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Lawrie Sanchez SALTERGATE AFTERMATH
(Monday 31st March 2003)
Chairboys.co.uk looks back at more quotes from Lawrie Sanchez in the aftermath of the terrace debate at Saltergate. Executive Director Rod Tomlin also speaks out on how he wants to get the fans on board for next season. See link for full story.
More quotes and pictures - Saltergate March 2003
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM UPDATE
(Saturday 29th March 2003)
The Wanderers' Youth Team went down 1-0 at home to Peterborough United on Saturday as they continued their "Merit Division One" programme in the Football League Youth Alliance. Michael Forsyth's side have five games remaining this season, starting with a trip to Bristol Rovers on Saturday 5th April. Wycombe 0 Peterboro 1 - Youth Team report
Tickets TICKET INFO FOR 2003/4
(Friday 28th March 2003)
The club will release details of "Early, Early Bird" season ticket prices for the 2003/4 campaign next week. It's understood the prices will be cheaper than last season's "Early Bird" prices and the offer would last until the end of May. Wanderers sold around 3,600 season tickets last season and want to keep everybody on board. Wanderers Director Rod Tomlin said "We are developing a very attractive proposition for fans next year"
Current season ticket prices
Paul McCarthy MACCA TO OXFORD
(Thursday 27th March 2003)
It's now been confirmed that Paul McCarthy has joined Third Division Oxford United on a month long loan. It was reported on Oxford local radio at the weekend that U's boss Ian Aitkins had been looking for a central defender and that 'Macca' was on his shopping list. A permanent deal could be in the pipeline if the loan spell proves successful. McCarthy went straight into the United side that visited Swansea City on Friday evening.
Paul McCarthy - Player Profile
Andy Rammell RAMBO TO ROVERS
(Wednesday 26th March 2003)
Bristol Rovers will complete the signing of Wycombe striker Andy Rammell prior to Thursday's 5pm transfer deadline. Rovers, managed by Rammell's former boss at Walsall, Ray Graydon, beat Kidderminster and Northampton to the 36 year old's signature. Andy Rammell - Player Profile
Reserves RESERVES CRUSHED BY R's
(Tuesday 25th March 2003)
The Reserves were thrashed 5-0 by QPR on Tuesday evening in an Avon Insurance Combination match played at Northwood FC. Watched by Lawrie Sanchez and his Assistant Terry Gibson, Wanderers included 19 year old triallist John Cogger at right-back in a line-up that was generally outclassed by a relatively more experienced Rangers side.
QPR 5 Wycombe 0 - Reserves report
Andy Rammell COBBLERS WANT RAMBO
(Tuesday 25th March 2003)
Northampton Town are interested in signing soon to be released Wycombe striker Andy Rammell until the end of the season. Cobblers caretaker boss Martin Wilkinson told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo that Lawrie Sanchez was asking for a fee for the 36 year old but things could change as the 27th March transfer deadline approaches.
Lawrie Sanchez SALTERGATE FILES
(Tuesday 25th March 2003)
Chesterfield away on Saturday 22nd March 2003 will be remembered by Wanderers followers for not only a shambolic defeat but also what turned out to be one of the most bizzare post match scenes witnessed in modern times at the Club. See link for quotes and exclusive pictures of the impromptu debate.
Quotes and Exclusive Pictures - Saltergate March 2003
Travel Plan TRAVEL PLAN UPDATE
(Monday 24th March 2003)
Close to 300 local residents and other interested parties took up the opportunity to have their say over proposals on three alternative schemes to help alleviate match day parking problems around Adams Park. The proposals had been prepared by transportation consultants JMP as part of the requirements of the Travel Plan. The exhibition was held at Adams Park on Monday 24th March.
Matchday CHESTERFIELD 4 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 22nd March 2003)
Wanderers turned in a shocking second-half display at Saltergate to fall to their biggest defeat of the season and after the game the players and management had a frank discussion with the travelling fans. See link for reaction and report.
Chesterfield 4 Wycombe 0 - Match report
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM UPDATE
(Saturday 22nd March 2003)
The Wanderers' Under 19's picked up their first Merit Division points with a goalless draw at Northampton Town on Saturday morning. The next game is a home fixture with Peterborough United at Molins Sports Ground on Saturday 29th March, kick-off 11am. Youth Team info 2002/2003
Martin Taylor TAYLOR OFF TO BARNSLEY
(Friday 21st March 2003)
Martin Taylor trained with Barnsley on Friday morning before signing a loan deal until the end of the season. Tykes boss Glynn Hodges has been looking for another 'keeper since Andy Marriott moved to Birmingham City. However, 22 year old stand in 'keeper Matthew Ghent has done well in his first two games and Taylor could well end up as second choice.
News JONA GRANTED TESTIMONIAL
(Friday 21st March 2003)
Wanderers' Sports Therapist Dave Jones has been granted a testimonial game by the Club after 17 years service. A meeting with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 19th July at Adams Park has since been confirmed. Steve Brown's testimonial match will now be arranged for the start of the 2004/5 season.
