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NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 26th December 1998
SCUNNY STILL AFTER MOHAN??(22nd December 1998)
Nicky MohanRumours are still rife about the imminent departure of Nicky Mohan to Third Division Scunthorpe United. Mohan joined Wycombe just over a year ago in an £80,000 deal from Bradford City and apart from suspensions has been virtually ever present in the side. Scunthorpe representatives were apparently at Saturday's game with Lincoln where Mohan was substituted late on for Keith Ryan. An £80,000 fee is likely if United want their man.
OTHER NEWS(22nd December 1998)
Unsettled Brentford striker Kevin Rapley will not be coming to Adams Park on loan just yet - instead he has extended his loan period to Southend United for another month. Neil Smillie has given Canadian born Mark Rogers a one month's trial at Adams Park after seeing him in action during the reserves 1-0 reverse against Crystal Palace last Thursday. 23 year old Rogers has recently gained his British work-permit having originally played at Wycombe earlier in the season. Andy Baird will be out for six weeks after finally giving in to the need for an operation on his ankle. Baird had been playing with the aid of pain killing tablets but after being forced to retire from the cup game at Plymouth there was no option but to have the treatment on the problamatic vein.
Season Ticket holders can claim a FREE ticket for the home match with Chesterfield on Monday 28th December. The ticket can be of equal or less value than the Season Ticket type and must be claimed before close of trading on Thursday 24th December at Wanderers in Town or the Commercial Offices - present Voucher F. Call the Commercial Office on 01494-472100 for more details.
The Club have sensibly reduced admission prices for the AutoWindscreens game at home to Brentford on Tuesday 5th January 1999. Prices will be £10 adults, £8 OAPs and £4 juniors for all areas open. Season Ticket holders will also have a chance to claim half-price tickets based on these prices but must pick up their tickets by 3pm on Saturday 2nd January. However, in what seems a ludicrous decision by the Club it is understood at this moment in time that the VALLEY TERRACE and FAMILY STAND WILL NOT BE OPEN for this game - reasons unknown at this time. Call the Commercial Office on 01494-472100 for more details.
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Chairboys on the Net has now been on-line more than three years and is now firmly established as the leading site covering Wycombe Wanderers and is also one of the most popular web-sites associated with the High Wycombe area. Web site designer Paul Lewis, a staunch Wycombe fan for over 25 years, said "Supporting Wycombe makes updating the site relatively easy. It now contains more than 250 pages and we are always adding new stuff based on the fans suggestions." Lewis put the success of the site mainly down to the easy navigation, designed in due his frustration at other sites, plus the regular updates. "It's vital the site is as up to date as possible. We also feel we have got the blend between the serious and humorous side of watching football" The recent availabilty of free internet accounts has increased traffic to the site that is now estimated at over 2,000 visitors per week. The message board service added this season is also proving very popular as fans air their feelings on the recent form on and off the pitch. "Hopefully we are giving the fans a chance to voice their opinions via an independent outlet. The current Board of Directors have a poor track record on the communications front and Chairboys on the Net is probably the only outlet where supporters can get all the news and gossip." Lewis said that he wasn't celebrating the anniversary but admitted that there were a few drinks consummed after the 4-1 victory over Lincoln.
A new issue of Tales of a Chairboy is now out. The 36 page fanzine contains the regular stuff plus an interview with Simon Garner. Copies are priced at £1 and can be obtained on the approach to Adams Park prior to home games. More details via this link.
A new issue of The Wanderer, the fanzine produced by WWISC is due out for the home game with Chesterfield on Monday 28th December and includes an interview with Jermaine McSporran.
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It's time for the six-pointer cliché to be rolled out as Wycombe prepare to take on fellow strugglers Lincoln City in a relegation dogfight at Adams Park this Saturday. The Imps have just signed Bruce Grobbelaar and he kept clean sheet in his first game for Lincoln as they drew 0-0 with Colchester. 'Grobs' played for non-League Chesham United earlier this season and also turned out for Plymouth a couple of seasons back when Argyle played Wycombe in Division Two. Wycombe desperately need to win this game if they are to have any chance of getting back on track for Division Two survival.
AUTOWINDSCREENS DRAW(12th December 1998)
Wycombe have been drawn at home to Brentford in the Second Round of the AutoWindscreens Shield. The match is due to be played on Tuesday 5th January 1999. The Club have sensibly reduced admission prices for this game. It is understood that prices anywhere will be £10 adults, £8 OAPs and £4 juniors. Season Ticket holders will also have a chance to claim half-price tickets based on these prices but must pick up their tickets by 3pm on Saturday 2nd January.
FA CUP DISASTER(15th December 1998)
Wycombe sad exit at Plymouth on Tuesday in the FA Cup replay has cost the club the potential of making close to £100,000 from a Third Round tie with Derby County. In a totally spineless first half display Wycombe fell 2-0 behind and had three players booked due to dissent. Neil Smillie's game plan of playing a half-fit Andy Baird went pear-shaped and Wycombe only came to life when he was replaced in the second-half by Paul Read. Read's goal sparked a mini revival but Martin Taylor's own personal nightmare night was completed when a duff clearance went straight to a Plymouth player and it was bye bye round three. This latest defeat will cause more concern amongst Wycombe fans and officials alike. Wycombe officials can point fingers at the 'stay away' fans for holding the club back but perhaps now it's time that they started making sure they don't lose any more, beginning with the improved communications promised back in October.
LOAN SIGNINGS? - OTHER NEWS(12th December 1998)
Neil Smillie is said to be trying to secure the services of Brentford forward Kevin Rapley for a loan period at Adams Park. 21 year old Rapley is a former trainee at Griffin Park. Smillie is also still trying to agree the loan of Stewart Castledine from Wimbledon but the Dons will not let him go until after the holiday games. Wycombe were due to play Crystal Palace on Thursday afternoon in a friendly arranged specially in order to give match practice to Keith Ryan, Steve McGavin, Jason Kavanagh, Michael Forsyth and John Cornforth. Keith Ryan has apparently made good progress in his recovery and could be in the squad for the game with Lincoln.
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Jermaime McSporran's first ever professional goal was enough to give Wycombe victory at Shrewsbury on Tuesday night in the AutoWindscreens Shield. McSporran is cup-tied for Wycombe's FA Cup campaign but his strike in the 110th took The Wanderers through to the Second Round thanks to the 'golden goal' ruling. The game had ended 0-0 after 90 minutes. The draw for the Second Round takes place this Saturday live on Sky's Soccer AM.
FA CUP REPLAY AND DRAW NEWS(6th December 1998)
Wycombe's draw against Plymouth in the FA Cup on Saturday means another long trek for the travelling fans on Tuesday 15th December. The match at Home Park comes just three days after the away league game at Blackpool and will mean that the dedicated few will be travelling close to 1,000 miles for the cause of the Club within a week.
The winners of the replay have been rewarded with a home tie in the Third Round against Premier League Derby County. If Wycombe get through it will be the first competitive meeting between the two sides although they did meet in a pre-season friendly back at the start of the 1976/77 season - County running out 2-0 winners. Wycombe's ex-Ram contingent of Martin Taylor, Michael Forsyth, Mark Stallard and Jason Kavanagh will also relish the chance to meet their former Club. If Plymouth are successful, it will revive memories of their Sixth Round victory against Derby in the 1983-84 season when they were in the 'old' Third Division. Amazingly over 34,000 saw the 0-0 draw at Home Park before The Pilgrims triumphed 1-0 in the replay at The Baseball Ground. Watford beat them 1-0 in the semi to deny them a place at Wembley with The Pilgrims current Manager Kevin Hodges playing in all those games.
Wycombe know they should have got through at the first attempt and with the incentive of a Premier League Club in Round Three, the players will have no excuse about lack of motivation. Steve Brown will be available again after his one match ban and if the forward line can find their form the tie is still up for grabs. Should be an interesting night. Full match report available from Chairboys on the Net.
INJURY NEWS(11th December 1998)
Keith Ryan, Steve McGavin and Jason Kavanagh will have to wait for further chances to regain match fitness after the midweek reserve game at Charlton was called off due to the state of Welling's pitch. The scheduled game against West Ham on 16 December has also been postponed due to the Cup game at Plymouth and the game against Arsenal a week later, with The Gunners claiming they don't have enough fit players. Wycombe will now try and arrange alternative games as Michael Forysth and John Cornforth also await their chance.
A major set-back for Mo Harkin came in the week when a further scan of his injured ankle revealed a stress fracture not originally noticed. He is now unlikely to play until well into the new year after been told not to run for at least six weeks.
DIRECTORS CRITICISED(11th December 1998)
Wycombe Directors Alan Parry and Graham Peart have upset some Wycombe supporters with recent comments in the local press and the match-day programme. Both are blaming the Wycombe public for holding the club back. In his column last week Parry estimated that the missing fans are costing the Club £250,000 per season. Parry says he wants to hear from the "stay away fans". He suggested the fans write to him via the Club or the local press.
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SCUNNY CHASE MOHAN??(2nd December 1998)
Nicky MohanAccording to the rumour machine at Scunthorpe United, Nicky Mohan is being chased by the Third Division side. Mohan joined Wycombe just over a year ago in an £80,000 deal from Bradford City and apart from suspensions has been virtually ever present in the side. His signing was major factor in Wycombe keeping 17 clean sheets last season and Chairboys fans will be hoping this rumour is just idle speculation. Mohan still has a house in his home town of Middlesbrough which is over 100 miles from Scunthorpe. Mohan was due to have talks with United boss Brian Laws on Thursday - more news when we have it.
FA CUP - IT'S PLYMOUTH(1st December 1998)
Plymouth Argyle will be Wycombe's FA cup opponents this Saturday having beaten Kidderminster Harriers 5-4 on penalties after another goalless game between the two sides on Tuesday evening. It will be the first ever cup tie between the two sides although the last league meeting saw Wycombe run out 5-1 winners. The match is not all ticket but tickets brought in advance will get a £1 discount from the prices on the day.
INJURY NEWS(4th December 1998)
Steve McGavin played his second comeback game for the reserves in the 2-0 defeat to Spurs on Wednesday evening at St.Albans. A set-back for Keith Ryan, however, as he strained his thigh during midweek training and missed the game. Mo Harkin saw a specialist on Monday to aid the recovery of his ankle injury - Harkin has been out of the side since August. Jason Kavanagh returned to the training ground this week after his month lay-off due to damage to his ankle.
YOUTH TEAM OUT(27th November 1998)
After three previous postponements, The Wanderers' Youth Team lost their long awaited FA Youth Cup match at Brentford on Sunday. The youngsters went down 3-1 after extra-time. They try their cup luck again when they travel to Birmingham City in the Southern Junior Floodlit Cup on Tuesday 15th December.
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