December 2006 News Archive
All the news stories from December 2006
(Sunday 31st December 2006)
Fola Onibuje is the latest player set to join Wanderers in the January transfer window. The 6'6" striker is currently on the books of 'League Two' rivals Swindon Town but has spent the last two months on loan at Brentford where he made three appearances (two as substitute). Dennis Wise was responsible for bringing the former GB sprinter and Preston North End trainee to the County Ground in July 2006 and the 22 year old scored twice in 14 League appearances before the arrival of present boss Paul Sturrock saw a move to Griffin Park. His career has also seen a handful of appearances for Huddersfield Town, Barnsley and Peterborough United before he came to attention when he was top scorer (9 goals) with Cambridge United in the Conference during season 2005/6. He played for Swindon against Wycombe in both the 'League Two' and 'Football League Trophy' games at Adams Park earlier this season and is cup-tied for the League Cup semi with Chelsea having played in Round One for Swindon.
(Saturday 30th December 2006)
Wanderers are set to sign Barnsley winger Anthony McParland on loan with a view to a permanent move, according to reports on the Tykes official website on Saturday afternoon. The 24 year old joined Barnsley in February 2006 from Celtic after the Scot impressed during a trial period at Oakwell. However, he has made just two starts for Barnsley and will see the move to Wycombe as a chance to re-start his career. He is a former Scotland U17, U18 and U21 international who came through the youth ranks at Parkhead while Paul Lambert was also at Celtic.
(Friday 29th December 2006)
Wanderers will spend the money made from the League Cup semi-final with Chelsea on players rather than pay off debts according to comments made to the local press by Club officials. Wanderers have increased advanced ticket prices for the tie by as much as £10, with a top priced seat now costing £28. Club MD Steve Hayes was quoted in the Bucks Free Press as saying, "People may think we have put the prices up a lot but it is not to repay the debt, it is to strengthen the squad. Paul Lambert has said he wants to bring six players into the Club and this will help him." Meanwhile, Club Chairman Ivor Beeks said, "We hope supporters will understand. All the money will go into strengthening the squad. It won't be spent anywhere else." The Club will take a share of gate reciepts from both legs of the semi-final, as well as making around £200,000 from the TV rights.
(Saturday 23rd December 2006)
Wanderers were drawn against Chelsea when the draw for the Semi-Final of the League Cup was made at around 12.20pm on Saturday afternoon. It has since been confirmed that Wycombe will play the first leg at home on Wednesday 10th January with the return leg at Stamford Bridge taking place two weeks later on Tuesday 23rd January. Ticket arrangements for both legs are likely to be announced via the official website ( on Wednesday 27th December. The other Semi-Final between Spurs and Liverpool or Arsenal will see the First Leg take place at White Hart Lane on Wednesday 17th January and the Second Leg a week later on 24th January. All four semi-final ties are due to be shown live on Sky Sports. For those looking further ahead, the final takes place in Cardiff on 25th February.
1986-87 remembered 1986-87 REMEMBERED
(Friday 22nd December 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. Part Four looks back on the month of November 1986 when Wanderers returned to top form in the Isthmian League but came up against Yeovil Town again in cup competition. 1986-87 remembered - Part 4
Into the Valley 2006 WANDERERS' SEMI HISTORY
(Friday 22nd December 2006)
Wanderers' feat of reaching the semi-final of the Football League Cup has reinforced their record of competing in the last four of major domestic competitions. Wanderers were already the only side to have played in a semi-final of the FA Cup, FA Amateur Cup and FA Trophy, with the latest milestone adding to a record that is unlikely to be ever equalled. Wanderers' semi-final tie in the New Year will be the first time a 'basement league' team has competed in a League Cup semi-final since the 1974/75 season when Chester City bowed out over two legs to Aston Villa.
Into the Valley 2006 MEDIA REPORTS
(Wednesday 20th December 2006)
With the Liverpool v Arsenal Semi-Final being postponed due to fog, Wanderers famous victory at The Valley grabbed the sports pages headlines of many national newspapers on Wednesday morning. Here are links to a selection of these, with updates to follow as more arrive. Cue puns on use of the word Easter.
The Daily Mail - Easter comes early...
The Daily Mirror - Reed it and weep...
The Guardian - Wycombe give Reed that...
The Independent - Easter surprise piles on the misery...
The Telegraph - Easter rising topples Charlton...
The Times - Untimely arrival of Easter...
(Wednesday 20th December 2006)
Former Wanderers Manager John Gorman has resigned as Manager of Northampton Town after just six months in charge at Sixfields. Cobblers Chairman David Cardoza told their official website, "We are very sorry that John has had to make this decision. He did so for personal reasons. We continue to hold John in the highest regard and we wish him all the very best for the future." The Cobblers had won just five of their opening 22 League One fixtures this season.
Into the Valley 2006 WANDERERS INTO LC SEMI'S
(Tuesday 19th December 2006)
Wanderers blitzed their way into the Semi-Final of the League Cup following a historic 1-0 victory at Charlton Athletic on Tuesday evening. Backed by close to 4,500 fans, Wanderers dominated proceedings from the off and deservedly got the crucial goal in the 35th minute when Jermaine Easter continued his feat of scoring in every round when he rifled home from the edge of the box. The Premiership side came back a little stronger in the second period but never seriously tested Wanderers 'keeper Jamie Young and left the field to jeers from their own fans while Wycombe followers were left celebrating another famous cup victory. The draw for the semi-final takes place this Saturday live on Sky at around 12.15pm with the two legged ties set to take place weeks commencing 8th January and 22nd January 2007.
Wycombe: Young, Martin, O'Halloran, Antwi, Williamson, Bloomfield, Grant (sub 62 Palmer), Oakes, Betsy, Mooney (sub 87 Stonebridge), Easter - subs not used: Christon, Dixon, Anya - Yellow cards: Grant, Easter.
Charlton: Carson, Fortune, Sankofa (sub 75 Hasselbaink), Traore, Diawara, Faye (sub 70 Holland), Hughes, Thomas (sub 70 Sam), Rommedahl, Bent. D, Bent. M. - subs not used: Myhre, El Karkouri - Yellow cards: Hughes
Ref: Mark Clattenburg - Att: 18,940 (away sections 4,500 approx)
(Monday 18th December 2006)
Wanderers boss Paul Lambert was featured in a lengthy article published in the Sunday Times on 17th December. Lambert recalls advice given to him by Martin O'Neill and how he has put that into practice at Wycombe. He also comments on the cup tie with Charlton Athletic, saying, “People say, ‘Oh, that’s a good draw for you’, and they get carried away,” but warns, “Hold on a minute, we’re a League Two side, they’re in the Premiership, they’re light years away from where we are. But you just never know.” Read the article via The Times online
(Friday 15th December 2006)
The Bucks Free Press have 'exclusively revealed' that Romanian First Division side Universitatea Craiova have been tracking Wanderers striker Jermaine Easter. The BFP claim that a Craiova official contacted the newspaper earlier this week after their attempts to contact the Club failed. The report went on the claim that Steve Hayes had confirmed the approach from the Romanian side, while an official from Craiova said that they may watch Easter for the first time in person during the League Cup Quarter-Final with Charlton Athletic on Tuesday 19th December.
(Wednesday 13th December 2006)
Wanderers' Under 18 side took Arsenal to extra-time in the Third Round FA Youth Cup tie at Underhill on Wednesday evening. The home side were stunned when Callum Botham fired Wanderers into a 12th minute lead and it was only on the stroke of half-time that The Gunners levelled through Jay Simpson. Ian Culverhouse's side then held out for the remainder of the 90 minutes and it was wasn't until the 107th minute when Nacer Barazite snatched the winner for the Premiership side.
