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Matt Phillips PHILLIPS SIGNS NEW DEAL
(Tuesday 30th June 2009)
Matty Phillips has agreed a one year extension to his deal with the Wanderers, tieing him to the Club until June 2011. The former Youth Teamer made 18 League starts for the Wanderers last season, plus 19 substitute appearances. His also netted four times with those goals making him the youngest goalscorer in Wanderers Football League history. He went on to grab the Football League Apprentice of the Year award for 'League Two' and also took the Club's Young Player of the Year honour.
Matty Phillips - Player profile
News 18 YEAR OLD SIGNS
(Tuesday 30th June 2009)
18 year old Joe Cobb has become Peter Taylor's second signing of the summer. Cobb joins Wanderers on a one year deal following his release from Leicester City. Although a regular in the Foxes youth and reserve sides, Cobb failed to break into First Team football for the 'Championship' side. Commenting on the signing, Taylor said "Joe is full of promise and I want him to push our player of the year last season Craig Woodman all the way. Potentially, he is an outstanding attacking full-back."
News TRUST 'BLACKMAILED'
(Friday 26th June 2009)
Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board have voted narrowly in favour of recommending Steve Hayes' proposals to radically change the structure of the Club but agreed with the view that they had been 'cajoled and blackmailed' in coming to a verdict in just a few weeks. Trust members and Founder Shareholders heard the news at an information meeting held at Adams Park on Thursday 25th June 2009. The key facts to the proposals were outlined and arguments 'for' and 'against' the proposals were presented to another well attended meeting in the Vere Suite.
Trust 'blackmailed' - COTN special feature
Steve Hayes STEVE HAYES' VISION
(Thursday 25th June 2009)
An audience of around 250, including close to 50 of the backroom staff at the Club, attended Steve Hayes' presentation of his 'vision' of the future of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. The key to the proposals, which were notified to shareholders on 18 June 2009, were achieving a 'sustainable business model'. Hayes projected losses for the 2009/10 season of around £850K and just over £650K the following season and was of the opinion that the 'only' way for the Club to reach a 'breakeven' point was to move to a new stadium. It was confirmed that a seperate company would manage any new stadium, with Wanderers not having to fund the upkeep. There would be no rental or other related income from Wasps, with Wanderers relying on their own matchday and football related income to fund the Club going forward. Club Chairman Ivor Beeks confirmed there were no alternative proposals and asked for the support and trust of Steve Hayes. The Supporters Trust will meet on Thursday evening (Vere Suite 7.30pm) to further discuss the situation and advice members of the voting procedure prior to the EGM's on 6th July 2009.
News FIRST SUMMER SIGNING
(Wednesday 24th June 2009)
Wanderers have signed out of contract Wigan Athletic midfielder Lewis Montrose on a two year deal. Scottish born Montrose, who will be 21 in November, has made just one First Team appearance for The Latics since he progressed from their Academy in 2006. However, he gained experience on loan at Cheltenham Town and Chesterfield last season, impressing Wanderers boss Peter Taylor during The Spireites 1-1 draw at Adams Park. Montrose had actually signed a 'pre-contract agreement' with Chesterfield before opting to join Wycombe in a division higher. Meanwhile, Cardiff City have confirmed the departure of former Wanderer Roger Johnson to Birmingham City in an estimated £5m deal that will see Wycombe's finances better to the tune of more than £700,000.
News PROPOSALS IN BRIEF
(Wednesday 24th June 2009)
With Steve Hayes set to present his 'vision' on the future of the Club at a meeting on Wednesday evening (23rd June) and the Wycombe Wanderers Trust set to discuss this further the following evening (Thursday 24th June), COTN has prepared an information piece which summarises the proposals, gives other key facts and explains the voting process.
Proposals in brief - COTN special feature
Peter Taylor TAYLOR STAYING
(Tuesday 23rd June 2009)
Peter Taylor is staying with the Wanderers after talks with Club MD Steve Hayes on Monday afternoon. The Club released an official statement at around midnight, with the Midweek following up the story on Tuesday morning. Taylor is quoted as saying, "I am happy to say that we are getting on with it. I think it is a sensible budget for Wycombe. Everyone would say they want more but to me it's acceptable." However, Taylor remains frustrated with the timing of events, adding, "If I had been in a position to bring in people I was trying to, I believe we could have kept [David McCracken]. I have been frustrated that all my efforts of getting these people lined up have been a waste of time."
Peter Taylor TAYLOR TO QUIT ON MONDAY?
