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Rugby at Adams Park APPEAL OVER GROUND USE
(Thursday 30th January 2003)
An appeal has been made by the Club over the ruling that planning permission is required to use Adams Park for playing rugby. The local council ruled last May that special permission was required and imposed a two year restriction on the agreement with London Wasps which would not be extended unless traffic issues and other mathday logistic problems were resolved. A successful appeal (scheduled for June) could mean, as expected all along, a longer tenancy agreement with Wasps.
COTN archive May 2002 - Council give Rugby OK
Striker search LOCAL LAD ON TRIAL
(Thursday 30th January 2003)
Wycombe are taking a look at Maidenhead United's 23 year old attacking midfielder Matty Glynn. The High Wycombe born player scored for Charlton Athletic Reserves while on trial this week but is understood to be training with The Wanderers with a view to playing in a future Reserve game. Glynn moved to Maidenhead in the summer from Windsor and Eton having previously played for Flackwell Heath. He has previously attracted the interest of both Millwall and Reading.
news COLU DUMP MANAGER
(Wednesday 29th January 2003)
Colchester United have sacked Manager Steve Whitton after a poor run of results saw the Essex side drop into the relegation zone. Whitton had been in charge since August 1999 and first joined The U's as assistant in 1994. Current assistant Geraint Williams has taken over in a caretaker role and he'll also be in line to take the job on a permanent basis.
Colchester United - Quick Guide
Reserves 2nd XI WIN AT CHELTENHAM
(Wednesday 29th January 2003)
Wanderers' Reserves continued their unbeaten this year with a 1-0 victory at Cheltenham Town on Wednesday afternoon. Stuart Roberts got the only goal of the game after 39 minutes. 'Robbo' played upfront alongside Billy Harding with Darren Currie "in the hole". Line-up: Williams (sub HT Gott), McCarthy, Simpemba, Oliver, Smillie, Lee, Cook, Philo (sub 83 Parsons), Currie, Roberts, Harding - subs not used: Griffiths, Lynott
Matchday LUTON 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 25th January 2003)
Wanderers went down 1-0 at Kenilworth Road on Saturday and should have few complaints against a side with that added edge up front compared to Wycombe. The only goal of the game came on 57 minutes through Matthew Spring.
Luton Town 1 Wycombe 0 - Match report
Fans 400 UP FOR BROWNIE
(Saturday 25th January 2003)
Steve Brown made his 400th appearance for Wanderers' First Team when he took the field against Luton on Saturday 25th January. Brownie joined Wycombe in 1994 and is hoping to earn an extension to his contract that would qualify him for a testimonial. Steve Brown - Update profile and stats
Youth Team update U19'S DEFEATED BY GILLS
(Friday 24th January 2003)
Wanderers' U19's went down 3-2 to Gillingham at Molins Sports Ground on Friday afternoon in their penultimate regular League game of the season. The Gills took the lead in opening minutes before Rob Tungatt levelled the scores before half-time. The visitors then scored straight from the kick-off but Leon Gordon drew the scores level again after 65 minutes. Wanderers then conceeded a soft goal on 75 minutes following a free-kick from the left wing. The team will now be relying on Brighton dropping points in their remaining games to ensure a top three place. Youth Team info 2002/2003
Lewis Cook COOK SIGNS PRO DEAL
(Thursday 23rd January 2003)
Third Year Scholar Lewis Cook has signed a contract with Wycombe until May 2004. The 19 year old made his First Team debut earlier this season and has been a regular in the squad ever since. Cook originally joined Wanderers as a schoolboy in February 1998 when Neil Smillie was Youth Team manager.
Lewis Cook - Player profile
Reserves RESERVES DRAW WITH CITY
(Wednesday 22nd January 2003)
Wanderers' Reserves travelled west to take on Bristol City on Wednesday afternoon and came back with creditable 0-0 draw. The game gave a chance for Peter Cawley to take another look at triallists Brett Poate and Alex Sesto. The match took place at Almondsbury, Gloucester. Line-up: Williams, Smillie, Poate, Simpemba, Oliver (sub 78 Hole), Cook, Currie, Lee, Sesto, Harding (sub 70 Philo), Griffiths - subs not used: Gott, Parsons, Lynott
The Football Fans Census WAGE CAPPING CENSUS
(Wednesday 22nd January 2003)
The Football Fans Census is looking for opinions of Wanderers Supporters on the subject of salary capping for players. Stats on their website show Wycombe with a wage to turnover ratio of 56% for the season 2000/2001 - which was the 11th lowest from all Premier and Football League clubs. You can also register on the site to help push Wycombe up the Fan League Tables.
