July 2004 News Archive
All the news stories from July 2004
Wycombe Wanderers Founders Trust FOUNDERS TRUST STATEMENT
(Saturday 31st July 2004)
The formation of the Wycombe Wanderers Founders Trust has been clarified in a statement issued by the interim Directors of what itseld is a Limited Company. The Trust will initially be made up of the exsiting Football Club members from which an elected representative will be entitled to a place on the Board of the Football Club PLC. Read more about the Founders Trust
(Friday 30th July 2004)
Plymouth Argyle's Ian Stonebridge turned out to be the striker about to be signed by The Wanderers. It was confirmed on Friday afternoon that the soon to be 23 year old had agreed a three year deal with Wycombe running until June 2007. The former Spurs trainee had scored 45 times in 201 appearances for The Pilgrims in a five year spell and joins Wycombe for what is described as 'a nominal fee'. Ian Stonebridge - Profile
(Friday 30th July 2004)
The season long loan of Gary Silk has now been confirmed following agreement from Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp. The 19 year old left sided defender had impressed Tony Adams in the pre-season games and the deal will run until 7th May 2005 with an option to extend if Wanderers reach the play-offs.
Gary Silk - Profile
(Thursday 29th July 2004)
Wanderers members voted by a narrow margin to give formal approval for the reconstruction of the Club at the EGM on Thursday evening at Adams Park. 430 of the 498 members took part in the vote with 335 (78%) voting in favour and 94 (22%) against. The vote required a 75% majority for approval. This means this was the last ever meeting of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club members with the structure to be replaced by a PLC limited by share capital. Exclusive report here
(Thursday 29th July 2004)
Wanderers look set to announce the signing of a new striker according to Chairman Ivor Beeks speaking after the EGM on Thursday evening. The Chairman wouldn't reveal the name as the deal had yet to be closed but indicated that the new face could be signed in time to face Millwall in the friendly at Adams Park on Saturday. Tony Adams added to the Bucks Free Press "It's not a question of money, it's a question of getting the right one. I think we have gambled at this Club too many times in the past".
(Thursday 29th July 2004)
In a not entirely unpredictable sequence of events, the final week leading up to the EGM relating to the reconstructure of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, has seen both sides of the arguement re-stated through various forms of media. Chairboys on the Net looks at many of the mains points in favour of the proposed change and the related concern expressed by a variety of sources. The Big vote - the reasons 'for' and 'against'
(Wednesday 28th July 2004)
Wanderers went down 2-1 to Charlton Athletic on Wednesday evening in the latest pre-season friendly. The visitors scored through Shaun Bartlett (17 mins) and Brian Hughes (39 mins). Wycombe replied in the 64th minute with a well taken goal from Nathan Tyson following a cross from the left. Wanderers included triallists Tom Davis and Sven Fischer in the starting line-up. There was an injury blow for Wycombe in the second-half when Matt Bloomfield took a blow to his knee and ended up leaving the field on crutches. Wycombe 1 Charlton 2 - Match details
(Tuesday 27th July 2004)
Wanderers went down 2-0 in a low-key friendly on Tuesday evening at Aylesbury United. The fixture was originally set for the following day but was brought forward because Wycombe were offered a home friendly with Charlton Athletic on the Wednesday. Wanderers' team consisted mainly of Youth Team players plus Brighton based triallist Russell Martin. Aylesbury scored on 30 minutes and 80 minutes, both through Leon Gutzmore. Wycombe team: Williams, Ball, Reilly, Gregory (sub 67 Douglas), Cadmore, Gradwell (sub 80 Davidson), Anya (sub 75 Garricks), Martin, Ahmed, Savage (sub 67 Faulkner), Fox - subs not used: Flower, Grier - Att:300 approx
Stuart Nethercott NETHERCOTT SIGNS
(Tuesday 27th July 2004)
The Club confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that Stuart Nethercott had signed a two year deal with the Wanderers running until June 2006. The central defender apparently turned down offers to the play in the USA in favour of staying at Adams Park and eventually negotiated a two year deal to stay at Wycombe as opposed to the one year offer originally tabled by Tony Adams.
