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Matchday WYCOMBE 2 GRIMSBY 0
(Monday 30th August 2004)
Wanderers made it six points out of six over the holiday weekend as they overcame Grimsby Town 2-0 at Adams Park on Monday afternoon. Wanderers go third in the table but had to survive a series a scares in the first half before taking the lead two minutes before the break through on loan Adam Birchall. It was Birchall who scored again six minutes after the restart to put Wycombe firmly in the driving seat. Frank Talia saved an 81st minute penalty to prevent any last minute worries for the Wanderers.
Wycombe 2 Grimsby 0 - Match report and reaction
Matchday KIDDERMINSTER 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 28th August 2004)
Wanderers recorded a confidence boosting 2-0 victory at Kidderminster on Saturday to move up to fifth place in the League Two table. Nathan Tyson opened the scoring on 21 minutes when he sent a low shot from the left channel past Jon Danby in the Harriers goal. Wycombe sealed the points in the final minute when Tyson unselfishly centred from the left for substitute Shahed Ahmed to knock in at the far post.
Kidderminster 0 Wycombe 2 - Match report and reaction
LDV Vans Trophy ALDERSHOT AWAY IN LDV
(Saturday 28st August 2004)
Wanderers were drawn away to Conference side Aldershot Town when the draw for the First Round of the LDV Vans Trophy took place on Saturday morning. It will be the first competitive meeting of the two sides at First Team level. The Shots, whose assistant Manager is Stuart Cash, a Wanderers FA Trophy winning team member from 1991, are currently 4th place in the Conference with nine points from their opening four games. Date of the tie has since been confirmed as Tuesday 28th September.
Joe Burnell BURNELL FEVER BLOW
(Friday 27th August 2004)
The Club reported on Friday afternoon that Joe Burnell had been hit with the news he had contracted glandular fever and as a result will be out for a number of weeks. The former Bristol City midfielder had complained of feeling unwell before and after the midweek Carling Cup tie with his former club and a subsequent medical check has confirmed the cause. The 23 year old has been told to stay away from training to reduce the risk of passing on the fever to other members of the squad.
Scott Marshall MARSHALL RETIRES
(Friday 27th August 2004)
Scott Marshall has announced his retirement from the professional game after failing to overcome a number of injury problems. The 31 year old was Tony Adams' first signing at Wycombe back in November 2003 but his time was blighted by injuries, including a niggling back problem. He was brought in again as a non-contract player this season but a calf injury sidelined him just a couple of games in and he has now decided to call it a day. Scott Marshall - Player profile
Ballot Paper PLC SHARE ISSUE NEWS
(Friday 27st August 2004)
The Bucks Free Press is reporting that Wanderers have raised 500,000 from the initial share issue that closed on 23rd August. The figure represents the minimum to make the PLC conversion legally viable but Chairman Ivor Beeks say he is optimistic that they will reach 1 million before the offer closes in February 2005. He commented to the BFP "We've got some big hitters in but I think there are some more who are waiting to get involved. I think 1 million is a reasonable figure." The Chairman has also called on fans to be patient, adding "Rome wasn't built in a day and nor is Wycombe Wanderers Football Club PLC."
Tony Adams TA TO ADD TO SQUAD?
(Friday 27th August 2004)
Tony Adams has continued to show his concern at the size of his squad. He commented to the Bucks Free Press "If we don't get reinforcements at Christmas we will end up in mid-table with the squad we've got. The players can't be expected to play 46 games." Chairboys.co.uk understands that Adams has plans to bring in more players in the not too distant future.
Adam Birchall BIRCHALL TO MISS OXFORD
(Thursday 26th August 2004)
On loan Arsenal reserve striker Adam Birchall will miss Wanderers' League Two meeting with Oxford United on Friday 3rd September after being called up for duty with the Welsh Under 21 squad. The 19 year old is set to win his fifth Welsh cap in the UEFA U21 qualifier in Azerbaijan. The game, also taking place on the Friday, kicks off at 2pm UK time in the Shafa Stadium, Baku. Goalkeeper Lee Worgan, who spent a brief spell on loan at Wycombe last season, is also included in the 18 man squad.
Tony Adams TA SAYS IT WILL TAKE TIME
(Thursday 26th August 2004)
Tony Adams says his team building exercise at Wycombe will take time due to his limited budget. Speaking in the press conference following the Carling Cup defeat to Bristol City the Wycombe boss said "If the finance was there I could turn it around pretty quickly. I'm delighted with what's going on at the moment; we are doing it very slowly. Unfortunately when you are doing it on this finance it takes time." Adams says he is also putting the emphasis on performances rather than results, adding "This team is about developing but it won't develop if we play like we did against Rochdale. This Club has got to grow and the only way it will grow is with performances like tonight."
