All the news stories from October 2006
WYCOMBE 0 BRISTOL ROV 2
(Tuesday 31st October 2006)
Wanderers were dumped out of the 'Football League Trophy' at Adams Park on Tuesday evening following a 2-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers. It was Jermaine Easter's younger brother Jamal who opened the scoring for Rovers on 30 minutes and Sammy Igoe completed the victory for the visitors with a strike three minutes from time. 18 year old Jermal Easter is currently on loan to Rovers from Cardiff City and his goal against Wycombe was his first in senior professional football. Wycombe: Batista, Stockley, O'Halloran, Antwi, Williamson, Martin, Palmer (sub 65 Grant), Bloomfield, Betsy, Easter, Stonebridge (sub 57 Anya) - subs not used: Young, Golbourne, Gregory. Yellow Cards: Easter, Betsy, Batista - Att: 1,314 (away end 188)
OXFORD UTD IN FA CUP
(Saturday 28th October 2006)
Wanderers were drawn at home to Oxford United in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup following the draw made on Saturday evening. The tie has since been confirmed as to be played on Saturday 11th November with a 3pm kick-off. United, relegated from 'League Two' last season, are currently top of the Conference having taken 41 points from their opening 17 league games. A 1-0 victory at second placed Dagenham & Redbridge in the 4th Qualifying Round secured their visit to Wycombe in what will be the first FA Cup meeting between the two sides since the early 1950's. Oxford United - Quick Guide
FA CUP DRAWS
(Thursday 26th October 2006)
Wanderers will find out who their opponents are in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup when the draw is made this Saturday (28th October) at around 5.10pm live on BBC 1 and BBC Radio Five Live. Wanderers have been allocated ball No.47 with all the sides in League One and Two being joined by 32 non-League clubs who have made it through the qualifying stages. Wycombe have been drawn at home in the last four First Round Proper draws and lost last season at home to Northampton Town. The tie will be played on the weekend of 11th November. Meanwhile, Wanderers' Under 18 team will travel to Redbridge in the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup in tie to be played before 11th November.
Wanderers - FA Cup record - competition proper
COUNTY AWAY IN CUP
(Wednesday 25th October 2006)
Wanderers were drawn away to Notts County in the Fourth Round of the League Cup following the draw on Wednesday evening. County and Wycombe are the only two sides from 'League Two' remaining in this season's competition. County have beaten Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Southampton to reach the last 16. The tie has been confirmed as taking place on Tuesday 7th November with a 7.45pm kick-off. Former County player Stephan Oakes should be available for selection for this tie as his three match suspension for his red card against Doncaster Rovers covers the games against Boston United (28th Oct), Bristol Rovers (31st Oct) and Shrewsbury (4th Nov). Full draw: Notts County v Wycombe Wanderers, Tottenham Hotspur v Portsmouth, Birmingham City v Liverpool, Chelsea v Aston Villa, Watford v Newcastle United, Chesterfield v Charlton Athletic, Southend United v Manchester United, Everton v Arsenal
WYCOMBE BEAT DONCASTER
(Tuesday 24th October 2006)
Wanderers' keeper Ricardo Batista saved three times in a 3-2 penalty shoot-out victory against Doncaster Rovers as Wanderers progressed to the Fourth Round of the Football League Cup. The tie had ended 2-2 after extra-time and when Liam Green had converted Rovers' first spot-kick and Jermaine Easter missed Wycombe's it was left for Batista to become the hero as he saved from James Coppinger, Sean McDaid and Brian Stock, while Kevin Betsy, Russell Martin and Ian Stonebridge were successful for the Wanderers. An entertaining tie had seen Stephan Oakes' thunderbolt free-kick on 71 minutes equalise Jonathon Forte's opener for the visitors six minutes earlier but Wycombe were left chasing the game after Oakes was sent off for serious foul play on 74 minutes. An unfortunate glanced own goal from Anthony Grant gave Rovers the edge seven minutes into extra-time but Jermaine Easter forced home a dramatic Valley End leveller in the 116th minute to force the tie to the tension of a penalty shoot-out. Wanderers will find out their opponents in Round Four when the draw is made after the Crewe Alexandra versus Manchester United tie on Wednesday evening. The tie will take place the week commencing 6th November. Wycombe: Batista, Stockley, Williamson, Golbourne, Martin, Grant (sub 110 Stonebridge), Bloomfield, Doherty (sub 95 Palmer), Oakes, Betsy, Easter - subs not used: Young, Dixon, Anya - Yellow Card: Bloomfield - Red Card: Oakes - Doncaster: Smith, O'Connor, Roberts (sub 70 Street), Lee, Lockwood, McDaid, Forte (sub 103 Coppinger), Stock, Green, Guy, Price (sub 110 Heffernan) - subs not used: Roberts, Richardson - Yellow Card: Smith - Att: 3,308 (543 away)
(Friday 20th October 2006)
Wanderers completed the loan signing of 19 year old Aston Villa defender Stephen O'Halloran on Friday morning. The Premiership side, managed by Martin O'Neill, have agreed a deal that will run until 31st December 2006. The youngster joined Villa from Republic of Ireland side Cobh Ramblers in 2003 put has yet to make a First Team appearance. O'Halloran arrives as fellow loanee Scott Golbourne's spell from Reading is due to expire on 18th November. He will take the No.29 shirt left vacant by Vincent Feranadez who returned to Nottingham Forest earlier this month having cut short his three month loan spell.