(Tuesday 27th July 2004)
The FA have unvieled new disciplinary measures for the 2004/5 season that will see red-cards punished with suspension starting from the following game rather than the current two week wait. The change follows a FIFA directive and will be reviewed in the summer of 2005. The FA say the new process "Will improve speed and clarity while maintaining fairness." There will still be a chance for appeal by the player but this will rely on evidence, including video, to be made available in an efficient manner.
(Tuesday 27th July 2004)
It's understood that ITV have made a 'network decision' to drop their Football League goals highlights package broadcast on Sunday afternoons in favour of an earlier morning show dedicated to the rebranded "Championship". Under this new arrangement the lower two divisions of the Football League would not receive coverage on terrestrial TV unless the late night midweek shows, previously sponsored by Nationwide, are continued.
(Tuesday 27th July 2004)
Released Fulham midfielder Tom Davis is the latest name to be connected with a trial at Wycombe. The BFP Midweek suggested the 20 year old could appear for Wanderers in Wednesday's home friendly with Charlton Athletic. The Bromley born player has already tried his luck at Swindon Town and Crawley Town in pre-season games, the latter where he lined up alongside former Wanderers Mo Harkin, Charlie Mapes and Ian Simpemba. Davis failed to make the First Team at Fulham following the completion of his scholarship.
(Monday 26th July 2004)
Online bookmakers bet365 have made Wanderers striker Nathan Tyson joint favourite to become top scorer in the 4th tier of English football next season. Tyson is named at 8-1 along with Tommy Mooney from Oxford United. Lee Trundle (Swansea City) and Martin Smith (Northampton Town) follow the duo on 10-1. Craig Faulconbridge is joint 10th favourite at 20-1 but there are no other Wycombe players quoted in the top 60.
(Saturday 24th July 2004)
Wycombe drew 0-0 at Weymouth on Saturday in the fifth pre-season friendly. Both teams fielded under strength line-ups and clear cut chances were limited. Wanderers went closest on the stroke of half-time when a Nathan Tyson free-kick was pushed onto the cross-bar by the home 'keeper. Weymouth Player/Boss Steve Claridge netted with a header in the second-half but it was ruled out for offside. Frank Talia returned in goal for Wycombe.
Weymouth 0 Wycombe 0 - Match details
(Saturday 24th July 2004)
The Wanderers Youth Team continued their pre-season friendlies on Saturday 24th July with a 1-1 draw against a touring side from Osaka in a game played at Wanderers' training ground in Marlow Road near Booker. Keiron Gradwell got Wanderers goal. Watford will be the visitors to the same venue on Friday 30th July with a 12 noon kick-off (spectators welcome free of charge). Wanderers U18's begin their Youth Alliance campaign on Saturday 12th Aug with a trip to Southend United. Home League games will continue to be played at Molins Sports Ground commencing on Saturday 22th Aug vs Brighton & Hove Albion.
Stuart Nethercott NETHERCOTT TO SIGN
(Friday 23rd July 2004)
Stuart Nethercott is expected to sign for the Wanderers on return from the training camp in Exmouth. The central defender has turned down offers to the play in the USA in favour of Wycombe but according to press reports is hoping to negotiate a two year deal as opposed to the one year offer currently on the table. Meanwhile, Tony Adams is also hoping to tie up a season long loan deal for Portsmouth defender Gary Silk after the 19 year old impressed in the opening pre-season games.
(Thursday 22nd July 2004)
The Reading Chronicle is reporting that Wycombe are planning to take a look at Aussie 'keeper Liam Reddy. The former Sydney United shot stopper will be 23 in August and has been with training with Reading during pre-season was not invited on The Royals tour in Sweden. Colchester United are also said to be interested in offering a trial to a player who was short listed for the Australian U23 Olympic team. Wanderers, who already have two goalkeepers under contract, will also continue to look at former Brentford trainee Alan Julian during the pre-season programme that continues at Weymouth on Saturday.
