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Matchday WEDNESDAY 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Friday 30th January 2004)
Wanderers battled to a point as they made their first ever visit to Hillsborough on Friday evening for the live TV game with Sheffield Wednesday. In front of a 19,500 crowd Ian Simpemba gave Wycombe the lead in the 2nd minute but was injured in the process and had to be substituted. Adam Proudlock equalised for the home side in the 61st minute.
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Wycombe 1 - Match report
News LOANEES SIGN UP AGAIN
(Friday 30th January 2004)
As expected Tony Adams has negotiated extensions to the loans of both Nathan Tyson and Stuart Nethercott. They play the final game of the initial month spell at the fixture at Sheffield Wednesday on Friday. The new deal runs until 3rd March with the possibilty of one further month.
Rugby WASPS TALKS CONTINUE
(Friday 30th January 2004)
Wanderers' officials have rejected an offer of a five year extension to the Adams Park tennacy agreement with London Wasps according to reports in the Bucks Free Press. It's understood that the Wanderers have called for more talks with the rugby club after they wanted to attached conditions including those relating to increasing the capacity of the ground. It's now possible that a compromise five year deal will be struck with opt-out clauses at the end of the 2005/2006 season.
Fans MEMBERS MEETINGS
(Thursday 29th January 2004)
The second of the three members meetings scheduled for Wednesday 28th Janaury was called off due to the freak snow storms on the same evening. The orginal third date is still set for Monday 2nd February while an additional date of Wednesday 4th February has been arranged to replace the cancelled meeting. The meetings have been called to explain and discuss future options of the structure of the Football Club.
News LOANEES HOPING FOR MORE
(Wednesday 28th January 2004)
Tony Adams is hoping to extend the loans of both Nathan Tyson and Stuart Nethercott after they play the final game of the initial month spell with the fixture at Sheffield Wednesday on Friday. Adams has been speaking to Tyson's agent regarding an extended loan deal while there is an option that Nethercott could be signed until the end of the season due to his contract ending at Millwall. This would also free up another loan place.
Reserves RESERVES LOSE AT NEW DEN
(Tuesday 27th January 2004)
Craig Faulconbridge scored his first Wanderers' goal for close to a year in the Reserves 3-1 Combination defeat at Millwall on Tuesday afternoon and then played in the centre of defence in the second-half after Roger Johnson was forced off with an injury. Faulconbridge headed in a 13th minute equaliser from a Matty Warner cross after Mark McCammon had opened the scoring for The Lions after just four minutes. Millwall then took control when Trevor Robinson followed up to score after his 21st minute penalty was saved by Frank Talia and Bob Peeters made it 3-1 on 29 minutes with a close range effort. Substitute Gavin Holligan, returned from his loan spell at Crawley, had the best chance for Wycombe during the second-half but he sent his header wide with the goal at his mercy. First Year Scholar Steven Gregory made his Reserve debut for Wycombe. Line-up: Talia, Gregory, Hole, Brown, Johnson, McClurg, Roberts, Bloomfield, Faulconbridge, Warner, Philo - subs: Bell, Gott, Tungatt, Dixon, Holligan
Andy Bell ANOTHER MONTH FOR BELL
(Tuesday 27th January 2004)
Andy Bell has been awarded another month extension to his rolling contract by Tony Adams. The new deal runs until 29th February. The former Blackburn Rovers trainee originally signed for Wanderers on a three month deal in September 2003 but this has now been extended twice by Adams as he continues to assess his current squad.
News CHARTER PROMISES
(Monday 26th January 2004)
The Club have been forced to give out three promises relating to their Customer Charter. The promises are a requirement of a Football League initiative that has come as a direct response to recommendations laid down by the Independent Football Commission (IFC). The three promises relate to the 'Travel Plan', improved communication and Supporter representation on the Board. Customer Charter promises from Club - read more
Mark Rogers ROGERS NETS FOR BORO
(Saturday 24th January 2004)
Mark Rogers scored an 86th minute winner for Stevenage Borough on Saturday in their 3-2 Conference victory at Gravesend and Northfleet. The on loan Wanderers defender got clear of his marker, a certain Roy Essandoh, to head home. Rogers will return to Wycombe when his one month loan spell ends on 8th February. Mark Rogers - Player profile
Gavin Holligan GAV BRACE FOR CRAWLEY
(Saturday 24th January 2004)
Gavin Holligan scored twice for Crawley Town in their 4-2 victory over Grantham Town in the Dr Marten League Premier on Saturday. Holligan, along with fellow on loan Wanderers striker Jonny Dixon, has now completed a month long deal with the Sussex club and will both return to Wycombe for the remainder of the season.
