August 2006 News Archive
All the news stories from August 2006
(Thursday 31st August 2006)
Former Wanderer Danny Senda has finally found a new club after completing a deadline day deal with 'League One' side Millwall. Earlier in the week Senda had publicly criticised his agent for 'screwing up' a move to Luton Town. The 25 year old claimed his agent wanted 'too much' from a deal that would see him earn 'a little bit more' than he was on at Wycombe. Senda subsequently sacked his agent after attempts to join Wolves and Leeds United also fell through. Danny Senda - player profile
You couldnt make it up FOOD FOR THOUGHT
(Thursday 31st August 2006)
You could be forgiven for thinking that April 1st had arrived early when the latest brainwave from the Wanderers Marketing team was published on the official website on Wednesday (30th August). In an article titled 'Eat for less', supporters are informed that they are now able to purchase 'Food Vouchers' in advance of matchdays that give up to a 20p saving per item of hot food or drink and 10p on a cold drink. As an example, this means that a pie previously costing 2.20 each can now be purchased for the bargain price of 2 as long as you buy in advance via the Ticket Hotline. Eat up the full story via the Official website
(Wednesday 30th August 2006)
Wanderers have signed 19 year old Nottingham Forest central defender Vincent Fernandez on a three month loan deal. The move comes as Wycombe boss Paul Lambert looks for cover for his first choice central defensive pairing of Will Antwi and Mike Williamson. The French born player is a former trainee at The City Ground but has had just two tastes of First Team action to date. He will take the No.29 shirt in Wanderers' squad.
(Tuesday 29th August 2006)
Wanderers reverted to a new 'third choice' kit of all yellow at Macclesfield with boss Paul Lambert understood to be behind the change in order to help avoid a similar farce to what happened in the recent game at Bristol Rovers. That game saw Wanderers forced to wear Rovers yellow kit after match officials claimed that neither the blue quarters or white kit were suitable. However, COTN has learnt that the Club have no plans to officially market the new yellow kit having introduced two new kits at the start of the 2005/6 season, including the current 'second choice' kit of all white. But COTN also understands that should 'demand dictate', then small quantities, of what is an 'off the shelf' design from the kit manufacturers, could be made to order. Policy relating to the sale of replica kits are mentioned in the Club Customer Charter. A new Charter is still being finalised but the existing one states, "The club endeavours to ensure that all replica Strip designs shall have a minimum lifespan of two seasons." And, "Details of the next intended launch date will be available form the Club Shop."
(Saturday 26th August 2006)
Wanderers will travel to Fulham in Second Round of the League Cup following the draw made on Saturday afternoon. The tie has since been arranged to be played on Wednesday 20th September 2006 at Craven Cottage with a 7.45pm KO. Ticket prices are reported by Fulham as 15 adults, concessions 10 and juniors under 17 1. Fulham, who are one of 12 Premiership clubs in the draw, have met Wycombe a few times in cup competitions in recent times, with the last occasion being a FA Cup Third Round tie in 2002 where Wycombe went out following a replay at Craven Cottage. Fulham - Quick Guide
(Friday 25th August 2006)
Wanderers inflated matchday prices will be highlighted again this weekend when supporters travelling to Macclesfield will be charged just 10 for an adult terrace admission and 13 to sit. Home fans too can stand and sit undercover for as little as 10. In contrast, adult matchday admission to the terrace at Adams Park is 16 with seats ranging from 18 to 20. Wanderers' terrace price is the highest in the division, with only Hartlepool charging an equivalent amount. Only Bristol Rovers (22) have higher matchday priced seats, while Wanderers' cheapest adult seat is matched only by Hartlepool, Peterborough and Shrewsbury. 18 clubs in the division have their cheapest adult seats set at prices the same or less than Wanderers' terrace. The Club justify the high prices by claiming that the discount of up to 3 for advance sales is a way of encouraging early sales which help planning and population of the CRM database. Critics of the method claim that it is putting off the casual fan who could pay 14 on the day last season for adult terrace admission and as little as 16 to sit.
