All the news stories from October 2007
EASTER SAGA - V07/08.7
(Wednesday 31st October 2007)
The backpage report in Tuesday's edition of BFP Midweek claims that Wanderers have agreed a fee of £210,000 with Plymouth Argyle for the eventual transfer of Jermaine Easter. The report goes on to claim that this figure 'includes sell on clauses' and that Paul Lambert says he doesn't think he will get any of the money for his own playing budget. The £210,000 figure looks to have been sourced from a report in the Plymouth Herald published on Saturday. Neither Club are likely to reveal any fees until the deal is made permanent in January.
RESERVES 1 PALACE 2
(Tuesday 30th October 2007)
A Wanderers reserve XI went down 2-1 to Crystal Palace at Bromley FC on Tuesday evening. Dave Martin gave Palace an early lead with a low shot past James Reading but Wanderers equalised on 35 minutes through former Palace triallist Reuben Reid. However, Palace regained their lead shortly before the break when Ryan Hall cut in from the right to shot home from inside the penalty area. It could have been three moments later but former Wanderers Tony Craig missed from the spot after a handball. Wycombe: Reading, Rice, Braithwaite, Antwi (sub Flichett), Botham (sub Shulton), Crooks, Boucaud, Woodman, Reid (sub Daly), Duncan, Obuagu
SWINDON HOME IN FA CUP
(Saturday 27th October 2007)
Wanderers were drawn at home to Swindon Town in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup when the draw was made at around 5.20pm on Saturday afternoon. The tie will take place during the weekend of 10th November. It is the sixth consecutive season Wanderers have been drawn at home in the First Round but no progress has been made beyond the Second Round since 2002. Last season Wanderers overcame Oxford United at home in the First Round before going down at Stockport County in the round two.
Wanderers all-time record in the FA Cup Proper
CHESTER 2 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 27th October 2007)
Wanderers put in a fighting second-half display at Chester City to salvage a point in a 2-2 draw. A deflected shot from Sergio Torres gave Wycombe the lead on 13 minutes but the home side drew level three minutes later when Chris Holroryd converted from close range after the ball had broken loose after a shot from Tony Dinning. City then got the upper hand when John Murphy headed past Frank Fielding after a cross from the right. Wanderers grabbed their point in the 68th minute when John Sutton smashed a loose ball home after Scott McGleish's challenge had troubled home 'keeper John Danby. Wanderers drop to ninth in the table. Wycombe: Fielding, Martin, Johnson, McCracken, Williams, Bullock, Torres, Holt, Bloomfield, Sutton, McGleish (sub 89 Reid) - subs not used: Oakes, Boucaud, Stockley, Kazimierczak - Att:2,598 (away section 201)
EASTER SAGA - V07/08.6
(Saturday 27th October 2007)
The Jermaine Easter saga at Wycombe looks to be drawing to a conclusion after announcements on Friday afternoon confirmed the striker's loan move to Plymouth Argyle and what is understood to be an already agreed permanent move in the January transfer window. After turning down a £300,000 bid from Plymouth earlier in the season, Wanderers haven't elaborated on the any fees in the deal. Meanwhile, Argyle looked to have got their man just a few weeks after Manager Ian Holloway said they were looking elsewhere after claiming Wanderers had but a £750,000 price tag on the Welsh International. Easter told the Argyle official site "I was very disappointed that it didn't happen in August. To get it done now is a big relief, and I'm delighted to be here." He also told the Plymouth Herald "I was preparing to sign for Bristol Rovers this week so it came out of the blue. I think Bristol Rovers put in an offer for me on Tuesday. I don't think Plymouth put in their offer until Thursday." Easter went on to make his Argyle debut on Saturday, coming on as a 66th minute substitute in The Pilgrims 2-0 defeat at Preston.
MD UPS WASPS SHARES
(Friday 26th October 2007)
COTN can confirm that Steve Hayes has increased his shareholding in London Wasps from 11% to 25%. The Wanderers PLC MD became a shareholder in Wanderers' ground tenants back in August and has since made public his intentions to drive the Club towards a new ground sharing scheme with Wasps. Talks are ongoing with local council officials but no further details have been made available at present.
