December 2001 News Archive
All the news stories from December 2001
(Monday 31st December 2001)
Referee Phil Prosser has admitted he mistakenly sent-off Jermaine McSporran in the game at QPR on Saturday (29th December). Prosser made his decision after studying video evidence of the incident. McSporran now escapes a ban but Danny Senda will face a three match ban after the video showed him aiming a punch at Danny Murphy.
(Monday 31st December 2001)
Despite Jermaine McSporran's red card being rescinded from the game at QPR, Wycombe will be without two players for the Division Two game at Wrexham on Saturday 12th January. Danny Senda will begin his three match ban that day, while Chris Vinnicombe will also serve a one match ban after reaching five yellow cards with his booking at QPR.
Jermaine McSporran JOCKY IS INNOCENT
(Sunday 30th December 2001)
Jermaine McSporran is a claiming mistaken identity following his red card at Loftus Road. He was quoted in the Mail on Sunday as saying "I didn't do anything. Other players told the referee he had the wrong person but he wouldn't listen. I left it to other people. If there are 15 or 16 people involved how can the referee see who is responsible? He might have thought that I looked like Danny Senda, but why did he send both of us off?"
Matchday QPR 4 WYCOMBE 3
(Saturday 29th December 2001)
Wycombe lost 4-3 at Loftus Road after being reduced to nine men on the stroke of half-time. Both Jermaine McSporran and Danny Senda were sent off for alledged violent conduct following a controversial penalty award to the home side. Wycombe fall to 11th spot in the Division Two table.
QPR 4 Wycombe 3 - Full match report
(Friday 28th December 2001)
Wanderers have spent around £12,000 on a plastic pitch cover and heated blower system to ensure that forthcoming games do not fall foul to the cold weather. The system was installed on Friday (28th Dec) and was intended to help the games against Huddersfield (1 Jan) and Fulham (5 Jan) to go ahead without too many problems.
Adams Park Picture Gallery - Pitch cover
(Friday 28th December 2001)
Wanderers will complain to the Football League about the late call-off of their Boxing Day trip to Chesterfield according to reports in the Bucks Free Press. Lawrie Sanchez said "Someone should have made the decision at 9am and if that means the referee has got to get there at 9am, then he has got to get there at that time" Sanchez slammed the farce as a "complete and utter waste of time" for supporters and players.
(Wednesday 26th December 2001)
Wanderers and some of their fans had a wasted 300 mile round journey after the Boxing day fixture at Chesterfield was called off due to a frozen pitch. Match referee Graham Laws gave the thumbs down at 12.37pm after he arrived from his Whitley Bay home to find a rock hard playing surface at Saltergate.
(Saturday 22nd December 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez nearly blew a fuse of his own after seeing the Adams Park floodlights fail for the second time this season. "Something needs to be sorted out, obviously there is a problem with the electricity, and itís overloading particularly on cold days or cold nights. We donít know what it is." The Club electrician is now investigating the current problem.
(Saturday 22nd December 2001)
Wycombe skidded past Cambridge United at an icy Adams Park thanks to two goals in the closing eight minutes of the first half, Keith Ryan and Jermaine McSporran the players on target. The game was halted for ten minutes during the second-half due to a floodlight failure.
Wycombe 2 Cambridge 0 - Full Match report
Wanderers Reserves news IT'S BURNHAM IN B&B
(Saturday 22nd December 2001)
Wycombe will play Burnham in the Quarter-Final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup on Tuesday 29th January 2002 at Adams Park. Burnham beat Marlow 2-1 in their 2nd Round tie at The Gore to earn a trip to Wycombe. This season's final is due to be at Adams Park on Holiday Monday 6th May 2002.
(Friday 21st December 2001)
The Wanderers squad have made a surprise return to the Booker Training Ground. It was thought that it would be the end of the season before the surfaces had been brought up to scratch, with the First Team using RAF Halton during the delay. There's been no official word on whether the move is permanent.
