Wycombe Wanderers F.C.

Wycombe Wanderers F.C.
Wycombe Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers badge
Full name Wycombe Wanderers Football Club
Nickname(s) The Chairboys
The Blues
Founded 1887
Ground Adams Park
Hillbottom Road
High Wycombe
(Capacity: 10,284 [1])
Owner Steve Hayes
Chairman Ivor Beeks
Manager Gary Waddock
League League One
2010–11 League Two, 3rd
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Wycombe Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football team from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, which has been promoted to Football League One after finishing third in Football League Two in the season 2010–11. The club's nicknames are "The Chairboys" and "The Blues", and they play in Oxford and Cambridge blue quarters. The name of Wycombe's stadium is Adams Park.

The club is currently managed by former Queens Park Rangers and Aldershot Town manager Gary Waddock, assisted by Richard Dobson, who is also the club's Head of Youth.

The club was awarded the Family Club of the Year award twice in a row in 2006–07 and 2007–08. This is the first and only time that the award has been given to the same club in consecutive seasons.



For more details on this topic, see History of Wycombe Wanderers F.C.

Formation and early years (1887–1921)

The exact details of the formation of Wycombe Wanderers F.C. have largely been lost to history. A group of young lads started a team to play matches in 1884. This team was called North Town Wanderers.

In 1887, a meeting held at the Steam Engine public house in Station Road, High Wycombe saw the formation of Wycombe Wanderers F.C. It is highly likely the club was named Wanderers after the famous Wanderers, winners of the first F.A. Cup in 1872. The club played friendly matches between 1887 and 1896. It first entered the F.A. Amateur Cup in 1894 and the F.A. Cup in 1895. In 1895 the club moved to Loakes Park, which would become its home for the next 95 years. In 1896 the club joined the Southern League and competed in the Second Division until 1908.

In the summer of 1908 the club declined the invitation to retain their membership of the Southern League. The club decided to pursue amateur instead of professional football and joined the Great Western Suburban League and remained there until the outbreak of the First World War. After the hostilities had ended the club joined the Spartan League in 1919 and were Champions in successive years. In March 1921 the club's application to join the Isthmian League was accepted.

The amateur years (1921–1974)

The club remained a member of the Isthmian League until 1985, when they finally accepted promotion to the Alliance Premier League. For over sixty years the Wanderers sought to be the greatest amateur club in the country. One of the club's greatest achievements came in April 1931 when the F.A. Amateur Cup was won for the first and only time. The Wanderers beat Hayes 1-0 in the final at Highbury, home of Arsenal. The club also reached the first round proper of the F.A. Cup for the first time in November 1932, losing to Gillingham in a replay at Loakes Park.

The club remained active during the Second World War, competing in the Great Western Combination, which was won in 1945. In 1947 Frank Adams, who had captained the club to its double Championship victories in the Spartan League and made 331 appearances for the Wanderers, scoring 104 goals, made arguably his greatest contribution when he gifted Loakes Park to the club. It provided the basis for a period of unprecedented success in the 1950's.

The club appointed Sid Cann as coach in 1952 and he led the Wanderers to their first ever Isthmian League title in 1956. The title was successfully defended the following season, and the club also reached Wembley for the first time in their history. They were beaten 3-1 by Bishop Auckland in the final of the F.A. Amateur Cup in April 1957. Their North-East rivals were something of a nemesis having also beaten the Chairboys at the semi-final stage in both 1950 and 1955. The second round proper of the F.A. Cup was reached in December 1959 when the club was defeated 5-1 by Watford at Vicarage Road. The stars of the team included winger Len Worley and striker Paul Bates.

Cann left the club to join Norwich City in 1961 and the club's fortunes took something of a downturn during the 1960s. That changed in December 1968 when Brian Lee was appointed as the club's first conventional manager. He changed several aspects of the club including team selection, which up to that point had been chosen by committee. He led the Wanderers to a third Isthmian League title in 1971 and it was again defended successfully in 1972. The club suffered yet more F.A. Amateur Cup disappointment at the semi-final stage, losing 2-1 to Hendon at Griffin Park, Brentford.

