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Simon Garner GARNS BOOK ON THE WAY
(Thursday 31st October 2002)
Former Wanderers star Simon Garner has finally but together his biography which is due for release on 1st December. It's sure to make interesting reading as the Blackburn Rovers goalscoring legend recalls varied times during his football career that included a play-off victory with Wycombe in 1995.
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Lawrie Sanchez KEEP THE BLUES AWAY
(Thursday 31st October 2002)
Lawrie Sanchez has taken on board comments from fans who say they prefer to see the Wanderers play in their traditional light and dark blue quarters during away games. Writing in the matchday programme v Chesterfield, the Wycombe boss said "We have used this at Torquay and Barnsley and will continue to do so wherever possible on our travels"
Reserves RESERVES HIT FOR SIX
(Wednesday 30th October 2002)
A youthful Wanderers Reserves side went down 6-1 to Crystal Palace on Wednesday afternoon at Buckingham Road. Matty Warner gave Wycombe the lead in the 20th minute with a stinging 25 yard strike but Palace hit back with two goals through Gareth Williams on 35 and 53 minutes. Williams completed his hat-trick during a late scoring blitz for the visitors.
Line-up: Williams, Rogers (sub 63 Hole), Townsend, Johnson, Parsons, Lynott, Philo, Warner, Smillie (sub 26 Kelly), Dixon, Harris (sub 63 Griffiths)
Crowds leaving Adams Park CONCERN OVER CROWDS
(Wednesday 30th October 2002)
The club have expressed concern that London Wasps may be partly to blame for the fall in attendances for Wanderers games at Adams Park this season. Financial Director Rod Tomlin was quoted in the matchday programme v Chesterfield as saying "The trend has a big adverse effect on cash flow. What can we do, other than score goals, to increase the fan base at a time when Wasps arrival on the scene is leading to some evidence of divided loyalties?" League gates this season at Adams Park are currently down an average of 1,200 compared to 2001/2002.
TV deal TV DEAL CONFIRMED
(Wednesday 30th October 2002)
The Football League have now confirmed a two year deal with ITV to bring match match highlights back to terrestrial TV. The League will receive 2m cash and a 3m advance on the liquidation of ITV Digital. The highlights programmes will include broadcasts on Sunday afternoons. Wycombe stand to receive an immediate payment of 54,000 as part of the new deal.
Matchday WYCOMBE 2 CHESTERFIELD 0
(Tuesday 29th October 2002)
Andy Rammell came off the bench to score twice as Wanderers eventually beat off the challenge of a stubborn Chesterfield side. Wycombe remain 11th in the table.
Wycombe 2 Chesterfield 0 - Match report
Frank Talia TALIA OFFERED EXTENSION
(Monday 28th October 2002)
Frank Talia has been offered a one month extension to his contract at Wycombe according to official sources. If the Aussie agrees to the deal it would keep him at Wycombe until 9th December. The Club say that "current financial circumstances" prevent a longer deal being offered to the 'keeper at this stage.
Matchday BARNSLEY 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 26th October 2002)
Wanderers came from behind to earn a draw at trouble torn Barnsley. Rory Fallon headed the home side into the lead on 33 minutes but Keith Ryan brought the scores level just before the break when he volleyed home a Michael Simpson corner.
Barnsley 1 Wycombe 1 - Match report
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM UPDATE
(Saturday 26th October 2002)
There were mixed fortunes for the Wanderers Youth Teams at the weekend. The U19's won 3-0 at Southend United with Nathanial Griffiths scoring in the first half and Mark Philo and Jonny Dixon completing the victory. Meanwhile, the U17's went down 4-1 at home to Luton Town with Lee Parrack on target again. Youth Team info 2002/2003
Steve Brown BROWNIE TO RETIRE?
(Friday 25th October 2002)
Local press reports are inferring that Steve Brown could retire from the playing side at the end of next season (2003/4). The midfielder says he wants to make way for the youngsters in the squad. However, 'Brownie' is out of contract at the end of this season (Brownie's ninth at Wycombe) and will be seeking a final year extension in what would be his testimonial year.
Frank Talia TALIA UNLIKELY TO STAY
(Friday 25th October 2002)
Frank Talia is unlikely to stay at Wycombe when his short term contract expires next month. The Aussie 'keeper has been an able deputy during the absence of Martin Taylor but doesn't fit into Wanderers current budget. Lawrie Sanchez says "I would like to keep Frank but a decision will be made on the resources available to use. I've got to have a chat with the Chairman"
FA Youth Cup YOUTHS THRO IN FAYC
(Wednesday 23rd October 2002)
Wanderers Under 18's came from behind to win their First Round FA Youth Cup tie at Ilford 4-1. The reward is a home tie with Cirencester Town in the Second Round now arranged for Tuesday 5th November at Adams Park.
