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COBBLERS BEAT THE FREEZE
(Saturday 30th December 2000)
Northampton TownSaturday's game at Northampton was given the go ahead after an early morning pitch inspection by the match referee. The pitch was cleared at 8am on the morning of the game thanks to Club Officials and volunteers but the surface was far from ideal on a bitterly cold afternoon. The game itself ended 2-2 after Wycombe had twice taken the lead. Steve Brown and Dannie Bulman got the Wycombe goals. Andy Rammell missed the game due to illness.
Northampton 2 Wycombe 2 - match report >>>

THOMO GIVEN ANOTHER MONTH
(Thursday 28th December 2000)
As expected Niall Thompson has been given an extension to his trial period. The Canadian originally joined for one month towards the end of October but his gutsy performances have convinced Lawrie Sanchez to extend his time for a second time. 26 year old Thompson has started five games for Wycombe during his trial and scored his only goal when he came on as substitute during the LDV Vans Trophy tie with Exeter City.
With Jermaine McSporran recently added to the Adams Park casualty department and Chelsea loan striker Sam Parkin not available for FA Cup ties, Thompson should have several more games to prove his worth before his third month is up at the end of January.


BOXING DAY BLOW
(Tuesday 26th December 2000)
Cambridge UnitedThe Wanderers dropped to ninth place in the Division Two table following a very disappointing 1-0 defeat at Cambridge on Boxing. The U's, with a League win in 12 games, dominated the game as Wycombe never got out of the starting blocks.
The game at The Abbey Stadium marked the half-way point in the League programme with Wycombe taking 33 points from the opening 23 games.
Cambridge United 1 Wycombe 0 - match report >>>

RAMBO SINKS SWANS
(Saturday 23rd December 2000)
Two first-half goals from Andy Rammell set Wycombe on their way to three points against Swansea City in the opening game of the holiday programme. There was a minor scare for Wycombe when Swansea pulled a goal back mid-way through the second-half but The Wanderers held on for a 2-1 victory.
Rammell has now scored eight League goals in sixteen starts since joining Wycombe in September from Walsall.
Wycombe 2 Swansea 1 - match report >>>

JOCKY OUT FOR SEASON
(Wednesday 20th December 2000)
Jermaine McSporran - out for season - picture Paul Dennis
Wycombe will have to come to terms with yet another massive injury set-back with the news that Jermaine McSporran will miss the rest of the season with cruciate ligament damage suffered in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Wigan. The devastating blow for 'Jocky', who is 24 on New Years Day, comes on the back of a catalogue of injuries for Wycombe this season. Jamie Bates, who was also injured in the game at Wigan, is likely to be out for two or three weeks with a hamstring problem. On a more positive note Dave Carroll made a brief appearance in the cup replay with Millwall.

McGHEE HAS TO EAT WORDS
(Tuesday 19th December 2000)
Millwall
Millwall boss, Mark McGhee, was made to eat his words after Wycombe eliminated The Lions in the FA Cup Second Round replay at Adams Park. McGhee said after the first game at The New Den "We are happy to play away from home considering the state of our pitch. On a good pitch, playing the way we did today, we would have beaten them." However, on the perfect Adams Park surface, Millwall were second best as goals from Andy Rammell and Paul McCarthy helped take Wycombe through to meet Grimsby in the Third Round on Saturday 6th January.
Wycombe 2 Millwall 1 match report >>>
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ORIENT AWAY IN VANS TROPHY
(Saturday 16th December 2000)
The LDV Vans Trophy
Wycombe will travel to Leyton Orient in the Second Round of the LDV Vans Trophy after the draw was made on Saturday morning. Wycombe have met the Third Division side on two previous occasions in cup competition since joining the Football League - both of these two legged affairs in the League Cup. In August 1993 The Wanderers had a comfortable 3-0 aggregate win over The O's while two years later following 3-0 victory at Adams Park, Wycombe scraped through after losing 2-0 at Brisbane Road in a game where Paul Hyde was sent off.
The LDV tie will be played
on Tuesday 8th January and will decided on the night, with golden goal extra time and penalties if needed.


