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Craig Faulconbridge NEW FAULCON INJURY BLOW
(Monday 31st January 2005)
Craig Faulconbridge's future at Wycombe is in serious jeopardy after the Club revealed that the striker is being forced to undergo surgery on his recent knee injury. Apparently it's the opposite knee to the one he suffered cruciate damage to during the 2002/3 season and with his contract up this summer, he could well have played his final game in a Wycombe shirt.
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM THRO IN CUP
(Monday 31st January 2005)
The Wanderers Under 18's Youth Team recorded another encouraging result on Saturday with a 2-1 victory at Portsmouth in the Third Round of the Football League Youth Alliance Cup. The result is remarkable through the fact that the team lost 5-1 at Pompey back in November in a League encounter. The draw for the quarter-finals has paired Gary Smith's side away to Swindon Town, with Bournemoth playing QPR in the other southern area tie. Burnley take on Doncaster Rovers and Oldham Athletic play Grimsby Town in the Northern section with all ties being played on Saturday 12th March. Youth Team info 2004/2005
Rugby WASPS APPOINT ADVISERS
(Monday 31st January 2005)
London Wasps have thrown another variable into their future at Adams Park by appointing commercial property consultants to assist them in search for a new stadium and training ground. 'sportbusiness.com' reports that 'DJ Sport', a specialist part of the Drivers Jonas group, have been asked to look for a site in West London or the Home Counties for a 20,000 capacity stadium and 30 acre training ground. The preference is for freehold although it's said that a long term lease would be considered. Geoff Aucock, partner in charge of 'DJ Sport', commented "It makes commercial sense to have a new stadium that can meet this demand. The company have been involved in several projects relating to sports stadia, including multi purpose sites at Swansea, Reading, Wrexham and Hull.
Matchday SHREWSBURY 0 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 29th January 2005)
A 29th minute penalty won and converted by Nathan Tyson was enough to beat lowly Shrewsbury Town on Saturday at Gay Meadow. In a scrappy game of few chances, the penalty award came after Tyson had raced in from the right and forced Town Captain Darren Tinson to foul. Tyson picked himself up to send the 'keeper the wrong way from the spot and put Wanderers ahead. The goal seemed to give Wycombe added confidence and with Danny Senda pushed into midfield from his starting right back position, the winning margin could have been greater.
Shrewsbury 0 Wycombe 1 - Report and reaction
John Gorman GORMAN - FANS FORUM
(Friday 28th January 2005)
John Gorman says he wants to encourage fans back to Adams Park by winning games but while also playing attractive football. The Wycombe boss was speaking at a Fans Forum held on Thursday 20th January where he talked about the type of player he wanted in the side and how he was dealing with the financial situation at the Club Full report from Fans Forum
Jonny Dixon JONNY DIXON RECALLED
(Thursday 27nd January 2005)
News came through from Aldershot Town on Thursday afternoon that Jonny Dixon has been recalled by John Gorman three weeks early from his loan spell at the Conference club. The Wycombe boss was upset last week that rumours had come from Aldershot about how the 21 year old had been told he had no future at Wycombe. Shots boss Terry Brown was said to be hugely disappointed with the news and fans of the Hampshire side were also bemoaning the loss of a player who scored 9 goals in 12 appearances while at The Rec. Wycombe later indicated that he would return to Aldershot after Saturday's game with Shrewsbury to complete his loan period but Football League rules prevent this, leaving some Wycombe officials with egg on their faces and Aldershot fuming. Jonny Dixon - profile
News PERPETUINI SIGNS
(Thursday 27th January 2005)
The Club have confirmed that former Watford trainee David Perpetuini has signed on a 'match to match' basis and will join the Wycombe squad to travel to Shrewsbury on Saturday. The 25 year old was released on a free by Gillingham having made just four appearances this season and struggled with an injury. He'd been with The Gills since August 2001, making around 100 appearances - scoring five times. He's been allocated the No.3 shirt at Wycombe, suggesting he will used at left-back.
