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John Gregory has signed defender Nicky Mohan for 75,000 from Bradford City following his month's loan during September. 26-year-old Mohan has been at Bradford for the past two seasons where he has been practically ever present in the City line-up (He played in last season's FA Cup meeting between the two sides and also the previous season's League meeting's). He joined Bradford in a 225,000 deal from Leicester City (hence the Gregory connection) and previous to that had spent 7 seasons at Middlesbrough - where he started as a trainee. He moved to Leicester in 1994 for £330,000. The 6' 1" central defender made his Wycombe debut against Northampton in the 0-0 draw at Adams Park and made a further 5 appearances before being recalled to City. Mohan went straight into the team for the league meeting at Gillingham
Wycombe have signed 21 year University Graduate Ben Hodson. Hodson has played two reserve games for Wycombe earlier this season and impressed John Gregory enough to sign him on an 'appearance related contract'. The striker was a schoolboy at West Ham and Crystal Palace before taking a degree at the sports based University of Loughborough. 6ft 2in Ben, whose younger brother Matt is Wycombe's current Youth Team 'keeper, has also played for Yeading in the Isthmian League and had a five week trial at Chelsea before he was picked out by the Wanderers.
Live radio coverage of Wycombe's away games is returning to local station 1170am. The first match back on air is to be the game at Gillingham. The coverage was stopped at the end of the 1995/96 season due to lack of sponsorship but with a new backer found, those unable to travel can at least listen in.
Long serving Dave Carroll - currently in his testimonial year - will benefit from a game with Martin O'Neill's Leicester City due to take place at Adams Park on Wednesday November 12th. Phone 01494-472100 for further ticket info and confirmation of the date.
Wycombe have signed former Welsh International Paul Bodin on a months loan from Reading. Bodin, who was 33 this week, joined Reading last season but has failed to make their first team this campaign. The left back went straight into the side that drew at Brentford. The Welshman is available on a free transfer and John Gregory may look to make the move permanent.
Bodin should be no stranger to Wycombe fans having crossed paths on several occasions. His football career began at Bath City - playing against Wycombe back in the Gola League days of 1985/86. He subsequnetly moved to Newport County before a move to Swindon Town in 1988. Two years later a £500,000 move saw him join Crystal Palace but after less than twelve months he mas back at The County Ground for half that fee. Bodin has gained 22 Full Welsh International caps - best remebered for his penalty miss against Romania that cost Wales a place in USA 1994.
John Gregory
has held his hands up and excepted the blame for Saturday's 4-1 home defeat to Carlisle. He said "I take full responsibility. I tried something and it didn't work" Gregory entered into a war of words after the match with managerless Carlisle Chairman Michael Knighton. Knighton told the press "I've always said football clubs don't need managers. I've never believed in them" He went on to add "I plan to take quite an active role in first team affairs. We won't neccesarily appoint a new manager, we will see what happens." Gregory responded though, "He should take the job on full time, if he thinks it's going to be so easy. He had his ten minutes of fame when he juggled the ball in front of the crowd at Manchester United...he had another five minutes yesterday, that's his fifteen minutes gone". Carlisle were once in the old First Division (in case you've forgotten).
Bradford City have called back Nicky Mohan after his month's loan at Wycombe. City refused to extend the loan for another month and Wycombe must now find £150,000 in order to keep him.
The Youth Team lost 1-0 away to Northampton Town in the South Junior Floodlit Cup on Tuesday night - the only goal coming after 41 minutes.
The 2,000 Wycombe fans who were at last weeks game at Watford have earnt praise from the Watford police and officials. Talking to the Bucks Free Press Inspector Glynn Evans said "They are the best supporters we have had. There was a lovely atmosphere and I was particularly impressed at the way they applauded Elton John as he took his seat.". Watford Manager, Grahan Taylor, is also writing to the club to thank Wycombe fans for there behaviour.
Following his set back last week in training, Jason Cousins made his comeback in the reserves 3-0 victory over Gillingham on Wednesday afternoon in the Doxhill Cup. Cousins may well be in the squad for Saturday's game at home to Carlisle United having been sidelined since his leg injury in July against Aston Villa. Fellow first team regulars Dave Carroll, Michael Simpson, Keith Ryan, Brian Parkin and Maurice Harkin also played in the victory. Keith Scott is still recovering from his ankle injury while Michael Forsyth, who damaged a rib in the defeat at Watford, will be probably be out for another week.
With Nicky Mohan's loan period ending after the home game with Carlisle, John Gregory has been talking to Bradford City with a view to extending the loan period for another month. With Bradford going well near the top of Division One, Gregory has every chance of being successful and may also be near to a permanent move if the price is right.
John Gregory has extended Alan Beeton's contract to two years following the 18 year olds encouraging start to the season. The extension protects Wycombe from the vultures in the Premier League and below and also gives Beeton added security. His fellow ex-youth teamer Maurice Harkin is already on a two year deal as Gregory was concerned that the Northern Ireland Youth International would be touted while playing for his country.
A crowd of over 5,500 saw the England Under-21 side beat Moldova 1-0 to remain top of their European Championship Group table. In an otherwise drab encounter, Coventry's Marcus Hall finally livened the subdued crowd with a 72nd minute strike following a Jamie Carragher corner on the left. The game shown live on SKY TV left Wycombe officials with red faces as the upper tier of the Woodlands Stand was forced to be open on the stroke of kick-off due to the remainder of the ground reaching near capacity. The Club's decision to shut the upper tier (the side where the cameras are situated), for this game only, was publicly criticised before the game by WWISC who claimed the crowd were being used as TV extras to make the attendance look bigger. As it turned out the Club needn't have worried but may have lost out on further internationals of this level due to the chaos outside of the ground near to kick-off.
