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All quiet on the Wycombe front this week, with the real stuff only 1 week away. Jason Cousins has had his op and is making good progress. He has set a date of Friday 19 September for his return - coincidently the away game at his former club Brentford.
Wycombe should go into next Saturday's game at Wigan full of confidence having never lost their opening League fixture since joining the pros in 1993 - indeed Wycombe's last opening day reverse was a 3-0 nightmare at Northwich Victoria back in August 1989.
Top of the list this week is the ludicrous decision by a Football League tribunal to value the highly ambitious Mickey Bell at 150,000. The verdict was reached at a hearing in Walsall on Wednesday afternoon - ironically later the same evening Bell scored in Bristol City's 1-1 draw with Liverpool. With Bell's former club Northampton Town receiving 20% of this deal, Wycombe are left with little compensation for losing a key player and club officials are fuming. Chairman Ivor Beeks told the local press "I don't know how they could come up with this. I expected at least 300,000...I'm staggered."
With little money to spend, John Gregory will be looking to free transfers to bolster his 18 man squad. Cousins' injury against Villa will keep the defender sidelined for at least 2 months, meanwhile Keith Ryan suffered a set-back on his road to recovery when he had a bad reaction in his knee after playing in the latter stages of the friendly against Villa. Gregory hoped to trial a couple of new players in the friendly with QPR
Jason Cousins will need an operation on a damaged knee ligament following his injury against Aston Villa. The injury will force Cousins out of the week team for a minimum of two months and is major blow to Wycombe fans.
Dave Carroll, currently the longest serving player at Wycombe, has been awarded a testimonial season. Carroll joined Wycombe at the start of the 1988/89 season from Ruislip Manor having played a couple of reserve games the previous season for the Wanderers. He has since gone on to make close to 450 appearances. Carroll, with his unique footballing build, has scored 85 times for Wycombe, including several classic individual goals - Wembley 94 being the pick of the bunch. A series of testimonial events will be announced by the Club shortly.
Wycombe have been given the honour of staging the Under-21 International between England and Moldova on Tuesday 9th September. The game, 24 hours before the full international at Wembley, is expected to be shown live on Sky TV. It's the first Interntional at this level to be staged at Wycombe, although Wycombe have been selected in the past for Women's Internationals and England Under-18 matches.
Jason Jason Cousins has joined Steve McGavin and signed up for at least another season with the Wanderers. The influential Captain has finally settled a deal with John Gregory having delayed his decision following the offer of a one year deal. Cousins moved to Adams Park in 1991 and is now approaching 300 appearances in a Wycombe shirt. The sometimes 'hot-headed' Cousins is a key motivator in the Wycombe side and his decision to remain loyal to the Blues will delight the 'Psycho' fanclub.
After holding out for a better deal Steve McGavin has eventually signed a new two year deal with Wycombe. McGavin, whose 96/97 season only came alive when Alan Smith was given the boot, scored 9 times last season in 40 appearances. His career record at Wycombe shows 12 goals from 90 appearances and with Mark Stallard, Keith Scott and Paul Reid all vying for a place up front, the ex-Colchester player will be in a hot competition for a first team place.
NEWS WEEK ENDING - Saturday 5th July
The news that Scotty is back in a Wycombe shirt delighted Wycombe fans this week. The low of losing Mickey Bell to Bristol City was quickly made up by the signing of Scott. Scott told the Bucks Free Press "I've not come home to be put out to grass, I've come back because I think this team has a good chance of pushing for a play-off spot and I want to play in the First Division again."

SCOTTY IS BACK - Wednesday 2nd July
Wycombe fans have got the news that they have been hoping for with the announcment that Keith Scott has been signed for a bargain fee of £55,000 from Norwich City. Scotty played on loan for the Wanderers at the end of last season but delayed his decision to move permanently until this week. He has been signed on a two year contract.
NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING - Saturday 28th June
The Mickey Bell saga goes on with the announcement that he now intends to join fellow Division Two club Bristol City on a three year deal. 'Ambitious' Bell is now all set to move to Ashton Gate, with the West country side offering an insulting £150,000. This will go to tribunal but the whole fiasco will leave a bitter taste in the mouths of Wycombe supporters and officials alike. According to the Bucks Free Press, the deal was struck by Bristol Chairman Scott Davidson and Bell's agent Murdo MacKay with Wycombe being left in the dark throughout. The only consolation is that Wycombe will receive a fee but finding a replacement will be nigh impossible without breaking the bank. Jason Cousins and Steve McGavin have also yet to sign and the squad is still way under strength.
Good news for Wycombe fans comes in the form of the return of light and dark blue quarters as the first choice kit. The worst kept secret in town was finally made official this week with the announcement of the launch being held in Wanderers in Town on Wednesday 2 July. more info>>
NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING - Saturday 21st June
Aside from MIckey Bell story, other news this week includes the announcement of Wycombe's first ever live TV Football League appearance. The game with Brentford at Griffin Park scheduled for Saturday 20th September has now been switched to the previous evening for inclusion in SKY's Friday night Football League package. SKY announced their live football schedules through to January 1998, the game with Brentford being Wycombe's only inclusion at this stage. Wycombe have appeared previously on SKY in their FA Cup games with West Brom (1992), Gillingham (1995) and Barnet (1996).
Matt Crossley has joined ICIS Premier side Kingstonian, now managed by ex-Woking boss Geoff Chapple. Matt turned down full-time moves to Exeter, Torquay and Lincoln for health reasons. No news as yet of a testimonial for the ex-Wycombe defender.
NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING - Saturday 14th June
The signing of Martin Taylor obviously takes the headlines this week but there is still no news of Keith Scott. Scotty has turned down an offer from his current club, Norwich City, and is awaiting better offers. Looks like 'Cat and Mouse' time for Gregory.
Other news this week includes the fact that all available shares in Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Ltd have been taken. The maximum shareholding of 500 was reached towards the end of the season and again raised speculation that moves are afoot to change the constitution of the Club. The Football Club had previously been reluctant to publicise the fact that shares were available to Season Ticket holders of three years or more but a change of tack has brought in more interest. Less than two years ago the Club had only 200 or so shareholders and tried unsuccessfully to set a maximum of 250 shareholders at the 1995 AGM. This years AGM is due in October and could be attended by a record number of WWFC Ltd shareholders. For details on how you could have become a shareholder, see the shares info page.
Wednesday 11th June - TAYLOR SIGNS
Goalkeeper Martin Taylor has signed on a free transfer for Wycombe. John Gregory finally got his man after weeks of chasing the out of contract Derby County player. Taylor made four impressive loan appearances for Wycombe towards the end of last season before being recalled to Derby after their first choice 'keeper suffered an injury. He had been at Derby for 11 years and had a testimonial at the end of last season. The move puts Brian Parkin firmly into the second choice 'keeper role at Wycombe.
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