News PLEASED WITH PERPETUINI
(Wednesday 26th January 2005)
John Gorman has said he was "really pleased" with the performance of David Perpetuini in Tuesday's reserve outing with Northampton Town and could be looking to take him on a free from Gillingham. Youth Team non-contract player Russell Martin has also impressed the Wycombe boss enough to win a deal until the end of the season. The recently turned 19 year old midfielder made nine First Team appearances before the arrival of Gorman but is still waiting for a further chance.
News RESERVES WIN
(Tuesday 25th January 2005)
Wanderers Reserves beat Northampton Town 2-1 in Tuesday afternoon's friendly match at Adams Park. The match was originally scheduled to take place at the training ground but John Gorman wanted the players to get used to the surface on the main pitch. The game saw David Perpetuini get a further trial in a Wycombe shirt, while there was good news for Mark Philo as he returned from his ankle injury to make a second-half appearance. The scoring saw Youth Team defender Gary Bunting put Wycombe in the lead on the stroke of half time, while Ian Stonebridge got the winner with nine minutes remaining after Scott Cross had equalised for the visitors on 68 minutes.
Wycombe line-up: Williams, Silk, Perpetuini, Martin, Gradwell (sub 67 Ngongou), Ball (sub 60 Philo), Fox (sub 76 Kamara), Bunting (sub 60 Grier), Anya (sub HT Gregory), Faulconbridge, Stonebridge
Mystery 'DJ' DENIES TALKS
(Tuesday 25th January 2005)
Yeading striker Dudley 'DJ' Campbell has denied reports linking him with a move to Wycombe. A report in the Non-League paper at the weekend quoted 'Ding' boss Johnson Hippolyte as saying that a move was on the cards to a Football League club. However, Campbell has since told the Midweek, "I'm as clueless as anyone. I'd like to go pro but for which club I'm not sure" Hippolyte also dismissed the Wycombe connection, adding "I read the news but I've had no contact with Wycombe."
Mystery WANDERERS IN 'DJ' HUNT
(Sunday 23nd January 2005)
Reports are suggesting that Wanderers are leading the hunt to sign Yeading striker Dudley 'DJ' Campbell. The 23 year old is top scorer again for Yeading this season with 28 goals, adding to the 33 he netted last season having signed from Stevenage Boro in February 2003. Yeading officials are suggesting that there is a just a 50/50 chance of the player still being at Yeading next week, with 'Ding' boss Johnson Hippolyte quoted in the Non-League paper as saying "At the moment we're sorting out what the fee would be and the clubs concerned are keen to have a bit more of a look at him because we refused to let him go on trial. There was a Conference club interested but that's a no-go. If DJ leaves Yeading he's only interested in going into the League." Campbell is a former trainee with Aston Villa and QPR and has also had spells with Chesham United and Billericay Town.
Rugby WASPS IN ANOTHER CORNER
(Sunday 23rd January 2005)
With the Wanderers plc meeting on Monday (24th January) to discuss a list of proposals sent by London Wasps with regards to the ground tenancy agreement with the Rugby Union Club, further news has been revealed by The Independent with regards to Wasps supposed discussions on an alternative agreement in Oxford. It transpires that the RFU passed a rule in June 2004 that says that clubs are forbidden to move their home ground from one constituent body to another, thus restricting them to own county. The ruling has seen Firoz Kassam, the millionare owner of Oxford United, attempt to buy out Henley RFC, the closest team in Oxfordshire but this deal was thwarted by the 100 members of the National League One club. Wasps have until 31st March 2005 to announce their decision to the RFU but look to have the alternative of staying at Wycombe or returning to Loftus Road.
