All the news stories from August 2008
CHESTERFIELD 0 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 30th August 2008)
Mike Williamson scored the only goal of the game as Wanderers beat Chesterfield on Saturday at Saltergate. This third consecutive victory for Peter Taylor's side in League Two moves Wanderers to fourth place in the table with 10 points from four games, and trailing the three clubs above, Bury, Shrewsbury and Dagenham, on goal difference only. The goal came after just 4 minutes when a free kick from the right channel was floated in by Tommy Doherty and Williamson rose to head in off the underside of the crossbar. The home side came closest to equalising on 54 minutes when former Wanderer Darren Currie's cross from the left was headed wide of the far post by Kevin Austin. Keeper Scott Shearer also pulled off a couple of decent saves to keep a third consecutive clean sheet. Team news saw Gary Holt come in for the injured Lewwis Spence as the only change to the previous weeks' starting line-up, while loan signing Simon Church came on as asubstitute to make his Wanderers First Team debut. Next match for Wycombe is away to Rochdale on Saturday 6th September. Wycombe: Shearer, McCracken, Johnson, Williamson, Woodman, Grant (sub 80 Church), Holt, Doherty, Mousinho, Zebroski, McGleish (sub 62 Vieira) - Subs not used: Young, Ashton, Crooks - Att:3,175 (away end 240)
INVERNESS WANT MCCRACKEN
(Friday 29th August 2008)
A report in Friday's Scottish National The Daily Record suggests that Wanderers defender David McCracken is wanted by Inverness CT. Caleys boss Craig Brewster spent a brief spell as Manager of Dundee United during McCracken's time at Tannadice and is said to be interested in the Wycombe player after a move to sign Dundee United's Darren Dods fell through. The report goes on to claim without quotes that '[McCracken] has told new boss Peter Taylor he wants to move on'. McCracken, who will be 27 in October, is contracted at Wycombe until June 2009.
David McCracken - Player Profile
BID FOR LEAGUE 1 STRIKER
(Friday 29th August 2008)
Back page of the Bucks Free Press on Friday has the headline 'Blues bid for League One striker'. The article claims that Wanderers have made a cash bid for an unnamed League One striker with Manager Peter Taylor quoted as saying, "It is up to them now. We have made an offer to the club and I don't want to go any higher with it. If they accept our value that's great. If not there are a couple of other people we can look to." However, any deal is not expected to go through in time for Wanderers visit to Chesterfield on Saturday. The transfer deadline closes on 1st September but Taylor will still have the option of using the 'emergency loan' system that operates again shortly after.
CHURCH ON LOAN
(Sunday 24th August 2008)
Wanderers have signed 19 year old striker Simon Church on a month's loan from Reading starting from Friday 29th August. The Wales Under 21 international hails from High Wycombe and was in the Wanderers Centre of Excellence before opting to join the Reading Academy. Compensation from this was later used as part of the deal that bought Nathan Tyson to Wycombe in March 2004. Church signed a professional deal with Reading in 2007 and although yet to make his Royals First Team debut, he made his Football League debut during a loan spell with Crewe Alexandra in the 2007/2008 season - making 14 appearances and scoring once. Later that season he also played on loan at Yeovil Town - adding six further Football League apps to his name. During that time he also represented Wales at U21 level on three occasions - scoring a goal in a UEFA qualifier against Bosnia. Despite the arrival Church, Manager Peter Taylor has suggested that he is still looking for a permanent signing before the 1st September transfer deadline. Other news has seen the recently departed Leon Knight sign a deal with Conference side Rushden & Diamonds, while John Sutton scored on his debut for Motherwell in their 1-1 draw with Dundee United on Saturday.
