August 2003 News Archive
All the news stories from August 2003
(Friday 29th August 2003)
Richard Harris is hoping to return to the Wycombe squad to face Sheffield Wednesday on Monday (1st Sep). Wanderers are holding a training session on Sunday and if he survives the ordeal he will return to face the Owls. Jonny Dixon should also be available having recovered from what turned out to be a dead leg picked up in the Reserve game with Reading. Gavin Holligan and Keith Ryan, who have now both returned to training, will be given two or three Reserve games before being risked at First Team level. It's understood that Craig Faulconbridge is still another month away from a return.
(Friday 29th August 2003)
Ian Simpemba has been named in an eighteen man Republic of Ireland Under 20 squad to face the Czech Republic in a friendly match on Wednesday 3rd September at Dalymount Park. The former Wanderers Youth player will be hoping to retain his place ahead of the U20 World Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates in November and December.
(Thursday 28th August 2003)
The draw for the First Round of this season's LDV Vans Trophy will take place on SKY's Soccer AM on the morning of Saturday 13th September. 60 clubs will compete in this season's competition including 12 from the Conference. First Round matches will take place the week commencing 13th October with four Football League clubs (two from each of the north and south regions) being given byes. Prize money for First Round losers is £2,000, ramping up round by round to £50,000 for the winners of the final to be held again at the Millennium Stadium.
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM CUP DRAW
(Thursday 28th August 2003)
Wanderers' Youth Team have been drawn at home to Cheltenham Town in the First Round of the newly sponsored Umbro Isotonic Youth Alliance Cup. The competition is between over 50 Youth Alliance sides with the earlier rounds played on a regional basis. The tie is due to be played on Saturday 11th October with a 11am kick-off.
(Wednesday 27th August 2003)
Wanderers Reserves went down 4-2 to Reading as they started their 2003/4 campaign on Wednesday afternoon at Adams Park in the newly named Pontin's Holiday Combination League Cup. Wanderers found themselves two goals down after 17 minutes but managed to pull level by half-time through goals by Gavin Holligan and former Blackburn and England Youth striker Andy Bell. However, the vistitors proved too strong after the break with Andre Fashanu netting twice for the Royals. Holligan, who was returning from injury, replaced Dixon who limped off with a bruised knee. Wycombe: Talia, Senda, Warner, Simpemba, Thomson, McClurg, Cook, Dixon (sub 15 Holligan), Bell, Roberts, Brown - subs not used: Paul Palmer, Harding, Gott Reserves info 2003-2004
(Monday 25th August 2003)
Wanderers were well beaten in Bank Holiday Monday's game at Grimsby and despite a good start to the season are now looking at the wrong end of the table having conceded nine goals in three games and returned just one point.
Grimsby Town 3 Wycombe 1 - Match report
(Saturday 23rd August 2003)
Wanderers threw away the lead three times and conceded on the stroke of half-time and full-time as they ended up drawing 3-3 with Chesterfield at Adams Park on Saturday.
Wycombe 3 Chesterfield 3 - Match report
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM UPDATE
(Saturday 23rd August 2003)
The U19's lost 4-1 to Gilligham in their first home League game of the season on Saturday morning at Molins Sports and Social Ground. An injury hit Wanderers were 3-0 down at the break and conceded another on 52 minutes before Keiron Gradwell scored a consolation goal for Michael Forsyth's side in the 68th minute.
Youth Team info 2003/2004
Youth Team update YDO APPOINTED
(Wednesday 20th August 2003)
The Club have announced the appointment of a new Youth Development Officer to replace Adrian Cole. Wanderers' goalkeeping coach Colin Barnes will take on the role that oversees the Centre of Excellence scheme involving youngsters up to the age of 15. Barnes has recently been Manager of Beaconsfield SYCOB and recommended defender Steve Dell to the Club along with Berkhamsted midfielder Charlie Mapes. STRIKER SIGNED
(Wednesday 20th August 2003)
Wanderers have signed veteran striker Iffy Onuora on a month’s loan from Sheffield United. The 36 year old striker has made over 500 appearances and scored in excess of 100 goals in his professional career having started his career at Huddersfield before spells with Gillingham and Swindon Town. The 6’2” Glasgow born player suffered a ruptured achilles in September 2002 that led to him making only eight appearances for The Blades last season. He has yet to feature this campaign, leading to his move to Wycombe where he will go straight into the squad to face Chesterfield on Saturday. STRIKER WANTED
(Tuesday 19th August 2003)
Lawrie Sanchez says he's on the look out for another loan striker after seeing Richard Harris injured in the weekend game at Blackpool. Sanchez, who has already brought in Simon Patterson on a three month deal, is hoping to get something sorted before Saturday's home game with Chesterfield.
(Tuesday 19th August 2003)
There's been a injury scare this week following reports in the press that Michael Simpson may need an operation to relieve an ankle injury first sustained in the cup game with Wimbledon. Simo has seen a specialist and Lawrie Sanchez says that he hopes any operation can be put off for a long time.
