November 2004 News Archive
All the news stories from November 2004
(Tuesday 30th November 2004)
Wanderers went out of the LDV Vans Trophy on Tuesday evening, going down 1-0 at Bristol Rovers in a largely disappointing performance. The only goal of the game came in the 49th minute goal when Jamie Forrester tucked in a Dave Savage cross from the left at the near post. Team news saw Steve Guppy plat again and Craig Faulconbridge play his first game for more than seven months. Stuart Nethercott was forced off in the 15th minute after receiving a blow to the head that required seven stitches.
Bristol Rovers 1 Wycombe 0 - Match report
(Tuesday 30th November 2004)
As predicted John Gorman was officially announced as the new Manager of Wycombe Wanderers at a press conference held at 1pm this afternoon. The 53 year old old Scot will return to the Club just over a year after he stood in as Caretaker Manager and then a bried stint as Assistant to Tony Adams. Gorman had been acting as stand-in boss at Gillingham but Wycombe will not have to pay compensation to the Kent side because he was not on a contract. Keith Ryan and Steve Brown have also been appointed onto the coaching staff. Full story and reaction here
(Monday 29th November 2004)
The Club were set to announce a Press Conference for Tuesday 30th November at 1pm to reveal the new Manager of Wycombe Wanderers. COTN understands that John Gorman will be the new man given the task of leading The Wanderers with Keith Ryan offered the chance to retain a role within the managerial set-up. Ryan said after Saturday's game with Bristol Rovers "If it was offered to me I have to say that it would be role that I would quite like. But there's been no talk of that so far so I'll wait and let the Chairman decide on those matters."
(Monday 29th November 2004)
The vacant Manager's position at Wycombe is all set-up for John Gorman after the former England Coach continued to rule himself out of taking on the same post at Gillingham. He told the Kent Messenger after The Gills victory over Nottingham Forest on Saturday “The only reason I'm leaving is because I'm not going to come in here and take Andy's job, and surely anyone can understand. In different circumstances I'd have been dying for the job. But I don't think it's right that somebody should come in to help and then end up being the manager. I'm a man of principle. I've got to be honest and I must be mad, it's a great job for somebody and there are great facilities here. I've told him from day one that whatever happens I'm not going to take your job." Gorman was red hot favourite to get the Wycombe job just over 12 months and has since revealed he regretted not going wholeheartedly for the position due to speculation of joining Glenn Hoddle on a return to Southampton. He said at the time "Wycombe has whetted my appetite towards being my own boss again." COTN archive - Gorman favourite 12 months ago
(Monday 29th November 2004)
News of the Wanderers Youth Team who recorded an impressive 4-2 victory at Walsall on Saturday morning in the Second Round of the Football League Youth Alliance Cup. The goals came through James Faulkner and Matty Fox plus two own goals from the home side. The victory takes them through to the last 16 of the competition where they will face Portsmouth at home on Saturday 29th January at Molins Sports Ground.
Youth Team info 2004/2005
(Sunday 28th November 2004)
Caretaker boss Keith Ryan has said he would like Steve Guppy to stay with Wycombe. Ryan talked of his hopes in his post match interview with BBC Three Counties Radio, adding "The ball is firmly in Steve's court. He's got a lot of things on his plate. We've got a game on Tuesday that he won't be involved in. It's too soon for him. But we'll wait and see what happens in the week and discuss it nearer to Saturday."
(Sunday 28th November 2004)
Reports in national press indicate that Danny Wilson has been offered the Manager's post at Wycombe and will make his decision early next week, possibly after talking with two other club's looking for Manager's. COTN can confirm that Wilson, along with Wanderers' Chairman Ivor Beeks, were not at Saturday's game at Adams Park. Meanwhile, John Gorman, second favourite for the job at Wycombe, seems to have ruled himself out of the vacant position at Gillingham, saying to the Kent Messenger "I've come to help and the one thing I said I wouldn't do would be to jeopodise Andy's (Hessenthaler) position. That's why I'm trying to keep a low profile on it and get through Saturday and take it from there because I would never stab Andy in the back because I think so much of him. He's done a tremendous job and I only came in to help him and Paul (Scally) to be honest." Wanderers hope to confirm the new boss before next Saturday with Keith Ryan taking caretaker control again for Tuesday's trip to Bristol Rovers in the LDV Vans Trophy.
