September 2000 News Archive
(Thursday 28th September 2000)
There was a set-back for Keith Ryan as he continued his return from injury when he had to be substituted just after half-time during the 1-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers Reserves at Adams Park on Thursday afternoon. 'Rhino', who completed just over an hour in last week's 5-1 defeat to Brighton, needed an ice pack on his thigh and more news on the injury is awaited. Having not completed 90 minutes this season he is still probably two or three more reserve team games away from being considered for First Team selection.
Wycombe 0 Bristol Rovers 1 - Reserve Team report >>>

(Tuesday 26th September 2000)
Birmingham City
Andy Rammell played for Wycombe at Birmingham City in the Second Leg Worthington tie after being given the all clear by the FA following a hearing at Lancaster Gate on Tuesday morning. Wycombe had appealed over Rammell's sending-off against Bristol Rovers but had to wait until the last possible moment for the red card decision to overturned. A 66th minute goal from Peter Ndluvo saw Wycombe lose 1-0 at St.Andrews and 5-3 on aggregate. Andy Baird came on as a second-half substitute after recovering from a groin strain.
Birmingham 0 Wycombe 1 - match report >>>

(Saturday 23rd September 2000)
Question: How can a team score two consecutive goals without the other team touching the ball? Answer: Ask Barry Fry.
Fry's Peterborough United side
conceded a goal either side of the break on Saturday at Adams Park. The first came direct from a Jamie Bates free-kick in first half stoppage time. Referee John Brandwood then blew immediately for half-time. Wycombe kicked off the second-half and had the ball in the back of the net within nine seconds after Jermaine McSporran had waltzed past three Posh defenders. The goal was so quick that Wycombe Manager Lawrie Sanchez missed it and had to ask assistant Terry Gibson why Peterborough were kicking off. Posh Manager Barry Fry did see the goal and said after the game "For Wycombe supporters it was a wonderful goal but for Peterborough it was a disgrace". The victory lifts Wycombe to fifth place in the table.
Wycombe 2 Peterborough 0 match report >>>

(Saturday 23rd September 2000)
Brian Lee to retire - picture Paul LewisLong serving Wycombe Wanderers Director and former Manager Brian Lee will stand down as Director at the Club's AGM on 16th October. Lee, a forerunner in getting the Club converted to a Limited Company in the 1980's, was The Wanderers' Manager during the highly successful period in the Club's history in the early to mid 1970's. Lee's retirement
coincides with the introduction of three new Directors to the Board who were announced at a recent members meeting. Cheshire born Lee, now in his sixties, will continue to assist the Board as an Associate Director. Gordon Richards, also a Director since the Limited Company was activated in October 1986, is retiring from Board Room activities at Adams Park as the Club "realigns" its behind the scenes structure.
The AGM will also see Members approve accounts that show 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".

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(Wednesday 20th September 2000)
Keith Ryan returns - picture Paul DennisKeith Ryan made the first stage of his Wycombe comeback when he played just over an hour for Wycombe's Reserve XI against Brighton at Adams Park on Wednesday afternoon. 'Rhino' is still two or three games short of full match fitness and was given a stern test as The Seagulls flew to a 5-1 victory.
A strong Wycombe side, that included Andy Baird, Stewart Castledine, Martyn Lee, Jason Cousins and Alan Beeton, were well beaten after trailing just 1-0 at the break. Danny Senda scored a consolation goal for Wycombe after the visitors had taken a 4-nil lead.
Wycombe 1 Brighton 5 - Reserves report >>>

(Tuesday 19th September 2000)
Wycombe made a gallant fight back after
conceding three goals in the opening 24 minutes of the Second Round-First Leg Worthington Cup tie against Birmingham City at Adams Park. Goals from Andy Rammell, Andy Baird and Jamie Bates pulled the scores level at 3-3 but City scored a late winner to set up an intriguing 2nd Leg at St.Andrews. The game at Adams Park was almost called off by match referee Steve Bennett after torrential rain in the Wycombe area throughout Tuesday afternoon had caused partial flooding of the Adams Park surface. Bennett made a final inspection little more than an hour before kick-off when the rain had thankfully eased off enough to satisfy the officials.
Wycombe 3 Birmingham 4 match report >>>