WYCOMBE 1 LINCOLN 0
(Saturday 23rd August 2008)
Craig Woodman's 15th minute cross/shot from the left wing that drifted into the far corner of the net, was enough to see Wanderers beat Lincoln City 1-0 at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon. A more confident display from Peter Taylor's side was also spoined on 64 minutes when Scott Shearer made a mess of collecting a cross but Mike Williamson was there to clear off Ben Wright's shot off the line. However, Wanderers had chances to seal the game with the nearest being Scott McGleish close range that struck the bar on 83 minutes from Nathan Ashton's cross. Next match away to Chesterfield on Saturday 30th August.Wycombe: Shearer, McCracken, Woodman, Williamson, Johnson, Doherty, Mousinho, Spence (sub HT Ashton), Grant, Zebroski, McGleish - subs not used: Young, Holt, Vieira, Crooks - Att:4,112 (away end 247)
TAYLOR ON STRIKER HUNT
(Friday 22nd August 2008)
Not suprisingly, Peter Taylor is desperately looking for a striker ahead of the 1st September transfer deadline. He told the Bucks Free Press, "We need to get someone in because I never dreamed that I would lose two strikers in a day." The Wycombe boss has indicated he wants a target and added, "I'm only looking to bring one in. I want a big one to push Zebroski". Meanwhile, Club Chief Executive Steve Hayes has revealed that Leon Knight's transfer to Wycombe back in January 2008 was paid out of his own money. He told the paper, "I backed the previous manager when he wanted to sign him and now I am backing the new manager. It has cost me personally £50,000. It's not great but it's better to realise something isn't right and cut our losses"
STEVENAGE 1 RESERVES 1
(Wednesday 20th August 2008)
Wanderers Reserves drew 1-1 away to Stevenage Borough in their opening Combination game of the new season. Robert Rice put Wycombe ahead in the first half but Jerome Anderson levelled after the break. Wanderers included 20 year old triallist Stephen Maher in midfield. The Irish player has been on the books of Yeovil Town for the past two years - making eight appearances. He also spent time on loan at Dorchester during the first three months of last season. Next match for the the Reserves is when they play their first 'home' game at Marlow FC on Tuesday 9th September against Southend United. Wycombe: Young, Duncan, Turley, Crooks, Christon, Botham, Rice, Shulton, Maher, Fitchett, Daly
KNIGHT & SUTTON DEPART
(Tuesday 19th August 2008)
After much speculation Leon Knight and John Sutton have both left the Wanderers 'having their contracts terminated by mutual consent', according to statement released by the Club late on Tuesday afternoon. Sutton has agreed terms with Scottish Premier League side Motherwell. Meanwhile, Knight has yet to finalise a deal elsewhere, with Manager Peter Taylor commenting, "...we've come to an agreement with him and it's allowed him to look for a career elsewhere." Knight joined Wanderers for £50,000 in January 2008 and leaves less than eight months later for nothing - he made 22 appearances, scoring five times.
Leon Knight - updated Player Profile
John Sutton - updated Player Profile
(Tuesday 19th August 2008)
The Club's official website have taken the unusual approach of speculating on the departure on one of its own contracted players. The article published on Monday suggested that 'out of favour' striker John Sutton could be 'heading back North' and included a quote from Manager Peter Taylor saying, "John is a really good pro but I can't guarantee him first team football at this time. There has been some interest from Scotland for him." The 24 year old join Wycombe on a free last summer from St Mirren but scored just 6 goals in 48 appearances and has yet to feature this season. He is contracted with Wycombe until June 2009. A further article published in Tuesday's Midweek also had Taylor saying, "There wouldn't be a fee. He's one of the higher wage earners but that's not the reason. At the end of the day all managers look at certain things and at the moment I think Chris Zebroski would be starting a little before him so that's the reason." Motherwell and St Mirren are understood to have expressed an interest in the former Spurs trainee.
CHESTER 0 WYCOMBE 2
(Saturday 16th August 2008)
Goals from John Mousinho and Scott McGleish gave Wanderers a 2-0 victory at Chester City on Saturday. Mousinho bagged hsi first goal in a Wycombe in the 26th minute with a neat lob over City 'keeper John Danby. City responded after the goal but Wanderers doubled their lead in the 66th minute after Chris Zebroski was controversially adjudged to have been tripped in the penalty area by Laurence Wilson and McGleish made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick. McGleish also went close to making it 3-0 on 81 minutes when his header hit the crossbar before being cleared. Next match, at home to Lincoln City on Saturday. Wycombe: Shearer, McCracken , Williamson, Johnson, Woodman, Grant (sub 89 Rice), Doherty (sub 89 Ashton), Spence, Mousinho, McGleish, Zebroski (sub 81 Vieira) - subs not used Young, Crooks - Att:1,419 (away end 178)
WYCOMBE 0 BIRMINGHAM 4
(Wednesday 14th August 2008)