(Saturday 27th November 2004)
Wanderers continued their 100% record since the departure of Tony Adams with a narrow but exciting victory over Bristol Rovers at Adams Park on Saturday. The only goal of the game came nine minutes into the second half when Nathan Tyson tucked away a penalty after he'd been tripped by Christian Edwards on the left side of the penalty area. Wanderers deserved their victory in a game where Steve Guppy made a heroes return, making a one-off appearance to help out his former team mates and good friends Keith Ryan and Gary Smith. This latest victory lifts Wycombe to 12th place in the table and just one point from the play-off zone.
Wycombe 1 Bristol Rovers 0 - Match report and reaction
(Saturday 27th November 2004)
Wanderers will be in danger of becoming over familiar with Bristol Rovers as they play them twice in the space of four days. On Saturday afternoon Rovers made their first League visit to Adams Park for more than four years. The League meeting is followed by a trip to The Memorial Ground next Tuesday in the LDV Vans Trophy Southern Area Quarter-Final. Caretaker boss Keth Ryan said to the BFP before the League game "I've got a responsibility to the club to try and get it winning games for however long it lasts. I've been asked to take charge for however long it may be and it is an honour. I'm only focussed on Saturday. It's a cliche, but that's how it is." Bristol Rovers - Quick Guide
(Friday 26th November 2004)
The Club have confirmed the signing of Steve Guppy in time for Saturday's meeting with Bristol Rovers. The 35 year old has signed a one match deal and has said he is delighted to be able to help out former team mates Keith Ryan and Gary Smith. The left sider winger made more than 250 appearances and scored 37 goals in a Wycombe career lasting five years with his final game being the 1994 Play-Off Final versus Preston North End.
Steve Guppy - Player profile
(Friday 26th November 2004)
Chairman Ivor Beeks has revealed to the Bucks Free Press that the Club interviewed six potential managers on Tuesday and have now short listed two names to take on the new task of leading the playing side. Danny Wilson appears to be the favourite to be on this list with John Gorman also strongly fancied due to his steadying influence while he was Wanderers' caretaker manager 13 months ago. The Chairman told the BFP "We are very excited. There's no question that both of these people can take the club forward. We have seen some very good people and there are a few things to tie up. We are negotiating and talking." Apparently there are no plans to hold second interviews and the new boss is likely to announced at a press conference before next Friday.
(Friday 26th November 2004)
Caretaker boss Keith Ryan has said he wants former teammate Steve Guppy to return to the Wanderers. Guppy has been training with Wycombe following his release from Stoke City and could be looking for a short term deal before taking up a chance to play football in the USA towards the end of this year. Guppy played for Woking reserves on Wednesday evening but Ryan didn't rule out the possibility of him returning to Adams Park, commenting to the BFP "It's got to be right for Gupps and right for the Club. I'd like to get him in but there are a lot of things to be considered. I'd love to see him playing left side on Saturday. There's no-one better at playing left wing than Gupps."
(Wednesday 24th November 2004)
Wanderers' Under 18 side overcame Dover Athletic 4-1 on Wednesday evening at Adams Park in the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup to set up an away tie with Aston Villa. Wanderers took a two goal lead within the first six minutes following strikes by Andy Savage and Gary Bunting but the visitors held on and pulled a goal back with eleven minutes remaining. However, goals from James Faulkner and Kieron Gradwell in the dying moments sealed the passage to the Third Round tie that will take place on Wednesday 8th December at Villa Park with a 7pm kick-off and free admission. Full report and pics now online
Wycombe Wanderers Founders Trust FOUNDERS' TRUST AGM
(Wednesday 24th November 2004)
The inaugural Wycombe Wanderers Founders' Trust Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday evening in the Vere Suite at Adams Park. 51 of the 154 members to join to date attended and duly elected on the only six nominations for positions on the Founders' Trust Board. They are David McGee (Chair), Ian Mather (Communication and PLC Board Rep), Colin Smith (Secretary), Trevor Stroud (Marketing), David Roberton (Technical and Legal), Joe McKenna (Finance). Ian Mather confirmed that he had been involved in all stages of the search for the new Football Club Manager and also said that the PLC Board had been very receptive to ideas and comments. He encouraged members to send their feedback through the Founders' Trust channel and along with other Trust Board members said the main objective now was to reach out to the 1,500 plus qualifying season tickets holders and encourage them to join.
