All the news stories from July 2008
DEFEAT AT CHESHAM
(Thursday 31st July 2008)
A relatively young Wanderers line-up went down 5-0 in the hastily arranfed friendly at Chesham United on Thursday evening. Danny Burnell scored twice in the first-half to give the home side a 2-0 lead at the break, while former Arsenal trainee Sam Winston bagged a hat-trick in close to 15 second-half minutes to complete the rout. Wanderers play their only home friendly of the 2008/9 season on Saturday (2nd August) with a game against 'League One' Southend United - kick-off 3pm. There will be another low key friendly at Staines Town next Tuesday (KO 7pm), before the opening League game with Morecambe at Adams Park on Saturday 9th August. Team v Chesham: James Reading, Turley, Ellams (sub 64 Lumsden), Read, Christon, Duncan (sub 56 Pearce), Rice, Shulton, Botham, Daly (sub 54 Ogbuagu), Fitchett - Att:177
DRAWS IN FRIENDLIES
(Tuesday 29th July 2008)
Wycombe squads returned from their friendlies with Oxford United and Hayes & Yeading on Tuesday evening with a 1-1 and 3-3 draw respectively. Peter Taylor took charge of the team at Oxford where a crowd of just over 1,500 saw Magno Silva Vieira net Wanderers' equaliser on 27 minutes after Jamie Guy had given the home side the lead two minutes previous. Meanwhile, over at Church Road two goals from Leon Knight (9 mins and 82 mins penalty) and a late equaliser from Callam Botham (87 mins) earned a draw for a Wanderers side that consisted mainly of Youth Team players and young professionals. Team v Oxford: Shearer (sub 45 Young), Mousinho (Sub 84 Rice), Woodman, Johnson (sub 56 Antwi), Williamson, McCracken (Sub 56 Crooks), Doherty (sub 56 Ashton), Holt (sub 56 Grant), Spence, Sutton, Vieira (sub 56 Zebroski) - Att: 1,510 (away 299)
Team v Hayes: James Reading, Jamie Turley, Darrell Ellams, Lewis Christon, Craig Read, Jordan Lumsden, Calum Botham, Scott Shulton, Leon Knight, Derek Duncan, George Daly - subs: Daniel Fitchett, Tom McNeil, David Pearce, Matthew McClure, Jerome Federico - Att: 193
PHILLIPS SIGNS PRO
(Tuesday 29th July 2008)
Second Year apprentice Matthew Phillips has signed a professional contract with the Wanderers that runs until June 2010. The 17 year old striker joined Wycombe when he was 8 and given his First Team debut by Paul Lambert on 26th April 2008 when he came on as substitute in the 1-0 defeat at Notts County. He made his first start a week later in the home match with Bradford City and has gone on to impress new boss Peter Taylor in the pre-season friendlies. Meanwhile, there is uncertainty over the future of Lewis Christon with the Club. The former Youth Teamer, now 19 years old, made his First Team debut back in February 2007 but only made two First Team starts last season and was loaned out to Woking and then AFC Wimbledon. He returned to Wycombe at the end of the season and although it's understood that the Club have exercised a one year extension to his contract until June 2009, he has only featured in parts in the pre-season programme under Peter Taylor.
CHELMSFORD 2 WYCOMBE 1
(Saturday 26th July 2008)
Wanderers went down 2-1 in their friendly at Chelmsford City on Saturday afternoon. The home side took the lead in the 5th minute through Oliver Berquez who cut through the Wanderers defence before slotting past Jamie Young. City then doubled their lead on 25 minutes when Ricky Holmes nodded in Jeff Minton's flighted free-kick. Gary Holt pulled one back on 31 minutes through Gary Holt after City 'keeper Danny Gay fumbled a through ball from Leon Crooks. But an uneventful second-half didn't see change in the scoreline. Wanderers now travel to Oxford United on Tuesday evening for their penultimate pre-season friendly and on the same night another Wanderers squad will vist Hayes and Yeading in an additional friendly arranged to ensure squad members get longer than 45 minutes of play.
