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News LEAGUE ELECTIONS
(Wednesday 30th June 2004)
Elections for places on the Football League Board took place on Wednesday and it's understood that Wanderers' Chairman Ivor Beeks has lost his place as a consequence of Wanderers relegation to the basement division. The newly named 'League One' has two reps and Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston was elected on to the vacant place with Colchester United Chairman Peter Heard retaining his position. Ronald Martin from Southend United is the sole representative from 'League Two', seemingly leaving no room for the Wycombe Chairman.
News SAINT TO JOIN ON LOAN
(Wednesday 30th June 2004)
Southampton's 20 year old central defender Mike Williamson will join Wanderers on loan for the pre-season friendlies starting on Friday 9th July. The 6'3" player is a former trainee at Torquay United who moved to the Saints in a £100,000 deal in 2001 but has yet to break into their First Team. Meanwhile, the permanent signings of Gus Uhlenbeek and Joe Burnell and are set to be completed on Thursday, while keeper Steve Williams will also sign a one year extension to his existing deal.
Paul McCarthy EX-WANDERER NEWS
(Tuesday 29th June 2004)
Former Wanderers central defender Paul McCarthy has signed for Conference South side Hornchurch having turned down an offer to stay at Oxford United. McCarthy, who will be 33 in August, was released by Wycombe at the end of the 2002/3 season. Meanwhile, former Wanderers Youth Teamer Matty Warner has joined Southern League Premier side Team Bath.
News TOWN SHOP MOVES
(Monday 28th June 2004)
Wanderers in Town has relocated its position in the Octagon shopping centre. It's new location is a larger premises upstairs next to Percy Priors Music Shop. The telephone number remains the same at 01494-450957. The move came after the shop, which had located opposite Littlewoods for the past ten years, was subject of a compulsory purchase order relating to the redevelopment of High Wycombe town centre.
Ian Simpemba SIMPEMBA IN HAWKS TALKS
(Monday 28th June 2004)
Ian Simpemba has been in talks with Conference South side Havant & Waterlooville according to the press reports in the Portsmouth area. The 21 year old has been offered a deal by Tony Adams but the former Republic of Ireland Youth player may be considering quitting the full-time game. The Hawks, managed by David Leworthy, have recently brought in the experience of ex-Wimbledon and Bolton Wanderers forward Dean Holdsworth to a squad that includes former Wanderers' striker Gavin Holligan.
Mystery ANOTHER DEFENDER TO SIGN
(Friday 25th June 2004)
It looks like Wanderers are set to sign 33 year old Dutch utility defender Gus Uhlenbeek on a one year deal. The former Ipswich Town, Fulham, Sheffield United and Bradford City player was released at the end of last season by Chesterfield where he had been a regular in Roy McFarland's side having signed for the Spireites in August 2003. He originally moved to England in 1995, spending three years with Ipswich and making more than 100 First Team appearances. The player and his agent have agreed terms with Wycombe and a contract is expected to be signed on Monday (28th June) according to the official website.
Mystery POMPEY DEFENDER ON LOAN
(Friday 25th June 2004)
Portsmouth central defender Gary Silk is joining Wycombe on a month's loan to tie in with pre-season training and the matches starting on 9th July. Silk is a former trainee at Fratton Park but has yet to make their First Team and was loaned out for a short spell at Barnet during the 2003/4 season. The teenager could well line-up against his own club with Wanderers meet Portsmouth in a friendly at Adams Park on Tuesday 20th July.
Constitution debate RECONSTRUCTION UPDATE
(Friday 25th June 2004)
A news release through the Wanderers official website reports that a court hearing on Thursday 1st July will look to approve the 'Scheme of Arrangement' for the reconstruction of the Football Club. It would then follow that formal notice of an EGM to be held on Thursday 29th July will be given, along with the suggested supporting documentation.
Dannie Bulman BULMAN TO JOIN STEVENAGE
(Thursday 24th June 2004)
Former Wanderers midfielder Dannie Bulman is set to join Conference side Stevenage Borough. The 25 year old teams up there with fellow ex-Wanderer Mark Rogers. Borough are also managed by 1980's Wycombe player Graham Westley.