A fifth Isthmian League title was won in 1974 and the following season it was defended yet again, this time by the narrowest of margins, a superior goal difference of 0.1 to Enfield In the same season the club created history by reaching the third round proper of the F.A. Cup for the first time, losing 1-0 to First Division Middlesbrough in a replay at Ayresome Park having drawn 0-0 at Loakes Park.

The loss of purpose (1974–1984)

Lee retired as manager in 1976 and again the Wanderers suffered a decline. A significant factor was the abolishment of amateur football by the F.A. in 1974 which left the club without a sense of purpose. The Wanderers rejected the invitation to join the Alliance Premier League on its formation in 1979 and again in 1981 with concern over the increased travelling costs. The club reached the semi-finals of the F.A. Trophy for the first time in 1982 but lost out to Altrincham. A seventh Isthmian League title was won in 1983 but promotion to the Alliance Premier League was again turned down.

The Football League dream (1984–1993)

As a consequence crowds at Loakes Park dropped to record lows and the club finally decided to bite the bullet in 1985, accepting promotion to the Gola League, having finished third in the Isthmian League Premier Division. The club's first ever season in a national league ended in disappointment, with the Wanderers relegated on goal difference. They soon returned after romping to an eighth Isthmian League title in 1987 after a battle with Yeovil Town. The club consolidated their place in the newly-named GM Vauxhall Conference and under manager Jim Kelman they finished in fourth place in 1989. The following season would be the club's last at their Loakes Park home. It was a disappointing season on the field with Kelman being asked to resign following an ignominious defeat to the Metropolitan Police F.C. in the F.A. Trophy.

The club appointed Martin O'Neill as his successor and he went on to lead the Wanderers to unprecedented success. The club moved to its new Adams Park home in 1990 and it was marked by a glorious return to Wembley. Kidderminster Harriers were beaten 2-1 by the Blues in the final of the F.A. Trophy in May 1991 in front of a then-record crowd. The following season ended in bitter disappointment after finishing second to Colchester United on goal difference with both clubs level on 94 points, consequently missing out on promotion to the Football League.

The Football League (1993–2004)

The club recovered to become only the third in history to do the Non-League double. The Wanderers claimed the GM Vauxhall Conference title before winning the F.A. Trophy again, beating Runcorn 4-1 in the final at Wembley in May 1993. O'Neill rejected the chance to manage Nottingham Forest that summer and much to the Wanderers' delight he led the club on to even greater glory. In their inaugural season in the Football League they finished fourth in the Third Division to qualify for the play-offs. Carlisle United were beaten in the two-legged semi-final and a wonderful performance saw Preston North End beaten 4-2 in the final at Wembley in May 1994.

Due to league re-organisation the club missed out on a play-off place in their first ever season in the Second Division, finishing in sixth place in the table. It proved to be the end of an era as O'Neill accepted the offer to become manager of Norwich City in June 1995. Former Crystal Palace manager Alan Smith was appointed as his successor but he failed to win over either the players or the supporters and was sacked in September 1996. John Gregory took over the hot-seat and steered the club to safety on the penultimate weekend of the 1996/97 season. He left to manage Aston Villa in February 1998 and youth team boss Neil Smillie was given the job.

Smillie was sacked in January 1999 with the team looking destined for the drop. Lawrie Sanchez was given the task of keeping the club in the Second Division and a miraculous escape was achieved on the final day of the season when Paul Emblen headed home the winner seven minutes from time to beat Lincoln City 1-0. A fairytale season followed in 2000-01 as the club reached the semi-finals of the F.A. Cup. First Division sides Grimsby Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Wimbledon were all beaten before a memorable quarter-final with Premier League Leicester City. Striker Roy Essandoh headed an injury-time winner to seal a 2-1 win at Filbert Street. The semi-final at Villa Park saw Liverpool pushed all the way before claiming a 2-1 victory.