EASTER SAGA - V07/08.5
(Wednesday 24th October 2007)
All go again on the Jermaine Easter saga with the out of favour striker returning for the reserves on Tuesday amongst rumours that he would be joining Bristol Rovers this Friday on a loan deal with a view to a permanent move in the January transfer window. The Bristol Evening Post reported this story on Tuesday and added that Cheltenham Town had dropped their interest in Easter, with Robins caretaker boss Keith Downing quoted as saying. "Wycombe are not prepared to let him out without a club committing to buy him in January." Paul Lambert has also been quoted in the local press as not being interested in letting Easter go out on loan, although it becomes ever likely that he has played his last First Team game for the Wanderers.
ANOTHER KEEPER ON LOAN
(Wednesday 24th October 2007)
Wanderers announced the loan signing of another goalkeeper on Tuesday afternoon, this time going for the relative experience of Scotland International Robert Douglas. The 35 year old, who has been capped 19 times by Scotland, joins on
an initial 'Emergency Loan' from Leicester City. The loan period is likely to be extended to the end of the season
if either of Wanderers other loans 'keepers are recalled by their respective clubs. Douglas made seven loan appearances for Millwall early this season and last played for Leicester in February 2006. He originally joined The Foxes in the summer of 2005 in a £1.5m deal from Celtic where he had spent five seasons, clocking up more than 150 appearances and establishing his connection with Paul Lambert.
MILLWALL 1 RESERVES 2
(Tuesday 23rd October 2007)
A Wanderers reserve XI including Jermaine Easter beat Millwall 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon at The New Den. Easter opened the scoring on 30 minutes with a low shot past Lenny Pidgeley in the Millwall goal. Ruben Reid added another on 55 minutes before Zak Whitebread scored for Millwall from his own half past with a 60 yard lob past a stunned Przemyslaw Kazimierczak who had been caught off his line. Next reserve outing is on Wednesday 31st October at Crystal Palace. Wycombe: Kazimierczak, Rice (sub 68 Daly), Obersteller, Antwi, Christon, Crooks, Phillips (sub 44 Fitchett), Boucaud, Easter, Reid, Duncan - subs not used: Shulton, Holloway, Brathwaite
THE DOC SIGNS
(Monday 22nd October 2007)
The Club announced on Monday afternoon the signing of QPR midfielder Tommy Doherty on an 'Emergency Loan' until 2nd January 2008. The deal has been completed with 'a view to permanent deal' when the transfer window opens in January. Doherty, who had impressed while on loan at Wycombe last season, had originally intended to sign at the start of the season but an appendicitis caused the deal to put on hold. Doherty has now passed a medical with Wycombe and will link-up with the squad in time for Saturday's visit to Chester City.
WYCOMBE 3 GRIMSBY 0
(Saturday 20th October 2007)
Two late goals sent Wanderers towards a relatively flattering 3-0 home success to Grimsby Town on Saturday at Adams Park. Gary Holt scored his first goal for Wycombe went he slotted home a low ball from the left by Scott McGleish. The score remained 1-0 until thirteen minutes from time when McGleish managed to knock the ball home after his original scrabbled effort had come back off the right hand upright. The victory was completed in stoppage time when Ruben Reid's pass to Matt Bloomfield on the right side of the box saw the midfielder tripped by Tom Newey and McGleish converted the resulting penalty. Wanderers remain eighth in the table - next game, away to Chester City on Saturday 27th October, kick-off 3pm. Wycombe: Fielding, Martin, Johnson, McCracken, Williams, Bullock (sub 77 Oakes), Torres (sub 86 Boucaud), Holt, Bloomfield, Sutton (sub 77 Reid), McGleish - subs not used: Stockley, Kazimierczak - Att:4,052 (away section 255)
RESERVES 0 QPR 1
(Tuesday 16th October 2007)
A Wanderers reserve XI went down 1-0 to QPR on Wednesday afternoon at Adams Park. The only goal of the game came after 15 minutes when Lewis Christon lost possession to Kieron St Aimie who run on to score past Przemyslaw Kazimierczak.
Next reserve outing is on Tuesday 23rd October at Millwall - kick-off 2pm. Wycombe: Kazimierczak, Rice, Woodman, Boucaud, Christon, Antwi, Phillips, Shulton, Reid, Botham, Duncan - subs not used: Crooks, Obersteller, Daly, Holloway, Fitchett
TRUST ELECTION RESULT
(Monday 15th October 2007)
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust have announced the result for the appointment of its Director to the WWFC PLC Board. 157 votes were cast by the deadline, with Keith Blagborough retaining his position on the PLC Board by taking 91 votes compared to 66 for Reg Rundle.
