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NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 29th January 2000
BLUES LOOKING FOR INVESTORS
The Bucks Free Press has revealed Wycombe Wanderers are actively seeking investors to inject money into the Club. The story was based on comments made by Club Chairman Ivor Beeks to over 100 local business people at the first of the Club's new 'Breakfast 2000' business meetings at Adams Park on Wednesday (26th January). Beeks said "We are trying to get the whole package in place first so that members know what they are voting for" He went on to add "We believe we will have to form a new private limited company with new investors" This is the first public airing of the Club's intention to bring in an external source of cash and one that is really a separate issue to the previous attempts to change the constitution of the Club. The revelation by Beeks came a day before a one day conference held in London where top football officials, along with representatives of supporters clubs, discussed ways of setting up trust related ownerships of football clubs. Bournemouth have gone down this route and many clubs have already approached The Cherries for guidance in setting up similar schemes. Any change to the current constitution of the Club would require a 75% majority vote in favour by the 500 members.
BATES OUT UNTIL APRIL
Jamie Bates has undergone an operation on the ankle he injured during the Colchester v Wycombe clash early this month. Bates has had a small piece of bone removed that was aggravating the healing process and is now likely to be out of action until early April.
RESERVES EDGED OUT AT SEASIDE
Wycombe's trip to Southend United on Wednesday evening in the Avon Insurance Combination ended with a 4-3 reverse. Playing against a reasonably strong Southend side, Wycombe took the lead in the seventh minute when Dannie Bulman converted a right wing cross from Maurice Harkin. However, Wycombe conceeded two goals in five minutes just after the half-hour mark when Fitzpatrick and then Clark scored for the home side. Cross extended United's on the stroke of 45 minutes but Harkin reduced the deficit straight from the kick-off when he clipped in a Martyn Lee left wing cross at the near post. Southend regained their two goal advantage in the 76th minute when Cross scored his second but two minute later Danny Senda took the ball around United 'keeper Mark Prudhoe to make the score 4-3 to Southend. Terry Gibson was an unused substitute for Wycombe at Roots Hall in what was quite an encouraging display by The Wanderers.
Wycombe Team: Westhead (sub 73 Osborn), Reekes (sub 73 Townsend), P Johnson, R Johnson, Beeton, Lee, Harkin, Holsgrove, Senda (sub 79 Gostick), Thompson, Bulman sub not used Gibson.
AWAY END TO BE EXPANDED
The Hillbottom Road End - Club plan to double the size during the summerThe Club are planning to increase the capacity of the Hillbottom Road End by around 1,000 to take the total capacity of this area of the ground to approx 2,000. However, due to minor changes in capacity levels in other areas of the ground, the proposed changes will not result in the overall capacity of Adams Park being increased above the current 10,000 figure. If the planning application is successful, the Club plan to complete the work during the close season.
The Club seated this area of the ground at the start of the 1996/97 season but have consequently suffered from a shortfall in revenue when visiting teams have wanted more than their allocation allows.
MATT GETS IN THE CHAIR
Matt LawrenceThe Matt Lawrence interview carried out jointly by The Wanderer magazine and Chairboys on the Net is now available on-line in a slightly extended format. Thanks to those joint sponsors who supplied a variety of questions for Matt to answer in some form or another. Read the interview
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NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 22nd January 2000
YOUTHS UNLUCKY AT NEWCASTLE

A controversial penalty six minutes from the end of normal time ended Wycombe Wanderers Youth Team interest in the FA Youth Cup at St James Park on Thursday evening. A spirited display by the youngsters looked like earning a 0-0 draw and a replay at Adams Park but when Ben Townsend clipped England Schoolboy Michael Chopra in the penalty area, the referee surprised almost everybody when he pointed to the spot. Wycombe were never outclassed in the daunting suroundings of St James Park and had chances through top scorer Leeyon Phelan and Ian Simpemba to win the tie. Newcastle, semi-finalists in last season's competition, go on to meet Sunderland in the next round.
More match details are available via the Official Wycombe Wanderers Website
CHAIRBOYS CARD CHAOS
There was more card trouble for Wycombe at Colchester on Tuesday evening (18th January) when Michael Simpson and Steve Brown were sent-off for second bookable offences. Martin Taylor and Dannie Bulman also went into referee Keith Hill's book to take Wycombe to over 50 bookings in all competitions this season. Wycombe are sitting on a 20,000 suspended fine from the FA and last July, Lawrie Sanchez said "We have got to clean the situation up and we will. We don't want want to be spending our money on fines to the FA". Wycombe accumulated 109 bookings last season and unless there's a dramatic clampdown on the discipline front, it look's like another day in front of the FA, with another large fine looming.
HOUSE OF CARDS
Who's the dirtiest team in the Football League? Is it Wycombe? Is it Colchester? No chance!! Find out from our friends at Opta.
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NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 15th January 2000
JOCK HAS AN OP
Jermaine McSporran could be out for six weeks after suffering an appendicitis on the Friday before the home game with Scunthorpe on Saturday (15th January). McSporran was admitted to hospital the same day and will spend the next few weeks recovering from the operation.
WINDSCREEN WASHOUT
AutoWindscreens ShieldWycombe were dumped out of the AutoWindscreens Shield after a penalty shoot-out was needed to settle the tie against Oxford United at The Manor Ground on Tuesday 11th January. The game had ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and when a further 30 minutes of extra-time didn't bring the 'golden-goal' it was down to the dreaded spot-kick scenario. Andy Baird saw his penalty saved as the home side converted all five of their kicks to go through to the next round. Lawrie Sanchez made five changes to the side that drew at Millwall the previous Saturday - leaving out Sean Devine, Dave Carroll, Jason Cousins, Jamie Bates and Keith Ryan. Full match details.
QUIZ RAISES 300 FOR THE LADS
The Quiz Night on Wednesday 12th January organised by The Independent Supporters Club raised more than 300 for Gary Goodchild's Youth Team. The event held in The Keen Lounge at Adams Park was well attended with practically all the Youth Team turning out along with various club officials. A team consisting of three contributors to Chairboys on the Net won the quiz - who said we're just a bunch of sad anoraks!
BUSES BACK
With the help of Wycombe District Council, Buckinghamshire County Council, Motts Travel and Wycombe Bus Company, the Club have arranged a revised matchday bus service to Adams Park. With the exception of just a few stops all pick up points have been covered.
Full details and times available from the Wycombe Wanderers Official Website.
HOUSE OF CARDS
Who's the dirtiest team in the Football League? Is it Wycombe? Is it Colchester? No chance!! Find out from our friends at Opta.
IT WAS 25 YEARS AGO
Long serving Wycombe supporters were reminiscing last week after the 25 year anniversary of a memorable FA Third Round tie with Middlesbrough. Back in 1975 Wycombe were an Isthmian League side while Boro were joint top of the old First Division. Read more
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NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 8th January 2000
MACCA IS BACK

