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Lawrie Sanchez SANCH ON THE RADIO
(Tuesday 31st July 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez was a guest on BBC Radio FiveLive's Any Sporting Questions on Tuesday evening. The Wycombe Manager commented on the fans expectations for the coming season and the pressure to perform despite injury.
Sanchez says fans think Wycombe will win the title
Jamie Forrester FORRESTER DEAL OFF
(Tuesday 31st July 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez has abandoned hopes of signing Northampton striker Jamie Forrester. Wycombe had a 200,000 bid for the 26 year old accepted by The Cobblers but the player could not agree personal terms with The Wanderers.
Sanchez gives up on Forrester deal.
??? PLAYER HUNT LATEST
(Monday 30th July 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez is chasing Bohemian centre-back Shaun Maher. The 23 year old was in The Bohs side that beat Wycombe 2-1 at Dalymount Park during The Wanderers jaunt in Dublin and talks are expected to open this week.
Wycombe chase Irish defender
Lawrie Sanchez SANCH ON IRISH TRIP
(Monday 30th July 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez will step up his search for additions to his squad following The Wanderers two game set-back in Ireland. Sanchez said "It highlighted what we already knew, we need a goalscorer and a central defender"
Sanchez to step up player hunt after Irish trip
Chairboys Irish tour 2001 DEFEAT No2 IN DUBLIN
(Sunday 29th July 2001)
Wycombe concluded their brief visit to Dublin on Sunday afternoon with a 2-1 defeat to Irish champions Bohemian. The Wanderers were 2-0 down at the break but pulled a late goal back when Mark Rogers flicked in a Darren Currie free-kick.
Bohemian 2 Wycombe 1 - Full match report.
Chairboys Irish tour 2001 CHAIRBOYS' DUBLIN DEFEAT
(Friday 27th July 2001)
Wycombe went down 2-0 in their friendly match with Shelbourne in Dublin on Friday evening. A strong Wanderers line-up, including triallist Gavin Holligan, conceeded a goal in each half.
Shelbourne 2 Wycombe 0 - Full match report
Jamie Forrester COBBLERS UNHAPPY
(Friday 27th July 2001)
Talks are said to be continuing with Northampton striker Jamie Forrester although The Cobblers have launched a verbal attack on Wycombe for their dealing of the situation.
Cobblers unhappy with Wycombe.
??? PLAYER HUNT LATEST
(Thursday 26th July 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez has made an official approach for Norwich City centre-back Matt Jackson. The Wanderers have joined Luton Town and Cambridge United in showing an interest in the 29-year-old Leeds born defender.
Wanderers join chase for Norwich defender.

SIMPEMBA REACHES FINAL
Wanderers Youth TeamYouth Teamer Ian Simpemba reached the final of the Nikita Tournament in Japan playing for the Rebublic of Ireland Under 18 side earlier in July. The 18 year old defender/midfielder played in all four games for the Irish and kept Premiership based players on the bench. Japan, Korea and Australia were all beaten before they fell to Chile 3-2 in the final. Simpemba made his Wycombe First Team debut at Crawley. Ian Simpemba - player spotlight

WANDERERS GO DOWN AT CRAWLEY
(Tuesday 24th July 2001)

MatchdayThe Wanderers' continued their pre-season programme with a 3-2 defeat at Dr Marten's side Crawley Town. Triallist Gavin Holligan fired Wycombe into a 2-0 lead but the home side hit back to defeat an inexperienced Wanderers line-up which also included former Reading midfielder Michael Gilkes.
Match report - Crawley 3 Wycombe 2

COME JOIN US OVER HERE
Villa ParkThe Club took a novel approach to attracting new supporters during the pre-season friendly with Spurs on Saturday. All fans going into the 'away' areas were given full Wycombe fixture leaflets with a plea for them to 'adopt' Wycombe as their 'second' team. The leaflet also highlighted games at Adams Park that didn't clash with any Spurs game. They are QPR (27th Aug), Brighton (25th Sep) and Peterborough (10th Nov).

