|July 2000 News Archive
WIN IN DUBLIN (Saturday
29th July 2000)
Over 100 Wycombe fans enjoyed a comfortable 3-1 victory for The Chairboys in the match with League of Ireland side Bohemian on Saturday afternoon in Dublin. A first-half Steve Brown penalty got the scoring underway after a foul on Jermaine McSporran and an own goal and an Andy Baird header completed Wycombe's scoring, before the home side got a late consolation goal.
Bohemian 1 Wycombe 3 Match report >>>
Elsewhere on the same day a Wycombe team made up almost entirely of Youth Team players and trialists won 2-0 at Burnham. A Peter Holsgrove penalty and a Leeyon Phelan strike eased Wycombe to victory.
RESERVES LOSE AT CHESHAM
(Wednesday 26th July 2000)
A Wycombe team consisting of First Team fringe players, Youth Team regulars and trialists lost 1-0 to Ryman League Chesham United at The Meadow.
Chesham 1 Wycombe 0 - Match Report >>>
LIGHT WORKOUT FOR WYCOMBE
(Tuesday 25th July 2000)
The first home friendly for The Wanderers ended up 2-2 against a strong Queens Park Rangers side at Adams Park. Mo Harkin scored Wycombe's first goal with Steve Jones dubiously claiming the second. A floodlight failure delayed the start of the second half but proceedings eventually got back underway.
Wycombe 2 QPR 2 - Match report >>>
WORTHINGTON CUP DRAW
(Monday 24th July 2000)
Wycombe have been drawn against Barnet in the First Round of The Worthington Cup. The first leg will be at Underhill on Tuesday 22nd August with the return two weeks later on Tuesday 5th September at Adams Park. Last season Wycombe had a memorable victory over Wolves in the First Round before losing narrowly to West Brom in Round Two.
(Saturday 22nd July 2000)
Wycombe made their 2000/2001 debut on Saturday 22nd July at Ryman League side Boreham Wood. Late goals from Matt Brady and Mo Harkin gave Wycombe a 2-0 victory in the Hertfordshire heat. Steve Jones made his Wycombe debut but Stewart Castledine was missing with a calf-strain.
Boreham Wood 0 Wycombe 2 - Match report >>>
JONES DEAL COMPLETED
(Monday 17th July 2000)
Bristol City striker Steve Jones has joined Wycombe on a three month loan. Despite reports that Wycombe had signed Jones on Friday 14th July, the deal had still to be finalised late on Friday afternoon. Jones has been tracked by Lawrie Sanchez for the past few weeks but the two clubs failed to reach agreement over a permanent move. The Official Wycombe Wanderers website reported that the latest hitch came when City wanted Jones to sit out of any Worthington Cup ties during the loan period. That part of the equation has since been ironed out and the deal was completed on Monday morning at Adams Park.
More on this story - Jones joins The Chairboys >>>
DEVINE OUT FOR OPENER
(Friday 14th July 2000)
Sean Devine is likely to be absent from the start of Wycombe's 2000/2001 League campaign after missing the opening week of training with the rest of the squad. Devine saw a specialist on Friday (14th July) to diagnose a reoccurring problem with a knee injury. Dave Carroll has also been in the Adams Park sick-wing undergoing work on a groin strain with Club Sports Therapist Dave Jones. Both players are now unlikely to make the opening league game at Stoke City on Saturday 12th August.
AGAINST PRICE RISES
(Friday 14th July 2000)
Wycombe Wanderers Official Supporters Association are against the recent price hike announced by the board of the Football Club. Chairman of the OWWSA, Keith Blagbrough, told COTN that the committee had had the chance to chat about the price changes during a midweek meeting and said "We feel that The Board have got it wrong. We don't believe it will attract the casual supporter which we really need". He added "It will be OK if we play the likes of Manchester United or Arsenal in a cup match but not for a run of the mill game". The OOWSA committee were aware that Wycombe now charge amongst the highest terrace prices in the division, although season ticket prices have remained unchanged. Blagbrough added "There may also be a hidden agenda to try and tempt more supporters to buy season tickets"
A spokesman for the Independent Supporters Club was unavailable for comment to COTN during the week.
