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LATE LATICS STRIKE BRINGS DEFEAT
(Saturday 31st March 2001)
Wigan Athletic - click here for quick guideWycombe's dismal League form continued on Saturday as a goal four minutes into stoppage time saw Wigan Athletic return north with a 2-1 victory. Substiture Peter Beagrie got the winning goal. Earlier Paul McCarthy had equalised Lee McCulloch's opener for the visitors. Steve Brown was back in the Wycombe side again after his ban. Wycombe have now retreated to Spain for a four day break ahead of the cup showdown with Liverpool next Sunday.
Wycombe 1 Wigan 2 - full match report >>>


YOUTHS LOSE TO ARGYLE
(Saturday 31st March 2001)
The Wanderers Youth Team were unlucky to go down 1-0 after the long trek to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday. The goal came from a second-half free-kick by The Pilgrims while 'keeper Steve Williams was still lining up his wall. The youngsters have now lost both their opening games in the Football League Alliance merit matches and it looks unlikely that they will keep the title they won last season. The next game is at home to Cardiff City on Saturday 14th April with a noon kick-off at Molins Sports Ground.
Wanderers Youth round-up Dec to Feb >>>
 
NEW INJURY BLOW FOR BAIRDY

(Friday 30th March 2001)
Andy Baird is unlikely to play again this year after a scan on his injured knee revealed cruciate damage. 'Bairdy' was injured in the 5th Round cup tie at Selhurst Park but what was first thought to be medial damage is now the far more serious cruciate variety. Despite the injury, Lawrie Sanchez says he will be sticking by the striker. Speaking to the Bucks Free Press, the Wycombe boss said "We will look after him. I'm not in the habit of discarding injured players. His career has been blighted by injuries and he will be given every chance to get fit and prove himself again".
Injury update - Bairdy blow - Senda back >>>

HOULLIER HORSES AROUND
(Thursday 29th March 2001)
Gerard Houllier - We're not horsesLiverpool Manager Gerard Houllier is claiming that his players are being "treated like horses" as the Merseyside giants contend with a massive fixture pile up in the final weeks of the season.
The French man's comments should bring a smile to the face of Wycombe followers. The 0-0 draw with Millwall at Adams Park was The Wanderers 52nd First Team fixture to date in 2000/2001 and by the end of the season Lawrie Sanchez's battered troops will have completed a minimum of 62 games.
Houllier gets horsey - Wycombe relax - full story >>>


SQUAD OFF TO SUNNY SPAIN
(Wednesday 28th March 2001)
The whole of the Wanderers First Team squad and Management staff will fly off to Spain on Sunday (1st April) as preparation for the FA Cup Semi-Final with Liverpool the following week. The players will be training daily at a Marbella based sports facility in an environment that will take them away from the media spotlight for a few crucial days. They will return on Thursday (5th April) with another massive press call scheduled at Adams Park on the Friday.

MO IS SUB FOR IRISH U'21's
(Tuesday 27th March 2001)
Mo Harkin came on as a 64th minute substitute for the Northern Ireland Under 21's in their European Championship Qualifier in Vratsa against Bulgaria. By then The Irish were already trailing 2-0 following goals from Stanislaw Genchev and Hristo Yanev. Harkin replaced Blackburn's Gary Hamilton but he could do nothing to prevent a defeat that all but ends the qualifying hopes of the Irish. Final score Bulgaria 2 NI 0, attendance 4,114.

