January 2017 News Archive
All the news stories from January 2017
(Tuesday 31st January 2017)
Wanderers' 12 game unbeaten run in the League came to an end at Exeter City on Tuesday evening. The 4-2 defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made seven changes to the starting XI that had bowed out of the FA Cup at Spurs the previous Saturday - the changes included a League debut for Max Muller, while new loan signing Alex Jakubiak was named on the bench. The home side, also on an impressive run of League results, took the lead on 19 minutes through David Wheeler but Garry Thompson equalised for Wanderers on 38 minutes when he smashed home at the far post from Sam Saunders corner. But it was two goals in two second-half minutes that proved crucial - first Brown converted from close range on 65 minutes, then former Wanderer Joel Grant netted from similar range. A 90th minute debut goal from Jakubiak from an Aaron Pierre assist looked to have set up a tense finish for the home side but a slip by Muller in defence in stoppage time let in Ollie Watkins to seal the victory for The Grecians. Wycombe drop to 7th in the table ahead of the visit of 6th placed Portsmouth on Saturday.
Exeter 4 Wycombe 2 - report, stats and reaction
(Tuesday 31st January 2017)
Media reports on Tuesday (31st January) suggest that Paris Cowan-Hall has signed a permanent deal with Wanderers following his from Millwall. The midfielder originally left Wycombe in December 2014 for The New Den but returned on loan at Adams Park in January 2016. However, after scoring twice in five appearances, he missed the remainder of the season through injury. He then returned to Wanderers in the summer of 2016 for a second loan spell from Millwall in a deal running until 31st January 2017. A deal running until June 2019 was subsequently confirmed by the Club on 2 February.
Paris Cowan-Hall - player profile
(Monday 30th January 2017)
The Club confirmed on Monday the loan signing of Watford striker Alex Jakubiak on a deal until the end of the season. The 20 year old has been tracked by Gareth Ainsworth during his U21 displays for The Hornets, plus previous loan spells at Dagenham (4 goals in 23 apps), Oxford United (1 goal in 9) and Fleetwood (no goals in 3). He is set to feature in Wanderers League fixture at Exeter City on Tuesday evening but is cup-tied for the Football League Trophy having played for Fleetwood earlier in the compeition. His only First Team appearance for Watford was a start against Hudderfield Town on the final day of the 2013/14 season when he was aged just 17.
(Saturday 28th January 2017)
It was heartbreak for Wanderers at White Hart Lane, as Premiership Tottenham Hotspur snatched a 'stoppage-time plus' winner after Wycombe had led 3-2 with a minute of normal time remaining. Other than the obvious immense pride for Gareth Ainsworth's side, relecting on this result less than a day after the game, it's a case of being, more or less, lost for words. I'm sure words will come but in the meantime, see the link below for a set of Fans Eye photos from the memorable day in North London.
Fans Eye - Break Hart Lane -Story in Pictures
(Friday 27th January 2017)
Prior to Wanderers' meeting with Spurs at White Hart Lane in the 4th Round of the FA Cup on Saturday 28th January 2017, the two sides had never previously met at First Team level. However, there has been a smattering of friendly meetings over the years, the first stretching back to October 1895. In a special feature, we take a look back at all the previous meetings.
Wycombe v Spurs - past meetings - special feature
(Friday 27th January 2017)
Wanderers' appearance in the FA Cup 4th Round on Saturday (28th January 2017) will be only the second occasion that Wycombe have progressed that far in the competition. The debut came in the famous 2000/1 run to the Semi-Final - an unforgetable home tie with Wolves, won by Wanderers by a late goal from Sam Parkin in front of a capacity crowd at Adams Park.
Wycombe v Wolves - 4th Round Retro - January 2001
(Wednesday 25th January 2017)
The Club have confirmed that midfielder Stephen McGinn has left the club 'after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent'. Joining the Club in August 2015, the Scotsman debuted in the 1-0 home defeat to Fulham in the League Cup on 11 August 2015 and scored his first goal was the winner against Exeter in League Two on 13 February 2016. However, his First Team opportunities have been limited, playing his final game for Wanderers in the FLT tie at Millwall on 7 December 2016. His career stats with Wycombe were 40 appearances and 2 goals.
(Tuesday 24th January 2017)
Wanderers came from 1-0 down with just over 15 minutes remaining to beat Mansfield Town 2-1 and reach the last four of the Football League Trophy for only the second-time and for the first time since 1994. A Wycombe starting XI with six changes from the side that had drew with Luton the previous weekend fell behind to 34th minute penalty converted by Green after Joe Jacobson had handled. A key moment in the tie came with a double substitution by Gareth Ainsworth, Scott Kashket and Adebayo Akinfenwa being introduced on 66 minutes for Paris Cowan-Hall and Garry Thompson. It took Kashket seven minutes to add to his goal tally when he snapped up a shot spilled by the Mansfield 'keeper. The winner came on 81 minute when Akinfenwa turned and shot home inside the box. Jamal Blackman made a late save to ensure Wanderers went into the Semi-Final draw where they were subsequently drawn away to League One strugglers Coventry City, in a tie set for Tuesday 7th February. Attendance v Mansfield: 2,047 (108 away)
Mansfield 1 Wycombe 2 - report, stats and reaction
(Monday 23rd January 2017)
COTN's 10th anniversary look back at Wanderers' memorable run to the Semi-Final of the Football League Cup during the 2006/7 season concludes with a look back at the 2nd Leg tie with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday 23rd January 2007. After a 1-1 draw at Adams Park two weeks previous, it took a near full strength Chelsea line-up to finally end the fairy-tale cup run.
