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wycombe wanderers’ OFFICIAL MATCHDAY PROGRAMME 2021/ 22 | Issue no.7 | £3

v gillingham

09.10.2021 | Kick OFf 3pm


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THE CHAIRBOYs

Adams Park,

Hillbottom Road,

High Wycombe,

Bucks, HP12 4HJ

THE TEAM:

Chairman: Rob Couhig

Board of Directors: Missy Couhig,

Pete Couhig, Rob Couhig, Tony

Hector, Trevor Stroud

Life Members: Gerald Cox, Lesley

Cox, Alan Hutchinson, Brian Lee,

Graham Peart, Derek Vere

Honorary Company Secretary:

David Smith

President:

Ivor Beeks MBE JP

Chief Operating and Financial

Officer:

Pete Couhig

Club Secretary: Tom Holder

Chief Commercial Officer: Darren

Henderson

Hospitality & Events Manager:

Kelly Rossiter

Head of Operations:

Neil Peters

Head of Finance:

Dawn Evans

Head of Media & Marketing: Matt

Cecil

Manager:

Gareth Ainsworth

Assistant:

Richard Dobson

Goalkeeping Coach:

Lee Harrison

Development Team Head Coach:

Sam Grace

Head of Sports Science:

David Wates

Analyst:

Josh Hart

GPS Analyst:

Ben Sayers

Physiotherapist:

Cian O’Doherty

Assistant Physio:

Aly Vogelzang

Rehab Physio:

Isaac Leckie

Safety Officer:

Stephen Copp

Head of Wycombe Wanderers

Sports & Education Trust: Paul Foley

THE PROGRAMME:

Photography: PRiME Media

Images / Rex Features

Programme Team: Matt Cecil,

Alicia Povey, Ryan Pelletrat

Programme Design:

Thomas Ridge

Thank you for coming along to

Adams Park for today’s game

against Gillingham. If it’s anything

like last week, you’re in for a treat…

just don’t leave before the end!

What else is there to say that hasn’t

already been said about that 4-3

win? Team spirit, character and

plenty of talent were all on show

on the pitch, but there was also an

unwavering support and an electric

atmosphere from the fans that

spurred the team on to victory.

Life at the club continues to move

at a fast pace, much like a 90th

minute counter-attack! So there’s

plenty to keep you updated with,

and we start by congratulating

Garath McCleary on winning the

fans’ vote for Player of the Month

for the second month running.

The award is run in partnership with

Ignite UK, a leading UK outsourced

full fibre sales agency based right

here in High Wycombe. Ramon

Santos and his team are working on

an assortment of creative prizes for

the winning players, in conjunction

with leading tech brands including

JBL and Ring, and exciting attacker

Garath – whose match-winning

NEW ALBUMS : NEW ALBUMS :

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brace against Charlton certainly

caught the eye in September – went

home with a Ring starter pack and a

few extra goodies from Ignite.

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The club’s local commercial ties

go from strength to strength and

it was great to welcome staff

and students from Bucks New

University to Adams Park this

week for a series of talks about

the mutual opportunities to lie in

wait, particularly as come towards

the end of the pandemic and the

restrictions that have come with

it. Those students could become

familiar faces around the stadium at

matches, both as fans and as staff

members, with plenty of matchday

roles up for grabs.

And it’s the rise in attendances

that are at the forefront of the

club’s ambition as we continue

what is shaping up to be a special

season for all involved. In the four

home games already we’ve had it

all – seven-goal thrillers, narrow

nail-biting victories, stunning

strikes, defensive heroics, fireworks,

giveaways, bright sun, wild rain… -

and we’re only just getting started!

So thanks again for being part of the

show this afternoon and we look

forward to seeing you back here in

a couple of weeks when we take on

Crewe Alexandra. Tell your friends,

family, schoolmates, colleagues,

neighbours, or even just those in

the queue at the petrol station.

Something special is happening!

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THE CHAIRBOYS

A LOOK AHEAD TO THE NEXT 90 MINUTES

HERE WE GO AGAIN! WITH THE DUST ONLY JUST SETTLING AFTER ANOTHER CLASSIC

ADAMS PARK ENCOUNTER LAST WEEK, GARETH AINSWORTH’S MEN ARE BACK IN

ACTION WITH A PROUD HOME RECORD TO CONTINUE.

The 4-3 win against Morecambe

was a wonderful advert for

scintillating, exciting, attacking

play from both sides, played in

the right spirit, and any neutrals

in the stadium might’ve argued

that neither side deserved to lose

after their respective heroics. The

newly-promoted Shrimps were

excellent in the first half, but had

no answer for the Blues’ astute

tactical switch at the break

which swung the momentum

Wycombe’s way, until the visitors

smashed home an equaliser to

set up a grandstand finale.

Morecambe then had a chance to

win it in stoppage time, but David

Stockdale saved the chance and

launched a quick counter-attack.

Moments later, Curtis Thompson

lashed home in front of the

terrace and those fans who’d

been frustrated for the first half,

and drenched by the rain, were

sent into dreamland.

Now comes a reunion with the

Gills, who were the first side to

beat Wycombe in the league

in the 2019/20 season, and

won here on their last visit in

February 2019. Brandon Hanlan

was in the Kent side’s lineup

on both occasions, and could

feature against Steve Evans’ men

with Daryl Horgan and Sullay

Kaikai both missing due to their

international call-ups.

Hanlan was on target for

Wycombe in their midweek

defeat to MK Dons in the Papa

John’s Trophy, a result that

spells the Blues’ exit from the

competition at the first hurdle,

but Ainsworth has highlighted the

need for focus on the 46 league

matches that he hopes will

generate enough points to secure

a return to the second tier.

And speaking of ex-Gills strikers,

there could be an appearance

this afternoon from Adebayo

Akinfenwa, who played 83 times

for the club over two spells,

scoring 21 times. He was in the

red and blue shirt on the day of

Wanderers’ last home win over

Gillingham, back in January 2011,

when Dave Winfield’s header

secured a 1-0 win for the Blues en

route to automatic promotion.

The overall record, however, lies

in the Gills’ favour, but only just,

with nine wins overall in the 24

meetings in Wycombe’s EFL era.

Wanderers have won eight, most

recently at Priestfield in February

2013 when Matt McClure’s goal

earned a 1-0 win on a night most

known for an attack on visiting

keeper Jordan Archer by a fan

behind one goal, live on Sky

Sports.

The current Gills side come

into the game on the back of a

win in their last away game – at

Cambridge – but a defeat last

time out at home to Wigan. Boss

Steve Evans has a track record of

leading sides to the right end of

the table and despite a slow start,

his men are well placed to pose

an awkward test for the Chairboys

this afternoon.

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HEAD TO HEAD

Only one of the last 10 meetings

has ended in a draw; Wycombe

were 2-0 up at half-time at

Priestfield in December 2018

but threw away their lead after

the break. The Gills were also

the first winners at Adams Park

under the Chairboys’ ownership

by Wycombe Wanderers Trus,

helping to make amends for a

dark day in 2010 when they lost

3-0 in the final day of the season

to be consigned to relegation to

League 2.

And only two of the last nine

encounters have seen both

teams find the net; one being

the 3-2 loss in Kent in 2009 when

Richard Dobson took charge of

the Blues prior to Gary Waddock’s

appointment as manager.

CONNECTIONS

As well as the aforementioned

Hanlan and Akinfenwa, Adam El-

Abd and Michael Harriman have

also represented both teams.

