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Financial News 'INVESTORS' TO BUY PLAYERS
(Friday 29th September 2006)
Wanderers MD Steve Hayes has revealed through the local press that the Club has private 'investors' lined up to fund future transfer fees but with the condition that they would get any transfer fee if the player was sold on. Hayes was quoted in the Bucks Free Press as saying, "As a Club there will be no transfer fees paid by the Club this season unless someone comes in with a 3 million bid for one of our players but if people want to put the money up for the manager we will consider it." The report suggests that three unnamed 'investors' are waiting to put money in and the recently failed 100,000 bid for Leyton Orient striker Jabo Ibehre would have been funded in this manner. Hayes insisted that any 'investor' would have no say in who the Manager would sign with their money or if they played in the side.
Matchday FIRST VISIT TO STANLEY
(Friday 29th September 2006)
Wanderers play Accrington Stanley for the first time ever this Saturday when they visit The Crown Ground in Lancashire. The current Accrington club have risen out of the ashes of the club that resigned from the Football League in 1962. Founded in 1968 they finally achieved promotion to the Conference at the end of the 2002/3 season and won promotion to the Football League by taking the 2005/6 Conference Championship by an eleven point margin. Their ground has a capacity of just over 5,000 with terracing on three sides. Admission on the day for adults is 13 (terrace) and 15 (seats), Concessions are 8 and 10 respectively. Accrington Stanley - Quick Guide
Supporters Trust SUPPORTERS' TRUST NEWS
(Tuesday 26th September 2006)
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust have now made public via their website details of the election process for the Trust's Representative on the PLC Board, details of which were notified to the Trust's membership by letter last week. Three nominations have been received with Reg Rundle and Graham Smith standing along with existing PLC rep. Keith Blagbrough. The election process will take place in October and full candidate statements are now available via the link below. A reminder also that a fund raising Race Night takes place this Thursday (26th September) in the Vere Suite at Adams Park starting at 7.30pm.
Visit wwst.org for election and candidate details
Sergio Torres CONTRACT NEWS
(Tuesday 26th September 2006)
News this week has seen Sergio Torres and Matt Bloomfield sign extensions to their contracts that will now both run until the end of June 2008. The pair were due to see their current contracts run out in June 2007. Manager Paul Lambert will also have to consider offering extensions to Will Antwi, Ikechi Anya, Kevin Betsy, Jonny Dixon, Charlie Griffin, Tommy Mooney, Stefan Oakes, Ian Stonebridge and Mike Williamson before the close of the season, as they also see their contracts end in June 2007.
Player profiles Matt Bloomfield Sergio Torres
News HOME DRAWS IN CUPS
(Saturday 23rd September 2006)
Wanderers were given home ties in both Cup draws made on Saturday. In the Third Round of the Football League Cup Wycombe will entertain 'League One' side Doncaster Rovers in a tie that will played on Tuesday 24th October. Meanwhile, in the latest incarnation of the Football League Trophy, now known as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, Swindon Town will be the visitors to Adams Park on Tuesday 17th October. A number of new initiatives have been introduced into the latter competition, including free admission for under 16's if accompanied by an adult. With this in mind and to avoid later finishes to games, extra-time has been scrapped for ties ending in a draw and a penalty shoot-out will take place after 90 minutes. The First Round has also been divided into four regional sections but will revert to North and South from Round Two onwards.
Customer Charter NEW CUSTOMER CHARTER
(Friday 22nd September 2006)
The Club have released their long awaited revised Customer Charter. The 16 page document incorporates the 'Vision, Mission and Values' philosophy promoted to PLC shareholders at the AGM held on 1st February 2006. The Charter goes on to give details of the Club's new ticketing policy and also gives a commitment to wear the 'home' quarted kit "at all opportunities where the kit does not clash with that of the opposition." Much of the document has been produced in consultation with the various supporter groups and is largely based on the generic version issued by all Football League clubs during the 2000/2001 season. Copies of the new Charter can be downloaded via the official website or obtained by contacting the Commercial Offices at Adams Park. News item from official website
News CUP DRAWS
(Thursday 21st September 2006)
The draw for the Third Round of the Football League Cup is this Saturday (23rd September) on Sky's Soccer Saturday programme. The ties take place the week commencing 23rd October and will see the entry of the eight Premiership clubs participating in European competition. They are Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United. The other Premiership sides remaining in the competition are Aston Villa, Charlton Athletic, Portsmouth, Everton, Reading, Sheffield United. Bolton Wanderers and Watford. The national draw is not seeded. Also taking place on Saturday on Sky's Soccer AM programme is the draw for the latest incarnation of the Football League Trophy. The ties will take place the week commencing 16th October and are regionalised north and south.
