Setember 1999 News Archive
NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 25th September 1999
Lawrie Sanchez was Alan Hutchinson's guest on Thursday's (23rd September) Blues News on 1170am. Sanchez was live in the studio for one hour answering various questions from fans who phoned-in or had written in advance. There was reaction to the Sanchez's alleged comments in the national press on the day following the West Brom Worthington Cup tie. Sanchez clarified on 1170am by saying "I was disappointed we could only atract 4,000 fans (Wycombe) for a 2nd leg tie at home when we had done so well in the competition to date. It did ask me to question how ambitious do Wycombe fans want the club to be?"  He went on to say "If you only get 4,000 gates you tend to get the team you deserve. The fans finance Wycombe not some rich person who puts his hand in his pocket" Sanchez denied that the comments were linked to the vacant Manager situation at Reading despite Sanchez being at the Madjeski Stadium on Wednesday evening. He said he was at Wycombe to "honour his three year contract"
Wycombe's reserve side drew 0-0 with Northampton Town at Adams Park on Wednesday afternoon (22nd September). After an uneventful first half Wycombe had the better chances in the second. Mo Harkin saw a shot deflected over after 55 minutes and with ten minutes remaining Danny Senda's flick header was cleared off the line. Lee Holsgrove saw a 25 yarder crash against the cross-bar. Goalkeeper Mark Osborn saved well from Town's Roy Hunter with six minutes left as the rain and thunder descended on Adams Park.
Wycombe Team: Osborn, Townsend, Rogers, Leach, Vinnicombe, Lee (sub 77 Gray), Bulman, Holsgrove, Harkin, Senda, Baird (sub 60 Thompson) subs not used Williams and Johnson
Other Reserve Team news has seen Gary Wraight released from the Club by mutual consent. The 20 year old former YTS player signed professional terms for Wycombe in the summer of 1997 and made his First Team debut in January 1998 against Wigan Athletic. He went on to make a further nine appearances during the 1998/99 season. Wraight has since joined Conference side Stevenage Borough managed by former Wycombe assistant Richard Hill.
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An injury hit Wycombe side put up a fighting display against First Division West Brom at Adams Park on Tuesday evening before finally losing 4-3 after extra time (5-4 on aggregate). The excellent performance in the First Leg at The Hawthorns had given Wycombe a great chance of progressing to the Third Round for the first time ever but Wycombe were always going to be up against it after Goalkeeper Martin Taylor and defender Paul McCarthy were declared unfit. Wycombe took the lead in the 6th minute when Sean Devine shot on the turn in the area but The Baggies equalised in the 16th minute when Paul Raven headed in at the near post. Fabian DeFrietas gave West Brom the lead on 34 minutes as Wycombe looked shaky at the back. Reserve 'keeper Mark Westhead limped off for Wycombe five minutes into the second half to be replaced by third choice 'keeper Mark Osborn but Wycombe went on to dominate the remainder of the 90 minutes. Dave Carroll added another spectacular goal to his collection on 71 minutes and with five minutes left Jesus nearly had the crowd praying again as Alan Miller tipped over a potential match winning effort. With the scores locked at 3-3 on aggregate the game went into extra-time - Wycombe knowing they had to score to go through. Wycombe again created the better chances but when West Brom substitute James Quinn saw his 25 yard shot slip through the hands of Mark Osborn and into the Wycombe net just before the end of the first period, Wycombe's task became near impossible. Devine limped off on 109 minutes before Lee Hughes finally got his goal with six minutes left on the clock. Steve Brown scored a last minute consolation penalty for Wycombe with Daryl Burgess the unlucky player to see red after two hours of exciting cup football.
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NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 18th September 1999
Wycombe's reserve side battled to a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers at Adams Park on Wednesday afternoon (15th September). The Avon Insurance Combination League Cup game looked to be slipping from Wycombe after Bobby Zamora had given Rovers a 28th minute lead. The game began to turn after the introduction of Richard Thompson. First Mark Rogers hit the bar in the 75th minute before Thompson stooped in at the far post to head home from close range following a corner on the Wycombe left. Triallist Carl Bartley got his second chance in a Wycombe shirt but there was little to impress the watching Lawrie Sanchez. Bartley is apparently in dispute with his current club
Walton and Hersham but he may get another chance next week when Wycombe take on Northampton Town in the Combination.
