|February 2001 News Archive
|THIS MONTHS HEADLINES
RESERVES 0 QPR 1
(Wednesday 28th February 2001)
The Wanderers Reserve went down by one goal to nil to a strong Queens Park Rangers side at Adams Park in the Avon Insurance Combination. The only goal of the game came within the first minute from Michel Ngonge. A young Wycombe side played with Youth Team 'keeper Steve Williams between the sticks after regular 'keeper Mark Westhead suffered a suspected broken wrist in the warm-up. John Nutter was also forced off injured as Wanderers injury hell continued. Triallist Roy Essandoh played for Wycombe.
Wycombe 0 QPR 1 - Reserve match report >>>
SNIPPETS - WANDERERS ENJOY REST
(Wednesday 28th February 2001)
The First Team enjoyed a rare break from midweek action ahead of a hectic fixture schedule during March. Wycombe return to League action this Saturday (3rd March) when Port Vale make their first ever visit to Adams Park. The Valliants are currently one place off the relegation zone with 32 points from 29 games. Wycombe still lie 13th with 41 points from 29 games.
While Wycombe were resting, the midweek action saw Rotherham score a late goal through Paul Hurst to beat Colchester 3-2 at Millmoor after the Essex boys had taken a first-half lead through Gavin Johnson. That result takes The Millers to second spot in the table with 62 points from 32 games.
The speculation surrounding Wycombe's interest in Tranmere's Wayne Allison took a new twist at Prenton Park on Tuesday evening when the 32 year scored within 50 seconds of his first start for Rovers since December. The goal came in Rovers'
The managerial merry-go-round built up a head of steam on Tuesday too. Roy McFarland was shown the door at Cambridge United after just three League wins in 23 games - yes, you've guessed it, two of those were against Wycombe. The biggest shock to date was the alleged resignation of Bruce Rioch at 4th placed Wigan Athletic. It's since been revealed that Rioch, who only moved to Wigan in the summer, didn't resign and the matter is being investigated by the League Managers Association.
CITY CONFIRM LAVIN RETURN
(Tuesday 27th February 2001)
Bristol City boss Danny Wilson has given up hope of Wycombe signing right-back Gerard Lavin. He told the Official Bristol City website "We have heard nothing from Wycombe so I take it that is the end of the matter." Chairboys on the Net reported on 12th February that Lavin had returned to Ashton Gate following a leg injury and that Lawrie Sanchez was reluctant to sign him on the strength of one good performance.
Lavin returns to Bristol - February News Archive >>>
CUP NOW TAKES PRIORITY
(Monday 26th February 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez is searching high and low for another new striker ahead of the FA Cup Quarter-Final tie at Leicester on Saturday 10th March. Sanchez's team selection at Peterborough was evidence alone that The Wanderers' top priority of reaching the play-offs has now been demoted to second slot as Wycombe chase a potential gold-mine of revenue that would be generated if Peter Taylor's side were beaten to earn a dreamland semi-final place.
The Wycombe boss has seen his front-line finally disintegrate into oblivion with the loss of Andy Rammell, Andy Baird and Sam Parkin within a week. There are now no fully fit experienced strikers at the Club and Tranmere's out of favour striker Wayne Allison is one player that has been touted as a possible signing. The 32 year old is being suggested because the former Huddersfield and Bristol City striker is not cup-tied. However, the possibility of signing Parkin permanently has not been dismissed but the Club will need to act fast to bring in the popular Chelsea youngster.
Sanchez talks to Tranmere - could it be Allison? >>>
YOUTHS MISS OUT ON TOP GROUP
(Saturday 24th February 2001)
The Wanderers Under 19's Youth Team missed out on a top four placing in the South-East Conference of the Football League Youth Alliance after going down
Wanderers Youth - Results round-up >>>
POSH TAKE ADVANTAGE - JUST
(Saturday 24th February 2001)
A patched up Wycombe side lost 3-2 at Peterborough United. There were seven changes to the starting line-up at Selhurst but Wanderers found themselves 2-0 up inside 14 minutes. Posh hit back, though, with three goals in 20 minutes. Michael Simpson missed a second-half penalty that could have salvaged a point.
Peterborough 3 Wycombe 2 - match report >>>
COLD SHOULDER FOR QPR
(Thursday 22nd February 2001)
Wycombe have shunned an approach from relegation threatened Queen Park Rangers. The First Division club approached Wycombe Chairman Ivor Beeks prior to Tuesday evening's FA Cup replay with Wimbledon at Selhurst Park but Beeks, a former box holder at Loftus Road, was in no mood to discuss such topics prior to one of the biggest games in the history of the Wanderers. Speaking on the Club's Official Radio Show Blues News Sanchez added "After discussion with Ivor, we both feel I've a job left to do at Wycombe. Pleased as I am that they took the trouble to ask Ivor, at this moment in time it's right that I stay at the Club and that we build for the future and specifically to get in the First Division. Ivor has told me that the Board will be backing me in our attempt to do that"
SNIPPETS - RESERVES DEFEATED
(Wednesday 21st February 2001)
The Wanderers Reserve XI lost 2-0 at Bournemouth on Wednesday afternoon. Over half of Wycombe's team consisted of Youth Teamers and came just hours after many of them had seen the First Team's historic night at Selhurst Park.
