All the news stories from May 2008
TAYLOR ON WYCOMBE
(Friday 30th May 2008)
Peter Taylor says that he wants to bring in four or five new players, with a striker his top priority. Speaking to the press shortly after his appointment, he said, "Last year Wycombe didn't have enough people to score goals and that may be one of the reasons they only finished seventh because I know the team are organised and play patient football." Taylor, who has been appointed on a one year rolling contract and was the only person interviewed by the Wanderers board, went on to add, "I have come here to win promotion. I think Wycombe have under achieved in the division they are in now and I feel that everybody connected with Wycombe thinks we should at least be in the next division." Taylor accepts the budget restrictions at Wycombe but thinks he can work the free transfer market and will also give youth a chance. "I don't think there will be money to buy people. I will stay in the budget, it is as simple as that."
TAYLOR CONFIRMED AS BOSS
(Thursday 29th May 2008)
As expected, Peter Taylor has been confirmed as the new Manager of Wycombe Wanderers. At a press conference held at Adams Park, Taylor was welcomed to the Club by MD Steve Hayes, who commented on the Wanderers official website, "It was important that we moved quickly, but far more important that we got the right man. As soon as we spoke to Peter it was obvious that he shared our thoughts about how the club can move forward.". Meanwhile Chairman Ivor Beeks added "We couldn't have wished for a better appointment. I've heard nothing but good things about Peter and the whole board was unanimous that he was the right man. We had some outstanding candidates apply for the job, but Peter ticked every box."
RUSSELL MARTIN JOINS POSH
(Thursday 29th May 2008)
Defender Russell Martin has agreed to joine newly promoted Peterborough United on a three year deal. The 22 year old will see his contract with Wanderers end in June and although offered a new deal at Adams Park has jumped at the chance to play at a higher level. Although out of contract, Wanderers will receive a nominal compensation package because the player is under 24 years old. Martin joined the Wanderers in the summer of 2004 after being spotted by Tony Adams' scouting team playing in the Brighton area. He totalled 142 appearances for Wycombe, scoring five times with undoubtedly the most memorable being his 30 yarder versus Macclesfield Town on 2nd January 2006.
PETER TAYLOR TO GET JOB
(Thursday 29th May 2008)
Peter Taylor will be announced as the new Wycombe Manager at a press conference at Adams Park at 2.30pm on Thursday afternoon. The 55 year old comes with more than 20 years of Managerial experience plus a lengthy playing career that saw highlights at Crystal Palace and Spurs in the 1970's. His Managerial career started at then 'Conference' side Dartford, moving to Southend and a short spell at Dover before Managing the England Under 21 side during the Glenn Hoddle reign. During 2000/2001 he infamously was Manager of Leicester City at the time of their defeat to the Wanderers in the FA Cup and during the same period was called in a Caretaker Manager of the full England side. In between spells with Brighton, Hull and Crystal Palace, he returned as England Under 21 Manager and most recently spent a short time with Conference side Stevenage Borough, resigning in April 2008 after failing to make the play-offs.
(Thursday 29th May 2008)
Wanderers have confirmed three pre-season friendlies away from Adams Park. On Friday 11th July a Wanderers squad will make the short trip to play Flackwell Heath, while on Saturday 19th July it is off to Conference National side Forest Green Rovers, kick-off 3pm. The other friendly to be confirmed to date is away to Oxford United on Tuesday 29th July with a 7.45pm kick-off. Friendlies at Adams Park are likely to be limited to one or two matches, with the top surface currently being reseeded in preparation for the start of the new campaign. The Football League fixtures for 2008/9 will be published on Monday 16th June at 10am. The first League game is on Saturday 9th August.
HOLT TO BOLT?
