July 2006 News Archive
All the news stories from July 2006
Wanderers began a fairly low-key pre-season friendly programme on Saturday 15th July as they prepare for the start of the 2006/7 season. The Club are restricting the use of the pitch at Adams Park during pre-season as the surface is being renovated and reseeded at an estimated cost of around 10,000. The only home friendly took place on Wednesday 26th July against Watford. The match with The Hornets came about after a pre-season re-match with Chelsea was ruled out due to other commitments from the Premiership Champions. The confirmed away friendly fixtures (and results) are listed below with those marked with a (*) designated as 'First Team' games. Manager Paul Lambert also arranged a 'behind closed doors' friendly with Nottingham Forest on Saturday 29th July in order to view a couple of traillists. The match, which took place at Forest's training ground, ended 2-2.
Sat 15 July Woking* (W 2-0), Tue 18 July Basingstoke Town (W 3-1), Fri 21st July Aldershot Town* (L 0-1), Sat 29th July Staines Town (D 2-2), Tue 1st Aug Nuneaton Borough* (7.45pm), Wed 9th Aug Lewes (7.45pm)
(Friday 28th July 2006)
The Club reported on Thursday that Russell Martin had signed a new two year deal with The Wanderers. Martin, now 20 years old, signed for Wycombe in July 2004 when Tony Adams was Manager. John Gorman subsequently awarded him a contract until June 2007 and this has now been extended by 12 months after he impressed new boss Paul Lambert. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Steve Williams is still mulling over a contract offer that has been on the table since the departure of John Gorman. The 23 year old has been offered a one year deal.
Player Profiles Russell Martin Steve Williams
(Thursday 27th July 2006)
In another article relating to the proposal to sell the name of Adams Park off again, COTN gives a personal look at the issues that have caused more rifts between Wanderers followers.
Naming Rights debate - COTN special feature

Adams Park
Despite all the bad PR last time around, the PLC Board think they can sell the Adams Park name off again. Read the article - learn, respect, react.

Want to know why the name is so important, then read more below.
A rent free ground for more than 50 years (What's that worth?). Frank Adams donates Loakes Park
It's only a name. Adams Family connections (updated July 2006)
Short memories - hollow words? What they said when we moved to Adams Park