Chelsea 0 Wycombe 4 - League Cup 10 year retro
(Saturday 21st January 2017)
An 82nd equaliser from Adebayo Akinfenwa maintained Wanderers unbeaten run as they drew 1-1 with Luton Town at Adams Park. The visitors had taken a 56th lead via a headed goal from Hatters Captain Scott Cuthbert but Wanderers hit back following a double substitution, coupled with a sending-off for Town's Johnny Mullins. It was the now familiar combination of a Joe Jacobson cross from the left and a Akinfenwa header, that drew the scores level and keep Wanderers in 5th spot and a point ahead of The Hatters in the table. Wycombe now take a break from League action with the midweek visit to Mansfield Town in the quarter-final of the Football League Trophy followed by the FA Cup 4th Round tie with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday 28th January.
Wycombe 1 Luton 1 - report, stats and reaction
(Friday 20th January 2017)
The Club confirmed on Friday they had signed Brentford midfielder Sam Saunders on a free transfer. Saunders, who scored two goals in 14 games for Wycombe during the second-half of the 2014/2015 campaign, has signed a deal until June 2018. The 33-year-old made 206 appearances for Brentford after joining from Dagenham and Redbridge in July 2009. Having not played for Brentford in either the Football League Trophy or FA Cup this season, he is not 'cup-tied' for either of Wanderers' up and coming cup ties with Mansfield and Tottenham.
(Wednesday 18th January 2017)
The Football League confirmed on Wednesday (18th January) that all 'League Two' fixtures on the final day of the regular season (Saturday 6th May 2017) will kick-off at 5.30pm in order to tie in with live coverage on Sky Sports. A statement from the League included the following spin, "The change means more and more football fans up and down the country will now be able to see the season finale and witness first-hand the contribution League Two clubs have made to another fantastic campaign in the [Football League]." Wanderers entertain Cambridge United on the final day.
(Saturday 14th January 2017)
In a game of two penalties, Wanderers had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Yeovil Town at Adams Park. Sido Jombati's trip on Francois Zoko on 20 minutes saw Kevin Dawson send Jamal Blackman the wrong way from the resulting spot-kick. However, six minutes later Wycombe were level after Alex Lacey took Paris Cowan-Hall's legs away on the left side of the Yeovil box and Joe Jacobson did a similar job as Dawson from the spot. Despite the draw, Wanderers remain 5th in the table, with 42 points, five points off third placed Carlisle, with a game in hand.
Wycombe 1 Yeovil 1 - report, stats and reaction
(Saturday 14th January 2017)
The Club confirmed on Friday the ticket sales priority for the FA Cup 4th Round tie with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday 28th January 2017. Tickets will be sold across four phases. 1st: Season Ticket Holders (one each) - 2nd: STH plus '500 Club members' and 'Half-Season' Ticket holders (one each) - 3rd: 1st and 2nd phase plus 'Share Scheme' investors (two each) - this phase allows tickets to be bought for guests who do not have the necessary eligibilty in the 1st and 2nd phases. 4th: General sale (limited to four per person. The Club have received criticism from some supporters for reneging on the current Club Charter which states priority will be given to 'Those who, as determined by bookings on the WWFC ticket database, have attended the highest number of home matches for the current season', rather than '500 Club' or 'Share Scheme' members.
(Friday 13th January 2017)
The sad news arrived on Friday afternoon (13th January) of the passing of Club President Monty Seymour at the age of 102. Monty took up the Club President role in 1966, enjoying more than 50 years as an official of the Club. In 2016, the former Centre Spot/Scores bar at Adams Park was renamed 'Monty's' in his honour. The Club will announce funeral details when available. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time.
(Thursday 12th January 2017)
Gareth Ainsworth has rewarded Max Muller with a new contract running until June 2018. The 22 year old was signed after impressing for Wanderers in a pre-season friendly in France. However, a hamstring injury ruled him out of action until he was given his official First Team debut in the Football League Trophy tie at Millwall in December 2016. This is his first stint in British football having previosuly played at SV Sandhausen in Germany and Salzburg in Austria.
(Thursday 12th January 2017)
The Club announced on Thursday evening that their FA Cup 4th Round tie with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane had NOT been selected for live TV coverage in the UK and would therefore go ahead on Saturday 28th January 2017 with a 3pm kick-off. Wanderers fans have been allocated 4,035 tickets in the reduced 32,000 capacity stadium of the Premiership side - prices were announced as follows: Full Season Ticket Holders - Adults: £20, Seniors (65+): £10: Juniors (U18): £5 - All Other Supporters - Adults: £25, Seniors (65+): £10, Juniors (U18): £5. Priority and selling arrangements were expected to be confirmed on Friday. Wanderers' Club Charter confirms that current Season Ticket Holders (approx 2,000) get priority for Cup ties.