Dannie Bulman - Player profile
Matchday HOME START FOR 2004/5
(Thursday 24th June 2004)
Wanderers will begin their 2004/5 League season with home game against Cambridge United on Saturday 7th August before travelling to newly promoted Chester City on Tuesday 10th August. The Carling Cup draw is due to take place on Thursday 8th July with the one-legged tie scheduled for 25th August.
Reaction and highlights from the fixture list
Tony Adams CHAIRMAN QUESTIONS BOSS
(Thursday 24th June 2004)
Tony Adams has continued to enlighten the world through his column in the Daily Mail. Ahead of England's Euro 2004 quarter-final with Portgual he suggests that Wayne Rooney should be on the bench while Paul Scholes should play behind Michael Owen up front. He also adds "Even my Chairman has questioned my judgement, he is out in Portugal watching the games. He has been calling me to question, among other things, why he has employed me to manage his football club".
Constitution debate SIMMO TO JOIN O'S
(Wednesday 23rd June 2004)
Former Wanderers midfielder Michael Simpson is understood to be set to join Leyton Orient on a two year deal subject to a medical on Wednesday afternoon. The 30 year old had also been in talks with Grimsby Town and Bristol Rovers.
Michael Simpson - Player profile
Matchday FRIENDLY ADDED
(Wednesday 23rd June 2004)
Wanderers have added another low key friendly prior to the start of the new Football League season. Tony Adams' side will travel to Berkhamsted Town on Wednesday 4th August with a 7.45pm kick-off just three days before the start of the new campaign.
News BACK TO TRAINING SOON
(Tuesday 22nd June 2004)
Wanderers' players will resume training on Thursday 1st July in preparation for life in the third tier of the Football League. Tony Adams has being playing his cards close to his chest with regards to new signings and presently has barely eleven professionals to call upon. The first pre-season friendly is on Friday 9th July at Beaconsfield SYCOB.
News LEAGUE ON INTERNET DEAL
(Tuesday 22nd June 2004)
The Football League have announced that they have renegotiated the terms of their joint venture with Premium TV with regards to the 'FLPTV' internet deal. The Football League have now acquired Premium TV's stake in FLPTV and agreed a three year deal that will see Premium TV remain as web service providers to member clubs. Wanderers are hoping to increase internet related revenue by 35% as result of these and other improvements to the service.
Tony Adams TA TAKES STICK
(Tuesday 22nd June 2004)
Tony Adams has admitted that he got "incredible stick from family and friends" after suggesting through a national tabloid column that England starlet Wayne Rooney should be dropped from the England side ahead of the meeting with Switzerland last Thursday (17th June). After seeing Rooney score twice in a 3-0 victory, the Wycombe boss went on to defend his decision and wanted Rooney dropped again for the meeting with Croatia on Monday, saying the Everton player is not the right strike partner for Michael Owen. Adams joked "If you think I'm mad, just remember what happened when I wrote my column last Thursday. If it works again like that, then we can't lose." The former England captain can now expect more stick after Rooney scored twice again in 4-2 victory to set up a quarter-final with Portugal.
Constitution debate CONSTUTION DEBATE
(Monday 21st June 2004)
The ongoing constitution debate has entered what the Board hope will be its closing stages after a proposal to allow postal voting at General Meetings was formally passed at an EGM held on 14th June 2004. The final proposals and supporting documentation are expected to be delivered to members before the end of this week along with an invitation to take part in a £1.5m share issue. Final proposals soon - read more
Matchday FRIENDLY PRICES
(Monday 21st June 2004)
The Club have announced the entrance prices for the pre-season friendly games with Portsmouth (Tuesday 20th July) and Charlton Athletic (Wednesday 28th July) at Adams Park. Advanced seating tickets are; £11 adults, £9 seniors and students and £7 juniors. Advanced terrace and family seating tickets; adults £9, seniors £7 and juniors £3. Note that the Family Stand will not be open for these games and that families will be located in blocks H and V of the 'Old' Main Stand. Tickets on the day of the match are £1 more than the advanced prices.