(Wednesday 24th November 2004)
Leyton Orient have failed in their bid to get David Hunt's red card against Wycombe overturned. Hunt made a flying challenge on Nathan Tyson which was apparently described by the referee as 'two-footed' and resulted in dismissal for 'serious foul play'. O's Manager Martin Ling told their official website ""I've watched the tackle in super slow-motion and it isn't two-footed but there's nothing we can do now. The only slight positive is that at least the three games all come in a week so it won't drag on."
Official onlineshop NEW ONLINE SHOP LAUNCHED
(Wednesday 24th November 2004)
The Club have launched a new version of their online shop under the brand of 'Chairboys Direct'. The interface has been given a new look with improved graphics and enhanced ordering options.
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(Tuesday 23rd November 2004)
The rumour mill on who will be the next Wycombe Manager is about to kick into overdrive as usual media speculation commences. Sources suggest that the Wanderers' Board have a short list of around seven from the original application list of more than 60 names. Not surprisingly there has been no confirmation from the Club on who is on their wanted list but former Bristol City boss Danny Wilson saw Wycombe on Saturday and is reported to be among the front runners. Other names understood to have applied and being considered are Steve McMahon, Chris Turner, Nicky Laws, Colin Lee and Sam Ellis. A decision by the Wanderers' Board is likely to be made by the end of next week but with a history of going for the not so obvious, the name game is likely to heighten as the days tick over.
(Tuesday 23rd November 2004)
Wanderers have been given the 'Team of the Weekend' accolade by following the 2-1 success at Leyton Orient. The Football Association's official website made the award after seeing Wycombe win their first League game in ten and one which also came under the guidance of caretaker boss Keith Ryan. 'Rhino' commented after the result at Brisbane Road "It was a fantastic win, our performance was first-rate from start to finish and the players must take all the credit."
(Monday 22nd November 2004)
The Club have announced the replacement for soon to be departed Sales and Marketing Director Mark Austin. He is Ian Davies who will take on the role of 'Business to Business Development' working for the PLC Board. Davies' history reads as three years in the Marketing Dept at Barnsley FC, before he moved into the 'public sector'. He returned to football with Watford in 2000 where he spent a further three years before working freelance with Oxford United, Northampton Town and Brentford. His glamorously title position at Wycombe is described by the Club as "developing relationships with existing sponsors and forging new ones with potential new business."
(Monday 22nd November 2004)
Leyton Orient boss Martin Ling says his club will appeal against David Hunt's red card against Wycombe on Saturday. Hunt made a flying challenge on Nathan Tyson and was dismissed following a mass brawl where Alan White and Danny Senda also picked up yellow cards. Ling told the O's official website "The referee told me afterwards he sent David off for a two-footed tackle but the video evidence shows otherwise and we don't believe he was right to send him off." This is third occasion this season that a tackle on Tyson has resulted in a red card for the opponent. The previous occasion against Rushden in October saw Graham Allen's punishment overturned following use of video evidence.
(Monday 22nd November 2004)
Adam Birchall has decided to return to Arsenal following the completion of his his three month loan spell with Wycombe. The Welsh U21 striker scored 4 League goals in 12 appearances for Wycombe and also scored the winning goal in Wanderers 1-0 victory over Swansea City in the LDV Vans Trophy. Birchall has said that Wycombe Chairman Ivor Beeks was keen to extend the loan to the end of the season but the player thought it was better to return to Arsenal due to the managerial situation at Wycombe. If he finds another Club to join this season he will be free to play in the FA Cup as he missed Wanderers tie with Coalville Town.
(Sunday 21st November 2004)
Keith Ryan has commented on the state of play regarding Adam Birchall's loan spell at the Club. The Arsenal player made his last appearance of his three month loan spell in Saturday's 2-1 victory at Leyton Orient and Wycombe must now decide whether to convert the deal to a season long deal, agree a permanent contract or let him go back to Highbury. Ryan told BBC 3 Counties radio after the game at Brisbane Road "Adam has been brilliant in the time he has been here. I'm not sure if he will stay or go but he has been fantastic. I've said before that Wycombe Wanderers want to sign good players and Adam is a good player so we will just have to leave that up to the Chairman."
