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SAD EXIT FOR YOUTH TEAM
(Tuesday 31st October 2000)
The Wanderers Youth Team made a sorry exit from the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday evening at Adams Park - going down 2-0 to Brighton and Hove Albion in a First Round replay. A lone Jonny Dixon effort in the 71st minute that hit the crossbar was the nearest Wycombe came to scoring as Gary Goodchild's
team never did themselves justice against a strong Brighton side. The winning goal came three minutes after Dixon's near miss when Chris McPhee broke from midfield and took the ball around Steve Williams in the Wycombe goal. Rupert Sansom added a second for The Seagulls in stoppage time to complete Wycombe's misery.

Bristol City Football Club - click for Quick GuideCITY STRIKE AGAIN
(Saturday 28th October 2000)
Bristol City continued their excellent record at Adams Park when they edged out The Wanderers 2-1 on a rain-soaked surface. A first minute penalty put City in the driving seat and dispute Wycombe clawing their way back with Andy Rammell's fifth goal of the season, Thorpe struck again with 20 minutes left to send the west country side home with three points for third consecutive time at Adams Park. Despite the defeat Wycombe remain sixth in the table.
Wycombe 1 Bristol City 2 - match report >>>

YOUTHS DRAW WITH SEAGULLS
(Wednesday 25th October 2000)
The Wanderers Youth Team will need to come through a replay to progress through to the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup after they drew 1-1 with Brighton at Bognor on Wednesday evening. In an evenly fought tie, Wycombe took the lead just before half-time when Marc Leach struck home a 20 yard free-kick from the right. The home side put Wycombe under pressure in the second-half but it looked like the lads would hang on until The Seagulls broke down the right wing and when the ball was centered, Stefan Wojciechowski had time to pick his spot past Steve Williams in the Wycombe goal.


WELSH STALEMATE
(Tuesday 24th October 2000)
Wrexham - click here for Quick GuideWycombe returned from a wet and windy Wrexham on Tuesday evening with a goalless draw in a game where Wycombe were on the back foot for most of the 90 minutes. It was the same XI that finished the game with Walsall last Saturday that started at The Racecourse Ground - Jason Cousins remaining in the starting line-up ahead of Mark Rogers. Dannie Bulman is still suffering from his bruised toe while triallist Niall Thompson is awaiting international clearance.
Wrexham 0 Wycombe 0 - match details >>>
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THOMPSON SET FOR TRIAL
(Monday 23rd October 2000)
Former Crystal Palace trainee and Canadian International Niall Thompson has joined Wycombe on a month's trial. The 26 year old midfielder/striker spent last season with Scottish First Division side Airdrie where he made 26 appearances and scored five goals. His most recent club has been Bay Area Seals of Sans Francisco but his Canadian connections also include a spell with Vancouver 86ers in the 1997/98 season, where he scored 20 goals in 23 apps.
Canadian joins Wycombe on trial - more on this story >>>

SANCHEZ RINGS THE CHANGES
(Saturday 21st October 2000)
Keith Ryan - first start of the season - picture Paul DennisAs expected Lawrie Sanchez made changes to the starting line-up for the game with Walsall at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon and it paid off as two goals from ex-Saddler Andy Rammell saw the league leaders beaten 3-1. With Dannie Bulman still not recovered from his brusied toe, it was the same 15 that formed the squad but there were first starts of the season for Keith Ryan and Danny Senda, with Mo Harkin and Stewart Castledine relegated to the subs bench.
Wycombe are hoping that Bulman will be fit for the midweek trip to Wrexham, however, after only lasting for two minutes in training last Thursday, it's likely that the midfielder will not make the trip to Wales.
Wycombe 3 Walsall 1 match report >>>

BOARD GO FOR 'CUSTOMER FOCUS'
(Friday 20th October 2000)
A new set of initiatives are set to be announced by the Club to attract more families to Adams Park. Speaking at the Club's Annual General Meeting, Financial Director Graham Peart told members "At Adams Park we can become the first club to deliver real 'Customer Focus'. It will be hard to achieve and some of the changes will be difficult for you to accept"
Peart was talking after Club Chairman Ivor Beeks had said to members "We've had a bumpy ride over the last few years but the tide is slowly changing. Our major concern is 'bums on seats' - it would certainly change the fortunes of the Club if we could increase our gate by 1,000 to 1,500"
Members approved accounts that saw the Club lose 264,000 during the 1999/2000 season on a turnover of just over 3.4m. The introduction of three new board members is seen as the catalyst for several radical changes ahead for the Club. Beeks said "The approach of improving a little each year within our means suggests that the future is very bright"
More on this story to follow on Chairboys on the Net.
Archive News - Three new Directors but no Constitution change >>>

