Tag: Wycombe Wanderers

A New Dawn For Wycombe Wanderers

The timing of the announcement, coming as it did on a Friday evening, might have been a little unusual, but there can be no doubting that the take-over of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club by its supporters trust is very positive news indeed. The clubs future has been a source of some conjecture over the last couple of years on account of the plans and whims of now former owner Steve Hayes, but by repositioning the club as an asset of its local community, and with the future of its Adams Park stadium now considerably more certain, it seems as if a new dawn is rising over the Buckinghamshire club today. A former double-glazing salesman and finance broker, Hayes first became involved at Wycombe in 2004 when he purchased a twenty-five per cent shareholding in the club. He followed this up in 2007 by buying a stake in the London Wasps Rugby Football Club and then securing ownership of that club at the end of the following year. In the summer of 2009, he completed a take-over of Wycombe Wanderers in a deal which saw £3m of debt written off and converted into shares (which, as we will see below, turned out to be a far from harmonious affair), but after this the future of both of these clubs became intertwined as Hayes sought to build a Sport Village containing...

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Hayes Drops His Eggs On a Double or Nothing

Another loss, this one midweek to Cheltenham Town in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, suggested a continuation of the poor form Wycombe Wanderers would be in the offing. Granted, this was a rather changed side from the one last playing in the league with considerable minutes given to 15 yr old Jordan Ibe, but the 1-2 reverse marked a third consecutive loss for the Chairboys and five defeats from their last seven competitive matches. Further, while Cheltenham currently play a division below Wycombe, it wasn’t too long ago–say, last season–when Wycombe was in their same league, beating them 2-1 both times on their way to League One promotion following the 2010/11 season. At the moment, the Chairboys are facing the prospect of rejoining Town back in League Two, currently stuck between not yet playing up to the level of their competition and possibly now shorn of sufficient confidence to knock out a side they did the double on last campaign, even after manager Gary Waddock subbed in the regulars. For some Wycombe supporters, it might feel an eternity ago that Adams Park was playing host to a club like Chelsea FC in the League Cup, as a Paul Lambert-managed side kept the Premiership heavyweights at arm’s length in the two legged semifinal before eventually giving way at Stamford Bridge. The Gregorian Calendar indicates this was but four years ago and...

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The Twohundredpercent Vault: When Wycombe Made The Cup Semi-Final

As the Twohundredpercent summer interval continues, we take a look back at Wycombe Wanderers’ run to the semi-finals of the competition in 2001. The FA Cup is a competition that throws up surprise results every season, but some records remain and one that may never be broken is that no-one from the bottom two divisions of the Football League has made The FA Cup final. If we go back far enough, there are traces of lower divsion clubs excelling in the competition – Tottenham Hotspur, for example, were a Southern League club when they beat Sheffield United after a replay in 1901 – but since the 1920/21 season when the Football League Division Three came into being, nobody from outside the top two divisions of English football reached the final of the country’s most iconic competition. Clubs from outside the top two divisions do, however, occasionally appear in the semi-finals of the competition. In 1984, Plymouth Argyle ran Watford close at Villa Park, having beaten Derby County and West Bromwich Albion on the way and, in 1997, Chesterfield led Middlesbrough in the first semi-final match between the two clubs at Old Trafford and took them to a replay before bowing out. Surely the most remarkable of these runs, however, belongs to Wycombe Wanderers who, in 2001, made it to Villa Park and pushed Liverpool all the way from a...

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When Wycombe Made The FA Cup Semi-Finals

It’s the FA Cup First Round this weekend so, in the first of five pieces about the Oldest Cup Competition In The World (and there’s a phrase that is probably copyrighted by The FA), we take a look back at Wycombe Wanderers’ run to the semi-finals of the competition in 2001.

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Match Of The Week 2: Exeter City 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers

It’s Easter Monday lunchtime, and the tension at the top of League Two is close to bursting point. Results over the weekend have ensured that, with four matches of the season left to play and energy levels running close to zero, there are still six clubs in with a chance of making the three automatic promotion places. Given the nature of football supporters, there are going to be a lot of very disappointed supporters of League Two clubs by the end of today. The television cameras are at St James Park today, but there is no match being played at Newcastle United today. The cameras are at the other end of the country, at St James Park in Exeter for the match between Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers. Exeter are back in the Football League after a short break. They beat Cambridge United in the BSP play-off final at Wembley last May to end a six year long holiday in non-league football, and they started this season comparatively slowly which has seen them shoot up the table and into the automatic promotion places. On Saturday, only a last minute equalizer prevented them from taking all three points from an away match against the divisional leaders, Brentford. Wycombe Wanderers, conversely, were an archetypal non-league club before they suddenly shot into the Football League in the early 1990s. They remain the...

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