CLUB OFFICES REFUSED
(Wednesday 19th September 2006)
The local council have refused Wanderers permission to add a second storey office block to the already under construction Club Shop. The new single storey Club Shop had already been granted permission but the addition of offices was deemed by the Planning Officer to 'represent inappropriate development within a Green Belt which is harmful to the Green Belt by definition'. Concern was also expressed at the meeting held on Wednesday 18th October that "proposals are brought forward on an ad hoc basis with no clear vision of the facility being planned for". The debate caused a split amongst Council Members who eventually refused the permission following a casting voting from Chairman Mrs Priestley. The Club attempted to justify the special need for the application by stating they require the added office space to 'support the needs of the club' and 'since it would not be efficient to provide the space in an off-site location'. The Club also claim that their current 24 'non-playing staff' are housed in cramped conditions and quoted an average figure of 71 non-playing staff for clubs in the 'Championship'. The needs of tenants London Wasps were also highlighted as they currently have off-site offices. Refusal of the permission will not affect the contruction of the Club Shop which is hoped to be completed by mid December.
(Wednesday 18th October 2006)
Issue 27 of the One-One fanzine is due to be released on Saturday 21st October (home to Peterborough). Included are an interview with Steve Abbley, interview with Supporters' Trust PLC rep Keith Blagbrough and response to the ground naming vote. 32 pages for £1 and 'printed' not photocopied! See the link for details.
One-One - Issue Guide and contact details
ROVERS HOME IN CUP
(Wednesday 18th October 2006)
Wanderers were drawn at home to Bristol Rovers in the draw for the Second Round of the 'Football League Trophy' made on Wednesday morning. The tie will take place on Tuesday 31st October.
Full Southern draw: Brighton & Hove Albion v Milton Keynes Dons, Cheltenham Town v Barnet, Leyton Orient v Bristol City, Millwall v Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest v Brentford, Peterborough United v Swansea City, Shrewsbury Town v Yeovil Town, Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol Rovers
WYCOMBE 1 SWINDON 0
(Tuesday 17th October 2006)
A long range lob from Ian Stonebridge was enough to see Wanderers overcome Swindon Town in the First Round of the 'Football League Trophy' at Adams Park on Tuesday evening. Stonebridge, who was making his first start of the season following injury, struck after 13 minutes to send Dennis Wise's side out of the competition. The draw for the next round, which is regionalised 'north' and 'south', takes place behind closed doors at Football League HQ on Wednesday morning (18th October) at around 10am. Clubs will be informed shortly afterwards but have been asked not to release details of the draw until 11am. The tie will take place on Tuesday 31st October.
Wycombe: Batista, Stockley, Palmer, Martin, Antwi, Doherty (sub 73 Oakes), Grant (sub 67 Bloomfield), Golbourne, Betsy, Dixon (sub 59 Anya), Stonebridge - subs not used: Young, Gregory - Att: 1,583 (away end 368) Yellow Cards: Stockley, Doherty
SUPPORTERS' TRUST NEWS
(Monday 16th October 2006)
Keith Blagborough has been re-elected as the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust PLC representative and will serve for at least another year starting October 2006. A total of 143 votes were cast from an approximate membership total of 270. with Keith Blagborough getting 73 (51%), Graham Smith 40 (28%) and Reg Rundle 30 (21%). Visit wwst.org for election results
OWWSA MERGER RESPONSE
(Friday 13th October 2006)
The Committee of the Official Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Association have responded to calls for a merger with the Supporters' Trust and the subsequent resignation of Chairman Graham Smith (see news item 4th October). A letter sent to OWWSA members confirms that the subject of a merger was raised at a meeting on 21st September and was opposed by all the Committee. The letter says that OWWSA support the aims of the Trust and that a £5,000 donation was made to assist in the Trust's fund raising aims and adds, "If the Committee honestly feel there is enough support (for a merger) either from the Committee or from the Members we would always put any issue to the wider Membership." The letter goes on to say that the whole episode has been "very unfortunate" and concludes, "We should be looking at ways of encouraging more members to join and more people to travel away than how the structure of committees is to be decided. We'd simply like to keep it that way and continue to provide services you are all used to. We would like to see WWST prosper too and will help wherever we can but this is neither the time nor the place for a merger." The OWWSA AGM takes place on Wednesday 18th October at 7.30pm.
