SIMO WANTS OUT Michael Simspon has apparently asked to be put on the transfer list after failing to maintain a place in the Wycombe first team. Simspon was signed by Wycombe in December 1996 by John Gregory following a short loan spell from Notts County. His fee was eventually set at £50,000 in February 1997 by a tribunal. After a bright start his performances fell away - last season he made 26 appearances for Wycombe with half of those as substitute. Wycombe are unlikely to get any significant fee for the player. Sounds like the same old story.NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 22nd AUGUST MEAN SIGNING - NO WAY
Neil Smillie has quashed rumours that Wycombe are about to sign West Ham midfielder Scott Mean. A national newspaper reported that Wycombe were fielding a £150,000 bid but Smillie has said "I haven't spoken to Harry Redknapp and if that's the price there's no point in me going to watch him again." Mean has since gone on a months loan to Port Vale but Wycombe could be back in the picture later in the season if the fee was related to First Team appearances. Keith Scott dislocated his elbow during his 90 seconds on the pitch at Millwall last Saturday. The injury means that Scottie is likely to be out of action for up to eight weeks.
NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 15th AUGUST SMILLIE ON THE LOOK-OUT
Neil Smillie was at Maidenhead United's friendly against West Ham in the week and according to at least one national newspaper is said to be interested in Hammers midfielder Scott Mean. 24 year old Mean joined the East Enders from Bournemouth in November 1996 following a long transfer saga but has yet to make the Hammers First Team. West Ham would want about £150,000 for the player but this would be subject to appearances. Wycombe fans may remember Mean as the player who scored two controversial penalties against The Wanderers during The Cherries 2-0 victory at Dean Court in April 1995. NEW WYCOMBE FANZINE HITS THE STREETS
Wycombe fans had a new fanzine to mull over at the Luton game following the release of the debut issue of Tales of a Chairboy. Articles in the 36 page publication include a review of the 1997/98 season, a profile on Neil Smillie, predictions for the forthcoming season and guides to the next few away games. 'Tales' is passionate about Wycombe but isn't afraid to air opinions - with Mickey Bell and Alan Smith getting the obligatory mentions. Wycombe's pricing policy for the pre-season friendlies is described as "ridiculous" and the price of the programme as "absolutely disgusting". The fanzine goes on to say "The WWFC board are playing a dangerous game, yet they aren't the only losers if they get it wrong". There's also a good sprinkling of humour with a 'League of Tossers' headed by a club described as "Runaway leaders of the Tales.. league of tossers which is the only league they'll ever be top of. Football League nobodies with a crap ground and crap fans". No.2 are described as "think they're a big club just 'cos they spent a few seasons in the old 1st division. We also have a 100% record at their laughable excuse for a ground.." and finally in this teaser, No.3 are summed up as "Go twenty-six seasons without winning the title, win it a few times 'cos everyone else is crap and think they've a right to be best in europe, Galatasaray, Dortmund and Monaco proved otherwise." Who do they mean? Find out and the rest of the top 12 by buying a copy.
Copies are £1 plus postage from 19, Lent Green Lane, Burnham, Bucks, SL1 7AS. Alternatively look out for Tales of a Chairboy on sale along Hillbottom Road on matchdays or visit Sportspages in London. McGAVIN BACK IN TRAINING Steve McGavin hopes to resume full training next week after his lay-off with a fallen arch problem in his foot. He has pencilled in the reserve game with Brighton on Wednesday 26th August as his come back game.
NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 8th AUGUST MICKLEWHITE NAMED AS ASSISTANT Gary Micklewhite has been appointed as Neil Smillie's Assistant for the coming season. Micklewhite previously worked with Smillie at Gillingham and has recently been Youth Team Coach at QPR. London born Micklewhite also started his playing career with QPR back in the late 1970's before spending an eight year spell at Derby County. The Smillie connection started in 1993 when he joined Gillingham. In total he made close to 500 first class appearances and was in the same QPR 1982 FA Cup Finalist side as John Gregory. Micklewhite steps into the place left vacant by the sudden departure of Wayne Turner.