May 2007 News Archive
All the news stories from May 2007
(Thursday 31st May 2007)
Wanderers' Football League fixtures for the 2007/8 season will be released in the usual hype of publicity on Thursday 14th June at 10am. With Torquay United relegated to the 'Conference' and Bristol Rovers and Swindon Town promoted to 'League One', Wycombe will be without a potential trip to the South-West for the Christmas Holiday programme. However, the arrival of Brentford and Dagenham have given the fixture programmers other options.
(Tuesday 29th May 2007)
Paul Lambert is reported to have made an offer to sign released Dundee United central defender David McCracken. The Glasgow Evening Times claim the Wycombe boss has been in touch with the 25 year old about a potential deal at Adams Park. McCracken came through the youth system at Tanadice Park and has made over 200 appearances since making his first team debut towards the end of the 1999/2000 season. The former Scotland Under 21 was was told of his release back in January 2007.
(Tuesday 29th May 2007)
Paul Lambert has told the local press that he will talk with his former club Borussia Dortmund in hope they will make Wanderers' training game with their Under 23 side open to the public. Lambert told the BFP Midweek, "I appreciate that some people want to come and we will try and do something for them. It is a terrific place for people to go and see. It would be great for our fans to go. It is a lovely city and the Westfalion Stadium would be something they have not seen." Supporters are being advised not to book travel or accomodation unless the German side are able to confirm public entry to the game.
(Monday 28th May 2007)
The Club confirmed over the weekend that Bristol Rovers' Glasgow born 'keeper Scott Shearer has agreed terms to join the Wanderers. The 6'3" 'keeper spent last season on loan at Shrewsbury Town but after helping them reach the 'League Two' play-off final, couldn't play as opponents Bristol Rovers refused persmission. It's expected that Shearer will sign a two year deal with Wycombe when the signing is formalised in June.
(Friday 25th May 2007)
Wanderers are set to issue a warning to supporters advising them not to travel to Germany in an attempt to see the 'behind closed doors' friendly with a Borussia Dortmund U23 side on Saturday 21st July. Paul Lambert is holding a training camp for First Teamers at his Club and this will culminate in a match against the host Club. The most likely venue is the 'Stadion Rote Erde' which is adjacent to the 80,000 capacity Westfalenstadion in Dortmund. Wanderers are claiming via their official website that 'the Bundesliga club have insisted that the match is played behind-closed-doors so there will be no admission for spectators'.
(Friday 25th May 2007)
Former Swindon Town centre-half Matt Heywood is said to be a target of Paul Lambert according to Tommy Mooney. The name was made public after confusion arose following Mooney's FA Column where it stated that Wanderers were looking at a 'centre-half from Swindon'. Mooney stressed via The Swindon Advertiser that is was a former Swindon Town player. 27 year old Heywood spent four and half years at Swindon between January 2001 and the summer of 2005, making more than 200 appearances. He went on to sign for Bristol City, spending a season at Ashton Gate before joining Brentford in August 2006 on a two year deal following an initial loan period.
(Friday 25th May 2007)
Paul Lambert has made his second signing of the close with the addition of Bristol City left sided defender Craig Woodman. The 24 year old is a product of City's Youth Scheme and made his First Team debut in the 2000/2001 season and accumulated more than a 100 appearances before opting for the switch to Adams Park where he has agreed a two year deal. Lambert has also revealed that he has set-up a two year deal with a goalkeeper but won't reveal his name as the player is involved with one of the teams in the Football League play-offs. Bristol Rovers' Glasgow born 'keeper Scott Shearer is a strong possibility, with the 26 year old currently on loan to Rovers' play-off opponents Shrewsbury Town. Shearer began his career with Albion Rovers before moving to Coventry City in July 2003. He signed a two year deal with Rovers at the start of the 2005/2006 season.
