November 2019 News Archive
All the news stories from November 2019
(Tuesday 26th November 2019)
Wanderers returned with a point from their first ever Football League meeting at Portman Road with Ipswich Town but could have snatched all three if Joe Jacobson had converted an 87th minute penalty with the scores at 0-0.
An ill-tempered match saw 11 yellow cards dished out by referee Alan Young (6 Wycombe/5 Ipswich). Young also disallowed an Ipswich ‘goal’ on 43 minutes. Luke Garbutt’s left-footed cross from the left saw Luke Chambers flick a header goalwards past Ryan Allsop but with the home players and fans celebrating wildly, the officials pulled the play back to rule out the effort due to offside. Earlier Paul Smyth and Adebayo Akinfenwa had chances for a Wycombe side Captained by former Town youth player Matt Bloomfield.
Wycombe’s golden chance to grab all three points came when David Wheeler was tripped by Chambers on the edge of the box. Jacobson, who had scored late on from the spot the previous Saturday to beat Doncaster, struck this effort towards the top left corner but Tomas Holy pulled off a fantastic improvised one-handed save to claw the ball away from behind him to ensure the game ended goalless.
The result came after Gareth Ainsworth made two changes from the side that beaten Doncaster at Adams Park the previous Saturday- Dominic Gape and Akinfenwa returning to the starting XI ahead of Nmandi Ofoborh and Alex Samuel who both dropped to bench.
The draw maintained Wanderers five point gap at the top of the table, with 40 points now accumulated from the opening 19 games. Wycombe now go into an enforced 2 ½ week break from action due to elimination from the FA Cup and the demise of Bury. Next game is at home to Burton Albion on Saturday 14th December 2019.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Jacobson, Stewart, Charles, Gape, Thompson, Bloomfield (sub 71 Freeman), Wheeler, Smyth (sub 62 Kashket), Akinfenwa – subs not used: Yates, Phillips, Samuel, Aarons, Ofoborh - Att: 19,215 (793 away)
Ipswich 0 Wycombe 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
(Saturday 23rd November 2019)
A stoppage time penalty from Joe Jacobson saw Wanderers overcome Doncaster Rovers 1-0 at Adams Park and extend their lead at the top of ‘League One’ to five points.
Rovers, reduced to 10 men on 49 minutes after Tom Anderson was shown a straight red for a lunge on Matt Bloomfield, conceded the spot-kick when Donervon Daniels shoved over Adebayo Akinfenwa allowing Jacobson to eventually send Timothy Dieng the wrong way from the spot.
The victory came after Gareth Ainsworth made six changes to the starting XI compared to the midweek defeat to Tranmere in the FA Cup – Daruis Charles, Jacobson, Nmandi Ofoborh, Bloomfield, David Wheeler and Alex Samuel returning in favour of Jamie Mascoll, Giles Phillips, Dominic Gape, Nick Freeman, Scott Kashket and Akinfenwa.
Wycombe travel to Ipswich Town on Tuesday 27th November for a first ever Football League meeting at Portman Road.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Jacobson, Stewart, Charles, Thompson, Ofoborh, Bloomfield (sub 60 Akinfenwa), Wheeler, Smyth (sub 74 Aarons), Samuel (sub 79 Kashket) – subs not used: Yates, Gape, Phillips, Freeman - Att: 4,875 (459 away)
Wycombe 1 Doncaster 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
(Wednesday 20th November 2019)
Wanderers’ FA Cup journey for the 2019/20 season was cut-short after they lost 2-1 in extra-time at Adams Park to a Tranmere Rovers side reduced to ten-men after 41 minutes but who had battled back from a goal-down to snatch the tie with spot-kicks just five minutes away.
With a live TV 2nd Round home encounter with Chichester the reward for the winners, it looked like it would be Wycombe reaping the benefits of least £150,000 worth of 'Football Fortune' when Anthony Stewart fired home on the stroke of half-time. The breakthrough came just four minutes after Kane Wilson had been red-carded for a dangerous challenge on Jack Grimmer.
