June 2007 News Archive
All the news stories from June 2007
(Friday 29th June 2007)
Less than 12 hours after the Club officially confirmed the departure of Keith Ryan, he and fellow sacked coach Steve Brown have landed coaching positions with Queens Park Rangers. The QPR official website reported on Friday afternoon that Brown would take on the role of Youth Team Manager and Ryan would be responsible for the R's full-time scholars' education programme. Commenting on the appointment, R's boss and former Wycombe Manager John Gregory said, "Steve and Keith will be two fantastic additions to the backroom staff, and the Youth department, in particular will benefit from them. Their enthusiasm and passion for football is second to none and they've got years of experience and knowledge within the game, both as players and coaches."
(Friday 29th June 2007)
The Club have confirmed the departure of Keith Ryan and John Granville from their coaching set-up. Statements were released via the official website and Bucks Free Press on Friday morning. Youth Team coach Ian Culverhouse has been promoted to 'Head Coach' in an amalgamation of the job left vacant by the departure of Ryan and Steve Brown. The former Norwich City player took training for the first time on Thursday along with fitness coach Terry Evans. Youth Team administrator Nicky Chivers has also been shown the door with Wanderers' Managing Director Steve Hayes explaining the Club had been forced to restructure its coaching and admin. staff for financial reasons. Ryan commented to the Bucks Free Press, "I'm obviously disappointed to be leaving the Club after 17 really enjoyable years. I'm proud of my achievements during that time and I'm frustrated that I won't get the chance to help the Club to move forward as I feel I have much to offer." He added, "I would like to say a big thank you to all the fans who have been so supportive and I look forward to seeing them soon on the terraces." COTN archive - Keith Ryan - profile
(Thursday 28th June 2007)
Wanderers are closing in on the signing of QPR midfielder Tommy Doherty. COTN understands that a 50,000 fee has been agreed with 'The Championship' side and a deal will be announced on or before 1st July. Doherty made 31 appearances for Wycombe last season while on loan from QPR where his contract runs until the summer of 2008. The deal is likely to be a two year contract with a release clause should Wycombe fail to gain promotion at the end of the 2007/2008 season.
(Wednesday 27th June 2007)
Wanderers have completed the signing of St Mirren striker John Sutton. The Club announced the signing on Wednesday afternoon and the 23 year old has is understood to have signed a two year deal at Adams Park after allegedly turning down offers from 'Championship' clubs, including Blackpool and Barnsley. Sutton has been top scorer with St Mirren for the last two seasons having originally been a trainee at Spurs. He also spent time at Millwall before heading north to further his football career.
(Wednesday 27th June 2007)
Keith Ryan looks set to be Wanderers' next victim of their coaching shake-up. 'Rhino', who took on a coaching role on the arrival of John Gorman in November 2004 and celebrated his 37th birthday this week, has been notably absent from any official press statements regarding pre-season training and is understood to be leaving along with part-time goalkeeping coach John Granville. Ironically new goalkeeping signing Scott Shearer cited Granville as one of the main reasons for joining in a recent article in the local press, saying that he had been impressed with his communications skills from the sidelines while playing for Shrewsbury Town against Wycombe last season.
(Wednesday 27th June 2007)
More posturing from the Club on Tuesday evening as they responded to an article in the Midweek claiming that the players had been informed of Steve Brown's departure and the delay in training via a text message. In an article penned by Club Spin Doctor Alan Parry, it claims that training was put back by three days to give Manager Paul Lambert 'time to pursue the signings of new players'. It also claims that MD Steve Hayes had intended to inform the squad of Brown's depature at the first day of training but 'had to abandon this plan when the Bucks Free Press chose to publish the story despite a request from the Club not to do so until the players and staff had been properly informed'.
(Tuesday 26th June 2007)
Released Leyton Orient midfielder/winger Derek Duncan is set to sign for the Wanderers according to reports on BBC Essex and since reported on BBC Sport Online. The 20 year old had agreed to join Grays Athletic but is now understood to be in the process of finalising a deal with Wycombe to keep him in the Football League. Duncan had come through the youth system with The O's but had limited First Team opportunities and was loaned out to Conference South side Lewes for a short spell last season. The Club confirmed the two year deal on Tuesday evening.