Jonny Dixon DIXON - GOING NOWHERE
(Sunday 23nd January 2005)
John Gorman has dismissed claims that former Youth Teamer Jonny Dixon has already been told he will be released at the end of the 2004/5 season. The Wycombe Manager revealed at the Fans Forum held on Thursday 20th January that he had been told that Dixon had been upset with the stories of his imminent release from Wycombe but responded by saying "We had supposedly said he was released at the end of the season which I can tell right in front of everybody here that it is absolute rubbish, he is going nowhere." Going nowhere - full story
Matchday WYCOMBE 1 MACCLESFIELD 1
(Saturday 22nd January 2005)
Wanderers blew hot and cold as they drew 1-1 with Macclesfield Town on Saturday afternoon at Adams Park. The match saw Millwall loanee Tony Craig play his final game of his three month spell with The Wanderers. Craig was made Captian for the day in an unchanged starting line-up to the one that drew at Swansea last Saturday. Wanderers had the better of the early chances but the visitors came back strongly and went ahead on 38 minutes when Jon Parkin struck home from the edge of the penalty area. John Gorman switched to a back four after the break and it saw Wycombe take the upper hand again and finally draw level on 56 minutes when Roger Johnson looped home a header from the right edge of the penalty area after Craig had crossed from the left. However, Wycombe couldn't take it to the next level to grab a much needed winning goal and remain 16th in the table. Wycombe 1 Macclesfield 1 - report and reaction
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM BEAT GILLS
(Saturday 22nd January 2005)
The Wanderers Under 18's Youth Team recorded an excellent 3-1 victory over Gllingham at Molins Sports Ground on Saturday morning in their final Youth Alliance Conference game of the season. Wycombe took the lead in the 18th minute when a low cross from the right was turned in his own net by Gills defender Frank Chappell. A superb strike from James Faulkner from the right corner of the penalty area increased Wycombe's lead on the hour mark, while a delightfully executed 25 yard lob from Rashid Kamara made it 3-0 after 75 minutes. Gills substitute Ben Bissett pulled one back for the visitors with 83 minutes on the clock but Wanderers were worthy winners for the first time in the Youth Alliance since beating Gillingham away from home back in September. However, the match ended on a negative note for Wycombe with James Faulkner being stretchered off with a knee injury. Despite the victory, Gary Smith's side have finished bottom of the South East Conference and will now face other bottom three clubs from the Southern region in a series of Merit matches starting on Saturday 12th February. Opponents will include Gillingham, Southend, Hereford, Cirencester, Newport County and Cheltenham Town. Youth Team info 2004/2005
Fans Forum FANS FEEDBACK INVITED
(Friday 21st January 2005)
Wanderers' new 'Corporate Buisness Development Manager' Ian Davies is inviting Wycombe fans to join any of three focus groups to give feedback on subjects relating to retail, corporate and general issues. Each groups will comprise of up to twelve people and the intention is to meet every 6 months to report on actions. Davies commented "The key to this working is having a cross-section of supporters participating. We want a mixture of those who feel the club is going in the right direction (off the field), those who remain unconvinced and those who definitely do not." Contact via email at ian.davies(at)wycombewanderers.co.uk with reasons about why you should be invited.
Rugby WASPS IN A CORNER
(Friday 21st January 2005)
The Wanderers plc will meet next Monday (24th January) to discuss a list of proposals sent by London Wasps with regards to the ground tenancy agreement with the Rugby Union Club. Wasps have until 31st March 2005 to announce their decision to the RFU and claimed in December 2004 that they were also in talks about a possible alternative 'groundshare' with Oxford United. However, it's been revealed in the press that England Rugby Limited, the governing body for the Zurich Premiership, will investigate any such move as they are proposing that any new 'groundshare', deal should see the rugby side have 'primacy of tenure' and therefore first choice of fixture dates. The Football League already have a 'primacy of tenure' ruling meaning that Wycombe retain first call on fixture dates at Adams Park.
