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The S24 Preview: Southend United v Wycombe Wanderers

16 Dec 2010 21:27:41

The S24 Preview: Southend United v Wycombe Wanderers

It's the Chairboys of Wycombe who come visting to Roots Hall on Saturday, December 14th; kick-off 15.00, if the weather allows them. Wrap up warm now! v Everything OK re the state of the pitch at the moment, but keep an eye on the forecast.The latest weather outlook here:http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/forecast/4280SHRIMPERSWhat a pleasant surprise that result was from Cheltenham Tuesday, and a brace for Oxford loanee Jack Midson no less, no that must have been good odds!Now they have to build on it, as long as the game takes place that is, the artic cold is returning to the UK with a vengence and we will have to hope the worst of it escapes the Roots Hall pitch.As for the injury news, let's hope Luggy can announce an unchanged side Saturday afternoon, as 2-0 away to the Robins was one of the best results in another poor season, and they all deserve another chance.Any update we're post it here.Great he played Johnny Herd at last, and Barry Corr looked dangerous before his back started to cause him problems once again.The stars though were once again, and lets hope it's a while before they are suspended for a second time, Bilel Moshni and Anthony Grant, blimey we miss them when they are not in the side, their fitness for the weekend is so important to Shrimper hopes.The game itself will be as tough as all the others recently, the former Aldershot boss Gary Waddock has done a fine job at Adams Park and I have Wycombe down for one of my play-off places.We will have to show that spirit from Whaddon Road to get all three points, but I fancy we just might do that, with just a goal in it. (Grant!) More from S24 on Saturday's game:www.southendunited-mad.co.uk/news/tmnw/shrimpers_await_update_on_weather_and_knocks_they_could_be_bad_injuries_609013/index.shtmlPossible Southend United: Morris, Clohessy, Barker, Moshni, Herd, Hall, Simpson, Grant, Easton, Midson, Corr. Subs: Evans, Ferdinand, Prosser, Soares, Sturrock, Crawford, Patterson.COME ON YOU BLUES!!!!!OPPOSITIONWycombe boss Gary Waddock is expected to field an unchanged line-up from last week's 1-0 home win over fellow promotion hopefuls Bury (see report below).The Shakers are the only club that have a better away record than Wycombe Wanderers in the whole of the division!The Chairboys very own QPR loanee striker Josh Parker has joined Antonio German in returning to his parent club, however in his case it's for treatment on a broken foot.Midfielder Lewis Montrose remains suspended.3Bury 19333121071224121045362234+144Rotherham United 195512217422106973322334+95Shrewsbury Town 196401973241312964321933+136Wycombe Wanderers 194331513441138874282131+77Torquay United 1932313104521611775292128+8Player to watch - Kevin BetsyYes, the former Shrimpers wideboy obviously like it in leafy Buckinghamshire as he's in the second spell at the club and has scored six goals in all competitions for the, second only behind Scott Rendell who has nine, but they include four spot-kicks. More info on Kevin here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_BetsyLast Time Out Away; Port Vale 2 Wycombe Wanderers 1 (played on Saturday, November 20th, 2010.)Report here: www.wycombewanderers.co.uk/page/MatchReport/0,,10430~52937,00.html Home; Wycombe Wanderers 1 Bury 0 (played on Saturday, December 11th, 2010.)Report here: www.wycombewanderers.co.uk/page/MatchReport/0,,10430~52240,00.htmlPREVIOUSLY At Southend Utd. (4)At Wycombe Wdrs. (3)ResultsTotal%ResultsTotal%Southend Utd.00.00Wycombe Wdrs.133.33Wycombe Wdrs.375.00Southend Utd.133.33Draws125.00Draws133.33GoalsTotalAv.pgGoalsTotalAv.pgSouthend Utd.30.75Wycombe Wdrs.51.67Wycombe Wdrs.61.50Southend Utd.31.00On Neutral Ground (0)Overall (7 matches)ResultsTotal%ResultsTotal%Southend Utd.00.00Southend Utd.114.29Wycombe Wdrs.00.00Wycombe Wdrs.457.14Draws00.00Draws228.57GoalsTotalAv.pgGoalsTotalAv.pgSouthend Utd.00.00Southend Utd.60.86Wycombe Wdrs.00.00Wycombe Wdrs.111.57RecordsHighest Aggregate5Wycombe Wdrs. 4 - 1Southend Utd.1997/1998 Highest Southend Utd. score:1Wycombe Wdrs. 0 - 1Southend Utd.2004/2005 Highest Wycombe Wdrs. score:4Wycombe Wdrs. 4 - 1Southend Utd.1997/1998 SeasonDateHomeScoreAwayCompetition 2009/2010Sat 23 JanSouthend Utd.1 - 1Wycombe Wdrs.League One Tue 18 AugWycombe Wdrs.1 - 1Southend Utd.League One 2004/2005Sun 26 DecWycombe Wdrs.0 - 1Southend Utd.League Two Sat 11 SepSouthend Utd.1 - 2Wycombe Wdrs.League Two 1997/1998Sun 28 DecSouthend Utd.1 - 2Wycombe Wdrs.League Division Two Tue 09 DecSouthend Utd.0 - 1Wycombe Wdrs.