1st Half: Jamie Young, Leon Crooks, Craig Woodman (Darrell Ellams, 22), David McCracken (capt), Mike Williamson, Nathan Ashton, Gary Holt, Tommy Doherty, Leon Knight, Gavin Grant, Chris Zebroski - 2nd Half: Scott Shearer, David McCracken (sub 61 Robbie Rice), Darrell Ellams, Will Antwi, Leon Johnson, Gavin Grant (sub 61 George Daly), Gary Holt (sub 61 John Mousinho), Tommy Doherty (sub 61 Scott Shulton), Nathan Ashton (sub 61 Lewwis Spence), John Sutton, Magno Silva Vieira - Att:403
STEVENAGE 1 WYCOMBE 2
(Friday 25th July 2008)
Second-half goals from Chris Zebroski and Scott McGleish secured Wanderers a 2-1 victory at Stevenage Borough on Friday evening. However, there was a concern late on for Wycombe when McGleish was substituted with a suspected hamstring problem. The Conference side took the lead in the 7th minute
when Anthony Thomas ran through the slot past Scott Shearer. But the now usual half-time overhaul of the Wycombe line-up lead to a second-half come back for Peter Taylor's side. Four minutes after the restart Chris Zebroski took the ball around Borough 'keeper Ashley Bayes to level the scores and the winning goal came on 57 minutes from McGleish who finished off after good work from youngster Robert Rice.
1st Half: Scott Shearer, Leon Crooks, Craig Woodman, Will Antwi, David McCracken, Gary Holt, John Mousinho, Lewwis Spence, Magno Silva Vieira, John Sutton, Leon Knight - 2nd Half: Jamie Young, Jamie Turley, Leon Crooks (sub 76 Calum Botham), Mike Williamson, Leon Johnson, Gavin Grant, Robert Rice, Tommy Doherty, Nathan Ashton, Chris Zebroski, Scott McGleish
(Friday 25th July 2008)
Nathan Ashton is set to be confirmed as Peter Taylor's seventh new signing. The 21 year old left sided defender will join from Fulham on a two year deal for a fee based on apperances. The former Charlton Athletic trainee has appeared for the England Youth Team but made just one appearance for Charlton during the 2006/2007 season before spending a brief loan spell with Millwall. In August 2007 he was signed by Lawrie Sanchez for Fulham but made just one appearance in the Premiership, the 3-1 home victory over Reading on 3rd November 2007. In March 2008 the Londoner was loaned out to Crystal Palace but played just 45 minutes - having been substituted at half time in the meeting with Blackpool at Selhurst Park on 3rd March 2008. Commenting on the probable signing, Peter Taylor commented, "When we lost Sergio Torres, he was high on my list to replace him. He's very quick, he will get up and down and he's got a good left foot."
CAPACITY INCREASE FOR AP
(Thursday 24th July 2008)
The Club have applied for an increase in the certified safe capacity of Adams Park from 10,000 to 10,464. The extra capacity would be obtained by allowing 232 more people to stand on each of the flat areas in front of the Valley End terrace and the Old Main Stand. A new turnstile block has already been built to assist with the application and the Safety Advisory Group have also given the thumbs up to the proposal. The application (08/06757/MDS106) requests that a planning obligation restricting the capacity to 10,000 and associated with building the Woodlands Stand (1996) and the extended away end (2001), is modified. The Club want the increase to accomodate the 'high demand' for tickets for rugby matches staged at Adams Park.
BOOKER FOR NEW STADIUM?
(Thursday 24th July 2008)
Wycombe District Council have indentified the Booker Airfield as a possible location for what is being termed the 'Wycombe Community Stadium'. The complex would be shared by Wanderers and London Wasps. As reported on COTN on 24th June, WDC have set up a 'Working Party' to deal with the matter relating to the need for a new ground and a 'Special Cabinet' meeting discussed this further on Monday (21st July). Press and members of the public were excluded from this part of the meeting although COTN understands that Council and officials from both Wanderers and London Wasps visited the site on Wednesday for discussions although no firm decision has yet been made on the need to move or the location of any new site.
