July 2005 News Archive
All the news stories from July 2005
(Saturday 30th July 2005)
Wanderers came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory at Crawley Town in the final 'First Team' friendly before the start of the 2005/6 Football League campaign. In a mainly lacklustre first half, the home side, captained by former Wanderer Ian Simpemba, took the lead on 28 minutes when they broke from a Wycombe corner and substitute Allan Tait took the ball to the right of Frank Talia before slotting home. Wanderers drew level four minutes before the interval when Tommy Mooney finished with a low shot from inside the left side of the penalty area. Wycombe showed a bit more creation in front of goal during the second peroid and took the lead on 56 minutes when Nathan Tyson's stinging shot from the left wing looped into the far corner of the net having deflected off the keeper's hand. Charlie Griffin, Roger Johnson and Jonny Dixon could all have extended Wycombe's winning margin, while John Salako impressed in a left wing role and was also foiled by a decent save from Town 'keeper Phil Smith from a 25 yard free-kick. Final score Crawley Town 1 Wycombe 2 Line-up: Talia, Senda, Easton (sub 74 Salako), Oakes, Johnson, Williamson, Betsy, Burnell (sub HT Stonebridge), Bloomfield (sub 57 Lee), Tyson (sub 74 Griffin), Mooney (sub 74 Dixon) - subs not used: Martin, Nethercott, Williams, Anya
(Thursday 28th July 2005)
Wanderers drew 1-1 with Stevenage Borough in a 'behind closed doors' at Bisham Abbey on Thursday afternoon as John Gorman took a look at three more triallists. The triallists were left sided utility player Brahim Eloumani who has recently been turning out for Kingstonian but was previously with Windsor & Eton, 20 year old striker Belal Aiteouakrim who also played briefly last season for Windsor and midfielder Sergio Torres who played against the Wanderers for Basingstoke just two days previous. The game, played in three periods of 30 minutes, saw Jonny Dixon score Wanderers goal during the third period but Chris Sullivan equalised for Stevenage a few minutes before the final whistle. Wanderers continue their pre-season programme proper on Saturday with a visit to Crawley Town, kick-off 3pm.
Youth Team update YT BOSS ANNOUNCED
(Wednesday 27th July 2005)
The Club have confirmed Ian Culverhouse as Wanderers' new Youth Team Manager. The former Spurs and Norwich City defender has coaching experience at Swindon, Barnet and most recently at Leyton Orient where he had been Head of Youth and then First Team coach before being dispensed in the summer by Martin Ling. The 40 year old will take charge of his first competitive game with Wycombe when the Youth Team kick-off their Football League Youth Alliance campaign on Saturday 13th August with a home game against Southend United. That game is due to take place at the training ground at Booker.
(Wednesday 27th July 2005)
Millwall have sacked Steve Claridge as their Manager after just 36 days. He has been replaced by Colin Lee who had been brought to the Club by Claridge as a potential coach. 39 year old Claridge spent the second-half of last season with the Wanderers on a match to match basis but was not retained by John Gorman for the forthcoming season. He was appointed as the new Millwall boss on 21 June 2005 on a three year deal. Millwall have not gone into detail over the reasons for the rapid departure, with a short statement on their official website saying, "The board believe it was in the best interests of the club that this move was made quickly prior to the beginning of the season."