SANCHEZ - "NO MONEY"
(Wednesday 12th July 2000)
Lawrie Sanchez has spoken out about the lack of money available to him in the transfer market. Speaking on "Ringing the Blues", the Club's official telephone news service, Sanchez said "We've got wages for another player but no money to purchase anyone". Sanchez confirmed he had been in talks with Bristol City striker Steve Jones but said "He would have to take a big cut in wages to come and Bristol City would have to lose an awful lot of the money that they paid for him twelve months ago."
The shock statement from Sanchez comes after Chairman Ivor Beeks said that "some money" would be available for new players.
More on this story - Sanchez says he has no money for players >>>
Indie popsters and dedicated Wycombe fans, Straylight Interstate, have been back in the recording studios over the summer. Their "Parachute Junkie" EP will be available soon from Scorpion Records, High Wycombe. The four track EP contains a short instrumental titled "Devine". According to the band the swirling track was originally dubbed "Emblen's Theme" in memory of Paul Emblen's late goal at Lincoln but the band told COTN "Emblen got injured and Devine sounds better anyway...and he scores more goals!". The band supported Ex-Inspiral Carpets frontman Tom Hingley at a recent gig at High Wycombe's White Horse.
Read and hear more at www.straylightinterstate.co.uk
PRICE RISE SHOCK FOR VALLEY ENDERS
(Monday 10th July 2000)
The Club have dealt casual terrace fans at Wycombe a major blow with the announcement of a £2 increase in the cost of adult matchday entrance to the Syan Stand (Valley End home terrace). This amazing about-turn comes after the Club said there would no increase for 2000/2001. In a statement to the press, Club Chairman Ivor Beeks said the Club "must keep pace with admission prices charged by rival clubs in order to remain competitive" . Season Ticket prices remain unaffected by the change as do matchday concessions.
More on this story - Statement from Club Chairman Ivor Beeks >>>
A Chairboys on the Net survey has revealed that Wycombe are now amongst the most expensive for Adults and Senior Citizens entrance costs on a matchday.
See the full Division Two Terrace cost survey 2000/2001 >>>
YOUTH TEAM ON THEIR WAY HOME
(Monday 10th July 2000)
The Wanderers Youth Team only lost one game during the JET2000 in Norway but were out of luck as they were eliminated in the group stages on goals scored.
The winners of the tournament were Brann Bergen who Wycombe had beaten in the earlier stages of the competition.
Youths in Norway - Special - match reports, comments, photos >>>
BLUES BACK IN TRAINING
(Thursday 6th July 2000)
The First Team squad resumed training with Manager Lawrie Sanchez able to work with almost a full squad. Keith Ryan and Steve Brown, both rested for the final stages of last season, rejoined the squad as they prepare for another Division Two season. Mark Rogers, also missing since he picked up an ankle injury in a Reserve game at Millwall in May, was able to train as normal. Missing faces were Dave Carroll who is still having problems with his leg, while Sean Devine is not joining in full training due to the same knee injury that held him up last season. Long term injury casualty, Paul Emblen, is still several weeks away from training due to his ankle injury originally picked up against Brentford last November.
The first friendly is at Boreham Wood on Saturday 22 July - a game arranged as part of the Matt Brady transfer deal. Full pre-season friendly listing.
(Tuesday 4th July 2000)
Ex-Wycombe Manager John Gregory has revealed more details on the bizarre sequence of events leading up to his appointment as Villa boss in February 1998. Writing in his newly published book, John Gregory - The Boss, Gregory recalls how he was contacted by Villa at the hotel where Wycombe were staying prior to an away game and the subsequent compensation negotiations that followed.
More on this story plus John Gregory - The Boss reviewed >>>
LIVE GAME CONFIRMED
(Monday 3rd July 2000)
SKY TV have confirmed that the Wycombe v Oxford United Nationwide Division Two clash originally scheduled for Saturday 9th September will be shown live coverage the previous evening (Friday 8th September) - kick-off 7.45pm. It will be the first time that SKY have covered a league game live at Adams Park, although they have been there for three FA Cup games - West Bromwich Albion (1992), Gillingham (1995) and Barnet (1996). Wycombe will receive £30,000 from SKY for the coverage with United getting £10,000.
2000 NEWS FROM ADAMS PARK
Sanchez says he's staying, Away End plans given OK, four squad members released, final day victory at Cambridge, new contract for Devine, Castledine signed >>> >>>
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