January 2016 News Archive
All the news stories from January 2016
(Saturday 30th January 2016)
Wanderers' winning record at Home Park continued with a remarkable 1-0 at 2nd placed Plymouth Argyle. Former Pilgrim Gozie Ugwu fired Wanderers into the lead on 3 minutes but there was a massive set-back for Wycombe on 13 minutes when rookie 'keeper Alex Lynch was injured and two minutes later had to be stretchered off and replaced with 46 year old Barry Richardson. The veteran 'keeper completed the day with a clean sheet in a match that didn't finish until 5.08pm due to a kick-off delayed 5 minutes because of a problem with an exposed sprinkler head and the subsequent hold up with the injury to Lynch. Next game, home to 16th placed Luton Town on Saturday (6th Feb).
Plymouth 0 Wycombe 1 - report, stats and reaction
(Saturday 30th January 2016)
Barry Richardson became the oldest player to turn out for Wanderers in the Football League when he came on as substitute for the injured Alex Lynch in the League Two game at Plymouth Argyle. His current age of 46 years and nearly six months, beat the previous record held by Rob Lee of 40 years and 87 days in the penultimate game of the 2005/6 season. Richardson last played a competitive match in November 2005 when a broken leg for Doncaster Rovers effectively ended his playing career.
Barry Richardson - profile added to
(Friday 29th January 2016)
The Club confirmed on Friday afternoon that Jason Banton had left Wanderers after his 'contract was cancelled by mutual consent'. The 23 year old midfielder joined Wanderers on a free transfer from Plymouth in the summer, signing a one-year deal. In a short statement, the Club added: "he has now been allowed to leave to pursue first-team opportunities elsewhere." He made 7 appearances for Wanderers, with his only goal coming against his former team, Plymouth, in September 2015.
Jason Banton - updated profile and stats
(Tuesday 26th January 2016)
Wanderers 'League Two' game at Accrington Stanley has been re-arranged for Wednesday 16th March 2016 with a 7.45pm kick-off. The original game scheduled for Saturday 12th December was postponed on the afternoon of the match due to a waterlogged pitch at Accrington. Stanley are currently enjoying their best ever form since promotion to the Football League in . As of Tuesday 26th January they stood in 7th spot in the table with 42 points from 24 games and at least two games in hand of all sides above them.
(Saturday 23rd January 2016)
Wanderers came crashing back down to earth following a 2-0 home defeat to Leyton Orient. After the media spotlight of the FA Cup ties with Aston Villa, Wycombe's third successive League defeat has seen them drop to 9th place in the table and having failed to find the net in 270 minutes of League football.
Wycombe 0 Leyton Orient 2 - report, stats and reaction
(Saturday 23rd January 2016)
Former Wanderer Paris Cowan-Hall returned on loan from Millwall for the remainder of the season in a deal announced an hour or so before the home meeting with Leyton Orient. The midfielder originally left Wycombe in December 2014 but has had an injury hit time at The New Den - making just one First Team start, while also being loaned out to Bristol Rovers earlier this season. The 25 year old has been allocated No.24 in the Wycombe squad and will be available for The O's game.
Paris Cowan-Hall - player profile
(Saturday 23rd January 2016)
Matt Ingram's departure to QPR on Friday 22nd January 2016 was greeted with sadness by many Wycombe fans but his almost unique playing record with Wanderers, will be remembered forever. See the special feature link below.
Matt Ingram - forever in Club records - special feature
(Friday 22nd January 2016)
The news that many Wanderers fans were fearing was finally confirmed at around 8.30pm on Friday evening as Matt Ingram signed for QPR. The 22 year old agreed a four and a half year deal with The Championship club for an 'undisclosed fee'. A deal to a higher rank club had been simmering under for months and comes after the High Wycombe born 'keeper had clocked up 140 appearances for Gareth Ainsworth's side since making his debut in March 2013. His final game was the FA Cup tie at Villa Park.
Matt Ingram - updated profile, stats and reaction
(Wednesday 20th January 2016)
With the FA Cup exit to Aston Villa behind them, Wanderers now fully focus on League action again with the visit of Leyton Orient on Saturday (23rd January). Accrington Stanley's midweek victory over Hartlepool saw Wanderers drop to 7th place in the table. Meanwhile, The O's visit Adams Park in 11th spot - three points behind the Wanderers and also having played a game extra. Wycombe follow the meeting with Orient with a trip to current table toppers Plymouth Argyle on Saturday 30th January.
(Tuesday 19th January 2016)
Wanderers came away from Villa Park with respect and credit, despite losing 2-0 to an Aston Villa side that seem destined for relegation from the Premiership. Backed by a 4,000 plus following, Gareth Ainsworth’s side more than held their own in the opening two thirds of the tie, had the better chances and reduced many of the home support to booing their team off at the interval. It was not until the 75th minute that Villa got their breakthrough – Ciaran Clark heading pass Matt Ingram. Idrissa Gana added a second for the home side in the 90th minute. To say the scoreline was flattering for Villa, does not even begin to tell the story.