The away game with Bristol Rovers postponed from last Tuesday had been re-arranged for Tuesday 1st May. The away game with Notts County scheduled for Sixth Round day has also been re-scheduled by Club Secretary, Keith 'The Juggler' Allen, for Tuesday 24th April.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
(Tuesday 20th February 2001)
More than 4,500 Wycombe fans made the journey to South London to see the Fifth Round replay with Wimbledon and they were rewarded with quite possibly the most memorable evening in the history of the Club. Wycombe were behind twice, saw Michael Simpson sent-off, Martin Taylor save a last minute penalty, Paul McCarthy equalise with virtually the last kick of extra-time and then battle through to win 8-7 on penalties. All in all, quite unbelievable.
Wimbledon 2 Wycombe 2 - Chairboys through on penalties >>>
AND NOW FOR LEICESTER
(Tuesday 20th February 2001)
A trip to Leicester City on Saturday 10th March is the reward for Wycombe's breathtaking victory against Wimbledon. City beat Bristol City 3-0 at Filbert Street in the Fifth Round to reach the last eight for the first time in nineteen seasons. Wycombe's victory over the Crazygang at Selhurst sets up the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides, although they have met in testimonial matches in recent times, including earlier this season when Peter Taylor's side won 3-0 at Adams Park.
Wimbledon 2 Wycombe 2 - Wanderers thro' our thoughts >>>
MORE FA CUP MAGIC
(Saturday 17th February 2001)
There was more FA Cup magic at Adams Park as Wycombe came from 2-0 down to force a replay at Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening. Goals from Michael Simpson and Steve Brown had the Crazygang rocking in front of another sell-out and record gate of 9,650, producing record receipts of just over £135,000. The matchday income was also swelled by record takings from hospitality, bar and programme sales.
Wycombe 2 Wimbledon 2 - match report >>>
Chairboys phase The Crazygang - post match reaction >>>
All about The Dons - Quick Guide to Wimbledon >>>
CUP IN TOWN
(Thursday 15th February 2001)
Your actual FA Cup was at Adams Park as part of a massive press-day being held prior to the Fifth Round meeting with Wimbledon. Sponsors AXA arranged for the Cup to be used for publicity shots, with ex-Cup winners Lawrie Sanchez and Terry Gibson called into shot on more than a few occasions. The Club were inundated with requests from the press before the previous round and organised this day to try and cover all reasonable calls this time around.
It's Wimbledon - Dons beat the Boro - reunion for Sanch and Gibbo >>>
RESERVES THUMPED AT FULHAM
(Wednesday 14th February 2001)
The Reserves went down by six goals to nil to Fulham in the Avon Insurance Combination on Wednesday afternoon at Motspur Park. The Wanderers were under the cosh for most of the game but while Fulham were able to call upon their multi-national squad, The Wanderers team included several Youth Teamers. Last week some of the Youth Team were forced to play three games in four days because of the fixture backlog. Despite the heavy schedule they gained a 1-0 victory over Barnet in the Football League Youth Alliance on Thursday - Richard Jolly getting the vital goal - and then last Saturday they drew 0-0 at home to top of the table Cambridge United to give them a good chance of finishing in the top four merit places.
Fulham 6 Wycombe 0 - reserves report >>>
LAVIN RETURNS TO BRISTOL
(Monday 12th February 2001)
Chairboys on the Net understands that on-loan Bristol City right-back Gerard Lavin has returned to Ashton Gate for treatment to a knee injury picked up in the recent game with Cambridge United. Lavin has played three First Team games for Wycombe and looked impressive in the second of these - the 0-0 home draw with Brentford. However, Lawrie Sanchez is unlikely to risk a permanent signing on the strength of one performance and may prefer to 'free-up' a loan place in favour of a badly needed striker. Clubs are only allowed two concurrent loans during a season.
LATE SHOW AT OXFORD
(Saturday 10th February 2001)
A last minute strike from Keith Ryan, his first goal of the season, saw Wycombe take all three points from the trip down the M40 to play relegation threatened Oxford United. The U's had taken the lead in the 13th minute through Chris Hackett but a Mark Rogers goal just before the break gave Wycombe the incentive to go on and search for a winner.
With a rare midweek break for his team, Lawrie Sanchez has given his players Monday off as they begin to prepare for next Saturday's FA Cup Fifth Round tie. It's now all eyes on Selhurst Park on Tuesday night as Wycombe await the winners of the Wimbledon v Middlesbrough Fourth Round replay.
