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(Monday 30th April 2001)
Bristol Rovers 3-0 home defeat to Port Vale confirmed Wycombe's Division Two safety for another season. Wycombe can now relax and reflect on what has been a truly memorable season.

Sunday 29th April 2001)
Alan Smith - sacked at Palace - again - picture Paul LewisFormer Wycombe Manager Alan Smith has been sacked as Manager of First Division Crystal Palace just nine months after he took charge at Selhurst Park.
The departure of Smith has added fuel to the speculation that Lawrie Sanchez is being lined up to take charge at The Eagles but this has since been ruled out by Palace Chairman Simon Jordan.
Smith sacked - Sanchez ruled out - updated story >>>


(Saturday 28th April 2001)
Dave Carroll - ton up at Bury - picture Paul DennisDave Carroll scored his 100th goal for Wycombe as The Wanderers came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Bury at Gigg Lane. The point all but ensures Second Division safety for Wycombe. 
The ton up came after makeshift forward Paul McCarthy pulled back Michael Simpson's free-kick for Carroll to steal in at the near post to convert from an acute angle. Michael Nelson had given The Shakers the lead in the 52nd but Wycombe struck back twenty minutes later.
Carroll could be rested for the remainder of the season after being substituted with six minutes left due to a re-occurrence of his groin injury.
Bury 1 Wycombe 1 - match report >>>
Dave Carroll career record and spotlight >>>

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(Thursday 26th April 2001)
Wanderers legend Dave Carroll was inspirational as Wycombe won 2-0 in the replayed game with Notts County at Meadow Lane. Wycombe weathered earlier pressure before 'Jesus' scored his 99th goal in a Wycombe shirt midway through the first-half to set up the chance of the victory. Dannie Bulman added a second near the end to secure the points and lift Wycombe to 17th place in the table with 54 points from 43 games.
Notts County 0 Wycombe 2 - full match report >>>
Quick Guide to the Magpies from Nottingham >>>

Wednesday 25th April 2001)
The trip to Nottingham turned out to be a complete washout as the game with County was abandoned after just five minutes due to a waterlogged pitch. A torrential downpour that started just a few minutes before kick-off turned conditions into a farce and the referee and little option but to call a halt to proceedings.
Steve Brown was due to begin his three match suspension at Meadow Lane, while Lawrie Sanchez was watching the game from the stands for the second of his three match ban. Speaking afterwards, Sanchez said "The referee had no option and I think he was more worried about the thunder and lightning because you cannot put the safety of players at risk."

(Wednesday 25th April 2001)
Marc Leach - gave Wycombe the lead - picture Paul Lewis
The Wanderers Youth Team travelled to Colchester United to field an Avon Insurance Combination fixture. The game ended 1-1 with both sides fielding virtually complete Youth Teams. Marc Leach gave Wycombe the lead shortly before the break when he headed home a Kai Sudheimer cross. However, as the rain came down, the home side equalised on the hour mark when Aston Villa triallist Neil Tarrant got around Ben Townsend before slotting past Mark Osborn in The Wanderers goal. The U's struck the woodwork three times in the closing thirty minutes as Wycombe hung on for a point.

(Tuesday 24th April 2001)
The inevitable links between just about any vacant Manager's job and Lawrie Sanchez keep on coming. Last week it was Southampton and now it's Crystal Palace, even though the Eagles still have a 'Manager' in the form of Adams Park failure Alan Smith. Earlier this season Sanchez snubbed the QPR job but having seen The R's relegated to Division Two along with with increasing financial difficulties for the Loftus Road side, that now looks like a wise decision. The temptation of a Premier League Club will ultimately be too big a job to turn down for Sanchez but the Southampton role looks likely to fall to someone with more experience, with Brighton boss Mickey Adams and former Saints player Kevin Keegan the favourites. Palace is more likely but they too could find themselves relegated to Division Two come May.
News Archive Feb 2001 - Sanchez snubs QPR >>>

(Monday 23rd April 2001)
Bournemouth - click here for Quick Guide
Wycombe's painful end to the season hic-cupped again at Dean Court as they went down 2-0 to play-off chasing Bournemouth. Both goals came in the second-half but the opener on 65 minutes had Wycombe fuming. Warren Feeney looked to be well offside before he volleyed past Martin Taylor and when Wade Elliott added a second six minutes later it was game over.
Bournemouth 2 Wycombe 0 - match report >>>
Quick Guide to The Cherries >>>


