January 2001 News Archive
(Tuesday 30th January 2001)
The LDV Vans Trophy
Wycombe went out of the LDV Vans Trophy at Swindon after conceding two goals in the first fifteen minutes. Steve Brown made the score 2-1 shortly before the break but a catalogue of missed chances in the second-half by the Wanderers saw the home side go through. Wycombe Directors had placed a high priority on this competition but after the recent FA Cup exploits there won't be too many fans losing sleep over this defeat.
Swindon 2 Wycombe 1 - match report >>>
Sanchez puts the wind up Swindon - post match quotes >>>

(Saturday 27th January 2001)
Blues put the Wolves out - What a day - picture Paul Dennis
A goal just five minute from time from Sam Parkin took Wycombe into the Fifth Round of the FA Cup for the first time ever as a record attendance at Adams Park saw Wolves eliminated by 2 goals to 1. Andy Rammell had given Wycombe a first half lead but a Carl Robinson goal early in the second-half looked to be taking the tie to a replay before the striker on loan from Chelsea struck his headline grabber.
Wycombe 2 Wolves 1 - memories >>>

(Saturday 27th January 2001)
A fan lends a hand - picture Paul DennisFreak weather in the High Wycombe area on Friday afternoon meant that Club officials were desperately trying to get the Adams Park surface up to scratch prior to the 3pm kick-off. Heavy rain followed by snow and then an overnight frost caused the panic. Thankfully the ground beneath the snow was soft and with the aid of ground staff and fans all the snow was removed and the sell-out game went ahead as scheduled.
Fans help get Cup tie on >>>
Sanchez stunned - "The Town's gone mad" >>>
Cup Fever -
Sell out at Adams Park >>>


(Wednesday 24th January 2001)
MillwallThe Wanderers Reserve XI were beaten 3-0 by Millwall on Wednesday afternoon in the Avon Insurance Combination. New loan signing Gerard Lavin made his first appearance in a Wycombe shirt in a match that took place in the back and beyond of Millwall's Training Ground in Ravensbourne, Kent. Jamie Bates and Keith Ryan were also in a Wycombe line-up that were outclassed by a strong Millwall side. The fixture was originally scheduled to be at Wycombe but the amount of water still lying on the Adams Park surface following the recent thaw, prompted the postponement.

(Saturday 20th January 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez receives his award from SkyLawrie Sanchez has received the Scottish Mutual Performance of the Week award from SKY TV as recognition for the 3-1 FA Cup success at Grimsby. The Wycombe Manager picked up a similar award last season following the 4-2 victory at Molineux in the Second Leg of the Worthington Cup against Wolves.
Performance of the Week for Wanderers >>>

(Saturday 20th January 2001)
The Wanderers Under 17's Youth side beat the freeze when they registered their third successive victory in the Football League Youth Alliance. Goals from Luke Oliver and Jonny Dixon saw Brighton beaten 2-1 down at the South Coast.
The First Team fixture at Swansea postponed because of the FA Cup game with Wolves will now be played on Tuesday 10th April. The home game with Stoke scheduled for Tuesday 6th February will have to re-arranged due to Stoke's involvement in the LDV Vans Trophy. 

(Friday 19th January 2001)
Cambridge United - click here for Quick GuideIt was no surprise when the home game with Cambridge United was called off due to the frozen state of the Adams Park pitch. High Wycombe had been under a constant frost since the previous Tuesday and Club Officials made the sensible decision to call in a match referee on Friday afternoon. With no thaw forecast for Saturday the early decision prevented unnecessary travelling for fans and officials from both Clubs on the day of the match.
A new date of Tuesday 6th February has been arranged for this fixture.

(Friday 19th January 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez - interview in latest issue of Total FootballLawrie Sanchez, speaking in the new issue of Total Football magazine, has said that Wimbledon have three years to return to the Premiership before their modern day success story evaporates and they descend down the league.
Thanks to Total Football magazine for this exclusive.
Sanchez - Wimbledon are three years from disaster >>>

Sam Parkin - picture Paul Dennis
(Thursday 18th January 2001)
Wycombe have negotiated an extension to Sam Parkin's loan from Chelsea. Lawrie Sanchez has also persuaded Chelsea to release the 19 year old for FA Cup games. Parkin has had to sit the FA Cup run to date but will now be available for the game with Wolves on January 2
7th at Adams Park. The loan period now extends up to and including the away game with Peterborough on Saturday 25th February.