Wycombe: Adam Holloway, Robert Rice, Darrell Ellams, Eddie Savage, Lewis Christon, Stuart Cattell (sub 106 Daley), sam Tucknott, Scott Shulton (sub 87 Jordan Lumsden), Lloyd Boateng (sub 82 Robert Gradwell), Pietro Giambrone, Callum Botham - subs not used: Alan Massey, James Reading
Arsenal: Lee Butcher, Gavin Hoyte, Armand Traore, Abu Ogogo, Kieran Gibbs(sub 90 Rhys Murphy), Henri Lansbury, Francisco Merida Perez, Giorgos Efrem (sub 71 Nacer Barazite), Jay Simpson, Rene Steer, Peggy Lokando (sub 75 Rui Fonte) - subs not used: Wojciech Szczesny, James Dunne - Att: 463
League Cup 4,500 GOING TO CHARLTON
(Tuesday 12th December 2006)
Close to 4,500 Wanderers supporters will travel to The Valley on Tuesday 19th December for the League Cup Quarter-Final with Charlton Athletic. The Club reported that less than 200 tickets were remaining from the full allocation of 4,600 and these were now on general sale from the usual outlets. More than 20 coaches have been booked by the Official Supporters Association in order to take many of Wanderers followers to the game in South London. The tie will kick-off at 8pm and will be decided on the night via extra-time and penalties if necessary.
(Tuesday 12th December 2006)
Following reports last week that Conference side Grays Athletic had made an offer for Wanderers striker Jonny Dixon, the Bucks Free Press Midweek reported on Tuesday morning that "Wanderers have accepted a five figure bid from Grays Athletic for out-of-favour striker Jonny Dixon". The report went on to quote Grays Chairman Mike Woodward as saying, "Wycombe have accepted our offer and it's a matter of sitting down and talking to him." Grays appointed former Swindon Town Manager Andy King as boss in November and have recently added former Spurs player Justin Edinburgh as assistant to King in their quest to gain promotion to the Football League. 22 year old Dixon is out of contract again at the end of the current season but a fee would be required for him should he decide to leave in the January transfer window. The former Wanderers Youth Teamer has made just one League start this season under Paul Lambert and scored his solitary goal this campaign as a substitute in the 2-0 victory at Rochdale. Jonny Dixon - Player profile
(Friday 8th December 2006)
Paul Lambert says he will continue without a substitute goalkeeper until the transfer window opens in January. Ricardo Batista's recall by Fulham has forced the hand of the Wycombe boss who has opted not to recall Steve Williams from Forest Green Rovers or use 18 year old Youth Teamer Dean Thornton as a deputy to Jamie Young. Lambert told the Bucks Free Press, "I'm not normally a gambler, but we've got away with it so far and hopefully, touch wood, we will continue to get away with it until January." It means that Wanderers will be without cover for Young for at least six 'League Two' matches plus the League Cup Quarter-Final tie with Charlton Athletic. Lambert also added, "I haven't got a clue which outfield player would go in goal. It would be whoever is big enough and ugly enough to go in there."
(Friday 8th December 2006)
London Wasps Chief Executive David Davies has said that he hopes that plans for the capacity increase to Adams Park will be submitted in the New Year and that they would include improved emergency access and exit routes via Toweridge Lane into West Wycombe. Davies was speaking at the latest Travel Plan meeting held at Adams Park during November, where he also said that a public consultation exercise would take place before the final submission to the local council. A Council official at the meeting also stated that public consultation is a requirement of the planning process. The proposals to increase the stadium capacity to 15,000 are understood to involve adding a second tier of seating to the Valley End while retaining the lower tier as terracing. The rear of the upper tier would also have hospitality boxes, while the corner between the Valley End and the Woodlands Stand would be filled-in with appropriate seating.