Constitution debate CLUB TO BRING IN ERS
(Friday 18th June 2004)
The Club have made arrangements with an independent body to organise and manage the postal voting at the forthcoming EGM in July. A statement on the official website reads "Electoral Reform Services will now handle the whole ballot for the proposals put forward at the EGM, in consultation with the Company Secretary. Sequentially numbered ballot papers will be despatched to all members by Electoral Reform Services to be used in a ballot at the EGM or returned to them in the envelope provided. All votes cast will be counted by Electoral Reform Services, who will open the returned postal votes at the time of counting."
Reserves SIMPEMBA TO SIGN
(Friday 18th June 2004)
Ian Simpemba says he is likely to put pen to paper on a new Wycombe deal before the end of the month. The defender told the Bucks Free Press it was merely a case of "crossing the t's and dotting the i's" and said he was looking forward to becoming involved in a new look Wycombe side that Tony Adams is building from the defence towards the forward line.
Reserves RESERVES LEAGUE 2004/5
(Thursday 17th June 2004)
It's now been confirmed that Wanderers' Reserve side will continue to compete in the Pontin's Holiday Combination next season. Wanderers will play in the Central & Eastern Division where five new clubs have been elected; Luton Town (returning after one season), Crawley Town, Stevenage Borough and Woking (all from the Conference) and the team playing at Milton Keynes currently under the name of Wimbledon. Cambridge United, Brentford, Norwich City and Crystal Palace have resigned, leaving 14 sides to play each other on a one-off basis.
Mystery BURNELL MOVE CONFIRMED
(Wednesday 16th June 2004)
The Club have officially confirmed that the transfer of Bristol City midfielder Joe Burnell has been "completed in principle, subject to a medical and the player returning from holiday later this month to complete the formalities." The former City trainee becomes the first signing of the close season for Wycombe with the two club's having to agree on a compensation package for the out of contract player due to the fact he is under 24 years old.
Reserves RESERVES TO REMAIN
(Tuesday 15th June 2004)
Chairboys on the Net understands that Wanderers' Reserve side will continue to compete in the Football Combination next season despite earlier indications that this would not be the case. It was suggested that Tony Adams was keen to make Reserve games more informal but this idea has been dismissed and home reserve matches will continue to be played at Adams Park. COTN also understands that home Youth Team games will remain at Molins Sports Ground for at least another season.
Mystery TARGET TO JOIN SUNDERLAND
(Tuesday 15th June 2004)
Oxford United midfielder Dean Whitehead is set to join Sunderland having previously been reported as attracting the interests of Wycombe along with Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest, Reading, Watford and Bournemouth. The 22 year old is out of contract at the end of June but United and Sunderland would have to agree on a compensation figure or take the matter to tribunal. Meanwhile, Wycombe are expected to sign Bristol City midfielder Joe Burnell when they player returns from holiday towards the end of June.
Constitution debate YES TO POSTAL VOTING
(Monday 14th June 2004)
At the EGM on Monday 14th June, Wycombe Wanderers members voted in favour of allowing postal voting at future General Meetings. A show of hands indicated 101 for the resolution and 16 against. It was announced by Rod Tomlin that the EGM to vote on the major reconstruction of the Club is now likely to take place during the week commencing 19th July rather than the previous week as originally suggested. This was said to be due to legal delays with the Club's professional advisors.
Mystery BURNELL CONSIDERS MOVE
(Saturday 12th June 2004)
Bristol City's 23 year old midfielder Joe Burnell is "considering" a move to Wycombe according to the City official website. Both clubs have agreed terms for the out of contract player who despite being under 24 will be able to depart on a free. City say they will be asking for clauses in the deal regarding sell-on fees and number of appearances. Burnell has made 161 First Team appearances for City having graduated through their youth system. There has been no official word from Wycombe.
Constitution debate VOTING ON THE FUTURE
(Friday 11th June 2004)
Wycombe Wanderers members were called to an EGM on Monday 14th June to vote on a proposal to allow postal voting at future General Meetings and in particular at the major reconstruction vote scheduled for an EGM on 12th July 2004.
