July 1999 News Archive
Wycombe's pre-season friendlies against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday 28th July and Peterborough United on Saturday 31st July went ahead as planned after the entire squad were given the OK following the health scare last week.
Reserve line-ups also played at Thame United on Tuesday (27th July), Hayes (Friday 30th July) and Aylesbury United (Wednesday 4th August) prior to the start of the Football League season on Saturday 7th August at home to Burnley.
A health scare at Wycombe caused the planned trip to play Bohemian's of Dublin to be cancelled and put the other pre-season friendlies in doubt. The shock news was announced early on Friday morning (23rd July) when it was reported that a Wycombe player had a non-life threatening form of meningitis and that six other players had reported other minor health problems. On the advice of the Club Doctor the trip was cancelled. It was later confirmed that the player affected was Alan Beeton but after spending time at Watford General Hospital thankfully he was due to be allowed home on Tuesday. The rest of the squad were ordered to stay at home for a 48 hour incubation period but everyone has now been given the all clear. The remaining friendlies will now go ahead as planned and the Club insist there is no danger to public safety.
Alan Beeton in action last season for Wycombe - Picture with kind permision of Paul DennisBeeton has been told that it will be three weeks before he can start training again but has been told by doctors that it should not affect his profession. Manager Lawrie Sanchez told the Midweek Free Press "We're getting back to normal after a traumatic weekend. It's been frightening for all the lads. The important thing is that Beeton's going to be OK. Lucikly they diagnosed it early."
Beeton played a full ninety minutes in Wycombe's pre-season friendly at Marlow last Tuesday (20th July) but then reported a severe headache while travelling to the following nights friendly at Oxford City. By Thursday afternoon Beeton had been admitted to Watford General Hospital where he was put on antibiotics and placed in an isolation ward. The decision to cancel the Dublin trip was made in the early hours of Friday morning leaving many of the travelling fans unaware of the news until they had reached Dublin.
The cancellation of the friendly with Bohemian came too late to stop many of planned trips by Wycombe supporters to Dublin. Parties from both the Official and Independent Supporters Clubs still went ahead with their trips and the Chairboys on the Net team were actually in Dublin when the news broke on Friday morning. Unfortunately for some the first they knew that the game was off was when they arrived at Dalymount Park on Saturday afternoon to pick up the coach to take them to the AUL complex on the outskirts of Dublin. One fan had travelled down from Aberdeen via Belfast to see the game while others had also arrived from destinations other than Wycombe and had consequently not picked up the news via local outlets. We would estimate that at least sixty Wycombe fans were over in Dublin for the weekend but everyone we saw seemed to be having a good time. Special report from Dublin via this link.
Lawrie Sanchez has had his six-match touch-line ban confirmed by the FA. The Club appealed against the ban given to Sanchez following an incident in his first away game in charge at the match with Preston last February. Sanchez is said to be "gobsmacked" by the decision.
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FRIENDLIES START(20th July 1999)
Jermaine McSporran - friendly at Oxford City on Wednesday 21st July is part of the deal when he signed for Wycombe last season 	- Photo with kind permission of Paul DennisThe pre-season friendlies got underway this week with midweek trips to Marlow (Tuesday 20th July) and Oxford City (Wednesday 21st July). The game at Marlow saw a Wycombe reserve side win 1-0 while the following evening a full strength Wycombe side came through 3-0 with all the goals coming in the last 20 minutes. Match reports via this link>>>>.
With nearly 3 weeks still to go before the start of the season the Club has already set a new all time record for season ticket receipts. The previous record of 371,000 was exceeded last Friday during the highly successful launch of the new Wycombe Racers Club at Adams Park at the Open Day. If the Club can exceed its budget of 420,000 for the 1999/2000 season this should provide spare funds for Blues Manager Lawrie Sanchez. The Club have already issued more season tickets than it did during the whole of last season and hopes to hit Lawrie Sanchez's target of 3,000 by the start of the season. Season Ticket prices here.
