sercombe had earlier levelled Garry Thompson's opener on 50 minutes. The result will be a huge confidence booster for Wanderers who are now 9th in the table with 34 points from 21 games - two points adrift of the play-off places but still with a game in hand of most the sides above them in the table. Gareth Ainsworth's side now travel to managerless Luton Town on Boxing Day before hosting 16th placed Crawley Town on 28th December and 17th placed Morecambe on 2nd January.
Wycombe 2 Oxford Utd 1 - report, stats and reaction
(Friday 18th December 2015)
The Club reported late on Friday afternoon (18th Dec) that tickets in the home areas for the FA Cup tie with Aston Villa were now 'off-sale', adding: 'All available tickets in home areas have been sold following a phenomenal demand in the first week of going on sale'. However, the statement has led to confusion with Wanderers supporters who have been unable to get tickets. Tickets sold include 1,494 in the reduced capacity Valley End terrace, plus 4,380 seats in the upper and lower tier of the Woodlands Stand - a total of just 5,874 within a potential total capacity of 9,617. The Club claim that around 250 more seats may become available once damaged seats have been replaced. Aston Villa's allocation of 2,500 seats leaves a balance of approximately 1,000 seats that are understood to be available as hospitality packages starting at £75. The Club have also been criticised for failing to honour the reservation of existing seat season ticket places, as per usual club policies.
See the official website for further ticket news
(Friday 18th December 2015)
It looks like the Club's price rise gamble for the FA Cup tie with Aston Villa on Saturday 9th January 2016 is paying off. Tickets first went on sale on Monday (14th December) to Season Ticket Holders (and their guests), with around 1,000 being sold in the first day. Approximately 2,000 had been sold by the end of trade the following day, before Wanderers Trust members were given priority from Wednesday morning, with sales total sales from Wycombe fans reaching just over 3,000 by 5pm. General sale (including online) commenced on Wednesday evening with the Club reporting a 'phenomenal uptake'. The Club confirmed that the reduced 1,494 capacity Valley End terrace had sold-out just before noon on Friday, with fewer than 700 of the 7,067 tickets allocated to Wycombe fans remaining. As of noon on Friday there had been no update on the sales figure for Aston Villa's 2,550 allocation within a total Adams Park capacity of 9,617.
(Tuesday 15th December 2015)
Wanderers irregular home form continued following a 2-2 draw with ten-man Notts County at Adams Park. The visitors took a 9th minute lead through a Jon Stead penalty but then saw Liam Noble shown a red card for an off the ball clash with Luke O'Nein. Michael Harriman equalised for Wycombe just before the break but Adams Campbell restored the visitors lead three minutes into the second-half. Aaron Amadi-Holloway grabbed another leveller on 62 minutes but Wycombe didn't have enough to find the winner and remain 10th in table with 31 points from 20 games.
Wycombe 2 Notts County 2 - report, stats and reaction
(Tuesday 15th December 2015)
Wanderers are taking a price rise gamble for the FA Cup tie with Aston Villa on Saturday 9th January 2016. Ticket prices announced on Monday (14th December) and agreed with Villa, included prices rises of more than 33% compared to regular match day Adult prices at Adams Park and 200% increases in the case of some junior prices. The tie will be the first time Wanderers have met Premier League opposition in the FA Cup for 14 years.
Aston Villa FA Cup price rise gamble - read more
(Monday 14th December 2015)
The Club confirmed ticket arrangements for the Third Round FA Cup tie with Aston Villa on Monday morning. Tickets have initially gone on sale to Season Ticket Holders, with Trust members able to purchase from Wednesday and 'General Sale' from Thursday. Aston Villa have been allocated 2,550 tickets, split between 1,800 in the reduced capacity Hillbottom Road (away end) and a further 750 in the 'old' Main Stand. The allocation in the remaining home areas is estimated at just over 7,000 within the revised stadium capacity of 9,617. The Club have instigated price rises in the majority of areas for the tie with the Premier League strugglers - Adult terrace tickets are up from £15 to £20 (33%), while an adult seat in the Woodlands Stand is up from £22 to £25 (13.5%). The rises come despite the Club bagging a £144,000 cheque for the tie being shown live on BT Sport with a 12.45pm kick-off on Saturday 9th January 2016.