Other names on that particular

list include Adam Birchall,

Stephen Bywater, Delroy Facey,

Gavin Grant, Steven Gregory,

Kortney Hause, Leon Johnson,

Billy Knott, Stuart Lewis, Josh

Parker and Myles Weston.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Premier League official Kevin

Friend has refereed two top-flight

games this term, and returns to

Adams Park for the first time since

overseeing the hotly-debated 2-1

loss to Derby County last season.

He first refereed a Wycombe

game in 2004, and had teeth

knocked out in an accidental

collision with Matt Bloomfield the

following season.

AROUND THE DIVISION

Only four games have survived

the international weekend;

THE CHAIRBOYs

Ipswich are in action looking for

more of the same from their 6-0

thrashing of Doncaster last time

out at Portman Road, but less

of the sub-standard showing

that cost them in the loss at

Accrington most recently.

Their opponents are Shrewsbury,

who’ve lost two on the bounce

against Wycombe and Bolton,

while Plymouth are one of the

division’s in-form sides, losing

just once all season, and they

come up against mid-table

Burton at Home Park.

Sheffield Wednesday were one

of the pre-season favourites for

promotion but have struggled for

rhythm of late, losing at home to

Oxford last weekend, and their

visitors to Hillsborough today are

Bolton, who continue to ride high in

their first season back in League 1.

TODAY’S FIXTURES

All 3pm

Ipswich vs Shrewsbury

Plymouth vs Burton

Sheffield Wednesday vs Bolton

Wycombe vs Gillingham

P W D L F A GD Pts

1 Wigan Athletic 10 7 1 2 17 7 +10 22

2 Sunderland 10 7 1 2 18 11 +7 22

3 Plymouth 11 5 5 1 17 10 +7 20

4 Rotherham 11 6 2 3 16 9 +7 20

5 Wycombe 10 6 2 2 16 12 +4 20

6 Milton Keynes 11 5 4 2 21 15 +6 19

7 Bolton 11 5 3 3 20 15 +5 18

8 Oxford Utd 11 5 3 3 17 12 +5 18

9 Burton Albion 11 4 4 3 10 12 -2 16

10 Accrington 11 5 1 5 14 20 -6 16

11 Portsmouth 11 4 3 4 14 10 +4 15

12 Sheffield Wed 10 4 3 3 10 9 +1 15

13 Morecambe 11 4 2 5 20 18 +2 14

14 AFC Wimbledon 11 3 4 4 17 19 -2 13

15 Cambridge Utd 10 3 4 3 14 16 -2 13

16 Lincoln City 11 3 3 5 14 15 -1 12

17 Cheltenham 11 3 3 5 11 20 -9 12

18 Gillingham 11 2 5 4 11 15 -4 11

19 Ipswich Town 10 2 4 4 19 18 +1 10

20 Fleetwood 10 2 4 4 17 18 -1 10

21 Charlton 11 2 3 6 12 18 -6 9

22 Crewe Alexandra 11 1 5 5 9 15 -6 8

23 Shrewsbury 11 2 2 7 8 16 -8 8

24 Doncaster 10 2 1 7 6 18 -12 7

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THE CHAIRBOYS

Rotherham United

Doncaster Rovers

Saturday 16th October 2021

Kick-Off 3pm

Keepmoat Stadium

Wanderers have been given an initial allocation of

777 tickets, which are available to book in advance,

and on the day.

Prices are as follows.

Adults: £21

Seniors (60+): £17

18-24: £17

12-17: £17

11 and under: £5

Wheelchair and ambulant spaces are available, with

the wheelchair user paying the appropriate rate and

the carer FOC.

Postal tickets are available until close of play Monday

11th October. Tickets to be collected from Adams

Park are available from 11am on the first working day

after purchasing the tickets. Tickets are available for

collection from Club Doncaster Academy Reception,

however we would encourage all ticket holders to

either collect from Adams Park or use the postal

service prior to the day of the fixture.

Tuesday 19th October 2021

Kick-Off 7.45pm

AESSEAL New York Stadium

Wanderers have been given an initial allocation

of 620 seats, with more available upon request.

Tickets can be purchased on the day, but with a price

increase of £2 for adults and concessions, and £1 for

juveniles and juniors.

Prices are as follows.

Adults: £23

Concessions: £13

Ambulant Disabled: £13

Juveniles (13-17): £8

Juniors (12 and under): £6

Concessions are classed as seniors aged 60 and over,

and young adults aged 18-21.

Postal tickets are available until close of play

Wednesday 13th October. Tickets to be collected

from Adams Park are available from 11am on the first

working day after purchasing the tickets. Tickets are

available for collection from Rotherham’s ground,

however we would encourage all ticket holders to

either collect from Adams Park or use the postal

service prior to the day of the fixture.

Crewe Alexandra

Saturday 23rd October 2021

Kick-Off 3pm

Adams Park

Tickets for the Sky Bet League 1 game against Crewe

Alexandra at Adams Park are now on sale!

Wanderers take on Crewe at Adams Park on Saturday

23rd October, kicking off at 3pm, and you can now

book your place by logging onto tickets.wwfc.com.

The entertainment kicks off at noon with live sport and

local food and drink served up in the Chairboys Village,

before the action gets underway on the pitch at 3pm.

Head to tickets.wwfc.com to buy your tickets; match

tickets can easily be downloaded to your smartphone

wallet, or printed out at home and brought with you.

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THE CHAIRBOYs

REST IN PEACE, DANIEL

GMAC’S YOUR MAN!

Garath McCleary topped the Player of the Month poll

for a second month running, receiving his prize ahead

of kick-off at Adams Park last Saturday,

The creative forward struck a match-winning

brace against Charlton and caught the eye of the

Wanderers fans throughout the month of September,

earning a Ring starter pack from partners Ignite UK.

McCleary also won the award in August... can he

make it a hat-trick for October? Come back at the

end of the month to cast your vote!

BUCKS NEW UNI MAKE

ADAMS PARK VISIT

Wanderers welcomed more than 60 students and

staff from Bucks New University to Adams Park on

Wednesday, with a view to re-igniting a long-standing

partnership with the university post-pandemic.

Chairboys have enjoyed a close relationship with

BNU in recent times, working with its sports therapy,

broadcast, digital marketing and business modules to

provide hands-on experience for students in a wide

range of roles.

And Wanderers players have benefitted from use of

the Human Performance Laboratory at the Wycombe

campus, as well as enjoying a development day using

VR technology and flight simulators a few years ago.

The group were treated to talks from Head of

Operations Neil Peters, chef Will Shaw and the Sports

& Education Trust amongst others, as well as being

taken on a full tour of the stadium.

Wycombe Wanderers were deeply saddened to hear

of the sudden passing of Daniel Fanning, who worked

with the club last season as a sports therapy intern

from Bucks New University.

Daniel’s funeral was held in Aylesbury on 7th October.

The thoughts of everyone at the club are with

Daniel’s friends and family.

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subscription is the way to go to secure your seat at

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Join hundreds of Chairboys fans who have taken up the

brand-new subscription option for their seat at Adams

Park, enabling them to pay monthly and automatically

renew year-on-year without lifting a finger.

The subscription package is essentially a ticket for

life, or for as long as you want it. It’s a 12-month

subscription which rolls on until cancelled, starting

at £28.50 per month, granting access to every home

league game.

There are no credit checks, no questions asked, no

admin fees and no interest charged. You just pay

1/12th of the value of your season ticket each month,

and if the club chooses to amend the price of the

season ticket, you’ll receive plenty of advance notice.

You receive identical benefits and priority status to a

season ticket holder who pays in one lump sum, and

it might also come in handy if you’re buying multiple

season tickets for other fans.

To pay for your ticket via subscription, just head here

and select your seats!

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THE CHAIRBOYs

curtis thompson:

that was worth

the wait!

