April 2006 News Archive
All the news stories from April 2006
(Saturday 29th April 2006)
Wanderers made it into the 'League Two' play-offs despite going down 1-0 to Darlington in the final home game of the regular season. Peterborough's defeat at Leyton Orient guarantees Wanderers a play-off place but Cheltenham have now leap-frogged Wycombe in the table and on current standings would have home advantage in the second-leg of the play-off semi-final.
Wycombe 0 Darlington 1 - Match report and reaction
(Saturday 29th April 2006)
Roger Johnson scooped all the senior Player of the Season awards when they were announced prior to Saturday's game with Darlington. Johnson took the official Player of the Season award as voted by Bucks Free Press readers and also those voted by members of the Official and Independent Supporters' organisations. A new award named in memory of Mark Philo and voted by the Wanderers players was won by Matt Bloomfield.
Lewis Christon YOUTH AWARDS 2005/6
(Saturday 29th April 2006)
Highly rated Youth Team prospect Lewis Christon won both the Youth Team Player of the Season award and the A. H. Gillott Memorial Award when they were announced prior to the home game with Darlington. The latter award is presented to the First Year apprentice of the season. Christon signed a two year professional contract earlier this season.
(Saturday 29th April 2006)
Wanderers U18 Youth Team completed their League season on Saturday with a 1-1 draw with Gillingham at Molins Sports Ground. The visitors took the lead in the 39th minute when a cross from the right was headed home by Charlie Howard. However, Wanderers equalised a couple of minutes before the break when Lloyd Boateng ran thorugh from a central position before taking the ball around the goalkeeper and slotting home. The result sees Ian Culverhouse's side finish in 5th place in the table out of 12 teams. Champions of the division are Brighton & Hove Albion. Next season a restructuring of the divisions will see Wanderers play in the 'South West Conference' where they will meet the likes of Yeovil Town, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Swansea City. Youth Team info 2005/6
(Friday 28th April 2006)
The Club have now confirmed the departure of Wanderers' Youth Development Officer Colin Barnes. A short statement from Club Chairman Ivor Beeks on the official website read, "It is with regret that I inform you that, following an incident at the Club in mid March, the Club has decided to terminate Colin Barnes' employment with immediate effect." The incident is understood to have been an altercation in the Club car park between Barnes and Ian Kane, the policeman son of Club Director Brian Kane, prior to the home game with Torquay United on 18th March. Kane junior was off duty at the time but is said to have been confronted by Barnes after the former had parked in a space allocated for the Wanderers Youth Chief. Police were called to the incident and Barnes was consequently suspended pending an investigation.
(Wednesday 26th April 2006)
Wanderers Reserves went down 2-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion in their final Combination game of the 2005/6 season on Wednesday evening at Worthing FC. Charlie Griffin put Wycombe ahead with a 27th minute penalty after Andy Savage had been fouled but the home side hit back with an equaliser after the break and then grabbed the winner with five minutes remaining. The result leaves Wanderers in sixth place in a table of nine clubs. Reading clinched the Championship earlier this month. Wanderers playing record in the Combination this season has been played 16, won 6, drawn 1 and lost 9. Next season the Club are understood to be considering switching Reserve games to an alternative venue or more likely withdrawing from the Combination and playing 'Reserve' friendlies at the training ground.
Wycombe: Williams, Rice, Bunting, Christon, Massey, Mulvany, Gregory, Giambrone, Anya, Savage, Griffin - subs:Boateng, Tucknott, Thornton
(Wednesday 26th April 2006)
Karen Adams, grand-daughter of Frank Adams, has become a shareholder in the Club after opting to convert 1,000 worth of loan-notes left to her by her late father Jack. Jack, who died in April 2002, was a Trustee of the Club in the 1970's and 80's and became heavily involved with the ground relocation negotiations which resulted in the move to what was to become 'Adams Park'. Adams Family connections - archive
(Tuesday 25th April 2006)
With two weekends to go in the regular season, two clubs from eleven could still mathematically be relegated from 'League Two' to the Conference. Favourites to go down are bottom placed Rushden & Diamonds on 45 points and only two games remaining. Above them are Torquay United who now have 48 points following a 4-0 victory over Stockport County on Tuesday evening. The Gulls are now level on points with Oxford United and with a goal difference only one inferior. Oxford now have a nervous end to the season, travelling to Wrexham this weekend and then finishing with a home game with Leyton Orient, while Torquay travel to already promoted Carlisle United on Saturday and end with a home game against Boston United. Stockport, Barnet and Macclesfield, all on 50 points, will be keeping a close look at those results as they all aim to keep out of the botton two.