(Saturday 20th November 2004)
Keith Ryan led Wycombe to their first Football League victory for ten games with a battling performance at Brisbane Road on Saturday afternoon. Wanderers fell behind in the 28th minute when a skimming Wayne Carlisle free-kick from left wing deflected past Frank Talia. Wycombe equalised three minutes after the restart when Nathan Tsyon picked up a poor backpass on the left wing and raced in to drive a low shot into the far corner of the net. Adam Birchall, playing the final game of his three month loan spell, went close with a couple of headers before a Danny Senda free-kick on 67 minutes was headed home by Roger Johnson from six yards. David Hunt was red carded for the home side a few minutes later for violent conduct as Wycombe held on with relative ease to register a deserved and welcome 3 points. Leyton Orient 1 Wycombe 2 - report and reaction
Wycombe Wanderers Founders Trust FOUNDERS TRUST UPDATE
(Saturday 20th November 2004)
With the deadlines now past for new members to join if they intended to vote for the Founders' Trust Management Board of Directors and for the role of the Founders' Plc Representative, at the inaugural Trust AGM on Wednesday 24th November, a news update has been issued by the interim Directors of the Founders' Trust. Trust Director and PLC Board rep Ian Mather commented "I can confirm that I have been fully involved to date with the Board in handling the fallout from Tony Adams’ departure and in the selection process for a new Football Manager."
News update from the Founders' Trust
(Friday 19th November 2004)
Club Captain and Caretaker Manager Keith Ryan is looking to be a steadying influence as Wanderers look for a replacement for Tony Adams. He says that players are uncertain of their future at the Club following the shock departure of Adams and the sacking of Coach Peter Cawley. Meanwhile, Cawley and also departed Chief Scout Alan Foggarty have commented on the latest managerial saga at the Club. Both say the Club must go for experience this time around. read more here
(Thursday 18th November 2004)
There have been over 60 applications for the vacant Manager's position at Wycombe according to Club Chairman Ivor Beeks speaking on ITV's 'London Soccer Night'. The Chairman said that an appointment was planned within the next two weeks and added "I sincerely hope that this time around it lasts longer than a year." The Wanderers Chairman did not rule out any of the names so far connected with the job. However, he did dismiss the possibility of Keith Ryan taking the job on a permanent basis, saying "He's not the potential person we are looking for and he knows that and he would be the first to say 'this is not for me' "
(Thursday 18th November 2004)
The draw for the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup was made today and Wanderers will travel to Villa Park to play Aston Villa should they get through at home to Dover Atheltic next Wednesday (24th November). Villa reached the final last season before going down 4-0 on aggregate to Middlesbrough. They were also winners of the competition in 2002. All Third Round ties must be played by Saturday 18th December. The tie next week against Dover Athletic kicks-off at 7.45pm at Adams Park. Entrance prices are £3 adults and £1 concessions.
(Tuesday 16th November 2004)
New stand-in Manager Keith Ryan says he is very positive in leading the playing side of the Clubwhile the search for permanent appointment is in progress. He added to the Midweek BFP "The last few days have been very stressful. It's a challenge and it's going to be tough but for the good of the Football Club, hopefully I can do it well." Rhino's first game in full charge will be the visit to 4th placed Leyton Orient on Saturday. If he selects himself to play then he will most likely come up against former team-mate Michael Simpson in the O's line-up.
(Tuesday 16th November 2004)
Former Norwich City striker Zema Abbey has joined Bradford City on a short term deal after failing to impress in his month long trial spell at Wycombe. The 27 year old made just five appearances for Wycombe (including two from the bench) and did not make the score sheet. The 6'3" striker was released by the Canaries after he struggled to find form following two leg injuries. Bradford boss Colin Todd commented to the Bantams' official website "He had some bad luck at Norwich with injury but is now fully recovered and proved his match fitness when he went on tour to Malaysia with them. He is with us until the New Year and if things work out hopefuly we can progress from there."