Aston Villa 2 Wycombe 0 - report, stats and reaction
(Monday 18th January 2016)
Wanderers will be backed by more than 4,000 fans in the FA Cup replay with Aston Villa on Tuesday evening. All 3,000 tickets allocated to Wycombe followers in the North Stand Upper (behind the goal) were sold within a day of going on sale last Wednesday (13th January). Just over a 1,000 more tickets had been sold in the Doug Ellis Stand Upper by the end of office hours on Monday (18th January). The support will be biggest away support for Wanderers (outside of the Semi-Final at Villa Park in 2001) since close to 5,000 travelled to The Hawthorns for a FA Cup Second Round replay in 1992 against West Brom.
Aston Villa - replay ticket details from official website
Aston Villa - Quick Guide from
West Brom v Wycombe - 1992 FA Cup retro feature
(Saturday 16th January 2016)
Wanderers lost for the first time in ten meetings with Hartlepool United - going down to a single goal defeat Victoria Park. Perhaps with minds on the forthcoming FA Cup replay with Aston Villa, Wanderers didn't get into upper gear until just after the hour mark. By that time a Scott Fenwick flick in at the near post had given the hosts the lead and despite Wycombe's best efforts in the closing third of the game (including a big penalty shout), an equaliser didn't arrive. Despite the loss, Wanderers remain 6th in the table but are now 8 points behind the third automatic promotion spot and 15 behind leaders Plymouth Argyle.
Hartlepool 1 Wycombe 0 - report, stats and reaction
(Wednesday 13th January 2016)
Wanderers have rescheduled their away 'League Two' game at Dagenham & Redbridge for the second time, this time moving it to Tuesday 9th February 2016 with a 7.45pm kick-off. The original re-arranged date of Tuesday 26th January clashed with a planned Tube strike in central London. Former Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still is now back in charge with The Daggers following his departure from Luton Town.
FA Trophy retro - 1991 FA TROPHY - 25 YEAR RETRO
(Tuesday 12th January 2016)
COTN begins another retro feature today with the launch of a look back on the FA Trophy winning season of 1990/91. Match reports, memories and other previously unpublished material will be made available to coincide roughly with the week of each tie.
1990/91 FA Trophy 25 year retro special - intro
(Monday 11th January 2016)
The winners of the FA Cup replay at Villa Park will host Manchester City in the 4th Round on the weekend of 30th January. The draw was made live on the BBC One Show at around 7.20pm. The draw sparked memories of the previous meetings between Wanderers and City. The two sides first met during the 1995/96 season in a Football League Cup tie. The 1st leg at Adams Park ended 0-0 but Wanderers went down 4-0 in the return at Maine Road. Three seasons later, with City dropped to the third tier, Wanderers completed a remarkable double over the Manchester club, culminating in 2-1 victory at Maine Road in April 1999. That feat means Wycombe have the unique record of holding a 100% record over City in League meetings.
Wanderers beat City at Maine Road in April 1999
(Monday 11th January 2016)
Wanderers fans have been allocated 4,800 tickets for the FA Cup replay with Aston Villa provisionally set for Tuesday 19th January 2016. The tickets will be split between the North Stand Upper (behind the goal) and the Doug Ellis Stand Upper (along one side in the corner) - prices are Adults £10 (North Stand), £15 (Doug Ellis) Under 18's £5 (both). The tickets will go on sale as soon as the date is confirmed following a decision on live TV coverage. The Club added: "Due to the short time available leading up to the game, there will be no priority system in place which means they will go on general sale as soon as they are available." If the game is chosen for live TV coverage in the UK both Villa and Wanderers would receive a £72,000 broadcasting fee. Wycombe will also receive 45% of the gate receipts from the tie at Villa Park following deductions for matchday expenses.
Aston Villa - replay ticket details from official website
Aston Villa - Quick Guide from
(Saturday 9th January 2016)
Wanderers went into the Fourth Round draw of the FA Cup after a 1-1 draw with Premiership strugglers Aston Villa. In front of a 'sold out' but still well under capacity Adams Park, Wanderers came back after going behind to a 22nd minute goal from Villa Captain Micah Richards. The equaliser came on 50 minutes after Ashley Westwood was adjudged to have impeded Matt Bloomfield on the right edge of the box - referee Michael Oliver pointing to the spot and Joe Jacobson dispatching the kick to the left side of the Valley End net. Sam Wood could have given Wycombe the lead a minute later but Gareth Ainsworth's side survived a brief spell of Villa pressure and will now travel to Villa Park in the replay set for Tuesday 19th Jan, unless moved for TV.