See wwst.org for full press statement
PETERBORO 2 WYCOMBE 1
(Sunday 14th October 2007)
A slopy conceded three minutes from time saw Wanderers go down 2-1 at Peterborough United in the Sunday game at London Road. With an unchanged line-up to the one that beat Notts County at Adams Park the previous week, Paul Lambert's side fell behind three minutes into the second-half when George Boyd fired past Frank Fielding from 12 yards after a pass from the right by Adam Newton. But the goal spurred Wanderers on and the reward was a Matt Bloomfield equaliser five minutes later - the midfielder striking home from the left side of the penalty area following a Sergio Torres assist from the left. Torres' claim for penalty on 86 minutes only led to a booking and the home side took advantage of Wanderers' unrest when a long throw from the right saw Aaron Mclean head past Fielding. Wanderers remain eighth in the table - next game, home to Grimsby Town next Saturday at Adams Park, kick-off 3pm. Wycombe: Fielding, Martin, Johnson, McCracken, Stockley, Bullock (sub 84 Boucaud), Torres, Holt, Oakes , Sutton (sub 79 Reid), McGleish (sub HT Bloomfield) - subs not used: Williams, Kazimierczak - Att:4,584 (away section 453)
FIXTURE SWITCH CONFIRMED
(Friday 12th October 2007)
The Club have confirmed they have bowed to London Wasps' wishes and moved the scheduled home game with Morecambe to Friday 14th December in order to allow London Wasps to play the following day against Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup. A statement on the official site attempts to contrive the change as an advantage to the Wanderers and claims that Manager Paul Lambert is "delighted" with the change. Meanwhile Steve Hayes, WWFC PLC MD and 11% shareholder with London Wasps, says the Club "canvassed the views of many supporters and the majority agree", although there appears no evidence that the Club's beloved CRM system has been used. Hayes went on to add, "History shows that Saturday home games just before Christmas are not well supported. By switching to Friday night we hope to encourage more families to attend." A report in the BFP goes on to claim that Wasps tried to move the game to the Sunday but would have been thrown out of the competition due to previously agreed live TV arrangements with Sky. The Supporters' Trusts have also issued a statement where they say they raised objections but these fell on deaf ears.
(Thursday 11th October 2007)
The Club look to have a dilemma on their hands after ground tennants London Wasps have scheduled a home Heineken Cup tie with ASM Clermont Auvergne to take place at Adams Park on the same day that Wanderers are due to play at home to Morecambe. Wasps have stated a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday 15th December in their fixture list and with live TV also likely, talks will be underway to persuade Wycombe to move their game to the Friday evening. Any change to Wanderers fixture list due to Wasps is sure to bring fierce criticism from supporters who are keen to resist further erosion to the independence of the Club and the primacy of tenure agreements put in place when Wasps moved to Adams Park in 2002. Meanwhile, Wasps have already moved one Heineken Cup game away from Adams Park - taking their meeting with Munster to Coventry City's Ricoh Arena on Saturday 10th November as they feel the extra income generated will help pay for two semi-permanent marquees that they hope they will get permission to errect in the car-park at Adams Park and house additional bar facilities.
EASTER SAGA - V07/08.4
(Wednesday 10th October 2007)
Some more extraordinary twists to the Jermaine Easter saga were instigated over the weekend with Easter posting a message on the Gas Room message board in an attempt to apologise for his recent actions. The message has since been reproduced on the back page of the Midweek BFP and also passed off as quotes made directly to the official website by Club media manipulator Alan Parry. Easter's comments in the press may have also encouraged Plymouth Argyle Manager Ian Holloway to state he was no longer interested in signing the player. Wanderers put a £750,000 price tag on Easter and Holloway told the Plymouth Herald, "I didn't think for one minute that was going to be value for money for my football club. As far as I'm concerned, we are looking elsewhere now."