(Tuesday 16th November 2004)
These are the entrance details for Wanderers' Southern Area Quarter-Final LDV Vans Trophy tie at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday 30th November, kick-off 7.45pm. The game is NOT all-ticket for home or away fans. All terraced areas, including the visitors enclosure alongside the Centenary Stand are £6 adults and £2 for concessions. It's understood that away seating is the same price in the 'South Stand' behind the goal where there used to be no stand. Other seated areas for home fans are £12 adults and £6 concessions. Bristol Rovers - Quick Guide
(Monday 15th November 2004)
The Club confirmed at around 11am on Monday that Head Coach Peter Cawley "had left the Club after discussions with Chairman Ivor Beeks" The statement continued "The Football Club are arriving at a position that whoever becomes the next manager he will have a clean sheet in order to select his staff." Keith Ryan has been given the Caretaker Manager role with Youth Team boss Gary Smith as his assistant. It's also been announced that Chief Scout Alan Foggarty has had his resignation accepted.
(Monday 15th November 2004)
Plenty of Wanderers connections in action during Saturday's FA Cup First Round ties. The most obvious one was recently loaned striker Jonny Dixon scoring twice in Aldershot's 4-0 victory over Canvery Island. Meanwhile, ex-Chairboys Dannie Bulman and Mark Rogers both featured in Stevenage Borough's 1-0 victory at Billericay. Sean Devine was in the Exeter City side who beat Grimsby Town and Stuart Roberts played for Forest Green Rovers as his new side forced AFC Bournemouth to a 1-1 draw. Midfielder Michael Simpson saw Leyton Orient through 3-1 at home to Dagenham & Redbridge while Chris Vinnicombe was in the Tiverton Town side that lost 3-1 at home to Doncaster Rovers who used Jermaine McSporran as a substitute. Finally defender Marc Leach featured for Yeading in their 2-1 victory over Halesowen and they will travel to fellow Isthmian League Slough Town in the next round after The Rebels caused the upset of the day when they beat Walsall 2-1 at Stag Meadow.
You couldn't make it up CAWLEY GONE?
(Sunday 14th November 2004)
Reports in the national press on Sunday were suggesting that Peter Cawley had been relieved of his position as Caretaker Manager of the Wanderers and that Keith Ryan had been appointed as the new temporary boss. The Club had not commented on the story by Monday morning but Wanderers Chairman Ivor Beeks told BBC Three Counties on Friday that the Board hoped to appoint a new Manager within the next two to three weeks, adding "We are going to take our time. I think we are going to be looking for some experience and stability and to that end we are going to try and make sure we obtain it."
(Sunday 14th November 2004)
Wanderers were dealt a tough FA Cup Second Round tie when the draw was made on Sunday afternoon. Wycombe will play hosts to 'League One' leaders Luton Town in tie that take place on the weekend of Saturday 4th December. £24,000 will be up for grabs for the winners of the tie while live TV coverage would gain a further £75,000 for each club. Luton Town - Quick Guide
(Saturday 13th November 2004)
Wanderers made extremely hard work of disposing of non-League minnows Coalville Town in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup at Adams Park on Saturday. It took a solitary 70th minute headed goal by Roger Johnson to end the Leicestershire side's run in the competition. Wanderers struggled throughout but the most important thing is that Wycombe's name goes into the hat for the next round, while the funds are £16,000 better off.
Wycombe 1 Coalville Town - match report and reaction
(Saturday 13th November 2004)
Wanderers' Under 18's were on the wrong end of a 5-1 home defeat to Portsmouth on Saturday morning at Molins Sports Ground. A Wycombe side weakened by the absence of Ikechi Anya and Shahed Ahmed on First Team duty took the lead early on when Tom Cadmore flicked in a header following a free-kick. It wasn't until shortly before the interval that Scott Harris equalised for the visitors but following the break a second goal by Harris plus strikes from Daryl Fordyce, Kyle Swayne and James Eyles comfirmed their dominance. Youth Team info 2004/2005
(Saturday 13th November 2004)
Spirit in the Wycombe camp was said to be good leading into the tie with Coalville Town. Meanwhile, Caretaker boss Peter Cawley told the BFP, "We have got a game on Saturday that we have got to win. It's not about me or what has happened this week, everything now has to be about winning the game on Saturday. That's the only thing we've got to do. Whatever team that goes out there on Saturday will be representing Wycombe Wanderers. It's not about Pete Cawley or Tony Adams. They have got to do a job and give a professional performance."