LIONS FRUSTRATED AGAIN
(Tuesday 27th March 2001)

Millwall - click here for Quick GuideMillwall failed to beat Wycombe for the fourth time this season as Mark McGhee's side were held to 0-0 draw at Adams Park. New signing Chris Marsh made his Wycombe debut following his 30,000 move from Walsall. Fellow newcomer Guy Whittingham also made his first start following his substitute appearance at Walsall on Saturday. The visitors had the majority of the play on the evening but Martin Taylor was in top form again. However, the chance of the match fell to Michael Simpson after Whittingham had played on but Millwall 'keeper Willy Gueret blocked with his legs.
Wycombe 0 Millwall 0 - full match report >>>

RETURN THE SENDA
(Monday 26th March 2001)
Danny Senda returned for the Reserves on Monday evening at Barnet as Terry Gibson's side went down 3-0 at Underhill in the Avon Insurance Combination. It was Senda's first game back since he was injured during training in early February.  19 year old Senda was the oldest player in the Wycombe line-up and they went down to three second-half goals against an experienced Bees side that included new signing from Ipswich Neil Midgley.
Barnet 3 Wycombe 0 - Reserves report from Underhill >>>


WALSALL RUN RIOT
(Saturday 24th March 2001)
Walsall - Click here for Quick GuideWycombe were on the wrong end of a 5-1 thrashing at the Bescot Stadium on Saturday as former Saddler Andy Rammell returned for The Chairboys against fourth place Walsall. The only good news on the day was that there was no new injury scares and no red cards which would have meant suspension for the Cup Semi-Final.
Walsall 5 Wycombe 1 - match report >>>

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MO ON LOSING SIDE FOR IRISH U'21's
(Friday 23rd March 2001)
Mo Harkin was on the losing side for the Northern Ireland Under 21's in their European Championship Qualifier against the Czech Republic on Friday (23rd March) at The Ballymena Showground before an attendance of 1,453. The Irish went down 2-0 to goals in the 47th minute from Milan Baros and the 87th minute from Jaroslav Droby. Harkin, who was substituted on 73 minutes for Wesley Boyle, will now fly out to Sofia before the Under 21's take on Bulgaria on Tuesday 27th March.

BEETON SAYS GOODBYE
(Friday 23rd March 2001)
Defender Alan Beeton has left Wycombe after having the remainder of his contract paid off. The 22 year old signed pro for Wycombe in the summer of 1997 having progressed through the Wanderers Youth Team and made his First Team debut in August 1997. He went on to total 67 First Team apps for Wycombe but has struggled to make the team since the arrival of Lawrie Sanchez.
Beeton, who was out of contract at the end of the season, is understood to have joined local non-League outfit Chesham United.

NEW KIT GOES ON SALE
(Friday 23rd March 2001)
Wanderers' new shirt for next two yearsThe Wanderers new 'home' shirt for the next two season's was released at Wanderers in Town on Friday and sales are going well ahead of the FA Cup Semi-Final with Liverpool.
The ProStar shirt is a return to the basic quartered design and will be accompanied by navy shorts when it's worn by the team for the first time at Villa Park. Prices for the shirt are 39.99 adults and 29.99 for child sizes.
New home shirt goes on sale - full story >>>

WHITTINGHAM JOINS AS WELL

(Thursday 22nd March 2001)
36 year old Guy Whittingham has joined Wycombe until the end of the season from Portsmouth on a free transfer. The 5 foot 10 inch striker had his contracted terminated by The Fratton Park club and Wycombe beat Swindon, Oldham and Yeovil Town to his signature. Whittingham will come in as additional cover for Andy Rammell who returned for the Reserves this week.
Transfer news elsewhere has seen former Wanderer Keith Scott join Colchester on a free from Reading, while Chairboys' Cup hero Sam Parkin has joined Oldham Athletic on loan until the end of the season from Chelsea.
Whittingham joins from Portsmouth - full story >>>


MARSH SIGNS FROM WALSALL
(Wednesday 21st March 2001)
Chris Marsh - signed from WalsallWycombe have signed 31 year old Walsall defender Chris Marsh for 30,000 on a two year deal. The signing was announced just a day before the Thursday transfer deadline but Marsh will not be able to play against his former club when The Wanderers travel to The Bescot Stadium this Saturday. 5 foot 11 inch Marsh is also cup-tied and therefore will not be able to play in the FA Cup Semi-Final. Chris Marsh joins from Walsall for 30,000 >>>