(Monday 18th August 2003)
It's been confirmed that Richard Harris picked up a hamstring injury in Saturday's game at Blackpool and is likely to be out for around three or four weeks. Harris suffered two hamstring injuries last season but this is reported to be less serious.
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM NEWS
(Saturday 16th August 2003)
Wanderers U19's drew 2-2 at Brentford on Saturday with goals from Stuart Hole and Nathanial Griffiths. Meanwhile the U17's were beaten 4-0 by Cambridge United in their first home game of the season at Molins Sports Ground.
Youth Team info 2003/2004
(Saturday 16th August 2003)
Wanderers threw away a two goal lead at Bloomfield Road on Saturday, ending up 3-2 losers to Steve McMahon's side. Goals from Simon Patterson and Darren Currie had put Wycombe in the driving seat but a mad spell in the dying moments of the first-half ultimately cost Wycombe the game.
Blackpool 3 Wycombe 2 - match report
(Friday 15th August 2003)
Wanderers' Club Captain Keith Ryan says he's confident that the team will prove wrong the bookmakers that predict Wycombe will be relegated this season. Ryan also revealed how the players were intially against the wage deferral proposal. Rhino was speaking at the Fans Forum held on Tuesday 12th August. Rhino at Fans Forum - full story
Rugby at Adams Park RUGBY IS FOOTBALL
(Friday 15th August 2003)
Rugby can be played at Adams Park under the terms of the original planning permission according to the result of the recent 'Legal Inquiry'. The news has been leaked early by the press ahead of the originally intended announcement during the week commencing 22nd September. Wanderers Financial Director Rod Tomlin was pleased with the news and said "We spent a lot of time and money on the appeal and it has been well spent. It paves the way for a longer-term groundshare". It's understood that the Club have spent around £15,000 on this latest appeal and will now sit down with Wasps to discuss a longer deal.
(Wednesday 13th August 2003)
It's now been officially announced that Umbro Isotonic will become the first ever sponsors of the Football League Youth Alliance League and Cup. Wanderers U19 and U17 teams both competete in the Youth Alliance and will hopefully benefit from the sponsorship deal. The competition will now be known as The Umbro Isotonic Youth Alliance.
Matchday WYCOMBE 2 MK DONS 0
(Tuesday 12th August 2003)
Two headed goals from Richard Harris saw Wanderers into the Second Round of The Carling Cup with victory over what remains of the original Wimbledon FC. Dubbed as Franchise FC by those opposing their attempts to move the club to Milton Keynes, the visitors brought just 113 fans with them, while the total attendance of 1,986 was affected after significant number of Wycombe fans also give this one a miss for various reasons, including the decision by the Club to charge normal League prices. Wycombe 2 Wimbledon 0 - match report
(Tuesday 12th August 2003)
The Club held a Fans Forum in the Vere Suite on Tuesday evening prior to the League Cup game with Wimbledon. The event was billed as a 'no holds barred' exchange. Fans had one hour to question Board members Ivor Beeks, Alan Parry & Rod Tomlin; plus players Keith Ryan and Craig Faulconbridge.
(Monday 11th August 2003)
The Club issued a statement on Monday 11th August 2003 revealing that they had agreed a wage deferral scheme for both players and Club staff. The agreement with the players comes after consulation with the PFA and a scrutinisation of the Club's accounts by the Football Association. More on this story
(Saturday 9th August 2003)
Wanderers kicked-off the 2003/4 campaign on Saturday with 1-0 victory over Stockport County in oven like conditions at Adams Park. It was Wanderers first opening day win for nine years. The only goal of the game came on 16 minutes from debutant Charlie Mapes. Steve Williams, Simon Patterson and Billy Harding also made their Wycombe and Football League debuts on a day where the pitch temperature came close to 100°F.
Wycombe 1 Stockport 0 - Match report
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM UPDATE
(Saturday 9th August 2003)
Wanderers U19's got their season off to an encouraging start with a 1-1 draw at Portsmouth. A Matty Warner strike in the closing stages after Mark Philo's shot had been blocked was enough to earn the point. Luke Horsted had given the home side the lead in the 60th minute from the penalty spot after a foul by 'keeper Tom Gott. Youth Team info 2003/2004
(Friday 8th August 2003)
The Club have leaked news to the press that they are planning a scheme that would allow around 30% of the club to be sold off in return for a share stake. Wanderers Financial Director Rod Tomlin, speaking to the Bucks Free Press before any official press release had been issued or Club members informed, said "It has been discussed at board level, not for the coming season but the year after that." Any such move would require a change to Wycombe's constitution and would require a 75% approval from members. More on this story
(Saturday 9th August 2003)
A new issue of the perennial Wanderers fanzine One-One hit the streets prior to Saturday's game with Stockport. The pegged price of 50p got you 24 pages of the usual reasoned debate and a picture of one of the Corrs on the front cover.