MIDFIELDER REVELS IN LAST-MINUTE

GLORY AGAINST MORECAMBE.

When the ball fell to the

edge of the box in the dying

moments of last Saturday’s

rollercoaster ride at Adams

Park, you might’ve expected

– or hoped – to see a Vokes,

or Wheeler, or Hanlan on the

end of it to smash it home to

secure a dramatic victory.

But it was Curtis Thompson

– whose only previous

Wycombe goal came from

a similar position in similar

circumstances against

Doncaster in 2019 – who had

the task of bringing down the

house, and he did just that,

even if his team-mates later

ribbed him for ‘slide tackling’

the ball into the net.

“I’ve been saving that one

for a while!” he laughed

afterwards. “It’s good to

finally get back on the

scoresheet.

“I’ve actually been practising

quite a bit in training recently.

I’ve been working on striking

it from the edge of the box

and they’ve been going in, so

it was nice to do it in a game

where it really mattered. It

came out to me nicely and it

flew in.”

The 4-3 scoreline evoked

memories of recent dramatic

occasions, including that

comeback against Doncaster

when the Blues trailed 2-0

with 13 minutes left, but won

3-2 with Thompson netting

the equaliser.

Experiences like that one

have shaped a culture at the

club whereby even a halftime

deficit doesn’t knock

the belief and determination

within the changing room, as

the midfielder explained.

“It was a poor start from us

all. We knew they’d come at

us, and the gaffer had a little

go at us at half-time, which

was to be expected. We knew

we had better standards

than that, but we still knew

we could get a result. We

believed in each other and

went out there to put it right.

“Games like that have

happened quite a lot. We

love to leave it til the last

minute! And even when they

scored again to make it 3-3,

the belief was still there.

“You’ve got to give credit to

Morecambe. They put up a

good fight, they started well,

but I think we showed we’ve

got that little bit more quality

and we know we can score

goals.”

Thompson and co will be

looking for a repeat of that

second-half display, and

maintaining their perfect

home record, against the

Gills this afternoon, on the

latest step of a journey that

he hopes will lead to a return

to the Championship.

“We’re taking one game at

a time; it’s all we can do.

It’s about getting our three

points at home whenever

we can, and picking up good

results on the road.

“We all want to play in the

Championship again and

we’re all working so hard to

get back there, but we’re just

staying calm and focused

on the next game and we’ll

give everything we’ve got to

win it.”

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THE CHAIRBOYS

THE WANDERERS

WELCOME BACK FORMER

PLAYERS EVERY WEEK

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ASSOCIATION NEWS.

Spurs reminder for Len -

62 years on

Can it really be 62 years on from

one of the greatest days in the

sporting life of a Wanderers

legend? Yes, October 17, 1959 was

the afternoon when Len Worley

went from being an Isthmian

League upstart from Wycombe to

a fully-blown First Division player

with the mighty Spurs.

With Welsh international Terry

Medwin called up for international

duty, Tottenham boss Bill

Nicholson had no hesitation on

TENNIS OPPONENT PAUL

VALDEZ REWARDED LEN BY

SETTING IN MOTION THE

PROGRAMME HAND-OVER

giving the 22-year-old amateur his

chance in the big time. His debut

on the right wing alongside such

stars as Danny Blanchflower, Dave

Mackay, Bobby Smith, John White

and Terry Dyson could have led to

a full-time professional career with

the club that only a season later

was to land the dream double of

League One title and FA Cup.

Amazingly, Len had the courage to

turn down ‘Nick’ and returned to

spend a further 11 years at Loakes

Park. The dribble king eventually

clocked up 512 appearances for

the Blues, knocking in 67 goals but

making scores galore for talismen

like Tony Horseman and Keith

Samuels.

He was handed the opportunity

at White Hart Lane two years

after helping the Wanderers to

the 1957 FA Amateur Cup Final –

his two goals in the semi-final at

Highbury helping clinch victory

over Corinthian Casuals. Given the

chance to compete with the likes

of international wingers like Cliff

Jones and Terry Medwin appealed.

But the £20 maximum wage paid

to professionals in those days did

not.

“I was getting married and training

to become a quantity surveyor

which meant long-term security.

I also had the chance to return to

Loakes Park and play again for one

of the best amateur clubs in the

country in front of huge crowds

every week,” remembers Len.

“Like Wycombe coach Sid Cann,

Mr Nicholson was a pretty dour

character and he just shrugged

his shoulders when I rejected his

offer.”

So did the man dubbed the

Chalfont Wonder ever regret

his decision? “Never,” says Len

– still sprightly at 84. “I was in

the British Olympic squad, was

winning amateur international

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THE CHAIRBOYs

LEN WORLEY WITH THE

PRECIOUS PROGRAMME

FROM HIS FIRST DIVISION

DEBUT FOR SPURS AWAY

TO SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

Scottish international Willie

Ormond, were assembled by a

football-mad Sergeant Major and

we spent most of our time playing

soccer.”

Len had another permanent

reminder of his Tottenham days

only this week. While walloping

a rival at tennis – he still plays

several times a week – the

vanquished Paul Valdez mentioned

that friend Ian Woodley had the

very programme from the Spurs

First Division match in which

Worley featured. A get-together

was quickly arranged and Ian kindly

handed over the Hillsborough

programme which shows Len’s

names among the Lilywhite

greats.

When I had the honour of

interviewing Bill Nicholson for BBC

Radio many years ago, I mentioned

Len’s debut as an amateur. The

great man denied Worley had ever

played for his first team - that

was until he’d carefully sifted

through several season’s copies

of the Playfair Football Annual as

I squirmed anxiously. Pity I didn’t

have this programme to hand...

caps for England and enjoying

my football at Wycombe. I was

playing alongside characters like

Dennis Atkins and Mike Wicks

who, frankly, were different to

the professionals of the day that

I met.”

Len does remember his one

senior Spurs appearance with

pride though. “I made my debut

against Sheffield Wednesday at

Hillsborough on the very day

that John White also pulled on

a Tottenham shirt for the first

time. He was a great player whose

career was tragically cut short

when he was killed in an accident

five years later when struck by

lightning while sheltering on a golf

course.”

Len has happier memories of his

year at Tottenham. He played

regularly for the reserve side

alongside such accomplished

players as Terry Dyson and Johnny

Brooks. And he’s still friends with

another Spurs legend, Cliff Jones.

“We were billeted together with

the King’s Troop Horse Artillery

when we did our National Service.

Several other excellent players,

including Maurice Setters and

MAN UTD FAN IAN WOODLEY

DIPPED INTO HIS OWN PROGRAMME

COLLECTION TO HAND OVER

THE PROGRAMME OF LEN’S BIG

FOOTBALLING DAY

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THE gills

THE OPPOSITION

gillingham

Nickname: Gills – Manager: Steve Evans – Stadium: Priestfield – Founded: 1893

The Gills were the first team

to defeat the Chairboys in the

2019/20 season, and arrive at

Adams Park today looking to dent

the Blues’ perfect home record,

as well as racking up just a third

league win of the campaign so far.

Steve Evans’ men finished 10th

last term, and his mission of

collecting an eighth promotion of

his managerial career has started

slowly, currently occupying 18th

place with 11 points and 11 goals

from as many matches.

They ended their wait for an

away win when they defeated

Cambridge at the end of

September, but succumbed to

defeat last weekend to new league

leaders Wigan, having lost just one

of their previous five.

Goals have been relatively hard

to come by – only bottom side

Doncaster have scored fewer at

home – and they’ve been aided by

two own goals, with Vadaine Oliver

top scorer with four in the league.