(Thursday 18th January 2001)
Bristol CityWycombe have completed the loan signing of 26 year old right-sided defender Gerard Lavin from Bristol City. Scottish born Lavin was transfer listed by City boss Danny Wilson earlier this season and has not played a First Team game for City since 9th September. Lavin joined City in the summer of 1999 on a free from Millwall but has never had an extended run. The former Watford trainee joined The Lions in a 400,000 deal in November 1995 and made just under 90 appearances while at The New Den.
The good news for Wycombe is that Lavin has been given the all-clear by his current club to play in the FA Cup despite City still being in the competition. His loan deal will last until 26th February with a view to a permanent move.

Bristol City Quick Guide >>>

(Wednesday 17th January 2001)
A late postponement due to a frozen pitch put pay to Wycombe's Third Round Berks and Bucks Senior Cup meeting with Windsor & Eton at Stag Meadow. Windsor failed to arrange a pitch inspection and when the match referee turned up less than a hour before kick-off he immediately called the game off. The game has been re-arranged for Wednesday 31st January - kick-off 7.30pm.
Last season Wycombe lost at the semi-final stage to Reading. The Royals lost in the final to Aylesbury - both of who have been given a bye to the Fourth Round.
Two former Wycombe players have recently been in dispute with each other at Windsor. One time Wycombe striker Dennis Greene fell out with Windsor Manager Byron Walton over team selection and he has since move onto to Hemel Hempstead. The fiery Walton played for Wycombe during the Isthmian League promotion season of 1986/87.
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(Tuesday 16th January 2001)
Chairboys in the Cup
Wycombe went into the Fourth Round of the FA Cup for the first time ever following a thrilling 3-1 victory over Grimsby Town in the replay at a chilly Blundell Park. The pitch survived two inspections before the Wanderers warmed up proceedings with two goals in as many minutes during an even first-half. The Mariners pulled a goal back a minute before the interval but an inspired second-half display by Lawrie Sanchez's side made it an unforgettable night for those who travelled north.
Grimsby 1 Wycombe 3 - match report >>>

Chairboys make history - reaction >>>

Andy Rammell - picture Paul DennisRAMBO TO THE RESCUE
(Friday 12th January 2001)
Two second half goals from Andy Rammell turned a potentially depressing defeat into a confidence boosting victory as Wycombe won for the first time ever against Luton. Wycombe trailed 1-0 at the break after Adam Locke's 20 yarder had hit the post and then cannoned off the back of Martin Taylor's head and into the Wycombe net. Three half-time substitutions turned the game as Rammell took his goalscoring tally for the season to ten in League.
Luton Town 1 Wycombe 2 - match report >>>
"The worst we've played all season - 1st half" - Sanchez >>>

(Thursday 11th January 2001)
Matt Brady - picture Paul DennisMatt Brady's recent performances for Wycombe have enhanced his chances of earning a new contract for The Chairboys. The 23 year old has made just five starts for Wycombe since joining from Boreham Wood in December 1999 but has scored on three of those including the first goal in the LDV Vans Trophy tie at Orient.
Speaking after the game at Brisbane Road he said "I was pleased because everyone knows that contracts are up and it's frustrating when you're not playing and I'm desperate to get in the side and do as well as I can"
The left sided player has impressed Lawrie Sanchez with his goalscoring record and he's set to start the game at Luton "I'd love to play Friday and go on and play to the end of the season" added the former Barnet trainee.
Matt Brady - player profile >>>

(Thursday 11th January 2001)
The Division Two fixture with Millwall postponed from News Year Day has been re-arranged again following intervention from the Football League. Both clubs had agreed on Tuesday 10th April but the League have insisted that the fixture is brought forward to Tuesday 27th March.

(Wednesday 10th January 2001)
Jamie Bates - back in action - picture Paul DennisJamie Bates and Ben Townsend both returned from injury as they played 90 minutes for Wycombe's Reserve XI against Luton Town at Adams Park on Wednesday afternoon. Both players had been suffering from hamstring injuries but were being eased back ahead of Friday evening's live TV clash with The Hatters First Team. Having come through the Avon Insurance Combination game without any problems they could be included in the squad to travel to Kenilworth Road.
A 56th minute goal from Leeyon Phelan gave Wycombe a 1-0 victory in the reserve game with Luton. The goal was set up by fellow Wanderers Youth Teamer Ian Simpemba who was called up for the Republic of Ireland Under 17 squad this week.
Wycombe 1 Luton Town 0 - Reserves report >>>