One-One - Back issue guide and history
(Friday 8th August 2003)
With the new season about to get underway, Chairboys on the Net brings you a concluding report from the Fans Forum held on Thursday 17th April 2003 in The Vere Suite at Adams Park. Follow the link below and look for Part 5 which has a selection of comments from the question and answer session.
Fans Forum - special reports by
(Thursday 7th August 2003)
Wanderers have given Beaconsfield SYCOB right-back Steve Dell a three month contract with an option on Wycombe to extend. The 23 year old has given a good account of himself in the reserve and pre-season games and replaced Danny Senda in controversial circumstances during the friendly with Watford.
(Wednesday 6th August 2003)
The Club have announced a novel approach to the next Fans Forum. It will held in the Vere Suite at Adams Park prior to the League Cup game with ostracised franchise pacesetters Wimbledon. The event is described on the official website as a 'no holds barred' exchange..where "fans will have an opportunity to question Chairman Ivor Beeks; directors Alan Parry, Rod Tomlin & Graham Peart; plus Club Captain Keith Ryan and also Craig Faulconbridge about a whole range of topical issues." Entry will be free and the event will run from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
(Wednesday 6th August 2003)
Reports that Reading striker Darius Henderson was lined up to join Wycombe on loan have been knocked on the head following quotes in the Reading Evening Post by Royals boss Alan Pardew. Refering to Lawrie Sanchez and alsoex-Reading assistant Colin Lee at also linked Walsall, Pardew said “They have not spoken to me about Darius and I have no intention of sending him there anyway as neither of them like me.”
Reserves news RESERVES LOSE TO O's
(Tuesday 5th August 2003)
A Wanderers Reserves XI were beaten 3-0 in 'behind closed doors' friendly at Leyton Orient on Tuesday afternoon. Goalkeeper Frank Talia wasn't risked as Wanderers were well beaten with goals from Gary Fletcher (2 mins), Jabo Ibehre (32) and Ciaron Toner (55). Wanderers fielded triallist Brett Townley-Jones who is thought to have played football in the USA.
Line-up: Gott, Matthews, Townley-Jones, Simpemba, Thomson, Oliver, Brown, Bulman, Cook, Roberts, Griffiths - subs Hole, Philo, Warner, Gordon
(Tuesday 5th August 2003)
Danny Senda has made an apology through the press for his heat of the moment gesture to Lawrie Sanchez after being substituted in Wanderers pre-season friendly with Watford. Senda said "I was stupid and I apologised for it straight away. It was the most stupid thing I have done since I've been at the club...It has ruined my weekend". Sanchez added "It was a mis-understanding. I thought he was struggling through a slight niggle and decided to take him off. He wasn't and he got the wrong end of the stick." The Wycombe boss has decided not to fine the player and says the problem has been resolved.
(Monday 4th August 2003)
Wanderers have been drawn away to Chesham United in the opening round of the 2003/4 Berks and Bucks Senior Cup. The match at The Meadow has to be played before 28th November and the winners will travel to Burnham in the Quarter-Final. There are only nine teams competing in this seasons competition and the final will be held at Adams Park. The remainder of the quarter-final draw is Marlow v Bracknell, Aylesbury v Windsor and holders Maidenhead United v Slough.
(Monday 4th August 2003)
Local radio station Swan FM have confirmed they will not be providing live coverage of Wanderers League games this season due to lack of sponsorship. However, the station are still hoping that a sponsor may step forward for the popular Saturday afternoon slot, particularly the away games. As an alternative the Club are continuing to provide live internet commentary via its subscription Wanderers World audio/visual service.
(Saturday 2nd August 2003)
Darren Currie scored twice as Wycombe concluded their pre-season campaign on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Watford at Adams Park. Steve Williams continued in goal for Wycombe but Frank Talia is hoping to play on Tuesday in a specially arranged reserve friendly at Leyton Orient (kick-off 1.30pm).
Wycombe 2 Watford 1 - match report
(Friday 1st August 2003)
Wanderers fans were left deciphering the latest press release issued via the Club on Tuesday when it was announced that the Woodlands Stand will be renamed the Frank Adams Stand. It's understood that the move has been prompted by Causeway Technologies who have received fierce criticism from Wycombe followers for their part in the Adams Park naming rights issue. The Club had originally advertised the naming rights of the Woodlands Stand for £25,000 per season. More here
(Friday 1st August 2003)
Ian Simpemba has been named in the provisional Irish squad of 26 to compete in the U20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in November and December. The squad will eventually be cut down to 22 but before then the Irish side have home friendlies with Czech Republic (3 Sep) and Paraguay (15 Nov).
Ian Simpemba - Player spotlight
(Friday 1st August 2003)
Football League clubs are being advised to keep a tight grip on their finances and set realistic targets by Deloitte & Touche in their Annual Review of Football Finance published on 30th July 2003. The review covers the 2001/2 season where Wanderers returned a wages/turnover ratio of 64 %.
Football Finances review - read more

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