(Saturday 21st April 2001)
The Wanderers Youth Team lost 2-0 at Luton Town in their penultimate Football League Youth Alliance Fixture of the 2000/2001 campaign. Wanderers blooded three 15 year olds against a strong Hatters side who led 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Daryl Murphy and Jermain Hunter. Leeyon Phelan hit the post late on but Wycombe did well to contain the hosts.
Former Marlow left-back Ryan Parsons picked up the First Year Scholar of the Year Award before
the First Team game versus Swindon.
Youth Team results and fixtures >>>

Saturday 21st April 2001)
Swindon Town - Click here for Quick Guide
Wycombe huffed and puffed to a point against Swindon Town on Saturday. The game ended 0-0 and Wanderers remain in 18th place in the table with 51 points from 41 games.
After Easter Monday's victory over Bristol City, Lawrie Sanchez said "I reckon one more win will be enough to see us safe and if we keep playing like that there shouldn't be a problem"
Wycombe were without Andy Rammell who has been ruled out for the season after a reoccurrence of his hamstring injury during the game at Bristol.
Wycombe 0 Swindon 0 - match report >>>

Mike North at Adams Park in March - picture Paul Dennis
Saturday 21st April 2001)
There was a minute's silence before Saturday's game in memory of referee Mike North who tragically collapsed and died while officiating the Southend v Mansfield on Easter Monday. North was last seen at Adams Park as recent as the game with Oldham Athletic on Saturday 17th March and was also in charge of the Boxing Day clash at Cambridge.

Saturday 21st April 2001)
Award for groundsman JimWanderers' Head Groundsman, Jim Gardner received the Division Two Groundsman of the Year Award prior to Saturday's game with Swindon. It's the third time in six years that Jim has scooped the prize and this season, in what Jim describes as the worst ever for weather, he beat off strong challenges from Bristol City and Oxford United. Winners in the other divisions were Ipswich (Premier), Preston (Div 1) and Hull City (Div 3).

Saturday 21st April 2001)
It's that time of year when there are presentation galore prior to games, however, on Saturday there was a slightly unusual one when a Wycombe Supporter was presented with Keith Ryan's shirt from the FA Cup Semi-Final with Liverpool. A Reds fan caught Rhino's shirt at the end of the game at Villa Park and then had the goodwill to auction it for charity via the legendary Chairboys Gas Room.

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(Thursday 19th April 2001)
Wycombe should enjoy more TV exposure next season as part of the new deal between the Football League and ONdigital. The Digital TV operators went public with their plans this week that will see over 80 Nationwide Football League games shown live and the introduction of several dedicated TV shows. Live games will be shown on Sunday  and Thursday evening's.
New TV deals for FL clubs - full story >>>

Wednesday 18th April 2001)
The Reserves came away with a 2-1 victory at The Sixfields Stadium on Wednesday afternoon against Northampton Town in the Avon Insurance Combination. The Wanderers were two goals up after just 23 minutes with Leeyon Phelan on target on both occasions. The first goal was a solo effort after 4 minutes while Phelan added added his second from a Jonny Dixon cross. Former Wycombe loanee Gerard Lavin pulled one back for The Cobblers early in the second-half but Terry Gibson's side held on for a rare victory.
In the Wanderers side was 22 year Leon Kelly who was playing on trial from Atherstone United. Kelly could play again in one of the two remaining games this season - away to Colchester on Wednesday 25th April (2pm) and away to Peterborough on Monday 30th April (2pm).
Team v Northampton: Osborn, Smillie, Parsons, Simpemba, Leach, Dixon, Nutter, Lynott, Cook (sub Holsgrove 65) Phelan, Kelly. subs not used Williams, Sudheimer, Paul-Kelly.