But they’ve also been resilient

in defence, proving hard to beat

and claiming creditable draws at

Oxford and Burton in recent weeks,

while they were also in front and

in control against MK Dons before

a red card turned the tide. No side

in League 1 has drawn more than

Gillingham (five), and no side in the

bottom half has conceded fewer

than their 15.

Oliver is one of four players to have

started every home league game

so far, forming part of the spine

which comprises keeper Jamie

Cumming, long-standing (bar a

year at Bristol Rovers) centre-half

Max Ehmer and midfielder Kyle

Dempsey.

Wanderers will need little

introduction to the Gills’ other

target man up top – John Akinde

– who spent two loan spells at

Adams Park at the start of his

career, and has returned to South

Bucks with goalscoring displays

with Barnet and Lincoln.

Other stand-out names include

Olly Lee, who shone in a previous

spell at Luton before moving to

the SPL with Hearts, and Charlie

Kelman, who rose to prominence

in his teens with Southend and

earned a Championship switch to

QPR.

Rhys Bennett is an experienced

defender and former Peterborough

team-mate of Ryan Tafazolli, while

Alex MacDonald scored at Adams

Park for Burton in 2014 and netted

his first goal of the season in the

draw at former side Oxford.

Manager: Steve Evans

A larger than life character in the

dugout, Evans took the reins at

Priestfield in 2019, having left

Peterborough six months earlier.

A striker during his playing days,

Evans began his managerial career

with Lincolnshire non-League

outfit Stamford in 1994. Two

separate stints at Boston United

followed before he moved to

Crawley in 2007, leading the Red

Devils to their first ever promotion

to the League in 2011. That and

his back-to-back promotions with

Rotherham in 2013 and 2014 rank

among his biggest achievements

as a manager.

He looked to be on course to

leading Mansfield to the League

2 play-offs in 2018 but took the

job at Peterborough in League

1, spending just under a year at

London Road.

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THE gills

opposition view

Ahead of today’s League One clash, we spoke

to Gillingham fan Matt (@GillsInTheBlood)

about what we can expect from the visitors.

Gills currently sit 18th in

the League One table, with

a win, two draws and two

losses making up their last

five matches. Can you talk us

through some of those recent

results?

We’ve been decent on the whole

in that run in my opinion. In the

MK Dons defeat we actually took

the lead before a needless red

card ultimately cost us against a

very good side. The draws versus

both Charlton & Oxford saw us

playing very well in periods of

both games only a post stopped

us beating the Londoners. The

Cambridge win was comfortably

our most complete of the season,

and Saturday’s defeat at home to

Wigan was against a side who for

me will be right up there come

the end of the season.

Who are the key players in the

Gillingham squad this season?

The obvious one is Vadaine

Oliver, last season’s top scorer,

who has four in the league

already. Others to watch will be

the centre backs Jack Tucker

& Max Ehmer, the skipper Kyle

Dempsey & if fit, wide man

Mustapha Carayol.

What kind of football will Gills

look to play? How do you think

they’ll look to break down the

home side?

We will likely be fairly direct on

the whole, getting balls into our

front players as quick as possible

and playing from there. Once in

the final third the likes of Oliver,

Dempsey, Carayol and Danny

Lloyd will come alive and look to

get delivery into dangerous areas

or shots off at goal.

Despite having a number of

consistent League One goal

scorers in the squad, Evans’

side haven’t found the net that

easy to find in some matches.

Do you think the manager will

look to change anything against

Wycombe?

Our biggest problem so far this

season has been - at least until

the last two or three games - not

being able to select a settled

side. We lost three weeks of

pre-season due to COVID and

then plenty of players have had

niggling injuries which are still

not fully cleared up. At the start

of the season, we had midfielders

having to play as strikers, and

even Vadaine Oliver has had to

play while far from 100% at least

once already. On top of that

Mustapha Carayol - one of our

biggest creative outlets - has

missed the last few games with a

muscle problem. If we can get all

of those types of players on the

pitch together I’m confident the

goals will come, but I can’t see

Steve Evans changing too much

in terms of how he sets up the

team.

It was Gills who came out on top

the last time we met in 2019,

winning 2-0, but what’s your

prediction for Saturday?

That seems like a lifetime away

now doesn’t it after that season

being cut short and then having

to watch an entire campaign on

iFollow. There is no point dressing

this up as it being anything other

than another big task versus a

side who for me has a squad

capable of challenging at the top

end of the table. One thing that

gives us a chance is that you’ve

conceded over a goal a game so

far, but on the flip side of that

your home form is rock solid after

last weekend’s last gasp 4-3 win

over Morecambe. If I was offered

a draw right now I would happily

take it and run.

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The Big Picture

THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF THE

BEAUTIFUL GAME, AS WANDERERS

CELEBRATE CURTIS THOMPSON’S LAST-GASP

WINNER AGAINST MORECAMBE.


THE CHAIRBOYS

2021/22 season

Your Chairboys

2

Jack Grimmer

3

Joe Jacobson

4

Dominic Gape

5

Anthony Stewart

6

Ryan Tafazolli

2021/22: total:

Apps:

11

gls:

0

Apps:

74 gls:

0

2021/22: total:

Apps: Apps: 14 1 316 39

2021/22: total:

Apps: Apps: 2 0 174 3

2021/22: total:

Apps:

11

gls:

1

Apps:

261 gls:

17

2021/22: total:

Apps:

8

gls:

2

Apps:

29 gls:

4

The Scottish defender arrived

in 2019 after leaving Coventry

and has become a regular

feature in the Chairboys’

backline.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Christine Barry

Away: Arran White

Training: Gina Clarke

Junior Blue: James Govan

Set-piece king Jacobson

signed for the Blues in 2014

and has been virtually everpresent

in defence, scoring

countless vital goals.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Piledesigns

Away: Robertson’s Estate Agents

Training: Ceri Saunders

Junior Blue: Stanley Lavender

Gape joined from

Southampton in January 2017

after a successful loan, and

scored the goal that sealed

promotion from League 2

in 2018.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Alan & Mike Sunderland

Away: Christine Barry

Training: Gina Clarke

Junior Blue: AVAILABLE

Youth team product Stewart

made his debut for the club

in January 2012 and returned

from a year at Crewe in 2015.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Risboro’ Fish

Away: Karen Adams

Training: Karen & Cliff Mooney

Junior Blue: Cian Moore

Powerful Iranian defender

Tafazolli joined the Blues

from Hull in 2020 and starred

in the second half of the

Championship season.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Jorja & Toby

Away: Keith & Shirley Blagbrough

Training: Liam O’Rourke

Junior Blue: AVAILABLE

7

David Wheeler

8

Curtis Thompson

9

Sam Vokes

10

Matt Bloomfield

12

Garath McCleary

2021/22: total:

Apps:

8

gls:

1

Apps:

88 gls:

8

2021/22: total:

Apps: Apps: 12 1 125 2

2021/22: total:

Apps: Apps: 12 3 12 3

2021/22: total:

Apps:

1

gls:

0

Apps:

547 43

gls:

2021/22: total:

Apps: Apps: 10 4 43 8

Former Exeter and QPR man

Wheeler arrived at Adams

Park in July 2019 and has

proved his versatility in many

attacking positions.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: WWISC

Away: Michael van de Vyver

Training: Owen Butler

Junior Blue: Jake Lavender

Thompson first signed on

loan from Notts County

in January 2018 and later

made his move permanent,

winning the Player of the Year

prize the following year.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Chiltern Historics & Luke Saunders

Away: Chris Harvey & John Clegg

Training: Available

Junior Blue: James Foster

Capped 64 times

by Wales, Vokes landed at

Adams Park in July 2021

after leaving Stoke City, with

plenty of Premier League

experience behind him.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Owen Barnes and Mabon Wilcox

Away: Available

Training: Harry & Peter Goodacre

Junior Blue: CIAN MOORE

Club legend Bloomfield

signed for the Chairboys in

2003 and has made close to

600 appearances, also taking

up a coaching role this year.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Reuben & Sara Cox

Away: John Vipond

Training: Louise, Reta & Anthony Stone

Junior Blue: Owen Butler

The Jamaican winger

has plenty of experience

in the top two tiers with

Nottingham Forest and

Reading, and joined the Blues

in November 2020.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: John Palmer

Away: Michael van de Vyver

Training: Liam Cracknell

Junior Blue: AVAILABLE

HOW TO SPONSOR a chairboy

Sponsor a player’s home or away shirt for £580, or take up the training kit for £120.