Wycombe's 4-1 midweek victory over Southend took the goals for tally to 12 after just 12 games - making Wycombe the highest scoring side in the Football League. It took Wycombe until the home game with Rotherham on October 1st to reach the same goal total last season.
John Cornforth's 25 yarder against Fulham earned him £80 from the bookies, having backed himself with a fiver at 16-1 to score the first goal. Cornforth, who has scored 3 times this season, is looking to get back into the Bobby Gould's Welsh squad.
Jason Cousin's has received a set-back to his recovery when he picked up a calf strain in training. Cousins, who was injured in pre-season, was hoping to be in the squad for the game at Watford at the weekend. He will now be looking to be ready for the home game with Carlisle or the Friday night game at Brentford on September 19.
Next Saturday's game at Adams Park against Carlisle United is the first of four 'Quid a Kid' days to be promoted by Wycombe this season. Children under 16 will be able to sit in the Family Stand or Stand on the Valley Terrace for £1. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the usual outlets.
John Gregory is extremely keen to sign Nicky Mohan on a permanent basis after he made an impressive debut in his first game against Northampton. Speaking at the WWISC Forum on Forum on Thursday evening, Gregory said he was looking a younger Terry Evans. Mohan is on a week to week contract at Bradford City after a fallout with City Manager Chris Kamara - City wanted £250,000 last season but with the current dispute, Gregory might find the fee dropping to just over £100,000.
Maurice Harkin scored a hat-trick for the reserves in their Capital League game with Leyton Orient on Wednesday afternoon, four days after his 18th birthday. Harkin and fellow ex-youth teamer Alan Beeton are both close to breaking into first team action as the efforts of the Youth structure set-up by Martin O'Neill and Steve Walford and continued by Neil Smillie begin to pay off. The current Youth Team won the VELO International Under 18 tournament in Holland last weekend after scoring 15 without reply in their qualifying games and then beating Belgian side Genk 3-0 in the final.
Jason Cousins is due to begin full training again this week following his injury in the pre-season game with Aston Villa. Meanwhile other club casuality, Keith Ryan, suffered another set-back in his return to full fitness when he developed a minor back complaint on Tuesday. Ryan returned to first team action on the opening day of the season but picked up an ankle injury and has not played since - he will however be in the squad that travels to Blackpool.
Wycombe are giving a trial to ex-Leyton Orient and Peterborough winger Danny Carter. The 28 year old was freed by Posh in the summer having only made 8 appearances for them in their relegation season. Carter joined Orient in 1988 from non-League Billericay and went on to make close to 200 appearances although he was never a prolific scorer. The Londoner played for Wycombe in the Capital League defeat at Peterborough on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Jason Van Blerk has opted to join Manchester City - thus ending any slim hopes of a move Adams Park.
Wycombe Wanderers Youth Team travel to Holland this weekend to compete in an international Youth tournament, The team, which will not include Alan Beeton and Mo Harkin, play against two Dutch sides and a Japanese side.
Wycombe Wanderers Independent Supporters Club have asked the club to consider offering an equal pricing policy for away fans in light of the £1 discount being offered to supporters who buy their ticket at least at day in advance. WWISC believe this goes against Football League regulation 25B which states that "No club should charge visiting supporters more for accomodation comparable to that of home supporters" The £1 discount is offered to away fans but tickets must be brought at least a day in advance. This is only possible if the visiting club takes advance tickets (this only usually happens for all-ticket games), by booking on the Credit Card hotline and thus incurring a £1 booking fee per ticket (unless you own a WWFC credit card) or by visiting Wanderers in Town. The resultant matchday costs mean that away fans will pay £12 (Adults), £10 (Senior Citizens) and £8 (Juniors and Students) to sit at the Hillbottom Road End. This represents price increases of 20%, 100% and 60% respectively compared to last season.
In a response, the Club believe that there is a direct comparison for seating behind the goal to the upper tier of the new stand and have suggested that people with children can go in the Family Stand enclosure where the rates are £10, £7 and £5 on the day or £1 cheaper in advance.
On a similar subject the situation was made worse this week for home supporters when the computer connection between Wanderers in Town and Adams Park failed, leaving over 200 supporters unable to purchase their discounted tickets for the Fulham game . The line was back working on Tuesday when supporters were offered the same discount.

Jason Van Blerk
, the ex Australian International who played for Wycombe against QPR is now trying his luck at Premier League Crystal Palace. Gregory has not given up hope of signing the Millwall cast off if Palace pull-out.
Another ex-Wycombe player has joined Icis Premier side, Kingstonian. Gary Patterson has signed a two year contract to team up with Terry Evans and Matt Crossley. Other ex-Wycombe players on the move are John Cheesewright who has joined Wivenhoe and Anthony Clarke who has moved to Hendon.
Wycombe are 33-1 to win the Division Two title according to bookmakers Ladbrokes with only Bristol Rovers (40-1), Northampton (40-1), Plymouth (50-1), Bournemouth (66-1) and York (66-1) with longer odds. Favourites are Bristol City and Luton Town, both at 7-1, with Watford (8-1), Grimsby (9-1) and Burnley (10-1) the other choices.
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