Wasps to Adams Park latest WASPS KEEN ON WYCOMBE
(Friday 21st December 2001)
While Wycombe fans were waiting for more 'official' word on the proposed move to bring London Wasps Rugby Club to Adams Park, Wasps Chairman, Chris Wright has written to Season Ticket Holders of the Zurich Premiership side. He said "Many of us involved at London Wasps have become enormously intrigued about the potential of moving there" Full story below.
Wasps keen on Wycombe move says Chris Wright
(Thursday 20th December 2001)
Paul Emblen has been fined for his red card at Stoke as Lawrie Sanchez attempts to clamp down on Wycombe's discipline problem. The Wycombe Manager told the BFP "We've had six players sent off this season and that's six too many. Four of them have been for violent conduct and and our squad isn't big enough to cope with that many three-match bans."
Wasps to Adams Park latest WASPS TO WYCOMBE UPDATE
(Thursday 20th December 2001)
Wasps Director of Rugby, Nigel Melville, has visited Adams Park and is pushing for a quick decision to be made over their proposed move to Wycombe. He told The Times "There would need to be the same surface as at Loftus Road and that is a big consideration, because it is not cheap." If the deal goes ahead the Adams Park pitch would be dug up in the summer and replaced at an estimated cost of £350,000.
(Thursday 20th December 2001)
Richard Walker has joined Blackpool in a permanent deal after turning down the offer of an 18 month contract with Wycombe. The 24 year old striker will travelled to Blackpool to finalise a deal will last until the end of the 2003/4 season. The fee has since been confirmed as £50,000.
Villa striker opts for Blackpool instead of Wycombe
Wanderers Reserves news RESERVES LOSE TO POSH
(Wednesday 19th December 2001)
Wanderers' Reserves went down 3-0 to Peterborough United at Adams Park in the Avon Insurance Combination. Dave Carroll was sent off mid-way through the second-half for a second bookable offence.
Wycombe 0 Peterborough 3 - Reserves report
(Tuesday 18th December 2001)
Wycombe are playing the waiting game with Richard Walker. The 24 year old Aston Villa striker has turned down the offer of an 18 month contract with Wycombe and he could now opt for a move to Blackpool instead. Sanchez said: "We offered him a good deal but I think he was badly advised by his as far as we are concerned that's the end of it"
(Tuesday 18th December 2001)
Wycombe will not be appealling over Paul Emblen's red card at Stoke having reviewed video evidence. TV replays show the Wycombe player pushed Bjarni Gudjonson in the face and Emblen will now have to face the consequences of a three match ban that starts on Saturday 29th December (away to QPR) plus any possible fine from the Club.
(Tuesday 18th December 2001)
Paul Emblen's red card at The Britannia Stadium was Wycombe's sixth red card of the season and four of those have been for violent conduct. Statisticians have been quick to point out that Wycombe have not won any of those games, losing three and drawing three.
(Monday 17th December 2001)
The FA have confirmed they will look at video evidence from the end of Saturday's game at Stoke to determine if Lawrie Sanchez will be charged with bringing the game into disrepute. Stoke Manager Gudjon Thordarson said "If the FA tolerate someone having a go at a player like that, then there is something wrong with the game. Itís completely out of order, but you can expect anything from him."
Rugby at Adams Park?? WASPS AND WYCOMBE MEET
(Monday 17th December 2001)
Wanderers and Wasps officials have met to discuss the possible 'groundshare' scheme. Press reports indicate that money will not be a stumbling block because Wasps would receive a substantial pay-off from QPR and Fulham to leave Loftus Road. Wycombe have confirmed that the current pitch would have to be ripped up and replaced with a 'Desso' type surface.
(Monday 17th December 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez says he intends to appeal against Paul Emblen's red card at Stoke. "I'm pretty sure that it will be overturned, the referee said he would look at it and said if he did only push him in the chest he would only give him a yellow card.". Sanchez claimed his side were "conned", a comment that left Stoke boss Gudjon Thordarson fuming.
Matchday STOKE 5 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 15th December 2001)
Wycombe slumped to a 5-1 defeat at Stoke as Paul Emblen was sent off in the 32nd minute for violent conduct. Brynjar Gunnarsson (2), Chris Iwelumo, Andy Cooke and Marc Goodfellow got the goals for the home side with Jermaine McSporran replying for Wycombe when the score was 1-0.