Call 01494 472100 option 2 or email commercial@wwfc.com to book. See wwfc.com for more details.

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THE CHAIRBOYs

13

David Stockdale

16

Sullay Kaikai

17

Daryl Horgan

18

BRANDON hanlan

19

Anis Mehmeti

2021/22: total:

Apps: Apps: 12 3 33 11

2021/22: total:

Apps: Apps: 10 0 10 0

2021/22: total:

Apps:

11

gls:

1

Apps:

53 gls:

2

2021/22: total:

Apps:

8

gls:

2

Apps:

8

gls:

2

2021/22: total:

Apps:

9

gls:

0

Apps:

38 gls:

3

Ex-Fulham and Brighton

man Stockdale is the club’s

first-choice keeper, signing

a permanent deal in 2019

having previously enjoyed a

short loan spell.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Nick & Peter Lerner

Away: Alicia Kennedy

Training: Miriam Payne

Junior Blue: Cian Moore

Exciting forward Kaikai helped

Blackpool win promotion in

2021 and switched to Adams

Park that summer, soon after

earning his first cap for Sierra

Leone.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Mike & Kathy Locke

Away: AVAILABLE

Training: AVAILABLE

Junior Blue: AVAILABLE

Ireland international Horgan

signed for Wycombe in

August 2020 and scored on

his debut, providing attacking

flair across various positions.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Neil Jewsbury

Away: AVAILABLE

Training: Liam Cracknell

Junior Blue: Mollie Raraty

Former Charlton youngster

Hanlan arrived at Adams

Park in August 2021 after

impressing at League 1 level

for Gillingham and Bristol

Rovers most recently.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Robertson’s Estate Agents

Away: AVAILABLE

Training: AVAILABLE

Junior Blue: AVAILABLE

The former Norwich

youngster arrived in

September 2020 and won

Young Player of the Year

in his first season, earning

Albania under-21 caps.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: John Vipond

Away: WWFC Trust

Training: Elaine Norman

Junior Blue: AVAILABLE

20

Adebayo Akinfenwa

22

Nick Freeman

23

Jordan Obita

26

Jason McCarthy

28

Josh Scowen

2021/22: total:

Apps: Apps: 10 1 221 55

2021/22: total:

Apps: Apps: 4 0 130 7

2021/22: total:

Apps: Apps: 14 0 23 0

2021/22: total:

Apps:

6

gls:

0

Apps:

129 gls:

8

2021/22: total:

Apps:

11

gls:

0

Apps:

111

gls:

3

The ‘Beast’ is known

worldwide for his immense

strength and is the club’s

record goalscorer in the EFL

era, having signed in 2016.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Tina & Charlotte Davis

Away: Chris Moore

Training: The Isaac Family

Junior Blue: Cian Moore

Freeman signed for

Wycombe in 2016 after

impressing on trial, having

worked his way up the nonleague

ladder previously.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Rose Family

Away: Wendy Laidler

Training: Emily Isaac

Junior Blue: Lily Vipond

Talented left-sided player

Obita signed from Oxford in

January 2021, after spending

most of his career with

Reading.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: John Vipond

Away: AVAILABLE

Training: AVAILABLE

Junior Blue: AVAILABLE

Attacking wing-back

McCarthy was Player of the

Year in his first spell with

the club, and rejoined on a

permanent deal from Millwall

in 2020.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Arran White

Away: The Booth Family

Training: available

Junior Blue: lucas owen

Combative midfielder Scowen

rejoined the Blues in July 2021

after leaving Sunderland,

having developed through

Wycombe’s academy prior to

spells with Barnsley and QPR.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Alan Parry

Away: Margaret & Alan Hodgson

Training: Graham Sloper

Junior Blue: AVAILABLE

29

Tjay de barr

31

adam przybek

33

oliver pendlebury

M

GARETH AINSWORTH

A

richard dobson

2021/22: total:

Apps:

3

gls:

1

Apps:

3

gls:

1

2021/22: total:

Apps:

3

cs:

0

Apps:

3

cs:

0

2021/22: total:

Apps:

7

gls:

2

Apps:

7

gls:

2

Gibraltar international de

Barr burst onto the scene

at Wycombe, scoring a

last-minute equaliser in

the Carabao Cup win at

Stevenage.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: Jeremy Boyd

Away: AVAILABLE

Training: Gina Clarke

Junior Blue: AVAILABLE

Former West Brom and

Ipswich keeper Przybek

signed for the club in July

2021, making his debut in

the Carabao Cup win at

Stevenage.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: available

Away: Robertson’s estate agents

Training: available

Junior Blue: available

Pendlebury signed for the

Chairboys in July 2021 from

Reading FC, scoring a brace

in the win at Cheltenham in

August.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: The Abbis Family

Away: available

Training: Ryan Isaac

Junior Blue: available

Blues boss Ainsworth

joined the club as a player in

2009 and took the reins as

manager in 2012, guiding the

club from League 2 to the

Championship.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: James Sumner

Away: Lisa Bowker

Training: Ben Prior-Wandesforde

Former youth team boss

Richard Dobson arrived at

Adams Park in 2007 and

stepped up to the position of

assistant manager in 2011.

PLAYER SPONSOR:

Home: OWWSA

Away: Keith Sleight

Training: Cheryl Kipping

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THE CHAIRBOYS

Giving Football Back to

Small Business

At eBay, we know small business and

football clubs used to be like chips and

gravy, two peas in a pod – a match

made in community heaven.

Ironmongers, ship workers, spring

makers and cobblers, all formed clubs

which decades later are still prospering.

But nowadays, you’d think it was all

eyewatering transfers, Super Leagues

and mega sponsors, detached from the

humble origins of our historic clubs.

That’s why eBay are proud to support

300,000 small businesses who help

power EFL clubs nationwide. We’ll be

donating our advertising space to a lot

of these businesses – on match day

hoardings, around grounds and beyond –

throughout the coming season, to ensure

they can continue to thrive in our local

communities. So, join us in giving your

support to Small Business Power, because

today, they need us more than ever.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

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THE CHAIRBOYs

Having only just calmed down from last week’s

showstopper against Morecambe, we’re back at

Adams Park for the visit of Gillingham.

In contrast to the last international break, today’s

fixture goes ahead today despite 3 of our players

having been called up for international duty. Daryl

Horgan returns to action with the Republic of

Ireland, fresh off the back of his first league goal

for Wycombe last weekend, and Tjay de Barr was

initially called up to the Gibraltar squad but has

since returned to the club where made a 20 minute

cameo against MK Dons in the Papa Johns Trophy

on his return from injury. Sullay Kaikai has also been

selected for international duty and will be hoping to

add to his single cap for Sierra Leone. The 26-yearold,

who was born in London to parents hailing

from the West African country, has been called up

to represent them in the October friendlies against

South Sudan, The Gambia and Morocco.