(Wednesday 26th July 2006)
Wanderers went down 3-2 in their only home pre-season friendly prior to the start of the 2006/7 campaign. Tommy Mooney was credited with giving Wycombe the lead in the opening minute but it appeared that Will Antwi got the vital touch. Watford equalised on 5 minutes through Matthew Spring and took the lead on 23 minutes when triallist 'keeper Adam Legzding dropped a cross and allowed Malky Mackay to slot in the loose ball. Mooney definitely scored Wycombe's equaliser on 53 minutes when he converted a penalty after he had been fouled by Richard Lee on the right side of the box. However, the visitors restored their lead two minutes later when Marlon King angled a shot past substitute Frank Talia. New signing Chris Palmer hit the crossbar and Mike Williamson headed againt the post for Wycombe in the latter stages but the Premiership new boys held on for victory. Wanderers brought on released Aston Villa youngster Shane Paul during the second-half. Wycombe: Adam Legzding (sub HT Talia), Stockley (sub 77 Christon), Martin, Williamson, Antwi, Betsy (sub 72 Guppy), Bloomfield (sub 72 Torres), Grant (sub HT Oakes), Palmer (sub 83 Gregory), Mooney (Dixon sub 61), Easter (sub 61 Shane Paul) - Att: 3,316 (629 away end)
(Wednesday 26th July 2006)
Supporters paying on the day at Adams Park next season will fork out 2 more per ticket compared to the 2005/6 campaign. A premium seat for an adult in the Woodlands or Old Main Stand will cost 20, while The Valley Terrace will be 16. However, a 3 discount is available for those who purchase online. The Club are also reporting that they have removed the ability to pay by cash at the turnstiles at The Valley End. Operations Manager Garry Adamson has justified this by commenting on the official website, "Removing cash admission from the turnstiles will hopefully encourage supporters to buy online and as a result strengthen our CRM system which I talked in length about at the recent fans forum. We see this as a natural progression in important communication with fans. The more information we get the better we can communicate with supporters and as a club we are keen to develop a process to reward loyalty for future big games."
Read Club take on this via the Official website
(Tuesday 25th July 2006)
Wycombe boss Paul Lambert has ditched triallists James Sharp, Antonio Murray and Jason Tindall after the trio failed to come up to expectations in pre-season games against Basingstoke and Aldershot. Lambert told the Midweek, "They were terrific lads but you have to go with your own judgement and we will be trying someone else." It's also reported that Lambert hopes to make one further permanent signing on a free transfer and bring in another triallist in time for the home friendly with Watford on Wednesday evening (KO 7.45pm). On trial goalkeeper Richard Batista will miss the game with a calf strain but the ex-Fulham player will return when fit. Meanwhile, Steve Guppy will play again as he aims to earn his third contract at Adams Park.
(Friday 21st July 2006)
London Wasps are consulting the local Emergency Services with regards to improving access to Adams Park, according to reports in the Bucks Free Press. The talks are taking place following a meeting between Wasps and Wanderers officials to discuss the proposed plans to increase the capacity towards 15,000. Meanwhile, the latest Travel Plan meeting has been scheduled for Thursday 3rd August at Adams Park where this topic is sure to be raised. On a related subject, the numerous signs still referring to the sponsored name of the stadium are understood to be in the process of being removed at the expense of the sponsor.
(Friday 21st July 2006)
In the latest of articles and comment relating to the proposal to sell the name of Adams Park off again, COTN brings you another letter that was published in the Bucks Free Press on 21st July 2006. Letter to the Bucks Free Press - 21st July 2006
(Friday 21st July 2006)
Paul Lambert says he will make more signings soon and as is contemplating taking on Steve Guppy for a third spell with The Wanderers. Guppy played with Lambert at Celtic and has been training and playing with Wycombe during pre-season. Lambert will continue to monitor Guppy, now 37, in the remaining pre-season fixtures before making a decision. Ex-Torquay United defender James Sharp, Hibernian defender Antonio Murray and released Bournemouth defender Jason Tindall will also get further chances as Wycombe continue their pre-season programme at Aldershot on Friday evening (KO 7.30pm).
(Thursday 20th July 2006)
19 year old defensive midfielder Anthony Grant became Paul Lambert's third signing since his arrival as Wycombe boss after the Chelsea younsgter agreed a season long loan deal at Adams Park. A former trainee at Stafford Bridge, Grant has played for the England U17 and U19 teams and made his First Team debut for Chelsea in May 2005 when he came on as last minute substitute against Manchester United. That remains his only First Team app for Chelsea but was loaned to Oldham Athletic last season where he made two League appearances. Grant has been allocated the No.30 shirt at Wycombe with Lewis Christon promoted to the No.2 shirt left vacant by Danny Senda. Other new signings Chris Palmer and Sam Stockley take No.3 and 25 respectively.
(Wednesday 19th July 2006)
Defenders Chris Palmer and Sam Stockley became the first signings made by new boss Paul Lambert as the pre-season friendly programme got underway. 22 year old Palmer joins on a two year contract following a free transfer from Notts County. The former trainee with Derby County had a loan spell with Hereford United before moving to County on a free where he made his League debut in October 2004. Clocked up 54 league appearances in a two year spell at Meadow Lane. Meanwhile, 28 year old Stockley also joins on a two year deal having been released from Colchester United. The full-back began his Football League career with Barnet and also spent time with Oxford United before moving to Layer Road in August 2002. Spent time on loan at Blackpool last season having fallen out of favour with U's boss Phil Parkinson. He has totalled more than 350 Football League appearances and will bring experience to the Wanderers defence.
(Friday 14th July 2006)
Another reminder that a consultation package relating to the naming rights of Adams Park has been mailed to a wide selection of Wycombe Wanderers supporters and is also available online via the Supporters' Trust website. In the latest of related articles and comment, COTN brings you two letters that were published in the Bucks Free Press on 14th July 2006.
Letters to the Bucks Free Press - July 2006
(Thursday 13th July 2006)
Wanderers committed 7,680 to agents fees during the period January to June 2006 according to the latest report issued by the Football League. This follows no agents fees being paid during the first half of the 2005/6 season. Wanderers statistics relate to 4 new player registrations or transfers, 4 cancelled contracts and 8 loans. Only Oxford United, with 15,880 of committed fees, paid more than the Wanderers in League Two during the six month period and 15 clubs paid no fees at all, including Champions Carlisle United and Wanderers' play-off opponents Cheltenham Town. For the season as a whole the entire Football League committed 7,660,028 in agents fees, a marginal drop from the previous season, with over 6m of this from 'Championship' clubs. Leeds United exelled again with over 600,000 paid to agents while Luton Town managed the season without a single fee to agents. See Football League website for full report
(Wednesday 12th July 2006)
Wanderers striker Charlie Griffin has turned down a chance to join Conference side Woking on a year long loan deal and has instead returned to his former Club Forest Green Rovers on a similar deal. Woking Manager Glenn Cockerill was said to be "bitterly disappointed" with the player's decision in comments made to the Cards official website. Wanderers have since confirmed the news and also report that Griffin can be recalled during the January 2007 transfer window.
(Wednesday 12th July 2006)
A reminder that a consultation package relating to the naming rights of Adams Park has been mailed to a wide selection of Wycombe Wanderers supporters and is also available online via the Supporters' Trust website. The topic has raised some heated debate amongst Wanderers followers and COTN will be bringing you related articles over the coming weeks. The first is a view of a contributor to the One-One fanzine published here for the first time. Adams Park - view of a One-One reader

