Accrington Stanley pre match interviews

Ahead of the massive top of the table clash against Accrington Stanley, I spoke with Wycombe Wanderers manager, Gareth Ainsworth:

I also spoke to the Chairboys skipper, Adam El_Abd:

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Is Ainsworth heading for the ZZ Top?

Five games to go and Wycombe Wanderers are currently occupying an automatic promotion place. Ahead of the trip to Yeovil, I caught up with Gareth Ainsworth, where amongst other things, we talked about his beard:

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Beard today. Wycombe fans will be hoping it won’t be gone tomorrow

Landing planes in tricky conditions and haunted houses – Luke O’Nien talked me through the recent Chairboys squad development day, plus Harry Kane’s dubious goal and the location of his last away goal:

I also spoke with Marcus Bean about the run in, pep talks for Jabo Ibhere and what could happen if he scores another pivotal goal this season:

If you aren’t making the trip to Huish Park, join me for full match commentary on BBC Three Counties Radio 630/1161MW and on iFollow.

 

 

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Anti Greyhound Racing Protests To Continue At Henlow Stadium.

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Anti-racing protests are set to continue at Henlow Greyhound Stadium after their last demonstration was met by a counter-protest group supporting dog racing.

During the last protest in February, the animal rights group Shut Down Henlow Greyhound Stadium, held banners up with slogans ‘You Bet They Die’ and ‘Dogs Are Killed Here’, whilst the the counter-protest group brought along retired greyhounds and held signs with statements including ‘You Bet They Love To Run’ and ‘Loved From Cradle to Sofa’.

The anti-racing protests are organised nationally by the group Campaign Against Greyhound Exploitation and Death (CAGED) who claim the greyhound industry is inherently cruel.

Rita James, founder of CAGED said: “We have a problem with the industry as a whole as we don’t believe that regulations are enforced as it is a self regulated industry.

“Also, because of the number of greyhounds bred for racing means that when they retire, it’s simply unrealistic to rehome all of them.”

Henlow Stadium promoter, Kevin Boothby, recently reached an agreement with rescue kennel owner Johanna Beumer to exclusively rehome Henlow racing dogs after overseeing an increase in the amount of racing taking place at the Bedfordshire track.

Speaking to the industry newspaper, the Greyhound Star, Mr Boothby said: “Traditionally, we have never had a major homefinding issue here because so many of our runners are owner-trained, but the extra fixtures mean we have to plan for the future.”

Kelly Winderbank, an assistant trainer at the stadium who looks after 56 racing greyhounds, believes attitudes in the industry have changed over the years. She said: “I started off as an anti, holding banners on the other side of the fence but I realised that I didn’t know anything about the greyhound industry, I didn’t even own a greyhound.

“15 years ago there were things that I didn’t like about the industry but attitudes have changed and greyhound welfare now is massive within racing.

“Most greyhounds are now found homes when they retire and it is very unusual here for a trainer not to fix an injury.”

According to Racecourse Promoters Association data published by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee in 2016, 1,295 dogs at 22 tracks were euthanised between 2012 and 2014 – about 0.13 per cent of all raced dogs at those tracks during that period.

The next protest at Henlow will be held on the 18th March.

Wycombe Wanderers 3-2 Swindon Town

Yet more late drama from Wycombe Wanderers… Here is how it unfolded, with Bill Turnbull calling the action:

After the game, I spoke with Gareth Ainsworth for BBC Three Counties Radio:

I also had a chat with Adebayo Akinfenwa:

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Wycombe Wanderers 4 – 3 Carlisle United

Ten man Wycombe struck twice in injury time to secure three points against mid-table Carlisle United.

The winner came from the most unlikely of sources too, with Marcus Bean volleying home with virtually the last kick of the game.

Here’s how it unfolded:

 

Regular readers of these pages will know that I’ve been banging on about Beany scoring for some time now and I underlined this insane optimism just two weeks ago on twitter:

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After the game, I spoke with Marcus about the goal, the win and the squad overall:

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Chairboys sign Curtis Thompson on loan from Notts County

Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth has made his fourth signing of the January transfer window, bringing midfielder Curtis Thompson to Adams Park on a loan deal from promotion rivals, Notts County, for the rest of the season.

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Thompson, 24, has made 100 appearances for the Magpies since joining as a scholar in 2009 but has been frozen out of the team at Meadow Lane, making just four first team appearances this season.

Speaking about the combative midfielder, Ainsworth said: “Curtis is someone who impressed me when he’s played against us and I’ve kept tabs on him ever since, so I’m really pleased to be able to bring him here and work with him to help unlock his potential.

“He’s a tenacious midfielder – someone who can win the ball and give us extra strength in the midfield. We’re in a great position in the league and need competition for places all over the park to make sure we can consistently pick up the results we need to have a successful end to the season.

“I know Curtis is looking forward to getting some minutes under his belt and we may need to be patient with him while he recaptures some match sharpness, but I think there’s plenty of talent there and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do for us.”

Thompson is eligible for selection for Wycombe’s next match on Tuesday evening, when they travel to table topping Luton Town.

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Wycombe Wanderers 3-1 Colchester United

The old enemy of Wycombe Wanderers were in town. Here is what went down at Adams Park when the Chairboys took on Colchester United.

Match preview:

 

Commentary highlights:

Post match round up:

After the game I spoke to Chairboys manager, Gareth Ainsworth:

I also spoke to man of the match, Luke O’Nien, who is aiming for the top three:

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