Jason Cousins had to leave the pitch after picking up a nasty cut around his eye while Lee Holsgrove was booked for Wycombe.
There will be NO replay of this game as the competition is played on a league basis. There are four leagues of four teams - each team playing each other once. The top club from each league goes through to the semi-final. Wycombe's other games are at home to Bristol City (9 November) and away to Bournemouth (15 December)
Wycombe Team: Westhead, Wraight, Vinnicombe, Rogers, Cousins (sub 8 Leach), Harkin, Holsgrove, Bartley, Lee (sub 67 Thompson), Senda, Bulman subs not used Osborn and Gray
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Wycombe returned to the scene of their herioic FA Cup encounter during the 1992/93 season when they took on First Division West Bromwich Albion in the Second Round of the Worthington Cup at The Hawthorns on Tuesday (14th September). Seven years ago Wycombe suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat but on Tuesday evening Wycombe nearly pulled off another shock as Paul McCarthy's 58th minute shot from the edge of the six yard box gave Wycombe a deserved lead. Despite conceding a soft goal six minutes later through Sean Flynn Wycombe will go into next Tuesday's (21st September) second leg with a real chance of progressing to the Third Round for the first time ever.
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NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 11th September 1999
Wycombe's Reserves lost 2-0 at Cambridge on Wednesday afternoon (9th September). The performance was an improvement on the previous week's game against Peterborough but Wycombe simply couldn't finish. Goalless at half-time the first goal came in controversial circumstances as Jason Cousins appeared to be clearly fouled in his own area. There was a bit of tussle fouled by a booking for Cousins and a penalty to Cambridge. Neville Lamey duley converted the penalty for United. Lamey made it 2-0 on 82 mins when the Wycombe offside trap failed. Paul Emblen was booked in the first half.
Wycombe Team: Westhead, Wraight, Vinnicombe, Cousins, Rogers, Lee (sub 77 Gray), Bulman, Holsgrove, Harkin, Senda (sub 89 Leach), Emblen (sub 60 Thompson) not used Osborn.
Two forthcoming games for the reserves at Adams Park have been moved from the Tuesday to the following day to avoid clashing with the West Brom Worthington Cup games. See the
Reserves page for full fixture details.
According to national media reports, scouts from Wolves were at Adams Park for the game against Wrexham to watch Jermaine McSporran. Obviously impressed with his performance against Wolves in the Worthington Cup the previous week, Wolves are looking to off-load some of the 6m gained from the sale of Robbie Keane to Coventry City. First choice for Wolves is apparently Bristol City's Ade Akinbiyi but the 3.5m asking fee is not to Wolves liking. No formal approach has yet been made to Wycombe. According to local press reports scouts from Premiership sides Watford, Chelsea, Coventry and Wimbledon were also at Adams Park along with First Division Charlton Athletic.
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NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 4th September 1999
Chris Vinnicombe made his Wycombe comeback when he played a full 90 minutes as
Wycombe Reserves lost to Peterborough United on Wednesday 1st September at Adams Park. Goalkeeper Mark Westhead also played his first game since being carried off against Aylesbury in August. Wycombe went down by 2 goals to nil through goals from Francis Green (1st half stoppage time) and Matty Gill (72 minutes). Lawrie Sanchez used the game to view triallist Carl Bartley but the 6 foot plus striker from Walton and Hersham had a quiet game. 22 year old Bartley played two games for Fulham during the 1994/95 season but was released and dropped down to non-League football. Paul Emblen was guilty of missing several chances for Wycombe as the need for an effective target-man was highlighted again.
WYCOMBE TEAM:Westhead, Wraight, Rogers (sub 70 Leach), Cousins, Vinnicombe, Bartley, Lee (sub 68 Gray), Emblen, Harkin, Bulman, Thompson (sub 77 Senda) subs not used Osborn and Townsend.
Wycombe's 4-2 victory at Molineux in the Worthington Cup earned Manager Lawrie Sanchez the Performance of the Week award as voted by a panel of Premiership and Football League Managers. Sanchez received an engraved crystal decanter in a presentation shown on Sky TV..
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