Coalville Town RAVENS IN TOWN
(Saturday 13th November 2004)
Coalville Town hoped to bring over 1,200 fans to the game at Adams Park on Saturday as they followed the Midland Alliance side in the biggest game in their history. 'The Ravens', nicknamed after their former name Ravenstone Miners Athletic, battled through eight games to reach this stage and already collected £22,500 in prize money. £16,000 was up for grabs for the winners of Saturday's tie. Total attendance for those eight games was 2,967, including a record 1,378 in the replay with Liversedge in the previous round at their Owen Street ground. Coaville included Phil Garner in their squad for Saturday's tie. Phil is the nephew of former Wanderer Simon Garner and the Blackburn Rovers legend was at the game to see him play.
(Friday 12th November 2004)
Tony Adams has so far refused to expand on the reasons why he walked out on the Wanderers. However, Club officials and players have continued to comment on his departure through the local media. Chairman Ivor Beeks told the BFP "He dealt with it the wrong way around and we were not happy at the time but we have to move on. Tony said he is getting married in December and wanted to spend more time with his family and that he wanted to go back to University." He added "I think Tony thought he had made a mistake coming here but I don't think we made a mistake appointing him". more reaction here
(Thursday 11th November 2004)
Wanderers have extended the loan of Millwall's 19 year left sided defender Tony Craig for a second month and it's also been confirmed that Millwall have given their permission for him to play in the FA Cup on Saturday versus Coalville Town. Fellow loanees Adam Birchall, Gary Silk and Mike Williamson have also been given the OK from their Club's to appear for Wycombe in the FA Cup. Craig's deal now extends to the 23rd December 2004. He is the fourth of a maximum of eight 'short term' loans that are available to Wycombe this season. There is also the possibilty of the loan being converted to a 'season long deal' but this would have to be negotiated before the end of the year.
Who this time? MANAGER HUNT 2004
(Thursday 11th November 2004)
Wanderers' Chairman Ivor Beeks says the Club must go for "stability" and "experience" when they choose the next Manager. Beeks was commenting on both the Wanderers World subscription service and BBC Radio Five Live on the day after Tony Adams walked out of his job at Wycombe. The Club have already received applications for the vacant post with ex MK Dons boss Stuart Murdoch publically putting his name into the frame through the media, saying "Wycombe is a progressive club who have hit on bad times, but I'd love the chance to revive their fortunes." It's also understood that recently sacked Weymouth Manager Steve Claridge was considering a move to Wycombe prior to the departure of Adams and speculation is that he was being brought in to replace the former Arsenal legend.
Peter Cawley *%$1*!! CAWLEY WANTS JOB
(Thursday 11th November 2004)
Coach Peter Cawley has said he would be interested in taking on the Wycombe job if the chance came. Commenting to, Cawley said "These opportunities come around very rarely in your life. Tony has built a good team here. It is not as if someone is taking this job on because the team is bottom of the table. The team is mid-table and it is a good team and it will do well. So it is a good position to be in and whoever gets the job, be it me or whoever, they´ll be very fortunate."
(Wednesday 10th November 2004)
Wanderers' Under 18 side cruised through to the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup with 5-1 victory over Dulwich Hamlet at Adams Park on Wednesday evening. A brace from James Faulkner, an Andy Savage penalty and a header from Kieron Gradwell put Wycombe 4-0 to the good at the break. Ikechi Anya added a fifth with the goal of the game on 66 minutes before Dulwich scored a consolation through Michael Makas. Wycombe will be at home to Dover Atheltic on Wednesday 24th November. Wycombe 5 Dulwich 1 - report
Peter Cawley *%$1*!! CAWLEY AND SMITH STEP IN
(Wednesday 10th November 2004)
Wanderers Head Coach Peter Cawley and Youth Team boss Gary Smith will take temporary charge of team affairs for Saturday's FA Cup meeting with Coalville Town at Adams Park. Players and staff met with Chairman Ivor Beeks on Wednesday morning to confirm the arrangements and Club Captain Keith Ryan has also been asked to help out. Wanderers will begin the search for a new Manager following the FA Cup tie.