(Wednesday 23rd July 2008)
Lewis Hunt has become Peter Taylor's sixth signing since his arrival at the Club at the end of May. The 25 year old former Derby County player has joined on a two year deal following his release from Southend United. His preferred position is right-back although he has also played in midfield and the centre of defence. Originally a trainee at Derby, he spent most of the 2003/4 season on loan at Southend before making the deal permanent in the summer of 2004. A member of their League One Championship winning squad of 2005/6, he had totalled close to 180 apperances for The Shrimpers prior to his release at the end of last season. Wanderers also hope to tie up a deal with a former England Youth International on Thursday morning.
RESERVES MARLOW SWITCH
(Tuesday 22nd July 2008)
The Club have announced that Wanderers' home Reserves fixtures for the forthcoming season will be played at A Marlow FC's Alfred Davis Ground with a regular kick-off time of 7pm on a Tuesday evening. The switch is aimed to protect the Adams Park surface from overuse following the continued use by ground tenants London Wasps. The Reserves have also been switched to the 'Eastern' section of Football Combination for the 2008/9 season, where they will play Colchester United, Ipswich Town, Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Northampton Town, Peterborough United, Southend United, Stevenage Borough and Watford.
TRAINING WEEK AHEAD
(Tuesday 22nd July 2008)
Wanderers' squad will leave on Wednesday for the Five Lakes Country Club in Essex for a training camp that will culminate in friendlies at Stevenage Borough on Friday (KO 7pm) and Chelmsford City on Saturday (KO 3pm). However, left back Adam Green will not be involved after Manager Peter Taylor opted not to pursue the former Fulham trainee and according to the Midweek will hold talks on Tuesday with an 'attacking left sided rather than a full back'. Taylor added "Adam would be as safe as houses as a defender but I am looking for someone who can take people on."
FOREST GREEN 2 WYCOMBE 0
(Saturday 19th July 2008)
Wanderers went down 2-0 im their friendly at Forest Green Rovers on Saturday afternoon. With Peter Taylor still experimenting with his squad, Wycombe fell behind in the 2nd minute when Andy Mangan converted from a Jamie Pitman cross from the right. Wanderers went closest in the second-half through Chris Zebroski and Magno Silva Vieira but it was
Scott Shearer who saved a 74th minute penalty from Les Afful to keep Wanderers in the game. However, it was Afful who slotted past Shearer from 15 yards in the 86th minute to seal victory for the Gloucestershire side. A disappointing display from Wycombe although Captain for the day Tommy Doherty earned special praise afterwards from Peter Taylor. 1st Half: Jamie Young, Leon Crooks, Craig Woodman, Mike Williamson, Will Antwi, Gavin Grant, Tommy Doherty, John Mousinho, Derek Duncan, John Sutton, Leon Knight - 2nd Half: Scott Shearer, John Mousinho (sub 63 Robbie Rice), Craig Woodman (sub 63 Adam Green), David McCracken, Leon Johnson, Chris Zebroski, Gary Holt, Lewwis Spence, Matty Phillips, Scott McGleish, Magno Silva Vieira - Att:581
BID FOR A LEFT WINGER
(Friday 18th July 2008)
Peter Taylor has made a bid winger for a left winger and hopes to complete the deal ahead of Saturday's visit to Forest Green Rovers. Taylor confirmed the approach in an interview with the Bucks Free Press, where it was also suggested that the Club were aiming for a deal that would only invoke a fee if the player makes a certain number of First Team appearances for the Wanderers. Meanwhile left-back Adam Green is expected to be given one more chance to prove his worth in the game at Forest Green where Taylor will again play a different XI per half.