Wanderers went out at the First Round stage of the Football League Cup after Birmingham City strolled to a 4-0 victory at a rain swept Adams Park on Wednesday evening. Playing in front of the Sky cameras, Wycombe started the game in reasonable fashion but City took the lead in the 14th minute when Tunisian international Mehdi Nafti struck home from 20 yards. Wanderers held their own until the break and came closest to drawing level on 62 minutes when Chris Zebroski's snap effort from ten yards was brilliantly turned away by City 'keeper Colin Doyle. And it proved to be a pivotal moment as two minutes later Seb Larsson sent City into a 2-0 lead after slotting past Jamie Young following an exchange with Garry O'Connor. A header from Cameron Jerome on 73 minutes and an angled shot from debutant Quincy Owusu-Abeyie on 86 minutes confirmed the victory as Wanderers defence was left short on numerous occasions. Back to League action on Saturday with the trip to early strugglers Chester City who lost 5-2 at home to Leeds United in their League Cup match on Tuesday evening. Wycombe: Young, Crooks (sub HT Ashton), Antwi, Johnson, Woodman, Mousinho, Doherty (sub 75 Rice), Spence, Zebroski, Grant, McGleish (sub 71 Vieira) - subs not used: Shearer, Sutton, Duncan, Christon - Birmingham: Doyle, Parnaby, Martin Taylor, Ridgewell, Murphy (sub HT Queudrue), Larsson, Carsley, Nafti, McSheffrey (sub 63 Owusu-Abeyie), Phillips (sub 70 Jerome ), O'Connor -
subs not used: Maik Taylor, McFadden, Mutch, Bent - Att:2,735 (away end 546)
MIXED SWIPE CARD REPORTS
(Tuesday 12th August 2008)
There have been mixed reports of the first day of using the new swipe card entry system into Adams Park. The Club reported via the official website that '99% of fans had no problems getting into the stadium' and any problems were resolved by Club Staff on the day. The new system uses a barcode scanner at the existing turnstiles which are operated by matchday staff who verify the holder of the card and then allow entry in the ground. The Club hope to use the access data, including time of entry, for analysis of supporter habits. Problems at the Morecambe game mainly related to the incorrect issue of duplicate seat numbers. Meanwhile, there has been criticism of the poor publicity given to the 'cash turnstile' operating at the Valley End this season. After pressure from the Supporters Trust, this has been given a two month trial by the Club in order to gauge its usage. However, to date, this has not received publicity through either the official website, the local press or Wanderers new look programme.
BYE IN F.L.TROPHY
(Monday 11th August 2008)
Wanderers have received a bye in the First Round of the 'Football League Trophy' for the second season running. The draw for the First Round is due to take place on Saturday 16th August but the pre-draw to determine those with byes was made on Friday 8th August. First Round matches will be played the week commencing 1st September with the draw for the Second Round taking place on Saturday 6th September. Last season Wanderers lost 2-0 away to Swansea City at the Second Round stage. The Second Round will take place the week commencing 6th October. Southern section byes: Cheltenham Town, Gillingham, Hereford United, Luton Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Peterborough United, Walsall, Wycombe Wanderers - Northern section byes: Bury, Carlisle United, Chester City, Darlington, Huddersfield Town, Lincoln City, Rochdale, Rotherham United - Round dates: Area Q/F w/c 3 Nov, Area S/F 15 Dec, Area Final 1st leg 19 Jan, 2nd leg 16 Feb, Final at Wembley Sunday 5 April.
WYCOMBE 1 MORECAMBE 1
(Saturday 9th August 2008)
A 66th minute equaliser from David Artell pegged Wycombe back to a 1-1 draw in their opening 'League Two' game of the 2008/9 season against Morecambe at Adams Park on Saturday. New signing Lewwis Spence had given Wanderers the lead in the 34th minute with a sweetly hit strike from just outside the penalty area. Spence was one of four players given their competitive debuts for Wycombe by Manager Peter Taylor - Spence was joined by fellow new signings Gavin Grant and Chris Zebroski in the starting line-up, while John Mousinho appeared as a second-half substitute. Elsewhere, defender Leon Crooks played his first game since April 2007, coming in for the injured David McCracken, while out of favour forwards Leon Knight and John Sutton were not included in the matchday squad. Wycombe take on Birmingham City on Wednesday at Adams Park in the First Round of the Football League Cup (KO 7.45pm). The tie is live on Sky Sports. Wycombe: Shearer, Crooks (sub 87 Antwi), Williamson, Johnson, Woodman, Spence, Doherty, Holt (sub HT Mousinho), Grant, Zebroski, McGleish - subs not used: Young, Ashton, Vieira - Att:4,021 (away end 155)
NEW LOOK PROGRAMME
(Thursday 7th August 2008)
Wanderers will launch a new look match day programme for the forthcoming campaign, with a London based design specialist being used in favour of PK Graphics - the Club's programme printers and designers since the 1983-84 season. The Club have said, "The publication promises to be one of the best in the country, with ground-breaking design making it one of the most unique programmes around." Production is being done by shootthemoon.co.uk, who currently produce Tottenham Hotspurs' programme and marketing literature. Their portfolio of clients also includes British Airways and Whitbread. The 60 page issue will cost £2.50 and be available for the first time on Saturday when Wanderers take on Morecambe at Adams Park.