(Wednesday 28th May 2008)
Wanderers midfielder Gary Holt is being linked with a move to play in Scotland following his suggestions in last week's local press that he doesn't want to stay at Adams Park following the departure of Paul Lambert. Holt, 35, who is contracted with Wycombe until June 2009, was quoted in the Bucks Free Press as saying, "At the moment I don't want to stay." He went on to add, "At the moment I can't see myself being happy here and I wonder how we are going to get back the spirit we had. But footballers are a fickle bunch and I will wait and see who comes in as manager, the new man might not even want me." Since then, the Dundee Press and Journal has suggested that Dundee boss Alex Rae is interested in the former Kilmarnock player and these murmerings were repeated in the The Courier. Holt was signed by Lambert in the summer of 2007 from Nottingham Forest and went on to make 46 appearances, scoring once during his debut season with the Wanderers.
PETER TAYLOR ON LIST
(Tuesday 27th May 2008)
Peter Taylor is latest name to be linked to the vacant Manager's post at Wycombe. The former England coach left as Manager of Stevenage Borough at the end of last season and has also reportedly been shortlisted for a senior post at Newcastle United's Academy. Taylor, now 55, has Managerial experience with Southend United, Gillingham, Leicester City, Brighton, Hull City and Crystal Palace and was touted in the Daily Mirror as 'being lined up to take over as boss of League Two side Wycombe Wanderers'. The Club say they will not be advertising the role and will leave it for interested candidates to contact the Club.
PRESS STIRRINGS ON LAMBO
(Friday 23rd May 2008)
The Bucks Free Press has published a series of articles that is sure to stir controversy with Wanderers followers. An interview with Paul Lambert attempts to elaborate on the 'one or two things that didn't with me' quote. Lambert says, "You probably get that anywhere but they gained momentum and I just thought no." He also says he was unhappy with his budget, adding, "If you keep cutting budgets there's only one place the Club is going." He went on to say that his departure had nothing to do with the play-off defeat. Lambert also stoked the fires by suggesting that plans to move to a bigger stadium are not necessary, saying, "Should they move? No. It's a small club and people have got to realise that" Meanwhile, many of the current squad have expressed their disappointment over the departure of Lambert and loanee Frank Fielding went as far as saying that, "(Lambert's) had enough of taking all the gip and it is a boardroom error for me. He has been forced out by people above and it has been hard for him. He didn't say any names but we know who it is." BFP story
MANAGER NAME GAME
(Thursday 22nd May 2008)
The inevitable long list of candidates for the vacant Manager's role at Wycombe are now doing the rounds. The Club are expected to start interviews within the next two weeks.
One favourite is former Stoke City and West Ham midfielder Kevin Keen who was understood to be close to getting the job last time around. Now 41 years old, Keen is currently Reserve team boss at West Ham and played three times for the Wanderers in the 1980's when aged under 16 years old. Since retiring from the playing side he gained Managerial experience with Macclesfield Town before returning to West Ham in a coaching role having made close to 250 apps while at Upton Park as a player.
LAMBERT GONE - REACTION
(Wednesday 21st May 2008)
With the dust still settling after the departure of Paul Lambert and the revelation that the Scots man made his decision to quit the Club two months previous, COTN takes at look back at his quotes to the press during this period. Read more
PLAYERS GOING TOO
(Wednesday 21st May 2008)
Wanderers' squad will be in for a major overhaul in the summer following the resignation of Manager Paul Lambert. Sam Stockley had already left to join Port Vale, while fringe squad player Jack Obersteller has joined League Two newcomers Exeter City. Meanwhile, Club MD Steve Hayes has told former Youth Teamers Alan Massey, Stephen Gregory and Tom Cadmore that their contracts will not be renewed along with Andre Boucaud and Chris Palmer. However, soon to be out of contract Stefan Oakes, Matt Bloomfield and Russell Martin have said to have been offered new deals and are thinking over the revised terms that are thought to reflect a reduced playing budget for the 2008/9 season. The Club have also confirmed that have taken up the option to retain Lewis Christon for a further 12 months, while youngster Robert Rice has signed for a year.