A second goal for Wycombe would have surely put the tie beyond Rovers and only the cross-bar on 54 minutes denied Nick Freeman from giving Wanderers that vital cushion. Moments later the home support were stunned when the visitors levelled against the run of play when Morgan Ferrier timed his run perfectly down the right channel before nipping the ball past Ryan Allsop from eight yards.
Despite the set-back it was Wycombe who still looked the side most likely to progress but they found visiting ‘keeper Scott Davies in inspirational form. Paul Smyth had the ball in the net for follow-up after Davies parried a Scott Kashket shot. Davies would go on to deny Kashket again and then Alex Pattison as the match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.
The tie followed a similar pattern into extra-time with the Davies palming away Josh Parker free-kick from 25 yards that looked destined for the top right corner. The winning goal came with five minutes of the extra-time remaining when Kieran Morris (who had scored twice in the original tie at Prenton Park) picked out a left-wing pass from Blackett-Taylor before switching the ball to his left-foot and striking low past Allsop from the edge of the ‘D’.
The defeat came after Gareth Ainsworth made four changes from the previous Sunday’s League game at Tranmere – Jamie Mascoll, Giles Phillips, Freeman and Smyth coming in with Joe Jacobson, Darius Charles, Matt Bloomfield and David Wheeler left out of the starting XI.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Mascoll, Phillips, Stewart, Gape, Thompson (sub 65 Pattison), Freeman, Smyth (sub 76 Wheeler), Kashket (sub 101 Parker), Akinfenwa (sub HT Samuel) - subs not used: Yates, Pattison, Gardiner-Smith, Ofoborh - Att: 2,928 (243 away)
Wycombe 1 Tranmere 2 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
(Wednesday 20th November 2019)
Wednesday 20th November 2019 marked the 10th anniversary of Gareth Ainsworth first joining Wycombe Wanderers. Ainsworth signed on an initial one month loan from Queens Park Rangers on 20th November 2009. The then 36 year old could boast a professional career of more than 400 games and close to 100 goals. He had also recently moved into management, taking on the role of Caretaker Manager at QPR on two occasions following the respective departures of Iain Dowie and Paulo Sousa. Originally a trainee with his home town club Blackburn Rovers, he made his mark as a player during spells with Preston North End (appearing in the 1994 play-off final versus Wycombe), Lincoln City, Port Vale and Wimbledon (playing against Wycombe in the FA Cup 5th Round tie in February 2001), before joining QPR at the start of the 2003/4 season.
(Sunday 17th November 2019)
Wanderers went back to the top of League One after a clinical 2-0 victory at Tranmere Rovers. An Adebayo Akinfenwa header on 43 minutes (his 50th goal for Wanderers) plus a Joe Jacobson penalty a minute into first-half stoppage time set up a 9th clean-sheet of the season for Wycombe. Jacobson’s spot-kick, for a foul on David Wheeler, also marked the left-back’s 500th senior appearance on his 33rd birthday and set a margin that the home side never looked like troubling.
The third win on the road for Wanderers in 2019/20 came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the starting XI that drew at Prenton Park the previous weekend in the FA Cup – Jack Grimmer, Scott Kashket and Akinfenwa returning in place of Sido Jombati, Rolando Aarons and Alex Samuel. Newcastle loanee Aarons missed out after failing a late fitness test.
The result left Wycombe sitting on 36 points after 17 games – three points clear of 2nd placed Ipswich but with the Suffolk side having two games in hand. Wanderers travel to Portman Road on Tuesday 27th November.