Drewe Broughton DREWE SENT BACK
(Friday 21st January 2005)
It's been revealed that Drewe Broughton has played his last game of his loan deal with Wycombe. The Southend striker is currently suspended and also injured and John Gorman said at the Fans Forum on Thursday that he has agreed for him return to Roots Hall. His loan period was orginally set to run until 19th February 2005 but he has been sent back having made just two starts and one substitute appearance for The Wanderers.
Fans Forum FANS FORUM
(Thursday 20th January 2005)
The latest Fans Forum took place on Thursday evening in the Vere Suite at Adams Park. Steve Hayes, Director of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club plc, joined the original panel line-up which included Manager John Gorman, plc General Manager John Harrison and Founders' Trust plc Board representative Ian Mather. An attendance of around 100 heard a varied debate on subjects ranging from the ground tenancy, the share issue and ways of attracting more people to games. Look out for reports via the usual media outlets plus an extended report here on COTN.
News 'OLD BOYS' REUNITE
(Wednesday 19th January 2005)
A Wanderers Select XI went down 2-1 to a Marlow XI in the charity match in aid of the Tsunami Disaster appeal at Oak Tree Road on Wednesday evening. A crowd of around 800 turned out which will take the total amount raised with other connected activities to over 10,000. Wanderers fielded a line-up made up of several former stars but it was Sep Neptune who gave the home side the lead in the 52nd minute. However, Andy Rammell rolled back the years to score Wanderers' equaliser on 78 minutes before Marlow snatched the winner three minutes later with a long range strike. Keith Scott guested for Marlow along with Dave Carroll and Mark West and it was 'Scotty' who, just for old times sake, missed an open goal from no more than a couple of yards with the score still at 0-0. Wanderers Manager John Gorman took the field for the final five minutes and went close with an effort from the right flank. Wycombe line-up: Martin Taylor, Jamie Bates (sub 53 Matt Fox), Jason Cousins, Matt Crossley, Keith Ryan (sub 23 Sonny Ball), Steve Guppy (sub 23 Russell Martin), Dennis Greene, Simon Stapleton, Steve Brown, Simon Garner (sub 50 Ikechi Anya) - additional sub 85 John Gorman
News FRIENDLY DRAW AT OXFORD
(Tuesday 18th January 2005)
A Wanderers Reserve XI drew 1-1 at The Kassam Stadium against Oxford United in 'behind closed doors' friendly match on Tuesday afternoon. Gary Silk fired Wanderers ahead around the hour mark with a left foot volley but the home side equalised five minutes later. John Gorman used the game to give a trial to former Bristol City striker Marvin Brown. The 21 year old has been playing for Forest Green Rovers and Tamworth this season following his release from City in the summer but reports indicate he failed to impress in the match with Oxford. Former Watford trainee David Perpetuini was another triallist on show and faired better and is likely to be asked back for another game. The 25 year old midfielder was at Gillingham earlier this season with Gorman and has made around 100 appearances during a three and half year spell with The Gills following a 100,000 move from Vicarage Road. Other news from the game saw Matt Bloomfield pick up a second-half hamstring injury. Squad v Oxford: Williamson, Silk, Gradwell, Martin, Uhlenbeek, Grier, Ball, Easton, Bloomfield, Stonebridge, Brown, Perpetuini, Fox, Flowers, Thornton, Cadmore, Anya, Ngongou.
Paul McCarthy EX-PLAYER NEWS
(Tuesday 18th January 2005)
Former Wanderers defender Paul McCarthy has been appointed to the coaching staff at Gravesend & Northfleet. 'Macca' joined Fleet as a player in November 2004 following the financial collapse of his previous club Hornchurch. He joins up again with ex-Wanderer Roy Essandoh in the Gravesend side. Unfortunately, this new commitment for McCarthy means he will not be able to play in the charity friendly at Marlow on Wednesday. Elsewhere, former Wanderers Youth Teamer Andy Reilly is on trial with Chesham United having failed to break into the Barnet First Team following his departure from Wycombe.