RAMBO AND JESUS RETURN

(Wednesday 21st March 2001)
As expected both Dave Carroll and Andy Rammell made their return from injury this afternoon when they played for the Reserves against Reading at Adams Park in the Avon Insurance Combination. Rammell took just 13 minutes to get on the score sheet but ended up on the losing side as The Royals ran out 3-2 winners. Leeyon Phelan got The Wanderers other goal in a game that saw five Wycombe players booked.
Wycombe 2 Reading 3 - Reserves report
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PRICE RISES FOR 2001/2002

(Wednesday 21st March 2001)
Valley End - price rise shocker - pic Chairboys on the Net The Club have announced 'early' Season Ticket prices for the 2001/2002 season and once again fans will be hit with increases all around. It's also understood that matchday prices will be increased by 1 in all areas with the price of an adult standing on the Valley End terrace rocketing to 13 and the most expensive seat in the Woodlands Stand rising to 17.
Prices rises again for Wycombe fans in 2001/200
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MILLERS SNATCH VICTORY
(Tuesday 20th March 2001)
Click here for Quick Guide to Rotherham UnitedWycombe lost 1-0 to promotion chasing Rotherham on a cold and bleak evening at Adams Park. The only goal of the game came seven minutes from time via Millers substitute Alan Lee and lifts the visitors to the top of the table. Wycombe stay 14th with the next game on Saturday (24th March) at fourth placed Walsall.
Wycombe 0 Rotherham 1 - full match report >>>

CALL UP FOR MO
(Tuesday 20th March 2001)
Mo Harkin missed the midweek game with Rotherham due to a call up for the Northern Ireland Under 21 side. He will also miss Saturday's game at Walsall and next Tuesday's home game against Millwall. Mo will be in the Irish squad to play in their home game with the Czech Republic on Friday at The Ballymena Showground before flying out to Sofia to play Bulgaria on Tuesday 27th March.

DATE PICKED FOR CHERRY FIXTURE
(Monday 19th March 2001)
Bournemouth - click here for Quick GuideThe Division Two fixture with Bournemouth at Dean Court has been re-arranged for Monday 23rd April. This means that the following evening's visit to Notts County will be moved to Wednesday 25th April. Both games kick-off at 7.45pm.
The game with The Cherries, originally scheduled for Saturday 7th April, was going to be made ALL-TICKET for Wycombe fans due to the building work taking place at Dean Court. Wycombe fans would have got 700 tickets but with the game now taking place midweek, it's now likely to be pay on the gate.

WANDERERS GET VITAL POINTS
(Saturday 17th March 2001)
Wycombe got back to winning ways in Division Two when Oldham Athletic were beaten 2-1 at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon. Wycombe had to come from behind again with Michael Simpson equalising a goal from Matthew Tipton and Keith Ryan getting the winner in the second-half. Wycombe move up to 14th place in the table with 45 points from 33 games.
Wycombe 2 Oldham 1 - match report and details >>>

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ESSANDOH SIGNS UP
(Friday 16th March 2001)
Roy EssandohFA Cup goalscoring hero Roy Essandoh has agreed a deal with Wycombe that will keep him at Adams Park until the end of the season. Essandoh missed training on Thursday after going away to think about the offer but the 25 year returned on Friday, signing the deal late on Friday afternoon. Lawrie Sanchez is still looking for more players ahead of next Thursday's transfer deadline.
Essandoh accepts deal but Sanch still looking >>>


RESERVES LOSE TO PALACE
(Wednesday 14th March 2001)
The Wanderers Reserve XI lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening in the Avon Insurance Combination. All the goals came in the second-half with Andrew Martin and Steve Cabba on target for the home side before a late Stewart Castledine goal for The Wanderers. The game was played at the National Sports Arena at Crystal Palace on a pitch that resembled a ploughed field. Palace included a very rotund Neil Ruddock in their line-up while The Wanderers had Alan Beeton, Mo Harkin and Matt Brady to compliment Castledine with First Team experience. 19 year old Leeyon Phelan also played after making his First Team debut against Stoke the previous evening.
Crystal Palace 2 Wycombe 1 - Reserves report >>>

