TESTIMONIAL SEASON 2001/2002
(Update July 2002)
Sources at the Club during July suggested that negotiations are at an advanced stage with Celtic to hopefully visit Adams Park later in the year for the much awaited testimonial game for Jason Cousins. The provisional date is Tuesday 3rd September but this has yet to be confirmed. This news comes after the original proposal for a testimonial match with Martin O'Neill's side was shelved due to the complications in hiring a stadium away from Adams Park and organising the policing arrangements. Click here for full story
COTN reported earlier last season that Jason, now a player with Aldershot Town, was doing his best to get a match with Celtic having tentatively suggested the meeting with the Scottish giants during a visit to Parkhead in February 2001. The former Wycombe Manager subsequently offered dates of 10th or 11th July 2002. However, the situation was complicated by the fact that due to pitch improvements, Adams Park was not available pre-season and an alternative venue had to be sought.
It was later confirmed via the Wanderers' Official website that Vicarage Road, Watford would be the venue with the date still awaiting finalisation. However, since that announcement, COTN learnt that Watford was no longer a viable option due to an estimated £50,000 cost in policing the game in that area. This was in addition to the estimated £30,000 hire charge for use of the stadium. Further alternative venues were looked into, including Oxford United's Kassam Stadium but this proved unfruitful, leading to the game being shelved from the pre-season programme. The vast majority of Wanderers fans are now hoping that the latest negotiations are successful and the chance to see off Jason in style is made possible.
Jason's testimonial season got underway with a special WWFC and All-stars cricket match at High Wycombe Cricket Club on Thursday 12th July 2001. The 20 overs per side match attracted a good turn out of fans who basked in the evening sunshine. The sides were mixed between Wanderers' players and cricket regulars. Stars of the show included Martin Taylor who made one incredible catch and several top class fields, while Steve Brown had a late rally with the bat.
Other events since have included a Golf Day at Magnolia Park on Wednesday 3rd Oct 2001, a special track-side dinner at Oxford Greyhound Stadium later that same month, a Disco at Adams Park, a Quiz Night at High Wycombe Cricket Club and a Sportsmans' Dinner held in the Vere Suite.
We've been keeping this page updated throughout the season with news on the events during Jason Cousins' testimonial year. Jason has been a great servant to the Club and completes a recent trio of players to come through from the non-League ranks to play for Wycombe right through to the FA Cup Semi-Final and beyond. These players aren't your overpaid Premiership superstars and like Rhino and Jesus, Couz appreciates our support. If you went to Filbert Street you'll know what I mean.
Also feel free to send in your tributes to Jason to the usual e-mail address of firstname.lastname@example.org. We will publish these at the time that the testimonial game is eventually arranged, along with a selection of pictures from the COTN archives.
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