Matchday SWANSEA 2 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 15th January 2005)
Wanderers came back from 2-0 down at Swansea on Saturday to salvage a draw following late goals from Roger Johnson and Steve Guppy. Wycombe had the better chances in the first half but Paul Connor and Lee Trundle (from a penalty) scored after the restart before Wycombe hit back. The match saw Steve Claridge make his Wycombe debut following his loan move from Brentford and he linked well with former Leicester teammate Guppy who scored his first goal in a Wycombe shirt since March 1994.
Swansea City 2 Wycombe 2 - report and reaction
Steve Guppy JG WANTS GUPPY TO STAY
(Friday 14th January 2005)
John Gorman is trying to persuade Steve Guppy to stay at Wycombe for the remainder of the season and the season after, according to reports in the local press. COTN understands that Guppy has yet to sign a contract on a proposed playing deal in the USA after there were problems with money and restrictions on the number of foriegn players. Guppy is waiting to hear back but has admitted that he has found a new lease of life at Wycombe. He told the Bucks Free Press "You get a buzz from it and it would be very close to my heart if I could help get the club back-up." Steve Guppy - Player profile
Fans Forum FANS FORUM INFORMATION
(Friday 14th January 2005)
The panel of guests for the Fans Forum on Thursday 20th January is now available. The forum, originally announced on Tuesday 11th January, has been hastily arranged by various supporters' groups at Wycombe with a view to encourage membership of the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust (WWST) and to also seek clarification of recent press reports discussing stakeholding in the Football Club and ground. The forum will take place in the Vere Suite starting at 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm). Manager John Gorman will be attendance to discuss the 'on the pitch' matters, while General Manager John Harrison and Founders' Trust PLC Board representative Ian Mather will be there to field other questions. Entrance is free but a donation towards the Supporters' Trust will be appreciated by the organisers who are jointly OWWSA, WWISC and WWST.
Have some WANDERERS FINED 500
(Thursday 13th January 2005)
The Club have reported that they have been "severely censured" and charged 500 by the Football Association as result of the mass player brawl in the game at Leyton Orient on 20th November. The incident was sparked by a flying challenge on Nathan Tyson by David Hunt. The O's player was red-carded but Wanderers were reported to have 'failed to ensure that players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion'. However, video evidence proved Wanderers were not to blame and they escaped a larger fine of up to 10,000 which was hanging from a similar incident in the game at Colchester in November 2000.
News AGENTS FEES REVEALED
(Thursday 13th January 2005)
Wanderers committed 24,800 in agents fees for the period 1st July 2004 to 31st Dec 2004 according to a report released today by The Football League. The fees cover 24 transactions that are made up of 10 new registrations, 2 updated contracts, 2 cancelled contracts and 10 loans. Wanderers completed 22 player transactions during the previous period but did not commit to any agents fees. The latest report shows that total fees for the Football Legaue have risen by more than 250% to 5m compared to the period 1st Jan 2004 to 30th June 2004. Nine 'League Two' clubs did not record any agents fees on this latest report, with only Bristol Rovers, Oxford United, Southend United and Swansea City committing more than Wycombe. At the other end of the scale Leeds United committed 1.5m from the 5m total while in the same division Crewe paid nothing and Watford committed just 2,000. Football League agents report
News STEVE CLARIDGE SIGNS
(Thursday 13th January 2005)
Wanderers completed the signing of Steve Claridge today on an initial one month loan from Brentford. John Gorman is known to be an admirer of Claridge for his natural football ability and apparently tried to sign him during his previous spell at the Club in October 2003. The Wycombe boss will be hoping that the experience of Claridge will improve Wanderers' strike rate this season which has seen a return of just 26 goals in 26 League games. The arrival of the 38 year old striker comes more than 16 years after a move by Wycombe to sign him while he was still a player at Weymouth. He later opted to join Crystal Palace in the summer of 1988 before moving shortly afterwards to Aldershot where he began his mini tour of Football League clubs. Wycombe will be the 12th different Football League club he has played for.