(Tuesday 26th June 2007)
Wanderers have signed released 26 year old Gillingham central defender Leon Johnson on a two year deal. The former Southend United trainee made close to 100 apps during a five year spell with The Gills. He originally made his Football League debut aged 19 for Southend during their spell in the basement division before stepping up two division with Gillingham at the start of the 2002/2003 season. Johnson will join Wanderers for pre-season training when it resumes on Thursday of this week following Paul Lambert's return from holiday. Tommy Mooney may be part of the new coaching set-up taking those sessions after being reported to have been offered a coaching role as an incentive to sign a new contract at Adams Park. However, Mooney has since denied the reports via the local press.
(Monday 25th June 2007)
Wanderers home meeting with Brentford scheduled for Saturday 8th September has been moved to the following day (Sunday 9th September) with a 1.30pm kick-off to accomodate live coverage on Sky Sports. The news comes as club officials were already in discussions regarding moving the original date and/or kick-off time to avoid clashing with the England/Israel Euro qualifyier at Wembley. The 1.30pm kick-off time has been chosen by Sky are they are also covering the Swindon/Yeovil 'League One' game later that day with a 4pm kick-off. The coverage is understood to be worth a fee of 30,000 to Wycombe as the 'home' side.
(Monday 25th June 2007)
The Boards of the Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust and Wycombe Wanderers Founders' Trust have invited members to attend a meeting on Thursday 28th June 2007 to discuss a potential merger between the two Trusts. A working party has been discussing the potential for a merger since the beginning of 2007 and have come to the conclusion that a merger is 'the appropriate course of action'. The meeting is for Trust members only and is due to start at 8pm, directly after the Supporters' Trust AGM. See for more details
(Friday 22nd June 2007)
Wanderers' Steve Brown has left the Club from his role as 'Assistant Manager' to Paul Lambert. The news was announced in another attempted joint press release by the Bucks Free Press and the official website on Friday morning. Amongst a series of shared quotes, MD Steve Hayes said, "Over the last few weeks we've been reviewing our finances at the club and it was felt that we needed to streamline our coaching staff. Steve leaves with our best wishes and he will always be welcomed back here." Brown spent close to 11 years as a player for the Wanderers before retiring in May 2004. He helped out with the youth set-up at Wycombe before being appointed as part of John Gorman's coaching staff in November 2004 along with Keith Ryan. Meanwhile, Brown commented on his departure, "I'm sad to be leaving, but decisions were made and now I have to get on with it. Wycombe have been a huge part of my career and I'll be leaving behind a lot of good friends and great memories."
(Friday 15th June 2007)
Wanderers boss Paul Lambert is continuing his search north of the border in an effort to bolster his squad for the forthcoming season. The latest name in the frame, according to media reports, is St Mirren striker John Sutton. The 23 year old has rejected a new two year deal at Love Street and is said to be in talks with Lambert. Younger brother of former Norwich, Blackburn, Chelsea and Celtic striker, John has been top scorer with St Mirren for the last two seasons. Originally a trainee at Spurs, he was involved in a 60,000 move to Millwall from Raith Rovers in January 2004 but return north in August 2005 to join St Mirren where he helped them to promotion to the SPL. Meanwhile, Lambert has denied talk of wanting to bring Celtic younsgters Nick Riley and Simon Ferry to Adams Park, saying that neither of them is ready for 'League Two' football in England.
(Friday 15th June 2007)
Wanderers will play at German Third tier side SC Verl in a pre-season friendly on Saturday 21st July instead of their previously arranged game against a Dortmund U21 side. According to reports in the Bucks Free Press, the match will also be open to the public and take place at the 5,000 capacity Stadion an der Postrassse (kick-off 3pm local time), which is around 50 miles from Dortmund. The match was hastily arranged after Dortmund pulled out of the original 'behind closed doors' game.
