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One-One NEW ONE-ONE OUT SATURDAY
(Wednesday 28th February 2007)
A new issue of long running Wanderers fanzine One-One went on sale on Saturday prior to the home game with Macclesfield. Issue No.28 is a 24 page edition and costs 50p. One-One info
Charity Bike Ride CHARITY BIKE RIDE
(Wednesday 28th February 2007)
A reminder that Wanderers supporter Chris Perrin is undertaking a charity bike ride starting from Adams Park this Saturday (3rd March) with the aim to reach Torquay in time for the League Two meeting with The Gulls the following Saturday. Chris is hoping to raise 5,000 and will split the proceeds between Iain Rennie Hospice at Home (40%), the Sue Ryder Care Hospice at Nettlebed (40%) and the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust (20%). As of 24th February, the total pledged was 3,263.
More info and sponsor online facility via wwst.org
Berks & Bucks OUT OF B&B
(Tuesday 27th February 2007)
A Wanderers XI lost 1-0 after extra-time to Maidenhead United on Tuesday evening at Adams Park in the semi-final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup. Wanderers put out a relatively weak and inexperienced line-up and in a drab game with few chances for either side, it was a 92nd minute penalty that eventually settled the tie. A trip by Lewis Christon on United's Ryan Johnson saw the referee point to the spot and Dwane Lee converted past Ricardo Batista. Wycombe: Batista, Rice, Ellams, Savage, Christon, Massey, Tucknott (sub 99 Turley), Giambrone (sub 99 Cattell), Onibuje, James, Tallentire (sub 60 Boateng) - subs not used: Braithwaite, Holloway - Att: 200 (approx)
News DORTMUND TRIP T.B.C.
(Tuesday 27th February 2007)
COTN understands the Club are close to being able to confirm a pre-season 'mini-tour' of Germany between the dates of 15 and 22 July 2007. The Club pencilled in the possible trip to play Paul Lambert's former club Borussia Dortmund during a brief visit last November and are now finalising details. Wanderers aim to play at least two games on the trip, include a meeting with Borussia Dortmund that is likely to take place at their old stadium which is adjacent to their 83,000 capacity Westfalen home ground.
News PLC STILL ON TRACK?
(Monday 26th February 2007)
Wanderers PLC Board are claiming they are still on track to gaining 'Championship' status by the end of the 2010/2011 season. Wanderers MD Steve Hayes, responding to concerns over the financial state of the Club, said at the Club's AGM on 8th February 2007, "The Board feel that the Club is four years from reaching the Championship goal and will endeavour to reach break even by that time." Full details of the questions and answers have now been published by the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust and include coverage of the previously reported plans of the PLC to review the capital structure of the Club.
See wwst.org for full report from PLC AGM
??? DERBY COUNTY LOANEE
(Thursday 22nd February 2007)
Wanderers have signed Derby County's 19 year old right sided midfielder Lionel Ainsworth on a loan deal until the end of the season. The Club have also negotiated with Derby to allow Ainsworth to play in any possible play-off games for the Wanderers. The former England U19 international made his County debut via two substitute appearances during the 2005/2006 season before spending the first half of the current campaign on loan at ' Bournemouth. He then spent a month long spell at Conference side Halifax before Wycombe stepped in. He will take the No.7 squad previouly worn by Kevin Betsy.
News PLC TO GO PRIVATE?
(Friday 16th February 2007)
Major stakeholders in the Club are to be contacted by Club MD Steve Hayes with a view to look into ways of generating more share capital for the Football Club. One of the options would be to convert the PLC to a Private Limited Company and also remove the 25% maximum share holding restriction. The news was relayed to shareholders who attended the Club's AGM on Thursday 8th February and in response to a question raising concerns over the continued losses the Club are making. Moves to convert the set-up of the Club again would generate more heated debate amongst Wanderers followers, while the changes would also have to be ratified by a majority vote of Founder Shareholders. It could also mark a change of heart by Hayes, who said at an open meeting in June 2005, "I'm not bothered whether I own 25% or 75% (shares). What I want to be able to do is to make sure is that I achieve what I want to achieve here. If for instance people in the future wanted to vote to change that part of it that's up to them, it won't be me pushing for it."
News SALES HEAD DEPARTS
(Friday 16th February 2007)
Wanderers' have made more changes behind the scenes with the departure of 'Head of Business Development' Karen Ellis. Wanderers took six months searching for a suitable candidate for the role and appointed Ellis from a similar position at Gloucester Rugby Club in May 2006. The Club, who have not commented on the reasons behind the departure, have appointed Scott Clarke into the position of 'Sales and Marketing Executive'.
Adams Park COUNCIL PUBLISH REPORT
(Thursday 15th February 2007)
The local council have published their report on proposals for the future of High Wycombe, including a possible relocation for the home of The Wanderers. On page 49 of the report it states the prefered use of the existing Sports Centre site would be a mix of offices, resendential and parking facilities, However, it adds, "An alternative option is under consideration that would involve providing a new stadium (for Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps) on the Sports Centre site, along with Coachway and local park and ride." Public consultation began on 7th February and will continue until 21st March 2007.
See www.wycombe.gov.uk for more info
Just seen the new kits NEW KITS FOR 2007/8
(Monday 12th February 2007)
Wanderers will have two new First Team kits for the 2007/8 season and the Club are giving supporters the opportunity to 'vote' for their preference of shirt from draft designs submitted by the kit manufacturer. The draft designs show two versions of the popular light and dark blue quartered shirt for the 'home' version, while the 'away' choice is between a red and white quartered design and a predominently yellow version. No choice is being given on the colour of shorts or socks. The 'vote' is being carried out by e-mail to those registered on the Club's CRM system to receive information is this form and ends on Friday (16th February). According to a news item on the Club's official website, "The results will then be passed onto Paul Lambert and his management staff for a final decision." It's understood that Club officials are looking for an alternative Club sponsor due to the current deal with loans.co.uk running out at the end of the current campaign. See news item at wwfc.com
Tommy Mooney MOONEY TO SIGN NEW DEAL?
