August 2000 News Archive
(Thursday 31st August 2000)
Over 200 members of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited gathered in the Vere Suite at Adams Park on Thursday evening to hear of proposals to bring outside investment into the Club. Members meeting report >>>

(Wednesday 30th August 2000)
A Danny Senda penalty six minutes from time gave the reserves a 2-2 draw in the Avon Insurance Combination on Wednesday evening at Oxford United. The respective First Team teams will meet on Friday 8th September in the first ever live Football League game from Adams Park. United have had a woeful start to the new season - losing all four games.
Oxford United 2 Wycombe 2 - Reserves report >>>

(Saturday 26th August 2000)
Wycombe came back from a goal down to see off early Division Two pacesetters Millwall at The New Den on Saturday. Lions top scorer Neil Harris had headed the home side into a 10th minute lead but after the break goals from Andy Baird (recalled in place of Mo Harkin) and Dannie Bulman turned the game on its head. It went from bad to worse for Millwall when David Livermore and Steven Reid were sent off late on for second bookable offences.
Lawrie SanchezCommenting on the sendings off, Wycombe Manager Lawrie Sanchez told the press after the game "I don't think there was any doubt them. Football's an aggressive game and nobody minds a bit of aggression but what people don't like are two footed tackles - at the end of the day they are a cowards tackle. I thought the referee had little else he could do"
Wycombe go fourth in the table after the win at The New Den.
Millwall 1 Wycombe 2 - full match report >>>

Mo Harkin - sponsored by Chairboys on the Net
(Friday 25th August 2000)
With the help of several of our regular readers, Chairboys on the Net is pleased to announce the launch of our shirt sponsorship for the 2000/2001 season. COTN will be the sponsors of Mo Harkin's 'away' shirt as part of the club's Mark Your Man scheme. Last season a similar arrangement saw sponsorship of Matt Lawrence's home shirt. Mo is looking to command a regular place in the First Team this season but will miss Monday's game at home to Luton due to a call up for the Northern Ireland Under 21 squad.
Chairboys net Mo's Shirt - more details >>>


(Thursday 24th August 2000)
The return of Super Simon GarnerSimon Garner will make a dramatic return to Adams Park on Bank Holiday Monday as he heads up pre-match entertainment in the Vere Suite bar prior to the League game against Luton Town. Garner will be on the Vere Suite stage from around 2pm where he will give fans the team news and line-ups prior to the match. The idea is the latest in a series of new initiatives from the Club to try and attract more people into the supporters bars prior to games and improve the sometimes poor communication at the club. The idea could progress to interviews with players and club officials.
Writing in Wycombe's newlook matchday programme, Club Director Alan Parry said "We want our fans to feel more involved in every aspect of life at Wycombe Wanderers. This is your club and you deserve to know what's going on here"
Super Simon returns to Adams Park - Chairboys tribute >>>


(Tuesday 22nd August 2000)
Wycombe came away from Barnet with a 2-1 defeat in the First Round - First Leg of the Worthington Cup where a late goal from defender Mark Rogers could prove vital when the Second Leg comes around on Tuesday 5th September. The Wanderers stormed the first-half down the slope but wasted chance after chance. Then having conceeded two sloppy second-half goals, the 400 Wycombe fans at Underhill were extremely grateful to see Canadian born Rogers nip in after Chris Vinnicombe's free-kick had been knocked on by Jamie Bates.
Barnet 2 Wycombe 1 - full match report >>>


(Sunday 20th August 2000)
Chairboys on the Net understands that the Club are close to officially announcing the move to a new training ground less than two miles from Adams Park. At present the Club train at RAF Halton, which is around 15 miles from High Wycombe. Club Sports Therapist Dave Jones praised the move in the Club matchday programme against Northampton.
More on this story - Wanderers to open new training facility >>>

(Saturday 19th August 2000)
Lawrie SanchezManager Lawrie Sanchez was in a relaxed mood after the 1-0 home victory over Northampton at Adams Park. "We played OK. We can pass better than that, we can get better than that but the most important thing for the first home game is to get your three points and we've got those fairly comfortably. Clean sheets in two games, four points, you can't really ask for too much more at the beginning of the season especially against a team that has invested a bit of money in their forward line." The gaffer added "One goal doesn't really tell the story of the game, we controlled it from beginning to end and perhaps we should have had more"
Wycombe 1 Northampton 0 - Full match report >>>