(Tuesday 26th July 2005)
Wanderers thrashed Basingstoke Town 7-2 at the Camrose Ground on Tuesday evening. A relatively strong Wycombe starting line-up went ahead on 8 minutes when Kevin Betsy latched onto a Ikechi Anya cross to convert. A minute later Betsy scored again, this time after Danny Senda's long ball had been flicked on by Tommy Mooney. Wycombe continued to dominate and went 3-0 up on 30 minutes when Jonny Dixon lobbed the 'keeper from Rob Lee's pass. Mark Peters pulled one back for 'Stoke on 37 minutes with a 30 yard drive after Lee had lost possession in midfield but Wanderers restored their three goal cushion within a minute of the restart when Mooney curled home a free-kick from the edge of the box. Several substitutions didn't stop the goal flow and on 51 minutes Roger Johnson headed home a corner, while on 72 minutes Nathan Tyson struck home from 15 yards following Ian Stonebridge's run into the box. Rocky Baptiste pulled the score back to 6-2 with five minutes remaining but Stonebridge finished off a decent evening's work out for the Wanderers with a fine strike on 88 minutes to make the final score Basingstoke 2 Wycombe 7. Line-up: Williams, Senda (sub HT Easton), Martin (sub 76 Gregory), Williamson (sub HT Johnson), Nethercott (sub 76 Cadmore), Lee (sub HT Burnell), Betsy (sub HT Oakes), Bloomfield (sub HT Stonebridge), Anya, Mooney (sub HT Tyson), Dixon (sub HT Griffin)
(Tuesday 26th July 2005)
John Salako and Andy Myers have continued to train with the Wanderers with a view to earning contracts at Adams Park. Both players were released by Brentford at the end of last season but have also both suffered from injuries during their quest to impress John Gorman. Left-back Myers played 45 minutes of the Wolves friendly but was said to have been unfit. Meanwhile, Salako played and scored during Wanderers pre-season tournament in Ibiza but has yet to make an appearance while back in the UK.
(Saturday 23rd July 2005)
Wycombe Wanderers are too good for League Two according to John Gorman. The Wycombe boss was speaking after the recent friendlies at Adams Park where he said he had been pleased with the way the team had performed and that fitness levels had reached a very high standard. Commenting on the forthcoming League campaign where Wycombe have set promotion as a top priority, he said, "I think we are too good for the league we are in, with the way we play, but the horrible thing is that it's a hard league to get out of. Everybody like Northampton, Wrexham, etc, they are all probably thinking we are going to get out of this league this year." Wanderers continue their pre-season programme on Tuesday 26th July with a visit to Basingstoke Town followed by a trip to Crawley Town next Saturday.
(Saturday 23rd July 2005)
John Gorman has had a cheeky dig at fans who have criticised Wanderers kit selection for the pre-season friendlies. Speaking to Wanderers World after the game with Aston Villa, the Wycombe boss said "I'm very pleased to be honest even though we are still wearing our away strip which we quite like. Some fans tend not to prefer it. It's nice to wear a new strip to show the people what we could be wearing away from home and it would have nice if people had of turned up in the thousands to wear the home strip against Wolves." Wanderers wore the new all white strip against Chelsea at the request of the Premiership Champions, while Steve Brown opted for the white kit himself for his own testimonial against Aston Villa.
(Friday 22nd July 2005)
Wycombe Wanderers Season Ticket applicants for the 2005/6 season have been sent their Season Ticket booklet this week. From 6th August holders can also claim £200 worth of various discount vouchers by presenting Voucher A at the Commercial Office or Wanderers in Town during office hours or at Ticket Office No.2 on matchdays at Adams Park. A reminder also that tickets for the away game at Oxford United (Saturday 13th August) and the Carling Cup game at Swindon (Tuesday 23rd August) are available now from the usual outlets. The games are not all-ticket but buying in advance will entitle you to a discount.
(Friday 22nd July 2005)
With Wanderers CRM system still awaiting its launch, has learnt that the Club has received an unprecedented number of written complaints regarding the Chelsea friendly. They relate mainly to problems with the food and beverage outlets which include claims of excessive queuing, poor service in the executive boxes, late opening of the Vere Suite and over charging at some bars. The problems were compounded by the fact that Wanderers had brought the matchday catering back 'in-house' for the 2005/6 season and staff had to cope with a more sophisticated tilling system. On a slightly more positive note, there appears to have been no major problems with the new traffic calming barriers in operation for the 10,000 midweek attendance.
(Thursday 21st July 2005)
Representatives for London Wasps attended the latest Travel Plan meeting at Adams Park on Thursday evening and read out a policy statement that confirmed the rugby club's intentions to apply for permission to expand the stadium to 12,500 to tie in with the start of the 2007/2008 season. It was suggested that plans would be submitted for approval during December 2005 or possibly early January 2006. Wasps Chief Executive David Davies is expected to attend the next meeting pencilled in for Thursday 24th November 2005. Other points raised at the meeting included confirmation of the placement of 'Park & Ride' signage, the new car parking barrier system at the ground and the need to improve the visibility of travel options via official matchday programmes, associated websites and other media and council outlets.
(Thursday 21st July 2005)
If you haven't heard of CRM before now then it is sure to become more familiar as Wanderers' latest marketing scheme is rolled out to the unforgiving general public. CRM stands for 'Customer Relationship Management' software and will become the latest buzzword behind the scenes at the Club as an attempt is made to understand the fanbase and use this to maximise marketing possibilities. Wanderers are also set to introduce a new ticketing system as part of the software implementation.
Wanderers to introduce CRM - News feature
(Thursday 21st July 2005)
The Club have revealed that Keith Ryan has been dealt another injury set-back and one that could end his playing days with the Wanderers. The Club Captain and joint First Team coach picked up a knee injury during the second day of pre-season training and went for an exploratory operation earlier this week in an attempt to reveal the extent of the problem. The initial report from the Club suggests damage to the cartilage of his right knee and is predicting a six month lay-off. Ryan, who has been with the Club since 1990, has suffered three previous serious injuries and many will now predict this could be the time for the 35 year old to concentrate on the coaching side at the Club.
(Wednesday 20th July 2005)
After a flurry of home friendlies against star studded oppostion, Wanderers are having a week break from playing coming back down to earth with three away friendlies against non-League opposition. On Tuesday 26th July John Gorman takes his side to Basingstoke Town, while the following Saturday (30th July) it's off to Crawley Town. The final friendly before the start of the Football League season is at Oxford City on Tuesday 2nd August. The first League game is at home to Carlisle United on Saturday 6th August and Gorman has been hinting to the press that a further signing could be on the cards prior to the big kick-off. Other news has seen Keith Ryan visit a knee specialist with the hope that he'll be given the all clear to resume training.
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM NEWS
(Tuesday 19th July 2005)
The Wanderers Under 18's Youth Team will kick-off their 2005/6 Football League Youth Alliance campaign with a home game against Southend United on Saturday 13th August. The team will be competiting in a restructured League this season following an expansion of the South East Conference from 8 to 13 teams. Elsewhere, the end of season Merit Division matches are being dropped in favour of a larger League Cup competition which will be group based in the earlier stages. Earlier this month the youngsters played in Norway as part of the Hammer Under 19 Football tournament. They played four games, losing to Kongsvinger (1-2), Brann (0-1) and Rosenborg (2-3), before ending on a high with 9-0 victory over Eidsten. The Youth Team's pre-season build-up will continue with friendlies against Oxford United, Reading, Watford and Beaconsfield SYCOB.
(Tuesday 19th July 2005)
The latest Travel Plan meeting is due to take place this Thursday (21st July) in the Keen Lounge at Adams Park. Once again the meeting has been given poor publicity and will come after representatives from London Wasps failed to show up for the previous meeting held on 31st March 2005. Progress since then has seen Wanderers implement new match day travel arrangements with a number of barriers in the official car-parks preventing vehicles leaving until the pedestrians have sufficiently cleared. The meeting is due to start at 7.30pm.
(Monday 18th July 2005)
Wanderers went down 2-0 to Aston Villa on Monday evening at Adams Park in Steve Brown's testimonial. A crowd of around 3,500 saw Kevin Phillips open the scoring on 28 minutes when he lobbed Frank Talia. Peter Whittingham doubled the advantage on 67 minutes when he completed a neat passing move in the box by slipping the ball inside the right-hand upright.
Wycombe 0 Villa 2 - Match report and stats
(Saturday 16th July 2005)
Adams Park will host an international on Wednesday 16th November as the England Under 19 side take on their counterparts from Switzerland. Kick-off time and ticket prices are to be advised. Adams Park has played host to a number of Youth internationals in the past, the most recent being the England v Wales, Under 16 Victory Shield match in November 2001.
(Friday 15th July 2005)
Wolves were defeated again by the Wanderers from Wycombe after a 48th minute own goal was enough to see Glenn Hoddle's side edged out. The only goal of the game came when Tommy Mooney's strike from the edge of the box hit the right hand post and Joleon Lescott was the unfortunate Wolves player to direct the rebound back into the goal.
Wycombe 1 Wolves 0 - Match report and stats
(Friday 15th July 2005)
Former Chelsea and Bradford left-back Andy Myers' hopes of joining Wycombe have been hit by an injury problem. The 31 year old was set to play a part in Wanderers' side to face Chelsea on Wednesday evening but was advised against playing due to an achilles injury. He is also doubtful for Friday's game with Wolves and may have to wait until the friendlies with Oxford City, Crawley and Basingstoke for another chance to earn a contract.
(Wednesday 13th July 2005)
An Adams Park record 10,000 crowd saw Josť Mourinho put his top stars on display as Chelsea strolled to a 5-1 victory over a new look Wanderers. Wanderers' high point in the game came when substitute Charlie Griffin scored with his first touch as he headed home on the hour mark past Petr Cech. Mourinho was left suitably impressed with the pitch and facilities at Wycombe and has suggested he would bring his side back next season for another friendly. Wycombe 1 Chelsea 5 - report and stats
(Tuesday 12th July 2005)
Supporters attending the sold-out Chelsea friendly on Wednesday evening are advised to allow good time for travelling to the game. With a 10,000 capacity crowd expected, traffic congestion in the surrounding area is expected. For those travelling by car, the Club have secured 200 additonal parking spaces at Millbrook School in Mill End Road (appox. 1 mile from ground) at £2 per vehicle. Those connecting using the westbound train to High Wycombe should note that due to a tunnel collapse at Gerrards Cross, services are severely affected. Trains are being rerouted via Amersham where a replacement bus service is in operation. The special matchday bus services originating from Aylesbury and Chesham are also in operation for this match.
(Tuesday 12th July 2005)
Former Chelsea and Bradford left-back Andy Myers is set to be in the Wanderers squad to face Chelsea on Wednesday evening. The 31 year old missed the Ibiza trip because his wife was expecting but he will now get a chance to impress against his former club and also against Wolves on Friday evening. John Salako will not be in the squad after he injured a calf muscle during the Oldham game last week. Keith Ryan and Will Antwi are also ruled out with their injuries. However, Rob Lee will return after he shyed away from the artificial surfaces in Ibiza.
(Monday 11th July 2005)
Wanderers supporters had a chance to see the new playing kit and leisure wear for the forthcoming season at a Fashion Show on Monday evening in the Vere Suite at Adams Park. The newly named 'Scores' Sports Bar was also open for the first time with a new Tex Mex food menu available to order from. The new home kit is a quartered shirt with sky blue shorts, while the change kit is an all white affair. View pictures of the new kits
Youth Team update YOUTH TEAM IN NORWAY
(Saturday 9th July 2005)
The Wanderers Youth Team will fly out to Norway on Monday to take part in the Hammer Under 19 Football tournament. There is no official news as yet on a replacement for Gary Smith as Youth Team Manager and it's expected that Colin Barnes will take charge of team affairs during the 24 team tournament that will put Wycombe up against several Scandanavian sides. The matches take place between 12th July and 17th July and on their return to the UK, the Youth Team plan to play friendlies against Oxford United, Reading, Watford and Beaconsfield SYCOB. One Youth Team name missing from the squad will be Ikechi Anya. The 17 year old picked up the Player of the Tournament award in the recent San-An Cup and John Gorman is keeping him with the First Team squad for the friendlies versus Chelsea and Wolves.
(Friday 8th July 2005)
Former Wycombe Manager Tony Adams has taken up the chance to continue his coaching with Dutch side Feyenoord. He will take on a role described as being a 'trainee' position and not as an employee of the Rotterdam based side. Adams was quoted in the Dutch local press as saying "I tested myself for some months in Italy, France and Belgium. I believe that I can teach players a lot with my experience but I also hope to pick up a feel of the Dutch youth programme and the structure of Feyenoord." It's also being suggested that Adams may be offered a coaching position at Arsenal in the longer term.
(Friday 8th July 2005)
Speculation in the national media on Friday has linked former Wanderer Matt Lawrence with a possible £150,000 move to Hull City. The defender, now 31 years old, has raked up more than 200 appearances for the Lions and had two spells at Wycombe. Such a transfer could see Wycombe pick up a percentage of any fee as part of the sell-on clause when Lawrence moved from Wycombe to Millwall in March 2000 in a £250,000 deal. However, the wording of the clause may only relate to the profit made from such a transfer and therefore it's unlikely Wycombe would benefit.
(Friday 8th July 2005)
Keith Ryan looks likely to miss the start of the 2005/6 campaign after being hit by another knee injury. The 36 year old was sidelined during the tournament in Ibiza after jarring his knee in training and he will go for a scan today (Friday) to reveal the extent of the problem. Rob Lee was also pulled from the playing squad in Ibiza in an effort to protect Wanderers midfield resources. Elsewhere, talks are understood to be ongoing with John Salako on a possible move to Wycombe. However, the former Palace star is considering a move to play in the USA.
(Thursday 7th July 2005)
Wanderers won a penalty shoot out against Oldham Athletic to claim victory in the San-An Cup tournament in Ibiza on Thursday evening. John Gorman changed the starting line-up around from the first game and saw his side fall behind to an eight minute goal from Paul Warne after a shoot looped over 'keeper Steve Williams. However, Gorman seemed to save his better XI for the second period and reward was to come when Roger Johnson levelled the scores midway through the half. With the scores still level after 90 minutes the match went straight into a penalty shoot out where Wanderers delighted the travelling fans with a 3-1 victory. The winning spot kick came from Matt Bloomfield after Oldham saw Steve Williams save three out of their first four spot kicks. The other successful spot kickers for Wycombe were Stefan Oakes and Tommy Mooney, while Nathan Tyson and Clint Easton weren't so lucky. The squad will return to the UK on Friday before resuming training again on Monday. Starting line-up versus Oldham: Williams, Anya, Salako (sub 28 Easton), Johnson, Nethercott, Williamson, Martin, Brown, Stonebridge, Griffin, Dixon. Subs (2nd half): Talia, Senda, Bloomfield, Burnell, Oakes, Betsy, Mooney, Tyson
(Thursday 7th July 2005)
Wanderers' friendly with Chelsea on Wednesday 13th July has now sold out according to the Club. As previously reported, understands that efforts were being made to raise the capacity from 10,000 to 11,000 for this game but this now seems unlikely. However, the near 10,000 attendance will break the all-time record for a friendly involving Wycombe Wanderers. The previous best was 8,249 when Chelsea visited before the start of the 2002/3 season. Previous friendly highs at Adams Park were 8,018 (v Spurs July 2001) and 6,975 (v Aston Villa July 1997). Before that you need to go back to 1956 when a crowd of around 7,500 flocked to Loakes Park to see a friendly against the bare-footed Ugandan national side.
(Thursday 7th July 2005)
Wanderers' squad for the 2005/6 season are set to make an appearance at the Fashion Show to be held on Monday 11th July in the Vere Suite at Adams Park. They will be joined by the Management team of John Gorman, Steve Brown and Keith Ryan who will be on hand to sign autographs and answer questions as part of the new kit and leisure wear launch. Some of the squad will also take part in the show itself which is being professionally choreographed and will include cat walk displays by professional models and some junior Wycombe supporters. There are two shows (starting 6.30pm and 8.30pm) and you can help the Club gauge attendance numbers by registering for tickets via e-mail at The newly named 'Scores' Sports Bar will also be open for the first time the same evening.
(Thursday 7th July 2005)
Oldham Athletic thrashed San Jose 7-0 in their opening game in the San-An Cup tournament on Wednesday evening. The local side had lost 5-0 to Wycombe 24 hours earlier and were no match for The Latics who saw triallist Andy Todd score a hat-trick. The other goals came from Chris Killen (2), Paul Warne and Chris Porter. Wanderers will take on The Latics this evening (8pm KO UK time) in the deciding game of the mini tournament. Manager John Gorman will select again from a 20 man squad that now includes Steve Brown in place of the injury wary Rob Lee. Wycombe have close to 150 supporters watching the tournament with Club Chairman Ivor Beeks and Associate Director Alan Parry also part of the travelling party from the UK.
(Wednesday 6th July 2005)
Wanderers Chairman Ivor Beeks has been voted back on the Board of the Directors of the Football League, this time as a representative of 'League Two' clubs. The position had become vacant after Southend's Ronald Martin had to stand down due to The Shrimpers promotion. Beeks had previously been elected to the League Board in March 2002 as a representative for then named 'Second Division'. However, he had to step aside when Wanderers were relegated at the end of the 2003/4 season. The Wycombe Chairman beat off the challenge of his respective Chairmen from Macclesfield and Mansfield to win the vote.
(Wednesday 6th July 2005)
Wanderers' friendly with Chelsea on Wednesday 13th July is close to a 10,000 sell-out, with just a handful of terrace tickets still remaining. More good news for Wycombe comes after the Premiership side have agreed to let Wanderers retain Chelsea's share of the gate receipts. For those with access to Chelsea's subscription digital TV service, the game will be shown live.
(Tuesday 5th July 2005)
Wanderers wiped aside local side UE San Jose 5-0 in their pre-season friendly work-out on Tuesday evening in Ibiza. Jonny Dixon opened the scoring for Wycombe after only 4 minutes while John Salako made it 2-0 shortly before the break. After the usual half-time substitutions, new signing Charlie Griffin opened his Wycombe account midway through the second period and late goals from Matt Bloomfield and Nathan Tyson (penalty) completed the rout. Wanderers will now face Oldham Athletic on Thursday in what is likely to be the decider in the three way tournament. The Latics will take on San Jose on Wednesday evening while Wanderers will return to the training facility. Rob Lee has pulled out of training and the tournament after deciding not to risk his knees on the harder than usual 'poly-grass' surfaces. However, Steve Brown pulled his boots on to make a surprise appearance in the evening sun. Starting XI v San Jose: Williams, Senda, Salako, Nethercott, Johnson, Martin, Betsy, Oakes, Stonebridge, Dixon, Mooney - subs (all used): Talia, Williamson, Burnell, Brown, Easton, Anya, Tyson, Griffin, Bloomfield.
(Tuesday 5th July 2005)
No surprises today as the Club U-turned on their decision to close the Valley End terrace for the Wolves friendly on Friday 15th July. The Club are now claiming they would have reduced match costs by closing the only standing area of the ground but have finally come to their senses after realising that a significant amount of people actually enjoy standing at games. The 'Buy one, get one free offer' is still running for this game which means you can get two adult terrace places for £8 as long as you purchase before the day of the game. The 'Family Stand' will remain closed with seating being reallocated in the upper tier.
(Tuesday 5th July 2005)
The revamped Centre Spot has been renamed 'Scores' following its refurbishment as a 'Sports Bar'. The bar will be re-open to the public for the first time on Monday 11th July when the Club hope that excitement levels will hit a high as part of a 'Fashion Show' which will include the unveiling of new kits for the 2005/6 season.
(Tuesday 5th July 2005)
News from Ibiza confirms that Will Antwi and Keith Ryan are both absent due to injuries picked up in pre-season training. Antwi has a groin injury while Ryan has aggrivated a knee problem. Elsewhere, Andy Myers has stayed in the UK to be closer to his expectant wife but John Salako was part of the squad that flew out for the mini tournament. Wanderers will take on UE San Jose this evening on the 'Poly-Grass' pitch at Portmany where John Gorman is likely to play most of his 20 man strong squad across the 90 minutes. Day time temperatures in the area have reached 36° but are expected to fall to around 25° during the games.