Lawire Sanchez - Three Year deal to be announced soon - more photos and interviews from the Open Day coming soon on Chairboys on the Net Lawrie Sanchez revealed at the Club's Open Evening on Friday (16th July) that he has been negotiating a new contract with Wycombe over the summer and is close to announcing a new three year deal. Sanchez and Chairman Ivor Beeks meet soon after the Lincoln game to discuss the deal and an announcement is expected soon. Sanchez said that Wycombe would be aiming to consolidate in Division Two this season, with the 'three year plan' to reach Division One.
COMANCHE SIGNED(17th July 1999)
Comanche takes his place in the new team line-upWycombe announced their first signing of the season on Friday (16th July) when a five foot wooden Red Indian turned up for the annual team-photo shoot. 'Comanche' was obtained by Terry Gibson after the players spotted the figure in craft shop on the way to the game at Lincoln in May. Apparently Terry Evans had become well none for using the 'Comanche' catch phrase and the team decided to buy the figure on the return journey from Sincil Bank. The extended celebrations at Lincoln meant that the shop was closed by the time the team returned but 'Gibbo' spent the summer tracking the shop down and the alternative team mascot was eventually delivered on the first day of training. The bizarre inclusion in the team-photo was enough to make the back page of national tabloid on Saturday. Expect more appearances throughout the season. The question on the fans lips at the moment, however, is who's the tallest, Gibbo or Comanche?
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Wycombe fans queue to get into the Open Evening at Adams Park The Club held its third ever Open Day on Friday (16th July), giving fans a chance to look behind the scenes at Adams Park, meet Club staff and get their last chance to buy a season ticket at the special discounted rate. The event ran from 5pm to 9pm and included several interviews with players and finally at just after 8.00pm, Manager Lawrie Sanchez. The players and staff seemed in a very upbeat mood with everyone keen to get stuck into the new season. It is estimated that well over 1,000 fans took the chance for a early visit to Adams Park.
The Club were delighted that the Bucks Free Press were the Official Event Sponsors for the Open Day and that Hotwheels launched their exclusive sponsorship of the Wycombe Racers Club & the Baby Blues at Adams Park (see below).
MATT GETS THE VOTE(12th July 1999)
Matt Lawrence chosen by fans of Chairboys on the Net to be their player for season 1999/2000 The 30 supporters who agreed to group together to cover the cost of a 'Mark Your Man' sponsorship for the forthcoming season have gone for the home shirt of Matt Lawrence. Chairboys on the Net first suggested the idea just over a week ago and the excellent response, considering the timescale involved, was met with enthusiasm by the club. A big thank-you to all those who pledged their support, they will get the chance to win the player's shirt and be involved in the presentation at the end of the season and maybe a few other things inbetween. The contributors will also get the option of a FREE web link via a special page coming soon on Chairboys on the Net. If you wish to be put on a waiting list for further sponsorship deals then please e-mail us now on
With nearly a month still to go before the start of the season the Club says it is "highly confident" it will exceed its target and set a new record for season ticket sales, both in terms of income received (previous record was 371,000) and actual numbers of season ticket holders (previous record around 2,800). Maximum discounted season tickets are only available for purchase before this Friday (16th July) from Wanderers in Town (before 5.15pm) and from Adams Park (before 8.45pm the same day). Fans can also call the Creditcard Hotline on (01494) 441118 (Monday - Friday 9.15am-5.15pm).
KIDS GET NEW CLUB (12th July 1999)
The Official Junior Blues Supporters Club for 3-15 year olds is being re-launched at the Open Day at Adams Park on Friday 16 July as the Wycombe Racers Sponsored by Hotwheels . All 1999/2000 Members (existing or new) will receive a FREE Hotwheels Vehicle, a FREE Exclusive Wycombe Racers Baseball Cap, FREE Admission (with a friend) to an Exclusive Wycombe Racers Millennium Party at Adams Park on Wednesday 29 December 1999 plus lots of other exciting new benefits. To join the Wycombe Racers costs the same as to join the Junior Blues. Membership is as little as 23 and includes a 1999/2000 WWFC season ticket in the Hypnos Family Enclosure or Syan Stand.
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WYCOMBE SEE RED(9th July 1999)
Wycombe have been given a 20,000 suspended fine by the FA following last season's poor disciplinary record. Chairman Ivor Beeks and Manager Lawrie Sanchez travelled to London last week to hear the bad news. Beeks told the Bucks Free Press "We have got to clean the situation up and we will. We don't want want to be spending our money on fines to the FA". Wycombe accumulated 109 bookings last season
Wycombe have announced the following squad numbers for next season.
1.Martin Taylor 2.Matt Lawrence 3.Chris Vinnicombe 4.Jason Cousins 5.Paul McCarthy 6.Jamie Bates 7.Dave Carroll 8.Keith Ryan 9.Andy Baird 10.Sean Devine 11.Paul Emblen 13.Mark Westhead 14 Mo Harkin 15.Jermaine McSporran 16.Lee Holsgrove 17. Mark Rogers 19.Gary Wraight 20. Richard Thompson 21 Alan Beeton 22.Dannie Bulman 24.Nick Leach 25.Martyn Lee 26.Mark Osborn 27.Eddie Gray 28.Michael Simpson 29.Danny Senda 30.Steve Brown
Lawrie Sanchez has said there's "nothing to be read into the numbers". The players were asked to pick a number between 1 and 11 and then another between another between 12 and 30.
Lawrie Sanchez's target of having a record number of season ticket holders is still very much on as the Club has already taken over 300,000 in advance season ticket receipts with 25% of those buyers being new applicants from last season. Maximum discounted season tickets can be bought up to 8.45pm on Friday 16th July 1999.
The final alteration to the 1999/2000 fixture list (for the time being) is that the home game with Notts County will now take place on Friday 21st April 2000 rather than the suggested date of Thursday the 20th April. Full list JC TO MISS IRELAND TRIP(7th July 1999)
Jason Cousins will probably miss the pre-season trip to Ireland after failing to recover from his twisted ankle picked up when he scored against Bristol Rovers back in March of last season. Cousins is currently having treatment at Lilleshall and may be out for the league opener against Burnley.
Mission Impossible Video now available from Wanderers in Town - price 14.99 - Graphic Design obviously not a strong point! The annual review of the season video is now out and as expected draws much of its material from the last few weeks of the season. Running in at 1 hour and 43 minutes all the Wycombe goals for the 1998/99 season are featured, including the pre-season friendlies and cup games. Much of the footage is taken from the Nationwide Highlights programme with an occasional piece of 'in-house' commentary added for good measure. Once you've lived through the cheesey intro you'll find that Neil Smillie is 'sacked' just 35 minutes into the production with Lawrie Sanchez appointed within a couple of minutes (if only it was that quick!) The Man City game at Maine Road is dedicated 10 minutes of coverage with the final game at Lincoln commanding 15 minutes. The run-in to the season is interspersed with an 'after season' interview with Lawrie Sanchez which just about justifies the 14.99 price tag. From a quality point of view, camera work and picture transfer are excellent although some of the editing leaves a bit to be desired, as does the sound quality but for a complete record of the season in one package, plus the chance to relive Lincoln again and again, it's a must for every Wycombe nut. Available now from Wanderers in Town.
Wycombe have been made favorites for the drop to Division Three for the third season running. Bookmakers Tote have made Wycombe 66/1 for the title alongside rivals Colchester United. The full list of odds is as follows; Wigan 4/1, Bristol City 7/1, Bournemouth, Brentford, Preston 10/1, Cardiff, Gillingham 12/1, Burnley, Stoke 14/1, Blackpool, Notts County, Reading 16/1, Millwall 20/1, Bristol Rovers 25/1, Cambridge, Oxford, Wrexham 25/1, Chesterfield 28/1, Bury, Scunthorpe 33/1, Luton, Oldham 50/1, Colchester, Wycombe 66/1. (What do they know??)