Paul McCarthy was eased gently back into the Wycombe team when he appeared in the side that beat Chesham United 4-1 at Adams Park on Tuesday evening (4th January) in the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup Third Round. 'Macca' hadn't played since he was injured in training back in September but came through unscathed alongside Mark Rogers. Wycombe won thanks to a hat-trick from Richard Thompson plus a strike from new signing Matt Brady.
Wycombe Team: Westhead (sub 45 Osborn), Townsend (sub 79 P Johnson), Leach, McCarthy, Rogers, Lee, Harkin, Bulman, Thompson, Senda (sub 73 Reeks), Brady subs not used R Johnson and Ryan Gostick Att:400 approx. Wycombe travel to Thatcham Town in the next round. Full Match Report...
DEVINE START TO 2000
Wycombe saw in the new year with a 3-0 victory against bottom of the table Chesterfield at Adams Park on Holiday Monday. Sean Devine netted two more goals to take his Football League tally to fifteen. Wycombe welcomed back the suspended Jermaine McSporran, Jason Cousins and Michael Simpson, although Andy Baird and Steve Brown sat out the game with one match bans. Lawrie Sanchez gave a full debut to Danny Senda while new signing Matt Brady was made his First Team debut when he came on as sub.
When Skies are Blue - Issue No.2Gary Ablett has ended his one month loan spell from Birmingham City but has since been released by the Division One side. He'll be available on free transfer and  Walsall are already reported to be interested. A permanent move to Wycombe is unlikely due to the wage aspirations of the experienced defender.
A new issue of Wycombe fanzine One-One went on sale for the first time before the Chesterfield game (priced 50p) while issue two of the When Skies Are Blue fanzine, is also still available, priced 1.


OFFICIAL WEBSITE RE-LAUNCH
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New look Official Site - launched Monday 3rd January 2000The Wycombe Wanderers Official Website was re-launched on Holiday Monday (3rd January 2000) thanks to the help of Paul Lewis from Chairboys on the Net. The Club approached Paul to discuss ways of improving in the site and the outcome has been that Paul has become Webmaster for the site and will be responsible for updating the site with content provided by the Club and adding match details shortly after the final whistle of First Team games.
Speaking about this, Lewis said "This is certainly an exciting opportunity for the Club to continue their commitment to communicating with the fans and with the experienced gained from producing COTN for the past four years, we can offer a good mix of internet and fan based knowledge to the Club." He also stressed that "COTN will remain unaffected by the changes to the Official site and more importantly will allow COTN to concentrate more on fan related issues in addition to our usual unique content. As ever we welcome any feedback and will develop both sites based on your suggestions". 
COLCHESTER DEBATE GOES ON
Colchester United and Wycombe have now agreed a date of  Tuesday 18th January for the postponed game from Wednesday 29th December. Last Wednesday's game was postponed just over two hours before kick-off due to the frozen state of the Layer Road pitch. Colchester had reportedly switched the game from the previous day in an attempt to attract more fans and contrive to make this the last Football League game of the millennium. Although since the postponement, Colchester are now claiming that because neighbours Ipswich Town were also at home on the original date of Tuesday 28th December, they choose to switch the game to save on Police costs and extra stewarding. Ironically, if the game had been played on the original date and time it would have gone ahead and prevented hundreds of fans from wasting time and money travelling. Read more...
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DECEMBER 1999 NEWS FROM ADAMS PARK
Ground move dismissed, Gary Ablett signed, Youth Team success in FA Youth Cup, Chairboys on the Net joins UFN...more>>>>

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