Members to vote on future - read more
Steve Williams WILLO TO SIGN NEW DEAL
(Friday 11th June 2004)
It's understood that Steve Williams is set to put pen to paper on a new one year deal with the Wanderers. The 20 year old 'keeper was initially offered a reduced deal compared to the 2003/4 season but the terms have been bettered following talks with Manager Tony Adams. Williams told the Bucks Free Press "It is slightly improved and I'm happy." Meanwhile, fellow former Youth Teamer Ian Simpemba has still to agree to his contract offer.
Craig Faulconbridge FALCON LEFT IN THE COLD
(Friday 11th June 2004)
Craig Faulconbridge says he has been left in the cold over a possible summer trip to Scandinavia to help improve his fitness. The striker has told the Bucks Free Press that he has not heard anything since the move was first suggested by Tony Adams back in April 2004. Faulconbridge commented ĒI donít really know where I stand. I will be coming back to Wycombe to fight for my place. Iíve got a lot to prove. Iím not finished here. Iíve got unfinished business itís just whether I get given the chance. I donít think it is in my hands anymore.Ē
Michael Simpson SIMO IN MARINERS TALKS
(Friday 11th June 2004)
Rejected Wanderers midfielder Michael Simpson has had talks with Grimsby Town about a possible move to Blundell Park. The Mariners were relegated along with Wycombe last season and are now managed by Russell Slade who was in charge of the Notts County Youth Team when Simpson was a trainee at Meadow Lane. Bristol Rovers and Leyton Orient are also reported to be tracking the 30 year old who spent six years at Wycombe.
News LEAGUE REBRANDING
(Thursday 10th June 2004)
The Football League have confirmed their rebranding exercise for next season which will see all three divisions renamed. As previously suggested, a highly imaginative marketing team have come up with the idea of calling Division One 'The Championship', while Division Two and Three are 'upgraded' to League One and Two respectively. A League statement claims this has been approved by Club Chairman at the Football League AGM, although it's unsure if a vote took place. Football League officials have been criticised for the lack of consultation with supporters groups over this latest meddling with Football League heritage.
News LEAGUE AGM THIS WEEK
(Thursday 10th June 2004)
The Football League AGM takes place this week (10th/11th June). The main topics on the agenda to be voted on by Club representatives are; regulation changes to facilitate the introduction of Modern Apprenticeships for youth players; a proposal from Colchester United to reduce the number of relegation and promotion places between Division Two and Three to three instead of four; and a Football League proposal introducing a Fit and Proper Person Test to cover club Directors.
News CHARLTON FRIENDLY OK'D
(Wednesday 9th June 2004)
Wanderers' pre-season friendly at home to Charlton Athletic will go ahead after The Addicks missed out in the draw for a possible place in the UEFA Cup via the fair-play League. The draw was made on Tuesday evening in Bochum and their bad luck means that the scheduled friendly at Adams Park on Wednesday 28th July will go ahead with a 7.45pm kick-off. The friendly at Aylesbury arranged for the same day will be rescheduled to Tuesday 27th July. Ticket prices for this and the Portsmouth home friendly on Tuesday 20th July have still to be released.
Travel Plan TRAVEL PLAN MEETING
(Tuesday 8th June 2004)
The latest 'Travel Plan' meeting took place at Adams Park on Tuesday (8th June). Representatives from Wycombe District Council, Bucks County Council and Thames Valley Police attended along with club officials from both Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps. Amongst the topics, Council officials stated that no planning applications had been made for expansions to the ground or an additional entry/exit road. Minutes of the meeting will be circulated to those who attended.
Mystery U's MIDFIELDER WANTED
(Monday 7th June 2004)
The Oxford Mail are reporting that Wycombe have been in the hunt for Oxford United midfielder Dean Whitehead. The 22 year old is out of contract at the end of June and has also been attracting the interests of Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest, Reading, Watford and Bournemouth. The Oxford Mail claim that United have made the player an offer that would effectively double his wages but he was yet to put pen to paper. Because he is under 24, a fee would have to agreed if he chose to move.
