April 2007 News Archive
All the news stories from April 2007
1947 remembered 60th ANIVERSARY OF GIFT
(Thursday 19th April 2007)
Thursday 19th April 2007 marks the 60th anniversary of Frank Adams handing over the deeds of Loakes Park to the Club. The sale of the ground in 1988 completely funded the move and construction of the appropriately named 'Adams Park' in 1990.
19th April 1947 - Special feature
(Tuesday 17th April 2007)
Adams Park tenants London Wasps are pushing the proposed 'Joint Venture' (JV) scheme with Wycombe Wanderers as part of their advertising campaign for a new Chief Executive. The job is being advertised through and in the full description describes the JV as, "The umbrella under which Wasps currently envisages developing much of its business by phased expansion of the Stadium there and related catering/hospitality facilities." The '5 year plan' for London Wasps also suggests a "phased expansion, taking the eventual capacity of Adams Park to potentially 15,000 over time."
(Tuesday 17th April 2007)
Tommy Doherty has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2006/7 after suffering knee ligament damage in Wanderers' 1-0 home defeat to Hartlepool United on Saturday. The QPR loanee picked up the injury during the first half when he accidently collided with teammate Lewis Christon. Later in the game Christon himself was also forced off after he crashed into a goalpost during a dramatic goalline clearance. However, it's understood that the injury is not serious and the teenager is hoping to be fit for Saturday's trip to Darlington.
(Tuesday 17th April 2007)
Loanee Chelsea defender Adrian Pettigrew has returned to Chelsea 'by mutual consent' after failing to impress in his short spell at Adams Park. The 20 year old played just 45 minutes of First Team football for Wycombe having joined the Club at the start of March 2007. Wanderers Coach Steve Brown said the good form of Leon Crooks and Lewis Christon had influenced the decision to let him return to Stamford Bridge.
1957 remembered 50th ANIVERSARY DINNER
(Friday 13th April 2007)
More than 200 people attended a special dinner and event at Adams Park on Friday evening to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Wanderers' first ever visit to Wembley Stadium on 13th April 1957. Eight of the nine surviving members of the XI who played for Wycombe that day were there (unfortunately Paul Bates was unable to attend as he had sadly been taken ill in the days leading up the event). Other squad members were there too plus four members of the Bishop Auckland team were guests of honour and all took part in a series of interviews conducted by hosts and chief organisers John D Taylor and Alan Hutchinson. Pathe News footage of the Final was also shown and the actual Amateur Cup was on show after the Club agreed a fee of 300 with the FA for its loan and minding for the evening.
1957 remembered 50th ANIVERSARY SPECIAL
(Friday 13th April 2007)
COTN completes its special feature celebrating the 50th anniversary of Wanderers' first ever visit to Wembley Stadium with a look back on the events of the day of the Final on Saturday 13th April 1957 where an estimated 30,000 travelled to support the Blues. 1956-57 Special Feature - The Final
(Thursday 12th April 2007)
Sources close to both WWFC and London Wasps suggest that Wasps major shareholder Chris Wright could be considering selling part of his stake in the Rugby Club to Wanderers MD Steve Hayes. 62 year old Wright currently owns 59% of the shares of London Wasps but is financially committed to them until at least February 2008. Hayes is restricted to owning a 25% stake in WWFC plc but may considering taking a larger stake in the Rugby Club. Meanwhile, COTN understands that the Club are still pursuing the formation of a 'joint venture' with London Wasps to assist in the management of stadium facilities at Adams Park. Submission of plans to extend Adams Park to 15,000 are expected to go to public consultation during the summer, with Wasps expected to sign another temporary extension to their tenancy agreement while the planning wheels spring into action.
1957 remembered 50th ANIVERSARY SPECIAL
(Thursday 12th April 2007)
This week is the 50th anniversary of Wanderers' first ever visit to Wembley Stadium. Before we look back on the events of the Final versus Bishop Auckland we bring you some images of the press coverage before the game and some extracts from the matchday programme. 1956-57 Special Feature - extra
(Wednesday 11th April 2007)
Tommy Mooney's weekly column for the FA could make interesting reading this week. The 35 year old was reported on the official website as being 'rested by Paul Lambert purely as a precaution' for Wanderers Bank Holiday Monday trip to Grimsby Town. COTN understands that Mooney did not travel to the game at Blundell Park and spent time at home with his family. Mooney, who is out of contract with Wycombe at the end of the current season, was said to be close to signing a new deal in February but no progress has been reported. FA column archive
(Wednesday 11th April 2007)
Former Wanderers Manager and current Northern Ireland boss Lawrie Sanchez has been appointed as caretaker Manager at Premiership Fulham following the surprise sacking of Chris Coleman late on Tuesday night. The appointment of Sanchez came after consultation with Irish FA President Jim Boyce and as Fulham find themselves four points clear of the relegation with five games remaining. Those games include an away game at Arsenal and home to Liverpool but start on Saturday (14th April) with a visit to Sanchez's home town of Reading. Sanchez was appointed Wycombe Manager in February 1999 and went on to lead the team from relegation on the final day of the season at Lincoln. His first game in charge of the Wanderers was a 1-1 home draw with Fulham. Fulham official website
1957 remembered 50th ANIVERSARY SPECIAL
(Tuesday 10th April 2007)
This week marks the 50th anniversary of Wanderers' first ever visit to Wembley Stadium when the team reached the Final of the FA Amateur Cup. In the first of a two part special, COTN looks back at the route to the final with words provided by 'Che' and images from the COTN archive. 1956-57 Special Feature Part 1
(Monday 2nd April 2007)
Tommy Doherty will miss Wanderers crucial 'League Two' games at home to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday 7th April and away to Grimsby Town on Monday 9th April after reaching ten yellow cards for the season with his caution in the 3-3 draw at Peterborough. It will be Doherty's fourth suspension of the season with Wycombe having served a one match ban for reaching five yellow cards and further bans for two seperate red cards offences.

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