(Wednesday 10th November 2004)
The inevitable aftermath of Tony Adams' resignation is set to surface in the next few days as the media, Club officials and Adams give their own spin on the situation. Already on Wednesday morning, national papers are claiming that Adams had been approached twice by Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger in the past six months regarding an offer to return to Highbury as Reserve Team Coach. Adams has yet to add to his initial statement but further media speculation is suggesting that Adams walked from his job due to recent cut-backs in day-to-day investment on the playing side at the Club.
Chairman fuming at Adams' exit - plus more reaction
(Tuesday 9th November 2004)
Wanderers will be left to pick the pieces up of another managerial casualty after the reluctant official confirmation that Tony Adams had indeed quit his position of Manager of Wycombe Wanderers. Adams had told the players at around 8.30am before training on Tuesday and left Head Coach Peter Cawley to take charge of the players. Adams then released a statement through his agent confirming his decision, seemingly before speaking to Wanderers' Chairman Ivor Beeks.
Tony Adams resigns - quotes and reactions
(Tuesday 9th November 2004)
As predicted on Chairboys on the Net on Monday, the Club have now confirmed further changes to the commercial set-up of the Club with the annoucement that long standing Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Austin has accepted a voluntary redundancy package. Austin had been with the Club for around 12 years and will remain in his position until the end of 2004. His duties are then expected to be taken by a new 'Commercial Director' role that would come under the wing of PLC Director Brian Kane and General Manager John Harrison.
(Monday 8th November 2004)
It has been confirmed through the Wanderers' matchday programme that Tony Leese has been re-appointed by the PLC Board as Manager of the Conferencing and Catering operations. The announcement comes just over a year since the much less public news of his mystery departure from the Club. Chairboys on the Net understands that further changes to the commercial set-up at the Club will be announced in the near future.
(Saturday 6th November 2004)
A headed goal six minutes from time by Yeovil substitute Bartozs Tarachulski was enough for the visitors to go away with all three points from their first visit to Adams Park in more than 12 years. Wanderers best chance of an even game came on 77 minutes when Ian Stonebridge played in Nathan Tyson down the left channel but Wycombe's top scorer fired high of the target. Frank Talia was replaced at half-time on doctors advice after taking a knock early in the game. Zema Abbey played the final game of his initial one month deal with Wycombe. The defeats means Wanderers have now gone 9 games without a win in the League and are now in 17th place, 11 points behind leaders Scunthorpe United. Wycombe 0 Yeovil Town 1 - Report and reaction
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM NEWS
(Saturday 6th November 2004)
Wanderers' Under 18 side went down 1-0 at Colchester United on Saturday morning in their latest Football League Youth Alliance game. The only goal of the game came around the half hour mark when U's striker Richard Harris converted at the far post following a corner from the right. Wycombe's best chances came through Ikechi Anya but the home side's 16 year old 'keeper Anthony Hughes kept them out.
(Saturday 6th November 2004)
Wanderers will be away to Bristol Rovers in the Southern Area Quarter-Finals of the LDV Vans Trophy following the draw on Saturday morning. The remaining Southern area ties are Swindon v Bristol City, Northampton v Southend and Leyton Orient v Walsall. The Northern Area ties are Chester v Wrexham, Hereford v Blackpool, Oldham v Hartlepool and Macclesfield v Tranmere. All the games are scheduled for the week commencing 29th November. Bristol Rovers - Quick Guide
(Friday 5th November 2004)
Wanderers 20 year old striker Jonny Dixon has been loaned out to Conference National side Aldershot Town. The initial period is for one month and the deal has been completed in time for Dixon to be available for The Shots home meeting with Morecambe this Saturday. Dixon has made just three substitute appearances for Wycombe this season but scored the winning goal when Wanderers met Aldershot at The Rec in the LDV Vans Trophy earlier this season. Tony Adams has also given Aldershot permission to play Dixon in the FA Cup 1st Round when they take on Canvey Island. Jonny Dixon - Player Profile
(Friday 5th November 2004)
The 5th November 2004 marks the one year anniversary of Tony Adams' appointment as Wycombe Manager. With just 9 League victories in his first 45 games in charge, Adams is predictably calling for patience from the Wycombe fans while at the same time continuing to bemoan the finances available to him. He commented to the BFP "The first year has certainly been an experience and a good learning curve. There have been major problems here and that's why we're where we are."