Reserves LEE GETS MORE TIME
(Friday 19th March 2003)
Lawrie Sanchez is still undecided on the future of Martyn Lee at Wycombe. He'll have Saturday's game at Chestefield and next Tuesday's reserve game against QPR to impress the boss before the 27th March transfer deadline but other reports indicate he may be given until the end of the season before a final decision is made. Martyn Lee - Player Profile
Sean Devine CLUB GET DEVINE CASH
(Thursday 20th March 2003)
News in that the Football League imposed a transfer embargo on Exeter City after Wanderers reported that the second 10,000 installment of Sean Devine's transfer fee had still to be paid. The Third Division club were due payment following Devine's 10th City appearance on 22nd February. The embargo has since been lifted after City arranged payment but they would owe Wycombe another 10,000 when Devine makes his 20th appearance and a further 25,000 if they avoid relegation.
Reserves RESERVES LOSE AT READING
(Wednesday 19th March 2003)
The Reserves went down 3-2 at Reading on Wednesday afternoon in the Avon Insurance Combination after leading at the break through goals from Paul McCarthy (14) and Lewis Cook (36). However, a strong Royals side struck back through Jamie Cureton on 63 and 69 minutes before Darius Henderson grabbed the winner with 12 minutes remaining after Steve Williams failed to clear. Wanderers included triallist Matt Glynn again and also right sided defender Steve Dell from Beaconsfield SYCOB, the latter impressing and likely to feature again for Wycombe.
Line-up: Williams, Dell, Cook, McCarthy, Oliver, Simpemba, Glynn (sub 89 Kelly), Lee, Philo, Rammell (sub 74 Warner), Holligan (sub 62 Harding)
Reserves info 2002/2003
News THREE OFFERED DEALS
(Wednesday 19th March 2003)
No real surprise today with the news that Lawrie Sanchez has offered Gavin Holligan, Richard Harris and Steve Williams one year extension to their contracts. All three are likely to take up their respective offers while it looks ever more probable that former Youth Teamer Martyn Lee is set to be released.
Matchday POSH 1 WYCOMBE 2
(Tuesday 18th March 2003)
Gavin Holligan came off the bench to score the winning goal with just 90 seconds of normal time remaining at Peterborough. Mark Rogers had given Wycombe the lead in the 37th minute only for Andy Clarke to equalise just before the break. See the link for match report. Peterborough 1 Wycombe 2 - Match report
News 10,000 FROM SPURS
(Tuesday 18th March 2003)
It's understood that Wycombe will receive another 10,000 as part of the deal that took Michael Malcolm to Spurs in March 2000. The latest payment comes after the former Wanderers Centre of Excellence player made his England Under 18 debut and adds to the initial payment of 10,000, 10,000 when he became a Spurs scholar and 20,000 when he signed pro forms. Malcolm, who is not 18 until October and scored his first goal for Spurs Reserves in a recent game with West Ham, would net Wycombe another 125,000 if became a regular in their First Team and more if gained England honours at U21 or Full level.
Reserves RESERVES BACK HOME
(Monday 17th March 2003)
The Club have confirmed that the Wanderers' Reserve side will return to Adams Park next season after spending a season exiled at Aylesbury United. The news comes after Wycombe and Aylesbury negotiated that the remaining Reserve games of this season will be switched to Adams Park due to the non-League's club fixture pile-up. Reserves info 2002/2003
Matchday WYCOMBE v BARNSLEY
(Saturday 15th March 2003)
Wanderers twice threw away the lead on Saturday as they ended up drawing 2-2 with Barnsley at Adams Park. Jermaine McSporran and Roger Johnson scored Wycombe's goals.
Wycombe 2 Barnsley 2 - Match report
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM UPDATE
(Saturday 15th March 2003)
The Wanderers' Under 19's went down to their second successive 2-1 defeat in the "Merit Division" of the Football League Youth Alliance, this time losing to West Bromwich Albion at Molins Sports Ground. See link for report.
Wycombe 1 West Brom 2 - Youth Team report
News FOUR MORE WAITING
(Friday 14th March 2003)
There are four more Wanderers players waiting to hear if they will be given new contracts for next season. Martyn Lee, Richard Harris, Gavin Holligan and Steve Williams are all out of contract at the end of the season and sweating on new deals. Lawrie Sanchez says he will make a decision before the Thursday 27th March transfer deadline.
Andy Rammell BIG NAMES TO LEAVE
(Friday 14th March 2003)
Andy Rammell and Paul McCarthy have both been told that they will not have their contracts renewed at the end of this season as the Club continue to slash the wage bill at Adams Park. While the departures will come as no great surprise to many Wycombe fans, both players have played a major role in Wanderers fortunes in recent seasons and will be remembered for the great memories they gave. Click here for full story. Updated Profiles Andy Rammell Paul McCarthy
Martin Taylor TAYLOR TOLD HE CAN LEAVE
(Friday 14th March 2003)
Martin Taylor has been given permission to speak to other clubs with a view to a permanent move away from Adams Park. The 36 year old 'keeper has been ousted from the No.1 spot by Frank Talia and is not happy at missing out on First Team football. The news comes in the same week that former No.2 'keeper Mark Osborn has been released following a disastrous non-playing loan spell at Farnborough Town.