Matchday LAST VISIT TO THE VETCH
(Wednesday 12th January 2005)
Wanderers return to League action on Saturday with a trip to Swansea City. The Swans are currently 3rd in the 'League Two' table and on a relative high after coming close to knocking Reading out of the FA Cup last Saturday at the Madejski Stadium - a late goal for The Royals forcing a 1-1 draw. An advantage for Wycombe may come from the fact that Swansea will stage the replay just two days after facing Wycombe following a switch to the Monday evening because of live TV requirements. The game at The Vetch on Saturday will be Wanderers final visit to the decaying ground. Swansea move to a new 20,000 all-seater ground in the summer. The 25m project is being funded by Swansea Council and the stadium will be shared with the local rugby club and also used for other events.
Mystery CLARIDGE TO JOIN WYCOMBE
(Tuesday 11th January 2005)
'Veteran' striker Steve Claridge is understood to be set to join Wycombe on a month long loan from Brentford running until 15th February. The 38 year old was sacked as player-manager of Weymouth earlier in the season before returning to League football with Brighton and then Brentford, thus adding to a long list of former clubs that include Cambridge United, Birmingham City and Leicester City. His career records also shows a staggering 800 plus professional appearances and more than 200 goals. His spell at Wycombe will see him reunite with former team-mate at Leicester City under Martin O'Neill, Steve Guppy.
News PALACE FRIENDLY DETAILS
(Tuesday 11th January 2005)
Wanderers brushed aside a relatively inexperienced Crystal Palace side 5-0 in a 'Reserve' friendly at Adams Park. The game was split into three equal periods and saw John Gorman experiment with several combinations of players and formations. The goals came from Steve Guppy, Roger Johnson, Matt Bloomfield, Sonny Ball and Gus Uhlenbeek. Watford triallist Jamie Collins played at left-back during the final two periods but was told after the game by John Gorman that the trial would not be extended. Line-up: Talia (Williams), Nethercott (Martin), Johnson (Uhlenbeek), Williamson (Silk), Craig (Collins), Senda (Ball), Ryan (Bloomfield), Burnell, Guppy (Easton). Stonebridge, Tyson (Fox) - subs used in brackets
News TRIALLIST INFO
(Tuesday 11th January 2005)
John Gorman is giving a trial to 20 year old Watford left footer Jamie Collins as a possible replacement for Tony Craig. The 6'2" player is a former Watford trainee but has yet to make a First Team appearance for the Hornets. However, he was top appearance maker for their Reserves last season and earned a one year contract this season having converted from midfield to the left-back position. The Wycombe boss is also said to be hoping to sign another player (Steve Claridge?) before Wanderers travel to Swansea City for Saturday's 'League Two' meeting.
News AGENTS FEES REPORT
(Monday 10th January 2005)
The Football League will issue their second ever report on agents fees later this week and it is expected to reveal a massive increase compared to the previous six month reporting period. The previous report, the first of its kind in English football, showed total agents fees throughout the three divisions during the six month period from January 2004 to June 2004 as 1,412,437 with 80% of this figure being in the top division. Wanderers completed 22 player transactions during this period, including 13 loans, 7 new registrations and 2 updated contracts but were one of 34 clubs in the Football League who did not pay any agent fees. The latest report is expected to show that total fees for the Football Legaue have risen by more than 250% to 5m. League chairman Sir Brian Mawhinney commented "It is an enormous increase and when we publish the results club-by-club later this week there will be significant discussions. We decided to publish figures every six months because it represents the money going out of the game and the fans need to know about it."
Rugby EX-CHAIRBOYS IN CUP ACTION
(Sunday 9th January 2005)
Three former Wanderers' players tasted FA Cup action at the weekend. Exeter City striker Sean Devine came under the spotlight when his side travelled to Old Trafford to play Manchester United and returned with hugely impressive 0-0 draw. However, midfielder Darren Currie could do nothing to help Ipswich Town as they were knocked out 3-1 by Bolton Wanderers at Portman Road. On Sunday, Marc Leach, who made one League appearance for Wycombe during the 2001/2 season, played in defence for Yeading as his side went down 2-0 to Newcastle United at Loftus Road in the live TV game.