AWARDS FOR WYCOMBE

(Wednesday 14th March 2001)
The Wanderers are set to pick up two more awards as recognition of their FA Cup exploits this season. Lawrie Sanchez will be presented with The Scottish Mutual Performance of the Week on SKY TV this Saturday in recognition for the victory over Leicester. It will be the third time that Sanchez has received the award this season following earlier tributes as a result of the victories over Grimsby and Wimbledon.
Wanderers are also firm favourites to grab the AXA Giantkillers Trophy awarded by the FA Cup sponsors to the team achieving the greatest results against upper division clubs. Other contenders were Kingstonian and Tranmere but with Tranmere's exit to Liverpool on Sunday, the award will now be heading for Adams Park and is another gigantic tribute to the players and staff.

STOKE DEFEAT THE CUP HEROES

(Tuesday 13th March 2001)
Stoke City - click here for Quick GuideEverybody connected with Wycombe were brought back down to planet earth on Tuesday evening as Stoke City continued their 100% record at Adams Park with a 1-0 victory. The only goal of the game came after 10 minutes through a Graham Kavanagh penalty after Ben Townsend had took the legs away of Peter Thorne.
Wycombe 0 Stoke City 1 - match report >>>

VILLA PARK CONFIRMED FOR SEMI

(Monday 12th March 2001)
Villa Park, Birmingham has been confirmed as the venue for the FA Cup Semi-Final with Liverpool on Sunday 8th April. The game will kick-off at 4pm. The other semi-final between Spurs and Arsenal will take place at Old Trafford, with a kick-off of 1.30pm.
Wycombe v Liverpool - Villa Park confirmed - more details >>>

NO APPEAL FOR BROWNIE

(Monday 12th March 2001)
Steve Brown says he will taking the ban resulting from his red card at Leicester on the chin and doesn't want the incident to overshadow the achievements of the team in reaching the FA Cup Semi-Final. 'Brownie' will serve the standard two match ban for his second red card of the season but will be back in contention for selection in time for the semi-final.
No appeal for shirty Brown  - read more >>>

LiverpoolSEMI-FINAL JACKPOT

(Sunday 11th March 2001)
The mighty Wanderers from Wycombe have been drawn against the mighty Liverpool from Merseyside in the semi-final of the FA Cup. The dream tie will be played on Sunday 8th April.  The venue has since been announced as Villa Park with a kick-off of 4pm. Ticket information will be released later in the week.
It's Liverpool - reaction from Houllier, 'Brownie' and 'Couz' >>>

WE'RE PROUD OF YOU WYCOMBE!

(Saturday 10th March 2001)
Chairboys in the Cup - click here for cup specialWords can't describe the elation that Wycombe players, officials and supporters felt on Saturday afternoon at Filbert Street. Whatever the outcome of the tie, Wycombe fans would have been proud of the achievements from Lawrie Sanchez's team this season but to go to Leicester and win is some achievement. To win in the style they did is even more remarkable. Once again it was no fluke and although it will be the match winner Roy Essandoh grabbing all the headlines, the Wycombe faithful will know that there wasn't one player out on the pitch who wasn't a hero and the celebrations were there to prove it.
Apparently plans are already underway for a public reception to greet the team in recognition of the cup run but Wycombe District Council have put this on hold until the fairy tale finally comes to an end - but when will it end?
From the Chairboys on the Net team to Lawrie Sanchez and the players - WE'RE PROUD OF YOU
Leicester 1 Wycombe 2 - SIMPLY AWESOME - who needs words? >>>

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SQUAD HEAD FOR LEICESTER
(Friday 9th March 2001)
The Wanderers Squad headed off to a secret location in Leicestershire on Friday afternoon in preparation for the cup tie at Filbert Street. They booked into a luxury hotel and will be boosted by the fact that there were no new injury worries ahead of the tie with Leicester. The squad that drew with Reading on Tuesday will also be complemented by the return of Paul McCarthy and Michael Simpson after their suspensions. 3,200 Wycombe fans will be at the game, while a similar amount are expected to watch the live satellite link back at Adams Park.