(Sunday 21st June 2009)
Wanderers boss Peter Taylor is set to quit the Club on Monday as the fall out from the proposed re-financing of the Club begins to take hold. News of Taylor's intentions has been reported in the Sunday Mirror where the story reads "It is understood that the former England Under-21 manager has become frustrated by the absence of any budget plans for next season in League One. Talks with owner Steve Hayes have ended in deadlock and it now looks certain Taylor will leave after he meets Hayes this week." COTN understands that Taylor made his decision several days before the news of the PLC proposals were made public on Friday. Since this news item was first published, the Bucks Free Press website reported on Monday afternoon that Taylor expects to make his decision public on Tuesday.
David McCracken CRACKS OFF TO FRANCHISE
(Friday 19th June 2009)
On a hectic day for news, Wanderers fans have been dealt a blow with the confirmation that Team Captain Davic McCracken has left the Club to join 'League One' rivals MK Dons on a free transfer. The 27 year old was out of contract with Wycombe and despite being offered a new deal opted to join 'Franchise', commenting, "This wasn't about money for me, I really appreciate the offer that Wycombe put down on the table - it was a good one. However I wanted a new challenge and that's why I've decided to move on." Meanwhile, Wanderers boss Peter Taylor said, "It's a disappointment to lose him, but at the end of the day the player was a free agent and was within his rights to reject our teams and accept a deal elsewhere." The Glasgow born player joined Wycombe in July 2007 and made 82 apperances, scoring twice. David McCracken - COTN profile
Steve Hayes EGM SET FOR 6TH JULY
(Friday 19th June 2009)
Steve Hayes' aspirations to take full control of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club will rest on the outcome of a PLC EGM called for Monday 6th July 2009, coupled, more importantly, with a Founder Shareholders' Meeting set to take place on the same evening. Read more - another COTN special
Wycombe Wanderers Trust TRUST DIRECTORS RESIGN
(Friday 19th June 2009)
Supporters' Trust PLC representatives Dave McGee and Ian Mather have both resigned from the PLC Board as the fall out from the controversial plans to lift the 25% threshold on PLC shares begin to take hold. A statement on the Trust website said, "The resignations were submitted due to the conflict of interest between David and Ianís roles as directors of Wycombe Wanderers Trust and of Wycombe Wanderers PLC."
Read full statement on Trust website
News HERE WE GO AGAIN
(Friday 19th June 2009)
The push to lift the 25% threshold on owning shares in Wycombe Wanderers Football Club PLC has come to the forefront again after a PLC led campaign published in the Bucks Free Press has revealed proposals for Club MD Steve Hayes to be become a near 100% shareholder in the Club. A presentation will be held at Adams Park on 24th June to outline the proposals and a PLC EGM will be called in early July to vote on a change to the Articles of Association which would also require the majority backing of the Founder Shareholders.
Read more on the proposals - COTN special feature
Roger Johnson WINDFALL FROM CARDIFF
(Thursday 18th June 2009)
After weeks of speculation, it looks Wanderers are set to receive a considerable windfall after Cardiff City were reported to have agreed a £5m offer from Birmingham City for the sale of former Wycombe central defender Roger Johnson. The South Wales Echo reported on 13 June that Cardiff had turned down a £5m bid, but a further report in the Daily Mirror on 18 June has suggested the deal has now been agreed, with just the nature of the payment terms needing to be finalised. Johnson moved to Cardiff in July 2006 for £275,000 with Wycombe agreeing a 15% sell on clause of any profit should he leave the Welsh club - meaning that Wanderers stand to make just over £700,000 from a £5m fee.
News FIXTURES OUT
(Wednesday 17th June 2009)
Wanderers will start their 2009/10 Football League campaign away to Charlton Athletic on the weekend of Saturday 8th August. The first home game will be against Leeds United on the following weekend (Saturday 15th August), with Southend United the visitors on Tuesday 18th August. A tough looking start to the season will continue on Saturday 22nd August when Wanderers make their first ever League visit to Carrow Road to play Norwich City. A look at the key fixtures
New Kit BUCKS UNI NEW SPONSOR
(Tuesday 16th June 2009)
Bucks New Uni have been officially confirmed as Wanderers new shirt sponsors following a press conference at Adams Park on Tuesday afternoon. Bucks New University's Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Prof Ruth Farwell, commented in a press release, "We are delighted to embark upon this extended partnership with our local team, Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. This association reinforces Bucks New University's ambition to be a University renowned within the region for our support of sport, not only through academic studies, individual participation and achievement, but also through engagement with our community and our partners." The deal is understood to be over an intial two year period and Prof Ruth Farwell added "We hope that our partnership will encourage more people to become involved in football locally, and that it will help to generate a sense of pride in High Wycombe, which is now both a university town, and the home of a successful football club." As previously reported, COTN understands that a new black second choice kit and third choice yellow kit is set to be launched in July.