ANOTHER ADAMS PARK SELL-OUT
(Saturday 21st July 2001)
WoodlandsSaturday's attendance of 8,018 was the highest ever for a friendly in Wycombe's history acording to the COTN stats gurus. The previous best at Adams Park was 6,975 for the friendly with Aston Villa in July 1997. Before this you need to go back in time to 1956 when a crowd of around 7,500 flocked to Loakes Park to see a friendly against the bare-footed Ugandan national side.
From the Archives - The Adams Park sell-outs

8,000 PACK IN FOR SPURS
(Saturday 21st July 2001)
MatchdayThe Wanderers' pre-season programme got under on Saturday with a 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. A sell-out crowd of just over 8,000 packed into the reduced capacity Adams Park to see Spurs grab a narrow victory. Teddy Sherringham gave Spurs the lead in the 55th minute before Danny Senda levelled five minutes later. Steffen Iversen scored the winner with 13 minutes left on the clock. Match report - Wycombe 1 Spurs 2

RAZOR TAKES A LOOK AT SWINDON
(Thursday 19th July 2001)
Neil Ruddock Wycombe target Neil Ruddock was at The County Ground, Swindon on Tuesday evening fuelling national press speculation that he is about to join The Robins. Swindon Chairman Danny Donegan has since rubbished the reports that also suggested that Manager Andy King is about to be sacked and replaced by former Liverpool boss Roy Evans with Ruddock as his assistant.

BEASANT TRAINS WITH WYCOMBE
(Tuesday 17th July 2001)
Players in trainingFormer Wimbledon 'keeper and teammate of Lawrie Sanchez, Dave Beasant has joined Wycombe for pre-season training. Beasant was released by Nottingham Forest at the end of last season and despite being available on a free, Wycombe have said they will not be taking him on. The squad took to ball work for the first time on Tuesday ahead of Saturday's friendly with Spurs at Adams Park, for which tickets are selling fast.

CLUB ISSUE MISSION STATEMENT
(Monday 16th July 2001)
Villa ParkThe Club have issued a 'Mission Statement' that outlines a four-year plan to gain and sustain Division One status. The statement is included in an ambitious brochure, You and the Blues, that is being sent out to fans, existing and potential sponsors and to other members of the local community.
Wanderers issue Mission Statement

EX-PLAYER NEWS
(Monday 16th July 2001)
PlayersOn the day that Steve Jones returns to train with Wycombe there has been some news of some former Wycombe players. Steve McGavin is looking at offers from Luton Town and Conference side Dagenham and Redbridge, Keith Scott is on trial at Northampton Town, while former Reserve 'keeper Mark Westhead played for Kidderminster in their 4-0 friendly victory at Bromsgrove.
Steve Jones spotlight and career record

LACROSSE FINALS AT ADAMS PARK
Women's Lacrosse World Cup Final 2001
The USA won the Women's Lacrosse World Cup 2001 when they beat Australia in the final at Adams Park on Saturday (14th July). England picked up the bronze medal after beating Canada in the play-off game played earlier in the day at Adams Park. A disappointing crowd of around 1,000 turned out for the matches.

WYCOMBE BID FOR FORRESTER
(Friday 13th July 2001)
Jamie ForresterWycombe have tabled a 200,000 bid for Northampton striker Jamie Forrester. The 26 year old bagged 19 goals last season for The Sixfields side from 47 appearances. Lawrie Sanchez has also commented on his moves to bring in Neil Ruddock as a replacement for Jamie Bates. That deal now looks dead due to wage and contract demands.
Wycombe bid for Forrester and Sanch on Razor

COUSINS' TESTIMONIAL
Jason Cousins Jason Cousins' testimonial season got underway with a special WWFC and All-stars XI cricket match at High Wycombe Cricket Club on Thursday evening (12th July). A decent turn out of fans and players enjoyed a relaxing time in the evening sunshine. Martin Taylor and Steve Brown were the cricketing stars for The Wanderers.
Cousins' testimonial gets underway

WITH THE RESERVES
(Thursday 12th July 2001)
Wanderers Reserves New Wycombe Reserve team boss Michael Forsyth will be hoping he can lead his squad to an improved campaign in the Avon Insurance Combination during the 2001/2002 season. The Wanderers have yet to finish outside of the bottom five since they joined the Combination in season 1998/99
Bruce looking for an improved combination
Wanderers' Reserves fixtures 2001/2002

