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Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust SUPPORTERS' TRUST AGM
(Thursday 30th June 2005)
The first AGM of the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust took place on Thursday evening . In addition to the formal proceedings, a summary of Trust activities to date was given, as well as plans for the future. The Trust now has over 200 members and in the ten months of its existence has raised close to 29,000 through membership subscriptions and donations. A positive debate following the AGM discussed other Trust related issues, including ideas to improve feedback to and from the plc Board rep and methods of increasing membership numbers. All Wycombe supporters are urged to join the Trust and provide input.
Supporters' Trust - joining details
?? SIGNING ABOUT TURN
(Wednesday 29th June 2005)
In an amazing turn around, Chris Carruthers has shunned Wycombe to join Bristol Rovers. The 21 year old Northampton Town defender had agreed a two year deal with Wycombe earlier in June but was subsequently contacted by Rovers boss Ian Atkins with an alternative offer. John Gorman was quoted on the official site as saying "He's been told that he'll play regularly for Bristol Rovers and I put it to him that he couldn't be guaranteed that here. Every one of our players in the squad is happy to fight for a place and I don't want players here who aren't up for the challenge." The Wycombe boss added that he will continue on the look out for a left sided defender but insists there is no rush.
News FITNESS REGIME AHEAD?
(Wednesday 29th June 2005)
Wanderers are considering appointing a full time fitness coach as a further push to improve matters on the pitch. Club MD Steve Hayes is backing the plan but the final decision will lay with John Gorman. The seeds of the idea were sown due to Gorman's friendship with Bolton boss Sam Allardyce who noticed benefits when they employed Craig White as their fitness coach. White then moved on to Wycombe based London Wasps where he earned more good reviews before leaving in the close season for a role in New Zealand. Wycombe's new fitness regime has also seen Dave Jones re-employed as a consultant on the physio side, while Terry Evans returned to provide fitness programmes for the players prior to their close-season break. The Wanderers squad returns to light pre-season training on Thursday.
Nathan Tyson TYSON SAGA CONTINUES
(Tuesday 28th June 2005)
The Club have reacted through the local press at claims that they have rejected a 100,000 bid for Nathan Tyson from Oldham Athletic. The claims were made in the Oldham Evening Chronicle but have been denied by the Club through the Midweek Bucks Free Press. Manager John Gorman also added "I do know there's been interest but we're not worried about it. He's going nowhere. As far as I'm concerned, he's our player. They will have to make a really good offer to make us begin to be interested."
Carling Cup SWINDON IN CARLING CUP
(Tuesday 28th June 2005)
Wanderers have been drawn away to Swindon Town in the one-legged First Round of the Carling Cup. Wycombe have met Swindon twice before in this competition and have been successful on both occasions. In the 1998/99 season Wanderers went through 3-2 on aggregate in the First Round, while four years later, Wycombe won 2-1 after extra-time in a one off tie at The County Round. The tie will take place on Tuesday 23rd August with a 7.45pm kick-off. Swindon Town - Quick Guide
News BOSS HAPPY WITH SQUAD
(Monday 27th June 2005)
John Gorman says that he is happy with the squad he has enhanced over the close season and that it's unlikely any more permanent signings will be made before the start of the 2005/6 campaign. The Wycombe boss was speaking in an interview with BBC Three Counties Radio on Friday (24th June) where he added that any more new faces would most likely be loans as a result of injuries picked up during the course of the season. At present, the only long term injury in the First Team squad is Mark Philo who is at least two months away from a return. The squad returns for pre-season training this Thursday before jetting off to Ibiza at the weekend for the San An Cup tournament - taking on UE Sant Josep (not an Ibiza XI as orginally planned) on Tuesday 5th July and then Oldham Athletic on Thursday 7th July.