(Thursday 22nd July 2004)
Darren Currie has been offered a trial by Mark McGhee at Brighton & Hove Albion after being turned away by Colchester United. The former Wanderers midfielder played the second-half for Albion's in their 3-1 victory over Weymouth on Wednesday. Earlier in the week Colchester boss Phil Parkinson commented to the U's official website "I took a look at him in a game or two and his fitness is quite a way off what's required. He's obviously got a lot of qualities but, at the moment, he needs a bit of work."
(Wednesday 21st July 2004)
Former Wimbledon Academy player Sonny Ball has signed for Wanderers on a First Year Pro contract. The 19 year old right back played for Wycombe in the friendlies at Chesham and Dorchester and becomes the second ex-Dons youngster to join the Wanderers following a similiar move for striker Shahed Ahmed earlier in the summer. They team up again with former Dons Youth Team boss Gary Smith who is currently with the Wanderers Youth Team at a PFA funded training week in Bude. The week included a friendly match with Plymouth Argyle where the youngsters registered a 5-1 victory with goals from Andy Savage (2), James Faulkner, D'juvane Davidson and Matt Fox.
(Tuesday 20th July 2004)
A goal conceded in each half saw Wanderers lose 2-0 to Portsmouth on Tuesday evening at Adams Park in the latest pre-season friendly. Despite all the pre-match hype Wycombe fielded much the same line-up as the one that beat Dorchester on Saturday. The Pompey goals came through Aiyegbeni Yakubu (23 mins) and Kevin Harper (87 mins). Mark Philo was carried off after 52 mins with what was later confirmed as a fractured ankle and is he now likely to be out for an estimated six months.
Wycombe 0 Portmsouth 2 - Match details
(Tuesday 20th July 2004)
Some more transfer gossip emerged when the BFP Midweek quoted Tony Adams as saying "he might have a surprise face up front against Portsmouth." The Wycombe boss also went to on to suggest that he had two players lined up for trials starting on 1st August. No names are mentioned but it's understood these are a centre-forward and a left winger with Adams hinting that the latter could arrive on a long-term loan.
(Tuesday 20th July 2004)
Tony Adams has had his plans to bring in Manchester United's American striker Kenny Cooper put on ice again according to press reports. The Wycombe boss tried to loan sign the Texan born 19 year old last March and Old Trafford chiefs are still reluctant to let him go on a potential long-term loan at Wycombe. The 6'3" player joined United from Texan Tornadoes in the summer of 2003 but has yet to play for the First Team.
(Monday 19th July 2004)
An additional pre-season friendly at Adams Park has been arranged. FA Cup finalists Millwall will visit on Saturday 31st July with a 3pm kick-off. Steve Brown's testimonial scheduled for the same day will be arranged for a later date.
Millwall - Quick Guide
(Monday 19th July 2004)
Chairboys on the Net has put together an exclusive potted history of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited. It starts back in 1979 when the move to form a Company Limited by Guarantee was first proposed and continues until the present day situation.
Wycombe Wanderers - Financial History - special feature
(Monday 19th July 2004)
There is speculation in the national press that Wanderers are interested in signing Sheffield Wednesday's left sided defender/midfielder Craig Armstrong. The 29 year old still has a year of his contract to run but ended last season on a three month loan spell with Grimsby Town and does not appear to be included in Owls Manager Chris Turner's future plans. The former Nottingham Forest trainee gained most of his Football League experience with Huddersfield Town following a £750,000 transfer in February 1999. Moved to Wednesday three years later for £100,000 but made just five League starts last season. Bristol Rovers are also said to be chasing his signature.
(Saturday 17th July 2004)
Second-half goals saw Wanderers overcome Dorchester Town 3-0 on Saturday in the third pre-season friendly. Substitute Matt Fox opened the scoring two minutes after the break and Matt Bloomfield added a second on 69 minutes. The scoring was completed on 72 minutes when pressure from Jonny Dixon led to Dorchester defender Mark Jermyn knocking the ball past his own 'keeper. The friendlies continue on Tuesday with a home match with Portsmouth, kick-off 7.45pm.