(Tuesday 25th April 2006)
A foursome from Wycombe Wanderers completed the London Marathon on Sunday, raising more than 3,000 for charity. Youth Team physio Murray Moore came home in a time of 3:34:36, with Club Operations Assistant Keirina Rowland clocking 4:19:31 and Steve Brown 4:33:21. All three were running in aid of Cancer Research UK. Meanwhile, Club Mascot 'Bodger', running in full costume, managed a time of 7:06:22 and was running in aid of VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action).
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(Monday 24th April 2006)
COTN understands that Wanderers' Youth Development Officer Colin Barnes has left the Club following an internal dispute. Barnes joined the Wanderers in August 2003 following the departure of Adrian Cole. Barnes, who was also previously employed by the Club as a goalkeeping coach, did not travel to the recent U15 Youth tournment in Gibraltar, where coach Scott Marshall took on a more senior role. The tournament saw Wanderers become the first English side to win the competition after beating Spanish opposition from Malaga in the final. Barnes' departure, which has yet to be confirmed by the Club, comes at a time when the new intake of apprentices for the 2006/7 season are being finalised and trials being held at the training ground.
(Monday 24th April 2006)
Three Wanderers players have been named in the PFA's 'League Two Team of the Year'. Danny Senda, Roger Johnson and Kevin Betsy were the trio picked from Wycombe when the awards were announced at the PFA's annual dinner at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on Sunday evening. The team selection is based on votes from players in 'League Two' although they are not allowed to nominate fellow team members.
League Two team of 2005/6: Joe Hart (Shrewsbury Town), Danny Senda (Wycombe Wanderers), Roger Johnson (Wycombe Wanderers), Gareth McAuley (Lincoln City), Matthew Lockwood (Leyton Orient), Kevin Betsy (Wycombe Wanderers), Josh Low (Northampton Town), Mark Jones (Wrexham), Ian Taylor (Northampton Town), Karl Hawley (Carlisle United), Michael Reddy (Grimsby Town) More details at the PFA official website
(Sunday 23rd April 2006)
As Wanderers edged closer to ensuring a play-off place, a last minute goal from Karl Hawley clinched promotion to 'League One' for Carlisle United following their 1-1 draw at Mansfield Town. Meanwhile, Northampton Town are favourites to join them after a 3-1 victory at Oxford United took The Cobblers to within three points of the current target required for automatic promotion. Grimsby Town and Leyton Orient look to be battling it out for the final automatic spot. The Mariners beat Cheltenham Town 1-0 at home on Friday evening to go third, while The O's slipped up a day later after drawing at Lincoln City. Grimsby travel to Northampton on the final day of the season. Wycombe would ensure a play-off place with a draw at home to Darlington next Saturday or if a now managerless Peterborough United drop points in their visit to Leyton Orient on the same afternoon.
(Saturday 22nd April 2006)
Wanderers put an end to the recent poor form and climbed back to fifth spot in the table following a 3-1 victory at Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday afternoon. Steve Brown and Keith Ryan took on the joint caretaker Manager role with Terry Evans also in assistance following the departure of John Gorman but it looked to be same old story when Marcus Kelly gave the home side the lead in the 24th minute. However, Wanderers rallied after the break with Tommy Mooney forcing home an equaliser on 62 minutes and three minutes later Wycombe were ahead when Roger Johnson swept home a shot that found its way just inside the left hand upright. The victory was sealed in the 88th minute when Mooney converted from the spot after Rob Gier's foul on Ian Stonebridge earned the Rushden player a second yellow card and an early bath. Wanderers now need one more point to be absolutely sure of a play-off place with two games remaining.
Rushden & D 1 Wycombe 3 - Match report and reaction
(Thursday 20th April 2006)
The Club announced at around 10.45am on Thursday that Manager John Gorman "has been placed on compassionate leave". Steve Brown, assisted by Keith Ryan and Terry Evans, will take over football team selection and training of the players, starting with the game against Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday April 22nd. Full story and quotes now available
(Thursday 20th April 2006)
Wanderers coach Steve Brown told the official website earlier in the week that there would be changes to the Wycombe side yet again this weekend as the management team aim to end the six match losing sequence and save the season. A stern talking Brown added, "Something will be addressed this week because it can't go on." Speculation on the meaning of those comments became a little clearer when Manager John Gorman announced on Thursday his decision to take compassionate leave.
(Thursday 20th April 2006)
The race for promotion will become very much clearer after the next round of fixtures. Ahead of Wanderers crucial trip to Rushden & Diamonds, the Friday evening meeting between Grimsby Town (4th, 73 points) and Cheltenham Town (5th, 66 points) will be paid close attention. If Cheltenham fail to win at Blundell Park then Wycombe will have the added incentive that victory over Rushden would lift them back up to fifth spot in the table. If Grimsby fail to win then that would guarantee promotion for Carlisle who travel to Mansfield the following day. Elsewhere on Saturday, Lincoln City, immediately below Wycombe in the table on 61 points, travel to third placed Leyton Orient (74 points) with second placed Northampton Town (76 points) travelling to struggling Oxford United. Peterborough United and Darlington, both six points behind Wycombe with three games remaining, are at home to Macclesfield Town and Bury respectively.
(Wednesday 19th April 2006)
Wanderers Reserves beat a young side Woking 1-0 in their final home Combination fixture of the 2005/6 season on Wednesday afternoon at Adams Park. Ian Stonebridge scored the only goal of the game after 31 minutes. Wanderers included 21 year old Spurs left-back Marcel McKie in their line-up, while coach Steve Brown got in some extra running prior to Sunday's Marathon attempt. Eddie Savage, a new apprentice for Wanderers next season, was sub with his brother Andy getting a start as he looked for another club following notification of his release. The final Combination game is away to Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday 26th April at Worthing FC. Wycombe: Williams, Rice, McKie, Mulvany, Gregory, Brown, Kamara, Oakes (sub HT E Savage), A Savage, Stonebridge (sub HT Boateng), Giambrone (sub 72 Shulton) - sub not used: Thornton
(Wednesday 19th April 2006)
The Football League has published its annual report on Club Customer Charters. The report contains feedback from Wycombe on the three promises it laid down for the 2004/5 season as well as giving a first public airing to the promises for the current season. See link below for full details.
Customer Charter feedback and promises for 2005/6
(Tuesday 18th April 2006)
Wanderers need four points from their remaining three games to be sure of a place in the play-offs. The 3-0 home defeat to Lincoln left Wycombe in sixth on 65 points ahead of Lincoln (7th, 61 points), Peterborough (8th, 59) and Darlington (9th, 59). Wycombe play Darlington and Peterborough in the final two League games of the season but before then travel to a Rushden & Diamonds side battling against relegation. Rushden lost 4-1 at Shrewsbury on Tuesday evening to remain in the bottom two. Wanderers coach Steve Brown commented to the official website, "I have no doubts that we'll get into the Play Offs. In three games we need a win and I keep thinking that when the next game comes we will do it. We are running out of time but the management staff are all confident and we're remaining positive."
(Tuesday 18th April 2006)
It's understood that Sergio Torres will not return to the Wycombe side this season following ongoing problems with his ankle. The midfielder orginally picked up the injury in the home game with Oxford United on 25th February 2006 and is now targeting a return for the 2006/7 pre-season games. Meanwhile, the Club reported that Charlie Griffin was taken to hospital after the home game with Lincoln after complaining about pains in his head. The visit was said to have been a 'precautionary measure' and he has since been given the all-clear with the problem diagnosed as sinusitis. Elsewhere, the Club have employed former player Terry Evans as a 'Fitness Coach'.
(Monday 17th April 2006)
Wanderers catastrophic end to the season continued on Easter Monday with a 3-0 home defeat to Lincoln City. Results elsewhere move John Gorman's side to sixth place in the table with a play-off place the best to hope for with three games remaining. In a gutless performance Wycombe were 2-0 down from goals by Jamie Forrester (61 minutes) and Francis Green (73) before they even registered a serious shot on target. Forrester made it 3-0 on 81 minutes to complete the nightmare.
Wycombe 0 Lincoln City 3 - Match report and reaction
(Monday 17th April 2006)
Carlisle United are likely to need six points from their remaining five games to ensure promotion to 'League One' after drawing 1-1 at Bristol Rovers on Saturday. Grimsby dropped from second to fourth after drawing 1-1 at home to Shrewsbury. Northampton Town lept to take second spot having won 1-0 at Darlington. Leyton Orient are now third after a 1-0 victory at Mansfield. The O's take on Grimsby at Brisbane Road on Easter Monday in the highlight of the second set of holiday fixtures.
Monday's fixtures involving the top sides are: (points in brackets)
Carlisle United (78) v Notts County (50)
Cheltenham Town (65) v Darlington (58)
Leyton Orient (73) v Grimsby Town (72)
Northampton Town (73) v Stockport County (47)
Rochdale (47) v Peterborough United (59)
Wycombe Wanderers (65) v Lincoln City (58)
Wrexham (54) v Bristol Rovers (57)
(Saturday 15th April 2006)
Wanderers' 1-0 reverse at Chester City set an unwelcome Club record of five consecutive Football League defeats. You have to go back to Wycombe's non-League days to find the previous occasion this happened which was during the first half of the 1987/88 season when it came during a run of seven straight Conference defeats under the brief Managerial reign of Peter Suddaby. Suddaby was sacked later that season following a 5-1 home defeat to Maidstone United and was eventually replaced by Jim Kelman. Still some way to go to break Wanderers worst ever losing sequence which came back in the 1907/8 season when they went down to 13 straight Sourthern League defeats
(Saturday 15th April 2006)
Wanderers' dramatic slump in form continued on Saturday with a 1-0 defeat at Chester City. The only goal of the game came in the 64th minute when Stuart Drummond got a touch on David Artell's header to deflect the ball past Frank Talia. It's now five defeats in a row for John Gorman's side and an eight point gap has now opened up between Wycombe and the automatic promotion spots. Wanderers now need six points from their remaining four games to be certain of a play-off place.
Chester City 1 Wycombe 0 - Report and reaction
(Friday 14th April 2006)
Wanderers will look to prevent setting an unwelcome Club record of five consecutive League defeats when they visit Chester City on Saturday. Last Saturday's fourth straight defeat equalled the worst run of defeats since joining the Football League in 1993. The previous runs came during the 2002/3 season where there were two occasions when four straight League defeats were recorded. John Gorman told the Bucks Free Press, "This run is killing me. But if we can get six points this weekend everything will start to look rosy again. There's a lot of doom and gloom and I understand that. But we haven't blown it yet. I believe, and the players believe, we can get automatic promotion"
(Thursday 13th April 2006)
The busy Easter progamme is likely to make the race for promotion clearer come Monday evening. Fifth placed Wanderers are five points behind the automatic spots with Saturday's visit to Chester City and Monday's home meeting with Lincoln City the next challenge for John Gorman's side.
Saturday's fixtures involving the top sides are: (points in brackets)
Bristol Rovers (56) v Carlisle United (77)
Chester City (49) v Wycombe Wanderers (65)
Grimsby Town (71) v Shrewsbury (54)
Darlington (58) v Northampton Town (70)
Lincoln City (57) v Bury (46)
Mansfield Town (52) v Leyton Orient (70)
Torquay United (39) v Cheltenham Town (62)
Peterborough United (59) v Boston United (51)
(Wednesday 12th April 2006)
Wanderers Reserves went down 3-2 at Gillingham on Wednesday afternoon in the Combination. A very young Wycombe side, managed by Keith Ryan, went behind after ten minutes when Paul Shields scored but James Faulkner equalised for Wycombe on the half hour mark. However, the home side regained the lead five minutes later through Gavin Grant and the same player made it 3-1 shortly after the break. Steven Gregory pulled a late goal back for the Wanderers. 16 year olds Scott Shulton and Callum Botham both came off the bench to make their Reserve debuts. The final home Combination fixture of 2005/6 is due to take place on Wednesday 19th April when Woking are the opponents. The final game is away to Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday 26th April at Worthing FC. Wycombe: Williams, Rice, Tackley, Christon, Mulvany, Massey, Gregory, Giambrone, Kamara, Savage, Faulkner - subs used: Shulton, Botham, Boateng
(Wednesday 12th April 2006)
The Club have confirmed they have received an initial allocation of approximately 1,800 tickets for the final game of the League season at Peterborough United on Saturday 6th May. 1,000 terrace and 800 seating tickets are available and go on priority sale to Season Ticket holders from Wednesday 12th April and then on general sale from Monday 24th April. Please note that the game has not been designated 'all-ticket' and the total allocated space for 'away fans' at London Road is 3,475 on the terrace (behind the goal) plus 850 seats (corner of North Stand). A 1 discount is available on adult seat prices. Total ground capacity is around 15,000. To purchase your ticket call the ticket hotline on 01494-441118 or visit the Commercial Office at Adams Park.
Remembering 1930-1931 REMEMBERING 1930-1931
(Tuesday 11th April 2006)
Chairboys on the Net concludes its look at Wanderers' memorable FA Amateur Cup run of the 1930-1931 with a report of happenings on the day of the Final against Hayes on Saturday 11th April 1931 at Highbury. Thanks to GasRoom regulars 'Che' and 'Floyd the Barber' for their help in producing this entire 75th anniversary feature. 75 years on - Amateur Cup winners
(Monday 10th April 2006)
Carlisle United need nine points from their remaining six games to be assurred of promotion to 'League One' in their first season back in the League. A Michael Bridges goal secured a 1-0 victory over second place Grimsby at Brunton Park on Saturday to take them to 77 points - 12 points ahead of Wycombe who remain in fifth spot. And John Gorman's side may now be looking nervously over their shoulders at the clubs immediately below them. Cheltenham (62 points), Peterborough (59), Darlington (58) and Lincoln (57) all picked up points and Wanderers face the latter three clubs in the run-in to the season. Meanwhile, Wanderers other two opponents this season, Chester City and Rushden, both raised eyebrows as they grabbed victories (at Oxford and Bristol Rovers respectively) in their battle to avoid the drop.
(Saturday 8th April 2006)
The wheels continued to fall off Wanderers push for promotion following a 2-1 defeat at Macclesfield Town on Saturday afternoon. The home side who took the lead five minutes before the break with a soft penalty decision given against Frank Talia after he had been adjudged to have fouled Marcus Richardson following a mis-kick from the Macclesfield striker on the left side of the six yard box. Paul Harsley converted the spot-kick. The Silkmen doubled their lead eight minutes into the second-half when Tommy Mooney gave possession away cheaply in midfield and Danny Whitaker swept in a shot from 12 yards past the desperate dive of Talia. Substitute Russell Martin volleyed in a goal with four minutes left of the clock following a corner from the right but the consolation was minimal on another depressing day for the travelling contingent from Wycombe. It's now four defeats on the spin for John Gorman's side with another away game to come next Saturday at Chester City.
Macclesfield 2 Wycombe 1 - Match report and reaction
Villa Park 2001 FIVE YEARS AGO
(Saturday 8th April 2006)
It was five years ago this weekend that Wanderers travelled to Villa Park to take on Liverpool in the semi-final of the FA Cup. Follow the link to recall memories of history in the making.