(Tuesday 19th September 2000)
Mark Rogers - picture Paul DennisWycombe defender Mark Rogers has been called up for the Canadian Squad to play Panama in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier in Winnipeg on Monday 9th October. The call-up is just reward for 24 year old Rogers who paid his own air fare over from Canada to join Wycombe during the 1998/99 season. Under Lawrie Sanchez he made his full Football League debut in October 1999 and has since become a regular member of the side - this season filling in the problem right-back role. A central defender at heart, he scored his first senior goal for Wycombe in the Worthington Cup tie at Barnet earlier this season.
After the Panama game, Canada have one more qualifying game to play - at home to Mexico in Toronto on 15th November. However, they have already missed out on qualification behind the Mexicans and Trinidad & Tobago. Coincidentally the Trinidad side have recently been coached by ex-Wycombe 'keeper John Granville who was announced this week as a new goalkeeping coach at Adams Park.

(Tuesday 19th September 2000)
BLUES Supporters Club As part of a joint venture with Wycombe District Council, the Official Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Association is launching a 'Green Initiative' to help supporters get to games without having to use their own cars. This will include extending the matchday bus routes to include Amersham and Great Missenden. The first stage of this initiative will see a special coach service arranged for the away game with Reading on Saturday 14th October.
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(Saturday 16th September 2000)
Lawrie SanchezWycombe returned from Rotherham on Saturday after firing blanks again in front of goal. The form of The Wanderers forwards has left Lawrie Sanchez frustrated. After the 1-0 defeat at Millmoor he said "We haven't got enough goals in our side at this moment so that we can come back from a goal down. We did it once (at Millwall) but have been unable to do it since"
Wycombe fans have generally been impressed with the attractive passing style of the team this season but Sanchez would be the first to agree that this counts for nothing unless the approach play is converted into goals.
With top scorer Sean Devine still months away from fitness, Sanchez is looking to his existing squad to start finding the net. He said "The remedy is people have got to start scoring goals. 'Bairdy', 'Jocky' and 'Rams' have got to start scoring, the midfield have to contribute goals and we've got to score goals from set-plays - simple as that"
Rotherham 1 Wycombe 0 - match report >>>

(Saturday 16th September 2000)
Wycombe's game at Rotherham went ahead after the problems with the country's fuel supplies eased on Thursday morning. The Football League were considering taking the option of cancelling the entire programme at weekend if the situation had escalated but this was thankfully avoided. During the week the Bristol City v Brentford game was called off as City couldn't guarantee that sufficient stewards could get to Ashton Gate.
From Wycombe's point of view, travel arrangements for Saturday posed no problems with coaches for both the team and the Official Supporters' Association being given the OK by operators Motts Travel.

(Tuesday 12th September 2000)
Lawrie Sanchez - picture Paul Dennis Wycombe took on Bristol Rovers on Tuesday evening knowing that by avoiding defeat they would set a new club record for a start to a Football League season. The previous best was under Martin O'Neill at the start of Wycombe's first ever Football League season in 1993/94. After the victory over Oxford, Lawrie Sanchez said "It's great to have had someone like Martin here at the Club. You test yourself against the best and he's one of the best. I've said to the players that they've got the chance to reach the position that no group of players have done here and there has been some great groups of players at this club in the past"
Sadly it wasn't to be as Rovers snatched a 1-0 win thanks to a first half goal from defender Stephen Foster. However, the game will be remembered for a controversial 56th incident that saw Wanderers' new signing Andy Rammell shown the red card for a challenge on Rovers' keeper Nick Culkin. Culkin left the field on a stretcher but was later released from hospital with concussion. Wycombe will undoubtedly appeal against the sending off after viewing the video which showed that Rammell caught Culkin with his trailing foot.
Wycombe 0 Bristol Rovers 1 - full match report >>>