Paul EmblenEMBLEN OUT FOR SEASON
(Thursday 19th October 2000)
Paul Emblen's injury picked up against in the Reserve game at Norwich on 12th October has been diagnosed as damage to his cruciate ligament and he will be out for the rest of this season at least. 'Embers' has not played first team football since last November and this latest set-back will be another terrible blow for the 23 year old midfielder whose goals kept Wycombe in Division Two at the end of the 1998/1999 season.
Injury update - Bulman - Devine - Carroll - Emblen >>>

AWAY WE GO
Wycombe could be given a tough start to the 2001/2002 season after the Club have asked the Football League for their first two games of the season to be played away from Adams Park. The request has been made to allow for the completion of the extension to the 'Away End'  - work on which is due to commence on 21st May 2001. The 12 week programme will be carried out by a Scottish firm with funding of up to 285,000 paid for by a Football Foundation grant. Despite the work, Wycombe still hope to play one home pre-season friendly but depending on the opposition MAY ask home terrace fans to give up their usual space for away fans.
Archive News - Away End Plans passed >>>

NEW CONTRACT FOR SANCHEZ
(Monday 16th October 2000)
Lawrie Sanchez - new deal - picture Paul Dennis
Wycombe boss Lawrie Sanchez has agreed a new contract that will run until the end of the 2003/2004 season. Club Chairman Ivor Beeks announced the news to Club members at the AGM held in the Vere Suite at Adams Park on Monday 16th October.
Sanchez joined Wycombe in February 1999 and is already the longest serving Manager since Martin O'Neill. This new deal could see Sanchez out run O'Neill's five year stint. Sanchez told members "In my time here I expect to be in the First Division"
New deal for Sanchez - more on this story >>>

MEMBERS MEET FOR AGM
(Monday 16th October 2000)
Brian Lee to retire - picture Paul LewisLong serving Wycombe Wanderers Director and former Manager Brian Lee stood down as Director at the Club's AGM on Monday 16th October. Lee's retirement
coincided with the introduction of three new Directors to the Board who were announced at a members meeting in August. The AGM also saw Members approve accounts that showed a loss of just over 250,000 for the year ending 31st May 2000. This figure takes into account profits made from player transfers and in a statement from the Board "reflects the difficult balance between funding a strong playing squad and roughly static income".

FANS HEAR MEDIA VIEWS
Wycombe fans had the chance to hear the views of three media men during a fans forum organised by the Official Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Association at Adams Park on Thursday 12th October. SKY commentator and Wanderers Director Alan Parry was joined by ITV sports commentator Jim Rosenthal and Bucks Free Press Editor Steve Cohen.
Special report from the Supporters Forum  >>>

BROWNIE SEES RED AT READING
(Saturday 14th October 2000)
Steve Brown - picture Paul DennisSteve Brown's red card during the 2-0 defeat at Reading will mean a three match ban for the Wycombe midfielder. 'Brownie' saw red for a clash with Royal's match winner Martin Butler as Wycombe lined up for a 64th minute free-kick. Referee Walton showed a straight red card and the three match ban will start with the home game with Bristol City on Saturday 28th October. Wycombe managed to get Andy Rammell' red card against Bristol Rovers overturned earlier this season after the FA studied video evidence. This time, even if Brown claims his innocence, the incident was missed by the match day video coverage, so it's 'grin and bear it' time for 'Brownie'.
The meetings with Reading have been notorious for sending offs. In all five Football League meetings between the two sides a player has seen red. Reading lead the way with Andy Brenal, Jimmy Crawford and Peter Grant being given early baths. Steve Brown joins Nicky Moham in the Thames Valley hall of shame. Should make for another interesting encounter when the teams meet again next March at Adams Park.
Reading 2 Wycombe 0 match report >>>

Paul EmblenEMBLEN SET-BACK
(Thursday 12th October 2000)
Paul Emblen had to cut short his Wycombe comeback after just 30 minutes as the Reserve XI lost 4-0 against Norwich City at Carrow Road on Thursday evening. The former Charlton player twisted his knee with the game still goalless and the new injury may keep him out for several more weeks. Emblen broke his ankle against Brentford last November and had a set-back last April when he suffered a reaction to the break in a reserve game at Ipswich. There was better news for Wycombe in that Keith Ryan came through his first 90 minutes of the season as a young Wycombe side, that included Ben Townsend and Roger Johnson in defence, were well beaten.
Norwich 4 Wycombe 0 - reserves match report >>>