(Monday 16th April 2001)
Wanderers came back from a goal down to grab a vital 2-1 victory over Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Easter Monday. Substitute Guy Whittingham got the priceless goal that lifts Wycombe to 18th place in the table and takes the pressure off before a schedule of five League games in eleven days, starting against fellow strugglers Swindon Town on Saturday 21at April.
Bristol City 1 Wycombe 2 - Monday's full match report >>>

(Saturday 14th April 2001)
The Wanderers Youth Team got back to winning ways on Saturday with a 4-2 home victory over Cardiff City in the Football League Youth Alliance Merit Division One. Two goals from Jonny Dixon were backed up by strikes by Leeyon Phelan and an own goal from Welsh 'keeper Gari Evans, who fumbled in a Lewis Cook corner.
Youth Team results and fixtures >>> 

(Saturday 14th April 2001)
Wrexham - click here for Quick GuideA bizarre goal from Chris Vinnicombe just four minutes from time salvaged a point for Wycombe on a frustrating afternoon for Wycombe followers. Craig Faulconbridge had given the visitors the lead seven minutes into the second-half and it looked like they would take all three points until Vinnicombe's first goal in 135 appearances for Wycombe ensured at least a share of the spoils. Wycombe now lie in 20th place in the Division Two table with the visit to 7th placed Bristol City to come on Easter Monday.
Wycombe 1 Wrexham 1 - full match report >>>

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(Thursday 12th April 2001)
That's MARTIN Taylor on the bus - picture Paul LewisThe Wanderers were given a homecoming before a Civic Reception on Thursday evening in High Wycombe town centre. The team were paraded in an opened topped bus that started from Adams Park and ended up outside the Guildhall where speeches and presentations were made by Council officials, players and Lawrie Sanchez.
Pictures and report - full story >>>

(Wednesday 11th April 2001)
The Wanderers Reserve went down 3-1 to Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Wednesday evening in the Avon Insurance Combination. Pompey led 3-0 at the break through goals from Gary O’Neil, Carl Pettefer and Stefani Miglioranzi and it could have been more but for the heroics of Wanderers 'keeper Mark Osborn. Wanderers' consolation goal came 20 minutes from time when George Clegg was brought down by Pompey 'keeper Craig Bradshaw and Danny Senda converted the spot-kick.
Due to fixture congestion, last Saturday's Youth Alliance fixture with Brentford also counted as a Combination game but with the game ending 1-1, hopes of winning the Youth Merit Division have now disappeared. It did however bring to an end a run of four consecutive defeats for the Reserves. Confused?

(Wednesday 11th April 2001)
Steve Brown will serve a three match ban after reaching 15 yellow cards during the game with Liverpool on Sunday. 'Brownie' was also booked for kicking the ball away in Tuesday's game at Swansea having only been on the pitch for five minutes. It was also the ninth consecutive game that he'd entered the referee's book. Tough tackling Brown will now sit out the same three games that Manager Lawrie Sanchez has been banished to the stands for, starting with Bournemouth away on Monday 23rd April, as well as having to deal with a possible FA hearing.

(Tuesday 10th April 2001)
Swansea City - click here for Quick Guide The cold reality of League football returned on Tuesday evening as Wycombe conceded three goals in the final fifteen minutes to go down 3-1 to a Swansea side that had not won at home this year. Wycombe had been given a dream start when Michael Simpson opened the scoring in the second minute and that lead should have been extended as Wycombe went on to dominate the first half. Wycombe are now 19th in the table and now starting to stare nervously over their shoulder's at the club's below them.
Swansea 3 Wycombe 1 - match report >>>

(Sunday 8th April 2001)
Wycombe's FA Cup dream is over after late goals from Emile Heskey and Robbie Fowler broke the hearts of more than 19,000 Wanderers fans at Villa Park. A brave defensive display held the Premiership side for 78 minutes but even after going two goals down, Keith Ryan once again proved the Wycombe spirit with an 88th minute strike that had the Merseysiders glad to hear the final whistle.
Wycombe 1 Liverpool 2  - reaction, reports and pictures >>>

(Sunday 8th April 2001)
Fans set off from High Wycombe station - picture Paul Lewis More than 19,000 Wycombe fans made their way to the Midlands for the FA Cup Semi-Final with Liverpool. It turned out to be another emotional day for the Wycombe followers who knew that whatever the result at Villa Park the season would always be remembered forever for an amazing cup run and one that are proud to be associated with.