The following season promised much but results tailed off and the season after that was one of struggle. Sanchez was eventually sacked in September 2003 and his successor Tony Adams failed to save the club from suffering only its second ever relegation. At the time the Wanderers were English football's last members' club but at an EGM in July 2004 the members voted by a narrow margin to restructure the club as a Public Limited Company. Chairman Ivor Beeks, Director Brian Kane and sponsor Steve Hayes all subsequently invested in the club, with an approximate total value of £750,000.

The post-modern era (2004–present)

Adams remained in the manager's job for just a year, resigning in November 2004, and John Gorman was appointed as his successor. He established an entertaining side which set a record of 21 league games unbeaten at the start of the 2005-06 season. A double tragedy hit the club with midfielder Mark Philo passing away following a road accident in January 2006 and Gorman's wife Myra losing her battle with cancer in March. Subsequently the team's form slipped and they fell from top spot to eventually finish in sixth place. Cheltenham Town won the two-legged play-off semi-final 2-1 and Gorman was relieved of his duties in May 2006.

Paul Lambert was appointed manager in June 2006 and led the club to glory in the League Cup. Having never passed the second round, the club defeated Fulham away, and then knocked out the then Premier League side Charlton Athletic in the quarter-finals. They faced the then Premier League champions Chelsea in the two-legged semi-finals and drew the first leg 1-1 at Adams Park before being beaten 4-0 in the second leg at Stamford Bridge. The side's league form subsequently suffered and a number of changes were made in the summer of 2007. The team reached the League Two play-offs in 2008 but were beaten 2-1 on aggregate by Stockport County. Lambert resigned shortly afterwards.

Peter Taylor was appointed as his successor in May 2008 and he led the side to another lengthy unbeaten start which lasted 18 games. The side was nine points clear at the top at Christmas but results soon tailed off and the team crawled over the line, finishing in the last automatic promotion place, ahead of Bury by virtue of a superior goal difference of just one. The summer of 2009 saw Steve Hayes become the first ever sole owner of the club, converting £3m of loans into equity. He also announced his intention to move the club into a community stadium based on the site of the Wycombe Air Park.

Taylor was sacked in October 2009 after a poor start to the season and was replaced by Gary Waddock who was unable to save the club from relegation back to League Two. Waddock did however guide the Wanderers straight back to League One at the first attempt. He led the side to a third place finish, and achieved a points total of 80, the highest the club had recorded since its promotion to the Football League. In July 2011, after much argument and debate, Wycombe District Council announced that work on the community stadium proposed at Wycombe Air Park would stop.

Current season

Wycombe Wanderers kicked off their 2011-12 League One season on 6 August 2011, with a 1-1 draw against Scunthorpe United at home. As of 1 October 2011, Wycombe currently sit 22nd in League One, having lost seven of its opening eleven league games.


Wycombe's stadium is known as Adams Park, and is located on the edge of an industrial estate in the Sands area of High Wycombe. The stadium was named Adams Park in honour of benefactor and former captain Frank Adams. The club has played at the stadium for over two decades, since 1990 when the stadium was built. During the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons, the stadium went under the name "The Causeway Stadium" for sponsorship reasons. The move was financed almost solely by the sale of the club's former stadium Loakes Park to the health authorities to facilitate the expansion of Wycombe General Hospital.

The stadium has a capacity of 10,284 with four stands. The Bucks New University Stand is at the north side of the stadium, with a capacity of 1,267. The largest stand in the stadium is the Frank Adams stand at the south side of the ground, which was expanded in 1996. Like the stadium, it was named after former captain Frank Adams. It has two tiers, the lower tier is regarded as the family section of the ground. The stand has a total capacity of 4,990. The away section of the ground is the Dreams Stand with a capacity of 2,053. The stadium also has one terrace which is the Greene King IPA Terrace and is the home supporters' end. It has a capacity of 1,974.

The new club shop was built in 2006, replacing the portakabins that used to serve as the shop.