(Friday 25th August 2006)
Paul Lambert has told the media that his squad needs 'at least four or five lads in to give the experienced one's here a helping hand'. However, he will have to work quickly to beat the transfer deadline on Thursday 31st August. Triallist Carlos Ferreira will not be pursued, with his lack of understanding of the English language being a major factor according to the Wanderers coaching staff. It's also been reported that Lambert has failed in bid to lure a 'Championship striker to the Club, while Steve Guppy has opted to join Stevanage Borough. However, released Oxford United defender Matt Robinson has been taken on trial. The 31 year old, who has also played for Reading and Portsmouth, boasts in excess of 300 Football League appearances and could play, along with other triallists, in next Wednesday's home reserve match with Millwall at Adams Park.
(Thursday 24th August 2006)
The local Council have completed the conversion of the signage to Wanderers' stadium from the previous sponsored version back to Adams Park. The signs include both the brown 'local attraction' type signs and the 'park and ride' signs pointing to the car parking arrangement close to the cinema at Cressex. The Club instructed the Council following the end of the sponsorship deal in May 2006 to convert the signs to read 'Wycombe Wanderers FC' but this was apparently too many letters to fit on the signs. It was then understood that the signs would read 'Wycombe Wanderers' before the rightful Adams Park was eventually chosen.
(Thursday 24th August 2006)
Wanderers will have a chance of playing one of 12 Premiership clubs when the draw for Second Round of the League Cup takes place this Saturday (26th August) at around 1.30pm on Sky Sports. They are the teams not competing in Europe and are: Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic, Everton, Fulham, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield United, Watford, Wigan Athletic. The Premiership teams will be seeded along with the 12 other highest ranking clubs in the competition at this stage. The tie will take place the week commencing 18th September. Wanderers have never progressed beyond the Second Round since joining the Football League in 1993 and last season lost 8-3 at home to Aston Villa.
(Tuesday 22nd August 2006)
Wanderers went through to the Second Round of the Football League Cup following a 3-2 after extra-time success in their first ever visit to Swansea City's new stadium. Strikes from Jermaine Easter (50 mins) and Stephan Oakes (64) had put Wycombe in the driving seat before a Mike Williamson own goal on 72 minutes gave the home side a lifeline. Darren Pratley then forced the tie into extra-time with an equaliser on 81 minutes but Wycombe got a deserved win when Williamson converted from close range with seven minutes of the extra period remaining. The draw for the Second Round is on Saturday (26th August) with the ties taking place the week commencing 18th September (see above for more details). Wycombe: Young, Stockley, Williamson, Antwi, Martin (sub 75 Gregory), Palmer, Grant, Oakes, Betsy, Torres (sub 119 Anya), Easter (sub 81 Dixon) - subs not used: Batista, Cadmore - Yellow cards: Palmer, Oakes, Dixon - Att: 5,892 (approx 200 away) Swansea City - Quick Guide
(Monday 21st August 2006)
Gain a few anorak points by slipping into coversation that Jermaine Easter's hat-trick against Bury on Saturday (19th August) set a new Club record as the fastest hat-trick for a Wanderers player since the Club joined the Football League in 1993. Easter scored his three goals inside 25 second half minutes, knocking three minutes off the previous record held by Nathan Tyson who scored a 28 minute hat-trick at Lincoln in March 2005. The record is made more remarkable by the fact he had only come on as a 28th minute substitute for the injured Matt Bloomfield. Wondering when the previous occasion was that a substitute for Wycombe had scored three goals in a League game? Not that long ago actually - Stuart Roberts taking that honour in the 5-0 victory at Northampton in January 2003. Before that it was Tony Price's hat-trick in the 5-0 home Isthmian League victory over Harrow Borough in October 1979.
1986-87 remembered 1986-87 REMEMBERED
(Friday 18th August 2006)
The current season represents the twentieth anniversary of Wanderers' memorable 1986/87 campaign and Chairboys on the Net is dragging out the archives again for another nostalgia trip that will run throughout the current season. We'll be bringing you extracts from press reports, match programmes, the first ever issues of the Chairboys Gas fanzine, as well as unearthing some unpublished photographs from the record breaking campaign.