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(Saturday 7th April 2001)
Wanderers pick up AXA award - picture Paul Lewis The Wanderers squad left Adams Park on Saturday afternoon heading for the Belfry Hotel as they started their final preparation for Sunday's game with Liverpool. The players relaxed on arrival and took in some light training on the morning of the game at Villa's Bodymoor Heath Training Ground . Lawrie Sanchez had a full quota of players to choose from after the news that Keith Ryan had shaken off a knock to his ankle picked up the previous week.
Sanchez calls on the fans to be an extra man at Villa Park >>>
Cup Snippets - Wanderers pick up AXA Giantkiller Award >>>


(Friday 6th April 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez at Friday's press conference - picture Paul LewisThe press descended on Adams Park on Friday as they grabbed the final stories ahead of the game with Liverpool at Villa Park on Sunday. Meanwhile Chairboys on the Net hopes to provide you with the most comprehensive coverage of the tie on the net. Our Cup Special includes a wealth of special features as well as links to the top external previews. An Adams Family Online Special issue has also been released in celebration of the historic occasion.
Wycombe v Liverpool - FA Cup Special >>>


(Thursday 5th April 2001)
BarcelonaLawrie Sanchez paid a visit to the Nou Camp on Thursday evening to take in the Barcelona v Liverpool UEFA Cup tie. The Wanderers squad have been in Spain all week but flew back in good health on Thursday afternoon while Sanchez stopped off to check out the opposition for Sunday's game at Villa Park.
Liverpool drew 0-0 in a fairly uneventful game.
More Cup Snippets - Jack joins Maxwell, Civic Reception >>>

(Thursday 5th April 2001)
Wycombe have sold out their allocation of 19,000 tickets for the FA Cup Semi-Final but around a further 400 in the centre of the Doug Ellis Stand have been made available after the FA returned a quantity previously allocated for hospitality. The normal loyalty requirements apply to obtain a ticket.
Meanwhile both Supporters' Club's have stopped taking bookings for coaches to the game at Villa Park. The OWWSA have booked 65 coaches, WWISC have 6 while there are several privately booked coaches taking the convoy up to around the 100 mark. Chiltern Railways are also running special trains but the last chance to book on these was on Wednesday evening.
See the Quick Guide to Semi-Final day for more travel info >>>


(Wednesday 4th April 2001)
The Wanderers Youth Team were unlucky to go down by 2-1 to Bristol City in this afternoon's Reserve game at Adams Park. With the First Team squad in Spain, Youth Team boss Gary Goodchild took charge for the Avon Insurance Combination match which saw Leeyon Phelan score Wycombe's goal.
Wycombe 1 Bristol City 2 - full reserves match report >>>

(Tuesday 3rd April 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez - picture Paul DennisLawrie Sanchez has been handed a £2,000 fine and a three match touch-line ban by the FA for his outburst at the officials during the FA Cup Quarter-Final tie at Filbert Street. The three match ban is due to start on Monday 23 April (Bournemouth away) but if Sanchez appeals the ban could be carried over to next season.
The Wycombe boss was banned for six games after his previous altercation with match day officials at Preston in February 1999.

(Monday 2nd April 2001)
Keith Ryan - signed new contract - picture Paul DennisKeith Ryan put pen to paper on new Wycombe contract before the team took to the air for Spain. 'Rhino' has signed up until the end of the 2002/2003 season which will take his spell at the Club to a staggering 13 years. The 30 year old midfielder was awarded a testimonial earlier this season and has been used to good affect this term as a makeshift striker.
He's had to fight through three major injuries during his Wycombe career that has seen make over 350 appearances and score 42 goals.
Keith Ryan - Chairboys on the Net profile >>>

(Monday 2nd April 2001)
As expected on loan Manchester United striker George Clegg will stay at Wycombe until the end of the season. Clegg has yet to set the world alight at Adams Park put with The Wanderers having to fit in nine League games in the final month of the season he should get plenty of chances to prove his worth. Clegg is out of contract with United club at the end of the season.

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MARCH 2001
Essandoh joins on trial, No deal for Parkin, New kit deal announced, Fantasy at Filbert Street, It's Liverpool in Semi-Final, Price rises for 2001/2, Marsh and Whittingham join in deadline week, more >>>>

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