Ilford 1 Wycombe 4 - Match report
LDV Vans Trophy LDV VICTORY AT TORQUAY
(Tuesday 22nd October 2002)
Sean Devine grabbed a hat-trick as Wanderers cruised into the Second Round of the LDV Vans Trophy with a 4-0 victory at Torquay. Mark Rogers scored Wycombe's other goal.
Torquay 0 Wycombe 4 - Match report
Matchday MACCA SUSPENDED
(Saturday 19th October 2002)
Paul McCarthy will serve a one match suspension for the home game with Swindon Town on Saturday 2nd November following his fifth yellow card of the season during the meeting with Peterborough United at Adams Park.
Matchday WYCOMBE 3 POSH 2
(Saturday 19th October 2002)
Wanderers battled their way to a 3-2 victory over Peterborough United in a scrappy but sometimes entertaining encounter at Adams Park. Michael Simpson, Steve Brown and Danny Senda scored the goals for Wycombe.
Wycombe 3 Peterborough 2 - Match Report
Youth Team update UNDER 19's BEAT COLU
(Saturday 19th October 2002)
Jonny Dixon scored a hat-trick as Wanderers U19's beat Colchester United 4-3 at Molins Sports Ground. Robert Tungatt gave Wycombe the lead in the sixth minute and Dixon had completed his hat-trick by the 65th minute to make the score 4-1. However, two goals for the visitors in the closing stages made it a nervous finish. Meanwhile, the U17's won 4-1 at Southend United with Lee Parrach grabbing another three goals.
Youth Team info 2002/2003
Travel Plan TRAVEL PLAN UPDATE
(Friday 18th October 2002)
The Club are stepping up their efforts to improve the effectiveness of the Match Day Travel Plan after the plan was given its final financial approval at a recent Council meeting. The latest scheme is the introduction of a cycle rack with free match day entry for the game with Peterborough.
Click here for full story and Travel Plan update.
Lawrie Sanchez TACTICS DEBATE
(Thursday 17th October 2002)
Lawrie Sanchez answered fans criticisms at a packed Fans Forum held in the Vere Suite on Monday 14th October. The Wycombe boss said he was desperate to get Wycombe into Division One and the change in playing tactics was a result of this desire. Click here for full report of the tactics debate
News CLUB RUBBISH WAGE CUTS
(Thursday 17th October 2002)
Reports that Wanderers are considering asking players and staff to take pay cuts to help reduce running costs are being rubbished by sources close to the Club. Financial Director Rod Tomlin was quoted in national news feeds as saying a voluntary 10% cut is the "worse case scenario". Cuts in stewarding and stadium development were said to be also on the cards.
Reserves THREE GAME BAN FOR SEAN
(Wednesday 16th October 2002)
Sean Devine will serve a three match suspension from First Team games for his dismisal in the Reserve game at Luton. The striker will miss the games with Swindon (2nd Nov), Huddersfield (9th Nov) and either the 2nd Round of the LDV (if Wycombe beat Torquay) or the First Round of the FA Cup (16th Nov).
Reserves DEVINE OFF FOR RESERVES
(Wednesday 16th October 2002)
Sean Devine was sent-off as the Reserves crashed 3-1 at Luton Town in the Avon Insurance Combination. Richard Harris had given Wanderers the lead on 30 minutes but The Hatters levelled in first-half stoppage time before taking the lead on 50 minutes. Devine was red-carded for use of the elbow on 63 minutes before the home side sealed their victory ten minutes later.
Team: Talia, Townsend, Parsons (sub Dixon), Johnson, Rogers (sub Hole), Smillie, Philo, Lynott, Devine, Harris (sub Warner), Cook not used: Williams
Wanderers' Reserves info 2002/2003
Gary Goodchild FORMER YT BOSS ON MOVE
(Tuesday 15th October 2002)
Wanderers former Youth Team boss Gary Goodchild has joined UEFA Cup heroes Viking Stavanger in a similar role. Goodchild, who spent four years at Wycombe, used to play for the Norwegian side in the mid 1980's and returned to his adopted homeland in December 2001 due to family reasons.
Mystery EX-DON TRIALLIST MOVES ON
(Monday 14th October 2002)
Former Wimbledon defender Dean Blackwell has moved on after playing just one trial game for Wycombe. The 6'1" player ended a 14 year spell with The Dons in the summer after making close to 250 apperances and is now a 'free agent'. It's understood he's now seeking a trial at Brighton.