Matchday CHESTERFIELD 2 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 24th January 2004)
Wanderers surrended a two goal lead at Chesterfield on Saturday and had to settle for a draw in this relegation dogfight. Nathan Tyson and Stuart Nethercott had but Wycombe in a commanding position but the home side hit back with two goals in the final sixteen minutes.
Chesterfield 2 Wycombe 2 - Match report and reaction
Craig Faulconbridge FAULCON TRANSFER LISTED
(Friday 23rd January 2004)
Craig Faulconbridge has been transfer listed by Tony Adams after not seeing the best of the former Wrexham striker. Faulconbridge was brought to the Club on a free transfer by Lawrie Sanchez in May 2002 but is understood to be one of the highest paid players at Wycombe. Adams says he will continue to look at the 25 year old but if another club comes in then he's likely to go. Fauclonbridge told the Bucks Free Press "I still love the club and I want to play. I'm going to fight to get back in".
Craig Faulconbridge - Player Profile
Frank Talia TALIA TOLD TO GO TOO
(Friday 23rd January 2004)
The list of unwanted players at Adams Park grows with the news that Frank Talia has been told he can find another club. Talia, like Craig Faulconbridge, has 18 months to run on his contract but with the arrival of loanee Scott Bevan has been shunned by Tony Adams. Talia can't understand the decision and says his form has not been bad, adding "I'm disappointed because all I want to do is play for Wycombe. I don't want to see the club go down and I want to be fighting to keep them up" Frank Talia - Player Profile
Lewis Cook COOK DOWN TO WEYMOUTH
(Friday 23rd January 2004)
Former Wanderers Youth Teamer Lewis Cook has been loaned out to Dr Marten Premier side Weymouth. Cook, who was 20 in December, has struggled to make the First Team since signing his first pro contract a year ago. Weymouth Manager Steve Claridge noticed Cook at Reserve matches at Adams Park this season and has signed the Wycombe born player until 23rd February. Lewis Cook - Player Profile
News FREINDLY OFF AT STAINES
(Thursday 22nd January 2004)
The hastily arranged friendly for Thursday evening at Staines Town was been called off due to the continual rain, resulting in a waterlogged pitch. Tony Adams was hoping to use the game to look at goalkeeper Kristian Rogers a 23 year who spent four years with Wrexham (40 League apps) and is currently on the books of Sheffield United; and also 21 year old midfielder Sam Swonnell is a product of the Watford Youth Accademy but after making a couple of League appearances last season has not been able to break into their First Team.
News LEAGUE APPOINTMENT
(Wednesday 21st January 2004)
The Football League have announced the appointment of Michael Tattersall to a newly created position of 'Deputy Operations Director'. 28 year old Tattersall, who comes from a position as Chief Executive with Netball Scotland and also has experience with the FA of Ireland, will have responsibilties to represent Division Two and Three Clubs along with Wanderers' Chairman Ivor Beeks who is part of the Football League Board. This latest appointment comes after Stewart Regan was announced as 'First Division Director' earlier in January.
Lawrie Sanchez SANCHEZ GETS N.I. JOB
(Wednesday 21st January 2004)
Lawrie Sanchez is the surprise appointment as Manager of Northern Ireland. The former Wycombe boss was up against fans favourite Jimmy Nicholl on the short list but there were alledged problems over Nicholl's compensation pay-off to Dunfermline and salary. Sanchez, who has been taken on a two year full-time contract, said "I am delighted, proud and honoured to be chosen to manage Northern Ireland." It's expected that Sanchez will appoint Gerry Armstrong as his Assistant.
News STALLARD JOINS BARNSLEY
(Tuesday 20th January 2004)
Former Wanderers' striker Mark Stallard has signed for Barnsley from Notts County for an undisclosed fee. Stallard spent two years at Wycombe having signed from Bradford City in March 1997 for 100,000. He scored 25 goals in 75 apps at Wycombe before moving to County for a fee around the 20,000 mark. He went on to score 77 times for County in just over 200 apps. Wanderers travel to Oakwell on 21st February.
Financial News MORE ON FUTURE PLANS
(Tuesday 20th January 2004)
With the news that Wycombe Wanderers Football Club members have been invited to attend one of three meetings under the heading of 'Building for the future', Wanderers Financial Director Rod Tomlin has expanded on this topic via the Club Matchday programme, saying "The plan has to be to raise new free capital around the 1.5m mark in a way which will encourage endorsement from all our stakeholders."