(Saturday 12th December 2015)
Wanderers' scheduled match at Accrington Stanley on Saturday (12th December) was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The match referee eventually called the game off at 1.30pm despite having previously said the match could go ahead following inspections at around 11am and 12noon. Torrential rain had been falling all morning in the area on the day of the game and it was difficult to understand why an earlier postponement had not been made. At least 100 Wanderers fans had made the journey north before the final decision was made. Refunds are available for those who bought tickets in advance. Next game for Wanderers, home to Notts County on Tuesday evening at Adams Park.
(Saturday 12th December 2015)
This week marks the 20th year that 'Chairboys on the Net' has been online. The first report uploaded was the 1-0 defeat at Wrexham on Saturday 9th December 1995 - plenty of highs and lows since then. We'll be taking a quick back at the most significant events since we produced the 10 year retro, linked below, over the next week or so. In the meantime, thanks for all those who have contributed to the site and all those that use the site as the definitive reference point for Wycombe Wanderers FC.
Chairboys on the Net - 10 year, 10 year retro
(Friday 11th December 2015)
Wanderers' Third Round FA Cup tie with Aston Villa will played with a 12.45pm kick-off on Saturday 9th January 2016 and shown live on BT Sport. The date and time was confirmed on Friday morning. Wanderers and Villa will received £144,000 each as a result of the media rights fee. Winners of the tie willget an added £67,500 in sponsorship money. This will be first time Wanderers have been covered live for an FA Cup tie on UK TV since the tie at Wimbledon in November 2008. Ticket details are expected to be released by the Club by Monday.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
John Motson - Adams Park December 1990 25 YEARS AGO - MOTSON @ AP
(Tuesday 8th December 2015)
Saturday 8th December 1990 may not register in the playing records of Wycombe Wanderers but this was the date that turned from a potential giant-killing moment to one that created an iconic moment in time, with Adams Park as the back-drop - it was John Motson standing in the snow in his sheepskin coat.
John Motson and his sheepskin - special feature
(Monday 7th December 2015)
Wanderers will entertain Premier League Aston Villa in the Third Round Proper of the FA Cup following the draw made on Monday evening. The tie will played on the weekend of Saturday 9th January 2016. Wycombe last met Villa in a competitive fixture in a League Cup match at Adams Park in September 2005 when a David O'Leary managed side wiped away John Gorman's Wanderers by an 8-3 margin. Prior to that, the only other competitive meeting was a 5-0 home defeat in the League Cup in September 2003. Live games will be confirmed following the results of the outstanding replays. Winners of the Third Round ties receive £67,500 in sponsorship money.
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
(Saturday 5th December 2015)
Wanderers stunned Millwall with a 2-1 victory at The New Den to reach the Third Round of the FA Cup for the first time in five years. Michael Harriman grabbed the winner in second-half stoppage time - smashing home the ball from around three yards after Aaron Pierre had shown great ball control before squaring to the QPR loanee for his fifth goal of the season and thus earning Wycombe a £27,000 cheque for winning the Second Round tie.
Millwall 1 Wycombe 2 - report, stats and reaction
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
(Thursday 3rd December 2015)
The Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board have issued a statement regarding the Training Ground. The statement confirms the 'sale and lease-back agreement' was signed on 28th March 2013 between Frank Adams Legacy Ltd. (“FALL”) and Ivor Beeks, Sandra Kane and Camberwick Properties Ltd (Ian Keizner). The statement goes on the confirm that FALL defaulted on rental payments to the The Training Ground Funders (TGF) and the latter instructed their solicitors to issue a notice om 6th August 2015 to protect its own position. This resulted in a new deal being agree as detailed in the statement via the link below.
Training Ground update from
(Tuesday 1st December 2015)
Wanderers sufferred their biggest defeat in nearly two years as they went down 3-0 at Bristol Rovers. Rovers' striker Matty Taylor bagged a 12 minute second-half hat-trick to inflict Wycombe's biggest defeat since losing 3-0 at home to Wimbledon in January 2014. Wycombe remain 9th in the table but Rovers are now level on points with Wanderers and have made up six in the goal-difference rankings. Next match, the visit to Millwall in the FA Cup on Saturday (5th December).
Bristol R 3 Wycombe 0 - report, stats and reaction
(Tuesday 1st December 2015)
Goalkeeper Alex Lynch has been recalled early from his loan spell at Conference National side Braintree Town. The 20 year old moved to Braintree on 20th November on a month long deal as cover for Cambridge United season long loanee Will Norris. Lynch's first chance to play the following day was put on ice due to the postponement of Town's home game with Kidderminster Harriers. Norris then returned from injury the following week, leaving Lynch without a game again. His recall was in time for Lynch to travel with the Wycombe squad to Bristol Rovers.

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