Wycombe Wanderers have also shared the stadium with Guinness Premiership Rugby union team London Wasps since 2002.


As of 8 November 2011.

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Nikki Bull
2 England DF Danny Foster
4 Republic of Ireland MF Martin Rowlands (on loan from Queens Park Rangers)
5 England DF Dave Winfield
6 Grenada DF Leon Johnson
7 England MF Gareth Ainsworth (Club captain)
8 England MF Ben Harding
9 England FW Scott Rendell
10 England MF Matt Bloomfield
11 Seychelles MF Kevin Betsy
12 England FW Ben Strevens
13 England GK Matt Ingram
15 Wales DF Grant Basey (on loan from Peterborough United)
No. Position Player
16 England DF James Tunnicliffe
17 Jamaica FW Joel Grant
18 England MF Stuart Lewis
19 Antigua and Barbuda DF Marvin McCoy
20 England FW Stuart Beavon
21 England MF John Halls
22 England MF Scott Donnelly (on loan from Swansea City)
23 England FW Elliot Benyon (on loan from Swindon Town)
27 England DF Anthony Stewart
29 Northern Ireland FW Matt McClure
30 England MF Kadeem Harris
32 England GK Steve Arnold
33 England FW Jordon Ibe

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
26 England MF Jesse Kewley-Graham (at Staines Town until November 2011)
28 England MF Josh Scowen (at Hemel Hempstead Town until January 2012)
31 England DF Charles Dunne (at Staines Town until the end of season 2011-12)

Former players

See also:Category:Wycombe Wanderers F.C. players – a list of all Wycombe Wanderers players with a Wikipedia article.
See also:List Of Wycombe Wanderers F.C. Players – a list of all Wycombe Wanderers players with over 100 appearances for the club.

Notable former players include:

Northern Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Trinidad and Tobago
  • Trinidad and Tobago John Granville
United States of America

Backroom staff

  • Manager – Gary Waddock
  • Assistant Manager – Richard Dobson
  • Goalkeeping Coach – Martin Brennan
  • Head of Medical and Sports Science – Stuart Ayles
  • Sports Therapist - Mick Quinn
  • Kit Man – Stewart Bannister
  • Youth Team Manager - Andy Ritchie
  • Youth Team Physio – Murray Moore
  • Sports Scientist – David Wates
  • Chief Scout – John Griffin
  • Junior Scout – Alex Hayes


  • 1896–97 – Joined Southern League Division Two
  • 1908–09 – Joined Great Western Suburban League
  • 1919–20 – Joined Spartan League
  • 1921–22 – Joined Isthmian League after two successive Spartan League titles
  • 1930–31 – FA Amateur Cup Winners
  • 1953–54 – Missed runner-up spot in Isthmian League on goal average
  • 1955–56 – Isthmian League Champions
  • 1956–57 – Isthmian League Champions (2nd time); FA Amateur Cup runner-up
  • 1957–58 – Isthmian League runner-up
  • 1959–60 – Isthmian League runner-up
  • 1969–70 – Isthmian League runner-up
  • 1970–71 – Isthmian League Champions (3rd time)
  • 1971–72 – Isthmian League Champions (4th time)
  • 1973–74 – Isthmian League Champions (5th time)
  • 1974–75 – Isthmian League Champions (6th time) (on goal average)
  • 1975–76 – Isthmian League runner-up
  • 1976–77 – Isthmian League runner-up
  • 1978–79 – Rejected invitation to join the Alliance Premier League
  • 1980–81 – Rejected invitation to join the Alliance Premier League
  • 1981–82 – FA Trophy semi-finalists
  • 1982–83 – Isthmian League Champions (7th time) rejected promotion to the Alliance Premier League
  • 1985–86 – Joined Alliance Premier League, relegated after one season
  • 1986–87 – Rejoined Isthmian League; Isthmian League Champions (8th time)
  • 1987–88 – Rejoined Conference (ex-Alliance Premier League)
  • 1990–91 – FA Trophy Winners
  • 1991–92 – Conference runner-up (missed title and promotion to Football League on goal difference)
  • 1992–93 – Conference Champions; FA Trophy Winners (2nd time); Promoted to Football League Division Three
  • 1993–94 – Promoted to Division Two after play-offs (Final – Wycombe Wanderers 4 Preston North End 2 at Wembley)
  • 2000–01 – FA Cup semi-finalists
  • 2003–04 – Relegated to Division Three, which was then renamed "League Two"
  • 2005–06 – Not promoted after play-offs (SF Wycombe Wanderers 1 Cheltenham Town 2, Cheltenham Town 0 Wycombe Wanderers 0 – Aggregate 1–2)
  • 2006–07 – League Cup semi-finalists, beating Premiership Charlton Athletic and Fulham away from home, and finally falling 5–1 to Champions Chelsea on aggregate, following a 1–1 draw at Adams Park.
  • 2007–08 – Not promoted after play-offs (SF Wycombe Wanderers 1 Stockport County 1, Stockport County 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0 – Aggregate 1–2)
  • 2008–09 – Promoted to League One after finishing in third place (above fourth placed Bury on goal difference by a single goal).
  • 2009–10 – Relegated to League Two.
  • 2010–11 – Promoted to League One after finishing in third place (above fourth placed Shrewsbury Town on by one point).