Financial Director on future plans - read more
Lawrie Sanchez SANCHEZ IN LINE FOR N.I. JOB
(Tuesday 20th January 2004)
Lawrie Sanchez is on a short list of two for the Manager's job with Northern Ireland. The former Wycombe boss was interviewed by IFA officials on Monday but is up against fans favourite Jimmy Nicholl, currently Assistant Manager at Dunfermline Athletic. Sanchez is believed to favour a part-time role while 73 capped Nicholl wants a full-time appointment. The IFA are expected to make a decision on Thursday.
News DON HOWE TO HELP OUT
(Monday 19th January 2004)
Former England and Arsenal Coach Don Howe is set to help out Tony Adams on a part-time basis if reports in The Sunday People are to be believed. Howe coached Adams as a player at both England and Arsenal and the suggestion is that he will work one day a week with The Wanderers squad. Adams has since confirmed that he had spoken to some of his former coaches but a new appointment had not yet been made.
Matchday WYCOMBE 0 BLACKPOOL 3
(Saturday 17th January 2004)
The latest disaster of Wanderers season came as they were felled 3-0 at home to a mediocre Blackpool side. Nathan Tyson returned to the side while new loan signing Scott Bevan made his Wanderers debut in goal. See link for match details.
Wycombe 0 Blackpool 3 - Match report
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM OUT OF CUP
(Saturday 17th January 2004)
Wanderers U19's went down 3-1 at Swansea City on Saturday in the Umbro Isotonic Youth Alliance Cup. Youth Team Coach Michael Forsyth fielded a very young side and they were a goal down after 10 minutes. However, Mark Philo equalised before the break before City took control in the second-half to run out winners. Click here for Youth Cup report
Mystery KEEPER IN ON LOAN
(Friday 15th January 2004)
Wanderers have completed the loan signing of 6'5" goalkeeper Scott Bevan from Southampton. The 24 year old is a former trainee with the Saints but has also appeared on loan at Huddersfield Town during the 2002/3 season and more recently with Woking. Bevan has been training with Wanderers since December and appeared for Wanderers Reserves in early January. He has signed for a month with a view to a longer deal.
News TRIO TOLD TO GO
(Friday 16th January 2004)
Tony Adams has told defenders Steve Dell, Luke Oliver and Andy Thomson that they do not feature in his future plans and can start looking for other clubs. The news will come as little surprise to Wanderers followers who have seen Adams gradually rebuild the Wycombe defence. However, Adams has admitted that he is still considering the future of goalkeeper Frank Talia who is contracted until June 2005.
Tony Adams ADAMS RUBBISHES CLAIMS
(Thursday 15th January 2004)
Tony Adams has rubbished claims made in the national press that he is about to quit as Wycombe Manager. He was quoted in the Evening Standard as saying "That is total nonsense, absolute rubbish. I have never walked away from anything in my life and I am not going to start now. I was in for training as usual this morning and I have been to three reserve games this week looking for players. Does that sound like someone who is unhappy doing his job? I have just started. I am not about to finish a few months into this" Read more on this story here
Mystery ADAMS TO QUIT?
(Thursday 15th January 2004)
According to reports in the national press and repeated on BBC Radio Five on Thursday morning, it's understood that Tony Adams has offered his resignation as Wanderers' Manager. The Daily Express reports that Adams told a 'close colleague' "I feel I have a lot to offer in management but this is a case of the right man in the wrong job. I want to stay in management but this is not the right club." Read more on this story here
News BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
(Wednesday 14th January 2004)
Football Club members have been invited to attend one of three meetings under the heading of 'Building for the future'. Club Chairman Ivor Beeks says in the letter "We are considering a number of options for the future and believe it would be right to involve you in this debate." The meetings are due to take place on Tue 27th Jan, Wed 28th Jan and Mon 2nd Feb with an intention from the club "to explain our current thought process and to help move this debate forward in a constructive way." It's understood that the meeting will announce to members the latest intentions to bring in outside 'investors' to the Club.
Directors Plan changes - News Archive August 2003
Tony Adams ONE MORE LOAN
(Monday 12th January 2004)
Tony Adams says he will be using his one remaining loan in the most constructive manner that he can. The Wycombe boss wants to bring in a player for up the maximum three months allowable. It's also understood that Adams wants to sign Stuart Nethercott on a permanent basis. Converting Nethercott's loan to a permanent move would free up another loan place.