(Tuesday 11th July 2006)
London Wasps' proposals to extend Adams Park to a 15,000 capacity stadium have now been received by the Wanderers PLC Board and will be discussed at a joint Board meeting later this week. The news was revealed at the Fans Forum held on Monday (10th July). It's understood that the major development within the plans is for a revamped Valley End that would see two tiers of seating added above the existing terrace which would be retained as a standing area. The plans, which have yet to get a public viewing, are also understood to include corner filling that would join the extended Valley End to the existing Woodlands Stand.
(Monday 10th July 2006)
New Manager Paul Lambert was introduced to fans for the first time at a Fans Forum that took place in the Vere Suite at Adams Park on Monday (10th July). The news boss confirmed that he would be using Steve Brown and Keith Ryan as coaches and also as a main source of helping to bring new players to the Club. Meanwhile, Club MD Steve Hayes conceded that the playing budget for the 2006/7 season would be slightly smaller compared to the previous season and also admitted that plans to bring in new investors to the Club had not come to fruition.
(Monday 10th July 2006)
The Club have submitted revised plans for the new Club Shop to be built at Adams Park. Permission was originally granted back in March 2006 but plans have now been revised to include a second storey of office space that will also be used by London Wasps. The Club justify the greater space requirement by stating in the application, "The success of both clubs and the greater certainty in terms of the future of the ground has meant that it is now possible to consider and move forward not only with the permament solution to the provision of the club shop but also to provide the an appropriate and necessary level of office floor space to accomodate the two clubs." The proposals have been opposed by The Chiltern Society as they consider it to be against Green Belt policy. The plans are likely to go in front of the local Council Planning Panel some time in August 2006.
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(Friday 7th July 2006)
Joe Burnell's move to Northampton Town was confirmed at around 11am on Friday morning. The 25 year old joins The Cobblers on a free transfer having come to the end of his contract at Wycombe. Cobblers boss John Gorman commented to, "I liked him at Wycombe. He is a winner who sets the place alight with his tackling and he is a decent passer as well. He played very well at this level for Bristol City and I was impressed with his attitude when he was at Wycombe." Burnell, who has signed a two year deal with Town, made 62 First Team appearances and scored one goal in his two year spell at Wycombe. Joe Burnell - Player profile
(Friday 7th July 2006)
Joe Burnell is the latest Wycombe player looking to heading out of the Club. The former Bristol City defender is being lined up for a move to join John Gorman at Northampton Town according to local newspaper reports. Burnell's contract with Wycombe expired at the end of June but the 25 year old had been told to wait until he has met new boss Paul Lambert before making a decision. Lambert is due to meet the Wycombe squad for the first time today (Friday 7th July). Jonny Dixon is another player who will be contemplating his future at the Club. It's understood that Dixon signed a one year deal with Wycombe in the wake of John Gorman's departure but Aldershot have since offered 8,000 and are waiting to hear back from the Wanderers once Lambert has assessed the situation. Elsewhere, Danny Senda's projected move to Luton Town has hit a snag leaving the wing-back without a club as pre-season training gets underway.
(Tuesday 4th July 2006)
In a surprise turn of events Roger Johnson has joined 'Championship' side Cardiff City for a fee of 275,000. The transfer fee will be paid in installments and includes a 15% sell on clause of any profit that Cardiff may make if Johnson is sold on. The move comes just days after Cardiff's bitter rivals Swansea City were considering upping their bid for the former Wanderers Youth Team player. Johnson, now 23 years old, leaves Wycombe having made 183 First Team appearances and scored 22 goals.
Roger Johnson - Player profile
(Monday 3rd July 2006)
With the imminent arrival of new Wycombe boss Paul Lambert, Swansea City look ready to put in an improved offer for Roger Johnson. The Swans had a 100,000 bid turned down in June and were told to hold off until a new Manager was appointed at Adams Park. Reports in the South Wales Evening Post on 1st July had Swans Chairman Huw Jenkins quoted as saying, "I've been speaking to Wycombe every day and it looks as though they have decided to sell Roger Johnson. But that means they are trying to drum up an auction and it's proving difficult because the sums of money we originally talked about have probably trebled. The player's expectations about earnings have probably trebled, too, but we are prepared to talk."

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