Oxford 1 Wycombe 2 - match report >>>
AGREES NEW DEAL
(Friday 9th February 2001)
As expected Paul McCarthy has signed on the dotted line to extend his contract with The Wanderers. The quietly spoken Irish defender has agreed a new deal that runs until the end of the 2002/2003 season. The fans favourite has now clocked up 180 appearances in a Wycombe shirt since a £100,000 move from Brighton in the summer of 1996 and has scored some vital goals for The Wanderers this season.
The signing of McCarthy leaves seven more Wanderers players out of contract at the end of the season - Andy Baird, Alan Beeton, Matt Brady, Dave Carroll, Mo Harkin, Keith Ryan and Mark Westhead.
MOTTY IS BACK
(Friday 9th February 2001)
The legendary John Motson will be at Adams Park as part of the Match of the Day team covering the 5th Round FA Cup tie with Wimbledon on Saturday 17th February. The Club will pick up a cheque for more than £20,000 from the BBC for the broadcast rights of the highlights package to be shown on Saturday evening.
The Club are also set to receive further payments for radio broadcast rights on what is sure to be biggest ever pay day for the Club at Adams Park.
SENDA OUT FOR SEASON
(Thursday 8th February 2001)
Danny Senda is the latest casualty in a season of injury woe for the Wanderers. 19 year old Senda went down in training, seriously injuring his knee and will miss the rest of the season. With fellow strikers Andy Rammell and Sam Parkin also both out injured, Sanchez is said to looking to draft in a new striker on a permanent deal. Plans to bring in a loan player are blocked due to the Club already having the maximum number of two. Aston Villa 23 year old striker Richard Walker was one player reported to be lined-up but he has since joined Third Division Blackpool because of the loan limit.
RESERVES LOSE TO GILLS
(Wednesday 7th February 2001)
The Reserve XI went down to another disappointing defeat on Wednesday afternoon at Adams Park - this time a 2-0 reverse to Gillingham - both goals coming in the second-half. The one plus point of the Avon Insurance Combination game was the return of Dave Carroll, who showed enough to suggest to the watching Lawrie Sanchez that he should be included in the squad to travel to Oxford United on Saturday.
Wycombe 0 Gillingham 2 - reserves report >>>
TWO YEARS UP FOR SANCH
(Tuesday 6th February 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez celebrated two years in charge at Adams Park this week. Sanchez arrived at Wycombe on Friday 5th February 1999 and took charge for the first time the following day as relegation threatened Wycombe drew 1-1 with Fulham. Three months later he was declared a hero following the miraculous escape from the drop of the final day of the season. After consolidation last season, the current campaign has seen the best ever FA Cup run in the Club's history while League form has remained stable despite a horrendous catalogue of injuries to key players.
However, it was an unhappy anniversary for Sanchez as he saw his side go down 2-0 at home to Cambridge United.
Wycombe 0 Cambridge 2 - match report >>>
BLUES BLANK AGAINST BEES
(Saturday 3rd Saturday 2001)
Wycombe returned to League action on Saturday for the first time in three weeks when they took on Brentford at Adams Park but it was the same old story as lack of finishing power saw the game end goalless. In front of the highest League gate of the season at Adams Park there was also an injury scare for The Chairboys when leading scorer Andy Rammell limped off with a leg injury.
Wycombe 0 Brentford 0 - match report >>>
BULMAN SIGNS UP
(Saturday 3rd February)
Dannie Bulman has become the latest Wycombe player to sign an extended contract under Lawrie Sanchez. Bulman, who celebrated his 22nd birthday in January, has been a key figure in Sanchez's team this season and agreed a new deal that runs until the end of the 2003/2004 season.
Ashford born Bulman was signed by Wycombe in the summer of 1998 from his home town club for a £10,000 fee and has really come of age under the guidance of Lawrie Sanchez.
WANDERERS PULL OUT OF B&B
(Friday 2nd February 2001)
A massive fixture congestion affecting both the First Team and Reserves has forced The Wanderers to withdraw from the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup. The Third Round meeting with Windsor and Eton was called off for the second time last Tuesday and with Wycombe trying to fit in 38 First and Reserve Team games before the end of the season, Club Secretary Keith Allen was left with little alternative but to graciously the Club out of the competition. The Club have been fined a nominal £50, which is the minimum under B&B rules.
SNIPPETS - FIXTURE UPDATE
(Thursday 1st February 2001)
Wycombe have rearranged the home Division Two game with Rotherham United scheduled for the FA Cup Fifth Round date of Saturday 17th February. The game with the surprise promotion chasers will now take place on Tuesday 20th March at Adams Park - kick-off 7.45pm.
|FA Cup run steals all the headlines, Lavin joins on loan from Bristol City, Parkin given OK to play in FA Cup, LDV exit at Swindon, Blues put the Wolves out >>>
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