News FORMER PLAYER NEWS
(Sunday 26th June 2005)
A brief look at some news of former Wanderers players. Andy Baird has signed for Banbury United after a lengthy spell with Brackley Town. Keith Scott has been released by Windsor & Eton who are managed by Dave Carroll. Meanwhile, Jason Cousins and Ryan Parsons are the latest ex-Wanderers to join Dennis Greene at Maidenhead United who were reprived of relegation from the Conference South after Hornchurch were forced to pull out due to serious financial difficulties. Finally, former Youth Team Player of the Year Stuart Hole made his Minor Counties Championship cricket debut for Oxfordshire earlier this month against Devon and took two wickets. Hole, who will be 20 in July, will look to continue his football next season with Chesham United in the Southern League Premier Division.
Nathan Tyson TYSON BID REJECTED
(Friday 24th June 2005)
Wanderers have rejected a 100,000 bid for Nathan Tyson from Oldham Athletic according to the Oldham Evening Chronicle. The report also suggests that Wycombe are asking for bids in the order of 300,000 before allowing other Clubs to speak to the player. Athletic manager Ronnie Moore was quoted as saying We did make a bid for Tyson, but it turns out hes beyond our means. Tyson, now 23 years old, has been attracting interest from a number clubs after scoring 31 goals in 69 appearances since joining Wycombe from Reading during the 2003/4 season for what is now understood to be a fee close to 100,000
News FIXTURE CHANGES
(Friday 24th June 2005)
As predicted on chairboys.co.uk, Wanderers have changed two fixtures due to clashes with England World Cup qualiying games. The home game with Northampton Town will now take place on Friday 2nd September, while the away meeting at Grimsby Town will be Friday 7th October. Both games will kick-off at 7.45pm instead of 3pm the following day. The change to the Grimsby game now means that three out of the six longest journies of the season for Wycombe are taking place midweek.
Gary Smith YOUTH BOSS QUITS
(Friday 24th June 2005)
The Club have confirmed that Gary Smith has quit as Youth Team Manager at Wycombe to take up the Assisant Academy Manager role at Watford. The former Wanderers' player rejoined the Club as Youth boss in March 2004 and worked under Head of Youth Colin Barnes. Smith will replace Chris Cummins at Vicarage Road and work with Academy Manager David Dodds. No replacement has been announced as yet at Wycombe but chairboys.co.uk understands that Ricky Duncan from Cambridge United's Youth set-up is a potential candidate.
News FIXTURES REVIEW 2005/6
(Friday 24th June 2005)
John Gorman says that every game will be tough for Wycombe next season and the fact that his side are second favourites for the title has little meaning. Meanwhile, Carlisle United boss Paul Simpson says Wycombe are catching the eye due to their spending spree this summer. Read more on 2005/6 fixtures
Carling Cup CARLING CUP DRAW
(Thursday 23rd June 2005)
The draw for the one-legged First Round of the Carling Cup is scheduled for Tuesday 28th June at 7am on BBC Radio One and Sky Sports. The draw is regionalised North and South and seeded - Clubs that finished 12th or higher in League One in 2004/5 will play those that didn't. This means that Wanderers opponents in the First Round will be from Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton, Bristol City, Cardiff, Coventry, Crystal Palace, Gillingham, Ipswich, Luton, Millwall, Norwich, Plymouth, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Southampton, Swindon and Watford. The tie will take place the week commencing 22nd August
Adams Park HOME START AGAIN
(Thursday 23rd June 2005)
As you will have undoubtedly found out by now, it's home to Carlisle United on Saturday 6th August for the first game of the 2005/6 season. More comment and reaction to the fixture list on Friday morning. Before then, just a note to say that our preview story, published before the fixtures were released on Thursday morning, suggesting that this was the day of the year when excessive time is spent dissecting the fixtures for the coming season was, of course, tongue in cheek. As was the question 'How will I get to Torquay on Boxing Day?'. Apparently the Boxing Day fixtures are the only fixtures 'hand selected' in order to minimise travelling distances due to there being no public transport. Imagine our surprise when that 'hand selection' process had indeed put us down for a seasonal trip to Devon.