Dorchester 0 Wycombe 3 - Match details
(Friday 15th July 2004)
Former Norwich City midfielder Clint Easton completed his move to Wycombe on Friday, signing a two year deal following his medical. The 26 year old impressed in the pre-season friendly with Beaconsfield SYCOB and Tony Adams swooped to beat off competition from Swansea City for his signature. He will sign on Friday subject to a medical. Clint Easton - Player profile
(Friday 16th July 2004)
Steve Brown's proposed testimonial is now unlikely to take place on the proposed date of Saturday 31st July. Suggested opponents, including Arsenal, fell through due to their First Team commitments elsewhere and with the player taking his honeymoon during the summer there has been little time to come up with alternatives. The free Saturday is now likely to be filled with an additional low-key friendly while Brownie's testimonial will hopefully take place during the early part of the season.
Stuart Nethercott NETHERCOTT TOO?
(Thursday 15th July 2004)
Tony Adams says he is still trying to tie up a deal with former Millwall defender Stuart Nethercott. The 31 year old won many admirers during his time with Wycombe last season. Adams commented to the official website "I think his experience is excellent, we’re going to need those sorts of guys if we’re going to win the league this year." Stuart Nethercott - Player profile
(Thursday 15th July 2004)
Former Wanderers Youth Teamer and Centre of Excellence Player of the Season Ian Simpemba has turned his back on a new deal with Wycombe in favour of joining Crawley Town in the Conference. The 21 year old was offered a one year contract at Wycombe by Tony Adams but according to the press this was originally on reduced terms compared to the 2003/4 season. An improved offer followed but the player opted for a move to the semi-pro game with another job supplementing his income. The deal to join Crawley is understood to have a 30% sell-on clause and Wycombe have also negotiated a small compensation fee.
Ian Simpemba - Player profile
(Wednesday 14th July 2004)
Wanderers went down 1-0 at Chesham United on Wednesday evening after fielding a mixed strength line-up. The winning goal came on the stroke of half-time when John Lawford beat triallist 'keeper Scott Corderoy at the near post with a free-kick swung in from the right. New signings Joe Burnell and Shahed Ahmed made their debuts in a Wycombe shirt. More details
(Wednesday 14th July 2004)
Former Wanderers midfielder Darren Currie played for Colchester United in the U's Youth/Reserve pre-season friendly at Saffron Walden on Wednesday (14th July). The 29 year old, who was recently on trial at Peterborough, was a late addition to the U's squad and was said to be taking part in order to boost his own fitness and also to try and impress the Colchester coaching staff.
(Wednesday 14th July 2004)
Tony Adams is understood to be casting his eye over at least four more triallists in the friendly at Chesham on Wednesday evening. They include goalkeeper; Scott Corderoy who was released from the Torquay United Youth set-up towards the end of the 2003/4 campaign; striker Stephen Hughes a 20 year old former trainee at Brentford and Ian Hodge, leading scorer in the Ryman Division One South last season for Slough Town.
(Tuesday 13th July 2004)
After two days of negotiations between the FA and FIFA, the latter have agreed to back down on their ruling limiting substitutes in all friendly matches to six. FIFA have now agreed that the rule will only apply to international friendlies. The ruling had received widespread criticism from Club officials and resulted in the Fulham v Watford friendly on Saturday effectively being abandoned at half-time after the Managers insisted on bringing extra substitutes. The game was completed with stand-in officials and prompted the FA to take up the issue with FIFA.
(Tuesday 13th July 2004)
Tony Adams has added released Norwich City midfielder Clint Easton to his wanted list after the 26 year old impressed in the pre-season friendly with Beaconsfield SYCOB. Easton, who made more than 50 appearances for The Canaries in a three year spell after a move from Watford, has been training with Wycombe but Wanderers face competition from Swansea City for his signature. Meanwhile, the other six triallists in the Beaconsfield game have all been told they have no future at Wycombe.
