Wycombe Wanderers F.C.
News & Match Reports
December 1995


MONDAY 26th DECEMBER - SWINDON TOWN 0 WYCOMBE 0

Wycombe's first ever first to the County Ground, Swindon, ended goalless thanks to poor finishing from both sides. Wycombe's best chance, and only shot on target, came in the dying minutes when Steve Brown, making his comeback following suspension, forced Fraser Digby to parry his shot wide. Swindon's second biggest League gate of the season, 12,976, had early seen two teams struggle to keep their feet in bitterly cold and slippery conditions. Wycombe, without Jason Cousins through suspension, had Steve McGavin back in the starting line-up, with Desouza demoted to the subs bench along with Garner and Soloman. Out of form striker John Williams was dropped again by Manager Alan Smith. Ben Roberts continued his loan spell in goal and looked very comfortable in dealing with a number of Swindon crosses. Garry Blissett also extended his loan appearances with a solid display up front. Wycombe's best efforts all came in the second half - Terry Evans heading wide a Carroll cross, Mickey Bell shooting wide from a breakaway chance, before Brown just failed to grab all three points. Swindon were clearly the most dissapointed of the two sides but it could of been much worse against a Wycombe side who began to show some spirit of old - if only we could shoot on target!
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SATURDAY 23rd DECEMBER - WYCOMBE 2 SHREWSBURY 0

A 2-0 victory brought a welcome relief for the home fans thanks to goals from from Gary Blissett and Terry Howard. Shrewsbury run of seven consecutive wins was ended in front of a crowd of 4,100 with Wycombe settling in 8th position in the table.
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MARTIN O'NEILL QUITS NORWICH

Ex Wycombe boss Martin O'Neill has quit as Manager of Norwich City after just 6 months in charge. O'Neill who left Wycombe in the summer, was reported to have been angered by the lack of funds being made available by Norwich Chairman Robert Chase. O'Neill, who recently signed ex-Wycombe favourite, Keith Scott from Stoke City, has since taken over the Leicester City job - a job he turned down while at Wycombe one year ago.
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SATURDAY 16th DECEMBER - WYCOMBE 1 BRISTOL CITY 1

Wycombe let slip another slender home lead when a 70th minute equalising 20 yard lob from Brian Tinnion cancelled out a 12th strike from Gary Blissett. Wycombe remain 9th in the table but the unrest surrounding the dispute with Paul Hyde is clearly unsettling the side. On loan keeper Ben Roberts made his home debut, with Chuck Moussadik's departure being comfirmed during the week following his dispute with Manager Alan Smith. City could have won the game late on with two efforts hitting the woodwork. The attendance was 4,020.

TUESDAY 12th DECEMBER - WOKING v ENFIELD AT ADAMS PARK

Woking beat Enfield 2-1 at Adams Park in the F A Cup replay with both goals coming from Darren Hay (60 and 75 mins). Gary Abott equalised within 20 seconds of Woking's first goal. David May of Enfield was sent off after 52 minutes for a second bookable offence. The attendance was 2,253. Woking travel to Swindon in the next round.
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SATURDAY 9th DECEMBER - WREXHAM 1 WYCOMBE 0

Saturday's 1-0 reverse at Wrexham saw six Wycombe players booked and Jason Cousins sent off for the second time this season. The game was won by a 30th minute goal by Wrexham forward Karl Connolly with Cousins being sent off 10 mins later for dangerous use of the elbow. The major talking point of the day, however, was the news that 'keeper Paul Hyde has possibly played his last game for the Club following further disagreements with Manager Alan Smith. Smith has apparently asked for a written apology from Hyde in response to his request to be put on the transfer list. Second choice 'keeper Chuck Moussadik, expecting to play at Wrexham, also had disagreements with Smith when Ben Roberts (on loan from Middlesboro') was revealed as the stand in 'keeper. Confirmation is awaited to see if Moussadik has been sacked by Smith. Also making his Wycombe debut in addition to Roberts was Gary Blissett (on loan from Wimbledon). 'Hard Man" Blissett was booked within 2 minutes of the start. All in all a pretty awful day with Patterson, Rowbotham and Garner all picking up bookings in the final 10 minutes. Wycombe's best efforts were first half attempts from Desouza and Patterson. The Attendance was 3,468.
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ROWBOTHAM'S FEE SET

Jason Rowbotham's fee for his transfer from Raith Rovers has been set at 40,000 by a League tribunal. Raith had originally asked 100,000.
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