Source: Wycombe Wanderers at the Football Club History Database Premiership 2000–2001

Coaches (until 1968) and managers

England James McCormick 1951–1952
England Sid Cann 1952–1961
England Colin McDonald 1961
England Graham Adams 1961–1962
England Don Welsh 1962–1964
England Barry Darvill 1964–1968
England Brian Lee 1968–1976
England Ted Powell 1976–1977
England John Reardon 1977–1978
England Andy Williams 1978–1980
England Mike Keen 1980–1984
England Paul Bence 1984–1986
England Alan Gane 1986–1987
England Peter Suddaby 1987–1988
England Jim Kelman 1988–1990
Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill 1990–1995
England Alan Smith 1995–1996
England John Gregory 1996–1998
England Neil Smillie 1998–1999
Northern Ireland Lawrie Sanchez 1999–2003
England Tony Adams 2003–2004
Scotland John Gorman 2004–2006
Scotland Paul Lambert 2006–2008
England Peter Taylor 2008–2009
Republic of Ireland Gary Waddock 2009–present


  • FA Cup Semi-finalists 2000–2001
  • Football League Cup Semi-finalists 2006–2007
  • FA Cup Giant Killers Award 2000–2001
  • Division Three Play-Off Winners 1993–1994
  • Football League Two Third Place (Promoted) 2008–2009, 2010–2011
  • Football League Two Playoff Semi-Finalists 2005–2006, 2007–2008
  • Football Conference Champions 1992–1993
  • Football Conference Shield Winners 1991–1992, 1992–1993, 1993–1994
  • Football Conference Charity Shield Winners 1987–1988
  • FA Trophy Winners 1991, 1993
  • FA Amateur Cup Winners 1930–1931
  • Football League Trophy Area Final Winners 1993–1994
  • Isthmian League Champions 1955–56, 56–57, 70–71, 71–72, 73–74, 74–75, 82–83, 86–87
  • Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Winners (28 times) 1901–1902, 08–09, 09–10, 12–13, 20–21, 22–23, 24–25, 32–33, 34–35, 39–40, 46–47, 48–49, 49–50, 53–54, 57–58, 59–60, 63–64, 67–68, 72–73, 73–74, 77–78, 78–79, 86–87, 89–90, 2004–2005, 2005–06, 2010–11
  • London Fives Champions 1994, 1995
  • Bob Lord Trophy Winners 1991–1992
  • Dylan Charity Shield Winners 1981–1982, 1983–1984, 1985–1986
  • Hitachi Cup Winners 1984–1985
  • Spartan League Winners 1919–1920, 1920–1921
  • Anglo Italian Cup Winners 1975–1976
  • Youth Alliance Cup Winners 2010–11


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