NAMING SURVEY RESULTS
(Thursday 12th October 2006)
The results have been published of the stadium sponsorship survey carried out by both Wanderers Trusts and in conjunction with the Club. Around 3,300 Wycombe supporters were targetted by the survey with a response of just under 1,000. 33% of those responding said that they "oppose sponsorship of the stadium name under any circumstance", with the remainder split on levels of sponsorship they felt acceptable. The results have been detailed on the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust website and include a question and answer session with Club MD Steve Hayes. View results and comment via wwst.org
BROWNIE CHARGED BY FA
(Tuesday 10th October 2006)
Steve Brown has been charged by the FA for "abusive and/or insulting words towards a Match Official" during the 'League Two' game at Accrington Stanley on Saturday 30th September. Brown was asked to leave the dug out following an altercation with the fourth official over a penalty claim for a challenge on Kevin Betsy. The charge follows comments in the local press by Brown where he is quoted as saying, "I asked the fourth official for his opinion and he didn't want to answer the question. There was no abusive language." The Wycombe Assistant has until 17th October to respond to the charge and if found guilty will be liable to a fine in the order of £500 and a one match touchline ban.
SUPPORTERS' TRUST NEWS
(Tuesday 10th October 2006)
A reminder that Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust members must return their PLC Director election ballot forms to arrive before the evening of Thursday 12th October. The result will be announced on Monday 16th October.
Visit wwst.org for election and candidate details
NEW YDO APPOINTED
(Friday 6th October 2006)
COTN understands that Gary Karsa been appointed Wanderers' new Youth Development Officer as replacement for Mark Fogarty. Karsa, who comes with experience of having worked in similar roles at both Leyton Orient and Gilligham, will be responsible for running the age groups up to 16 in Wanderers' Centre of Excellence, while Ian Culverhouse and Scott Marshall will continue to take charge of the apprentice intake who play in the Under 17 and 18 sides. COTN revealed last month that Fogarty walked out on Wycombe after just two months in charge but this has yet to be officially confirmed by the Club.
(Friday 6th October 2006)
The current season represents the twentieth anniversary of Wanderers' memorable 1986/87 campaign and Chairboys on the Net is dragging out the archives again for another nostalgia trip that will run throughout the current season. Part Two looks back on the month of September 1986 when Wanderers began their rivalry with Yeovil Town. 1986-87 remembered - Part 2
(Thursday 5th October 2006)
Former Wanderers Assisant Manager Richard Hill has teamed up again with John Gregory, this time at QPR. Gregory, who managed Wycombe between October 1996 and March 1998, was appointed boss at Loftus Road in September and moved to appoint Hill earlier this week having last worked with him at Adams Park. Ironically for Hill, he may come face to face with a player that he was partly responsible for releasing from the Wanderers Youth Team, have advised Gregory not to retain Martin Rowlands following the completion of his scholarship with Wycombe. Rowlands joined Farnborough Town before a £45,000 move to Brentford in August 1998. He went on to make over 200 appearances for The Bees before joining Rangers on a free in the summer of 2003. Meanwhile, Hill had a short stint as Manager of Stevenage Borough after leaving Wycombe, before spells as Assistant at Gillingham and his former Club Northampton Town.
OWWSA CHAIRMAN QUITS
(Wednesday 4th October 2006)
The Chairman of the Official Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Association has quit after he claimed that his call for talks of a merger with the Supporters' Trust were refused by his fellow OWWSA Committee. OWWSA Chairman Graham Smith, who is also standing for the position of PLC rep for the Supporters' Trust, said in an email sent to members after his resignation that he had hoped to put the topic of a merger to members at the AGM on Wednesday 18th October 2006 and seek a mandate to explore a merger and then put the exact terms to the OWWSA membership. Smith, a former Mayor of Beaconsfield and who has been a Wanderers supporter since 1994, went on to explain, "Disappointingly, your OWWSA Committee refused point blank to even discuss the issue. Neither were they willing to consult with the membership to gain their views. Irrespective of the outcome, it must surely have been healthy to have had such a debate."
The 54 year old is now calling on OWWSA members to raise the topic at the AGM on Wednesday 18th October through 'Any other business'.
SUPPORTERS' TRUST NEWS
(Wednesday 4th October 2006)
A reminder that the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust are giving their members the opportunity to meet the candidates for the forthcoming election of PLC Director on the evening of Thursday 5th October in the Hypnos Lounge at Adams Park, starting at 7.30pm. Full candidate statements are available via the link below and the election ballot will close on Thursday 12th October. Visit wwst.org for election and candidate details
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