Read the full fixture list via BBC Sport online
Rob Lee LEE AGREES TO STAY
(Wednesday 22nd June 2005)
The Club have confirmed that Rob Lee has agreed to stay with the Wanderers on a match to match contract. The 39 year old joined Wycombe in March 2005 and made seven appearances before the end of the season. It was reported that John Gorman had been trying to persuade the former Newcastle United captain to sign on a one year deal with Wycombe but negotiations have led to the player signing a match to match deal that gives Lee the option of continuing his Saturday media work should the situation at Wycombe dictate. Rob Lee - Player profile
Adam Birchall EX-PLAYER NEWS
(Wednesday 22nd June 2005)
Former Wanderers Adam Birchall and Gus Uhlenbeek are set to sign for fellow League Two side Mansfield Town. Birchall, scored 5 goals in 15 apps while on loan to Wycombe from Arsenal last season. The 20 year old was released at the end of the season by the Gunners. Meanwhile, Uhlenbeek joins a club closer to his home after failing to agree terms for an extension to his one year stay with Wycombe. Both players scored against The Stags last season. Commenting to the local Mansfield press, Stags Chairman Keith Haslam said "Gus is a very experienced player and Wycombe wanted to keep him. When we came in they even upped their offer. Once I knew there was an opportunity to sign him and that he was having to drive down to Wycombe from his home in Sheffield, I thought we might have a chance."
News LAW CHANGES FOR 2005/6
(Wednesday 22nd June 2005)
Football League clubs have been advised of clarifications to the Laws of the game for the forthcoming season. The major change will see the experiment where the ball was advanced 10 yards if a player showed dissent after an infringement dropped. It had previously only applied to games involving Football League sides and has been deemed to cause confusion and not necessarily give an advantage to the violated side. A clarification of the offside law has also been issued where interfering with play, an opponent and gaining an advantage by position are given additional guidelines with the purpose of a delaying a decision until these have actually affected the phase of play in question.
Centre Spot CENTRE SPOT REVAMP
(Tuesday 21st June 2005)
The Club are currently assessing a selection of names for the relaunch of the 'Centre Spot' bar at Adams Park. The bar is currently undergoing a complete refurbishment and rebranding as a 'Sports Bar' and the upgraded facilities will go on show at a Wanderers Fashion Show set for Monday 11th July. The Fashion Show will see the launch of the new Wanderers home kit, as well as a new range of Club related leisure wear. Tickets for the event are free but must be applied for via the Club. Supporters of both Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps had the chance to suggest new names via the respective official websites.
Wycombe Wanderers Founders' Trust FOUNDERS' TRUST REPORTS
(Monday 20th June 2005)
The Wycombe Wanderers Founders' Trust have provided a page on their website where you can read and download various articles, press releases and other information relating to the Trust. The latest download is an extensive report from the meeting with Steve Hayes on 15th June. A direct link is provided below.
Founders' Trust articles, press releases and downloads
Steve Claridge CLARIDGE SET FOR 'WALL JOB
(Monday 20th June 2005)
Less than a month after confirming his departure from Wycombe, Steve Claridge looks set to be appointed the new manager of Millwall. Lions Chairman Jeff Burnige is expected to officially announce the news in a press conference on Tuesday morning. Eric Black and Ray Lewington were also reported to be in the frame for the job but Claridge, who had a two year spell as a player for Millwall, is expected to get the nod on a three year deal. Steve Claridge - Player profile
News GAS UPSET WITH CHAIRBOYS
(Friday 18th June 2005)
Bristol Rovers boss Ian Atkins has expressed his disappointment on missing out on the signing of Chris Carruthers. He was quoted in the Bristol Evening Post as saying "He was high on my list of 'possibles', because there are not that many quick, young, wide-left players around who can play left-back, wing-back or as out-and-out wingers." The 21 year old was on loan with Rovers last season but opted for a move to Wycombe instead of the Memorial Ground. Atkins suggested his own move for the Northampton player had been delayed by unknown movements within in his own squad and added, "It's part and parcel of football in the lower leagues and if you go massively over your budget, you can cripple a club." Chris Carruthers - Player profile
Steve Hayes STEVE HAYES INTERVIEW
(Saturday 18th June 2005)