STAINES 0 WYCOMBE 0
(Tuesday 5th August 2008)
A Wanderers XI drew 0-0 in Tuesday evening's friendly at Staines Town. Leon Knight was recalled to the Wycombe side after his discipline issues over the weekend, while Peter Taylor also included Coach Junior Lewis in his defensive line-up and gave a trial to Jake Hyde, nephew of former Wanderers 'keeper Paul Hyde. First Year apprentice Thomas O'Regan was also in the side. 'Keeper James Reading was man of the match for the Wanderers, with Staines having the better chances, although Derek Duncan almost snatched it in the final minute as a he brought a good save from the home 'keeper. Commenting on the Knight situation, Taylor said, "He has apologised and taken his punishment on the chin. He has bounced back and as far as I am concerned that is the end of the matter." The Wycombe boss said that Knight was in contention for Saturday's opener against Morecambe and added, "I want (him) to be a good player and he can be if he works hard. If he does that, there is no reason why he can't play higher. Wayne Rooney is a fantastic player but blimey does he work hard as well." Wycombe: Reading, Turley, O,Regan, Christon, Lewis, Rice, Duncan, Shulton, Knight, Hyde (sub 75 Daly), Botham - subs not used: Ogbuagu, Fitchett, Lumsden, Reid - Att:183
BLUES 'TEAMCARD' LAUNCH
(Monday 4th August 2008)
Wanderers hope to launch their new swipe card entry system (originally reported on COTN on 16th June 2008) in time for Saturday's home game with Morecambe. The new Season Ticket incorporates 'membership' of a new 'Blues TeamCard' which gives the holder the entitlement to reduced advanced matchday prices and other benefits connected to purchases made at the Club and 'Partner' outlets. Non-Season Ticket holders can gain the same benefits by buying a card for £5 adults and £2.50 concessions. COTN understands that the advanced matchday discount of £2 will initially be available to those with or without a 'Blues TeamCard' but as from 1st November 2008 only those with the card will be able to obtain this discount. A new card comes with £2 credit (£1 concession) to spend through Club outlets. The TeamCard system is currently used by other clubs including Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Celtic and Leicester City.
AWAY PRICES REVISED
(Monday 4th August 2008)
The Club have revised the advertised prices for entry into the Away End for the 2008/9 season. The prices released by the Club via the official website on 2nd July 2008 indicated a £2 rise for both adults and seniors, while unders 16's had dropped by £3. The revised prices indicate a £1 rise for adults and seniors, with matchday prices now £18 and £16 respectively. While Under 16's will now pay just £6 on the day and £4 in advance - a £4 drop from the previous season.
Updated ticket prices 2008/9 and archive
KNIGHT FINED BY CLUB
(Monday 4th August 2008)
Wanderers striker Leon Knight has been fined by the Club for failing to turn up for the recent friendly at Chesham United, according to an 'exclusive' report on the Bucks Free Press website. The report says that Knight was told by Manager Peter Taylor to 'stay away' from Saturday's home friendly with Southend and report to the Club on Monday for a meeting. Knight joined Wanderers from Franchise in January 2008 for a £50,000 fee and made 22 appearances, scoring five times before the end of the season. Taylor was quoted as saying, "Leon is only a good player if he works hard. I want him to get a bit fitter and work harder. I think he can work harder. It may be a part of his game that he thinks he doesn't have to do but I think he does." The Club have since reported he will play in Tuesday's friendly at Staines Town.
WYCOMBE 1 SOUTHEND 2
(Saturday 2nd August 2008)
Wanderers went down 2-1 to 'League One' side Southend United at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon. In a familiar pattern, Wycombe were behind early on after Adam Barrett headed the visitors in front in the 2nd minute following a cross from Nicky Bailey. The Shrimpers continued to look dangerous and doubled their lead five minutes before the break when former Wycombe transfer target Paul Furlong headed past Jamie Young. Peter Taylor, a former Southend player and manager, saw his side get back into the game in the 61st minute when new signing Magno Vieira slid in at the far post to convert Gavin Grant's right wing cross. However, despite having the better of the closing stages, Wycombe couldn't force an equaliser. Wycombe: Young (sub HT Shearer), Crooks (sub HT Johnson), Woodman, McCracken, Antwi, Phillips (sub HT Mousinho), Holt (sub HT Grant), Doherty, Spence (sub 80 Rice), Vieira (sub 62 Ashton), Sutton (sub HT Zebroski) - Att:1,105
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