All the news stories from August 2019
WIMBLEDON 0 WYCOMBE 0|
(Saturday 31st August 2019)
Wanderers ended a sequence of three straight defeats against Wimbledon but had to settle for a 0-0 draw in what could be a last ever League visit to Kingsfield. Both Managers came away thinking their side could have won the game but it was Wycombe who had the bulk of the chances – Scott Kashket had a first-half chance cleared off the line, while former Don, Adebayo Akinfenwa, saw a second-half strike ruled out for a marginal offside. Wimbledon's beat chance came when Adam Roscrow was denied by Ryan Allsop with three minutes left on the clock when the Wimbledon substitute was allowed too much space on the right side of the penalty area.
The stalemate came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to starting XI that had beaten Southend United with a late rally at Adams Park the previous weekend - Nick Freeman, Akinfenwa and David Wheeler coming in for Alex Pattison, Alex Samuel, Fred Onyedinma. Onyedinma and Paul Smyth were both reported as injured.
The result saw Wanderers move down to 5th place in League One but have now equalled their best unbeaten start in the third tier - taking 12 points from their opening six League games – on par with the start to the 2000/2001 season under Lawrie Sanchez.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Freeman, Gape, Bloomfield, (sub 78 Pattison), Kashket (sub 66 Parker), Akinfenwa, Wheeler – subs not used: Yates, El-Abd, Mascoll, Phillips, Samuel - Att: 4,521 (728 away)
Wimbledon 0 Wycombe 0 - @GasManCOTN - gasroom.co.uk summary
GENERAL MANAGER DEPARTS.|
(Wednesday 28th August 2019)
The Club announced on Wednesday (28th August 2019) that General Manager Michael Davies had left his role with the Wanderers. A short statement on the official website read: "His departure is a result of a re-organisation of the off-field operations, and a revised structure for this area will be announced shortly."
Davies was appointed at Adams Park in December 2016 by then Chairman Andrew Howard following time with London Welsh. Davies was the direct line Manager for all heads of department at the Club. His departure follows a long line of high ranking General Managers, Chief Executives and Sales & Marketing personnel employed by the Club and comes just a few weeks after the arrival of 'proposed owner' Rob Couhig, plus nephew Peter Couhig and Mark Palmer becoming more involved in the day-to-day running of the Club.
SMYTH CALLED UP FOR N.I.|
(Wednesday 28th August 2019)
On loan QPR forward Paul Smyth has been called up for the Northern Ireland squad to face Luxembourg on Thursday 5th September 2019 in a friendly international and Germany on Monday 9th September 2019 in an Euro 2020 qualifier. Both games will take place at Windsor Park. Smyth's inclusion in the squad will mean he will not be available for Wanderers' scheduled 'League One' home game with Lincoln City on Saturday 7th September 2019.
WYCOMBE 4 SOUTHEND 3|
(Saturday 24th August 2019)
Two late-late goals sparked a second consecutive week of delirious scenes at Adams Park as Wanderers turned a potential 3-2 defeat to a winless Southend United into a 4-3 victory and thus remain unbeaten and sitting close to the top of League One after five games played. After David Wheeler’s last minute strike against Milton Keynes the previous Saturday, this time the 92nd winner came courtesy of an exquisite piece of control and finish from Scott Kashket following an equally sublime lay-off from Nick Freeman. Anthony Stewart had equalised on 89 minutes to crush the hearts of the travelling fans that had earlier seen their side lead 2-0 and 3-1.
Victory over Southend came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the starting XI that had conceded a last minute goal to draw at Fleetwood Town the previous Tuesday. Jack Grimmer returned from injury to replace Giles Phillips in defence, while Matt Bloomfield, Alex Samuel and Scott Kashket were preferred to Freeman, Adebayo Akinfenwa and David Wheeler, who all dropped to the bench.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Jacobson, Stewart, Charles, Gape, Bloomfield, Pattison (sub 55 Akinfenwa), Kashket, Onyedinma (sub HT Wheeler), Samuel (sub 78 Freeman) - subs not used: Yates, Mascoll, Phillips, Parker - Att: 4,196 (531 away)
Wycombe 4 Southend 3 - @GasManCOTN - gasroom.co.uk summary
FLEETWOOD 1 WYCOMBE 1|
(Tuesday 20th August 2019)
Wanderers conceded a last minute goal as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw on a wet and blustery night at Fleetwood Town. Adebayo Akinfenwa had headed Wycombe into a second-half lead only for Ryan Allsop to spill a 90th minute header from Paddy Madden to allow the Cod Army player to tuck the ball in a grab a share of the points.