VINNI BACK FOR WIGAN TRIP
(Saturday 16th December 2000)
Wigan Athletic - click here for Quick Guide to The Latics
Chris Vinnicombe was back in the Wycombe side that lost 2-1 to Wigan in Saturday's League meeting at the JJB Stadium. Vinni had been missing since being injured in the 1-1 draw at Swindon on 4th November. The influential defender joined Sam Parkin, Michael Simpson and Niall Thompson, who also returned after missing last Sunday's FA Cup stalemate at Millwall. Dannie Bulman was a surprise omission from Wycombe's starting line-up against the promotion favourites.
Wigan 2 Wycombe 1 - match details >>>


BEEKS BREAKS SILENCE
(Friday 15th December 2000)
BeeksClub Chairman Ivor Beeks has broken the silence surrounding the Club's plans for the future by revealing that funds have been boosted by the injection of a further 150,000 from a unnamed backer.
Supporters have been waiting patiently for news of plans to take the Club forward since the AGM in October.
Mystery backer stumps up 150K >>>

Avon Insurance CombinationRESERVE TEAM NEWS
Wednesday's reserve game at Bournemouth was called off due to a waterlogged pitch at Dean Court. The postponement meant a delay to the return of Chris Vinnicombe and Dave Carroll, both of whom were due to use this game as trial run before returning to First Team action. The game with Bouremouth has been rearranged for Wednesday 21st February. Next Tuesday's game at Northampton has also be re-scheduled for 18th April due to cup involvement for both sides.
Wycombe injury update - 14th December >>>

GRIMSBY AT HOME FOR WINNERS
FA CupMost Wycombe fans were delighted with a 0-0 draw at The New Den in the Second Round of the FA Cup on Sunday 10th December. 'Keeper Martin Taylor was the hero for Wycombe with a number of top class saves. The winners of the replay on Tuesday 19th December will be at home Grimsby Town in the Third Round.
Millwall 0 Wycombe 0 - match report >>>


Lawrie Sanchez - ton up at Millwall - picture Paul DennisTON UP FOR LAWRIE AT DEN

Lawrie Sanchez took charge of his 100th competitive game as Wycombe Manager in Sunday's FA Cup tie at Millwall. Sanchez joined the Chairboys in February 1999 and is now the longest serving Manager at Adams Park since Martin O'Neill.
Ton up for Lawrie - how's he done? >>>

Niall Thomspon - picure Paul DennisTHOMO OUT OF DEN TRIP
Niall Thompson missed the trip to the New Den on Sunday after needing stitches in a cut to his leg picked up after scoring the winner against Exeter on Tuesday evening. With loanee Sam Parkin also ruled out of playing in the FA Cup and Michael Simpson suspended, it gave Lawrie Sanchez yet more squad juggling problems.
The Second Round FA Cup tie at Millwall took place on Sunday 10th December and kicked off at 1pm after the police insisted the fixture was switched because Charlton were entertaining Man United on the Saturday and the Met claimed there were not enough resources available for both fixtures.

ONLY JUST IN VANS TROPHY
(Tuesday 5th December 2000)
The LDV Vans Trophy
It took a late goal from substitute Niall Thompson to take Wycombe through to the Second Round of the LDV Vans Trophy - beating Third Division Exeter City 1-0 at Adams Park. Wycombe were looking to get the 3-0 defeat against Bournemouth out of the system with Lawrie Sanchez saying before the game "We want to do as well as we can in all competitions we play in and I will be putting a strong side out."
Wycombe 1 Exeter 0 - match report >>>
LDV Vans 1st Round results, attendances and 2nd Round draw news >>>


Bournemouth - click here for Cherries Quick GuideBLUES CRASH TO CHERRIES
(Saturday 2nd December 2000)
Lawrie Sanchez ordered the squad in for Sunday morning training after Wycombe crashed 3-0 to Bournemouth at Adams Park on Saturday. It was the heaviest defeat since the 4-0 home reverse to Stoke City just under a year ago but came after Sanchez gambled with a 3-5-2 formation. The gamble back-fired and The Cherries ran the Wycombe defence ragged. The defeat sees Wycombe drop to eighth place in the table and there could be more trouble for the Club as objects were seen to be thrown from the home terrace during the second-half. The second of these saw a youngster apprehended by stewards following Bournemouth's third goal in the 90th minute. 
Wycombe 0 Bournemouth 3 - match report >>>
Quick Guide to The Cherries >>>

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