CUP COUNTDOWN STARTS

(Thursday 8th March 2001)
Chairboys in the Cup - click here for cup specialAnother massive press call for The Wanderers  took place on Thursday as the countdown to the big cup game got into full swing. There were camera crews working for Football Focus, On the Ball, Channel 4 and SKY plus representation from most of the national newspapers. We've began our cup previews too, with regular updates right up until Saturday morning.
Leicester v Wycombe - Chairboys on the Net - Cup special >>>

RESERVES DRAW AT THE ORIENT

(Wednesday 7th March 2001)
A Wanderers Reserve XI consisting entirely of Youth Team players gained a very creditable 1-1 draw at Leyton Orient in the Avon Insurance Combination on Wednesday afternoon.  With the First Team squad being given the day off as a recovery measure for Saturday's game with Leicester it was left for Terry Gibson to feel the odd one out at Brisbane Road. Gibson was an unused sub for Wycombe while all the other players were under 20 years old. Peter Holsgrove gave Wycombe a first-half lead but Colin Tate equalised for the home side just before the hour mark.
Leyton Orient 1 Wycombe 1 - match details and report >>>

Reading - click for Quick GuideROYALS RUFFLED
(Tuesday 6th March 2001)
Wycombe's makeshift side knocked promotion chasing Reading sideways at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. A delightful free-kick goal by Martyn Lee six minutes before the break made The Royals earlier possession count for nothing and despite further pressure from the visitors it took a scrambled goal in the 86th minute from Sammy Igoe to earn them a point. Loanee George Clegg made his first start for Wycombe.
Wycombe 1 Reading 1 - full match report >>>

WANDERERS SIGN NEW KIT DEAL

(Monday 5th March 2001)
The Club have announced a new kit deal with Wakefield based company Pro-Star. The four-year deal will kick-in at the end of the current season and comes after current kit manufacturers, Avec, went into voluntary liquidation at the turn of the year. Pro-Star are more renowned for their supply to grassroots football and the tie up with The Wanderers marks a rare venture into the Football League. Wycombe were due to change the first choice kit at the end of the current season but the change of manufacturers could also mean two other new kits being thrown into the marketplace due to the current second and third choice kits being sent to the replica shirt scrapheap.

VIALLI PREFERS TO PLAY A ROUND 

(Sunday 4th March 2001)
According to various media reports, Lawrie Sanchez's quest for a temporary striker ahead of the FA Cup Quarter-Final tie with Leicester has seen him contact former Chelsea star Gianluca Vialli. The Italian, who was dismissed by the Stamford Bridge in September, was apparently too busy playing golf in South Africa to consider a sensational move to play for The Blues of Wycombe. The deadline has now passed on signing players in time for the game at Filbert Street and it's now a case of patching up what we've got.

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WYCOMBE FAIL AGAINST VALE
(Saturday 3rd March 2001)
Port Vale - click here for Quick GuideThe Wanderers began a hectic month of fixtures on Saturday when Port Vale took all three points from their first ever visit to Adams Park. The Valiants scored the only goal of the game in the 58th minute through Steve Brooker against a jaded Wycombe side disseminated by recent injuries, suspensions and failed signings. 
George Clegg - picture Paul Lewis Wycombe were without Paul McCarthy as he started a two match ban for clocking up ten yellow cards but there were two players making their debuts in a Wycombe shirt - triallist Roy Essendoh and Manchester United loanee George Clegg both featuring after joining Wycombe during the week. The result sees Wycombe drop to 16th place in the table and Lawrie Sanchez will now have to pick up his troops ahead of Tuesday evening's local derby with Reading at Adams Park.
Wycombe 0 Port Vale 1 - match report >>>