Stoke City 5 Wycombe 1 - Full match report
Wanderers Youth Team YOUTH TEAM UPDATE
(Saturday 15th December 2001)
Gary Goodchild's final match as Wanderers' Youth Team boss was called off on Saturday (15th December) due to a frozen pitch at the Molins Sports Ground. The Under 19's were due to have played Brentford while the Under 17's match at Cambridge United was also called off.
(Friday 14th December 2001)
Richard Walker is thinking over possible moves to Wycombe or Blackpool. According to Villa they are prepared to let the striker go for between £50K and £100K and the final decision will be down to the player. Walker has already said he would prefer a move to Wycombe but the final choice may come down to what is offered in terms of length of contract and wages.
Rugby at Adams Park?? WYCOMBE IN WASPS TALKS
(Thursday 13th December 2001)
The Wanderers' Board have met with their Wasps counterparts to discuss the proposed use of Adams Park. Chairboys on the Net has tracked the breaking of this story, with subsequent quotes from Wycombe, Wasps and QPR officials.
Wanderers' Board in Wasps talks - full story
(Wednesday 12th December 2001)
Leeyon Phelan scored the first goal of his loan spell with Ashford Town during their 1-0 home victory over Berkhamstead Town on Tuesday (11th Dec). Phelan's goal was set-up by former Wanderers' loan player Michael Mahoney-Johnson.
Statement at last CLUB SPEAK ON RUGBY DEAL
(Tuesday 11th December 2001)
The Club finally issued a statement at 3.20pm on Tuesday regarding the story published in the Evening Standard on the proposed temporary move of Wasps Rugby Club to Adams Park. The Club say that "Nothing has been agreed" and a meeting is planned with Wasps later this week.
Full statement from Official WWFC website
Wanderers Reserves news JOCKY BACK FOR RESERVES
(Monday 10th December 2001)
Jermaine McSporran was Wanderers' Reserves man of the Match as they won 3-0 at Cambridge United on Monday 10th Dec. Stewart Castledine opened the scoring with a header from McSporran's cross. 'Jocky' then scored from 25 yards before setting up Martyn Lee to head home make the score 3-0.
Cambridge United 0 Wycombe 3 - Reserves report
What the f**k is going on now? Get those egg chasing GOONS off our pitch and get them back to London with their tedious minority sport that is played by thugs EGG CHASERS SET FOR AP
(Monday 10th December 2001)
Adams Park is being eyed up for a possible venue for London Wasps Rugby Club according to The Evening Standard. Wasps currently ground share with QPR at Loftus Road but Fulham are set to share with Rangers during the redevelopment of Craven Cottage and Wasps need another ground. The Standard are claiming that a two year deal with Wycombe is set to be struck.
Full story from This is London website
(Monday 10th December 2001)
Wycombe's game with Fulham in the Third Round of the FA Cup at Adams Park has not been selected for live TV coverage. Sky have picked out Watford v Arsenal (Sat 12noon) and Cardiff City v Leeds United (Sun 4pm) while BBC have gone for Macclesfield v West Ham (Sun 1pm) and Aston Villa v Manchester United (Sun 7pm).
Wanderers Reserves news NEW DATE FOR BLACKPOOL
(Monday 10th December 2001)
Wycombe's home game with Blackpool has been re-arranged for Tuesday 12th February (kick-off 7.45pm). The game had to re-arranged due to the original date clashing with the Third Round of the FA Cup on Saturday 5th January.
(Sunday 9th December 2001)
Wycombe will play Fulham at home in the Third Round of the FA Cup after the draw was made at the FA headquarters. Wycombe picked up £30,000 for beating Notts County and will collect a further £50,000 should they overcome Premiership Fulham.
FA Cup 3rd Round draw - Wycombe get home tie
(Saturday 8th December 2001)
Second half goals from Dannie Bulman, Richard Walker and Darren Currie eased Wycombe through to the Third Round of the FA Cup at a cold Adams Park on Saturday afternoon.