Mark Westhead - picture Paul DennisWESTHEAD UNHAPPY
(Friday 18th August 2000)
Reserve goalkeeper Mark Westhead has swopped his unlucky No.13 shirt for No.35 as he aims to throw off his injury jinx. Westhead started just two first team games last season and has made just seven first team appearances at Wycombe since joining in the summer of 1998. The main reason has been the form of Martin Taylor but Westhead told the Bucks Free Press 'I'm not on the transfer list and I don't want to ask for one because that would be giving up on my career here which I don't want to do. But if the opportunity came came to go on loan or the right permanent move came up I would want to take it because I need to be playing"

(Friday 18th August 2000)
New issues of Wycombe fanzines Tales of a Chairboy and One-One will be on sale before the game with Northampton on Saturday. 'Tales', which appeared just twice last season will now be issued for every home First Team game according to editor Dale Hurman.
A common theme between these fanzines seems to be the criticism of the matchday programme. On Saturday the Club respond to this criticism by issuing a new look programme that, although with four less pages, has three extra pages of editorial and provision for more photographs. The price remains at 2.
More on the fanzine frenzy at Wycombe >>>


(Thursday 17th August 2000)
The Club are launching an ambitious pre-match video feature before the game against Northampton. The 30 minute video will be shown at 2pm before all Saturday home league games and will include action and interviews from the previous week's games. Club Press Officer Alan Hutchinson will be presenting the programme which will be shown on all available screens around the ground (ie Vere Suite, sponsors lounges and the Woodlands Stand). Despite the cheesey title of 'Blues on Film', this is something that fans have been suggesting for some time but cost had always been a problem. The Club have now found a sponsor in the form of 'Hands of Wycombe' to help fund the project which kicks off with action from the pre-season games, a Keith Ryan interview and hopefully snippets from the bruiser at Stoke.

(Wednesday 16th August 2000)
Stoke City - Wycombe fans unhappyWycombe supporters have complained to the Football League about the "discriminatory nature" of Stoke City's pricing policy in respect of visiting supporters. A Supporters' Group representative spoke to COTN and said that a letter had been sent to the Football League to highlight the fact that Stoke fans could purchase adult tickets in advance for 11 or on the day for 13, while Wycombe fans had no alternative but to pay 16 on the day for comparable accomodation.
A spokesman told COTN "We recognise the sad, but sometimes necessary, need for segregation at grounds but pricing policies that penalise the visiting supporter should not be tolerated by Football's governing bodies"
A similar letter relating to Millwall's pricing policy in season 1996/97 resulted in the Football League taking action and cutting 2 off the charge for visiting fans.
Although Wycombe fans will not benefit from any action with regards to Stoke the spokesman added "We would hope that other supporters group would act in the same manner and possibly help our supporters at a later date"


(Wednesday 16th August 2000)
The Wanderers second XI opened their Avon Insurance Combination campaign on Wednesday afternoon with a 1-0 home victory against Swindon Town. Having finished last season with the dubious honour of claiming the 'wooden spoon', Reserve boss Terry Gibson will be delighted with the start to the season. Andy Baird got Wycombe's goal while Stewart Castledine played a full 90 minutes in an otherwise youthful Wycombe team.
Wycombe 1 Swindon 0 - Reserves match report >>>

(Monday 14th August 2000)
The Club are looking into the possibility of an extended tour of Southern Ireland following the success of the trip in July to play UEFA cup heroes Bohemian in Dublin. Apparently Lawrie Sanchez was taken back by the number of Wycombe fans who made the trip and following suggestions from some fans, the Club are now looking into playing in a multi-team tournament or just a series of friendlies. One suggestion has been Cork but the likelyhood would be for the team to be based in Dublin and travel out for other games. The other major clubs in the Dublin area include St Patricks, Shelbourne and Bray Wanderers. The feasibility of the trip would rely heavily on suitable sponsors being found. In July the Club struggled to find takers for their 1,000 per head three day package but the fans who made the trip in July will be hoping that a solution can be found.

(Saturday 12th August 2000)
Steve Jones - 100% commitment at Stoke
After the battling 0-0 draw at Stoke City, Lawrie Sanchez was full of praise for on loan striker Steve Jones, making particular reference to his physical presence up front. The Wycombe gaffer said "Any of the fans who were here will tell the fans back at Wycombe that have been criticising him in pre-season that is something we haven't got at the Club.
More on this story - Sanchez praises Jones >>>
Stoke 0 Wycombe 0 - full match report  >>>

(Friday 11th August 2000)
Members of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited have been invited to attend an informal meeting on Thursday 31st August to discuss the future plans of the Club. The meeting is six weeks ahead of the AGM on Monday 16th October where special resolutions could be proposed to change the whole financial structure of the Club.
Takeover latest - more on this story >>>