Wanderers' Managing Director Steve Hayes has taken further steps to break down communication barriers at the Club by holding an interview on Wednesday 15th June where he invited representatives from the Bucks Free Press, chairboys.co.uk and the Wycombe Wanderers Founders' Trust. In an interview lasting more than one and half hours, Hayes spoke candidly about many aspects of his involvement with Wycombe and his plans and ambitions for the future. This is our first in depth look at the interview. Steve Hayes interview - special feature
Wohoo, don't worry about a thing FANS TOLD DON'T WORRY
(Friday 17th June 2005)
Wanderers' Managing Director Steve Hayes has said not to worry about the playing budget for next season. With six new faces in an expanded squad, some supporters had expressed concerns over the financial implications on the Club. Speaking in a specially arranged media interview, he said "We need to get some success on the field and if that personally costs me some money, I'm quite happy to put that in." Promotion is the firm target for next season and Hayes added "We are going to give it our best shot to put it on the pitch and I wouldn't worry about the budget's." Don't worry about the budget - full story
Steve Brown BROWNIE TESTIMONIAL
(Friday 17th June 2005)
A reminder that tickets are available for Steve Brown's testimonial against Aston Villa on Monday 18th July. Prices are; seating 14 (adults), 8 (concessions); Terrace or Family Stand 10 (adult), 5 (concessions). Guest hospitality, executive box hire, matchball and programme sponsorship are also available. Those able to display a poster for the match can pick one up from the ground. See www.stevebrown30.co.uk for more details
Craig Faulconbridge FAULCON ON HIS WAY?
(Thursday 16th June 2005)
Chairboys.co.uk understands that Craig Faulconbridge has not been offered a new contract with the Wanderers but will be given the chance to regain his fitness during pre-season training. His contract ends on 30th June and he will remain with Wanderers throughout July in a bid to get fit and find another Club. He made 69 appearances and scored 8 goals during a injury hit three year spell at Adams Park. Craig Faulconbridge - Player profile
?? SIXTH SIGNING
(Thursday 16th June 2005)
Northampton Town's 21 year old left sided defender Chris Carruthers is Wanderers' sixth signing of a busy close season off the pitch at Adams Park. The Club confirmed on Thursday morning that the 6'1" player had agreed terms on a two year deal. Carruthers is a former trainee with the Cobblers who made his debut towards the end of the 2000/2001 season at the age of 17. He went on to total 89 First Team appearances for Town and scored his only professional goal in the 4-1 defeat of Wycombe in April 2002. Made just three apps. last season and spent the tail end of the campaign on loan at Bristol Rovers and played against Wycombe on the final day. He joins on a free transfer.
News WINDOW SYSTEM CONFIRMED
(Wednesday 15th June 2005)
The Football League along with the National Conference have confirmed they will adopt the 'Transfer Window' system as advised by FIFA. This will restrict Clubs so they are only able to sign permanent players prior to 31st August and in the month of January of each season. However, dispensation for loans will be allowed in 'exceptional circumstances' both in and outside of the 'Transfer Window'. These would be termed 'Emergency Loans' and will follow guidelines laid down by the FA.
News CATERING CHANGE AT CLUB
(Tuesday 14th June 2005)
The change culture continues at the Club after there was confirmation that the matchday catering will now be managed 'in house'. Lindley Catering had provided the function for the past three years but had come under criticism from supporters for its inconsistent service. Wanderers' Bars and Kiosk manager Kevin Boddington explained the reasoning to the official website, "The decision to bring the kiosk catering 'in house' was not purely a financial decision but the need for a change of image." Prices have been lowered and new lines will be introduced.
Youth Team YOUTHS RELEASED
(Tuesday 14th June 2005)
Wanderers have released three players coming under the Youth Team wing at the Club. They are Shahed Ahmed and Sonny Ball, who had both been with the Club on a one year pro contract following their release from the Wimbledon Youth team; and Matty Fox who had come to the end of his three year scholarship. Fox had been with the Club since the age of 10 but leaves without making a First Team appearance. Ahmed made five appearances from the bench for the First Team and scored in Wanderers' 2-0 victory at Kidderminster in August 2004. Ball didn't make a First Team showing but along with Ahmed and Fox, were involved with the Reserve side who were successful in lifting the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup for the first time in 15 years.
