June 2000 News Archive
Simo is innocent - pic Paul DennisYOUTH TEAM JET OFF
(Wednesday 28th June 2000)
The Wanderers Youth Team fly out to Norway on 4th July to compete in the JET 2000 tournament in Hamar. The Norwegian tournament will kick-start the new season for Wycombe's Youth set-up as they welcome in five new first year scholars.
More on this story - Five new signings for Youth Team...

(Wednesday 28th June 2000)
According to the local press in Bristol, new City new boss, Danny Wilson, wants Chairboys striker Sean Devine as part of player plus cash deal for City misfit Steve Jones. Wycombe fans will be hoping that City are told to take a running jump by the Wycombe Board who remember very well the Mickey Bell stitch up three years ago. Jones was at Adams Park on Wednesday (28th June) to talk to Wycombe boss Lawrie Sanchez but mention of a Devine swop deal won't fit in with the plans of the Wanderers' Manager.
More on this story - Devine is worth a 1,000,000 to Wycombe ...

(Tuesday 27th June 2000)
Wycombe close season signing Stewart Castledine popped up on the cover of last weeks HELLO! magazine following his recent marriage to Channel 5 presenter Lucy Alexander. The accompanying article also revealed how Castledine once signed a lucrative modelling contract and has also appeared in a best-selling exercise video.
More on this story - What Castledine's wife thinks of footballers ...


(Monday 26th June 2000)
Three new media sponsorship deals will mean a cash bonanza for budget conscious Wycombe. Recent announcements that cover TV rights for both the Football League and FA Cup starting from the 2001/2002 season will see all Nationwide League clubs given a cash boost from a 700 million plus pot of money. This was quickly followed by The Football League announcing a joint venture with NTL to develop an Internet based company that involves a 65 million investment by the media giants.
More on this story  - what it will mean to Wycombe ....


(Thursday 22nd June 2000)
Wycombe will open the new Football League season with a trip to promotion favourites Stoke City on Saturday 12th August. The first home game for Wycombe is the following Saturday when newly promoted Northampton Town visit Adams Park. The final game of the 2000/2001 campaign takes place on Saturday 5th May when old rivals Colchester United travel to Adams Park.
Chairboys fixture review 2000/2001

(Friday 16th June 2000)
The FA are set to drop Wycombe's 20,000 suspended fine hanging over from the 1998/99 campaign. Wycombe broke the 100 bookings barrier that season but as reported on Chairboys on the Net at the end of May, The Wanderers finished 19th out of the 72 Football League Clubs in the OPTA Fair Play table in 1999/2000. The FA meet in July to confirm Wycombe's fate.
OPTA Football League Fair Play Table 1999/2000

(Friday 16th June 2000)
Macca - pic Paul Dennis
Wycombe players will retain the same squad numbers introduced for the first time for the 1999/2000 season. Last season Lawrie Sanchez asked the players to choose a number between 1 and 11 and then another between 12 and 30. Only Matt Lawrence has departed from the original 'First' XI, leaving the No.2 shirt vacant. New signing Stewart Castledine has been allocated the No.19 shirt. Youth Team players Roger Johnson, Ben Townsend, Peter Holsgrove and Ian Simpemba have all been allocated squad numbers.
Chairboys Squad Numbers and updated profiles

(Friday 16th June 2000)
Adams Park will host two religious services for school children during June, with crowds of over 4,000 expected for each event. The first service is on Wednesday 21st June organised by the local Church of England Schools. This is followed on Thursday 29th June with a similar service for local Catholic Schools.
Both services will make take place in the 5,000 capacity Woodlands Stand with the Adams Park pitch out of bounds. Planning permission was granted for each service by Wycombe District Council as there is a limit to the number of non-matchday events held at Adams Park per year.