(Tuesday 13th July 2004)
Wanderers cast-off Charlie Mapes is set to join Crawley Town for their first season in the Football Conference. The 22 year old midfielder was released by Wycombe at the end of the 2003/4 season and was hoping to sign a one year deal with Crawley this week. He would join former Wanderer Mo Harkin in the Crawley squad. Charlie Mapes - Player profile
Constitution debate CONSTITUTION DEBATE
(Monday 12th July 2004)
The final wheels have been put in motion to implement the reconstruction of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club after members received the final proposals and notice of an EGM to be held on Thursday 29th July 2004. Chairboys on the Net takes a look at the latest angles in the debate.
Members receive final proposals - read more
(Sunday 11th July 2004)
Former Wanderers centre-forward Andy Rammell has been forced to retire from the game for good after breaking down just eight days into his new contract with Forest Green Rovers. The knee injury which forced him to retire from League football last season came back to haunt the 37 year old. Rammell commented to The Citzen newspaper "I'm gutted because I only signed for Forest Green a week ago and was really looking forward to the season. I could have been a bit naughty and taken the money, but I didn't go there to skin the club, so we've cancelled the contract." Andy Rammell - Player profile
(Friday 9th July 2004)
A heavily experimental Wanderers side went down 2-1 to Beaconsfield SYCOB on Friday evening in the opening pre-season friendly of the 2004/5 season. Tony Adams included seven triallists in the starting line-up but an unimpressive display on an uneven surface saw Wycombe trail 2-0 down at the break after a brace from home forward Adrian Sear. An improved second-half performance culminated with Laurence Hall scoring a consolation goal for Wanderers in the 88th minute. There was a blow for Keith Ryan on 30 minutes when he was forced off with an ankle injury following a late challenge. More details
(Friday 9th July 2004)
Tony Adams originally said he would be taking a squad of around 22 players to the match at Beaconsfield. However, a new FIFA directive limiting substitutes in all matches to six scuppered his plans. The Wycombe told the BFP "I can work around the new rule. I've got enough games arranged. At this stage of the season, training is more important than the games anyway. I will go down and look at the pitch and if it is not a decent surface I may take out the big guns altogether."
(Friday 9th July 2004)
Rejected centre-half Scott Marshall has joined Wanderers for pre-season training and has impressed Tony Adams so much so that the Wycome boss says he may feature in his plans next season. Adams told the BFP "He could be the player up my sleeve. If we can get Scott through pre-season we will talk again but if he breaks down I think he will call it a day." Marshall was released by Adams at the end of the 2003/4 campaign after an injury blighted six month spell at Wycombe.
Constitution debate CARLING CUP DRAW
(Thursday 8th July 2004)
Wanderers have been drawn at home to Bristol City in the First Round of the Carling Cup in a one-off tie scheduled to take place on Tuesday 24th August with a 7.45pm kick-off. It will provide an immediate chance for new signing Joe Burnell to face his former club. Bristol City - Quick Guide
(Wednesday 7th July 2004)
A report released by the Football League detailing fees paid to Players Agents has revealed that Wycombe were one of 34 clubs in the Football League who did not pay any such fees during the period from January 2004 to the end of June 2004. The report is the first of its kind in English football and shows total agents fees throughout the three divisions during the six month period was £1,412,437 with 80% of this figure being in the top division. Wanderers completed 22 player transactions during this period, including 13 loans, 7 new registrations and 2 updated contracts.
Constitution debate CARLING CUP DRAW
(Tuesday 6th July 2004)
The draw for the First Round of the Carling Cup will be announced at 9.15am on Thursday (8th July) with Wanderers unseeded in a 32 club southern section. The 16 seeded teams that Wycombe will face one from in a one-legged tie are Ipswich Town, Reading, Coventry City, Cardiff City, Watford, Gillingham, Milton Keynes 'Franchise', Plymouth, QPR, Brighton, Bristol City, Swindon Town, Bournemouth, Luton Town, West Ham and Colchester Utd. The tie will take place the week commencing 23rd August.