Wycombe 1 Aston Villa 1 - report, stats and reaction
(Friday 8th January 2016)
Wanderers are all set to host Aston Villa in the Third Round of the FA Cup. A 'sell-out' crowd of close to 9,500 will witness the 12.45pm kick-off tie at Adams Park with more able to watch via live TV coverage from BT Sport. Earlier this week, volunteers helped install 200 replacement seats (funded by the Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association) to ensure the current maximum available capacity is utilised. These seats were sold to those on a waiting list for tickets. Former Wanderers and Villa boss Martin O'Neill will feature in the pre-match features being transmitted directly from Adams Park. Lawrie Sanchez will also be guest in the build up which starts at 10am on BT Sport 2. A new Aston Villa Quick Guide is now available from COTN - including 17 player connections, three Managers and five past First Team meetings. Time for a Wanderers victory?
Aston Villa - new Quick Guide from
Wanderers' complete record in the FA Cup proper
(Wednesday 6th January 2016)
Wanderers confirmed the permanent signing of attacking midfielder Michael Harriman on Wednesday afternoon. The 23 year old, who was in the his second loan spell with Wycombe from QPR, signed a three and half year deal running until June 2019. A compensation fee with QPR has been agreed but it remained undisclosed at the time of the deal. Harriman had bagged six goals in 25 appearances to date in the 2015/16 season. His first game as a fully fledged Wanderers player is set to be the FA Cup tie with Aston Villa on Saturday (9th January).
Michael Harriman - new player profile and reaction
(Tuesday 5th January 2016)
The Club's appeal against the red card shown to goalkeeper Matt Ingram in the match with Morecambe was rejected following a review by the FA Independent Regulatory Commission on Tuesday afternoon. Single camera Video footage of the incident was used as evidence but was not enough for the decision to overturned. Ingram will now serve his one match ban for the FA Cup meeting with Aston Villa on Saturday and thus leaving the way again for deputy Alex Lynch to step in. Wanderers will pay the FA the standard fee of £350 as a result of losing the appeal.
(Monday 4th January 2016)
Adams Park will see its biggest football attendance for six and half years after Aston Villa reported they had sold their full allocation of 2,550 tickets for the Third Round FA Cup with Wanderers on Saturday (9th January). This follows Wycombe reporting that home areas had 'sold out' on 18th December. However, it's understood that some hospitality places were still for sale at the time of the announcement and that around 200 more 'home' seats should become available once seat repairs are completed in the week before the tie. The Villa game will be the first 'sell-out' at Adams Park since the final game of the 2008/9 season when 9,625 watched the 'League Two' encounter with Notts County. However, the attendance versus Villa will fall below this figure due to a further revised capacity of 9,552 being imposed on Adams Park by the Sports Ground Safety Authority and local authorities. There will also be a further reduction in the maximum capacity as some seats are unavailable for the tie with Villa due to live TV camera use.
(Monday 4th January 2016)
Wanderers have extended the loan of Southampton defender Jason McCarthy until 3rd February 2016. Now 20 years old, the former Saints trainee originally joined Wanderers on 13th October 2015 on a month long loan, with the deal being extended until 3rd January 2016 following a successful first month at Adams Park. Commenting on the latest extension, Manager Garerth Ainsworth told the official website: "Jason has applied himself brilliantly from the moment he joined the club and has become an integral part of one of the meanest defences in League Two. He's shown his versatility in playing in different positions across the defence and I'm delighted to be able to keep him for another month."
(Saturday 2nd January 2016)
Gareth Ainsworth said the Club would appeal Matt Ingram's red card received in the New Year's Day meeting with Morecambe at Adams Park. The Wycombe boss said he had studied slowed down video footage of the incident and believed it showed the Wycombe 'keeper took the ball rather than Shrimps forward Aaron Wildig. If the appeal is unsuccesful, Ingram would serve his automatic one match ban for the FA Cup meeting with Aston Villa - leaving the way again for deputy Alex Lynch to step in. Lynch played in the League Two Play-Off Semi-Finals and Final at Wembley after Ingram was injured on the final day of the regular season in 2014/15. Lynch's only other First Team appearance for Wanderers came earlier this season when he played the full 90 minutes versus Carlisle due to another Ingram injury.
(Saturday 2nd January 2016)
Wanderers' mini run of consecutive victories came to a skidding end following a 2-0 home defeat to Morecambe on New Years Day. To add insult to injury, 'keeper Matt Ingram was shown a red card on 83 minutes for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity and is now set to miss next Saturday's FA Cup meeting with Aston Villa. Not a happy way to start the year but Wanderers are still in a relatively heathly position in the table (6th with 40 points from 24 games). That compares to the same stage in the 2014/15 season, where Wanderers were sitting on top of the table with 47 points from 24 games. All focus now switches to the FA Cup Third Round meeting with Aston Villa next Saturday at Adams Park (KO 12.45pm).
Wycombe 0 Morecambe 2 - report, stats and reaction

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