With Wycombe Wanderers welcoming Plymouth Argyle to Adams Park on Saturday, I caught up with the Chairboys manager Gareth Ainsworth at the training ground to talk about the Pilgrims, Derek Adams, crown green bowls with The Beast, a new signing and a wonderful stat about the richest club in the world:
Former Wycombe Wanderers player Andrew Harman presented his investment plans for the club to Chairboys fans last night at the Holiday Inn.
Over 150 people were in attendance at the open forum event which was called by Harman himself just two days earlier.
During the presentation, Harman revealed plans to invest £2m into Wycombe Wanderers over five years to address the financial losses at Adams Park whilst aiming to increase revenues by improving the clubs commercial performance.
An additional £1m was pledged to launch a youth academy, fronted by another former Chairboy Ken Wilson, at a sight within a ten mile radius of Adams Park that would include a 4G pitch.
Harman revealed that his potential investment would be for a minority stake in Wycombe Wanderers for the first two years with the desire to increase this to a majority if the fans were happy with the progress.
During the meeting, Harman highlighted his connections with businesses and schools in the local area.
The evening finished with a question and answer session during which some fans voiced their frustration at the Trust board for not putting forward Harman’s proposal as a viable investment option for the club.
After the presentation, I interviewed Mr Harman for BBC Three Counties Radio:
In a statement released on Monday evening, Wycombe Wanderers Trust and Wycombe Wanderers FC chairman Trevor Stroud said:
“We have always declared that we have been in discussions with more than one interested party and I can only reiterate that Bill and Jim’s proposal remains the recommended route forward for the Trust board. We will never close the door on any potential interest until such point that our negotiations with Bill and Jim reach a conclusion, but theirs is the best deal for the club in the view of the Trust board.”
Bill Luby and Jim Collis will present their investment proposal to Trust legacy members at 7:30pm on Monday 28th January at The Hub, Union Baptist church, Easton Street, High Wycombe.
The Americans require 75% of the vote for their proposal to succeed with voting opening on Monday night for a period of three weeks.
Wycombe Wanderers pulled off another stunning comeback to claim an unlikely victory over play-off chasing Doncaster Rovers.
Coming into the game, the Chairboys had scored the most amount of goals in the final 15 minutes of EFL1 matches so far this season and they added three more to that tally with a magnificent turnaround from two goals down.
The frustrated Doncaster manager Grant McCann called his team “arrogant” for allowing the points to slip away whilst a relieved Gareth Ainsworth spoke to me live on BBC Three Counties Radio. Here is what he had to say:
“I’m an emotional guy and I run on emotions, I could of broke down when the winner went in”
Wycombe Wanderers equaled a club Football League record with their six consecutive win at Adams Park with an impressive victory over Barnsley. After the game, I spoke with Chairboys midfielder Dom Gape:
Gape: “We are giving ourselves a chance in every single game”
Wycombe Wanderers came out on top of an excellent encounter against Rochdale to make it a two wins in a week at Adams Park.
A long range Bryn Morris free-kick deceived Brendan Moore in the Dale goal to give the Chairboys the lead on ten minutes and the home side were on top for the rest of the half.
Rochdale were much improved after the break and dominated possession but the Wanderers defended resolutely and scored again themselves with a trademark goal from Adebayo Akinfenwa on 66 minutes.
With the pressure lifted, Wycombe kept pressing and Fred Onyedinma powered home a header on 72 minutes for his second goal in as many games to complete the scoring.
A third home win on the spin and a clean sheet against an attack minded Rochdale, who had scored in their previous 13 away games, gives the Wanderers a spring in their step as they head to Walsall in EFL1 this Saturday.
After the game I spoke to the Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth on BBC Three Counties Radio:
Wycombe came out on top of a close encounter to secure their first home league win of the season against Burton Albion.
The Chairboys led 2-0 at half-time following a comfortable first 45 minutes which saw a penalty cooly converted by the recalled Joe Jacobson and a trademark finish from Adebayo Akinfenwa, his 200th goal in English football.
Brewers manager Nigel Clough switched to a 4-4-2 formation for the second half, pushing Lucas Akins further forward which resulted in a well worked goal on ’47 minutes for Marvin Sordell. Despite a much improved Burton performance, Wycombe ground out a vital win to move out of the relegation zone whilst leapfrogging their opponents in the table.
After the game, I spoke to the Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth for BBC Three Counties Radio: