January 2006 News Archive
All the news stories from January 2006
In memory of Mark Philo - click here for tributes
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Tributes and messages of condolence poured in for Mark Philo after the tragic death of the Wanderers 21 year old midfielder on Saturday 14th January 2006. The following day the Club opened the gates of Adams Park to allow other tributes to be placed at the ground and a book of condolence is still available in the main reception. Hundreds of messages were posted on the GasRoom message board and these were collated as a permanent memory of Mark (see links below). Mark's funeral took place on Thursday 26th January in his home town of Crowthorne. A public memorial service also took place on Sunday 29th January at Adams Park where around 500 people paid their final respects to what will be a greatly missed character.
Memorial service Sunday 29th January
Written tributes for Mark from supporters
Tributes from Wycombe players and officials
Tributes and messages for 'Marky Boy' from landlords
Proud father pays tribute to son - 17th Jan 2006 tribute Picture Gallery - 2000-2005
Tributes from John Gorman and Steve Hayes
(Tuesday 31st January 2006)
Wanderers played out a goalless draw with 4th placed Northampton Town at Sixfields on Tuesday evening to extend the gap at the top of the table to four points. In an entertaining game, Wycombe went closest when an 18th minute header from Tommy Mooney hit the post. Team news for Wycombe saw Mike Williamson back in the side after recovering from the ankle injury that kept him out of Saturday's match with Stockport County. He took the place of Aidan Collins while Dean Bowditch got his first start in a Wycombe shirt in favour of Sergio Torres. New signing Jermaine Easter was a late addition to the squad following his deadline day move from Stockport and was named as one of the substitutes which didn't include a recognised goalkeeper. Easter was part of a double substitution for Wycombe at the break following minor knocks to Bowditch and Stefan Oakes. Wanderers' next game is the 1pm kick-off at Wrexham on Saturday. Northampton 0 Wycombe 0 - Match report
(Tuesday 31st January 2006)
Wanderers confirmed on Tuesday morning the signing of Stockport County striker Jermaine Easter after the 24 year old spent Monday at Adams Park negotiating the terms of a contract that runs until June 2008. Wycombe have yet to publicise the fee for Easter but it's unlikely that it will be higher than the 80,000 offer tabled last week. Easter will join the Wycombe squad for this evening's League meeting at Northampton and has been allocated the No.9 shirt as left vacated by Nathan Tyson. John Gorman has sinced confirmed that Easter will be on the bench and likely to be used at some point in the game. Wanderers fanatics may recall the last Wycombe player to make their debut from the bench at Sixfields was Jermaine McSporran during the 1 - 1 draw in November 1998 following a move from Oxford City.
(Monday 30th January 2006)
The Club have acted quickly to reverse their plans to wear the white 'change' shirt with blue shorts for Tuesday's 'League Two' meeting at Northampton Town. Commenting to Wanderers' official website, Manager John Gorman said "We want to keep our fans happy and therefore we will be wearing the blue strip." The debate on perceived unnecessary changes to the kit at away games has been meandering on for years at Wycombe and the Supporters Trusts are understood to be asking for an agreed policy to be written into the Club's planned extended Customer Charter to help reduce the risk of this sort of confusion in the future.
(Monday 30th January 2006)
The Club confirmed on Monday afternoon that Jonny Dixon has been loaned to Conference side Aldershot Town until the end of the season. Dixon, who turned 22 earlier this month, is out of contract with Wycombe at the end of the season and according to the Wanderers' official website cannot be recalled from his loan spell with The Shots. Dixon's move will increase speculation that Wanderers will make a signing of their own on deadline day.
Jonny Dixon - Player profile
(Monday 30th January 2006)
Wanderers are planning on wearing their white kit with blue shorts for Tuesday's 'League Two' meeting at Northampton Town. The Wanderers official website claims, "The decision, based purely on footballing reasons, was made by the manager to wear the strip as it is considered more convenient for his players to be aware of their team-mates under a floodlit Sixfields." Wanderers could be hoping that the kit will bring them luck against a Northampton side who didn't deem it necessary to change their kit on their two visits to Adams Park earlier this season.
(Monday 30th January 2006)
Wanderers are understood to be considering a revised offer for out of favour Stockport County striker Jermaine Easter but will not comment in public until a deal has been finalised. Club officials at Adams Park have been shocked at the way that potential deals for Easter with Oxford United and Bristol City have been broadcast through official channels and Wanderers' Managing Director Steve Hayes says he intends to explain the 'Wycombe Wanderers approach' after the deadline has passed on Tuesday 31st January. Hayes has already gone on record by condeming Sheffield Wednesday for similar methods used when the Owls attempts to sign Nathan Tyson broke down in September 2005. Hayes commented at the time, We're a professional football club and we don't need deals to be done through the use of websites and newspapers." John Gorman said after Saturday's match with Stockport that Wanderers had bid 80,000 for Easter but that offer is understood to have expired on Friday following the arrival of Dean Bowditch on loan and leaving less money in the pot.
(Saturday 28st January 2006)
An 89th minute goal from substitute Ian Stonebridge salvaged a draw against Stockport County at Adams Park on Saturday and remain top of 'League Two'. Matthew Hamshaw had given the visitors the lead in the 37th minute when he sent in a wonder strike from the left of midfield that flew into the top corner of the net. Ipswich Town loanee Dean Bowditch was introduced just after the hour mark for his Wycombe debut but after Tommy Mooney had seen a goal disallowed on 76 minutes it looked as if it wasn't going to be Wycombe's day. However, Stonebridge's managed to get the vital touch on Matt Bloomfield's flick on in the dying moments to level the scores. The match was proceeded by another emotional minute's silence for Mark Philo.
Wycombe 1 Stockport 1 - Match report and reaction
(Friday 27th January 2006)
The very public touting of the transfer potential of Jermaine Easter continues from his own Club. The Stockport County official website reported on Thursday that a bid had been accepted by Bristol City but then reported on Friday morning that the deal had broken down because Easter had, "failed to agree personal terms". Meanwhile, John Gorman has stated he still has an interest in signing the striker before the transfer deadline closes on 31st January. He told the Bucks Free Press, "We have made what is a very good offer but we will not get into a bidding war. We aren't going to buy someone just to say that we have bought someone. It's got to be right." County are understood to have rejected an 80,000 bid from Wycombe but with time running out, the financially troubled club may have to reconsider.
(Thursday 26th January 2006)
Wanderers have finalised a one month loan deal bringing Ipswich Town's 19 year old striker Dean Bowditch to the Club. The deal was completed late on Thursday afternoon, meaning the youngster goes straight into the Wycombe squad for Saturday's meeting with Stockport County at Adams Park. Confirming what will be an initial one month deal with an option of recall after 28 days, Town boss Joe Royle told the Ipswich official website, "Dean has not played much football here over the last couple of months and has asked to go out on loan. The loan will give him the chance to play first-team football week in, week out and hopefully score a few goals." Bowditch, a former Ipswich trainee, made his League debut at the age of 16 and has gone on to make more than 60 First Team appearances and scored seven times for Town. He also spent two months on loan at Burnley last season. The initial deal will run until Monday 27th February but it's possible this will be extended to the three month maximim period which would run up to and including Saturday 29th April 2006.
(Wednesday 25th January 2006)
Jermaine Easter is keeping people guessing having turned down the opportunity to speak to Oxford United about a possible transfer to The U's according to reports on the Stockport County official website. United confirmed on Tuesday that their bid of 125,000 had been accepted by County and Easter was expected to begin talks today. The County website concludes, "News that the Welsh hitman has snubbed the U's could spark an improved offer from the other club chasing Easter's signature before the transfer window closes in six days time." Meanwhile, Wanderers boss John Gorman has responded to Sky Sports by saying he waiting to see what happens, before adding, "We won't be increasing the offer we've already made but we've got a funeral here tomorrow, so there are more pressing issues right now."
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters TrustTRUST CLOSE TO TARGET
(Wednesday 25th January 2006)
Wycombe Wanderers' Supporters' Trust has renewed its fundraising efforts ahead of the 18th February 2006 deadline to pay the second installment of 50,000 that guarantees a representative on the Football Club PLC Board. As of Saturday 21st January 2006, the Supporters Trust had 222 members and had raised just over 40,000 towards the target of 50,000. The latest campaign has seen membership application forms sent to WWFC season ticket holders; members of WWFT; members of OWWSA and former members of WWFC Ltd. The Trust is also writing to all existing members encouraging them to become Life Members. An earlier Life Member offer resulted in 61 members taking up this option and thus raising over 16,000 towards the Trust's target. More info at
(Wednesday 25th January 2006)
The Jermaine Easter saga took a new twist on Wednesday morning when the local media in Oxford reported that it was The U's who had successfully had a bid of 120,000 accepted by Stockport County for the 24 year old striker. A report in the Oxford Mail suggests that Wycombe had a bid of 80,000 turned down by County before Brian Talbot's side stepped in. Any transfer fee paid by Wycombe may raise concerns over the financial state of the Club although Wanderers did gain a windfall from the sale of Nathan Tyson during the January transfer window which netted the Club an initial payment of around 250,000 after paying a % to Tyson's former Club Reading.
(Tuesday 24th January 2006)
Wanderers retain top spot in 'League Two' after third placed Grimsby Town missed the chance to go top after losing 2-1 at bottom placed Stockport County. The Mariners had taken a 48th minute lead through Michael Reddy but County substitute Adam Le Fondre, who came on in the 70th minute for the injured Tes Bramble, scored on 72 and 79 minutes to grab vital points for the home side. Wanderers are at home to Stockport County on Saturday (28th January) while Grimsby, who have now played a game more then Wycombe, host Peterborough United.
(Tuesday 24th January 2006)
The expectation of Stockport County's Jermaine Easter signing for Wycombe raised a couple more notches on Tuesday evening when the County official website reported they had received an "acceptable bid" for their striker and given him "permision to talk to the club involved." The club involved was not mentioned but it's understood that Wycombe's original bid was way below County's valuation. To add to the speculation it was reported on the same day that Oxford United had bid 120,000 for another unnamed striker. As a result of the transfer talks Easter was left out of County's side that faced Grimsby Town on the same evening.
(Tuesday 24th January 2006)
Wycombe were set to include 19 year old former Millwall trainee Anton Robinson in the now postponed Reserve game against Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday evening. The midfielder has been training with the Wanderers this week having been released earlier in the month from a non-contract situation with Conference side Exeter City. Robinson scored on his debut for The Grecians in December 2005 but only made one further appearance before City manager Alex Inglethorpe decided against a longer deal but added at the time, "For a 19-year-old, he is a very accomplished player and he is someone I would like to see again in the future." The 6 footer made one First Team appearance for Millwall before being realised at the end of the 2004/5 season.
(Tuesday 24th January 2006)
Having confirmed a rearranged date for the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Quarter-Final tie with Aylesbury United of Tuesday 21st February, the Club have now arranged for the tie to be played at United's Buckingham Road ground with a 7.45pm kick-off. It's understood the decision to switch the tie is a precautionary measure to protect the playing surface at Adams Park ahead of the home game with Oxford United on Saturday 25th February. Entrance costs for the tie remain 6 adults and 3 concessions. The winners of the tie will be at home to Beaconsfield SYCOB.
(Tuesday 24th January 2006)
While speculation in the press has suggested that there has been interest from at least one 'Championship' side in Danny Senda, it understood that the 24 year old is close to agreeing a new deal with Wycombe. Senda, who is out of contract at the end of this season, was offered a new deal by Wycombe earlier in the season but held back waiting to see what developed. With Wycombe still riding high in 'League Two', Senda, who is just three games short of making his 300th appearance for the Club, looks like he will opt to stay. Danny Senda - Player profile
(Monday 23rd January 2006)
Wanderers look set to sign a another striker before next Saturday's meeting with Stockport County and if all goes to plan it could be County striker Jermaine Easter. It's understood that Wycombe have made their final bid for Easter and a deal was thought to be in pipeline before the game with Barnet but couldn't be finalised in time. John Gorman is now hoping the next few days will bring a positive outcome and said after the game at Barnet "I think we could do with a player to give us an infectious boost." He added "I'm hoping I can convince the Board to buy a new centre forward to help us. We need another one to add to the great players we've already got here and today their effort and football was at times outstanding. The lads have given everything but we need another body and I'm hopeful we can get that."
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters TrustTRUSTS ASK FOR MANDATE
(Monday 23rd January 2006)
Wanderers' Supporters' Trusts have written to all their members asking them for a mandate on how to vote the Trust shares at the PLC Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 1st February 2006. As with the previosuly aborted AGM set to take place in November 2005, the supporting documentation from the Trusts also gives advice on how to vote. Of the seven resolutions, the Trust advice remains to vote 'for' each resolution with the exception of voting 'against' the proposal to dis-apply pre-emption rights. Public viewing of this documentation is available via the Supporters' Trust website at
(Saturday 21st January 2006)
A highly emotional day at Barnet saw an impeccably observed minute's silence for Mark Philo proceed a goalless game were both sets of defenders dominated. Wanderers, urged on by an estimated following of close to 2,000, had the better chances during the 90 minutes with Kevin Betsy, Danny Senda and Sergio Torres all going close to breaking the deadlock. Results elsewhere saw Wycombe retain top spot in the table with bottom side Stockport County the visitors to Adams Park next Saturday. Barnet 0 Wycombe 0 - Match report and reaction
(Saturday 21st January 2006)
John Gorman says the decision to wear the white strip at Barnet was made as a tribute to Mark Philo. He said on 'Wanderers World' the day before the game, "I know some of our fans, for some reason, only like to see us wear the blue strip but I feel the white is the one more appropriate tomorrow for our team and for the occasion. I hope they take it in the right manner. It is a fitting tribute for Mark that we are wearing white tomorrow." The Wycombe boss went on, "The 'home' strip we will wear at home all the time and as often as we can away from home as well." But Gorman says he doesn't want to make a big issue of it, adding, "There are more important things in life than wearing a jersey. If there's anybody out there who is insulted then please phone me personally because I would be delighted to talk to them."
(Friday 20th January 2006)
Wanderers have made an undisclosed bid for Stockport County striker Jermaine Easter according to reports in the Bucks Free Press on 20th January. However, Wanderers may have to enter into a bidding war with at least two other clubs. Crewe Alexandra and Chester City are also thought to be chasing the 24 year old who has scored 10 goals in 21 games for County this season. County chief executive Kevan Taylor admitted to the media earlier in the week that they would consider offers but want they player to stay as they strive to avoid relegation. Taylor added, "It would have to be an attractive offer for us to take it further." Meanwhile, Wanderers are understood to have rejected a bid from Aldershot Town for Jonny Dixon believed to be in the order of 10,000.
(Thursday 19th January 2006)
With another important League game at Barnet ahead of them, Manager John Gorman has been doing his best to keep his squad focused but added to Wanderers official website, "We have to keep working hard because we have a big game on Saturday that Mark and his family would want us to win and the only reason we can do that is to do things right. There's been a lot of preparation and it's not been easy. It has been very difficult for the players and very difficult for us all." Captain Roger Johnson added to the Bucks Free Press, "It's going to be a very emotional and probably the hardest afternoon of my career but everybody will be doing it together and we will be doing it for Mark."
(Wednesday 18th January 2006)
The Club have now officially confirmed the appointment of Neil Patterson in a role that has been titled 'Head of Finance'. Durbin joins the Club following the surprise departure of John Harrison in December 2005 after just over a year at the Club. He is joined by James Durbin who, after a long search by the Club, becomes the new Commercial Manager. Both new names will work closely with Wanderers' Operations Manager Garry Adamson.
(Wednesday 18th January 2006)
Argentinian striker Julio Mugnaini has been allowed to leave the Club after failing to sufficiently impress during a short trial with the Club. Wanderers paid the air fare from his home land but John Gorman was quoted on the Wanderers' official website as saying, "He did well during his time here but he's just not what we're looking for at this present time." Elsewhere, potential transfer target Anthony Elding has moved from Stevenage Borough to Kettering Town in a deal that could be worth 40,000, while Ian Stonebridge has resumed full training and could be involved in Wanderers' visit to Barnet on Saturday as a replacement for the injured Charlie Griffin who will be out for at least a month.
(Tuesday 17th January 2006)
Nathan Tyson paid tribute to his cousin Mark Philo by wearing a black arm during Nottingham Forest's 1-1 draw at Brentford on Tuesday evening. The former Wanderers' team mates joined the tribute by donning black arm bands of their own, while Bees boss Martin Allen, who has already posted a tribute to Mark on the Brentford official website and expressed his condolences in a letter to the Club, requested a minute's silence to be held before the game as well as asking his side to wear black arm bands.
Remembering 1930-1931 REMEMBERING 1930-1931
(Tuesday 17th January 2006)
Chairboys on the Net continues it look at Wanderers' memorable FA Amateur Cup run of the 1930-1931 with details from the 2nd Round tie with Walthamstow Avenue on 17th January 1931. The article, compiled with help from GasRoom regulars 'Che' and 'Floyd the Barber', is dedicated to the memory of Mark Philo.
75 years on - remembering 1930-1931 - part 2
(Tuesday 17th January 2006)
Barnet have revised their entry procedures for Saturday's game with Wycombe following continued concerns raised of potential problems at the turnstiles. As reported on 8th January, Barnet had originally only planned to open the 825 capacity seated area for Wycombe fans and then use the terrace for an overflow. It's now understood that Barnet will have both areas open from the outset, giving a total away capacity of close to 2,000. However, supporters are advised to arrive at the ground in good time and also note the discount procedure in place for under 18's, OAP's and students where it's neccessary to obtain a voucher in advance from the ticket office in Westcombe Drive. Otherwise admission costs are 13 seating or terrace.
(Tuesday 17th January 2006)
It's understood that Wealdstone striker Jermaine Beckford is being tracked by Wanderers scouts and is set to train with John Gorman's side. The 22 year old has been a prolific scorer for the Isthmian Premier side this season - scoring 22 League goals and a further 8 in cup competitions. His latest strikes came in The Stones 6-1 demolition of Redbridge on Saturday 14th January where his brace made it eight consecutive game where he had netted. Beckford has come through the Stones Youth system but also spent time on trial with Reading and QPR before renewing his interest from scouts with his recent goalscoring exploits.
(Monday 16th January 2006)
The Club have now made the decision to postpone Tuesday evening's Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Quarter-Final tie with Aylesbury United as a mark of respect for the death of Mark Philo. A date date will be advised. The winners of the tie will be at home to Beaconsfield SYCOB in the Semi-Final.
(Sunday 15th January 2006)
Charlie Griffin is likely to miss the vast majority of the remainder of the season after, according to official reports', suffering 'bad ligament damage' during the first half of Saturday's 2-0 victory over Notts County. The Wanderers striker went down awkwardly on his ankle and needed three minutes of treatment before being stretchered off. It is the second major blow of the season for the former Forest Green striker who suffered a head injury in a pre-season game at Oxford City that kept him sidelined for 10 weeks.
(Saturday 14th January 2006)
Further details of the fatal accident involving Mark Philo have been released by the police and reported by the media. These say that the player was driving his own Vauxhall Astra when it was involved in a head on collision with a Renault Megane at the junction of Sandhurst Road and Finchampstead Road in Wokingham, Berkshire at around 1.20am on Saturday morning. The driver of the Megane, a women in her 60's, died at the scene, while Mark and his two passengers had to be freed from the accident by fire crews. The two passengers escaped without serious injuries but Mark was taken to Reading's Royal Berkshire Hospital with critical head injuries. Despite a battle to save him, Mark's life support machine was switched off at 4.20pm on Saturday afternoon. Knowing the possible outcome, senior Club officials had earlier offered to call the game with Notts County off but his family and friends wanted it go ahead as normal.
Mark Philo MARK PHILO R.I.P.
(Saturday 14th January 2006)
All news involving the Club was overshadowed on Saturday evening when it was revealed that Wanderers' 21 year old midfielder Mark Philo had died as a result of a serious car accident in the early hours of Saturday morning. The youngster died later in hospital and the news was revealed to stunned supporters and players following Wanderers 2-0 victory over Notts County. Deepest sympathies go out to Mark's family and friends.
How the tragedy unfolded and tributes for youngster
(Saturday 14th January 2006)
It seems of little relevance at the moment but Wanderers returned to 'League Two' action on Saturday afternoon with a home meeting with Notts County. On loan Ipswich Town defender Aidan Collins opened the scoring for Wycombe in the 58th minute and Sergio Torres made it 2-0 twelve minutes later. None of the players knew of Mark Philo's condition before the game and after the final whistle John Gorman, who had visited Mark in hospital earlier in the day while the player was still on a life support machine, brought the team together to break the tragic news.
Wycombe 2 Notts County 0 - Match details
(Friday 13th January 2006)
With talk in the media this week regarding 'bungs' and agents fees, The Football League have issued their fourth report on fees committed by their member clubs. The report for the period July 2005 to December 2005 reveals a drop of 600,000 compared to the same six month period in 2004. Wanderers were one of 21 Football League clubs who did not pay for the services of a licensed agent during this period. 11 of those clubs were in 'League Two' with only one, Crewe Alexandra, in the 'Championship'. Wanderers statistics relate to 15 new player registrations or transfers, 6 updated contracts and 4 loans. During the same period in 2004 Wanderers committed 24,800 to agents. See Football League website for full report
(Friday 13th January 2006)
The Club have now confirmed the loan signing of 19 year old Ipswich Town defender Aidan Collins. The initial month long deal will run up to an including the meeting at Notts County on Tuesday 14th February. The news comes after another defender left Wanderers officials frustrated on Wednesday. Watford's Adam Griffiths trained with Wycombe on Monday but then opted to play for Bournemouth reserves on the day John Gorman was hoping to see him in action against Queens Park Rangers. The 26 year old 6'2" Australian has been released by Watford and also bombed out of a reserve match for Leyton Orient during the week. However, the Reserve match with QPR did give Gorman the chance to view highly rated Wanderers Youth Team central defender Lewis Christon in reserve action for the first time. Christon, who has just returned from a foot injury, has been attracting the attentions of scouts from higher League clubs.
(Friday 13th January 2006)
Wanderers are taking a gamble looking at Argentinian striker Julio Mugnaini having paid for his flight from his home land. Manager John Gorman was shown a video tape of his goalscoring exploits by the same agent who deals with Sergio Torres and made the decision to pay the 600 air fare to England. The 26 year old is said to have scored 21 goals in around 100 appearances while playing in the top flight in Argentina for Belgrano de Cordoba and his CV also shows experience with Italian and Spanish second and third tier clubs. The player will train with the Wanderers for the next week or so as the Wycombe Management team assess his potential at the Club. Mugnaini's arrival comes as Wanderers' chances of signing Jermaine Easter look to be slipping away after Stockport County officials insisted that no movement will take place until the bottom of the division side have a new Manager in place.
(Thursday 12th January 2006)
The final AGM of the old Limited Company Football Club (now renamed Trekdream) passed off without major incident on Thursday 12th January 2006. The meeting, conducted before approx 30 members, saw Chairman Ivor Beeks move swiftly through the agenda, closing the meeting inside 15 minutes. The first AGM of the PLC takes place on 1st February 2006.
Final AGM of Wycombe Wanderers Ltd - brief report
(Thursday 12th January 2006)
John Gorman has signed Hull City 'keeper Matt Duke on a three month loan deal. The 6'5" player has already joined the squad for training and is likely to make his Wycombe debut in Saturday's meeting at Adams Park with Notts County due to Frank Talia's continuing shoulder injury problems. The 28 year old signed for City in the summer of 2004 from Burton Albion for 20,000 but his First Team opportunities have been limited since moving into League football. He has made just three starts for City and a further three appearances during a month loan spell with Stockport County earlier this season. Despite his lack of League experience reports suggest he has performed well and has only been on the losing side once. Duke becomes the third 'keeper of the season to be loaned to Wycombe. Original reports derived from official sources indicated that Hull had a recall clause at 'any time' during the deal but this has since been clarified and a recall is only possible after 28 days of any 'Emergency Loan' deal, which in the case of Duke is after 9th February 2006.
(Thursday 12th January 2006)
Two of 'League Two' leading scorers have secured deals with higher division clubs today. Macclesfield's Jon Parkin has moved to 'Championship' side Hull City, while Rochdale's Grant Holt has teamed up with ex-Wanderer Nathan Tyson at Nottingham Forest. Parkin had netted 9 times (including two versus Wycombe) in 15 appearances this season for The Silkmen and moves in for an 'undisclosed fee'. Meanwhile, Holt, who has bagged 14 league goals for Dale this season and is joint top scorer in 'League Two' will join Forest in a 300,000 deal. Tommy Mooney, on 13 League goals, is now joint second highest scorer of current players in the division behind Carlisle United's Karl Hawley on 14 goals.
(Thursday 12th January 2006)
19 year old Ipswich Town defender Aidan Collins will commence training with Wycombe on Thursday as John Gorman continues his search for cover at the back. The youngster, who was part of Town's FA Youth Cup winning side of 2004/2005, has been told that his contract will not be renewed in the summer and that he is free to join another club before then. Town boss Joe Royle told their official website "At this stage it's just for them to have a look at him and him to have a look at them but it's not impossible that it could lead to something more." Collins made his debut for Ipswich aged 16 at the end of the 2002/2003 season but had to wait until the current campaign for further First Team chances - making 3 starts - the most recent the 2-2 draw at Stoke City on 2nd January being his first appearance since August 2005.
(Tuesday 10th January 2006)
A stoppage time penalty from Jonny Dixon saw Wanderers Reserves draw 2-2 with Queens Park Rangers in the Combination fixture at Adams Park on Tuesday afternoon. Wanderers, who included three triallists in the starting XI, fell behind in the 15th minute when Youth Teamer Lewis Christon was adjudged to have pushed Stefan Moore in the penalty area and although the brother of Villa striker Luke saw his initial spot kick saved, Wanderers' triallist 'keeper Sean Allaway moved off his line before the ball was kicked and Moore made no mistake the from the retake. A game of limited chances for both sides came alive in the final quarter. First on 67 minutes Ikechi Anya's cross from the right was thumped against the crossbar by Eric Obinna before an equaliser three minutes later when a run and a pass from the right of midfield by substitute Rashid Kamara set up Dixon to slot past Sean Thomas in the Rangers goal. However, the visitors regained the lead in the 80th minute when Adam Miller's through ball found Moore just right of centre and he managed to tuck the ball past Allaway from the edge of the box. Wanderers looked to have missed the chance of getting anything from the game until a minute into stoppage time when, much to the dismay of Rangers, the assistant linesman saw a pull on Dixon on the right bye-line and signalled a penalty. Dixon converted from the spot to register his 12th goal for the Reserves this season during a week when he has been linked with a move to Conference side Aldershot Town. Line-up: Sean Allaway, Idemudia Okojie, Bunting, Philo, Christon, Justin Rose (sub 63 Tackley), Anya, Torres (sub 63 Kamara), Dixon, Eric Obinna, Mulvaney - subs not used Williams, Brown
(Monday 10th January 2006)
Stockport County's Jermaine Easter is understood to be a possible signing for Wycombe this week after Macclesfield Town striker Jon Parkin was priced out of Wanderers transfer budget. Easter, who will be 24 years old this weekend, has scored 10 goals in 21 games for County since signing on a free in the summer from Boston United. The Cardiff born striker is a former Wolves trainee who made his Football League debut after moving to Hartlepool United in 2001 but he struggled to make an impact at First Team level with Pools and moved to Cambridge United three years later. However, it's been his form this season for a side that are bottom of the table that has got the heads turning, including some from Wycombe when he bagged two goals in the 3-3 draw with Wanderers at Edgeley Park back in September.
(Tuesday 10th January 2006)
John Gorman is hoping to take a look at two central defenders in Tuesday afternoon's Reserve outing against Queens Park Rangers. Watford's Adam Griffiths and Millwall's Jason Rose both trained and played in a practice match with Wanderers on Monday and did enough to impress the Wycombe boss. 26 year old Griffiths is a 6'2" Australian who signed a six month deal with Watford during the summer from Belgium side KV Ostende. However, he failed to break into the First Team at Vicarage Road after coming to England in hope of gaining enough attention to win a place in the Australian squad alongside twin brother Joel. Meanwhile, Rose, 21 later this month, is a 6'1" former trainee at Millwall who has yet to make a senior appearance for The Lions and was loaned out to Aldershot Town in November. With Roger Johnson suspended for this Saturday's 'League Two' meeting with Notts County, Gorman will be looking to a quick decision on the pair, although he is also continuing talks with Richard Keogh.
(Monday 9th January 2006)
Aldershot Town are said to be 'putting together a bid in excess of 10,000' for Wanderers striker Jonny Dixon according to a report in the Bucks Free Press on Friday 6th January. Dixon had a succesful loan period with The Shots last season but turned down another loan move in preference to fighting for a First Team place at Wycombe. However, with Dixon out of contract at the end of this season and not having started a League game this season for Wycombe, this could be decision time for the former Wanderers Youth Teamer who will be 22 years old on 16th January.
(Sunday 8th January 2006)
Wanderers' fans may be forced to sit for the 'League Two' game at Barnet on Saturday 21st January and have also been denied the opportunity to buy tickets in advance. Admission details confirmed through the official website on 5th January suggest that Wycombe fans will be located in the uncovered all-seater South Stand for this fixture with entrance costs 13 for all categories, although a 3 discount is available for under 18's, OAP's and students by obtaining a voucher on the day. The Club are also claiming that Barnet have made the decision not to send any advance tickets for sale at Wycombe in what understands to be an area of the ground with a seated capacity of 825. However, Barnet do have the option to allocate a 1,000 plus capacity standing area in the covered South East terrace, also at a cost of 13 should demand be sufficient. With the trip to Underhill less than 40 miles, Wanderers are expected to take the biggest away following of the season since close to 1,500 made the trip to Oxford United, a situation that under the present entry conditions could lead to problems on entry to the ground.
(Saturday 7th January 2006)
As expected the Club have now notified PLC shareholders of the date of the first Annual General Meeting. The meeting has been set for Wednesday 1st February 2006 in the Woodlands Lounge at Adams Park. Resolutions added since the aborted AGM in November 2005 are the required retirement by rotation of Directors plus a 'Special Resolution' asking for the Articles of Association to be ammended with clarification of voting rights for holders of Founder Shares and Ordinary Shares. Members of the Founders' Trust and Supporters' Trust will be contacted shortly regarding voting advice for the AGM. A reminder that the final AGM of the old Football Club is due to take place this Thursday (12th Jan).
(Friday 6th January 2006)
No action for Wanderers this weekend but the Management team are expected to be out in force as they aim to track down possible additions to the squad. According to press reports Keith Ryan has already been on a spying mission to look at Watford striker Hameur Bouazza. The 20 year old Frenchman scored three goals in 15 appearances during a three month loan spell with Swindon Town earlier this season. Other names thrown into the hat include Stockport County's Jermaine Easter and Stevenage Borough bad boy Anthony Elding. The latter has scored 50 times in little over 100 appearances for Boro but has fallen out big time with Manager Graham Westley culminating in Elding refusing to travel to Cambridge United on Boxing Day for 'personal reasons'. Westley wrote in his programme notes the following week "Stuff Elding. He has let us all down." However, even if Wycombe were willing to take a risk on the 23 year old for Boston United player, the transfer fee looks to be the problem again, with Crawley Town already have a 50,000 bid rejected.
(Friday 6th January 2006)
John Gorman looks to be keeping his options open as he aims to 'freshen things up' in his squad during the transfer window. Top priority in the short term appears to be a defender. Roger Johnson is suspended for the home game with Notts County on 14th January and the Wycombe boss is hoping to bring back Bristol City centre-back Richard Keogh on loan. Gorman has also reopened talks with Everton about a further loan of 'keeper Iain Turner after the Wycombe boss continued to raise concerns over Frank Talia playing through recent games with a shoulder injury.
(Friday 6th January 2006)
With the January transfer window open the transfer rumour mill is now in full swing. The media are having a field day linking highly rated Macclesfield Town striker Jon Parkin to various clubs in 'League Two' and above but a transfer to Wycombe seems unlikely. The Silkmen have already turned down a 50,000 bid from Chester City and more than double that from Lincoln City. Oxford United are also thought to be in the hunt for the 24 year old who has scored 8 goals in 14 appearances this season since returning from injury. Wycombe boss John Gorman saw him grab the winning goals in the 5-4 thriller at Adams Park on holiday Monday but told the Bucks Free Press "If we could afford him I would be interested in him but I'm not sure we could afford him". Parkin is contracted with Macclesfield until the end of the season and looks likely to leave to the highest bidder in January as the Silkmen aim to clear a 257,000 debt to the taxman. Chairman Robert Bickerton commented, "It's only fair to all parties that serious offers which meet Jon's career ambitions and our significant valuation of him should receive due consideration."
(Thursday 5th January 2006)
Wanderers' rearranged clash away to Northampton Town on Tuesday 31st January has been made 'all-ticket' for away fans. Prices for seats behind the goal (850 capacity) are: Adults 14.50, general concessions 10. There is also a 400 allocation in the Family Stand priced at; Adults 15.50, OAP's and students 8.50, under 16's 4. Note also that juniors under 7 years old can gain free entry but must book a ticket in advance. Tickets are said to be available now from the Commercial Offices at Adams Park or via the telephone hotline on 01494-441118.
(Wednesday 4th January 2006)
Wanderers' average home League gate to date this season is the fourth highest in the division and up on the final average for last season. After the home game with Macclesfield on 2nd January, the average attendance at Adams Park was 5,169 compared to 4,939 for the whole of the 2004/5 season. The top averages in the division are Carlisle United (6,489), Bristol Rovers (5,958) and Northampton Town (5,686). However, Wycombe's average is so far marginally lower than the 5,291 registered during the 2003/4 relegation season, while the highest seasonal League average since Wanderers joined the Football League in 1993 remains the 6,703 achieved in the post FA Cup semi-final season of 2001/2.
(Wednesday 4th January 2006)
The Club are expected to notify PLC shareholders of the first Annual General Meeting of the company within the next few days. The first attempt at holding an AGM was postponed after irregularities were found in the notice to shareholders. It's understood that the AGM must be held by the first week in February to fall into line with company law that states the first company AGM should be within 18 months of formation. Meanwhile, the final AGM of the old Football Club is due to take place on Thursday 12th January.
(Tuesday 3rd January 2006)
The Club want to open a permanent Club Shop at Adams Park before the start of next season to replace the temporary structure currently in the car-park. Operations Manager Garry Adamson commented through Wanderers' matchday programme, "We are actively developing plans to build a new shop at the stadium which would be a larger permanent structure. The new shop will be of a much higher quality and will offer a wider range of stock with better service. We are hoping that this new building will be in place some time in the summer." The local Council have refused an extension to the temporary permission granted for the existing shop at the ground expiring in May 2006, while the Club have also announced that they are closing the 'Wanderers in Town' store as it was, according to the Club, 'not financially viable'. COTN understands that plans have been drawn up which incorporate a new Club shop into the main offices at the ground and these will be submitted seperately to any ground extension plans being tabled as part of London Wasps' ground requirements.
(Tuesday 3rd January 2006)
With no game this weekend due to scheduled opponents Northampton Town being involved in the FA Cup, Wanderers will have a rest from League action until Saturday 14th January when Notts County are the visitors to Adams Park. However, before then Wanderers do have a home Reserve Combination fixture arranged for Tuesday 10th January when Queens Park Rangers are in town (kick-off 2pm). A reminder also that the following Tuesday (17th January), Southern League strugglers Aylesbury United face a Wanderers XI at Adams Park in the Quarter-Final of the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup (kick-off 7.30pm).
(Tuesday 3rd January 2006)
As expected Nathan Tyson's move to Nottingham Forest has become permanent following the reopening of the transfer window. The news was made official late on Tuesday morning with the deal being confirmed as being for a 'combined fee of 675,000'. According to an official statement from the Club this figure is made up of a 50,000 fee received for his loan services from 11th November 2005 and a further 625,000 + VAT (paid in two instalments over the next 12 months). Wanderers will receive a first payment of 325,000 + VAT today (3rd January) but will have to pay Reading their 'sell-on fee' from this amount, which equates to approximately 134,000. Wanderers will receive their second payment of 300,000 + VAT on 3rd January 2007.
Tyson to Forest - news archive November 2005
(Monday 2nd January 2006)
Wanderers came back from 3-0 down to lead 4-3 before finalling succumbing to a 5-4 defeat to Macclesfield Town at Adams Park on Holiday Monday. Wanderers were 3-0 down inside the first 13 minutes but pulled level with a brace from Tommy Mooney, including a penalty and then a screaming 25 yarder from Russell Martin in the 64th minute. An own goal gave Wycombe the lead on 75 minutes before Silkman targetman Jon Parkin struck with two goals to spoil the New Year party for the home crowd. Despite the defeat, Wanderers remain top of the 'League Two' table as second placed Grimsby lost 2-1 at home to Carlisle. Wycombe now break from League action until Saturday 14th January when they take on Notts County at Adams Park.
Wycombe 4 Macclesfield 5 - Match report and reaction

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