Last week, Sullay assisted with the delivery of

around 100 items of Chairboys kit as we welcomed

the Spratley Charity Foundation to Adams Park. Mark

Spratley, founder, alongside his two children and

business partner Byron Cole, joined Sullay before

the game to receive the donation and shared stories

about the work they do with children in Sierra Leone

in collaboration with music artists, TV personalities

and athletes to raise money and awareness for a

variety of projects. We invite any Chairboys fans

that wish to donate to visit their website at https://

spratleycharityfoundation.com/donate.

Elsewhere, we’ve just announced the latest

programme of esports tournaments on the Monster-

Shop Esports Arena. With prizes including baseball

caps, signed squad photos and vinyl skins, we’ve

introduced tournaments to celebrate the launch

of the new FIFA22 as well as Call of Duty Warzone.

Head to rivalgames.com/wycombefc to sign up for

any of our latest tournaments to be in with a chance

of winning. Wycombe Wanderers Esports are also

on the lookout for Pro-Clubs players to take part

in the VPG 2021/22 season on both PS5 and Xbox.

If you are an avid Pro-Clubs player and looking to

get involved with the team this season, contact @

wwfcesports on Twitter to arrange your trial.

Finally, a big happy birthday to the following

#WorldwideWanderers!

Enrique Isaías Espinosa González - Mexico -

09/10/1997

Juan Benítez López – Spain - 09/10/2000

Nicolás Naveran - Argentina - 09/10/2000

Alan Romero - México - 09/10/2001

António Pinto - Portugal - 09/10/200

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THE CHAIRBOYS

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THE CHAIRBOYs

Photos by

Sheena

Booker

SUNDAY SAW THE CHAIRGIRLS FIRST TEAM REACH

THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING OF THE VITALITY

WOMEN’S FA CUP AFTER BEATING SPORT LONDON E

BENFICA 3-0.

Our Reserves beat off EB Lions

with a goal fest and clean sheet

while our U18s lost to Wokingham

& Embrook despite a battling

performance.

Getting to know: Bobby Lynch

Bobby is a defender who is in

her third season at Wycombe

Wanderers. She is currently injured

but is still a massive part of the

Chairgirls side, supporting from

the sidelines. Starting her career

age 12, she has played for Cardiff

City, Oxford & QPR.

What are your thoughts on the

season so far?

It has been a mixed start to this

season for us. We are going

through a transition period and

having to rebuild after losing a

few key players over the last two

very disrupted seasons. We are

rebuilding though and have a very

talented and positive group that

are building momentum each

week. On a personal note, suffering

a potentially long-term injury in

just the 2nd game of the season

has side-lined me for now, but I’ll

continue to support the girls and

management however I can.

Do you have a favourite memory

while playing for Wycombe?

My time at Wycombe hasn’t been

the most straight forward, my

first two seasons at the club were

null and void due to COVID but I

joined the club with the intention

of regaining my love for the game

and I have definitely done that.

What would you say to any

budding player thinking of joining

the Chairgirls?

Do it. We have 3 squads who are

always looking to expand and

develop. New faces are always

welcome.

What piece of advice would you

give to a young woman thinking

of a career in football?

Enjoy the journey and believe

in your dreams; the dream of

being a professional footballer

can come true now, if you work

hard. There are lot of women in

football now, lots of role models

that show women can be involved

in all aspects of football and at its

highest level.

Recruitment

There are still some spaces in the

first team squad for this season

and the Chairgirls are looking

for players to cover a variety of

positions. Players should ideally

have experience of playing at steps

4-6 but if you’re currently a step 7

player with ambition, come along

to this welcoming & progressive

club. Please contact Head Coach,

Dave Ward, on daveward12@

yahoo.com.

Wycombe Wanderers Women are

also in need of a new Secretary.

The varied role will include duties

that continue both during the

season and in the off-season.

Please contact Nigel Kingston

on nigemart2019@gmail.com for

further information.

Recent results

First Team:

WW 3 - Sport London E Benfica

0 (Vitality Women’s FA Cup)

Goals: Kern, Fryer & West

Reserves: WW 6 - EB Lions 0

Goals: Creighton, Dean, Gilbert,

Sanders, Grimm & Bamford.

U18s:

Wokingham & Embrook 2 - WW 0

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THE CHAIRBOYS

Welcome back to Adams Park for

today’s fixture with Gillingham!

Adams Park is still bouncing

from last week’s result against

Morecambe. What a day that

was and what a result. And

although it didn’t quite go to plan

in midweek against MK Dons, we

are all hoping for half that much

drama today! In the meantime,

it’s been a crazy week here in the

Wycombe Wanderers Sports &

Education Trust.

Our flagship education projects,

Primary Future Goals and Premier

League Primary Stars, returned

to schools in September. Since

the second week of term, the

education team has been out

working in Disraeli, Oakridge,

Carrington, Our Lady, Wooburn

Green and Hamilton schools.

In conjunction with the Premier

League, PLPS aims to provide

children and teachers with the

support and engagement they

require to thrive in a school and

sporting environment, through

the power of the Premier League

brand. The aims are to improve

the ability of the teachers we

work with to deliver high quality

PE lessons and school sport,

improve children’s awareness

of the importance of fair play,

respect, teamwork, winning

and losing, sportsmanship and

inclusion. The PLPS sessions

Increase children’s engagement

and enjoyment of numeracy

and literacy lessons and use the

four Premier League values to

develop targeted participant’s

social skills - values like aiming

to be ambitious, be inspiring, be

connected and be fair.

Our Primary Future Goals project

- funded by Buckinghamshire

Council - aims to provide

targeted support for local

children and young people in

school years four, five & six

through dedicated one-to-one

and small group mentoring

support alongside whole-class

PSHE sessions. Topics covered

so far include ‘We are unique’,

‘Overcoming challenges’ and

‘Working together as a team’.

Future sessions will focus on

Respect, being positive, making

your mind up, healthy choices

and online safety. In addition to

the classroom sessions, we are

now running after school football

clubs at Hamilton, Oakridge,

Carrington, Wooburn Green and

Our Lady for Years One through

to Six, alongside a Year Seven

club at The Beaconsfield School.

Paul Withams, Future Goals

delivery officer, said, “It’s great to

be back in our schools working

with a whole range of children

and to catch up with classes and

children that were part of last

year’s programme. The impact

on the children is incalculable.”

These sessions have been

running since the start of term

and things are almost feeling

back to normal which is great.

We are working towards our Half

Term break at the end of October

Speaking of the October half

term, our Sports Participation

team are delighted to be running

the summer soccer camps at

Cressex Community School and

the Beaconsfield School for kids

of all footballing abilities and skill

levels.

Focusing on FUN-dementals and

skill development, the carefully

designed coaching curriculum

allows children of all levels of

ability & experience in football

the opportunity to make new

friends as well as stay active both

physically and mentally. There

is also a great social element to

our groups, as our participants

always leave having made new

friends. Each day starts with

a fun series of warm up drills

and goes into skill sessions and

games, competitions, small sided

games and drills. All courses

are delivered by WWSET’s

fully qualified, professional

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and experienced coaches who

teach both basic and advanced

techniques at a pace that suits

each individual. To top it off; all

children who attend a full course

will receive a fantastic going-away

gift.

Also staying fit and healthy are

our latest group of Fit Chairboys

which starts next week on

Wednesday 13th October 2021.

There are still a handful of places,

and it would be great to see

you down there! FIT Chairboys

is a highly successful 12-week

programme which is aimed at

men and women aged 35 to

65 years olds, with a waist size

above 38 inches (for men) or 31

inches (for women), and a BMI of

over 28 who are looking to lose

weight, get fitter and lead a more

active life.