Fans Forum AGM & FANS FORUM
(Monday 14th October 2002)
The Club AGM took place on Monday 14th October and was followed by an 'open to all' Fans Forum. The AGM saw speeches from Chairman Ivor Beeks and the Financial Director while Lawrie Sanchez dealt with fans criticisms at a packed forum. Click here for full report of the AGM
Matchday CARDIFF 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 12th October 2002)
A Graham Kavanagh goal 11 minutes from time was enough to see Wanderers lose to promotion chasers Cardiff City at Ninian Park in front of a crowd of over 13,000.
Cardiff 1 Wycombe 0 - Match report
Youth Team update YOUTHS UPDATE
(Saturday 12th October 2002)
Wanderers U19's went down 4-2 to Brentford at Molins Sports Ground. The youngsters were 3-0 down before goals from John-Paul Kelly and Mark Philo set up an exciting finish. However, The Bees added a late goal after Wycombe went close. Youth Team info 2002/2003
Reserves RESERVES LOSE TO NORWICH
(Wednesday 9th October 2002)
Wanderers' Reserves went down 5-1 to an experienced Norwich City side in the Avon Insurance Combination at Buckingham Road. The Canaries lead 3-0 at the break before Jonny Dixon pulled a goal back just before the hour mark with a sweet strike. However, the visitors added two more prior to the final whistle.
Team: Williams, Townsend, Parsons, Johnson, Rogers (sub 65 Hole), Philo, Smillie (sub 65 Warner), Lynott (sub 73 Kelly), Griffiths, Dixon, Cook
Wanderers' Reserves info 2002/2003
Jason Cousins; Testimonial WYCOMBE 0 CELTIC 4
(Tuesday 8th October 2002)
A crowd of just over 5,000 witnessed Wycombe take on Martin O'Neill's Celtic side at Adams Park in Jason Cousins' Testimonial game. The Scottish giants ran out 4-0 winners in the end but the score was irrelevant on a night of mixed emotions and moments of great entertainment.
Wycombe 0 Celtic 4 - Match report
Jason Cousins COUSINS' TRIBUTES
(Tuesday 8th October 2002)
Jason Cousins' Testimonial Season culminated with the Wycombe vs Celtic clash at Adams Park. See the link below for a selection of tributes paid to the player by some key figures at the Club. Tributes to Jason Cousins
Mystery EX-DON ON TRIAL
(Monday 7th October 2002)
Wanderers have taken former Wimbledon defender Dean Blackwell on trial. The 32 year played in the Testimonial game with Celtic at Adams Park. The 6'1" player ended a 14 year spell with The Dons in the summer after making close to 250 apperances and is now a 'free agent'. Last season he failed to make any Division One appearances for The Dons while the previous season he made just six.
Matchday COLCHESTER 0 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 5th October 2002)
A fourth minute penalty by Steve Brown was enough to see Wycombe earn their first League victory at Layer Road for more than eight years. See link for full match report and pictures.
Colchester 0 Wycombe 1 - Match report
Youth Team update YOUTHS UPDATE
(Saturday 5th October 2002)
The weekend games saw Wanderers U19's grab an excellent 3-2 victory at Leyton Orient with Nathanial Griffiths (2) and Matt Heggie scoring the goals. Meanwhile Lee Parrach scored twice and was denied a last minute winner by the referee's full-time whistle as the U17's drew 2-2 with Leyton Orient at Molins.
Youth Team info 2002/2003
Ian Simpemba SIMPEMBA GOES ON LOAN
(Friday 4th October 2002)
Wanderers' 19 year old defender Ian Simpemba has gone on a month's loan to Conference strugglers Woking. The Irish born player is now too old for Youth Team football and the move should give him a first taste of senior First Team action.
Ian Simpemba - Player Spotlight
Reserves RESERVES WIN AT OXFORD
(Wednesday 2nd October 2002)
First half goals from Sean Devine (15 mins) and Richard Harris (30 mins) saw Wanderers' Reserves beat Oxford United 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon in the Avon Insurance Combination. The game took place at Oxford City's Court Farm Place.
Team: Williams, Smillie, Townsend, Philo, Parsons, Simpemba, Ryan (sub Dixon), Lynott, Cook (sub Warner), Devine, Harris subs not used: Hole, Kelly
Wanderers' Reserves info 2002/2003
Worthington Cup BLADES 4 WYCOMBE 1
(Tuesday 1st October 2002)
Wycombe crashed out of the Worthington Cup 4-1 at Sheffield United on Tuesday evening and also had Martin Taylor sent-off for deliberate handball when the score was already 2-0.
Sheffield United 4 Wycombe 1 - Match report
Cardiff City CARDIFF GAME BACK ON
(Tuesday 1st October 2002)
The away game at Cardiff City scheduled for Saturday 12th October is now back on. The game was originally reported off on Monday due to international call-ups for Wales vs Italy game the following Wednesday. However, The Football League have since refused City permission for a postponement.

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