(Thursday 14th June 2007)
Wanderers will play Accrington Stanley at home on the opening day of the Football League season on Saturday 11th August. It is the fifth season running that Wanderers have been given a home fixture for their opening game. The following Saturday Wanderers will make the trek across London for their first ever Football League meeting with Dagenham & Redbridge. Wanderers will travel to Brentford on Boxing Day and are at home to Barnet on New Years Day. The final game of the regular season on Saturday 3rd May 2008 is at home to Bradford City.
See BBC website for full fixture list
(Wednesday 13th June 2007)
Paul Lambert is said to be looking at the possibility of bringing Celtic reserve striker Nicky Riley to Adams Park on a loan deal. Scottish paper the Daily Record says that the 21 year old is discussing a new two year deal at Parkhead but the SPL Champions would be happy for him loaned out under the guidance of the former Hoops star. This latest 'rumour' comes less than a week after at least one senior Club official bemoaned the leaking of 'inside' information on possible transfer deals and went on to suggest that a leak could be 'very damaging' and as a consequence the deal could fall through.
Football League Cup LEAGUE CUP DRAW
(Wednesday 13th June 2007)
Wanderers will start out their 2007/8 League Cup campaign with the long trip to Championship side Plymouth Argyle. The seeded and North/South regionalised draw took place at 10am on Wednesday morning, shortly after COTN had remarked that a trip to Home Park could be the furthest possible journey at this stage of the competition. Last season Wanderers' run to the semi-finals started with a near 200 mile journey to Swansea City.
See BBC website for draw details
(Tuesday 12th June 2007)
Wanderers have completed the signing of released Dundee United central defender David McCracken. Rumours of the deal were first reported by the Glasgow press at the end of May and the Club officially confirmed on Tuesday evening that Paul Lambert had persuaded the 25 year old to move to Adams Park on what is thought to be a two year deal. McCracken came through the youth system at Tanadice Park and made over 200 appearances since making his first team debut towards the end of the 1999/2000 season. The 6'2" Glasgow born player also made five appearances for Scotland Under 21's between 2001 and 2003.
(Tuesday 12th June 2007)
The Football Fans Census website have released their latest survey which is asking for opinon on the closure of the terrace at Plymouth Argyle. Current legislation states that clubs promoted to the 'Championship' have three seasons grace before being forced to convert to all-seater stadia. Argyle applied to the Government for special dispensation but this was turned down. Earlier this month the FSF launched its Safe Standing Report which called for a reform in the current legislation.
Read more and vote at the Football Fans Census website
(Friday 8th June 2007)
Wanderers have revealed they have made an unsuccessful attempt to sign former Celtic midfielder Neil Lennon. Wanderers CE Steve Hayes ambitiously flew to Glasgow on Tuesday morning for talks with the 35 year old but although Lennon was impressed with what Hayes had to say, he turned down a move to Adams Park as he didn't want to drop down to 'League Two'. Lennon told the Bucks Free Press, "That was the only reason I said no and it took a lot of soul searching before I made my decision." Lennon is said to be an admirer of former Celtic player Paul Lambert and didn't rule out a move to Wycombe in the future, adding, "Wycombe is clearing going places. I'll be keeping a careful eye on their progress and who knows what might happen in the future." The former Northern Ireland international, who left Parkhead in the summer, is now understood to be in talks with Sunderland, managed by former teammate Roy Keane.
(Wednesday 6th June 2007)
Bristol City reported through their official website on Tuesday that they will travel to Wycombe on Monday 6th August for a pre-season friendly. However, Wanderers responded on Wednesday morning through their official website by saying the friendly "will involve a mixture of reserve and youth team players from both clubs and is planned to be played behind-closed-doors at Wanderers' Booker training complex." Wanderers' only official home friendly remains the visit of Queens Park Rangers on Saturday 28th July (KO 3pm). Away friendlies previously confirmed are at Maidenhead United on Tuesday 31st July (KO 7.45pm) and at Oxford United on Friday 3rd August (KO 7.45pm). A Wanderers XI will also play at Holmer Green on Wednesday 11th July as part of Holmer's Centenary celebrations.

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