You can learn how to make

better choices to improve your

lifestyle and health, and we work

hard to promote an encouraging

environment where you are

supported through your journey

and you can expect to meet other

like-minded people on the same

journey as you. Our last group

lost over 40kg between them,

which is testament to how great

the programme is.

Our Friends of WWSET

partnerships are continuing to

grow, and this month we were

thrilled to welcome Warner Music

Group, who joined us recently

with their brand, ADA. Alternative

Distribution Alliance (ADA) is a

music distribution company who

represent the rights to various

independent record labels, and

they provide independent artist

and label partners with access

to the resources, relationships

and experience required to share

their creative vision with a global

audience.

As the independent music

distribution arm of Warner Music

Group, ADA Worldwide was

created in 1993 as a joint-venture

between WMG and Restless

Records to offer a distribution

system and marketing,

merchandising, promotion,

and music licensing services.

In 2012, Warner Music Group

combined Independent Label

Group with ADA to create a fullservice

company that provides

services including physical

and digital global distribution,

physical production, merchandise

production and distribution. ADA

offers account management,

an in-house music licensing

function, custom products

and services, marketing and

sponsorships, as well as digital

marketing tools.

Everyone here is thrilled to

have ADA and Warner Music

Group on board. WWSET

Head of Fundraising and

Communications, Mark Fawkes,

noted the importance of this deal,

“We had been working with the

Warner Music Group last season,

and ADA is a massive player in

the industry. It shows how well

thought of the Friends of WWSET

package is to have companies of

this calibre interested.”

The Friends of WWSET

programme is now open to

creative and forward-thinking

companies in the High Wycombe

area and beyond. For more

information, or to sign your

company up and benefit from our

network of contacts including

Warner Music Group and ADA.

Simply drop Mark an email on

mark.fawkes@wwfc.com.

THE CHAIRBOYs

We would like to say a massive

thank you to Vestel, who have

very generously donated two

display units - a 65” and a 55”

display - to WWSET in the last

month. Vestel, for those who

may not know, have worked

with Wycombe Wanderers for a

while now and supplied the club

with the screens that you see

throughout Adams Park. Their

generosity has been amazing,

and we are incredibly grateful.

Don’t forget that Premier League

Kicks is on tonight at Cressex

Astroturf. PL Kicks is a FREE

football session for 12 to 18 year

olds of all footballing abilities. It

is totally free, but we do ask you

to sign up through our website

wwset.co.uk/premier-leaguekicks/

Enjoy the game today. Let’s hope

for another three vital points! Up

the Wyc!

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THE CHAIRBOYS

DATE K/O COMP H/A OPPOSITION ATT. REF RES STARTING XI

AUGUST 2021

SAT 7 15:00 SBL1 H Accrington Stanley 4,551 Breakspear W 2-1 Stockdale McCarthy Grimmer Stewart Jacobson

TUE 10 19:45 CCup A Exeter City 2,555 Rock W 0-0* Stockdale Grimmer Burley Jacobson Freeman

SAT 14 15:00 SBL1 A Cheltenham Town 3,860 Boyeson W 3-1 Stockdale Kaikai Grimmer Stewart Jacobson

TUE 17 19:45 SBL1 A Wigan Athletic 8,671 Backhouse D 1-1 Stockdale Kaikai Grimmer Stewart 1 Jacobson

SAT 21 15:00 SBL1 H Lincoln City 5,030 Bell W 1-0 Stockdale Freeman Grimmer · Stewart Jacobson

TUE 24 19:45 CCup A Stevenage - Bourne W 2-2** Przybek Ram Tafazolli Jacobson · Kaikai

SAT 28 15:00 SBL1 A Sunderland 29,344 Busby L 1-3 Stockdale Grimmer Tafazolli Jacobson Kaikai

TUE 31 19:00 EFLT H Aston Villa u21 1,409 Howard L 1-3 Przybek Wheeler Thompson McCleary Hanlan

SEPTEMBER 2021

SAT 4 15:00 SBL1 H Ipswich Town P-P

SAT 11 15:00 SBL1 A Oxford United 9,082 Sarginson D 0-0 Stockdale Grimmer Stewart Tafazolli Jacobson

SAT 18 15:00 SBL1 H Charlton Athletic 5,832 Wright W 2-1 Stockdale Grimmer Stewart Tafazolli Jacobson

TUE 21 19:45 CCup A Manchester City Jones L 1-6 Stockdale Stewart Tafazolli Jacobson Gape

SAT 25 15:00 SBL1 A Milton Keynes Dons 9,355 Oldham L 0-1 Stockdale Grimmer Stewart · Tafazolli Jacobson

TUE 28 19:45 SBL1 A Shrewsbury Town 4,510 Joyce W 2-1 Stockdale · Grimmer · Stewart · Tafazolli 1 Jacobson 1

OCTOBER 2021

SAT 2 15:00 SBL1 H Morecambe 4,161 Reeves W 4-3 Stockdale McCarthy Stewart Tafazolli 1 Jacobson

TUE 5 19:00 EFLT A Milton Keynes Dons 1,320 Pollard L 1-2 Przybek McCarthy Obita Grimmer Jacobson

SAT 9 15:00 SBL1 H Gillingham

SAT 16 15:00 SBL1 A Doncaster Rovers

TUE 19 19:45 SBL1 A Rotherham United

SAT 23 15:00 SBL1 H Crewe Alexandra

SAT 30 15:00 SBL1 A Fleetwood Town

NOVEMBER 2021

TUE 9 19:00 EFLT H Burton Albion

SAT 13 15:00 SBL1 H Portsmouth

SAT 20 15:00 SBL1 H Bolton Wanderers

TUE 23 19:45 SBL1 A Plymouth Argyle

SAT 27 15:00 SBL1 A Sheffield Wednesday

DECEMBER 2022

TUE 7 19:45 SBL1 H Burton Albion

SAT 11 15:00 SBL1 H AFC Wimbledon

SAT 18 15:00 SBL1 A Bolton Wanderers

SUN 26 15:00 SBL1 H Cambridge United

WED 29 19:45 SBL1 A Ipswich Town

JANUARY 2022

SAT 1 15:00 SBL1 A Charlton Athletic

SAT 8 15:00 SBL1 H Sunderland

SAT 15 15:00 SBL1 H Oxford United

SAT 22 15:00 SBL1 A Morecamber

SAT 29 15:00 SBL1 H Milton Keynes Dons

FEBRUARY 2022

SAT 5 15:00 SBL1 A Cambridge United

TUE 8 19:45 SBL1 H Shrewsbury Town

SAT 12 15:00 SBL1 A Lincoln City

SAT 19 15:00 SBL1 H Cheltenham Town

TUE 22 19:45 SBL1 H Wigan Athletic

SAT 26 15:00 SBL1 A Accrington Stanley

MARCH 2022

SAT 5 15:00 SBL1 A Crewe Alexandra

SAT 12 15:00 SBL1 H Rotherham United

SAT 19 15:00 SBL1 A Portsmouth

SAT 26 15:00 SBL1 H Fleetwood Town

APRIL 2022

SAT 2 15:00 SBL1 H Doncaster Rovers

SAT 9 15:00 SBL1 A Gillingham

FRI 15 15:00 SBL1 H Plymouth Argyle

MON 18 15:00 SBL1 A AFC Wimbledon

SAT 23 15:00 SBL1 H Sheffield Wednesday

SAT 30 15:00 SBL1 A Burton Albion

* Wycombe won on penalties 4-3 | ** Wycombe won 5-4 on penalties

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THE CHAIRBOYs

KEY: HOME GAMES ARE IN BOLD | GOALSCORER 1 | BOOKED · | SENT-OFF · | STARTING XI | FIRST SUB | SECOND SUB | THIRD SUB | FOURTH SUB | OWN GOAL ‡