PAUL LAMBERT QUITS
(Tuesday 20th May 2008)
Paul Lambert has quit as Wanderers' Manager after failing to take the Club up to 'League One' via the play-offs. Rumours had been strong of his departure since the defeat at Stockport on Saturday, with suggestions also that the Glasgowegian is being lined up for a role back at his former Club Celtic. The news was officially announced at around 2pm on Tuesday afternoon. Lambert told the Club's Official website, "This is a great club, but I feel that the time has come for me to move on and I don't have another job to go to. I just feel that this is the right thing to do." Meanwhile, Wanderers MD Steve Hayes commented "Obviously this news has taken everyone by surprise, but we intend to move swiftly to appoint Paul's successor. We can't afford to waste any time." Lambert has since been interviewed by Sky Sports News where he has revealed that he made the decision two months ago. More reaction to follow.
STOCKPORT 1 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 17th May 2008)
Wanderers were condemned to at least one more season in 'League Two' after a 1-0 defeat at Stockport County sent then out of the play-off semi-final on a 2-1 aggregate. The only goal of the game came in the 8th minute when Mike Williamson lost possession close the centre-circle and Liam Dickinson ran on to tuck the ball past Frank Fielding with Leon Johnson in chase. The goal appeared to stun Wycombe who struggled to create any clear cut opportunities in a disappointing first-half. As expected, the second period saw Wycombe become more attack minded but County 'keeper Conrad Logan was rarely tested. The closest Wanderers came was during the five minutes of stoppage when Leon Knight just failed to get enough direction on cross to the far post. It left the travelling support holding their heads in agony, while there was more agony for at least two of the seven official coaches who didn't make the game because of a being held up due to serious incident on the M6. For Paul Lambert the rumours of his future at Wycombe have already started, with Sky Sports reporting that he is now considering his position at Adams Park. Meanwhile, Stockport will go to play Rochdale in the 'League Two' play-off at Wembley on Monday 26th May. Wycombe: Fielding, Martin, Williamson, Johnson, Woodman (sub 89 Sutton), Torres (sub 76 Knight), Holt, Doherty, Oakes, Facey, McGleish - subs not used Young, McCracken, Phillips - Att: 9,245 (away sections 1500 approx)
1,500 EXPECTED TO TRAVEL
(Wednesday 14th May 2008)
Wanderers should have a following of at least 1,500 for the Play-off second leg at Stockport County on Saturday evening. The Adams Park Ticket Office reported on Wednesday morning that around 1,200 tickets had been sold following allocations taken up by Season Ticket holders and those with proof of attending four or more away games in 2007/8. Wanderers allocation for the tie is 2,010, with 1,300 situated in the uncovered and seated 'Railway End'. Ticket prices are £16 for adults, £5 juniors and £11 for Seniors Citizens and Students. Call the Wanderers Box Office on 01494-441118 for the more information.
WYCOMBE 1 STOCKPORT 1
(Sunday 11th May 2008)
Wanderers will go into the second-leg of the play-off semi-final all-square after being held to a 1-1 by Stockport County at Adams Park on Sunday evening. Delroy Facey had given Wycombe the lead in the 37th minute after latching onto a poor clearance by County 'keeper John Ruddy and it looked like that would be the only goal of the game until eight minutes from time when Stephen Gleeson struck home from the edge of the box after the ball was only partially cleared following a cross from the right. The return leg is at Edgeley Park next Saturday with a 6pm kick-off. Wycombe: Fielding, Martin, Williamson, Johnson, Woodman, Oakes, Holt, Doherty (sub 72 Phillips), Torres, Facey (sub 87 Sutton), McGleish (sub 72 Knight) - subs not used: Young, McCracken - Att: 6,371 (away end 1200 approx)
B&B FINAL DEFEAT
(Monday 5th May 2008)
A largely youthful and inexperienced Wanderers side lost 3-0 to Chesham United in the Final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup at The Meadow on Bank Holiday Monday. The home side adapted better to the awkward and bumpy surface and took the lead in the 15th minute when Andy Keepence headed home a right wing corner.
