All the news stories from May 2018
PLAY-OFF FINAL RESULTS
(Monday 28th May 2018)
Wanderers' full list of opponents in 'League One' were confirmed on Monday (28th May 2018) after the play-off finals at Wembley were completed. Rotherham United won't be playing League football against the Wanderers in 2018/19 after they beat Shrewsbury Town 2-1 after extra-time in the 'League One' play-off on Sunday. Meanwhile, Coventry City joined Wycombe in 'League One' after a comfortable 3-1 victory over Exeter City in front of 50,196 crowd at Wembley. Fixtures for the 2018/19 season will be released on Thursday 21st June 2018 at 9am.
(Monday 21st May 2018)
The Club announced on Wednesday 16th May 2018 that a pre-season friendly with 'Championship' side Brentford had been arranged for Tuesday 17th July 2018 at Adams Park - KO 7.45pm. Further friendlies were announced on Monday 21st May 2018, with trips to Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday 21st July 2018 - KO 3pm, and Maidenhead United on Friday 27th July 2018. - KO 7.45pm.
(Thursday 10th May 2018)
Scott Brown, Will De Havilland and Max Muller were confirmed as released by the Club on Thursday afternoon (10th May 2018). Virtually unknown young goalkeeper Henry Newcombe was also released having been on loan to Canvey Island for the majority of the 2017/18 season and without a First Team appearance for Wanderers to his name. The Club also confirmed that a new deal had been offerred to defender Sido Jombati, while talks were ongoing with out-of-contract trio Joe Jacobson, Marcus Bean and Yves Ma-Kalambay. Player profile updates for the released players are available below.
Scott Brown - updated player profile
Will De Havilland - updated player profile
Max Muller - updated player profile
PLAYERS OUT OF CONTRACT
(Thursday 10th May 2018)
The following Wanderers players are out of contract at the end of June 2018: Scott Brown,
Sido Jomabti, Joe Jacobson, Marcus Bean, Max Muller, Will De-Havilland and Yves Ma-Kalamby. The loan players returning to their parent clubs are:
Nathan McGinley (Middlesbrough), Tafari Moore (Arsenal), Randell Williams (Watford), Dan Scarr (Birmingham) and Curtis Thompson (Notts County). Favourites to be released are Brown, Bean and De-Havilland, along with Muller (who has returned from his loan at Morecambe). New contracts are expected for Jomabti and Jacobson, plus another possible short-term deal for 2nd choice 'keeper Ma-Kalamby.
WEMBLEY SUCCESS - 25 YEAR RETRO
(Wednesday 9th May 2018)
Wednesday 9th 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of Wanderers' victory at Wembley in the FA Trophy Final versus Runcorn. Close to 30,000 Wycombe followers made the short journey and Martin O'Neill's side did not disappoint. You can read memories of the day as originally produced by COTN for the 10th anniversary by following the link below.
Wanderers at Wembley - May 1993 - 25 Year Retro - Read more
RACE FOR PROMOTION
(Saturday 5th May 2018)
Wanderers finish the 2017/18 season in 3rd place in League Two' with 84 points, four points behind 2nd placed Luton Town and nine points adrift of Champions Accrington Stanley. Exeter City, Notts County, Coventry City and Lincoln City will go into the play-off seeking to claim that fourth promotion slot. There is interest too for Wanderers at the top of 'League One' to discover opponents for next season.
The play-offs to gain promotion to the Championship will be contended between Shrewsbury, Scunthorpe, Rotherham, and Charlton. Plymouth Argyle miss out by one place - so Gareth Ainsworth and Argyle boss Derek Adams are set to renew rivalries. Coming down from the 'Championship' to play in 'League One' alongside Wanderers are Sunderland, Burton Albion and Barnsley. Chesterfield and Barnet were the two teams relegated from 'League Two'.
View full Final League Two table - 2017/18
WYCOMBE 1 STEVENAGE 0
(Saturday 5th May 2018)
Wanderers' promotion season finished on a high as Matt Bloomfield netted the only goal of the game on 19 minutes as Stevenage were beaten 1-0. An 8,802 crowd descended on Adams Park to have a party and they were not disapppointed. 'Player of the Season' Adebayo Akinfenwa was introduced on 77 minutes for a cameo appearance as he returned from injury, while goalkeeper Scott Brown, most likely playing his last game for Wycombe, made way during the second-period for Yves Ma-Kalambay. The final whistle signalled a pitch invasion from Wanderers' fans and when the pitch was eventually cleared, the players returned to receive their awards for the season. A perfect end to the season.
Final Score: Wycombe 1 Stevenage 0
EXTRA HOME TICKETS V STEVENAGE
(Thursday 3rd May 2018)
The Club announced on Thursday afternoon that a 1,000 extra 'home' tickets will be made available for the season finale with Stevenage in the 'away' end at Adams Park. Stevenage, who are expected to bring around 400 supporters, will see their fans allocated a section of the 'Old Main Stand'. This announcement, plus confirmation that all other 'home' areas have sold-out, guarantees an attendance of close to the current 'safe' capacity of around 8,800 (excluding Executive Boxes, Press, Directors, etc).
SAM SAUNDERS EXTENDS DEAL
(Thursday 3rd May 2018)
More contract extension news was announced on Thursday (3rd May 2018) when midfielder Sam Saunders signed a new deal running until June 2019. The now 34 year old originally signed a permanent deal with Wanderers in January 2017 from Brentford having previously spent time on loan with Wycombe during the second-half of the 2014/15 season.
Sam Saunders - updated player profile
8,000 PLUS V STEVENAGE?
(Wednesday 2nd May 2018)
Wanderers’ final game of the 2017/18 campaign versus Stevenage will see a season best attendance at Adams Park. The Club reported on the Tuesday (1st May) that the ‘home’ terrace and ‘The Family Stand’ [Origin] had both sold out. The ‘Old Main Stand’ [Beechdean] was reported as being sold out early on Wednesday afternoon. The only remaining tickets left for ‘home’ fans, as of Wednesday afternoon were 500 in the Woodlands Stand [Frank Adams].
As previously reported on COTN, Adams Park has a current registered 'safe' capacity of 9,552 capacity. This leaves around 7,700 for Wanderers fans, including a reduced terrace capacity of 1,429. The 'away end' was reduced in capacity from just over 2,000 to 1,850 in June 2014 following a request from Thames Valley Police who were concerned with persistent standing in the all-seater area. With Stevenage expected to bring around 400 supporters, the total attendance should be just over 8,000 – making this the highest home league attendance at Adams Park since the final game of the 2010/11 season when 8,567 turned out for the promotion winning game against Southend United.
PROMOTION - 25 YEAR RETRO
(Tuesday 1st May 2018)
Monday 1st May 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of Wanderers playing their final Conference match of the 1992/93 season before embarking on their debut season in the Football League. Wanderers had already clinched the Championship when Macclesfield Town visited Adams Park needing a victory to avoid relegation. The matchday programme once again gave Manager Martin O'Niell the chance to express his thoughts on the season. You can read memories of the day and O'Neill's article in full as originally produced by COTN for the 10th anniversary by following the link below.
Wanderers' farewell to the Conference - 25 Year Retro - Read more
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