League Cup POSH AT HOME IN LEAGUE CUP
(Tuesday 16th June 2009)
Wanderers were drawn at home to Peterborough United in the First Round of the Football League Cup after the draw was made on Tuesday morning. The tie is expected to take place on Tuesday 11th August. Last season Wanderers lost 4-0 at home at the First Round stage to Birmingham City. See www.football-league.co.uk for the full draw which as previously reported was seeded and regionalised between north and south.
News DONS AWAY FRIENDLY ADDED
(Friday 12th June 2009)
Wanderers have arranged another pre-season friendly, this time away to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday 11th July 2009. The match will see Peter Taylor's return to the venue where Wycombe were successful in the FA Cup 1st Round last season - Matt Harrold scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory for The Wanderers. The match also becomes Wanderers first pre-season friendly.
See latest results and fixtures page for full list
League Cup LEAGUE CUP SEEDS
(Wednesday 10th June 2009)
The seedings for the First Round of the Football League Cup have been announced and will see Wanderers play one of 18 seeded clubs in the South half of the draw which will be announced on Tuesday 16th June at 9.30am at www.football-league.co.uk. The seeded clubs are: Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Colchester United, Crystal Palace, Ipswich Town, Millwall, MK Dons, Norwich City, Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle, QPR, Reading, Southampton, Southend United, Swansea City and Watford. Last season Wanderers lost 4-0 at home at the First Round stage to Birmingham City.
John Gorman GORMAN TO JOIN QPR
(Wednesday 10th June 2009)
Former Wanderers boss John Gorman is to be offered the job of QPR assistant manager following Jim Magilton's arrival at Loftus Road, according to reports on the BBC Sport website. Gorman, 59, worked under Magilton at Ipswich Town between December 2008 and April 2009, when both were sacked. If the appointment is confirmed, then Gorman while reunite with former Assistants Steve Brown and Keith Ryan, who are both involved in the Youth set-up at QPR. Rangers are due to play Wanderers in a pre-season friendly at Adams Park on Tuesday 28th July. Gorman was Wanderers Manager between November 2004 and May 2006.
News TARGET SIGNS FOR NORWICH
(Wednesday 10th June 2009)
Exeter City midfielder Matthew Gill has signed for Norwich City just a day after Wanderers Manager Peter Taylor revealed his interest in the out of contract 28 year old. Taylor was quoted in the Exeter Express & Echo on Monday, "Heís a player that would interest us but I have got quite a few like that. Heís one player that we know is out of contract and he would be on my list of midfield players. Iím not prepared to say if I have spoken to him. I have spoken to quite a few people.". Gill, who scored the winner against Wycombe at St James Park last season, joined the Canaries on a free transfer on Tuesday, signing a two year deal. Taylor went on to reveal that other clubs are after his out of contract Captain David McCracken, adding, "Itís tough for all of us that good players are going out of contract because it gives them the freedom to go elsewhere."
Peter Taylor TAYLOR SETS DEADLINE
(Friday 5th June 2009)
Wanderers Manager Peter Taylor has said he hopes to have his squad in place for next season by the start of July. He was quoted in the Bucks Free Press as saying, "I would be hoping to have everything announced by 1st July.". Taylor held talks this week with Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Sam Saunders and has other players on his radar. He added, "I know the players I am after and I've spoken to lots and lots of people but I am not going to get pushed into anything yet. If that means I miss out on one really good one, so be it, there are plenty more fish in the sea." Pre-season training starts during the first week of July.
New Kit NEW KIT NEWS
(Friday 5th June 2009)
Wanderers MD Steve Hayes has revealed to the press that the Club have signed a two year deal with Spanish kit suppliers Joma UK. As reported on COTN back on 11th May, Wanderers will reveal a new kit and sponsor in the close season and this latest news will see current kit supplier ProStar replaced by one that currently supply Charlton Athletic, Leicester City, Watford as well as Spanish side Sevilla. The new first choice quartered blue design is set to be unveiled on Tuesday 16th June, when a prominent local establishment will also be reveiled as the Club's new sponsor. COTN understands that a new black second choice kit and third choice yellow kit is set to be launched in July.

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