(Tuesday 5th December 2006)
Wanderers boss Paul Lambert could find himself on an FA charge after being dismissed to the stands during the FA Cup tie with Stockport and then continuing his diatribe against referee Gary Sutton in the local press. Lambert was unhappy with the penalty decision given against Wycombe and was quoted in the BFP Midweek as saying, "It was a woeful decision, absolutely shocking. Unless you are 100 per cent sure you cannot give it. Russell Martin won the ball and everyone in the ground could see that. It was abysmal. The referee goes back to work tomorrow, whatever he is doing - a grocer's shop or whatever he's doing, a postman - in fact that job might be better for him because he was absolutely woeful." Lambert went on to claim that even the 'linesman' had told him it wasn't a penalty and that the referee had pushed him in the back as he protested and as a consequence got sent to the stands. The outcome will now depend on comments made in the referee's match report.
(Monday 4th December 2006)
Fulham named Wanderers' on loan goalkeeper Ricardo Batista as a substitute in their squad to face Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. The news came following an injury to their first choice 'keeper Antti Niemi who is recovering from a cartilage operation and will be out for around one month. Jan Lastuvka took over between the sticks from Niemi, with Batista remaining an unused substitute. Batista's loan deal with Wycombe was due to conclude at the end of December but this latest news puts his future in doubt at Wycombe who subsequently officially confirmed the recall at around 4.30pm on Monday afternoon, adding that they had been informed by Fulham "late on Friday morning". Fulham were within their rights to recall Batista but this would have had to been approved by the Football League executive.
(Friday 1st December 2006)
Wanderers went down 2-1 at Stockport County in the FA Cup on Friday evening despite taking a 34th minute lead through Jermaine Easter. The former County player's goal came after he headed home a right wing cross from Kevin Betsy. However, the home side got on level terms two minutes before the break when Russell Martin was adjudged to have fouled David Poole in the penalty area and Adam Proudlock converted from the spot. The controversial decision saw both Martin and Tommy Mooney booked, while Manager Paul Lambert was later dismissed to the stands. Wanderers lost their way after the break and netted the winning goal 15 minutes from time when Proudlock struck home from 12 yards. Wanderers best chance to equalise came in stoppage time when Easter crashed the ball over the bar from around the penalty spot. Wycombe: Young, Stockley, Antwi, Williamson, Martin, Betsy, Grant, Bloomfield, Oakes (sub 81 Palmer), Easter, Mooney - subs not used: Christon, Doherty, Gregory, Stonebridge - Att: 3,821 (away 155) - Yellow Cards: Martin, Mooney, Williamson, Antwi
(Friday 1st December 2006)
Wanderers players and management will be hoping that a Thursday night stay in a Manchester hotel will help them to victory in Friday evening's FA Cup tie at Stockport County. The prize for success in the Second Round tie will be £24,000 in prize money and a place in the Third Round draw which takes place on Sunday at around 3pm. Live TV coverage in Round Three also attracts a £150,000 cheque for each club involved. But before contemplating that, Wycombe will need to overcome a Stockport side who have gone seven games unbeaten in 'League Two' and who will also be keen to get one over former player Jermaine Easter. Team news for Wycombe will see Jamie Young take his place between the sticks again in place of Ricardo Batista who have has been refused permission to play in the FA Cup by his Club Fulham and on loan Aston Villa defender Stephen O'Halloran has also been ruled out by Villa but can play in the League Cup quarter-final with Charlton Athletic on 19th December.
(Friday 1st December 2006)
The new Club Shop at Adams Park will be officially opened next Thursday (7th December) at 7.30pm, with the Club launching a new range of leisure wear named in honour of Club benefactor Frank Adams. The opening event will be attended by some of Wanderers Management and Players, as well as names from tenants and Club Shop 'partners' London Wasps. The shop will be open until 9.30pm on the opening evening and will then be open until 7pm on the following two Thursday's before Christmas in addition to the normal opening hours.

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