NEWELL MISSES OUT (4th July 1999)
The start of the new season is now just over month away with the first friendlies starting in two weeks time. Still no news of any new signings but an unusual story in last week's Bucks Free Press revealed that former Blackburn and Aberdeen striker Mike Newell was being tracked by Lawrie Sanchez. The 34 year old Scouser ended up signing for Conference side Doncaster Rovers after his wife failed to pass on a telephone message in time. Sanchez seemed disappointed in missing out on the 6 foot target man and may now opt for the current forward line plus newly created forward Paul Emblen.
The squad starting training this week at RAF Halton minus expected guest Daley Thompson. Thompson had to pull out due to commitments at Wimbledon (Football Club that is, not the Tennis).
YOUTH TEAM TO NORWAY (4th July 1999)
Wycombe Wanderers Youth Team fly out to Norway this week to play in a pre-season tournament. They will play Youth Team Manager Gary Goodchild's former club Viking Stavanger as well as Lillestrom and Start. The 20 strong squad will include First Team fringe members Danny Senda and Martyn Lee.
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SANC BAN (2nd July 1999)
Lawrie Sanchez has been banned from the touchline by the FA for the opening six games of the 1999/2000 season. The ban, which includes a 500 fine, is a result of his outburst during his first away game in charge for Wycombe at Preston last February.
Wycombe were also due to appear before an FA hearing on Friday (2nd July) to explain the staggering 508 disciplinary points accumulated last season. Steve Brown (surprise, surprise) was the worst offender with 74 points, followed by Michael Simpson (46) and Matt Lawrence (44). Chairman Ivor and Manager Lawrie were last seen on Friday's 10.10 train heading for Marylebone to explain Wycombe's case.
FIXTURE MESSING (1st July 1999)
Wycombe have announced four changes to the previously published fixture list, with a further controversial fifth proposed. The home game with Wrexham on Bank Holiday Monday 30th August has been moved to the next day (kick-off 7.45pm); the away game at Bristol City originally scheduled for Saturday 18th December has been brought to the Friday evening (the game is not on Sky); the away game with Colchester United will now take place on Wednesday 29th December instead of the previous day and finally the away game with Cardiff City planned for Saturday 4th March has been moved to the Friday to avoid a clash with a rugby international. The proposed fifth change by Wycombe is to move the home game with Notts County on Saturday 22nd April to Thursday 20th April. This idea stems back to last season when Gillingham pulled a similar stunt and gained two extra days rest prior to playing Wycombe.
Ex-Wycombe striker Steve McGavin has joined relegated Northampton Town on a free transfer from Southend United. McGavin left Wycombe in controversial circumstances back in January 1999 after allegedly being told that he didn't have a future at Wycombe. While at Southend, McGavin also made appearances for West Ham's reserve side but a long term foot injury has hindered his career in recent times.
OH SO QUIET(27th June 1999)
It's as quiet as ever on the news front at Adams Park but with the players due to start training on 1st July followed by a two week stint at RAF Halton, the first friendlies are just over three weeks away. The trip to play Bohemian's of Dublin on Saturday 24th is the highlight of the friendlies as Wycombe venture out to Ireland for the first time. A good number of fans are expected to make the trip to Dublin which coincides with the Dublin Blues Festival - making booking accommodation a priority. Bohemian play at Dalymont Park which is in the Phibsborough, Dublin 7. For those intending to travel there are a couple of links you may wish to check out;
Bohemians Unofficial Website - Reasonably up to date and has some pictures of the ground. Bohemian are currently building a new stand although it may not be open by the time Wycombe visit.
General Dublin Website - A very extensive website with maps, live cams, virtual tours, accommodation details and just about anything you ever wanted to know about Dublin.
HYDEY IS BACK(28th June 1999)
Former Wycombe 'keeper Paul Hyde is to take up a coaching position at Conference side Dover Athletic. 'Hydey' had to retire from the game when he broke his leg while playing for Leyton Orient in January 1998. He teams up with Dover's new Assistant Manager Clive Walker who has moved on from newly promoted Cheltenham Town.
Fixtures released, Scotty coming back?, League rule changes, Anthrobus says NO, less travelling for fans...more>>>>
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