(Tuesday 9th January 2001)
The LDV Vans Trophy
Wycombe continued their cup trail with a 2-0 victory at Leyton Orient in the Second Round of the LDV Vans Trophy on Tuesday evening. Both sides fielded strong line-ups but goals in each half from Matt Brady and Sam Parkin took Wycombe through with relative ease. A crowd of just 946 turned out for the game with only 99 from Wycombe following a semi-boycott from those opposed to the 15 adult charges to get in the ground. The last time Wycombe reached this stage was seven years ago when they eventually lost out to Swansea in the Southern Area Final. 
Leyton Orient 0 Wycombe 2 - match report >>>

(Monday 8th January 2001)
Michael Simpson - picture Paul DennisMidfielder Michael Simpson has been rewarded with a new contract that will keep him at Wycombe until the end of the 2003/2004 season. Simo's contract was up at the end of the season but Lawrie Sanchez has not hesitated in offering the 26 year old a longer deal. Although signed by John Gregory from Notts County for 50,000 in February 1997, it's under Sanchez that the Simo has come of age, being virtually ever present since Sanchez's arrival in February 1999.
The former County trainee has now totalled close to 170 appearances for the Wanderers and has won the fans over with his consistent displays in the middle of the park.

(Monday 8th January 2001)
Wanderers' Board have appointed their fourth new Director of the season. Mike Greatwood has been brought in to deal with "Customer Relations and safety arrangements". Making way for Greatwood is Gerald Cox who has retired from the Board after nearly thirty years of combined service on the Wycombe Committee and Board of Directors.
New appointments behind the scenes at Adams Park >>>

An announcement of a 'two up-two down' arrangement between the Third Division and Conference is expected soon. A meeting of Conference Club Chairmen this week will unveil the plans that could be passed by the Football League Chairmen at their AGM in June.
Wycombe third choice 'keeper Mark Osborn kept his first clean sheet of his loan spell to Ryman League Carshalton Athletic on Saturday (6th January). The 19 year old was reported to be in outstanding form as Athletic secured their first victory since the end of September with a 1-0 success over Purfleet.


(Saturday 6th January 2001)
Andy Baird - first game since October - picture Paul DennisA Paul McCarthy goal 17 minutes from the end of normal time kept The Wanderers in the FA Cup just when it looked like First Division Grimsby would sneak through into the Fourth Round. David Nielsen had headed the visitors into the lead three minutes before the break but McCarthy's equaliser takes the tie to a replay at Blundell Park on Tuesday 16th January.
Andy Baird returned to the starting line-up for the first time since October and nearly snatched a dramatic winner but was denied by a brilliant one handed save by Danny Coyne in the Grimsby goal.
Wycombe 1 Grimsby Town 1 - match report >>>
Third Round results and attendances >>>

Martyn Lee - picture Paul DennisLAWRIE BEGINS CONTRACT TALKS
(Wednesday 3rd January 2001)
  Lawrie Sanchez has begun contract talks with his squad and has acted swiftly to reward both the experienced Steve Brown and Jamie Bates plus youngsters Martyn Lee and Ben Townsend with extensions to their contracts.
Sanchez will continue contract talks with several other members of his squad over the coming weeks. Andy Baird, Alan Beeton, Matt Brady, Dannie Bulman, Dave Carroll, Mo Harkin, Paul McCarthy, Keith Ryan and Michael Simpson are all out of contract at the end of the current season.
New contracts but no passengers next season

(Monday 1st January 2001)
Wycombe dropped down to tenth place in Division Two following the washed out game with Millwall at Adams Park on New Years Day. The meeting with The Lions was called off by match referee Clive Wilkes shortly after a 9.30am pitch inspection. Wycombe's game was one of only two Division Two games to fall foul to the weather in the busy New Years Day programme and Notts County 2-2 home draw with Stoke City saw The Magpies jump above The Wanderers in the Division Two table. 

Mark Osborn
Wanderers' third choice 'keeper Mark Osborn is having hard time during a month loan spell at Ryman League strugglers Carshalton Athletic. 19 year old Osborn made an unhappy debut conceding five times in a 5-0 defeat to Hitchin and let in a further seven goals in the next three games. The former Wanderers Youth Teamer was loaned out to Marlow last season and earlier this season also had a short spell with Hampton & Richmond.
Wycombe's Berks and Bucks Senior Cup tie at Windsor and Eton has now been confirmed for Wednesday 17th January.
The Division Two fixture with Stoke City at Adams Park that was postponed to make way for the FA Cup tie with Grimsby Town, has been re-arranged for Tuesday 6th February.
Former Wycombe Youth Teamer Aaron Patton has left Ryman Premier League Slough Town to join Second Division outfit Hemel Hempstead.

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