RAZOR AND GUPPS TARGETED
(Wednesday 11th July 2001)
Neil Ruddock Neil Ruddock and Steve Guppy are both understood to be transfer targets for Wycombe. Central defender Ruddock is being cited as a replacement for the retired Jamie Bates and is available on a free. Former Wycombe favourite Guppy is out of favour with Leicester City but is still under contract at Filbert Street and would take a dramatic move to return to Adams Park.
Transfer rumour mill - Razor and Gupps added

CURRIE DEAL COMPLETED
(Tuesday 10th July 2001)
Currie - Wycombe's first summer signing Darren Currie is a Wycombe player at last. The transfer had hit a brickwall due to a matter between Currie's agent and Barnet, believed to be for an amount of unpaid money to the player. Thankfully this has now been resolved and Currie has now joined his new team-mates for training at RAF Halton and told Ringing the Blues "I am delighted to be here at last"
Waiting over - Currie deal all sorted

RECORD SEASON TICKETS SALES
(Tuesday 10th July 2001)
Fans snap up Season Tickets Sales of Season Tickets have set a new record at Wycombe following a late rush for early purchase discounts as the 5.15pm deadline passed on Saturday 7th July. The total sold has now inched within a fraction of the 3,000 barrier and these are already the best figures ever recorded by the Club.
Sanchez - "People have got to back the Club"
Full details of Season Ticket and Matchday prices

SANCH LEARNING ON THE NET
(Monday 9th July 2001)
Lawrie Sanchez on a coaching courseLawrie Sanchez has been using the internet to help him on a UEFA coaching course. Chairboys on the Net revealed in June that the Wycombe boss had been enrolled on a specialised course for the leading lights in English management. 'Sanch' has been logging onto the net as part of the distance learning modules but went away last weekend for his first residential session.
Sanch away on UEFA coaching course

LADIES MISS OUT IN PLAY-OFFS
(Sunday 8th July 2001)
Wycombe Wanderers Ladies Football Club Wycombe Wanderers Ladies will compete in the South Region Northern Division again next season after going down 6-1 to a strong Berkshire Sports side in Sunday's regional play-off. Karyn Atkinson got The Wanderers' only goal of the game during the first half of a tie played at Denham United FC.
Wycombe Wanderers Ladies FC - special feature >>>

YOUTH TRIO GIVEN PRO CONTRACTS
(Sunday 8th July 2001)
Wanderers Youth TeamThird Year Youth Team scholars Roger Johnson, Leeyon Phelan and Ian Simpemba have all been given first year pro-contracts. The reward comes twelve months ahead of the end of their time with The Wanderers Youth set-up.
Roger Johnson - player profile
Leeyon Phelan - player profile
Ian Simpemba - player profile

JONES AND GILKES JOIN TRAINING
(Friday 6th July 2001)
Players back in trainingSteve Jones, Michael Gilkes and Guy Whittingham joined Wycombe as they returned to training on Thursday (5th July). Sean Devine, Andy Baird and Jermaine McSporran were all absent from the main training session but McSporran could return next week. The return date of Devine is still being suggested as October while Baird will have to wait until the end of the year.
Wanderers back in training - full story

TOUR CALL UP FOR YOUTH TEAMER
(Wednesday 4th July 2001)
Wanderers Youth TeamYouth Teamer Ian Simpemba has been called up for the Republic of Ireland Under 18 side to tour Japan later this month. Dublin born Simpemba has yet to make his First Team debut for Wycombe and will complete the third year of his scholarship with The Wanderers in the 2001/2002 season. The week long tour of Japan will commence on Monday 9th July.
Ian Simpemba - player profile

MAY AND JUNE TRANSFER GOSSIP
Some playersA whole host of players were connected with moves to Wycombe during May and June. Names in the frame included Chris Greenacre, Danny Invincibile and Tony Naylor. The biggest surprise of the close season came when former Wycombe loanee Sam Parkin decided to join Northampton Town on a season long loan instead of Oldham.
All the transfer gossip from May and June

NOTTS BACK TO SATURDAY
(Wednesday 4th July 2001)
Captain Rhino in action against CardiffThe game at Notts County, originally brought forward 24 hours to Friday 5th October to avoid clashing with the England/Greece World Cup qualifier and then provisionally set for the Sunday to avoid a Goose Fair in Nottingham, is now confirmed as a 12noon kick-off on Saturday 6th October.
Fixture change details for The Wanderers


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