(Monday 4th July 2005)
A Wanderers squad flew out to Ibiza on Sunday to take part in the San-An Cup tournament. The team is residing in a training camp in San Antonia and take on UE San Jose (not an Ibiza XI as orginally planned) on Tuesday 5th July and then Oldham Athletic on Thursday 7th July at the ground of SD Portmany. Around 100 Wanderers supporters have travelled out for the tournament and plan to bring brief updates from the two matches. Kick-off times are 9pm local time (8pm UK).
(Saturday 2nd July 2005)
The Club have announced a further change to the fixture list with the away game at Wrexham on Saturday 4th February 2006 being brought forward to a 1pm kick-off to avoid a clash with the England/Wales Rugby Union game at Twickenham. Wanderers officials rejected the original suggestion of moving the game to a Friday evening. Requests by both Cheltenham Town and Stockport County to move their Saturday meetings with Wycombe to a Friday evening were also turned down on the grounds that it would inconvience both officials and travelling supporters from Wycombe. Last season Southend United had a similar request rejected after the Club canvassed opinion from supporter groups for their preference of kick-off times.
(Saturday 2nd July 2005)
More ticket confusion at the Club was instigated on Friday after it was announced that the Valley End terrace would not be open for the pre-season friendly with Wolves on Friday 15th July. No reason was given by the Club via the official website, while later in the day it was revealed that the Family Stand would also be closed. The Club say that tickets already purchased will be reallocated in other areas of the ground but to add to the confusion, a special 'Buy one get one free' offer has also been tagged on. understands that reduced availability of matchday staff and stewarding during the holiday period are part of the reason behind the closure but the Club should note that something similar happened back in January 1999
(Friday 1st July 2005)
Former Crystal Palace midfielder John Salako has been given the chance to train and possibly play with the Wanderers. The 36 year old joined the Wycombe squad for their Friday morning training session and according to reports from the Club could be added to the group that travel to Ibiza at the weekend. Salako, like Andy Myers, spent last season at Brentford but was released at the end of the campaign. He comes with the experience of more than 600 senior appearances, including spells with Coventry City, Charlton Athletic and Reading.
(Friday 1st July 2005)
Wanderers new home kit will be launched shortly and those 'lucky' enough to have seen a sneak preview have noted that the light and dark blue quarters have been reversed back to a scheme last used during the 1998/99 season. The kit, which includes white trimming, is understood to have additional sponsorship logos on the back of the shirt as well as the shorts. The kit will be formally launched at a 'Fashion Show' at the Club on Monday 11th July. It was also hoped that the Chelsea friendly would see it worn for the first time in a match situation but the Premiership side want to wear their new sky blue 'away' kit and Wanderers have conceded to wear a change strip of all white.
(Friday 1st July 2005)
Wanderers are reporting encouraging sales of tickets for the pre-season friendly match with Chelsea on Wednesday 13th July, while understands that around 2,600 Season Tickets have been issued as of the end of June. The Club official website claims that "up to 7,000 have purchased their pass" for the Chelsea game and a capacity crowd is expected. However, understands that tentative moves are being made by safety officials at the Club to raise the legal capacity of the stadium from 10,000 to 11,000 for the meeting with the Premiership champions and as a first step have installed traffic control barriers in the car-park. Tickets for the Chelsea game are now on general sale from the usual outlets. Latest ticket info
(Friday 1st July 2005)
Former Chelsea and Bradford left-back Andy Myers trained with the Wanderers this week. The 31 year old spent the last 12 months at Brentford but in an injury hit season made just six starts in the League and was released on a free. Myers was a trainee with Chelsea back in the early 1990's, going on to make close to 100 First Team appearances for the Blues including being in the triumphant European Cup Winners Cup side in 1999. An £800,000 fee took him to Bradford City the following summer where he spent four years before moving on a free to Colchester United where he made 21 Division Two apps during 2003/4.

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