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM UPDATE
(Saturday 10th January 2004)
The U19's and U17's both suffered defeats in their first games back after the New Year break. A depleted U19's side went down 4-0 at home to Brentford while the U17's lost 2-0 at Portsmouth. Other news has seen Second Year scholar Rob Tungatt go to Flackwell Heath on a month's work experience, while Billy Harding and Stuart Hole are on a similar arrangement with Beaconsfield SYCOB. Youth Team info 2003/2004
Matchday STOCKPORT 2 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 10th January 2004)
Any thoughts of a Wycombe revival were dealt a severe blow at Edgeley Park as Wanderers went down by two goals to nil to fellow strugglers Stockport County. See link for match report, reaction and stats.
Stockport 2 Wycombe 0 - Match report
Rugby IT'S UP TO WASPS
(Friday 9th January 2004)
As the deadline approaches for a decision to made on the future of London Wasps' tenancy at Adams Park, it appears that the ball remains very much in the court of the Rugby Union Club. Chairboys on the Net takes a look a various quotes made by the key players over the past few days. Full story here
Lawrie Sanchez PAY-OFF DEAL AGREED
(Friday 9th January 2004)
The Club have agreed a pay-off deal with former Manager Lawrie Sanchez according to a news item in the Bucks Free Press, although no figure has been mentioned. Sanchez was sacked with 18 months of his extended contract to run and chairboys.co.uk understands that he had been chasing up payment since his departure at the end of September.
Richard Harris HARRIS LOAN EXTENDED
(Thursday 8th January 2004)
Richard Harris has agreed a second month on loan at Conference side Woking. The Wanderers striker moved to Woking midway through December and has scored twice in five outings. The 23 year old former Crystal Palace player is out of contract at Wycombe at the end of this season and the new deal at Woking runs until 14th February.
Mark Rogers ROGERS SENT ON LOAN
(Thursday 8th January 2004)
Wanderers' defender Mark Rogers has joined Conference side Stevenage Borough on one month loan deal. The 28 year old Canadian international has been at Wycombe for close to five years and made over 150 appearances. Stevenage, tenth placed in the Conference, are managed by former Wanderers player Graham Westley. Mark Rogers - Player profile
News DEARDON GONE AT COUNTY
(Wednesday 7th January 2004)
Billy Dearden has resigned as Manager of Division Two relegation strugglers Notts County. The news came after The Magpies had lost 5-2 at Peterborough United, a result that leaves County one place above bottom placed Wycombe. Dearden joined County in January 2002 and has worked for the majority of that time while the Club were in administration.
Mystery TRIALLIST INFO
(Tuesday 6th January 2004)
Tony Adams took a look at four more triallists during the friendly with QPR on Tuesday. They were, Scott Bevan, a 24 year old goalkeeper who is a former trainee at Southampton but has also appeared in loan at Huddersfield Town and Woking, Alex Bailey, a 20 year old right sided defender who has progressed through the youth ranks at Arsenal before making his Gunners Reserves debut during the 2002/3 season, Nicky Nicolau, 20 year old left sided player who can also play in midfield and also on the books at Highbury, finally the wonderfully named Billy Bone, a 32 year old midfielder who has returned from an extended spell playing football in Malaysia and Singapore.
Reserves FRIENDLY VICTORY V QPR
(Tuesday 6th January 2004)
Wanderers beat QPR 3-2 on Tuesday morning at Adams Park in a friendly arranged by Tony Adams to view triallists and squad members. Wanderers, fielding four new faces, went behind on the hour when Nicky Nicolau fouled Eric Sabin in the penalty area and the same player scored from the spot. Wanderers levelled a minute later with Andy Bell converting a penalty after he had been impeded by the Rangers 'keeper. Lewis Cook then gave Wycombe the lead on 65 minutes when he forced home a cross from the right. Steve Palmer volleyed home an equaliser on 77 minutes but Wycombe grabbed the winner two minutes from time when Bell smashed the ball home from close range.
Wycombe line-up: Scott Bevan (Southampton), Alex Bailey (Arsenal), Nicky Nicolau (Arsenal), Johnson, Thomson, Senda, Brown (sub HT Bloomfield), Billy Bone (returning from playing in Malaysia), Cook, Roberts, Bell.