History WANDERERS LEGEND DIES
(Saturday 8th January 2005)
Wanderers legend Jock McCallam died this week at the age of 91. Jock scored an amazing total of 224 goals in 348 appearances in two spells for the Wanderers between 1936 and 1951. He passed away on 2nd January after spending eight weeks in hospital suffering from dementia. He is survived by his two children and three grandchildren. His funeral is at Amersham Crematorium on Friday 14th January at 12.30pm and people are welcome to attend. Jock McCallam - tribute
Rugby DIRECTOR ON WASPS TALKS
(Friday 7th January 2005)
Wanderers plc Director Steve Hayes has spoken to the press reacting to comments in the national media suggesting that London Wasps want to gain a bigger stake in the assets of Adams Park. Hayes was responding in particular to suggestions that Wasps owner Chris Wright wanted to buy shares in Wycombe Wanderers plc. Hayes told the Bucks Free Press "There has been no move. He has not contacted the club and we don't expect him too." However, Hayes did not rule out talks in the future, adding "There has never been a proposal from Wasps to own part of the club but if there was it would be in the club's beat interest to listen." Original story from 4th January
News LOANEES TO RETURN
(Friday 7th January 2005)
Stephen Cooke and Tony Craig are to return to their respective clubs following their loan spells with Wycombe. Craig will return to Millwall following the home game with Macclesfield on 22nd January having completed the maximum three month spell. John Gorman wanted to keep the defender on a long term basis and got agreement from the Millwall management but was overruled by Lions Chairman Theo Paphitis. Meanwhile, 21 year old Villa striker Cooke has picked up an ankle injury and has been sent back to his club for treatment. Cooke's initial one month loan period ends on 10th January and Gorman didn't want to waste an extension on an injured player. However, the Wycombe boss didn't rule out a move for the player at a later stage, commenting to the Bucks Free Press, "He loved it here and once he reovers we could be looking to take him".
News CHARITY FRIENDLY v MARLOW
(Friday 7th January 2005)
Wycombe Wanderers will send a Select XI to play Marlow on Wednesday 19th January in a charity match in aid of the Tsunami Disaster appeal. The Club report that John Gorman is planning to field a "strong attractive side" and is also hoping to get some famous names involved in the match. Former Wanderers Coach Jim Melvin, now coach at Marlow, instigated the idea and has planned to field Dave Carroll, Keith Scott and Mark West in his Marlow XI. Admission to the match will be 10 for adults and 5 for juniors. Kick-off will be 7.45pm.