Matchday CALL FOR CASH FOR TA
(Wednesday 25th August 2004)
The Chairman of the Wycombe Wanderers Independent Supporters' Club has called for more money to be provided for new players following the reconstruction of the Club. WWISC Chairman Ian Mobsby said in Wycombe's matchday programme vs Rochdale "When the investors money starts to come in from the share offer I sincerely hope Tony Adams will be allocated a reasonable amount of money to invest in the playing squad." The initial share offer closed on 23rd August with a target of raising a minimum of 750,000. News is awaited on its success.
Carling Cup WYCOMBE 0 BRISTOL CITY 1
(Tuesday 24th August 2004)
Wanderers slumped out of the Carling Cup on Tuesday evening, going down 1-0 to Bristol City in a largely uninspiring game at Adams Park. The only goal of the game came on 70 minutes when City youngster Leroy Lita headed home a Steven Gillespie cross from the right. Arsenal loanee Adam Birchall got his first start but could do nothing to inspire Wycombe who relied again on Nathan Tyson for the better chances during a disappointing evening. Wycombe 0 Bristol City 1 - Match report and stats
Supporters Trust SUPPORTERS' TRUST LAUNCH
(Monday 23rd August 2004)
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust was formally launched at an open meeting on Monday evening in the Keen Lounge at Adams Park. The Trust has now been registered with the Financial Services Authority and is being run with the assistance of Supporters Direct who had a representative at the meeting. More information on the new Trust is available at their dedicated website www.wwst.org
Matchday WYCOMBE 0 ROCHDALE 3
(Saturday 21st August 2004)
Wanderers went down 3-0 to Rochdale at Adams Park on Saturday with two of the goals coming in second-half stoppage time. The game looked to be heading for a 0-0 scoreline before the visitors scored through an overhead kick from Grant Holt on 70 minutes. With Wanderers pressing for an equaliser, it was a penalty on 90 minutes from Gary Jones that sealed victory for the visitors, while a Leighton McGivern strike on 93 minutes made their journey back north even more pleasant.
Wycombe 0 Rochdale 3 - Match report and stats
Matchday SLOUGH IN B&B SENIOR CUP
(Saturday 21st August 2004)
Wanderers have been drawn at home to Slough Town in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Quarter-Final. Wycombe received a bye in the opening round where the newly adopted franchised MK Dons will play a home tie with Beaconsfield SYCOB in a game to be played before 23rd November. Wanderers tie with Slough is most likely to be played some time early in 2005.
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM SCRAPE DRAW
(Saturday 21st August 2004)
The Wanderers U18 side scraped a 1-1 draw in their first home League game of the 2004/5 season when Brighton & Hove Albion were the visitors to Wycombe's training ground near Booker. The game was switched to the Marlow Road facility to enable Tony Adams to view the youngsters and he saw Dean Cox fire the visitors ahead in 30th minute with an effort from the right flank. Wanderers struggled to create any real clear cut scoring opportunities and it was right on 90 minutes when Keiron Gradwell chased down a pass on the right side of the Brighton penalty area and the ball ended up past the 'keeper having taken a deflection off a Brighton player. Youth Team info 2004/2005
Matchday TA SIGNS WELSH U21 STRIKER
(Friday 20th August 2004)
Tony Adams completed the loan signing of former Arsenal trainee Adam Birchall on Friday morning in an attempt to bolster Wanderers' striker choices ahead of a hectic month of fixtures. The 19 year old Welsh U21 international has signed a one month and two day loan deal with the Wanderers and arrives having played the first 45 minutes for Wales in their 0-0 draw in Latvia the previous Wednesday. Birchall, who was born in London but opted to play for Wales, now has four U21 caps, scoring on his debut against Finland in September 2002 aged 17. Birchall was a prolific scorer for the Arsenal U17 side - scoring 22 times in 23 games and also bagged 10 goals in 21 games for the U19 side in 2003/4. He has been with The Gunners since the age of 12.