Suspension update TYSON INJURY UPDATE
(Monday 5th January 2004)
On loan striker Nathan Tyson has returned to Reading for treatment on the knee injury he sustained in Saturday's game with Grimsby. Preliminary tests have revealed a hair-line tear to ligaments in his left knee but Tyson says he generally recovers quickly from injury and hopes to make it back for the Blackpool game at Adams Park on Saturday 17th January.
Fans FANS FORUM CHANGE AGAIN
(Monday 5th January 2004)
The Club have announced that the first Fans Forum since the appointment of Tony Adams will now take place in the Vere Suite at Adams Park on Thursday 26th February and not the previously publicised dates of 22nd January or 12th February. The forum will start at 7.30pm with Alan Parry as chair. Tony Adams will be joined on the panel by Club Chairman Ivor Beeks and other Board members to hear supporters' views.
Suspension update SUSPENSION UPDATE
(Monday 5th January 2004)
Jermaine McSporran's fifth yellow card of the season, picked up against Grimsby on Saturday, means that he will serve a one match ban for the home game with Blackpool on Saturday 17th Jan. Meanwhile, Roger Johnson and Mark Rogers will start bans from Saturday 10th Jan (away to Stockport) for their red cards at Brighton on Boxing Day. Johnson, for his second red of the season, will miss three games, while Rogers sits out one.
Matchday WYCOMBE 4 GRIMSBY 1
(Saturday 3rd January 2004)
Wanderers got the New Year off to the best possible start with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Grimsby Town at Adams Park. On loan Villa striker Luke Moore grabbed a hat-trick and Jermaine McSporran scored a wonder goal as Wycombe left a week of turmoil behind them. See link for full match report.
Wycombe 4 Grimsby 1 - match report
Tony Adams ADAMS APOLOGISES
(Friday 2nd January 2004)
Tony Adams has apologised for comments made in the press conference following the 2-0 defeat to Rushden. Speaking to the official Wanderers World service, Adams said "I'm a new Manager. I'm going to make mistakes. But I'm also an honest man but it hurts when the team doesn't perform well. Maybe I shouldn't have said a few things. I lost it a little bit and it's because I care. I care about the players here, I care about the supporters here, I care about this Club. So occasionally I fly off the handle. So I'm aplogising for a few comments."
Wanderers World - login and subscription details
News TAYLOR & MOORE TO RETURN
(Friday 2nd January 2004)
On-loan Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor will almost certainly return north when his one month deal expires on 12th January 2004. United sold central defender Nikos Dabizas to Leicester City when the Premiership transfer window opened on 1st January and Taylor will be recalled as cover after Bobby Robson heard good reports of his time at Wycombe. It's also understood that Aston Villa striker Luke Moore will return during the same week when his loan expires.
Loans LOANS CONFIRMED
(Friday 2nd January 2004)
New loan signings of Stuart Nethercott from Millwall and Nathan Tyson from Reading both joined Wanderers for training on Friday after their deals were finalised. Both signings are for an initial one month period (ending 2nd February 2004) and leaves Tony Adams will room for just one more 'short term loan' this season.
Tony Adams ADAMS WILL DO IT HIS WAY
(Friday 2nd January 2004)
Tony Adams has endured a bumpy ride in his first two months in charge at Wycombe. His arrival on 5th November along with John Gorman as coach was hailed as 'The Dream Team' by Wycombe officials but Gorman was gone within ten days, results on the pitch have not gone well and his criticism of certain squad members has appeared to split the opinion of Wycombe followers. Chairboys on the Net takes a look at some more signficant quotes made by both Adams and Gorman.
Adams will do it his way - special feature
Chairman CHAIRMAN DEFENDS BOSS
(Thursday 1st January 2004)
Wanderers' Chairman Ivor Beeks has been forced to defend his under fire Manager Tony Adams. Mr Beeks was quoted in the Bucks Free Press as saying "I have no doubt that in due course he will win through because he's got that winning thing inside him." See link for more on this story and the war of words with the press. Wanderers' Chairman to defence of boss
Rugby WASPS DECISION SOON
(Thursday 1st January 2004)
London Wasps have until 28th February 2004 to confirm to Wycombe if they are staying at Adams Park next season, according to a report in the BFP. As reported in November 2003, Wanderers officials want to strike a 5 or 10 year deal but may have to settle, at best, for a one year extension to the current deal as Wasps continue to express concerns over the 10,000 capacity of Adams Park. Wasps' CE Alistair Mclean commented "One way or another we have to have a bigger capacity. It's not been an issue this year but will start to impact on us next year and will be serious issue the year after"

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