Tony Adams ADAMS IN ENGLAND DREAM XI
(Sunday 6th June 2004)
Tony Adams has been voted into the all-time England Dream Team XI by Channel 4 viewers. The former Arsenal legend made it into a side managed by Sir Alf Ramsey. The final XI was Gordon Banks (gk), Stuart Pearce (lb), George Cohen (rb), Bobby Moore (cb), Tony Adams (cb), David Beckham (rm), Bobby Charlton (m), Paul Gascoigne (m), Tom Finney (lm), Gary Lineker (cf) and Alan Shearer (cf). Visit www.channel4.com for more
Football Supporters Federation FSF ANNUAL CONFERENCE
(Sunday 6th June 2004)
The second annual Football Supporters' Federation conference took place over the weekend at Walsall. Prior to the Fans Parliament itself on Sunday, a series of 'workshops' was held on the Saturday along with a demonstration of the latest 'safe standing' technology. Visit the FSF website for more details
Constitution debate RECONSTRUCTION DEBATE
(Friday 4th June 2004)
The professional advisors to Wycombe Wanderers are suggesting that "poor financial management" is the underlying reason why many football clubs are insolvent. The comments come from a news article published on the George Davies solicitors' website. Reconstruction debate - read more
Jermaine McSporran JOCKY JOINS DONNY
(Friday 4th June 2004)
Former Wanderer Jermaine McSporran has signed a two year deal with Third Division Champions Doncaster Rovers. The news ends any speculation of a return to Wycombe following his surprise departure to Walsall in March 2004. McSporran commented to the Rovers official website "I was impressed with all the facilities at Rovers and the ambition of both Dave Penney (Manager) and John Ryan (Chairman)" Player profile
News NEW PHYSIO ANNOUNCED
(Thursday 3rd June 2004)
The Club have announced that Shay Connolly has joined Wanderers as the new Sport Therapist to take the place of Dave Jones. Connolly comes with fourteen years experience at Watford, originally working part-time before joining the full-time staff in July 1998 and working in the Youth Academy set-up. He served in the Falklands War during a seven year spell in the Royal Navy and also holds a kung fu black belt.
News TAYLOR JOINS BURTON
(Thursday 3rd June 2004)
Former Wanderers 'keeper Martin Taylor has joined Conference side Burton Albion as a goalkeeping coach on a part-time basis. The move comes after his full-time coaching position at Telford United went up in smoke following the liquidation of the Shrophire side. Taylor lived in Burton during his time with Derby County and Albion boss Nigel Clough acted quickly to bring in the 37 year old to assist the progress of their highly rated 'keeper Matt Duke.
Odds for season 2004/5 DIV 3 ODDS 2004/5
(Wednesday 2nd June 2004)
The bookies have issued their first set of odds for the 2004-5 season and have placed Wycombe as short as 11/1 to win the Division Three Championship despite a confirmed professional squad that numbered just ten names by the first week of June.
Read more - Division Three odds for 2004/5
Lewis Cook COOK TO JOIN WINDSOR
(Wednesday 2nd June 2004)
Former Wanderers Youth Teamer Lewis Cook has made a verbal agreement with Windsor & Eton boss Dennis Greene to join the Ryman League side for the start of the 2004/5 campaign. The 20 year old spent loan spells at Cambridge City and Weymouth during 2003/4 having been told by Tony Adams that his contract would not be extended at Wycombe. Cook will team up with ex-Wanderers Keith Scott, Dave Carroll, Chuck Martini, Ryan Parsons and Matt Brady who are regulars in the Windsor side. Jason Cousins, another ex-Wanderer at Windsor, has now retired from the playing due to injury. Lewis Cook - profile
News IFIL NO TO ADAMS
(Tuesday 1st June 2004)
Jerel Ifil has turned down a possible move to Wycombe and said that he would prefer a move to Swindon Town. Wanderers are understood to have bid around £75,000 for the central defender but the 21 year old told the Swindon Evening Advertiser ďI did think long and hard about the fact that Tony Adams was the manager there but in the end it wasnít enough." Ifil, who said he enjoyed his loan spell at Swindon last season, added ďI was told an offer had been accepted for me but Iím under contract and I wonít be going anywhere that I donít feel is right for me.Ē

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