Reserves RAMBO BACK FOR RESERVES
(Wednesday 12th March 2003)
Andy Rammell scored Wycombe's only goal as the Reserves beat Barnet 1-0 at Adams Park on Wednesday afternoon. Triallists Kalum Mooniaruck and Matt Glynn also played but James Cogger cried off with an injury. See link for report.
Wycombe 1 Barnet 0 - Full report from Adams Park
Player search TRIO OF TRIALLISTS
(Tuesday 11th March 2003)
Three triallists were due to be on show for the Wanderers Reserves in the game with Barnet at Adams Park on Wednesday afternoon. They are; Kalum Mooniaruck, a 19 year old wide attacking player who also played in last week's reserve game at Cambridge. The former Manchester United academy player has been capped at U17 level by England; John Cogger is another 19 year old from the Old Trafford youth set-up who plays at the back; and Matty Glynn a 23 year old attacking midfielder currently playing at Maidenhead United but who has had a recent trial at Premiership Charlton Athletic.
Mark Rogers CANADIAN CALL FOR ROGERS
(Monday 10th March 2003)
Mark Rogers has been named in the Canadian squad for a friendly with Estonia to be played on Saturday 29th March in Tallinn. Rogers last played for his country in last season's CONCACAF tournament and will be hoping to make an impression before further a further friendly against Germany on 1st June. Wycombe were due to play Cardiff City on the 29th but that game has now been moved to Tuesday 8th April due to Welsh call-ups within the City team.
Mark Rogers - Player profile
Matchday WYCOMBE 4 BRENTFORD 0
(Saturday 8th March 2003)
Goals from Jonny Dixon, Danny Senda and substitutes Gavin Holligan and Darren Currie sealed a comfortable 4-0 victory over Brentford at Adams Park on Saturday.
Wycombe 4 Brentford 0 - Match report
10 year logo TEN YEAR CELEBRATIONS
(Saturday 8th March 2003)
Saturday saw the launch of celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of Wanderers winning promotion to the Football League. A new range of merchandise displaying a commemorative club crest is available now and later in the year there are plans to hold a dinner with ex-managers and players invited. There is also the possibility of a 'Past XI v Present XI' game at Adams Park. See link for a look back at 1992-93
chairboys.co.uk - 1992-1993 retro special
Reserves RESERVES LOSE TO U's
(Wednesday 5th March 2003)
Martin Taylor returned after injury and a triallist was on show as Wanderers Reserves went down 3-0 at Cambridge United on Wednesday afternoon. Kalum Mooniaruck was the triallist with previous connections with Manchester United and Norwich City but the right sided player failed to impress. Wanderers Youth Teamers Leon Gordon and Jamie McClurg both made their Reserve team debuts but the home side, featuring Coventry midfielder Robert Betts, were always too strong. They scored on 19 through Owen Paynter and 30 via Alex Revell before Betts added another in the last minute. Wanderers best efforts came through Mark Philo.Line-up: Taylor, Warner, Cook, Oliver, Hole, Simpemba, Lee (sub 58 McClurg), Currie (sub 58 Gordon), Philo, Faulconbridge (sub 50 Harding), Mooniaruck - sub not used: Gott
Matchday CREWE 4 WYCOMBE 2
(Tuesday 4th March 2003)
Wanderers returned from Crewe on Tuesday having scored two goals but conceding four as they fell to a third successive defeat. Wycombe remain 13th in the table. See link for match report.
Crewe 4 Wycombe 2 - Match report
Lawrie Sanchez FRONT MAN WANTED
(Sunday 2nd March 2003)
Lawrie Sanchez says he's looking for somebody to lead the front line for The Wanderers. The Wycombe boss was bemoaning the lack of a "cutting edge up front" while speaking to the press following the defeat at Blackpool. He said "If we had (John) Murphy we would have won that game at a stroll. They've got him and they won it. We need to get somebody like Murphy. We've got 'Rams' but unfortunately he's spent most of this season injured. So we need to sort something out like that."
Matchday BLACKPOOL 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 1st March 2003)
Wanderers lost for the first time ever at Bloomfield Road on Saturday, a solitary goal from John Murphy enough to seperate the sides. Match details via the link below.
Blackpool 1 Wycombe 0 - Match report
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM UPDATE
(Saturday 1st March 2003)
The Wanderers' Under 19's went down 2-1 to Brentford in their opening "Merit Division" match of the 2002/3 season. Wycombe's goal came through Leon Gordon. See link for match report. Wycombe 1 Brentford 2 - U19's report
Steve Brown BROWNIE LAUNCHES WEBSITE
(Saturday 1st March 2003)
Steve Brown launched his own website on Saturday 1st March to help promote his testimonial season of 2003/2004. The site will be updated with event details including a proposed game against top opposition. External link below now live.
Steve Brown's website - www.stevebrown30.co.uk

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