News FANS RAISE APPEAL MONEY
(Thursday 6th January 2005)
Fans attending the Oxford United v Wycombe Wanderers game on New Years Day contributed 3,250 to a bucket collection in aid of the Tsunami Disaster appeal. The collection was initiated by Oxford United FC who approached Oxfam for help in carrying out the collection which was assisted by some members of the Oxford United Supporters' Trust. A further 775 was raised before the home game with Cheltenham Town on Holiday Monday. For those wishing to further assist the disaster appeal visit the Disasters Emergency Commitee website at www.dec.org.uk
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust TRUST SIGN-UP INCENTIVE
(Thursday 6th January 2005)
The Chairman of the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust is generously offering to pay at least 10 of his own money to the recognised aid agencies of theTsunami relief fund for each new member who joins the Trust in January 2005. Chairman Francis Glenister will also increase his donation to 15 for two year memberships and 20 for three year. A statement from the Trust comments, "Please ensure that as many people as possible join the Supporters Trust in January so that we maximise the donation made. This is a situation where Francis wants to pay out more not less." Visit www.wwst.org for more info
History 30 YEAR BORO ANNIVERSARY
(Tuesday 4th January 2005)
The 4th January 2005 marked the 30th anniversary of Wanderers' memorable Third Round FA Cup meeting with Middlesbrough at Loakes Park. Check the link to recall the story of the day that 12,000 people flocked to see Isthmian League Wycombe hold the joint leaders of the old First Division in front of the Big Match TV cameras. Magic moment - 4th January 1975
Rugby WASPS WANT GROUND STAKE
(Tuesday 4th January 2005)
Speculation and rumour on a possible move by London Wasps to gain a bigger stake in the assets of Adams Park stepped up another notch this week following further comments by the Rugby club's officials through the national media. More on this story
News FRIENDLY AT FULHAM
(Tuesday 4th January 2005)
John Gorman gave a run out to two triallists as Wanderers went down 3-2 in a friendly against Fulham reserves on Tuesday afternoon at Fulham's training ground at Motspur Park. The players on trial were 33 year old former Austrian international Andreas Lipa and Finnish player Tero Karhu. Midfielder/Defender Lipa has spent the past 18 months with Port Vale but was released in November due to injury problems. Karhu, a 25 year old, 5'11" midfielder from Finnish Premier side Mypa previously trained with the Wanderers in December. The match also saw Joe Burnell given his first taste of action since October and he put Wanderers ahead during the first-half. Burnell was joined in a strong Wanderers line-up by fellow injury victim Clint Easton. Drewe Broughton made the score 2-0 shortly before the break but Wycombe conceded three times in the second-half.
Matchday WYCOMBE 1 CHELTENHAM 1
(Monday 3rd January 2005)
Wanderers completed what has been a very disappointing holiday programme, results wise, with a 1-1 draw against Cheltenham Town on Monday at Adams Park. John Gorman made four changes to the side that had lost at Oxford on New Years Day but in a tame first half it was the visitors who took the lead when a 37th minute free-kick from the left flank was spilled by Frank Talia and Gavin Caines snapped up the follow-up. Wanderers improved in the second-half and eventually drew level on 70 minutes when Steve Guppy's cross from the left was headed home by Nathan Tyson. In a frenetic closing period both sides had chances to win the game. Town substitute Kayode Odejayi miskicked from three yards in the 89th minute, allowing Talia to scoop the ball away. Then in stoppage time Roger Johnson powered a header against the crossbar from a Guppy corner.
Wycombe 1 Cheltenham Town 1 - report and reaction
Drewe Broughton SUSPENSION FOR DREWE
(Sunday 2nd January 2005)
Drewe Broughton's yellow card in the New Year's Day meeting with Oxford United will mean a two match ban for on loan Southend United striker. It was his tenth yellow of the season and the suspension will come into force for Wanderers' games at Swansea (15th Jan) and at home to Macclesfield (22nd Jan). His loan period runs until 19th February 2005.
Matchday OXFORD UTD 2 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 1st January 2005)
It was miserable weather and an even more miserable result for Wanderers as they suffered their third consecutive defeat over the holiday period - losing 2-1 to Oxford United in their first ever visit to The Kassam Stadium on New Years Day. Wanderers were denied a dramatic equaliser in stoppage time when a Craig Faulconbridge header from a Steve Guppy corner was ruled out for pushing. Earlier the home side had taken the lead in the 22nd minute when Jamie Brooks converted from the left of goal. Wanderers were then given a one man advantage in 33rd minute when Chris Hackett was red carded for striking out at Tony Craig. However, in dreadful second-half conditions it was United who extended their lead on 85 minutes when Steve Basham deflected a 25 yard free-kick past Frank Talia. A trip on Danny Senda in the 90th minute gave Wycombe a penalty that Senda converted before what would have been an equaliser was ruled out. Before the game there was a bucket collection by Oxfam in aid of the Tsunami Disaster and also a minute's silence.
Oxford United 2 Wycombe 1 - Report and reaction

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