Planning News WASPS PLANS DELAYED
(Thursday 21st September 2006)
London Wasps' plans to increase the capacity of Adams Park have been delayed due to ongoing safety concerns regarding the provision of a secondary 'emergency' access road though land owned by the Dashwood estate. Negotiations are currently taking place between Dashwood, the local Police and other safety officials and are said to be "50% there" according to Wasps Chief Executive David Davies. The additional access road could lead to the current maxmium capacity (approx 11,000) being utilised at Adams Park. Davies revealed the state of play while speaking at a Wasps Fans Forum held on Tuesday 19th September and added, "Once the road is in place we can commence the development to increase the capacity to 15,000 as required by the RFU for the 2008/9 season. The plan is for a new stand at the Valley End with the existing terracing plus 4,000 seats & 16 boxes with catering, bars & toilets on two levels." It's hoped that plans will be made public by the end of October 2006.
League Cup FULHAM 1 WYCOMBE 2
(Wednesday 20th September 2006)
Wanderers progressed to the Third Round of the Football League Cup for the first time following a 2-1 victory at Craven Cottage on Wednesday evening. Against a weakened Fulham side, Wycombe led 2-0 at the break following goals by Jermaine Easter (8 mins) and a penalty coverted by Tommy Mooney (41 mins) after Carlos Bocanegra had fouled Easter. A headed goal by Heidar Helguson within two minutes of the restart set up a tense second period but Wanderers' defence held firm to give the 1,500 travelling fans plenty to celebrate at the final whistle. Wycombe: Young, Fernandez (sub 60 Martin), Williamson, Antwi, Golbourne, Bloomfield, Grant, Palmer (sub 72 Doherty), Betsy, Mooney (sub 88 Dixon), Easter - subs not used: Gregory, Anya- Yellow cards: Grant, Martin - Fulham: Lastuvka, N Jensen, (sub 64 Rosenior), Zakuani, Voltz, Bocanegra (sub 57 Omozusi), Timlin, C Jensen, Routledge, Radzinski, Runstrom (sub 76 John), Helguson - subs not used: Crossley, Collins - Att: 6,620 (1,500 away) Fulham - Quick Guide
Supporters Trust SUPPORTERS' TRUST NEWS
(Tuesday 19th September 2006)
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust are holding a fund raising Race Night open to all on Thursday 28th September in the Vere Suite at Adams Park (Doors 6.30pm, first race 7.30pm). Food and a licensed bar will be available, while raffle prizes will include Roger Johnson's signed home and away shirts from season 2004/2005 and use of an executive box on a matchday. See website link below for more details and the option to purchase tickets in advance. Meanwhile, Trust Members are being sent details this week of the election process for the Trust's Representative on the PLC Board. Three nominations have been received with Reg Rundle and Graham Smith standing alongside existing PLC rep. Keith Blagbrough. The election process will take place in October. More details to follow.
Visit wwst.org for more details on Race Night
Media News WANDERERS SEEK PR CHIEF
(Friday 15th September 2006)
The Club are advertising nationally for a 'Media & Communications Manager' in role that COTN understands could replace long serving Club man Alan Hutchinson. An advert in PR Week says the Club are, "Looking for an exceptional person to fill this exciting and varied role in a dynamic Football League Club". Roles will include, according to the advert, the ability to, "Manage the communications department to ensure the best coverage and PR possible in all areas of the Club and its related businesses at all times." Read advert online at PR Week
Planning News PLANNING APP NEWS
(Friday 15th September 2006)
The Club have applied for a fourth extension of the planning permission (planning ref 06/07178/FUL) to use the area to the north of Adams Park for matchday parking and to retain the hard standing that allows use of this during inclement weather. Meanwhile, work has yet to begin on the proposed two storey Club Shop and Offices to the rear of the 'Old Main Stand'. Permission for this (planning ref 06/06520/FUL) has yet to be granted and the temporary permission for the existing 'Rovacabin' Club Shop expired at the end of May 2006. Detailed plans for the proposed extension to Adams Park to meet the needs of London Wasps have yet to be formally presented to the local council.
Youth Team news YDO TO DEPART
(Friday 15th September 2006)
COTN understands that Wanderers' Youth Development Officer Mark Fogarty is set to leave the Club just two months after his appointment. Fogarty, who has also worked at Coventry City and West Brom, as well as running a private 'Soccer Academy' with former player Andy Sinton, had ambitions to set up an Academy at Wycombe. He said on his appointment on 24 July 2006, "I've got some ideas, some of which might be non-conventional, but I can't wait to get stuck into it." His departure is thought to relate to the range of age groups he was planning to have control over. Ian Culverhouse and Scott Marshall currently run the Under 18 and 17 sides, while a range of part-time coaches oversee the younger age groups in Wanderers' 'Centre of Excellence'.