(Friday 9th September 2000)
Wycombe reached their highest ever placing in the Football League following a satisfy 3-1 victory over struggling Oxford United in the live SKY game at Adams Park. Wycombe scored through Andy Baird and Jermaine McSporran before Paul Tait's deflected shot gave the visitors late hope. However, during eight minutes of stoppage time Wycombe were awarded a very dubious penalty that was first missed by Chris Vinnicombe and then converted by Steve Brown after the Assistant Referee spotted the 'keeper move off his line.
Wycombe 3 Oxford 1 - match report >>>


(Thursday 7th September 2000)
Wycombe have signed striker Andy Rammell from fellow Division Two side Walsall for 70,000 and he went straight into the squad when Wycombe faced Oxford United at Adams Park on Friday evening.
Rammell signs for The Wanderers - more on this story >>>

(Wednesday 6th September 2000)
After Tuesday night's thrilling 3-1 extra-time victory over Barnet, Wycombe have been drawn against Birmingham City in the Second Round. The First leg will be at Adams Park on Tuesday 19th September with the return at St Andrews the following Tuesday. After reducing prices for the First Round game with Barnet, Wycombe have reverted back to normal League prices for this game, while Birmingham are offering a special 5 entrance charge to their all-seater stadium.
Full 2nd draw and comment >>>

(Wednesday 6th September 2000)
The Club have announced that the grant to develop the 'Away End' at Adams Park has been approved by The Football Foundation. The Wycombe Wanderers Official website reports that up to 285,000 will be available to help add an extra 1,000 seats to The Roger Vere Stand at The Hillbottom Road end of Adams Park. Plans to extend this stand were approved in May of this year but have imposed a 10,000 capacity limit on the ground. The new plans include the provision to add a new scoreboard and clock combination on the roof of the extended structure. The Club would be looking to complete the work during the summer of 2001.
News Archive May 2000 - Away End approved >>>

(Tuesday 5th September 2000)
Steve JonesSteve Jones will return to Bristol after a period of rehabilitation at Wycombe with Sports Therapist Dave Jones after breaking a bone in his left foot during the first 25 minutes of Saturday's game at Brentford. A disappointed Jones said, "It is particularly upsetting for me as I was really enjoying being here. The lads have been great and I think the team can achieve something this season. Without a doubt my lack of goals has been a problem, but with this injury I shall be returning to Bristol City and not staying here". Wycombe Manager Lawrie Sanchez is already hunting for a replacement for Jones, who despite not scoring in his six games with Wycombe has been an influential character and will be missed.


(Saturday 2nd September 2000)
Millwall joint Manager Alan McLeary has hit back at Wycombe Manager Lawrie Sanchez after his "cowards" comments following the Wanderers' recent 2-1 victory at the New Den. Speaking to the South London Sport newspaper McLeary said "We ask our players to tackle and go in for tackles, but Sanchez was jumping up and down all through the game" McLeary was clearing upset after Wycombe had turned the Lions over on their own patch, adding "Whatever he wants to say about our players that's fine, we will get on with what we want to get on with. I am not going to get into a slanging match about what he says" McCleary is joint Manager at The New Den with Keith Stevens and concluded his diatribe at Sanchez by saying "We don't make comments about his players, so I don't expect him to worry about our players"


(Friday 1st September 2000)
Lawrie SanchezLawrie Sanchez has said the team find it easier to play away from Adams Park. Speaking to the Press after the 1-1 home draw against Luton game on Bank Holiday Monday Sanchez said "It is definitely easier playing away from home. The expectations make it easier for the away team" Sanchez went on to say "In my time here we've dropped too many points points at home"
However most Wycombe fans are delighted with the start to the season and this was backed up by Sanchez "We've got to be reasonably pleased how things have gone, we've got Brentford on Saturday whose confidence is a little bit lower than ours so I'm hoping a load of fans will come to that game and we do the business there"
Brentford 0 Wycombe 0 - match report >>>

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