Constitution debate EGM DATE CONFIRMED
(Tuesday 6th July 2004)
The date for the EGM where proposals to reconstruct the Club will formally be tabled has been confirmed as Thursday 29th July 2004. The proposals include approving a 'Scheme of Arrangement' to dissolve the existing Limited by Guarantee Company and a public share issue which will allow any interested party to take up a shareholding in the proposed new company. Members should receive formal notification of the meeting plus the associated information later this week.
(Tuesday 6th July 2004)
The home game with Oxford United scheduled for Saturday 4th September has been brought forward to Friday 3rd September and will be shown live on SKY TV with a 7.45pm kick-off. The move will bring in £30,000 to Wycombe as home side and will also reduce problems associated with the original game coming on the same day as the Austria v England World Cup qualifier.
(Tuesday 6th July 2004)
Former Wanderers midfielder Darren Currie has been offered a trial by Peterborough United and is set to play for them in pre-season friendly with Ipswich Town on Saturday (10th July). Posh Manager Barry Fry told their official website "Darren is a player I have always admired, although he has had offers from better clubs up north, he is a southern boy and hopefully we can sort something out." Darren Currie - Player profile
(Monday 5th July 2004)
Southampton defender Mike Williamson's loan to Wycombe has now been confirmed as a 'long-term' deal under Football League regulations. The 20 year old has told the BFP Midweek that Tony Adams was the main attraction which drew him to Wycombe, commenting "I want to learn off him. He said to me that I was a young centre-half with a lot to learn but thought I've got what it takes." The loan will last the whole of the 2004/5 season and Southampton will not be permitted to recall him unless he is sold to another club. Wycombe are entitled to three other deals of this type per season along with up to eight 'short-term' loans. The latter are restricted to four at any one time.
Constitution debate SHARE ISSUE DEBATE
(Friday 2nd July 2004)
The Wanderers Board, in conjunction with their legal advisors, are set to formally launch an appeal for shareholders in the new company they are proposing to take over control of the Club. The Board hope such an issue will generate £1million of new cash and ease the immediate cash problems at the Club.
Share Issue debate - read more
(Friday 2nd July 2004)
The Club have announced the signing of former Wimbledon trainee Shahed Ahmed. The 19 year old striker has been catching the eye in the Dons reserve side and joins Wycombe as a First Year pro after completing his two year scholarship at the Milton Keynes based side. Ahmed worked under Wanderers Youth Team Manager Gary Smith while with The Dons.
Mystery £50,000 BID REVEALED
(Friday 2nd July 2004)
It's been revealed that Blackpool leading scorer Scott Taylor was the subject of a £50,000 bid from 'cash-strapped' Wycombe this summer. The 28 year old bagged 25 goals for The Tangerines last season but wants to move south to ease travelling to see his father who is suffering from health problems. He told the Blackpool official website "Despite Wycombe being relegated, I would have jumped at the chance to move there as it meant I would have been very close to my family." Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston rejected the bid and since then Sheffield Wednesday have shown considerable interest. Taylor added “Hopefully the situation will be resolved shortly, my head is so messed up it is untrue, at the end of the day the only option is to move."
(Friday 2nd July 2004)
Wanderers officials have turned down a request from Southend United to move the League fixture scheduled at Roots Hall for 3pm on Saturday 11th September to the evening of Friday 10th September with a 7.45pm kick-off. The decision was reached after discussions with Chairman Ivor Beeks, Tony Adams and various supporters' groups. A statement on the official website concludes "It was considered that the journey around the M25 on a Friday evening would be particularly difficult and would therefore dissuade many of our fans from following the team."
(Thursday 1st July 2004)
Wanderers confirmed the signings of Joe Burnell and Gus Uhlenbeek as Tony Adams returned to take the first training session of the new season on Thursday (1st July). The first pre-season friendlies will be relatively low key affairs at Beaconsfield SYCOB (Friday 9th July) and Chesham United (Wednesday 14th July). The squad will then travel to Exmouth for a week long training camp, taking in away friendlies at Dorchester and Weymouth.

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