(Associate Members) Tue 02 SepWycombe Wdrs.4 - 1Southend Utd.League Division Two REFThe man in the middle is Andy Woolmer from Northamptonshire. He gives an interview here: http://refworld.com/referee/162/1/andy-woolmerHis assistants are Charles Breakspear and Paul Kelly; The fourth official is Barry Holderness.FIXTURESLeague TwoSaturday, December 18th; (all kick-offs 15.00): Accrington Stanley v Burton Albion, Aldershot v Lincoln City, Bury v Stevenage, Cheltenham v Stockport, Crewe v Bradford, Gillingham v Chesterfield, Hereford v Macclesfield, Northampton v Morecambe, Oxford Utd v Shrewsbury, Port Vale v Barnet, Southend v Wycombe, Torquay v Rotherham.BETSouthend (to win) - 15/8, Draw - 12/5, Wycombe (to win) - 13/8. For all the footy odds go here: www.oddschecker.com/football/english/league-two/HISTORYThe club was founded in 1887 by a group of furniture-makers, and settled at Loakes Park in High Wycombe in 1895. From 1896 they played in the Southern League, but had little success in a league dominated by professional teams. They moved to the Great Western Suburban League in 1908 and to the Spartan League after the First World War. After winning the Spartan League they joined the Isthmian League in 1921. Although they won the FA Amateur Cup in 1931 it would be 1956 before they won the first of eight Isthmian League titles. Wycombe Wanderers famous navy and light-blue quartered kit is described as Oxford and Cambridge Blue in their early days, although the club had no connection with the Universities, the players being local working men. The two blues have also been attributed to the town colours of High Wycombe. Wycombe Wanderers have used variations of their famous quartered kit, but due to supporter pressure, have left their football strip largely unchanged since 1996-97.The club's average league attendance was 5,109 in the 2008/09 season. There are two elected fan representatives on the club board, one from each of the two former Supporters Trusts, which have now combinedYou gotta love 'em as Wycombe's main rivals are considered to be Colchester United. Whilst not a local rivalry, there is a history between the two clubs going back to the 1985/86 season, when Wycombe, then a non-league club, defeated Colchester 2-0 in an FA Cup tie marred by crowd trouble at Loakes Park.Colchester and Wycombe were also involved in a two-horse race for the Conference title throughout the 1991/92 season, during which Colchester defeated Wycombe 2-1 at Adams Park with an injury-time wind-assisted winner from their goalkeeper, Scott Barrett.Another controversial meeting was during the 1998/99 season. Relegation-threatened Wycombe were leading Colchester 2-1 at Adams Park until the ninth minute of stoppage time, when Colchester were awarded, and converted, an equalising penalty.The 2008/09 season started well for Wycombe, with them embarking on an 18 match unbeaten run in the league, from the start of the season until December 6th when this was ended by Aldershot Town, who beat Wycombe 3-2. Wycombe's unbeaten home record in the league was ended by Grimsby Town, when the 'table toppers' were beaten 1-0.On the last day of the season they managed to get promoted, even though they lost and the teams either side of them (before the last match was played) in the league table won. The 4th place team, Bury F.C., had the same amounts of points as Wycombe but 1 less goal difference. At a press conference on 29 May 2008 former Shrimpers player and manager Peter Taylor was announced as Wycombe's new boss.The 2008/09 season started well for Wycombe, with them embarking on an 18 match unbeaten run in the league, from the start of the season until 6 December when this was ended by Aldershot Town, who beat Wycombe 3-2. Wycombe's unbeaten home record in the league was ended by Grimsby Town, which saw the 'table toppers' beaten 1-0 by the strugglers, which was only Grimsby's 3rd win of the campaign so far.On the last day of the season they managed to get promoted, even though they lost and the teams either side of them (before the last match was played) in the league table won. The 4th place team, Bury, had the same amounts of points as Wycombe but 1 less goal difference.Wycombe had a disappointing start to 2009/10 and after picking up just six points from their first 11 games, they parted company with manager Taylor.Wycombe appointed Gary Waddock from Aldershot Town to become the new manager with his first game being a 1-1 draw against rivals Colchester United. Waddock made major changes to the playing staff in January 2010, but an upturn in results came too late and Wycombe were relegated back to League 2 after a 2-0 loss against Leyton Orient on 1 May 2010.(For a full history of the club go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wycombe_Wanderers_F.C.)


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