The draw came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes to the starting XI that had beaten Milton Keynes in the last minute at Adams Park the previous weekend. Darius Charles came in for an injured Jack Grimmer (who didn’t travel), while Nick Freeman, David Wheeler and Akinfenwa were preferred to Matt Bloomfield, Alex Samuel and Paul Smyth (all three moving to the bench) as Wycombe went with a positive formation on the road.
Despite Wycombe’s attack minded line-up it was the home side who had the better chances in the first-half but Wanderers survived and went on take a 57th minute when Akinfenwa connected with a looping left-wing cross from Alex Pattison to send a downward header from six yard past Matt Gilks in the Town goal. Anthony Stewart and Darius Charles were both then denied by Gilks from doubling the lead as Wanderers gained momentum and looked certain to register another win in their unbeaten start to their League One campaign. However, with full-time approaching, in difficult conditions, Allsop was unable to hold on to Madden’s header and the ball squirmed away for the same player to net and peg the final score back to 1-1.
Wycombe: Allsop, Phillips, Jacobson, Stewart, Charles, Gape, Pattison, Freeman (sub 88 Bloomfield), Onyedinma (sub Parker 90+1), Wheeler, Akinfenwa (sub 68 Samuel) – subs not used: Yates, Mascoll, Kashket, Smyth - Att: 2,319 (186 away)
Fleetwood 1 Wycombe 1 - @GasManCOTN - gasroom.co.uk summary
WYCOMBE 3 MILTON KEYNES 2|
(Saturday 17th August 2019)
David Wheeler scored a last minute winner against his former club as Wanderers ground out a 3-2 victory over Milton Keynes at Adams Park to keep up their unbeaten start to the 2019/20 League campaign. Wheeler’s strike was reward for Wycombe’s efforts to chase all three points as opposed to settling for a draw in a game that will also be remembered for three penalty calls by referee Trevor Kettle.
Victory over Milton Keynes came after Wycombe had made two changes from the starting XI that had drawn at Bristol Rovers the previous Saturday - Giles Phillips and Alex Samuel replacing Adam El-Abd (calf injury) and Adebayo Akinfenwa. Darius Charles was named on the bench following re-singing for Wanderers during the week, while former Wanderer Russell Martin was in the Milton Keynes starting XI.
A Joe Jacobson penalty had given Wycombe the lead on 12 minutes after Jordan Houghton had shoved over Paul Smyth but Jordan Bowery levelled the scores just after the half-hour mark when he stroked home a low-ball from the left from six-yards. Fred Onyedinma restored Wanderers lead on 37 minutes with a left-footed strike from Alex Samuel’s weighted pass before the visitors were gifted a chance to equalise on the stroke of half-time when Giles Phillips was adjudged to fouled Dean Lewington in the box to concede a penalty. However, there was relief for Wycombe followers when Conor McGrandles skied the resulting spot-kick over the Valley End cross-bar.
But the relief was short-lived when five minutes into the second-period Kettle had pointed to the spot again – this time Joe Jacobson pushing over Kieran Agard inside the six-yard box with the ball drifting high out of play. This time Houghton took responsibility from the spot and subsequently fired past Ryan Allsop to make the score 2-2.
On another day Wycombe may have succumbed to the resulting pressure from the opposition but Gareth Ainsworth went positive, introducing Wheeler, Nick Freeman and Adebayo Akinfenwa for an assault on the Milton Keynes goal. Akinfenwa missed a great chance to make it 3-2 as the clock approached 90 minutes before Freeman’s beautifully flighted pass to the right of the box saw Wheeler bring the ball down with one touch before firing home right-footed from the corner of the six-yard box and lifting the roofs of the home stands at Adams Park.