News QPR MIDFIELDER ON LOAN
(Thursday 14th September 2006)
Paul Lambert has moved in to sign QPR and Northern Ireland international midfielder Tommy Doherty on a three month loan deal. The 27 year old has been brought in after injuries and suspensions depleted further Lambert's squad. Doherty moved to QPR at the start of last season from Bristol City where he had made more than 200 apps since making his debut in 1997. A regular for QPR for the first three months of last season but fell out of favour following managerial changes at Loftus Road and was eventually shipped out on loan to Yeovil Town. Unfortunately was injured after just one appearance and has not played First Team football since having been placed on the transfer list by R's boss Gary Waddock. QPR have given permission for Doherty to play in all cup competitions for Wycombe during his loan spell with the exception of possible ties against The R's.
News NEW LEAGUE RECORD SET
(Wednesday 13th September 2006)
Wanderers 2-1 victory at Hereford United on Tuesday evening set a new Club record of five consecutive victories in the Football League. The previous best of win wins had come in the 1993/94 season under Martin O'Neill. The last occasion Wanderers strung together five or more consecutive league victories took place in the final season in the Conference when there was a run of nine straight victories during August and September 1992. Victory at Edgar Street leaves Wanderers in third place in the table on 19 points behind Lincoln (20) and leaders Swindon Town (21). Wycombe entertain Lincoln on Saturday 23rd September followed by the home meeting with Swindon just three days later.
News SELECT INVESTORS MEETING
(Monday 11th September 2006)
The PLC have arranged another 'informal' shareholders meeting open only to those who have invested 500 or more in the company. Invitations to the meeting, which will be held on Tuesday 3rd October 2006, were sent out over the weekend of 9th September 2006. Read more - investors invited
Simon Patterson FORMER LOANEE DIES
(Monday 11th September 2006)
There has been another road accident tragedy associated with The Wanderers after it was reported that former loanee Simon Patterson had been killed in a car accident over the weekend. Patterson, who had just celebrated his 24th birthday, scored twice for Wycombe in five appearances during a injury curtailed loan spell from Watford at the start of the 2003/4 season. The former Hornet trainee went on to play non-League football with Havant & Waterlooville after being released by Watford. Condolences to his family and friends from COTN.
Martin ONeill O'NEILL ON NAMING RIGHTS
(Monday 11th September 2006)
Wanderers' legendary Manager Martin O'Neill says he is concerned about the growing trend of selling naming rights of football stadia. Speaking in a lengthy interview in the Sunday Observer, the new boss at Aston Villa commented, "For as long as I live Villa Park will always be Villa Park. I would be concerned about changing the name. This is an English club steeped in history and tradition and while everyone wants to move forward, that shouldn't mean you cannot marry some modern attributes to tradition." Read full story at Guardian Unlimited
News LEAGUE RECORD EQUALLED
(Monday 11th September 2006)
Wanderers equalled their Football League record of consecutive victories following the 1-0 home win over Chester City on Saturday (9th September). It was the fourth straight win and has only previously been achieved during the play-off winning season of 1993/94 when it happened twice (Jan 94 and Mar 94). Paul Lambert's side will have the chance to beat the record with the visit to Hereford United on Tuesday evening. In more comparisons to previous seasons, Wanderers have taken 16 points from their opening 7 games this season, four more than at the same stage of 1993/94 and five more than last season.
Adams Park ADAMS PARK POLL RESULTS
(Friday 8th September 2006)
Results from the poll conducted regarding the selling of the naming rights of Adams Park are expected within the next week or so. Voting closed on 31st July and The Trusts are currently finalising a joint report on the results which is to include a response from the Football Club. COTN understands that voting has seen around 65% of those polled opt to accept the principle of sponsorship but there has been significant splits on the three further sponsorship options offered in the poll. Meanwhile, Wanderers' PLC chiefs claim they have not been actively seeking sponsorship deals pending the results of the poll but have recently had their noses put out of joint when tenants London Wasps announced an additional shirt sponsorship and pitchside advertising deal with a London based investment bank.
News LAMBO ON JABO
(Friday 8th September 2006)
Wanderers had a 100,000 bid for Leyton Orient striker Jabo Ibehre accepted last week but the deal fell through on deadline day after the player backed out. News of the deal was first reported in The Brighton Argus following the also failed attempt of The Seagulls to sign the 23 year old. Ibehre, who scored 8 times last season went on to comment on the O's Official website, "It became clear while I was speaking to Wycombe and Brighton that my future lies at Leyton Orient." Wycombe boss Paul Lambert commented to the Bucks Free Press, "I'm glad it has fallen through. I only want players who are 100% committed. I think it might turn out to be a blessing that he hasn't come."
1986-87 remembered 1986-87 REMEMBERED
(Friday 1st September 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 One looks back on the month of August 1986 as Wanderers got off to a winning start to the season. 1986-87 remembered - Part 1

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