Chelsea PRE-SEASON TICKET INFO
(Tuesday 14th June 2005)
A reminder that tickets for the pre-season friendly with Chelsea on Wednesday 13th July are available now to Wanderers Season Ticket holders for the 2005/6 season. Adult prices range from 10 to 14 and concessions from 4 to 10. Application forms have been sent out to Season Ticket holders and these must be returned by 24th June. The Club have also clarified that payment can be made by cheque or with cash to personal callers at the Commercial Office at Adams Park. Season Ticket holders can purchase up to two tickets each and any remaining tickets will go on general sale from Monday 27th June. Tickets are also available for Steve Brown's testimonial against Aston Villa on Monday 18th July. Full details available from the official website
News FIXTURE NEWS 2005-6
(Monday 13th June 2005)
Wanderers are set for a busy festive according to provisional fixture dates for the 2005-6 Football League season. Clubs in the bottom two divisions will play on Boxing Day and then again on 27th December. Games are also scheduled for New Year's Eve and 2nd January. The situation has arisen because Christmas Day and New Year's Day fall on a Sunday. The fixtures for the new season will be confirmed on Thursday 23rd June with he League season begining on Saturday 6th August and ending on Saturday 6th May for the bottom two divisions but a week earlier for 'Championship' sides to enable preparation for the World Cup.
News LEAGUE RULE CHANGES
(Saturday 11th June 2005)
The Football League have announced a number of rule changes that will come into effect for the 2005/6 season. The changes were ratified at the League's AGM held in Chester this week and relate to relocating grounds, ticket prices and ground sharing deals. Clubs will now have to submit ticket prices to the Football League who will ensure charges for away supporters comply to the new rules. Elsewhere in the press release it stated "Ground sharing agreements have also been updated to ensure that the football club's fixtures will always take priority over any other use associated with the other party in the agreement."
Press release from Football League website
?? ONE MORE TO COME?
(Saturday 11th June 2005)
John Gorman has reconfirmed his intention to bring in cover for the left-back position. However, he may have to settle for a less experienced and younger player after stretching the playing budget with his five signings to date. The Wycombe boss told Wanderers World, "I could get another experienced player but I don't think I could afford his wages. I don't want to put that on the Club." Press reports suggest that Gorman has had discussions with a left-back who is currently on holiday in Spain and deal is likely to be agreed on his return. Meanwhile, the search for a third goalkeeper has been stepped down after the rules were relaxed on the new transfer window system. Club's will now get special dispensation to cover goalkeeper injuries outside of the window - effectively allowing them to sign or bring in a loan player if there is not deemed to be a fit goalkeeper at the Club.
Reserves RESERVES RETURN
(Friday 10th June 2005)
The Club have announced that the 'Reserve' team will return to compete in the Pontin's Holidays Combination for the forthcoming season. Wanderers withdrew from the competition in the summer of 2004 mainly due to the lack of personel in the First Team squad. Several friendlies were arranged as replacement fixtures and the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup was also won by the Wanderers 2nd XI. Now back with a larger squad for 2005/6 Wanderers will compete in the Central division of the Combination on a home and away basis with Aldershot Town, Brighton & Hove Albion, Crawley Town, Gillingham, Millwall, QPR, Reading and Woking. Home games will take place at Adams Park.
Fans JOINT TRUST REPORT
(Friday 10th June 2005)
A joint report from the open meeting held on Friday 3rd June has been produced by Wycombe Wanderers Supporters and Founders Trusts. The report summarises the debates, including those on ground sharing, stadium capacity, seating issues and the naming rights of Adams Park. A copy of the presentation, report and poll results can be downloaded in PDF format from the Founders Trust website. External link - wwft.co.uk
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust MEET THE TRUST BOARD
(Friday 10th June 2005)
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust held a 'meet the candidates' on Friday 10th June in the Keen Lounge at Adams Park for Trust members. The meeting gave the chance to assess in person the nine names that will be formally elected to the Trust Board at the first AGM to be held on Thursday 30th June 2005. No election process will take place as the number of nominees falls below the maximum figure of ten set in the Trust rules and as recommended by Supporters Direct guidelines. The names of the nominees are; Ian Baker; Keith Blagborough; Francis Glenister (Chairman); Tim Goode; Martin Hamilton; Peter Lerner; Reg Rundle; Geoff Taylor and Marcus Wood.