Matchday BUSY TIME AHEAD
(Thursday 19st August 2004)
Wanderers begin a busy schedule of four games in nine days when Rochdale make their first visit to Adams Park for more than ten years on Saturday. This is followed by a home tie with Bristol City in the Carling Cup on Tuesday (24th August) and then an away League game at Kidderminster Harriers the next Saturday (28th August). Grimbsy Town are the visitors on Bank Holiday Monday (30th August). The trip to Kidderminster will be Wanderers' first Football League meeting with The Harriers and you have to go back to October 1992 for the previous meeting in the Conference. Happy Days.
News SCUNTHORPE GAME MOVED
(Wednesday 18th August 2004)
Wanderers away game with Scunthorpe United scheduled for Saturday 9th October has been switched to the evening of Friday 8th October to avoid clashing with the England v Wales game taking place at 3pm on the original date. The decision was reached by the Football League Executive on 'financial grounds' after Wanderers officials rejected Scunthorpe's original request for a change. A statement on Wanderers' official website concludes "The Club wishes to apologise to its supporters and assure them that everything possible was done to avoid the match being switched to the Friday evening, suggesting an earlier kick-off time on the Saturday or any time on the Sunday." The kick-off time has since been confirmed as 8pm.
Richard Harris BOMBER FINDS NEW CLUB
(Wednesday 18th August 2004)
Former Wanderers striker Richard Harris has finally found a new club following his release from Wycombe last season. The 23 year old has joined Eastbourne Borough in the Conference South and made his debut in their 2-0 defeat at Bishop's Stortford on Saturday. Harris had been training with Crawley Town in pre-season after a move to play in Ireland fell through. The former Crystal Palace trainee never played under Tony Adams and had been loaned out to play at Woking and Maidenhead United.
Nathan Tyson TYSON - NO APPROACH
(Tuesday 17th August 2004)
Tony Adams has said that "no approach" has been made for Wanderers striker Nathan Tyson following recent rumours suggesting that offers may be on the table from Premiership clubs. Tyson himself also told the local press "I've heard the rumours but as far as I'm concerned that's all it is. I've spoken with my agent and he knows nothing about it." Premiership scouts have been spotted at recent Wycombe games but an imminent offer is highly unlikely due to the Premiership 'transfer window' closing on 31st August. The window then re-opens for the month of January. Nathan Tyson - Player profile
Youth Team update YOUTHS START WITH DRAW
(Monday 16th August 2004)
The Wanderers U18 Youth Team started their Youth Alliance season off with a 2-2 draw at Southend United on Saturday. Gary Smith's side were 2-0 up early in the second-half but conceded twice to have to settle for a share of the points. Andy Savage scored both of Wanderers' goals. Youth Team info 2004/2005
Tony Adams TA - "I'VE DONE THE BUDGET"
(Sunday 15th August 2004)
Tony Adams said he would still like a few more players added to his squad when speaking to BBC Three Counties after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Northampton. However, he said his hands could be tied by finances, adding, "Obviously there are limitations at this level when you've been dealt a pack of cards. I've certainly done the budget and I've got to work with what I've got and just hope it's good enough."
Matchday NORTHAMPTON 1 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 14th August 2004)
Wanderers drew 1-1 at Northampton on Saturday after taking a 42nd minute lead through Ian Stonebridge and then playing the final 30 minutes against ten men. The home side drew level a minute after the break when Marc Richards struck but then had Fred Murray red carded for 'dangerous play' on Nathan Tyson. Despite their loss it was the Cobblers who went on to have the better chances but a draw was a fair reflection at the final whistle.
Northampton 1 Wycombe 1 - Match report and stats
Tony Adams TA NOT CARRIED AWAY
(Friday 13th August 2004)
Commenting before Wanderers's trip to Northampton, Tony Adams said he was not getting carried away with Wanderers' winning start to the season, adding to the BFP "It's miles too early to talk about promotion six-pointers. I'm very encouraged with the start we've made and the way the lads are responding. But it's early days and there's lots of games to go yet."
TV NEW ITV HIGHLIGHTS SHOW
(Thursday 12th August 2004)
A new regionalised Football League highlights show was broadcast on Thursday evening on terrestrial ITV. Those in the High Wycombe area were treated to 'London Soccer Night' at 11.00pm. The 30 minute programme dedicated 30 seconds of coverage from Wanderers away win at Chester followed by an even briefer look at Nathan Tyson's goals from Saturday's win over Cambridge. Definitely one for the video recorder. Meanwhile, Wanderers Manager Tony Adams is set to feature on the new 'Match of the Day 2' Premiership highlights show to be broadcast on Sunday's on BBC 2 at 10.30pm presented by Adrian Chiles.