SUBSTITUTES

Obita Pendlebury Horgan Scowen McCleary 2 Vokes Akinfenwa 61’, Mehmeti 69’, Freeman 81’, Bloomfield, Kaikai, Samuel, Przybek

Thompson Bloomfield Obita Kaikai Mehmeti · Samuel Pendlebury 45+5’, Horgan 45’, McCarthy 45’, Vokes 62’, Stewart, De Barr, Przybek

Obita Pendlebury 2 Mehmeti Scowen Vokes 1 McCleary Freeman 75’, Akinfenwa 76’, Thompson 90+2’, Samuel, De Barr, Przybek, Burley

Obita · Pendlebury · Scowen Mehmeti McCleary Vokes Thompson 59’, Horgan 60’, Akinfenwa 73’, Freeman, Samuel, Przybek, Burley

Obita Thompson · Horgan Scowen Vokes · 1 McCleary Kaikai 63’, Mehmeti 84’, Akinfenwa, Samuel, Przybek, Pendlebury, Burley

Burley · Pendlebury · Obita Samuel Mehmeti Akinfenwa 1 Stewart 45’, Horgan 66’, De Barr 71’ 1, Vokes, Kashket McCleary, Dickinson

Thompson Scowen · Obita Mehmeti Horgan Vokes Wheeler 69’ 1, De Barr 74’, Akinfenwa 74’, Dickinson, Przybek, Pendlebury, Burley

Pendlebury Burley Ram Linton Forino Parsons 1 Dickonson, Jacobson, Kaikai, Obita, Clark

Thompson · McCleary Obita Scowen Hanlan Vokes Horgan 71’, Akinfenwa 73’, Wheeler 88’, Kaikai, McCarthy, Przybek, Pendlebury

Thompson McCleary 2 Scowen Obita Vokes Horgan Akinfenwa 76’, Kaikai 81’, Hanlan 84’, Gape, Wheeler, McCarthy, Przybek

McCarthy Wheeler Kaikai Obita Akinfenwa Hanlan 1 Vokes 65’, Horgan 68’, Scowen 75’, Grimmer, Thompson, Przybek

Thompson McCleary Scowen Obita Vokes Horgan Hanlan 73’, Akinfenwa 73’, Wheeler 79’, Gape, Kaikai, McCarthy, Przybek

McCarthy Scowen Thompson Kaikai · Vokes Hanlan Wheeler 70’, McCleary 82’, Akinfenwa 87’, Horgan, Mehmeti, Obita, Przybek

Thompson 1 McCleary Scowen Obita Vokes 1 Horgan 1 Hanlan 71’, Mehmeti 88’, Wheeler 90+5’, Grimmer, Kaikai, Akinfenwa, Przybek

Gape Pendlebury Mehmeti Parsons Hanlan 1 Wheeler · De Barr 67’, Thompson 90+2 ·’, Dickinson, Stewart, Tafazolli, Vokes

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THE CHAIRBOYS

NEWS FROM WYCOMBE WANDERERS TRUST

Your chance to meet…

TV sports commentator and

long-time Blues fan, Alan Parry,

is the celebrity guest at the Trust

Table in the Caledonian Suite

prior to the match today. Alan

will be available for a chat or to

answer your questions from 2pm.

Alan’s appearance is part of a new

WWT supporters’ initiative which

will see guest appearances at the

Trust Table by former players,

Club officials and players from

WWFC’s women’s section. Pete

Couhig was the star guest for

last Saturday’s Morecambe game

and his uncle, Rob, has promised

to make his own pre-game

appearance soon.

Join the Trust – and win a VIP

Woodlands Suite Upgrade…

New Trust members can win a

VIP upgrade to the Woodlands

Lounge for the Wimbledon

game on 11 December. Anyone

who joins the Trust before the

end of November will go into a

draw and the lucky winner will

enjoy a pair of VIP upgrades

for the Wimbledon match. The

Woodlands lounge has sweeping,

tranquil views of the rolling

Buckinghamshire countryside,

a unique view, complementary

match dining, free bar and

exclusive man of the Match

presentation. This really is the

best seat in the house.

To join the Trust, visit

www.4everBlues.com or scan the

QR code shown.

Win with the Wanderers

£3,475.20 – that’s how much has

been won so far this season by

winners of the Trust’s monthly

Quarters Ball Club draw.

September’s winner was Jacky

Cox, from Widmer End, who

scooped £631.20.

The potential prize pot for the

October draw is likely to be a

whopping £1,600!

There’s still time to enter –

details are on the Trust website:

www.4everBlues.com.

WW Women need a Club

Secretary - can you help?…

The Club’s women’s section

is looking for a new secretary

to help with administration

of all three teams. The role is

fun, not too demanding and

will give you the chance to get

involved behind the scenes.

Interested? Please send an email

marked ‘WWW Secretary, to

enquiries@4everBlues.com

Wycombe Wanderers

Wombles…

Fan volunteers continue to do a

lot of work around Adams Park

and the Training Ground. Now,

the Club has asked the Trust to

help with another opportunity

– Operation Womble! They

are looking for maximum of 12

people working in teams of four,

so you will only be asked to work

one home match in three. All 12

‘Wombles’ will be invited into

the Ignite Third Dressing Room,

next to the players’ tunnel, for

a future match, where you will

be able to see, up-close and

personal, players going out to

practice and start the game,

half time and full time, as well

as enjoy full hospitality. If you’re

interested, please contact

georgina@4everblues.com.

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Manager: Gareth Ainsworth

Jack Grimmer 2

Joe Jacobson 3

Dominic Gape 4

Anthony Stewart 5

Ryan Tafazolli 6

David Wheeler 7

Curtis Thompson 8

Sam Vokes 9

Matt Bloomfield 10

Garath McCleary 12

David Stockdale GK 13

Sullay Kaikai 16

Daryl Horgan 17

Brandon Hanlan 18

Anis Mehmeti 19

Adebayo Akinfenwa 20

Jack Wakely 21

Nick Freeman 22

Jordan Obita 23

Adam Leathers 24

Jason McCarthy 26

Josh Scowen 28

Jean-Baptiste Fischer 27

Tjay de Barr 29

Tyla Dickinson GK 30

Adam Przybek GK 31

Curtis Anderson GK 32

Oliver Pendlebury 33

Andre Burley 34

Max Ram 35

Malachi Linton 36

James Clark 37

Chris Forino 38

Connor Parsons 39

gillingham

Manager: Steve Evans

1 Jamie Cumming GK

2 Ryan Jackson

3 David Tutonda

4 Stuart O’Keefe

5 Max Ehmer

6 Jack Tucker

7 Alex MacDonald

8 Kyle Dempsey

9 Charlie Kelman

10 Oliver Lee

11 Ben Reeves

12 Aaron Chapman GK

14 Robbie McKenzie

15 John Akinde

16 Daniel Adshead

17 Danny Lloyd

18 Rhys Bennett

19 Vadaine Oliver

20 Daniel Phillips

22 Gerard Sithole

23 Harvey Lintott

24 Mustapha Carayol

27 Bailey Akehurst

Next Up @ Adams Park

Saturday 23rd October 2021

Kick Off 3pm

Today’s MATCH OFFICIALs

Referee: Kevin Friend

AR1: Adrian Holmes

AR2: Simon Beck

Fourth Official: Lee Swabey

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