Wanderers rarely troubled the Chesham defence and fell further behind six minutes into the second-half in bizarre fashion. Defender Robert Rice sent a long range back pass from the Wycombe right to Jamie Young who air kicked with his right foot and could only watch in horror as the ball rolled past him and into the back of the net. Wanderers went closest to pulling a goal back on the hour mark when a Callum Botham strike was tipped away but victory was sealed in fine fashion for United in the 70th minute when Don Marsala curled in a free-kick from the right channel. Wycombe: Young, Rice, Massey (sub 85 Read), Gregory, Cadmore, Antwi, Pearce (sub 72 Lumsden), Shulton, Daly, Ogbuagu (sub 72 Braithwaite), Botham - sub not used: Reading - Att: 664
WYCOMBE 2 BRADFORD 1
(Saturday 3rd May 2008)
Wanderers beat Bradford City 2-1 at Adams Park on the final day of the regular season and with a final placing of 7th will play Stockport County in the 2007/8 'League Two' Play-off semi-finals. A right flank strike from Delroy Facey on 6 minutes and a close range flick on by Leon Knight after 25 minutes set Wanderers on their way to a laid back victory despite Paul Lambert again resting some of his first choice players. Luke Medley converted a penalty for the visitors a minute before the break but it couldn't stop Wanderers taking all three points and finishing with 78 points - ten points behind the final automatic spot but seven points more than when Wanderers last reached the play-offs at the end of the 2005/6 season. The first leg of the play-off semi-final with Stockport County will take place at Adams Park on Sunday 11th May with a 6pm kick-off. The return leg takes place at Edgley Park on Saturday 17th May with a 6pm kick-off. The other semi-final is between Rochdale and Darlington with the winners facing each other in the final at Wembley Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday 26th May with a 3pm kick-off. Wycombe: Fielding (sub 57 Young), Johnson, Williamson, McCracken, Woodman, Phillips (sub 78 Oakes), Holt, Doherty, Torres, Knight, Facey (sub 78 McGleish) - subs not used: Martin, Sutton - Att: 5,467 (away end 600)
MARTIN BULLOCK RETIRES
(Friday 2nd May 2008)
Martin Bullock has announced his retirment from professional football after just one season with the Wanderers. The 33 year old was contracted with Wycombe until the summer of 2009 but has come to an agreement with the Club to leave early to spend more time with his family and organise moving abroad. He told the Official website, "I just don't feel that I can perform as well as I used to, my performances have dwindled and I don't think I have the enthusiasm needed for the game. I think that when you're not enjoying it, that's when it's time to stop and so I've decided to call it a day." The right sided midfielder made 17 'League Two' starts for Wycombe and totalled 27 appearances without finding the net. During his playing career he made in excess of 500 senior appearances, including lenghtly spells at both Barnsley and Blackpool. His final Wycombe appearance was during the 2-0 home victory over Darlington on 8th March 2008.
AP OUT OF GREEN BELT
(Thursday 1st May 2008)
A Government Inspectorate has approved the plans by Wycombe District Council to take Adams Park and the adajacent car park out of the 'Green Belt'. The plans were first put forward back in September 2005 and were thought to be linked with proposals to re-site Wanderers and London Wasps at another location at the East of the Town centre. The decision by the Inspectorate prompted the Bucks Free Press to run a front page story proclaiming "Green Light given to extend Adams Park" and how this "new developlment could increase the capacity to around 12,500". The uncredited piece went on to speculate that the land could be worth £1m an acre for industrial usage as opposed to £4,000 an acre as agricultural land. Meanwhile, Wanderers Chief Executive and London Wasps Director, Steve Hayes commented, "We are looking at temporary seating for the Wasps for the future. The council may be willing to help, Wanderers may be willing to help and you are half-way there. But you have to go through a great deal of red tape when it is on the green belt. Extra seating would make a huge difference until the stadium moved." Hayes added, "We and the council don't want to see Wasps leaving the town so we have to work together to make this a win-win situation." However, any expansion plans will have to backed up with improved vehicle access which has been an ongoing problem both logistically and financially.
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