Direct link to report on www.wwst.org
News GUS DEPARTS
(Thursday 9th June 2005)
Gus Uhlenbeek will not be amongst the Wanderers squad for the 2005/6 campaign. According to John Gorman, the 34 year old has turned down an offer of a one year deal to stay at Adams Park and is in talks with other clubs for his services. The former Ipswich and Fulham defender was signed by Tony Adams in the summer of 2004 and missed just four League games during his time at the Club. Uhlenbeek's departure leaves Craig Faulconbridge as the only soon to be out of contract First Teamer remaining to have his future with the Wanderers confirmed by the Club. Gorman is also still negotiating with Rob Lee on upgrading his 'match to match' deal to a one year contract.
?? KEVIN BETSY TO SIGN
(Wednesday 8th June 2005)
The Club confirmed on Wednesday morning that the new midfielder set to sign for the Wanderers is 27 year old Kevin Betsy who spent most of last season at Oldham Athletic. The 6'1" player originally started his senior football with Woking before an 80,000 move to Fulham during the 1998/99 season. Made a handful of appearances for The Cottagers before eventually transfering to Barnsley in March 2002 for a 200,000 fee. Went on to make close to 100 appearances for The Tykes, scoring 17 times before a free transfer to Oldham in September 2004. Has also has brief loan spells with Hull City, Bournemouth and Hartlepool. He will sign a two year deal with Wycombe.
?? TRANSFER GOSSIP
(Tuesday 7th June 2005)
No confirmation as of Tuesday of the midfielder lined-up to sign for the Wanderers. However, John Gorman has stated to the media that he is also looking for a left-back as cover for converted midfielder Clint Easton. The Wycombe boss is attempting to at least double up on all key playing positions and sees the left side of defence as lacking cover. Consequently, Millwall defender Tony Craig has been talked up as a potential season long loan but that looks unlikely as the 20 year old has recently signed a new deal at the New Den and any loan would have to be agreed before the 1st September transfer window deadline.
Football Supporters Federation FRANCHSING RED CARDED
(Monday 6th June 2005)
MK Dons Supporters Association has been has been officially prevented from joining the Football Supporters' Federation following a vote at the annual FSF Conference and AGM held on Saturday 4th June in Cardiff. Other business at the Conference saw Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust Board member Martin Hamilton elected to serve on the National Council of the FSF for the first time. Read more
?? MIDFIELDER TO SIGN
(Saturday 4th June 2005)
Wanderers are set to sign a midfielder according to sources close to the Club. It was hoped that the new name could have been revealed earlier this week along with the capture of Tommy Mooney and Will Antwi but negotiations had not been finalised as of Friday afternoon. It's now understood that an official announcement will be made some time next week.
News OPS MANAGER BROUGHT IN
(Saturday 4th June 2005)
The Club are set to announce the appointment of an 'Operations Manager' to work directly under Managing Director Steve Hayes. The new face is understood to be Garry Adamson who comes from the motor car industry but has football experience as a qualified consultant with Reading FC. He is set to officially join the Club from Monday (6th June). Meanwhile, the Club are still seeking a new Marketing chief following the resignation of Ian Davies at the end of last season.