5 years ago - FA Cup semi-final memories
Tickets TICKET PRICES 2006/7
(Thursday 6th April 2006)
The Club have released Season Ticket prices for the 2006/7 season. The 'Early and Super Early Bird' discount schemes has been dropped in favour of slightly lesser reductions for renewal of existing Season Tickets. These renewals must be claimed by 2nd June 2006. Two sets of pricing structures have been stated depending on whether Wycombe are playing in 'League One' or 'League Two' next season. However, non-renewing purchasers can claim the lower 'League Two' price as long as they purchase before Wycombe's destiny for next season is known. Match day prices will be released after 2nd June 2006. Full details available via the official website. Season Ticket info via
(Wednesday 5th April 2006)
A Wanderers Reserves XI went down 4-2 to Gillingham in their penultimate home Combination fixture of the season at Adams Park on Wednesday afternoon. The visitors raced into a 3-0 lead by the break with goals from Mark Corneille, an own goal from Steve Williams and a strike from Richard Rose. Steven Gregory pulled one back for Wanderers shortly after the restart but Gavin Grant made it 4-1 on 74 minutes before a late consolation from James Faulkner made the final score Wycombe 2 Gillingham 4. Wanderers will also travel to Gillingham next Wednesday (12th April) in the reverse fixture, while the final home Combination fixture of 2005/6 is due to take place on Wednesday 19th April when Woking are the opponents. Wycombe: Williams, Douglas, Tackley, Christon, Cattell, Grier (sub 67 Giambrone), Gregory, Anya (sub 82 Tucknott), Savage, Faulkner (sub 89 Rice), Boateng - subs not used:Thornton, Mulvany
(Tuesday 4th April 2006)
Wycombe boss John Gorman has flown out to join the Youth Team for a tournament in Spain this week as he attempts to plan a way back into the automatic promotion spots for his side. He commented to the BFP Midweek before leaving, "We've got six games to go and it's got to be put right. I never dreamed that we could slip out of the automatic promotion positions but reality is reality. The shackles have got to come off and we've got to win football games." The Wycombe boss has said he has forgotten about the long run of unbeaten games at the start of the season which broke a Club record, adding "People were saying what a magnificent team performance it was to do it but the only award I want is promotion. That record and all that we've done goes out of the window if we don't achieve our target." Gorman now wants his side to show real character and bounce back, starting with Saturday's game at Macclesfield Town.
Remembering 1930-1931 REMEMBERING 1930-1931
(Tuesday 4th April 2006)
Chairboys on the Net continues its look at Wanderers' memorable FA Amateur Cup run of the 1930-1931 with a preview of the Final against Hayes that was to take place on Saturday 11th April 1931 aT Highbury. This entire feature has been compiled with help from GasRoom regulars 'Che' and 'Floyd the Barber' and will culminate next week with a special final part which will include scans of the rare programme from the game in North London.
75 years on - remembering 1930-1931 - part 7
(Monday 3rd April 2006)
Wycombe (65 points) still remain in fifth spot after capitulating to Bristol Rovers but the automatic promotion spots are now looking to be a major challenge for John Gorman's side. Second placed Grimsby Town (71 points) closed the gap on leaders Carlisle following a 2-0 home victory over Wrexham, while Northampton Town (69 points) strengthened their claim to third spot with a 1-0 victory at Peterborough. 4th placed Leyton Orient (67 points) drew at Notts County. On the plus side for Wycombe (if there is one), the three clubs immediately below the Wanderers all lost and it looks likely that a 65 points total will be just enough to guarantee a spot in the lottery of the play-off's. Highlight of next Saturday's fixtures is Grimsby's trip to Carlisle. Northampton are at home to Rochdale, Leyton Orient at home to Boston United while sixth placed Cheltenham (61 points) are at home to Stockport.
(Saturday 1st April 2006)
Wanderers crashed to a third straight League defeat, going down 3-1 at home to Bristol Rovers on Saturday at Adams Park and are now four points from the automatic promotion spots. It will now be back to the training ground to prepare for successive away trips to Macclesfield Town (Saturday 8th April) and Chester (Saturday 15th April) City where positive results will be crucial to prevent the season from turning completely sour.
Wycombe 1 Bristol Rovers 3 - Match report and reaction

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