Wycombe: Allsop, Jacobson, Grimmer, Stewart, Charles, Thompson, Gape, Bloomfield (sub 54 Freeman), Akinfenwa, Wheeler (sub 78 Ofoborh), Kashket (sub 62 Samuel) – subs not used: Yates, Pattison, Phillps, Smyth - Att:5,460 (307 away)
Tranmere 0 Wycombe 2 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
(Thursday 14th November 2019)
BT Sport announced on Thursday (14th November) they had chosen the Wycombe or Tranmere v Chicester City tie for live coverage on Sunday 1st December. The two sides involved will both receive a broadcast fee of £75,000 in addition to the £36,000 for progressing to the 2nd ROund. Winners of the 2nd Round tie will pick-up £54,000 meaning the 'Football Fortune' value for the Club progressing to the Third Round Round would be £165,000.
(Wednesday 13th November 2019)
The Club have confirmed ticket details for the FA Cup replay with Tranmere Rovers. All stands at Adams Park will be open and the prices will match those charged at Prenton Park for the original tie (advance prices £10 adults, £5 concessions and £1 under-18's - Adult and concession prices will rise by £3 for 'on-the-day' tickets).
(Tuesday 12th November 2019)
Spectacular goals from Nnamdi Ofoborh and Josh Parker saw Wanderers score a final game consolation victory away to Milton Keynes in the Football League Trophy. Brennan Dickenson had given the home side the lead on 32 minutes with a free-kick from 20 yards that nestled in the top left corner. However, Ofoborh thumped home an equalise from the edge of the ‘D’ on 58 minutes after Nick Freeman’s cross from the left bye-line had been headed clear. MK’s Kieran Agard and Wanderers’ Giles Phillips clashed after falling to the ground during home attack on 88 minutes and were both stunned when the sent-both players off. With penalties looming, the winner, against a side now managed by former Wanderer Russell Martin, came when Parker volleyed home from 12 yards from Alex Samuel’s headed assist. The win came after Gareth Ainsworth made nine changes to the starting XI that had drawn at Tranmere the previous Saturday in the FA Cup but was unchanged from the FLT tie with Fulham the week before at Adams Park. QPR loanee Paul Smyth returned from injury when introduced as a second-half substitute.
Victory bagged Wanderers £10,000 in prize money but they exit the competition at the group stage for the second successive season.
Wycombe: Yates, Gardiner-Smith, Mascoll (sub 90 Jacobson), Jombati, Phillips, Ofoborh, Pattison, Freeman, Samuel (sub 73 Wheeler), Kashket (sub HT Smyth), Parker – subs not used: Allsop, Bloomfield, Thompson - Att:1,101
Milton Keynes 1 Wycombe 2 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
(Monday 11th November 2019)
Wycombe Wanderers or Tranmere Rovers were drawn at home to Chichester City in the 2nd Round of the FA Cup after the draw was made live on BBC TV on Monday evening. City are the lowest ranked side left in the competition and received a bye into the 2nd Round after they were last out of the hat in the 1st Round draw that was missing Bury. The tie would be played on the weekend of 30th November with the winners receiving £54,000 on top of the £36,000 for victory in the 1st Round.
(Saturday 9th November 2019)
Wanderers had to settle for a replay after their FA Cup 1st Round tie at Tranmere Rovers ended 2-2. Kieron Morris gave Rovers the lead inside the opening 3 minutes when his low shot from the left corner of the penalty area beat Ryan Allsop. However, Wycombe levelled on 26 minutes when Joe Jacobson curled home a free-kick from 20 yards into the right corner of the Tranmere goal.
Alex Samuel then put Wycombe in the driving seat 10 minutes into the second half when he managed to poke the ball home after the home side failed to deal with a Jacobson free-kick delivered deep from the left-wing in to the Rovers box. But it was Morris who netted again to forced the replay with a goal on 67 minutes – side-footing the ball home after a low ball in from the left.
The draw came after Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the side that beaten Shrewsbury at Adams Park the previous Saturday – Sido Jombati, David Wheeler and Samuel returning to the side in place of Jack Grimmer (injured), Adebayo Akinfenwa and Scott Kashket. The two sides will now meet again at Adams Park on Wednesday 20th November, just four days after they return to Prenton Park for a League meeting.