Visit the Football Fans Census website for more details
Lawrie Sanchez NO MONEY TO SPEND
(Monday 20th January 2003)
Lawrie Sanchez has said he won't be getting any of the money from Sean Devine's transfer to Exeter City to spend on new players. The Wycombe boss was a telephone guest on ITVís London region Soccer Sunday where he commented on this and other matters. Sanchez interview - Full story
Matchday WYCOMBE 2 OLDHAM 2
(Saturday 18th January 2003)
Wanderers drew 2-2 against ten man Oldham Athletic at Adams Park on Saturday and could have won the game having pulled themselves back from a goal down at the break.
Wycombe 2 Oldham 2 - Match report
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM UPDATE
(Saturday 18th January 2003)
A Jack Smillie goal saw Wanderers U19's gain an excellent point as they drew 1-1 at 2nd placed Portsmouth. The U19's remain third in the table and well on course to qualify for the top merit league matches. Meanwhile the U17's drew 0-0 with Peterborough United at Molins Sports Ground, Leon Gordon going closest for Wycombe in the dying minutes.
Youth Team info 2002/2003
Shirt search SEARCH FOR A SPONSOR
(Friday 17th January 2003)
The Club have set up a "Campaign Team" to seek out a new sponsor following the shock withdrawal of Integrity Software. It was a little over twelve months ago that a similar search started after long term sponsors Verco pulled the plug on their deal with the Club. Sponsor fallout - Full story
Ben Townsend TOWNSEND GOES ON LOAN
(Thursday 16th January 2003)
Defender Ben Townsend has gone on loan to Conference side Woking less than 24 hours after making his comeback for Wanderers Reserves against Bournemouth. Former Wycombe player Matt Crossley, now assistant at Woking, was at the game and was impressed with the player who can play at right or left back Ben Townsend - Player profile
Reserves RESERVES GET A POINT
(Wednesday 15th January 2003)
Wanderers Reserves returned to action with a goalless draw against Bournemouth at Buckingham Road on Wednesday afternoon. Wanderers fielded two triallists during the game while Ben Townsend made his return after injury. Darren Currie had to substituted in the first half after receiving a nasty cut above his eye following a stray boot from Cherries defender Marcus Browning. Wanderers Line-up: Williams, Townsend, Poate, Simpemba, McCarthy (sub 56 Oliver), Lee, Sesto (sub 81 Smillie), Currie (sub 27 Philo), Lynott, Harris, Cook - subs not used: Gott, Parsons
Reserves TRIALLISTS ON SHOW
(Wednesday 15th January 2003)
Wanderers fielded two triallists during the Reserve game against Bournemouth. They were 19 year old defender Brett Poate who has been released by Southampton and 18 year old midfielder Alex Sesto who has released by Arsenal. Poate impressed with a solid and confident display at left back. Meanwhile Sesto saw little of the ball and was substituted late on following a leg injury.
Integrity loss CLUB LOSE INTEGRITY
(Wednesday 15th January 2003)
More shock revelations this week with the news that Club Sponsors Integrity Software are terminating their contract with the Club at the end of this season. The Marlow based company signed a three year deal to become main sponsors from the start of the 2002/3 campaign but are invoking a 'get-out' clause because of change of ownership of the company.
Sean Devine THE DEVINE SAGA
(Tuesday 14th January 2003)
With the dust finally settled on Sean Devine's departure to Exeter City, we take a look back on the events surrounding the departure of Wanderers all-time top scorer in the Football League. The Devine Saga - Full story
Matchday MANSFIELD 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 11th January 2003)
Mansfield and Wycombe cancelled each other out on Saturday at Field Mill as they played out a goal-less stalemate. The result sees Wycombe remain in the 13th place in the table ahead of next week's home meeting with Oldham Athletic.