(Tuesday 10th January 2017)
Wanderers progressed to the Quarter-Finals of the Football League Trophy following a 5-4 penalty-shoot out victory at Blackpool. The victory, in front of just a few hundred spectators, brought in £40,000 of sponsorship money to the Wanderers and came after the tie ended 1-1 after the regular 90 minutes. The tie went straight to penalties after 90 minutes and Wanderers converted all five of their spot kicks through Jacobson, O'Nein, De Havilland, Akinfenwa and Thompson, before Jamal Blackman tipped Will Aimsonís effort onto the post and set-up a last eight meeting away to Mansfield Town.
Blackpool 1 Wycombe 1 - report, stats and reaction
(Tuesday 10th January 2017)
COTN's 10th anniversary look back at Wanderers' memorable run to the Semi-Final of the Football League Cup during the 2006/7 season reaches the 1st Leg tie with Chelsea at Adams Park on Wednesday 10th January 2007. Very few gave Wycombe a chance against the reigning Premier League Champions but Paul Lambert's side had other ideas on a never to be forgotten evening.
Wycombe 1 Chelsea 1 - League Cup 10 year retro
(Monday 9th January 2017)
Wanderers will travel to Premiership Tottenham Hotspur in the 4th Round of the FA Cup following the draw made on Monday evening. The tie will be played on the weekend of Saturday 28th January 2017, with every chance the game will be switched to cater for live TV on either BBC or BT Sport. Broadcasting rights for live TV coverage in the 4th Round is set at £144,000 per club for the initial tie and £72,000 for replays. One live game will be shown on Friday, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. Lives games are unlikely to be selected for Monday (30th January) due to a full programme of Premier League matches taking place the following Tuesday and Wednesday. Clubs also share 45% of gate receipts after expenses. Wanderers have never met Spurs in a competitive fixture before and the tie will take place in the final season that the North London side will play at White Hart Lane before major redevelopment of the 100 year old ground in N17.
Wanderers full record in the FA Cup Proper
(Saturday 7th January 2017)
Wanderers made it through to the 4th Round of the FA Cup for only the second time in their history after a late goal from Adebayo Akinfenwa saw them overcome a stubborn Stourbridge side 2-1 at Adams Park. Wanderers picked-up £67,500 following their victory over the lowest ranked side remaining in the competition. The draw for the 4th round will be shown live on BBC2 on Monday evening shortly after 7pm.
Wycombe 2 Stourbridge 1 - report,stats,reaction,pics
(Saturday 7th January 2017)
The Club confirmed in the hours leading up to the Stourbridge FA Cup tie, that midfielder Dominic Gape had signed a permanent deal with Wanderers running until June 2019. Now 22 years old, Gape had signed on loan from Premier League Southampton on deadline day in August 2016 and made 20 appearances before the deal ended on 3rd January 2017. With news of Danny Rowe's return to Barrow on loan revealed the previous day, many were expecting Gape's loan deal to be extended to the end of the season but a permanent deal will come as a bonus. Commenting on the free transfer, Gareth Ainsworth said: "This is a significant piece of business for us, not just bringing Dom back to the club but getting him on our books as a Wycombe Wanderers player."
(Friday 6th January 2017)
Wanderers defender/midfielder Danny Rowe has rejoined Conference National side Barrow on loan for the remainder of the 2016/17 season. The news had not been confirmed by the Wanderers as of the end of business on Friday (6th January 2017) but had been revealed earlier in the day by the official website of 'The National League'. Now 21, Rowe signed a three year deal with Wanderers in June 2015 and had commanded a regular spot in the side before seemingly dropping out of favour at the end of October 2016.
(Monday 2nd January 2017)
Wanderers came from behind to win a League game for the first time since December 2014 as the fended off bottom club Newport County at Adams Park on Holiday Monday. A 8th win in nine games for Wanderers lifts Gareth Ainsworth side to 5th spot in the table and just five points behind the automatic promotion spots, currently held by Doncaster, Plymouth and Carlisle.
Wycombe 2 Newport 1 - report, stats and reaction
(Sunday 1st January 2017)
Chelsea 'keeper Jamal Blackman has had his loan extended at Wycombe until the end of the 2016/17 campaign. The 23 year old had kept 11 clean sheets in the 25 appearances he had made since joining in August 2016 following injury to first choice Scott Brown. Gareth Ainsworth commented: "He has been first class for us and he has real quality which is well above League Two level, so itís fantastic for us to be able to keep him for the rest of the season. He commands his area superbly, his distribution is outstanding and heís made some saves which are out of this world to help us pick up some valuable points. Iíd like to think we do things right here when it comes to developing young players and Jamal is another example of someone whoís come in, worked hard and improved his game with us." The news came just days after Blackman was ruled out of the League Two game at Cheltenham due to injury - Scott Brown, returning from a loan spell with Eastleigh, to play against his former Club. It's also being reported that Brown will rejoin Cheltenham on loan once Blackman has returned to action for Wanderers.

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