(Friday 11th August 2000)
Wycombe were given some good news ahead of the opening of the Football League season at Stoke City on Saturday 12th August. Both Steve Jones and Michael Simspon are fit for selection after missing last week's friendly against Crystal Palace through injury. Loan signing Steve Jones picked up a twisted ankle in training the previous Thursday but has now recovered while Michael Simspon's injured thigh is not as serious as first thought and he should start the game at The Britannia Stadium.
Lawrie SanchezHowever after Saturday's 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace, Manager Lawrie Sanchez said "Whatever team we put out against Stoke we'll perform. We did that today and people have done themselves justice. These lads are all capable of playing in the First Team. We've cut out the deadwood. Everyone we've got has something to add to the team when they play".

(Wednesday 9th August 2000)
Adams Park - August 2000 - ten happy years - pic Chairboys on the Net Adams Park celebrates ten years of use this week. It was on Thursday 9th August 1990 that Nottingham Forest were the visitors for the inaugural match. A crowd of 4,810 saw Mark West score the first ever goal on the ground - the game ending 1-1. A few things to note from the day; admissions charges for the season were announced as 3.50 for adults on the terraces (three sides in those days) while seats were 4.50. The programme cost 1 and a bloke called Martin O'Neill was Manager - the rest is history, as they say.

(Saturday 5th August 2000)
As expected former Wycombe Manager Alan Smith received a bit of a rough ride from the Wycombe fans on Saturday as he returned as the new Manager of Crystal Palace. Smith had more to worry about, however, as his new team slumped to a 3-1 defeat to a makeshift Wycombe side.
More on this story - Smith gets a rough ride >>>
Wycombe 3 Palace 1 - Match report >>>

(Saturday 5th August 2000)
The Wycombe Youth Team drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace Youth's at a sunny Bisham Abbey on Saturday morning. The game was played in three thirds of thirty minutes and was watched by ex-Wycombe Manager Neil Smillie who was keeping an eye on his son Jack who has signed for Wycombe Youths on a three year scholarship.
This season the Youth Team will be competing once again in the Football League Youth Alliance which has added an Under 17's division to compliment the Under 19 set-up. In an ambitious move Wycombe will compete in both divisions meaning two games on most Saturday mornings throughout the season.
On Saturday at Bisham Youth Team Manager Gary Goodchild introduced Centre of Excellence Players Richard Jolly, Gary Nicholson and Matt Hickey in the latter stages while 'keeper Tom Gott, Centre of Excellence Player of the Season 1999/2000, played the final 30 minutes.
Youth Team fixtures and results 2000/2001 >>>

(Friday 4th August 2000)
Wycombe fans have been stunned with the news that both Sean Devine and Dave Carroll will miss the opening of the forthcoming Football League season. Devine's bruised knee is likely to keep him out for two months, while Carroll's injury is more serious and could see him rested for several months while the injury is analysed.
More on this story - plus Emblen could beat Carroll back to fitness >>>

(Wednesday 2nd August 2000)
A Wycombe reserve XI drew 2-2 against Dartford on Wednesday evening. The Wanderers came back from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 but conceeded a last minute goal. The Wycombe goals came through Joel Rogers and an own goal following a Martyn Lee free-kick.
Dartford 2 Wycombe 2 - Match Report >>>

(Tuesday 1st August 2000)

The Club have taken the common sense approach and drastically reduced entrance prices for the 2nd Leg Worthington Cup game with Barnet on Tuesday 5th September at Adams Park. All tickets bought before 5pm on Monday 4th September will be 3 cheaper than the normal matchday prices.
However, the first leg at Barnet on Tuesday 22nd August will see Wycombe fans having to pay 12 for a place in the 1,200 capacity uncovered seating area behind the goal. There is no reduction for concessions although there will be 200 places in the Family Stand at 12 adults, 6 juniors. No advance tickets will be available for the tie at Underhill.

Keith Ryan - picture Paul Dennis

(Tuesday 1st August 2000)
Just over 2,600 people paid tribute to Keith Ryan on Tuesday evening for the midfielder's testimonial game with Leicester City. 'Rhino' made his first appearance of the season but only played for 15 minutes as the Premiership side ran out 3-0 winners - all the goals coming in the second-half. City fielded a strong line-up that included appearances from Steve Guppy, Stan Collymore, Matt Elliott, Neil Lennon, Muzzy Izzett and Neil Lennon. Adi Akinbiyi scored his first goal for Leicester since his 5m move from Wolves.
Wycombe 0 Leicester 3 - Match report >>>
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