Wycombe: Allsop, Jacobson, Gape, Stewart, Pattison, Bloomfield (sub 71 Freeman), Phillips, Smyth (sub 64 Wheeler), Grimmer, Onyedinma, Samuel (sub 74 Akinfenwa) – subs not used: Yates, Kashket, Charles, Parker - Att: 5,243 (1,130 away)
Wycombe 3 Milton K 2 - @GasManCOTN - gasroom.co.uk summary
CHARLES IS SIGNING#10|
(Thursday 15th August 2019)
The Club announced at around 1.30pm on Thursday (15th August 2019) the re-signing of defender Darius Charles on a short-term deal that will run initially to January 2020. The return of the 31 year-old follows his recovery from a hip injury that threatend to end his career and restricted him to just seven appearances for Wanderers having signed on a free from Wimbledon in June 2018. He was allocated No.21 in the Wanderers squad.
Darius Charles - Player Profile updated
WYCOMBE 1 READING 1|
(Tuesday 13th August 2019)
Wanderers will count themselves unlucky not to have claimed the scalp of Reading in their First Round League Cup tie at Adams Park – eventually losing on spot-kicks to the Championship side after the tie had ended 1-1 during the regulation 90 minutes. Alex Samuel had headed Wycombe into a 59th minute lead before Reading’s reported £7.5m new signing George Puscas levelled four minutes later. Substitute Adebayo Akinfenwa came within the width of a crossbar of snatching a last minute winner before The Royals got the better of Wanderers from the penalty spot with a 100% record from their kicks as Nick Freeman and Fred Onyedima saw their efforts saved.
Team news for Wanderers saw Gareth Ainsworth make six changes from the starting XI that had drawn in League One at Bristol Rovers the previous Saturday – In came: Jamie Mascoll (debut), Gilles Phillips (debut), Nick Freeman, Scott Kashket, Alex Samuel and Josh Parker (2nd debut) - while out went Adam El-Abd, Matt Bloomfield and Paul Smyth with Akinfenwa, Onyedinma and Joe Jacobson moved to the bench.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Stewart, Phillips, Mascoll, Gape, Pattison, Kashket (sub 71 Wheeler), Freeman, Parker (sub 71 Akinfenwa), Samuel (sub 71 Onyedinma) – subs not used: Yates, Jacobson, Mackail-Smith, Gardiner-Smith - Att: 4,802 (2,041 away) - the highest Football League Cup gate at Adams Park since 9,771 turned out for the Semi-Final 1st Leg clash with Chelsea in 2007
Wycombe 1 Reading 1 - @GasManCOTN - gasroom.co.uk summary
BACK IN THE B&B|
(Monday 12th August 2019)
The Club released a statement on Monday 12th August 2019 stating they had entered the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup for the 2019/20 season. It said: "The [Club] withdrew from the competition ahead of the 2014/15 campaign as a result of carrying a small squad with no reserve, development or under-18 players at manager Gareth Ainsworth's disposal. However, with 23 players currently on the Wanderers' books, Ainsworth and chairman Trevor Stroud have made the decision to re-enter the club into the county cup.” The 23 players currently on the books for the 2019/20 season, includes 2 loan players. The compares to the start of the 2014/15 campaign when the squad numbered 24 (including 2 loans). Wanderers have previously won the competition 28 times, the most recent being 2012. The Club also withdrew from the competition in 2012/13, their first absence for more than 100 years.
BRISTOL R 0 WYCOMBE 0|
(Saturday 10th August 2019)
Wanderers made it four points from their opening two games in League One following a 0-0 draw at a windswept Bristol Rovers. Both sides will feel they could have won a game affected by strong winds at the Memorial Stadium. Victor Adeboyejo went closest for the home side when he saw an effort strike the post, while Jack Grimmer had a 90th minute shot cleared off the line by former Coventry City team-mate Tom Davies.