Nathan Tyson TYSON INTEREST RUMOUR
(Thursday 12th August 2004)
A report in Thursday's Chester Daily Post has got the tongues wagging at Wycombe. Neil Turner, sports reporter, said "Wycombe Wanderers' young striking sensation Nathan Tyson, who played so impressively for the southerners at the Deva Stadium on Tuesday, has emerged as a target for Premiership Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion, they are both expected to make an offer prior to the transfer deadline on August 31." Nathan Tyson - Player profile
Stuart Roberts TRY AGAIN FOR ROBBO
(Thursday 12th August 2004)
A mixed week for former Wanderers winger Stuart Roberts. The Welshman was due to sign a week-to-week contract with Chester City last Friday and set to play Wanderers the following Tuesday. However, the contract was about to be signed when City boss Mark Wright made his surprise exit. It left Roberts without a club again but this week Conference side Northwich Victoria and 'League Two' Kidderminster Harriers, managed by Jan Molby, have expressed an interest in taking on the 24 year old.
Matchday CHESTER 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Tuesday 10th August 2004)
Wanderers stormed to a 2-0 victory at a rain drenched Chester on Tuesday evening. Mike Williamson headed Wycombe into the lead in the 23rd minute and substitute Danny Senda sealed the points with a looping header with six minutes remaining. The result came after Tony Adams stuck with the same XI that beat Cambridge United on Saturday. The main doubt was Nathan Tyson but he recovered enough from his blow to his ribs to take part. Chester 0 Wycombe 2 - Match report and stats
Ballot COURT APPROVAL FOR PLC
(Monday 9th August 2004)
A High Court hearing on Friday (6th August) officially sanctioned the conversion of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited by Guarantee to a Public Limited Company (PLC). The old company will remain in existence for at least 12 months "in case any matter comes to light." New PLC Chairman Ivor Beeks commented, "This has been a time consuming and involved process and we have worked hard to make sure members were fully and properly informed about the decision they were called up on to make. That decision was absolutely the right one for the Club and I am convinced this will be proved over time."
1-1 Fanzine ONE-ONE FANZINE
(Saturday 7th August 2004)
A new issue (No.22) of The One-One fanzine went on sale prior to the home game with Cambridge United. Issue details are available in an updated Issue Guide via the link below.
One-One - Updated Issue Guide
Matchday WYCOMBE 2 CAMBRIDGE 1
(Saturday 7th August 2004)
Nathan Tyson scored twice as Wanderers got off to a winning start to the 2004/5 Football League season with a 2-1 victory over Cambridge United at Adams Park. Tyson scored the winner on 81 minutes when he some how managed to flick Roger Johnson's through ball past the U's keeper. However, the former Reading striker was injured in the process and had to be carried off with a blow to the ribs. Tyson had fired Wycombe into the lead in the 55th minute but Jermaine Easter equalised on 70 minutes. Igor Latte-Yedo was red carded for United on 76 minutes for a challenge on Wycombe debutant Ian Stonebridge.
Wycombe 2 Cambridge 1 - Match report and stats
Nathan Tyson TYSON INJURY NEWS
(Saturday 7th August 2004)
Speaking in the press conference after the game Tony Adams said that Nathan Tyson's injury was not thought to be serious and he was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. The Wycombe boss said "He's obviously taken a blow and found it very hard to breath. We will reassess in the morning to see how he is. He took a blow to the ribs and got winded."
Matchday MORE PLAYERS TO COME IN?
(Saturday 7th August 2004)
Chairboys on the Net can reveal that Tony Adams hopes to bring in two more players in the coming weeks but it will be dependent on the success of the share issue of the newly formed PLC. It's understood that Adams has lined up a forward and a defender to bolster a squad hit by long term injury blows for Mark Philo and Matt Bloomfield. The initial share issue closes on 23rd August within a minimum figure set at 750,000. However, immediate creditors and existing debts are said to be given first priority.
Matchday INJURY UPDATE
(Saturday 7th August 2004)
The news on Matt Bloomfield's injury doesn't look as bad as originally feared. Results from an MRI scan where investigated further on Friday 6th August with keyhole surgery and the extent of the ligament damage was not serious and it's now understood that he will be out for weeks rather than months.