MARCH MADNESS STARTS HERE
(Saturday 3rd March 2001)
The game with Port Vale was the first of seven scheduled home games during March with the only away trips being the massive FA Cup tie at Leicester next Saturday (10th March) and the visit to promotion chasing Walsall on Saturday 24th March. It comes after just two home League games in the previous two months and the last time fans saw a Wycombe League goal at Adams Park was Andy Rammell's first-half strike against Swansea on 23rd December. 
Reading are the visitors on Tuesday evening (6th March) when Michael Simpson serves a one match ban for his red-card at Selhurst Park.
The other home games during March are Stoke (Tues 13th), Oldham (Sat 17th), Rotherham (Tue 20th), Millwall (Tue 27th) and Wigan (Sat 31st). The game with Stoke will have to be re-arranged if the Leicester/Wycombe game goes to a replay.

MAN U YOUNGSTER SIGNED ON LOAN 

(Friday 2nd March 2001)
Wycombe have signed Manchester United youngster George Clegg on a month's loan. The 20 year old striker has recently broke into the United Reserve side having come through the Youth ranks at Old Trafford. Manchester born Clegg scored 14 goals in 36 appearances for United's Under 17's side and has also gained experience playing for Royal Antwerp as part of United's 'blooding club' scheme with the Belguim side. Clegg attracted the attention of several Football League scouts when he hit two goals for The Reds reserves in their recent 3-0 victory over Leeds United at Gigg Lane and he will now step straight into Wycombe's squad for Saturday's home game with Port Vale. The 5'11" striker is also available for the cup tie at Leicester next Saturday, bearing in mind, of course, that the mighty Manchester club have no further interest in the world famous trophy this season.
George Clegg - Chairboys on the Net - Player Profile >>>

Sam Parkin - Will Wycombe take the gamble? - picture Paul DennisNO PARKIN FOR WYCOMBE
(Friday 2nd March 2001)
Hopes of signing of Sam Parkin on a permanent deal faded on Friday afternoon after no deal could be agreed by the 5pm deadline. The Chelsea youngster needed to agree terms by then to allow him to play in the FA Cup tie at Leicester. Rumours had been circulating of a permanent move ever since Parkin hit the headlines with his match winning goal against Wolves in the FA Cup but hard-up Wycombe would have had to drive a hard bargain with Chelsea, as well as satisfying wage demands. It was reported that Parkin was reluctant to jump into any deal and he will now return to Chelsea to consider his future.
Parkin - Back to Stamford Bridge for Sam >>>

NEW STRIKER JOINS ON TRIAL

(Thursday 1st March 2001)
Roy Essandoh 25 year old Roy Essandoh could feature for Wycombe in Saturday's game with Port Vale at Adams Park. The 6 foot striker played for Wycombe's reserves in Wednesday's 1-0 reverse to QPR at Adams Park and has joined on a non-contract basis will also be available for selection against Reading and Leicester. He would partner Keith Ryan up front if Wycombe's last minute attempts to sign Sam Parkin fall through. Belfast born Essandoh has spent the last three years playing his football in Finland for VPS Vaasa but has made brief appearances for Luton Town reserves and Rushden and Diamonds in recent weeks. Before his spell in Finland he was on the books of Motherwell and also had a brief trial with East Fife.
Essandoh's arrival coincides with the departure of Canadian triallist Nial Thompson after an injury hit four months with The Wanderers.
Roy Essandoh - Chairboys on the Net - Player Profile >>>

OZZIE RECALLED
(Thursday 1st March 2001)
Third choice 'keeper Mark Osborn has been recalled from his loan spell at Carshalton Athletic following Mark Westhead's injury prior to the reserve game with QPR. 19 year old Osborn was loaned to Ryman League strugglers Carshalton in December to give him the chance of First Team football. The ex-Wanderers Youth Teamer will now take a place on the bench at the Quarter-Final cup tie at Leicester having only made two previous First Team appearances for Wycombe.

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FEBRUARY 2001
Senda out for season, two years up for Sanchez, Bulman signs up, Wanderers pull out of B&B, Motty is back with MOTD, new deal for Macca, A night to remember at Selhurst, QPR given cold shoulder by Sanchez - click to load >>>

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