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NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 26th February 2000
LAWRENCE OUT FOR A MONTH
Matt Lawrence will be out for an estimated four weeks following his badly gashed ankle in last week's game with Brentford at Griffin Park. Lawrence needed eight stitches in the wound after a midfield challenge with Brentford 's Ijah Anderson.
NEW LOOK FOR THE LEFT-SIDE
The Left Side website has been relaunched as Wanderers Online. Creator Simon Voakes said "The new name should have a more universal feel welcoming all fans. I felt that the former name made some, from outside of the 'left side,' feel unwelcome. This was of course never the intention. The site includes all the usual news, reports, statistics and information but also more interactive features as well." Voakes has continued with his classy approach and the site is well worth a look at the new address of website.lineone.net/~wanderersonline/
DRAW FOR RESERVES AT BRISTOL
(Tuesday 22nd February 2000)
A bullet header from Richard Thompson earned Wycombe reserves a point in a 1-1 draw in the Avon Combination game at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday evening. Mo Harkin set-up the chance for Thompson, who also scored against Rovers in the Combination League Cup match at Adams Park back in September.
The next game for the Reserves is next Wednesday (1st March) when Norwich City are the visitors at Adams Park - kick-off 3.00pm. In the Berks and Bucks Semi-Final Wycombe will play Reading at Adams Park after The Royals beat Windsor and Eton in their quarter-final. The date has provisionally been fixed for Tuesday 11th April.
DUBLIN TRIP - HERE WE GO AGAIN
Wycombe have re-arranged the previously aborted trip to play Bohemian of Dublin. Last July the game was called off just a day before the scheduled date due to Alan Beeton contracting a non-life threatening form of Meningitis. The new date is Saturday 29th July 2000, with the game due to be played at Bohemian's Dalymount Park ground, which has now been upgraded with a new main stand. More than 60 Wycombe fans made the trip to Dublin last year and supporters' clubs are expected to arrange trips again this time around.
Click here for an excuse to read about the 1999 trip to Dublin yet again.
NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 19th February 2000
0-0 AT BRENTFORD (Saturday 22nd February 2000)
Wycombe had Martin Taylor to thank for earning a point at Griffin Park on Saturday. Taylor made three memorable second-half saves including a brilliant tip around from a shot by ex-Wycombe player Martin Rowlands. Wycombe welcomed back Jermaine McSporran into the starting line-up for the first time since his appendicitis - he replaced the injured Andy Baird. Matt Lawrence was forced to leave the pitch in the first-half with a gashed ankle that required eight stitches - Lawrence is expected to be out for a couple of weeks. Wycombe's best chance came when McSporran lobbed the ball in with the Bees' keeper stranded but the home defence cleared their lines. Wycombe now have 40 points and remain in 12th place in the table. Next game is on Saturday (26th February) when Bury visit Adams Park.
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YOUTHS GET CRUCIAL VICTORY
Wycombe's Youth Team grabbed the victory they were looking for in their final Youth Alliance Alliance League fixture of the season on Saturday at Southend United. Two goals from Leeyon Phelan and one from Ryan Gostick saw Wycombe win 3-1 and therefore finish sixth in the table. They will now play in Division One (South) of the 2nd Phase Merit games due to start on Saturday 26th February. Wycombe's first game is at home to Wolves on Saturday 3rd March at Molins Sports and Social Ground - kick-off 11.00am . Click here for full fixture list.
SUPPORTERS CONTINUE TO HELP YOUTHS
Both Supporters groups at Wycombe have made considerable donations to the Youth Team funds following recent money raising events. The Independent Supporters Club organised a coach trip to the recent FA Youth Cup game with Newcastle United at St James Park and also helped raise money by raffling an autographed Premier League shirt. Last Thursday the Official Supporters Association held a Race night at Adams Park which was attended by many team members and families. The total amount raised from these activities was close to £2,500 which adds to several earlier efforts by the two organisations. The next fund raising night is on Wednesday 26th April when another of the popular WWISC quiz nights is held at Adams Park - entrance is £2 per person with a maximum of six per team - the action starts at 8.00pm.
RESERVES GAME OFF (Wednesday 16th February 2000)
The away game with Gillingham in the Avon Insurance Combination, due to take place on Wednesday afternoon, was called off at very short notice due The Gills FA Cup tie with Chelsea this coming Sunday. The majority of The Gills squad are currently living it up in Bournemouth prior to the game at Stamford Bridge and so the Wycombe game has had to take a back seat. The next scheduled game for the reserve side is next Tuesday's trip to play Bristol Rovers - kick-off 7.00pm.
NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 12th February 2000
WYCOMBE LOSE TO U's (Saturday 12th February 2000)
Wycombe failed to beat an Oxford side at Adams Park for the third time this season as Joey Beauchamp's 26th minute goal was enough to take the points for Oxford United. Earlier this season Wycombe struggled to get past Oxford City in the FA Cup.