Ballot REACTION TO 29/7 VOTE
(Friday 6th August 2004)
The Club were due in the courts on Friday where the decision to approve the scheme to reconstruct the Club to a PLC was expected to be officially sanctioned. Chairboys on the Net takes a look at the inevitable reaction to the change that includes Tony Adams commenting to the Bucks Free Press "We had to do it to move forward. When it becomes Wycombe Wanderers PLC on Friday I think things will change". Club Chairman Ivor Beeks has also asked supporters to "pull together" while supporter opnion suggests that members had a "gun pulled to their heads" at the vote. Reaction to vote - Read more
Stuart Roberts SHOCK NEWS AT CHESTER
(Friday 6th August 2004)
Chester City, Wanderers League opponents next Tuesday, have been hit with the shock resignation of Manager Mark Wright for 'footballing reasons' or 'non-footballing reason' depending on which story you believe. Ray Mathias has taken over as Caretaker Manager. Meanwhile, former Wanderers winger Stuart Roberts is understood to have signed a week-to-week contract with City after a trial during their pre-season games. The Welsh born player is hoping to be involved when Wycombe travel to the Deva Stadium and told the Llanelli Star "It's important to play well against your former club and I will going all out to prove a point against Wycombe." Chester City - Quick Guide
Darren Currie CURRIE GETS BRIGHTON DEAL
(Thursday 5th August 2004)
Darren Currie has secured a one year deal with Brighton & Hove Albion after sufficiently impressing Seagulls boss Mark McGee during pre-season. Speaking of the move, the former Wycombe midfielder told the Albion official website "It's my first chance at this level so I've got a lot to prove, but I thrive on extra pressure, so from that aspect I can't wait to get going." Currie is set to make his debut proper for Brighton when they travel to McGee's former club Reading on Saturday. Darren Currie - profile
Steve Brown BROWNIE TO ASSIST YOUTHS
(Thursday 5th August 2004)
The Club have announced that Steve Brown has agreed to help out with coaching the Wanderers Under 16 side to play in the Football League Youth Alliance this coming season. Brownie has been hit with injury problems since the end of last season and this position will help him advance with his coaching badges while contemplating whether to continue playing. He will work under U16's boss Alan Paris, former player with Notts County.
Matchday DEFEAT IN FINAL FRIENDLY
(Wednesday 4th August 2004)
Wanderers played their final pre-season friendly on Wednesday evening when a predominantly Youth side lost 2-1 at Berkhamsted Town. With Gary Smith in charge, Spanish born Juan Ugarte, one of two triallists in the starting line-up, opened the scoring on 18 minutes before the home side hit back after 35 minutes and then scored the winner in the dying moments.
Berkhamsted 2 Wycombe 1 - Match details
Scott Marshall MARSHALL ADDED TO SQUAD
(Wednesday 4th August 2004)
Scott Marshall has been added to Wanderers squad for the forthcoming season as a 'non-contract player'. Tony Adams originally released the former Arsenal defender but invited him back for pre-season training and was suitably impressed to retain the 31 year old. It's also been confirmed that 18 year old Brighton based midfielder Russell Martin has been signed on a similar basis after playing in several of Wanderers' pre-season games.
News INVESTMENT RAINED ON
(Wednesday 4th August 2004)
Problems off the pitch this week for the Club when new carpets fitted into the commercial offices at Adams Park on Monday were amongst items damaged by flooding the following day. High Wycombe was hit with 42mm of rain in just two hours on Tuesday afternoon and the Club buildings were evacuated for safety reasons. Despite some damage to office services, Saturday's home game with Cambridge will go ahead as planned.
TV ITV COVERAGE CONFIRMED
(Tuesday 3rd August 2004)
ITV's coverage of the Football League for 2004/5 will see a programme broadcast at 9.25am on Sunday morning titled "The Championship". The 30 minute show will concentrate on the previously titled Division One with only a couple of minutes dedicated to the best of the lower two divisions. The earliest terrestrial viewing of the bottom two divisions will come on Thursday's at 11pm during a new show imaginatively called 'Soccer Night'. This will also include midweek League action.
Reserves RESERVES SCRAPPED
(Monday 2nd August 2004)
The Club have announced that they have withdrawn the Reserve side from the Combination for the forthcoming season. It was widely predicted that the second XI would effectively be shelved due to the reduction in the size of the squad but there was a rethink during the summer and Wanderers had intended to continue in the Combination. Restrictions on the number of games that Youth Team players are allowed to play per season was a consideration in the final decision. A statement on the official site concludes "The club are unable to commit to fielding a reserve team on a regular basis and after much discussion it has been decided to withdraw from the Pontin's Holidays Combination." Reserves info and full statement

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