Mansfield 0 Wycombe 0 - Match report
Adams Park NEW GROUND TALK AGAIN
(Friday 10th January 2003)
Gossip has resurfaced this week on a possible move away from Adams Park. It prompted an article in the BFP where a club spokesman said "We would be prepared to listen to the possibility of moving from Adams Park in the future if it was good for all parties." However, no official action has been taken and a possible relocation at Handy Cross has been ruled out by Council officials. The Club added "We fully expect to be here for the next five if not ten years" The suggestion of moving away from Adams Park was first reported on COTN in March 2002
Player search WANDERERS EYE STRIKER
(Wednesday 8th January 2003)
It's understood that Wanderers are looking at 19 year old French striker Norman Sylla. The youngster was released by Oxford United in the summer but has scored 27 goals in 24 appearances for Banbury United this season. Sylla, brother-in-law of Leeds United midfielder Olivier Dacourt, was set to play in Wanderers Reserve game at Cambridge United on Wednesday.
Injury Update DIXON RESULTS AWAITED
(Tuesday 7th January 2003)
Potential bad news this week after press speculation that Jonny Dixon will be out for at least a month following his knee injury at Northampton. He was due to go for a scan on Tuesday (7th January) to investigate the extent of the damage and all connected with Wycombe were hoping that the injury is not as bad as suggested.
News COBBLERS JOIN SACK RACE
(Monday 6th January 2003)
Following their 5-0 home defeat to Wycombe, Northampton Town have announced that Manager Kevan Broadhurst has been "relieved of his duties with immediate effect". The move comes a week after Cobblers Chairman Andrew Ellis denied press claims that John Hollins was set to take over and was quoted as saying "Kevan has the full backing of myself and the Board and we are not about to change our Manager." Terry Fenwick was subsequently appointed as new Manager on Tuesday afternoon. Cobblers Quick Guide
Matchday NORTHAMPTON 0 WYCOMBE 5
(Saturday 4th January 2003)
Substitute Stuart Roberts scored a sensational second-half hat-trick as Wanderers recorded their biggest ever away victory in the Football League. Jonny Dixon and Michael Simpson scored the other goals to set up the remarkable win.
Northampton 0 Wycombe 5 - Match report
Ian Simpemba SIMPEMBA RETURNS
(Friday 3rd January 2003)
Wanderers' 19 year old defender Ian Simpemba completes his three month loan to Conference strugglers Woking on Saturday. The Irish born player gained his first taste of senior football at Woking, making 14 appearances. He'll now be hoping for a chance within Wanderers injury hit squad.
Ian Simpemba - Player Spotlight
Sean Devine DEVINE TRANSFER UPDATE
(Friday 3rd January 2003)
Press reports saying Wycombe would get no initial fee for Sean Devine have been discounted by the Club. The details are that Wycombe will get an immediate payment of £10,000 with an additional £10,000 on each of 10 and 20 appearances. There will then be £5,000 payments on 30,40,50 and 60 apps plus a £25,000 bonus if Exeter retain their place in Division Three.
AFC Wimbledon LAWRIE DONATES TO DONS
(Thursday 2nd January 2003)
Lawrie Sanchez has donated some of his own money to help AFC Wimbledon according to The Non-League Paper. The Wycombe Manager was quoted as saying "AFC Wimbledon are a team that the local fans can support that is essentially based in the borough - that's what the fans want"
News STAPES JOINS OLD BOYS
(Thursday 2nd January 2003)
Former Wanderers midfielder Simon Stapleton has joined Windsor and Eton in a player/coach capacity after passing his FA badges. He teams up with other ex-Chairboys, Dave Carroll, Dennis Greene, Matt Brady and Trevor Bunting at Stag Meadow.
Sean Devine DEVINE MOVE COMPLETE
(Thursday 2nd January 2003)
The paperwork on Sean Devine's cut price move to Exeter City has been completed. Wanderers will get up to a maximum total of £75,000 depending on appearances and if Exeter retain their place in Division Three. There is also a wage get-out clause for Exeter should Devine's knee injury re-occur.
Matchday WYCOMBE 2 BRISTOL CITY 1
(Wednesday 1st January 2003)
After completing 2002 with two straight defeats, Wanderers came through a severe test of character on News Year Day with flying colours following a 2-1 victory over Bristol City at Adams Park. Roger Johnson and Steve Brown scored the goals.
Wycombe 2 Bristol City 1 - Match report

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