Wycombe took until 19th January 2019 to register a clean-sheet in the League during the 2018/19 campaign (13 games), while 2019/20 has taken just one game. It is also the first time since the 2000/2001 season that Wanderers have opened a season in the third tier with two consecutive clean-sheets.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Stewart, El-Abd, Jacobson, Gape, Bloomfield, Pattison, Onyedinma (sub 86 Freeman), Smyth (sub 71 Samuel), Akinfenwa – subs not used: Yates, Wheeler, Kashket, Phillips, Parker - Att: 7,768 (578 away)
Bristol R 0 Wycombe 0 - @GasManCOTN - gasroom.co.uk summary
WYCOMBE 2 BOLTON 0|
(Saturday 3rd August 2019)
A patient display from Wycombe saw a 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers on the opening day of the 2019/20 campaign at Adams Park. A relatively makeshift and inexperience Bolton side held out until the 56th minute when an exquisite piece of defensive skill and through-ball from Anthony Stewart set up debutant Paul Smyth to take advantage of a goalkeeping error to knock the ball into an empty net from 20 yards. Victory was sealed on 81 minutes when substitute Fred Onyedinma headed home from close range following a Joe Jacobson corner from the left that was knocked back across the face of the goal by Adebayo Akinfenwa.
The visitors, backed by close to 1,700 fans amongst the biggest opening day League gate at Adams Park for ten years, fielded six debutants in their starting XI and introduced two more new faces before the end of the 90 minutes. Meanwhile, Wycombe gave debuts to QPR loanee Smyth, Alex Pattison and Jack Grimmer in their starting XI, while David Wheeler was introduced just after the hour mark. Fellow new signings Josh Parker and Giles Phillips remained as unused substitutes.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, El-Abd, Stewart, Jacobson, Pattison, Gape, Bloomfield (sub 79 Freeman), Samuel (sub 62 Wheeler), Akinfenwa, Smyth (sub 69 Onyedinma) - subs not used: Yates, Kashket, Phillips, Parker - Att: 6,454 (1,660 away)
Wycombe 2 Bolton 0 - @GasManCOTN - gasroom.co.uk summary
SQUAD NUMBERS 2019/20|
(Friday 2nd August 2019)
Wanderers squad numbers for the 2019/20 season have been confirmed. The squad total prior to the opening game was 23 players (including two loans). The compares to 20 (one loan) at the start of the 2018/19 season, although by the end of August 2018, the total had grown to 25 (including three loans). Other start of season totals were: 23 players (including one loanee) at the start of the 2017/18 season, 23 for the 2016/17 season (including one loan and Gareth Ainsworth). There were 20 players (including one loan) at the start of 2015/16, 24 (two loans) at the start of the 2014/15 campaign and 27 players (no loans) at the start of 2013/14. Full list as follows:
1. Ryan Allsop
2. Sido Jombati
3. Joe Jacobson
4. Dominic Gape
5. Anthony Stewart
6. Adam El-Abd
7. David Wheeler (new singing)
8. Alex Pattison (new signing)
9. Craig Mackail-Smith
10. Matt Bloomfield
11. Scott Kashket
13. Cameron Yates
15. Jamie Mascoll (new signing)
16. Giles Phillips (loan)
17. Paul Smyth (loan)
18. Curtis Thompson
19. Jack Grimmer (new signing)
20. Adebayo Akinfenwa
22. Nick Freeman
23. Fred Onyedinma (new signing)
24. Jacob Gardiner-Smith (new signing)
25. Alex Samuel
27. Josh Parker (new signing).
Wycombe Wanderers - latest squad and numbers
BOLTON WANDERERS - QUICK GUIDE|
(Friday 2nd August 2019)
Wycombe Wanderers take on Bolton Wanderers for the first time ever, at any level, on Saturday 3rd August 2019 and COTN have compiled the usual opposition Quick Guide that includes details of six players who have played First Team football for both clubs.
Bolton Wanderers - Quick Guide - including player connections
PARKER IS SIGNING#9|
(Thursday 1st August 2019)
Wanderers announced an 9th close-season at around 5pm on Thursday 1st August 2019 with the news that striker Josh Parker had signed a two-year deal following his release from Charlton Athletic in the summer. The 28-year-old is a former schoolboy player for Wanderers and also played one game on loan for Wycombe from QPR during the 2010/11 season. His most successful time as a professional player came during the 2017/18 season when he scored 12 goals in 49 appearances in all competitions.
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