One year up for Tony Adams - read more
Peter Cawley *%$1*!! CAWLEY CHARGED BY F.A.
(Friday 5th November 2004)
Wanderers Head Coach Peter Cawley has been charged by the FA for using "abusive and insulting words aimed at an official" during Wycombe's 1-0 defeat at Darlington. Cawley commented to the BFP "The decision cost us the game. The referee said he was unsure about the penalty we felt we should have had and said he would have a look on the video but that doesn't help us". Cawley has until 16th November to appeal. Speaking after the game Tony Adams said "He (Cawley) was very frustrated with the decision and lost a bit of discipline. Obviously I'll be having words with Pete but I completely understand his frustration."
FA Cup versus Coalville Town FA CUP PRICES ANNOUNCED
(Wednesday 3rd November 2004)
The Club have announced admission charges for the FA Cup game with Coalville Town on Saturday 13th November. They are; All main seated areas, Adults £13, Seniors £10 and Under 16's and students £8; Family Stand, Adults £10, Seniors & Students £7, Under 16's £3; Home terrace Adults £10, Seniors £7 and Under 16's and Students £3. Season Ticket holders have until Saturday (6th Nov) to claim their existing seats. General sale is from Monday. The usual £2 discount for pre-match booking is not being offered for this tie. Any replay would take place at Coaville's Owen Street ground on Tues 23rd Nov.
(Wednesday 3rd November 2004)
A reminder that Wanderers' 500 ticket allocation for the game at Leyton Orient on Saturday 20th November are already on sale at Wanderers in Town and the Commercial Office at Adams Park. The game is 'all-ticket' for away fans due to extensive work being carried out at Brisbane Road, resulting in a total capacity of just under 5,000. It appears the Club have made no arrangements to give priority to Season Ticket holders or LeagueLine members and tickets are available in unlimited numbers to anybody. Prices are £16 adults and £10 concessions (Under 16's, seniors and valid students). The O's game last Saturday at home to leaders Scunthorpe was a complete sell-out for home and away fans.
(Tuesday 2nd November 2004)
Wanderers will meet Coalville Town in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup on Saturday 13th November after the Midland Alliance side beat Liversedge 2-0 in the 4th Qualifying Round replay on Tuesday evening. Admission charges for the tie at Adams Park have now been set after consultation between both clubs. See information above. Commenting on the tie, Tony Adams told the official website "At least it's a home tie but they're never ever easy.  These sorts of teams always seem to find a different level for these games and they make it difficult for you.  I remember going to Wrexham with Arsenal and experiencing something similar. It will be a very tough match because for them this is the equivalent of their cup final and they've got nothing to lose, so they'll put up a good fight."
(Tuesday 2nd November 2004)
Wanderers went through to the Southern Area Quarter-Final of the LDV Vans Trophy on Tuesday evening with a deserved 1-0 victory over Swansea City at Adams Park. The only goal of the game came in the 4th minute when a Danny Senda pass split the Swansea defence and Adam Birchall finished in style with a low shot into the left corner of the net. The draw for the next round takes place this Saturday morning on Sky's SoccerAM. The ties will be played the week commencing 29th November. The opponents will be either Bristol City; Leyton Orient, Walsall, Swindon Town, Southend Utd, Northampton, or ;Bristol Rovers or Barnet. Wycombe 1 Swansea 0 - Match report
(Tuesday 2nd November 2004)
The controversy surrounding the penalty given against Wycombe at Darlington continues with Mike Williamson quoted in the Midweek as saying "The referee has been conned. I got tight to my man but he dived. It is as simple as that and referees at this standard should see through it. He fouled me in the back and then went over. I couldn't believe it." Meanwhile Darlington Assistant Manager Mark Procter said "I must admit I didn't see our penalty award but the players told me it was a push in Clyde Wijnhard's back. But I saw the incident that Wycombe were complaining about and I though it was a blatant penalty."

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