Wycombe: Allsop, Jombati, Stewart, Charles, Jacobson, Thompson, Gape (sub 90 Ofoborh), Wheeler, Bloomfield (sub 80 Freeman), Aarons, Samuel (sub 70 Akinfenwa) - subs not used: Yates, Pattison, Phillips, Kashket - Att: 3,849 (258 away)
Tranmere 2 Wycombe 2 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
(Tuesday 5th November 2019)
Wanderers were dumped out of the Football League Trophy at the group stages for the second consecutive season after going down 2-1 to a Fulham U21 side at Adams Park. A Wycombe side with ten changes from the previous Saturday’s victory over Shrewsbury, fell behind on 10 minutes when Jayden Harris netted for the visitors. Substitute Rolando Aarons equalised for Wanderers five minutes into the second period and Josh Parker thought he had grabbed a potential winner on 58 minutes but the effort was ruled out for offside after lengthy deliberation between the match officials.
But it was Fulham, already out of the competition (following defeats to Milton Keynes and Stevenage), who grabbed the victory when Timmy Abraham swept the ball home on 83 minutes to deny Wycombe even the chance of a spot-kick success and the chance of qualifying for the knock out stages.
Wanderers play their final game in this competition when they travel to Milton Keynes on Tuesday 12th November – a tie sandwiched between the two trips to Tranmere Rovers. MK have already won the group but there is still £10,000 sponsorship money up for grabs for the winner of the tie.
Wycombe: Yates, Gardiner-Smith, Jombati, Phillips, Mascoll, Pattison, Ofoborh, Samuel (sub 65 Grimmer), Kashket (sub HT Aarons), Parker, Freeman – subs not used: Allsop, Jacobson, Stewart, Gape, Thompson - Att:512 (39 away)
The attendance was the lowest for a competitive First Team fixture at Adams Park since Wanderers were promoted to the Football League in 1993. Only the 461 attendance for a Berks & Bucks Senior Cup meeting with Reading in January 1992 has been lower for a First Team game at Adams Park since the ground opened in August 1990.
Wycombe 1 Fulham U21 2 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
(Saturday 2nd November 2019)
Wanderers went to the top of League One as Rolando Aarons netted the only goal of the game as Shrewsbury Town became the latest victims of an unbeaten home now extended to 11 games. Aarons bagged his goal on 57 minutes after Darius Charles flicked on Joe Jacobson's free-kick. The visitors saw Ro-Shaun Williams red-carded in second-half stoppage time after the Shrewsbury player un-wisely attempted to barge over Adebayo Akinfenwa to earn a second yellow.
The latest victory for Wycombe came after Gareth Ainsworth made one change to the starting XI that had won at Rotherham the previous Saturday - Akinfenwa coming in for David Wheeler. Fred Onyedinma and Paul Smyth remained sidelined through injury.
Wycombe: Allsop, Grimmer, Charles, Stewart, Jacobson, Gape, Thompson, Bloomfield (sub 80 Pattison), Kashket (sub 89 Freeman), Aarons (sub 80 Wheeler), Akinfenwa - subs not used: Yates, Phillips, Parker, Ofoborh - Att:4,826 (420 away)
Wycombe 1 Shrewsbury 0 - @GasManCOTN - Twitter summary
(Friday 1st November 2019)
It was revealed on Friday (1st November 2019) that close to 95% of Trust Legacy Members voted in fabour of the proposals to allow the purchase of a majority share in the club by Feliciana EFL Ltd (the company controlled by Rob Couhig). The results were reported by Civica Election Services and published via the Trust website. Only 21 of 896 votes cast were against the proposals, with 25 votes not received. Current Trust and Football Club Chairman, Trevor Stroud, commented: "Thank you for not allowing apathy to decide the future of our Football Club."
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