20 years ago - 1986-87 remembered - introduction
(Friday 18th August 2006)
News this week has seen Wanderers sign Reading left-back Scott Golbourne on an initial one month loan deal. The 18 year old signed for The Royals in January 2006 from Bristol City for what was described as 'an undisclosed six figure fee'. The England Under 19 international made one First Team appearance for Reading last season having originally made his senior debut for Bristol City just prior to his 17th birthday. Golbourne was named 'League One' apprentice of the Year in 2005. Meanwhile, boss Paul Lambert has told the press he hopes to make two permanent signings before the transfer window closes at the end of August, with his main priority being a centre-back as cover for Mike Williamson and Will Antwi. Talks are being held with one 'League One' player while Carlos Ferreira, a defender who has experience with the Benfica 'B' side, has joined Wanderers for a trial. Elsewhere negotiations continue with Steve Guppy, with press reports suggesting that the former Wanderer is asking for too much money to set up a third spell at Adams Park.
(Wednesday 16th August 2006)
Brian Kane's letter to the Bucks Free Press published on 4th August 2006 has provoked written responses from at least two Wanderers supporters. Unfortunately due to space limitations these were not published on the next available date of 11th August 2006. However, both authors have since forwarded the letters to COTN and given permission for publication. The blog has also passed comment but only read the latter if you are not offended by strong language from the outset.
Unpublished responses to BFP - 16th August 2006 - A century of fakers - 9th August 2006 (18+)
(Monday 14th August 2006)
Club MD Steve Hayes is understood to be unhappy with allegations in the local press that Club sponsors could be issuing a 1,000 fine to the Club after Wanderers were forced to wear Bristol Rovers' change kit in the recent game at the Memorial Stadium. The situation arose after Wanderers' quartered shirts were deemed by the referee to clash with Rovers blue and white quarters. Wanderers will be fined 50 by the Football League for failing to observe regulation 35.2 while the story in the Bucks Free Press, which has not been made available online, says that an internal inquiry will be held to find how the problem arose. Hayes, also a Director with the Club Sponsors, says that a fine will not be issued despite there being provision in the sponsorship agreement for fines to be issued to football staff at the Club for wearing playing and training gear without the sponsors logo clearly visible.
(Monday 7th August 2006)
Club Director Brian Kane has been drawn into the ground naming debate, commenting through a letter published in the Bucks Free Press, "I feel it would be arrogant and short sighted in today's environment and possibly contrary to what Frank Adams may have wanted, to permanently close the door on stadium sponsorship options." Kane goes on to ask where do we draw the line on sponsorship, saying, "Do we turn down shirt sponsorship because we didn't have it in the past? Do we build a slope on our pitch like it used to be?" See link for complete text.
Director's view as published in BFP - 4th August 2006
(Monday 7th August 2006)
A reminder that Match and League Table stats will continue to be added through our interactive pages (see links below). It's also worth checking out the BBC 3 Counties Radio website for audio reports and manager's comments from the latest games.
BBC 3 Counties Radio - Audio archive 2006/7
(Friday 4th August 2006)
After much thought, Chairboys on the Net has decided to revert to a more 'fanzine' style for the forthcoming season. With so many official and unofficial news services now available on the internet, there seems little point in duplicating and regurgitating information. We will now aim to bring you on an occassional basis, articles, comment and historical features that you will not find anywhere else on the internet. However, when a significant news item breaks, we will endeavour to comment and link to the original source. Match and League Table stats will continue to be added through our interactive pages. The change in format will be a gradual one over the course of the season and any ideas and feedback are welcome to the usual address.
Matchday stats League Table stats
Wanderers' fixture list 2006/7 via BBC Online
(Friday 4th August 2006)
A reminder that 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. The ability to pay by cash at the turnstiles at The Valley End has also been removed, with supporters being forced to queue for a ticket and then again at the turnstiles. It's estimated that between 300 and 400 usually pay by cash at The Valley End for a normal Wycombe League game. The changes are due to the Club wanting to populate its CRM software and the longer term aim of introducing a cashless and unmanned turnstile system similar to those now in operation at Arsenal and Reading.
(Friday 4th August 2006)
With COTN reverting to a more fanzine style for the forthcoming season, we bring a reproduction of an article that first appeared in the June 2006 'postal only' edition of the One-One fanzine.
The Cynic's view - as published in One-One Fanzine

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
Just Say NO to any form of stadium sponsorship via

(Thursday 3rd August 2006)
Paul Lambert has signed his second goalkeeper in as many days after bringing in Ricardo Batista on a five month loan deal from Fulham. Batista, who will be 20 in November, impressed Lambert enough in the pre-season friendly at Aldershot to earn a place in the Wanderers' squad. A former Portgual Under 20 international, Batista joined Fulham in 2004 from Vitoria FC. Has made just one First Team appearance for Fulham but spent the second half of last season on loan to MK Dons. Batista's move to Wycombe comes after a season long loan deal for Southampton's Michael Poke was cancelled after The Saints second choice 'keeper Kevin Miller was injured in a pre-season friendly at Woking and the 20 year old former accademy player was recalled.
(Thursday 3rd August 2006)
Wanderers have added new names to their backroom staff as the start of the new season approaches. Chris Pope becomes the new 'Sales Executive' and comes to the Club having gained experience with Wolves and Birmingham City. Meanwhile, John Farrington joins as the new 'Food and Beverage Manager'. On the football side Mark Fogarty has been appointed as the Club's new 'Youth Development Officer' as replacement for Colin Barnes, while John Granville has taken on the role of goalkeeping coach following the departure of Jim Barron to Northampton. Granville was a member of the Wanderers 1991 FA Trophy winning side.
(Thursday 3rd August 2006)
There was a slight doubt hanging over Wanderers opening League game of the new season after reports that opponents Wrexham were experiencing difficulties in their plans to come out of administration before the start of the season. The problem related to a proposed loan from property millionaire Steve Morgan. Despite the concerns the loan was granted late on Thursday afternoon and the game will go ahead as planned.
Link to report on BBC Online - Wed 2nd Aug 2006
Link to report on - Wed 2nd Aug 2006
Link to report on BBC Online - Thu 3rd Aug 2006
Link to report on - Thu 3rd Aug 2006
Link to report on - Fri 4th Aug 2006
(Thursday 3rd August 2006)
Wycombe boss Paul Lambert was interviewed by BBC Sport just days before the start of the new season. Lambert confirmed that promotion is the target for the season and went on to say, "I'll try to run Wycombe in the same way as if I was in a top job and will that will probably stand me in good stead if I can kick on." He added "I try not to compare Celtic or Dortmund with Wycombe - but I try to bring the level of expectancy to the same level as those I have just left."
Link to article on BBC Online - Wed 2nd Aug 2006
(Wednesday 2nd August 2006)
Wanderers have secured the services of former Reading goalkeeper Jamie Young. The 20 year old was released by Reading at the end of last season and has signed a one year deal with Wycombe. Meanwhile, Wanderers boss Paul Lambert says he hopes to bring in two more players before the start of the Football League season on Saturday. Press reports also suggest that Lambert has offered Steve Guppy a deal at Adams Park but the former Wanderer is understood to be thinking it over.
(Tuesday 1st August 2006)
A Wanderers side including seven triallists went down 3-1 at Nuneaton Borough on Tuesday evening in Wycombe's final friendly before the start of the Football League campaign. The match saw Paul Lambert take another look at Frenchman Cyril Ramond. The 26 year old full-back played in Saturday's 'behind closed doors' friendly with Nottingham Forest having spent last season with Belgium side Saint Trond. He has also played in France for Valence, Montpellier, Nancy and Brest. Meanwhile, goalkeeper Jamie Young, who played for Wycombe in the Staines friendly on the same day, got another chance. The 20 year old Aussie is a former trainee with Reading who spent the first half of last season on loan at Rushden & Diamonds but was released by The Royals in May 2006. Other triallists in the Wycombe side were central defender Edwin Twisiganne, midfielders Francois Furlan and Michael Mendy and strikers Said Sanko and Kris Bright. Sanko scored Wycombe's goal just before the break but Wycombe were already 2-0 down and Nuneaton extended their winning margin in the second half.
(Tuesday 1st August 2006)
Goalkeeper Steve Williams has joined Conference side Forest Green Rovers on a season long loan deal according to official reports from the Gloucestershire club and has been allocated the No.1 squad number. Williams, who signed a one year deal with Wycombe on Monday, will team up with Charlie Griffin at Forest Green who also joined on a similar deal in July. The news will increase speculation that Paul Lambert is about to sign another 'keeper. Steve Williams - profile

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