SCOTTY JOINS COLCHESTER
(Thursday 12th October 2000)
Former Wycombe striker Keith Scott has joined Colchester United on a month's loan from Reading. 'Scotty' has only played one Division Two game this season and obviously isn't in Royals' boss Alan Pardew's plans since the arrival of Jamie Cureton from Bristol Rovers at the start of this season. The loan deal has an agreement that Scott cannot play against Reading when they meet United at The Madejski Stadium on Saturday 11th November. Also, unless the loan deal is extended or made permanent, Scotty will miss the opportunity to play against Wycombe at Layer Road on Saturday 25th November.

BAIRD NEWS FOR ANDY

(Wednesday 11th October 2000)
Andy Baird - picture Paul DennisAndy Baird is likely to be out until the end of November following his ankle injury in the recent game with Notts County. Swelling on the injury has prevented a precise analysis of the injury but it's most likely that Baird's ankle ligaments were damaged as he challenged to keep the ball in play prior to Andy Rammell scoring. It's a bitter blow for Baird who has already scored four times in cup and league this season after totalling just five goals in the whole of the 1999/2000 campaign.

WYCOMBE DUO EARN CAPS

(Tuesday 10th October 2000)
Mark Rogers and Mo Harkin both earned International honours in the week. Rogers had to wait until the 90th minute of the Canada versus Panama World Cup Qualifier to make his International debut while Harkin scored twice for the Northern Ireland Under 21 side in their Euro Qualifying match in Iceland.
Both players are due to rejoin the Wycombe squad ahead of the derby game with Reading on Saturday (14th October).
Rogers and Harkin - International honours - more on this story >>>


CHAIRBOYS GO THIRD
(Friday 6th October 2000)
Notts CountyWycombe climbed to third place in the table following the 3-1 victory over Notts County at Adams Park on Friday evening. Wycombe fell behind to a goal from ex-Wanderer Mark Stallard but stormed back with goals from Andy Baird, Andy Rammell and Paul McCarthy.
The victory came despite Wycombe being without right-back Mark Rogers and midfielder Mo Harkin, both on International duty with Canada and Northern Ireland Under 21's respectively.
The victory came at the expense of an injury to Andy Baird, who limped off with a suspected torn ligament in his right ankle.
Wycombe 3 Notts County 1 match report >>>

RECORD CONFIRMED
(Friday 6th October 2000)
Wycombe's goalscoring feats against Peterborough United on Saturday 23rd September have been confirmed as a new world record by The Guinness Book of Records. The Club are expected to receive a certificate honouring the fact that Wycombe scored two goals without the opposition touching the ball and within nine seconds of play. It isn't the first time that Wycombe have been involved in a record-breaking incident. Back in February 1976, Wycombe were gifted an own-goal within five seconds of the kick-off of a Berks and Bucks Senior Cup match against Chesham United. The goal is still believed to be fastest ever own goal and subsequently found its way into the Guinness Book of Records but was later dropped as the game wasn't deemed senior enough.

RESERVES GAME OFF
(Wednesday 4th October 2000)
The scheduled Avon Insurance Combination game with Bournemouth at Dean Court on Thursday 4th October was cancelled due to The Cherries claiming that they were unable to field a side due to injuries. The game has been re-arranged for Wednesday 13th December - kick 2pm.

YOUTH TEAM CUP DRAW
The Wanderers Youth Team have been drawn away to Brighton & Hove Albion in this season's Times FA Youth Cup. Last season the team enjoyed their best ever run in this competition - reaching the Fourth Round before going out in controversial fashion away to Newcastle United.
The tie with Brighton is due to played on Wednesday 25th October and will take place at Nyewood Lane, home of Bognor Regis Town Football Club - kick-off 7.30pm. The Youth Team played Brighton earlier this season in the Football League Youth Alliance when the game ended 1-1 - German youngster Kai Sudheimer getting the Wanderers' goal.
Youth Team Round up August/September 2000 >>>

VICTORY AT VALE
(Saturday 30th September 2000)
Port ValeWycombe returned from their first ever visit to Port Vale with a 1-0 victory and three more welcome points that keeps The Wanderers in fifth place in Division Two. Wycombe dominated the game for almost the entire 90 minutes but had Andy Rammell to thank for getting the crucial goal midway through the first-half.
Port Vale 0 Wycombe 1 - match report >>>
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