MAIDENHEAD 0 WYCOMBE 1
(Wednesday 16th July 2008)
A Matty Phillips goal on 79 minutes was enough for Wanderers to defeat Maidenhead United 1-0 at York Road on Wednesday evening. Once again Peter Taylor fielded a different line-up in each half with triallist Adam Green given another chance and new signing Chris Zebroski getting his first run out in a Wycombe shirt after recovering from a minor training injury. Next pre-season game for the Wanderers is on Saturday when they travel to Gloucestershire to play Forest Green Rovers - kick-off 3pm.
1st Half: Scott Shearer, Lewis Christon, Adam Green, David McCracken, Will Antwi, Magno Silva Vieira, John Mousinho, Robbie Rice, Derek Duncan, Chris Zebroski, Leon Knight - 2nd Half: Jamie Young, Leon Crooks, Craig Woodman, Mike Williamson, Leon Johnson, Gavin Grant, Tommy Doherty, Lewwis Spence, Matty Phillips, Scott McGleish, John Sutton - Att:481
(Tuesday 15th July 2008)
Peter Taylor has released four out of the five triallists that started pre-season training with the Wanderers. Franchise midfielder Liam Kelly, Crystal Palace right back Aaron Fray and returning midfielder Andre Boucaud were all told they had no future at the Club before Friday's friendly against Flackwell Heath. Meanwhile, Morton left sided midfielder Kieran McAnespie who scored in the Flackwell game has also been told to look elsewhere as Taylor looks for more of a left sided winger. However, former Fulham left-back Adam Green will get a second chance in Wednesday's friendly at Maidenhead United. The 24 year old played the second-half versus The Heathens but wasn't involved enough for Taylor to make a decision. Green was a trainee with Fulham and spent time on loan with Sheffield Wednesday, Bournemouth and Bristol City before leaving Fulham in the summer of 2006 and moving to Grays Athletic in the Conference. The Hillingdon born player then moved to Woking in January 2007 where he had made 41 appearances up until the end of the 2007/8 season.
TORRES FEE REVEALED
(Monday 14th July 2008)
The Club revealed on Monday afternoon the fee received from Peterborough United for Sergio Torres and Russell Martin. An article on the Wanderers official website said, "A combined fee of £200k has been agreed for the sale of Sergio and Russ Martin, with the price reflecting each player's valuation at £100k". Meanwhile, over on the Posh official website, their claim in a quote read, "Posh will pay a fee in the region of £150,000 for the 27-year-old, although a fee has been included in that figure for Russell Martin. Club MD Steve Hayes added on the Wanderers official website "We knew of interest in (Torres) and we felt that by securing him on a contract we would get some money for him. When a player comes to us and says he wants to leave we can't stand in his way." Wanderers will pay Basingstoke around £16,600 as a sell on fee for Torres, while Hayes as started that Manager Peter Taylor will get money to add to his squad.
FLACKWELL 0 WYCOMBE 3
(Friday 11th July 2008)
Peter Taylor's new look Wanderers squad strolled to a 3-0 victory at Flackwell Heath on Friday evening. The match, arranged as part of The Heathens centenary celebrations, saw Wycombe field two different line-ups either side of the break. It was John Sutton who gave Wanderers the lead from the spot on 30 minutes minutes and triallist Kieran McAnespie doubled the lead three minutes before the break when he headed home after Sutton had provided. Goal of the game came on 75 minutes when Lewwis Spence rifled home from around 25 yards.