Fans JOINT TRUST MEETING
(Friday 3rd June 2005)
A lively debate took place at the joint Supporters' Trust and Founders' Trust Fans Forum held on Friday evening at Adams Park. The open meeting canvassed opinion on a variety of issues at Wycombe Wanderers, including the tenancy agreement with London Wasps and the naming rights to the stadium. The small but enthusiastic attendance also discussed ideas relating to ways of increasing season ticket sales and improving community involvement from the Club. Read more at wwft.co.uk
Injuries INJURY UPDATE
(Friday 3rd June 2005)
Mark Philo will spend the remainder of the close season with his left ankle in plaster following the stress fracture he picked up on the final day of the season. The former Youth Teamer would then be looking at an estimated further two months before returning to action. Meanwhile, Craig Faulconbridge is fighting against time as he aims to prove his fitness before his contract expires on 30th June. The 27 year old has been niggled with injuries to both his knees during his three year spell at Wycombe but the player is desperate for a return and says he is willing to start at the bottom of the pile in order to regain a first team spot. However, with the arrival of new strikers Tommy Mooney and Charlie Griffin, it will be a close call for Manager John Gorman to make.
Steve Claridge CLARIDGE CONFIRMS EXIT
(Thursday 2nd June 2005)
Steve Claridge has confirmed his departure from the Wanderers. Claridge visited the Club on Thursday to speak to John Gorman and they came to an agreement that the 39 year old's future lay elsewhere. Commenting to 'Wanderers World', Claridge said he enjoyed his time at Wycombe, adding "It's a really good bunch of players who I think will go very close next year. The way the Club has conducted itself is first class and the supporters have been super." He made 19 apps. and scored 4 goals for Wycombe.
News MOONEY ON WYCOMBE
(Thursday 2nd June 2005)
New signing Tommy Mooney has said he has joined Wycombe for footballing reasons. Mooney was speaking in an interview with BBC Three Counites, where he also said "I went and had a look around the ground and the facilities and Steve (Hayes) who is putting the money into the club and everybody around the club are really ambitious." The 33 year old turned down a new deal with Oxford and admitted to struggling with the U's playing style and added, "I think the way that John (Gorman) wants to play is certainly the right way to play football and if we can between myself and Nathan Tyson get some goals at the end of some flowing football that would be the ideal scenario"
Read or hear full interview via BBC 3 Counties website
News LEE TALKS CONTINUE
(Wednesday 1st June 2005)
John Gorman says that he hopes that Rob Lee will accept an offer to stay at Wycombe on similar terms to last season where he was on a 'pay as you play' contract. However, Lee would have to forgo media commitments on Saturday's to continue his playing days. Talks with the 39 year old are expected to continue later this week. Meanwhile, the signing of Tommy Mooney looks to have ruled out Steve Claridge from any future plans at Wycombe. John Gorman commented to the official website "Steve has done a wonderful job for us and we must remember that. We'll miss him but he understood the situation and we all wish him well for the future." Claridge, also with Wycombe on a 'pay as you play' basis, has been eyeing up his options elsewhere since the end of the season and may choose to shift his attention entirely to media work and coaching.
News MOONEY ALSO TO JOIN
(Wednesday 1st June 2005)
Wanderers have continued with their flurry of new signings with the announcement that Tommy Mooney has agreed a two year deal with the Club. The 33 year old striker will join on a free from Oxford United having scored close to 200 goals in a 15 year long Football League career. The former Aston Villa trainee spent most of time at Watford where he scored 58 League goals in 241 appearances. Mooney joined Oxford last season and with 15 goals was their top scorer in 'League Two' during 2004/5. He will sign a two year deal with Wycombe starting from 1st July.
Mystery ANTWI SIGNING CONFIRMED
(Wednesday 1st June 2005)
As predicted earlier, Wanderers have now announced another new player to agree terms for the 2005/6 season and beyond. With Charlie Griffin and Stefan Oakes already committed to Wycombe, speculation on the new face had former Crystal Palace trainee Will Antwi at the top of the list and this was confirmed by the Club on Wednesday morning. The 22 year old defender trained with Wanderers last week having completed a successful season with Aldershot Town in the Conference. Antwi, who has been with The Shots since January 2004 following a move from Swedish club Ljungskile, is out of contract this summer and has been looking for a return to League football having made a handful of appearances for Palace back in the 2002/3 season. He has signed a two year with Wycombe.

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