(Monday 12th June 2000)
The Club have released the entrance costs for the pre-season friendly games with Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace at Adams Park. Seats in the Woodlands Stand, Main Stand and Hillbottom Road End (away fans) are 10 adults/5 concessions. Prices for the Valley End terrace are 6 adults/3 concessions. The Family Stand in the lower tier of the Woodlands Stand will not be open but blocks S and T of the upper tier will be used as the Family Stand for the day priced at 6 adults/3 concessions.
Prices for the Keith Ryan Testimonial are identical expect that the Family Stand will be open as normal. There will also be executive boxes for hire at 400 for 12 people.
All prices are for tickets bought in advance.
For more details visit the Official website.

(Friday 9th June 2000)
Embers verus Gazza  - picture by Paul DennisPaul Emblen has had a set-back on his road to recovery. The ex-Charlton midfielder has had a second operation on his injured ankle and is fighting a battle to be fit for the new season. Emblen broke his ankle in November when he lasted just two minutes after coming on as substitute against Brentford. He then made a brief comeback for the reserves during a 7-0 drubbing at Ipswich in March but took a knock on the same ankle, prompting a second operation.
It was just twelve months ago that Emblen was Wycombe's hero as he scored the goals that kept The Blues In Division Two. Emblen told the Bucks Free Press "It's been a total nightmare. I'm desperate to get back training again. It's been the worst year of my professional career."

(Thursday 8th June 2000)
The Club have taken more than 300,000 in season ticket sales with two months still remaining before the start of the new campaign. Close to 1,500 season tickets had been sold by the end of the first week in June with around 10% opting for the special 'three year deal'. The take up on the three year package has prompted the Club to extend the option to buy the triple deal until the start of the season, with discounts if you purchase by 22nd July. Last season a record 2,700 season ticket were sold but the Club hope to reach the magic 3,000 figure this time around.
Full ticket price details available in the COTN Ticket Office.

(Thursday 8th June 2000)
Former Wycombe Manager Alan Smith has been criticising the management techniques of Martin O'Neill. Writing in a column in The Observer on Sunday (4th June) Smith said "He was, naturally, a hero at Wycombe for taking a run-of-the-mill amateur club out of non-League...but there is another side to O'Neill which is somewhat darker"
More on this story plus a look back on Smith's sorry time at Wycombe.


How much!! - Lawrie Sanchez - picture Paul Dennis(Friday 2nd June 2000)
The Bucks Free Press have reported that Lawrie Sanchez has given up on the chase to sign Chesterfield's David Reeves due to the striker's wage demands. Reeves is out of contract at relegated Chesterfield and was dropped towards the end of last season's campaign after a dispute over a move to Stoke City close to transfer deadline day. The 32 year old has scored close to 140 league goals from a career spanning more 450 appearances.
Kingstonian winger, Tarkan Mustafa, has also been struck off the wanted list according to the Bucks Free Press. Apparently Wycombe were only prepared to offer a one year deal to the 26 year old, while Conference full-timers Rushden and Diamonds stepped in with a three year deal.
Sanchez, currently on a two week holiday in Spain, is obviously reluctant to be held to ransom at this stage of the close season. He has several other players on his shopping list, with the elusive 'big front man' his priority.

Emma models the new kit - picture Paul DennisKITS OUT
(Thursday 1st June 2000)
The new Wycombe second choice kit is on sale now at Wanderers in Town. The red and white quartered kit was worn for the first time at Cambridge on the final day of last season and seems to have gone down well with most fans. Two new kits were introduced last season after Avec replaced Mizuno as kit suppliers for the Club. The new kit will replace the yellow kit as change colours next season. Prices have been held at 42.99 for an adults shirt and 32.99 for kids sizes. 

(Thursday 1st June 2000)
Wycombe fans will know exactly how Leicester City fans are feeling at the moment, with the news that ex-Blues guru Martin O'Neill has finally accepted the Manager's slot at Celtic.
Keith Ryan's testimonial with Leicester City at Adams Park on Tuesday 1st August remains unaffected by O'Neill decision to move to the Scottish giants.
More on this story - including a look back on O'Neill's time at Wycombe
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