View image of Easter's GasRoom message and replies
SWANSEA 2 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 9th October 2007)
Wanderers went out of the Football League Trophy on Tuesday evening after going down 2-0 at Swansea City in front of less than 50 travelling fans. Both Swansea's goals came in four minute spell during the first half. Guillem Bauza opened the scoring on 29 minutes when he converted from six yards. Paul Anderson doubled the lead four minutes later with another close range effort. Wanderers had the better of the second period but failed to find the net and so exit their second cup competition of the season. The tie saw Paul Lambert give a debut to Bolton loanee goalkeeper Przemyslaw Kazimierczak, while second half substitute Derek Duncan also made his competitive debut in a Wanderers shirt having signed in the close season. There was good news for Wycombe, with Will Antwi returning from injury to make a First Team for the first time since his appearance in the League Cup semi-final with Chelsea back in January. Wycombe: Kazimierczak, Antwi, Martin (sub 78 Duncan), Johnson (sub 58 Christon), McCracken, Williams, Woodman, Boucaud, Bloomfield, Sutton, Reid - subs not used: Oakes, Fielding, Stockley - Att: 5,922 (away section 43)
PALMER SENT BACK
(Monday 8th October 2007)
Chris Palmer has returned from his loan deal with Darlington but mystery surrounds the reasons as the terms of the deal means he can only play for Darlington until the loan expires on 6th January 2008. The news first broke in the Northern Echo on Friday morning where it was claimed Darlo boss Dave Penney had 'terminated the loan', with claims that Palmer had 'failed to settle'. Wanderers reported a similar story later on Friday afternoon through the official site and added that Darlington would continue to pay his salary until the end of the loan. 23 year old Palmer had made just three League starts for Darlington since beginning his loan spell at the start of the season and his return to Wycombe is understood to be connected to the player not making himself available as a substitute in a recent game.
WYCOMBE 3 NOTTS COUNTY 1
(Saturday 6th October 2007)
A 48th penalty awarded to Wycombe and a red card for Notts County's Paul Mayo for the incriminating foul on Martin Bullock was the catalyst for a 3-1 victory at Adams Park on Saturday. John Sutton converted the resulting spot-kick and despite Richard Butcher equalising for the visitors on 68 minutes, a superb strike from the edge of the box from Scott McGleish three minutes later and a sweetly struck shot from substitute Matt Bloomfield on 82 minutes, sealed the points against ten man County. Despite the victory, Wanderers remain eighth in the table but still only three points behind the automatic promotion spots. Next game, away to Swansea City on Tuesday evening in the Football League Trophy - note kick-off is 7pm. Wycombe: Fielding, Martin, Johnson, McCracken, Stockley, Bullock, Torres (sub 87 Boucaud), Holt, Oakes (sub 70 Bloomfield), Sutton (sub 81 Reid), McGleish - subs not used: Williams, Kazimierczak - Att:4,199 (away section 230)
BARNET 2 WYCOMBE 1
(Tuesday 2nd October 2007)
Wanderers went down 2-1 at Barnet on Tuesday evening after leading 1-0 until the 77th minute. Paul Lambert fielded an unchanged starting XI to the one that secured three points at Bradford and, as expected, Jermaine Easter was not considered for selection. Wanderers took the lead in the 22nd minute when a long clearance by Frank Fielding saw John Sutton convert from inside the left side of the penalty area. However, just as the 600 plus travelling support were set to see another victory on the road, the home side equalised through substitute Liam Hatch who chested the ball down before firing home. Then with four minutes of normal time remaining Jason Puncheon followed up his own shot to snatch all three points for The Bees. Wycombe: Fielding, Martin (sub HT Williams), Johnson, McCracken, Stockley, Bullock, Torres, Holt, Oakes (sub 73 Bloomfield), Sutton, McGleish (sub 73 Reid) - subs not used: Boucaud, Kazimierczak - Att:2,023 (away section 674)
EASTER SAGA - V07/08.3
(Tuesday 2nd October 2007)
The most controversial episode of the Jermaine Easter saga to date is now well underway. The Welsh international pulled out of Saturday's trip to Bradford because, 'his head wasn't right' and then proceded to explain his side of the story to the BFP Midwee. He was quoted as saying, "I was only being honest. I haven't been happy and it's been getting worse. I made the decision that I thought was right for the Club and myself and I don't regret it." Easter who has been named in the Welsh squad again, added "I'm not happy and I want away. I want to progress my career and I think for me to do that I have to go somewhere else." Meanwhile, boss Paul Lambert insists that Easter hasn't played his last game for the Wanderers, "It would be easy for me to say go to Plymouth or somewhere on loan but I don't see the logic in that." The report also claims that no fine will be imposed on the player for his behaviour, while it's understood that Easter will not be considered for Tuesday evening's match at Barnet.
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