Wycombe 3 Notts County 0 - Full match report
(Friday 7th December 2001)
Wycombe have opened transfer talks with Aston Villa with a view to signing Richard Walker on a permanent deal. Lawrie Sanchez wants to keep Walker in his squad but in an unusual move he is leaving the negotiations to Chairman Ivor Beeks as he has an understanding with Villa boss John Gregory.
Sean Devine DEVINE IS BACK!!
(Friday 7th December 2001)
Wycombe have received a massive boost to their League aspirations this season with the news that long term injury victim Sean Devine has been given the all clear to resume full training. Devine could be back in Reserve team action as early as 2nd January. Sean Devine to return for The Wanderers
Wanderers Youth Team FA YOUTH CUP DRAW
(Thursday 6th December 2001)
The Wanderers Youth Team have been drawn at home to Norwich City in the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup. A date has yet to be fixed for the tie but all ties must be completed before 26th January 2002.
FA Youth Cup 4th Round draw
(Thursday 6th December 2001)
Wanderers' have re-newed their interest in Wrexham striker Craig Faulconbridge according to the North Wales Daily Post. They claim that a source at Wycombe said "There are discussions under way at the club with regard to making an approach for Faulconbridge in the short or longer-term."
Full story from icnorthwales website
Darren Currie BECKHAM vs CURRIE
(Thursday 6th December 2001)
Wycombe wonder Darren Currie has been compared to England Captain David Beckham by his Uncle Tony. Speaking in an interview for ITV Digital, Tony Currie said "Darren is, without doubt, the best crosser of the ball, after Beckham, in the country." Follow the link below for full story.
Darren Currie compared to David Beckham
Stuart Roberts ROBBO FAN CLUB
(Thursday 6th December 2001)
Wanderers' Welsh wizard Stuart Roberts enjoyed playing before his very own fan club as Wycombe beat Brentford 5-3 at Adams Park. However, the Welshman was "gutted" he didn't score. He said "That first goal will come but the most important thing on Saturday was the result and not who scored"
Welsh fans travel to Wycombe - story and links
(Wednesday 5th December 2001)
The recently revamped Club Shop at Adams Park has been a roaring success. It's thought that the Club is averaging takings of around £4,000 on match days as a result of the massively increased floorspace and more prominent position at Adams Park. The new shop was opened in October and takings have already covered the cost of the annual rental of the building.
(Tuesday 4th December 2001)
Wanderers' transfer target Craig Faulconbridge has been transfer listed by Wrexham. Lawrie Sanchez made a bid of around £150,000 for the striker earlier this season but the Welsh club weren't interested. However, The Robins now want to cash in after they failed to match the player's wage demands on a new three year deal.
(Tuesday 4th December 2001)
Wanderers' stats gurus have pointed out that Saturday's result against Brentford was Wycombe's 14th home Football League game without defeat; setting a new Wycombe record. The previous best of 13 was under John Gregory, running from the end of the 1996/97 season to the start of the following season.
(Saturday 1st December 2001)
Wycombe came back from 2-0 and 3-2 down against Brentford to win an Adams Park classic by five goals to three. Wanderers goals came from a twice deflected Darren Currie shot, Chris Vinnicombe, Andy Rammell (2) and Danny Bulman.
Wycombe 5 Brentford 3 - Full match report
Wanderers Youth Team YOUTH TEAM UPDATE
(Saturday 1st December 2001)
Wanderers' Under 17's drew 1-1 with Leyton Orient on Saturday morning in the Football League Youth Alliance at Molins. Wanderers trailed to a 68th minute goal from The O's before Leon Gordon pulled the scores level in the final minute of normal time. The Under 19's were without a game.
Youth Team results, scorers, fixtures, latest table
Dave Carroll 300 UP FOR JESUS
(Saturday 1st December 2001)
Wanderers' legend Dave Carroll reached another historical landmark when he made his 300th Football League appearance after coming on as substitute against Brentford.
Carroll makes 300th league app for Wycombe

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