(Friday 9th February 2007)
Wanderers boss Paul Lambert is hopeful that Tommy Mooney will sign a new deal for the Club within the next couple of weeks. Lambert told the Bucks Free Press that negotiations were set to continue on Thursday but were postponed due to the snow. Mooney, who is now 36, is contracted with Wycombe until June 2007. Meanwhile, Mooney has signed a deal with the FA to write a column for their website. Tommy Mooney at theFA.com
Charity Bike Ride CHARITY BIKE RIDE
(Friday 9th February 2007)
Long standing Wanderers supporter Chris Perrin is undertaking a charity bike ride starting from Adams Park on Saturday 3rd March with the aim to reach Torquay in time for the League Two meeting with The Gulls on Saturday 10th March 2007. Chris is hoping to raise 5,000 and will split the proceeds between Iain Rennie Hospice at Home (40%), the Sue Ryder Care Hospice at Nettlebed (40%) and the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust (20%). As of 9th February, the total pledged was 2,652 which included a pledge of 500 from the Official Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Association and 500 from the Boards of both Trusts.
More info and sponsor online facility via wwst.org
??? COUNTY SAID NO TO WYCOMBE
(Wednesday 7th February 2007)
Wanderers had a 'six figure' bid for Notts County midfielder David Pipe turned down during the transfer window according to an interview with the 23 year old in the Nottingham Evening Post. Pipe also revealed that County Manager Steve Thompson had kept him informed of the negotiations that continued until deadline day. He added "He kept me aware and told me he is not willing for me to go to a club that is in this league. Obviously, if there was a bigger club in a different league, he would look at it from my perspective and the club's perspective." The former Welsh U21 player joined County from Coventry City during the latter part of 2003/4 season and has gone on to make in excess of 100 apps. 8th placed County travel to Adams Park this Saturday.
Jermaine Easter EASTER MAKES WELSH DEBUT
(Tuesday 6th February 2007)
Jermiane Easter came on as a 70th minute substitute to make his debut for Wales in the 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland in Belfast on Tuesday evening. The match was watched by a capacity 14,000 attendance at Windsor Park. Easter attracted media interest for his inclusion in the squad and revealed to the Western Mail his ambitions for a possible move from Wycombe at the end of the current season. He was quoting as saying, "I'm happy at Wycombe at the moment. Things are going well and my aim is to get them promoted. But come the summer, if I've scored 30 goals then I will be looking to move on. All I've got to do is to keep my head down, work hard and keep scoring goals. I'm sure if I do that the move will come."
Suspensions SUSPENSION UPDATE
(Saturday 3rd February 2007)
Wanderers will be missing three players through suspension for next Saturday's home meeting with Notts County. Goalkeeper Ricardo Batista will serve the first of a three match automatic suspension for his red card in Saturday's 2-0 victory at Wrexham. Meanwhile, Sam Stockley picked up his fifth yellow of the season and will sit out with a one match ban; while Anthony Grant will miss the County game and the following week's trip to Bury having gained a two match ban for reaching ten yellows this season. Batista could find himself fined by the Club and/or the FA for his misdemeanour at Wrexham where he was red carded for delibrately kicking the ball into the crowd. Manager Paul Lambert will also have to decide whether to recall former Youth Teamer Dean Thornton for a place on the bench as cover for Jamie Young. 19 year old Thornton is currently on loan to Banbury United.
Jermaine Easter EASTER BIDS TURNED DOWN
(Friday 2nd February 2007)
Club MD Steve Hayes has revealed to the Bucks Free Press that the Club turned down three bids for striker Jermaine Easter. Hayes was quoted as saying "We had three verbal bids all from higher league clubs which we rejected. They were all tempting but they didn't really meet our match and Jermaine has made it clear to us that he wants to stay and gain promotion." The clubs or size of the bids was not revealed but Hayes admitted that talks were still ongoing with some clubs. Manager Paul Lambert also confirmed that his desire to bring Torquay United striker Jamie Ward failed when The Gulls accepted Wanderers' bid but the Northern Ireland U21 opted to join Chesterfield instead.
News ROVERS DATE CHANGED
(Friday 2nd February 2007)
Wanderers home 'League Two' meeting with Bristol Rovers scheduled for Tuesday 20th February will now be played on Tuesday 27th March due to Rovers' involvement in the area final of the Football League Trophy. The game follows home games with Walsall on Saturday 17th March and Boston United on Friday 23rd March. The latter match was moved to a Friday due to international matches taking place that weekend.
??? QUIET ON TRANSFER FRONT
(Wednesday 1st February 2007)
Wanderers emerged through the end of the January transfer window with no further activity. Wanderers dealings in the transfer window saw Leon Crooks, Scott McGleish, Anthony McParland and Fola Onibuje signed on permanent deals. Moving in the other direction was Kevin Betsy to Bristol City for an initial 150,000, Jonny Dixon to Aldershot Town for 6,000, while Charlie Griffin and Steve Williams were both released from their contracts having returned from loan time with Forest Green Rovers. Significantly top scorer Jermaine Easter looks to be staying for the immediate future but Manager Paul Lambert will still be hoping to use the loan system to bolster his squad before the next deadline of 22nd March 2007. There is a seven day break before any further deals can be struck, after which the 'emergency loan' workaround comes back into play for Football League clubs. There is no limit to the number of players a club can have on loan but the maximum that can be named in a matchday squad is five.

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