1st Half: Jamie Young, Leon Crooks, Mike Williamson, Will Antwi, Craig Woodman, Robbie Rice, Gary Holt, John Mousinho, Kieran McAnespie, John Sutton, Leon Knight. 2nd Half: Scott Shearer, Lewis Christon, Leon Johnson, David McCracken, Adam Green, Gavin Grant, Tommy Doherty, Lewwis Spence, Matty Phillips, Magno Silva Viera, Scott McGleish - Att:801
TORRES GOES POSH
(Thursday 10th July 2008)
Shock of the close season on Thursday afternoon when it was confirmed that Sergio Torres had agreed to join Peterborough United. The news came just days after the Club had denied any offers had been made for their 'star' players. The fee for Torres is currently 'undisclosed' but is thought to be in the region of £150,000 and could also include a settlement for Russell Martin who also joined Posh in the close season. However, according to the Bucks Free Press, Torres' former club Basingstoke Town will get 20% of any profit Wanderers make from the deal. Torres, who will be 27 on Friday, was signed by John Gorman for Wycombe in August 2005 for an initial £5,000 fee and this rose to £17,000 after he made 40 appearances in a Wycombe shirt. Torres went on to make 98 apps for Wycombe, scoring six times.
TWO SIDES OF SPIN
(Tuesday 8th July 2008)
The local press and official website are having a battle of spin following what are just rumours at present of player movement from Adams Park. The Bucks Free Press website was first up at 4.45pm on Monday with a 'Blues star on the way out?' headline and a quote from Peter Taylor that said, "I fear there could be something about to happen. I don't want to lose anyone but if it happens it happens. If it was to happen at this stage it's not irretrievable, it is not like there are three days to go before the start of the new season, there is still time to do something." Less than an hour later the Official website responded with a 'Taylor plays down rumours' story that confirmed that Scott McGleish and Sergio Torres had not been the subject of bids, with Taylor commenting, "I've heard the rumours too but unless the phone rings and a bid comes in, I'm not going to worry about it."
BLOOMS SPEAKS OUT
(Friday 4rd July 2008)
Matt Bloomfield has spoken out about his decision to sign a new contract on the same terms as last season. In a backpage story on the Bucks Free Press, Bloomfield says, "I never wanted to leave but it's not been an easy contract for me to agree. It's never been about money for me but being injured I need to try and look after myself and being out for so long has only added to the frustration.". The player went on to say that he should be have been rewarded for the way he has played for the last four and half years and that the pay-freeze was one of the reasons why other players 'kicked-off' at the end of last season. However, he concluded, "Peter Taylor has been brilliant with me. I'm just disappointed that my first dealings with hime had to over a contract and not about football." Meanwhile, Taylor confirmed that 24 year old Bloomfield would be offered an improved three year deal if he regains full fitness.
STAFF CUTS AT AP
(Friday 4th July 2008)
The Club have made 'First Team Administrator' Deborah Blissett and 'Sports Cousultant' Dave Jones redundant in an attempt to cut costs. Both arrived at the Club as part of the PLC revolution but Managing Director Steve Hayes told the Bucks Free Press, "We have got to cut our cloth. We have got to get a structure in place to try and get to a break-even situation and unfortunately you have got to have a bit of pain along the way." The report goes on to claim that despite these cuts there will be an increase in the scouting budget following comments from Peter Taylor.
BLOOMS AGREES DEAL
(Thursday 3rd July 2008)
The Club have announced that Matt Bloomfield is set to sign a new two year deal with the Wanderers. Talks have been ongoing with the 24 year old who was out on contract at the end of June. According to press reports in June he had been offered a deal on the same terms as last season but with a better offer in waiting if he recovers from his cruciate injury. It's estimated that he will return to playing around the turn of the year.
MATCH PRICES ANNOUNCED
(Wednesday 2nd July 2008)
The Club have now announced matchday prices for 'League Two' games at Adams Park next season. As expected there are rises in the majority of areas, although the expected £2 rise for the Woodlands and Valley End terrace have been avoided in favour of a £1 increase. The cost of an adult ticket bought on the day for the centre block of the Woodlands will now be £21, while the terrace cost will be £15. Mixed fortunes for those in the away end. Adult and Senior prices have risen by £2 but under 16's have dropped from £10 to £7. As reported here earlier, the Club has retained its policy of offering a £2 discount for booking at least a day in advance of the game and Season Ticket holders will also be able to claim a 10% discount on purchase of additional home matchday tickets. Updated ticket prices 2008/9 and archive
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