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Wed 15th July 1998 - Wycombe 1 Crystal Palace 3
Sat 18th July 1998 - Hemel Hempstead Wycombe 1
Tue 21st July 1998 - Kingstonian 2 Wycombe 0
Sat 25th July 1998 - Chesham United 2 Wycombe 6
Tue 28th July 1998 - Wycombe 0 Aston Villa 3
Sat 1st Aug 1998 - Wycombe 0 Charlton Atheltic 3
Saturday 1st August - Friendly

Wycombe concluded the pre-season workouts by making it three straight home defeats and just one goal scored. This time it was to Premier League new boys Charlton Athletic who will be most people's favourites for a quick return to Division One. They made hardwork of beating a determined Wycombe side. Two quick goals in the first half sealed the game before the usual second-half nonsense. Now it's a case of wait and see for the proper action to start when Luton Town visit next Saturday for the opening League fixture.
Scorers for Charlton Athletic were Neil Redfearn, Clive Mendonca and Steve Jones (penalty).
Full-time Wycombe 0 Charlton 3

Tuesday 28th July - Friendly

Aston Villa made light work of beating Wycombe in an entertaining friendly at Adams Park. Last season Wycombe lost 5-0 to a strong Villa side managed by Brian Little - this season with John Gregory in charge another full strength side gave Wycombe the runaround. Martin Taylor had to be in top form to keep the score down.
Julian Joachim opened the scoring on 27 minutes when he slid the ball under Taylor from close range after Collymore had provided - moments earlier Taylor had denied Collymore with a one handed parry. Two minutes later, however, Collymore got his goal from a similar position - although the celebration afterwards proved that Stan has lost nothing in the diplomacy stakes. Wycombe could have made a game of it nine minutes before the break when Mark Stallard was brought down in the box but John Cornforth's weak penalty was pushed onto the bar by Mark Bosnich.
Wycombe's best spell came at the start of the second half but Bosnich was rarely threatened. Villa sealed victory on 59 minutes when Joachim flicked the ball over Taylor from the right side of the six yard box. The obligatory multitude of substitutes took over the remainder of the game with youngsters Andy Baird and Dannie Bulman looking quite lively up front for a well beaten Wycombe side.
Full-time Wycombe 0 Villa 3
WYCOMBE TEAM:Taylor, Kavanagh, Beeton (sub 83 Patton), Ryan (sub 56 Rogers), Cousins, Mohan, Carroll, Cornforth (sub 45 Brown), Read (sub 56 Baird), Stallard (sub 80 Bulman), Harkin Att:3500 approx
Saturday 25th July - Friendly

Wycombe finished comfortable winners at a sunny Meadow on Saturday as Paul McCarthy played his first game since Neil Smillie took charge at the end of February. Steve Brown also made his first appearance of the season as Wycombe scored four times in the last 15 minutes with Paul Read and Dannie Bulman grabbing two apiece.
Wycombe took the lead against the run of play on 10 minutes when ex-Youth Teamer Andrew Baird bundled home a right wing cross. Alan Beeton denied Chesham a glorious chance to equalise on 33 minutes when he cleared off the line as Wycombe led at half-time.
Brown and 'Macca' where taken off during the interval and Chesham took advantage of the confusion in the Wycombe defence when Mickey Swaysland slotted past Westhead on 48 minutes. Wycombe regained the lead after 55 minutes when a floated cross from the right was directed back into the Chesham net by the head of Paul Read. Read missed a similar chance minutes later before scoring his second on 75 minutes when he beat the off-side trap and cooly stroked home. Four minutes later Read unselfishly squared the ball from the left for Mo Harkin to slide home. Chesham had a brief revival on 82 minutes when Swaysland caught Westhead napping at the far post to make the score 4-2 but Wycombe scored from the next attack when Dannie Bulman strode in from the right side of midfield to skid the ball home. Bulman capped a good performance with the goal of the game on the stroke of full-time - blasting home from 25 yards into the top corner - leaving the Chesham 'keeper stranded.
Full-time Chesham 2 Wycombe 6
WYCOMBE TEAM:Westhead, Mohan, McCarthy (sub 45 Ian Hendry), Beeton, John Butler, Simpson, Cornforth (sub 70 Mark Rogers), Patton, Read (sub 79 Martin Lee), Baird (sub 51 Bulman) Att:350 approx
Tuesday 21st July - Friendly

A disappinting result from Kingstonian as a strong Wycombe team were overcome with ease by the Conference new boys. Ex-Wanderers Matt Crossley and Gary Patterson started the game for the home side as Wycombe struggled to gel. Kingstonian won the game through goals on 16 minutes through Gary Pritcher and Simon Botchenski eight minutes into the second-half.
Full-time Kingstonian 2 Wycombe 0
WYCOMBE TEAM:Taylor, Kavanagh, Vinnicombe, Ryan (sub 45 Mohan), Cousins, Beeton (sub 72 Wraight) Carroll (sub 60 Cornforth), Patton (sub 56 Simpson), Read (sub 45 Stallard), Scott, Harkin (sub 83 Bulman) Att:350 approx
Saturday 18th July - Friendly

A goal after 14 minutes by Gary Wraight was enough to earn a youthful Wycombe team victory against Hemel Hempstead. The match was spoilt by an end to end wind and a poor surface. Wycombe gave a run out to traillist 'keeper Mark Westhead who has played recently for Sligo Rovers in Ireland and has previously been with Bolton and Telford.
Full-time Hemel 0 Wycombe 1
WYCOMBE TEAM:Westhead, Wraight, Lee (sub 82 Townsend), Hendry (sub 82 Reeks), Holsgrove, Leach, Bulman, Butler, Senda (sub 62 James), McCoy (sub 62 Gostick), Patton (sub 62 Gray)
Wednesday 15th July - Friendly

Relegated Crystal Palace proved too strong for Wycombe as the first of this season's pre-season friendlies got underway at Adams Park. Wycombe did take the lead, however, late in the first half when Mark STALLARD thumped home a low shot from the left side. Earlier Stallard had Wycombe's best chance of the half when he forced the Palace 'keeper to tip over. A multitude of second-half substitutions swung the game in Palace's favour with Sasa CURCIC volleying past Taylor from the left after Attillio Lombardo had flicked on after 50 minutes. 15 minutes later McKENZIE swung in a second from the right side before Paul WARHURST wrapped it up with seven minutes left - his long range shot creeping under Taylor. Wycombe should have had a consolation goal in the final minute when a penalty was awarded for hand-ball but Paul Read skyed the ball into the Valley Terrace to start his season off on a bad note.
Full-Time Wycombe 1 Crystal Palace 3
WYCOMBE TEAM:Taylor, Kavanagh (sub 75 Wraight), Vinnicombe (sub 84 Lamb), Ryan, Cousins (sub 75 Holsgrove), Mohan (sub 56 Beeton), Carroll (sub 56 Patton), Cornforth (sub 45 Simpson), Scott (sub 45 Read), Stallard (sub 67 Bulman), Harkin

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