A crowd of 6,200, Wycombe's second highest of the season, saw Wycombe dominate the opening exchanges but lose their way after United had snatched the lead. Sean Devine was in the starting line-up after his injury but there was no place for last week's goal getters Matt Brady and Danny Senda. Wycombe remain in 12th place in the table with 39 points from 30 games - 12 points off the play-off places and an identical margin from the relegation zone.
Lawrie Sanchez said after the game "We lacked quality in our finishing, we had enough chances to win the game. If Sean doesn't score, as a rule, we don't tend to score many goals. We haven't got another goalscorer we can bring off the bench to score goals..and we need someone to compliment him up front" Regarding the team selection, Sanchez said "I thought long and hard about it and put out what I considered our first choice team." He added "If we had gone through February with maximum points we would have an outside sniff of the play-offs but losing today puts a nail in that coffin and we now need to ensure we avoid relegation. Everyone is disappointed".
Click here for more match details from Wycombe v Oxford.
NEW FANZINES ON SALE
New issues of two Wycombe fanzines went on sale before the game with Oxford. The third issue of When Skies are Blue is £1 as is the latest issue of The Wanderer. The latter contains a lengthy interview with new Club secretary Keith Allen.
BLUES THRO' TO B&B SEMI (Tuesday 8th Feb 2000)
A relatively strong Wycombe team overcame Thatcham Town by 2 goals to nil on Tuesday evening in the Quarter-Final of the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup. Having missed Saturday's victory at Wrexham, Steve Brown, Michael Simpson and Jason Cousins all featured but all three of the goalscorers, Dave Carroll, Matt Brady and Danny Senda, were left out. Wycombe's goals came through Mo Harkin in the 14th minute, with Lee Holsgrove sealing the passage to the semi in the final minute. Wycombe missed a host of chances in the first-half and were nearly made to pay when the home side rallied in the latter stages. It's now ten years since Wycombe won this trophy and maybe without such a hectic relegation battle on our hands, this could be the year for the silverware to grace Adams Park for the first time ever.
Click here for extended report from Thatcham v Wycombe
NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 5th February 2000
FIRST YEAR UP FOR SANCHEZ (Saturday 5th February 2000)
Lawrie Sanchez celebrated a year in charge at Adams Park with a very satisfying 3-1 victory at Wrexham. Wycombe scored three second half goals having falling behind midway through the first-half and climb to 11th place in the table. It was Wycombe's first away victory since the 2-1 victory at Blackpool back in September.
One year ago saw the first game with the ex-Wimbledon player at the helm - a 1-1 draw with Fulham leaving Wycombe with 24 points from 29 games and one place off the bottom of the table. The rest, they say, is history and twelve months later Wycombe are in 11th position with 39 points from 29 games. In the first 44 League games under Sanchez, Wycombe won 16 (including 7 away), drawn 13 and lost 15, giving a points total of 61.
BLUES LOOKING FOR INVESTORS
The Bucks Free Press has revealed Wycombe Wanderers are actively seeking investors to inject money into the Club. The story was based on comments made by Club Chairman Ivor Beeks to over 100 local business people at the first of the Club's new 'Breakfast 2000' business meetings at Adams Park on Wednesday (26th January). Beeks said "We are trying to get the whole package in place first so that members know what they are voting for" He went on to add "We believe we will have to form a new private limited company with new investors" This is the first public airing of the Club's intention to bring in an external source of cash and one that is really a separate issue to the previous attempts to change the constitution of the Club. The revelation by Beeks came a day before a one day conference held in London where top football officials, along with representatives of supporters clubs, discussed ways of setting up trust related ownerships of football clubs. Bournemouth have gone down this route and many clubs have already approached The Cherries for guidance in setting up similar schemes. Any change to the current constitution of the Club would require a 75% majority vote in favour by the 500 members.
BATES OUT UNTIL APRIL
Jamie Bates has undergone an operation on the ankle he injured during the Colchester v Wycombe clash early this month. Bates has had a small piece of bone removed that was aggravating the healing process and is now likely to be out of action until early April.
AWAY END TO BE EXPANDED
The Club are planning to increase the capacity of the Hillbottom Road End by around 1,000 to take the total capacity of this area of the ground to approx 2,000. However, due to minor changes in capacity levels in other areas of the ground, the proposed changes will not result in the overall capacity of Adams Park being increased above the current 10,000 figure. If the planning application is successful, the Club plan to complete the work during the close season.
The Club seated this area of the ground at the start of the 1996/97 season but have consequently suffered from a shortfall in revenue when visiting teams have wanted more than their allocation allows. A full press-release from the Club on the proposed plans is now available on the Official Wycombe Wanderers website.
MATT GETS IN THE CHAIR
The Matt Lawrence interview carried out jointly by The Wanderer magazine and Chairboys on the Net is now available on-line in a slightly extended format. Thanks to those joint sponsors who supplied a variety of questions for Matt to answer in some form or another.
Read the interview
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