(Friday 25th May 2007)
The Club's training surface and pitches at Booker are being re-surfaced following comments from Manager Paul Lambert. According to the Bucks Free Press the Wycombe boss believes the surface is too hard during the dry weather and blames Frank Talia's knee injury on their state. The Club purchased the facility in the summer of 2000 for a cost of around 150,000 but had to spend in the order of 50,000 on the pitches within the first twelve months due to teething problems. In more recent times the First Team have been forced to switch some of their training to Bisham Abbey but are keen to move back to reduce costs. The Club are also considering switching Youth Team matches to the Training Ground after the availabilty of Molins Sports Ground was withdrawn due to ownership issues at Molins.
(Wednesday 23rd May 2007)
Queens Park Rangers will visit Adams Park on Saturday 28th July (KO 3pm) in what will be Wanderers' only home pre-season friendly prior to the start of the Football League season on Saturday 11th August. Dates have also been confirmed of Wanderers pre-season trip to a training camp at Borussia Dortmund but the only planned game (against a BVB Under 23 side on Saturday 21st July) is said to be 'behind closed doors'. Wanderers will travel to Germany on Saturday 14th July and return on Sunday 22nd July. Away friendlies that have been confirmed so far 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.
(Tuesday 22nd May 2007)
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust and Founders' Trust have produced a joint report on the recent 'shareholders' meeting held at Adams Park. The report confirms the previously reported financial state of the Club and also records the thoughts of Manager Paul Lambert for the 2007/2008 season. Lambert says he is set to go for more experienced players in his quest to gain promotion for the Club to 'League One' and gives the opinion that at least ten new players are needed to help realise that ambition.
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(Sunday 20th May 2007)
Wanderers will play Morecambe for the first time in the Football League after the Lancashire club beat Exeter City 2-1 in the Conference play-off Final at Wembley on Sunday. The Shrimps, who will playing in the Football League for the first time in their history, have met Football League and safety officials regarding their 6,400 capacity Christie Park and have been told they will need to install segregation, a CCTV system, computerised turnstiles, an improved telephone system and extra toilet facilities before the new season kicks off in August. Meanwhile, on the playing side, Manager Sammy McIlroy will sit down with Chairman Peter McGuigan over the summer to discuss his playing budget for the 2007/2008 campaign. McGuigan told the local Morecambe press, "We are not just going there to make the numbers up. We know it is a tough task and won't be easy but we hope to make an impact."
(Friday 18th May 2007)
The Football League has published its annual report on Club Customer Charters within a new publication and initiative called 'Goals'. The report contains feedback from Wycombe Wandererson the three promises made for the 2005/6 season as well as giving a belated first public airing to the 'Goals' for the 2006/7 season. These new 'Goals' included releasing a new 'improved' Customer Charter, appointing a 'Diversity Officer' and opening a new Club Shop at the ground. Read more
(Tuesday 15th May 2007)
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust has announced its intention to hold its third AGM on Thursday 28th June 2007. Members will be officially notified during the first week of June. The Trust is also seeking nominations from members to stand for election to the Trust Board. Nominations need to be returned by Thursday 24th May 2007. Trust Board members are able to stand for election as the Trust representative on the PLC Board and this process will take place in late September/early October 2007.
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Kit 2007/8 NEW SPONSORS 2007/8
(Monday 14th May 2007)
The Club confirmed on Monday morning that current shirt sponsors will not be renewing their agreement with the Wanderers when their deal finishes at the end of May 2007. The Watford based company have been shirt sponsors with Wycombe for the past four seasons. As reported on COTN in March 2007, it's understood that the PLC Board have been looking to tempt ground tennants London Wasps shirt sponsors 'Magners' as the new shirt sponsor, while current away stand sponsors 'Dreams' are also a possible target. The bed specialist has its Head Office in High Wycombe. The Club say that an announcement will be made 'within the next few weeks' and will be coupled with the launch of a new kit design.
(Friday 11th May 2007)
Tommy Mooney is still stalling signing a new contract with Wycombe and according to his latest column for where he also says that he was 'embarrassed to have scored only 13 goals [last season]. Mooney says he has not decided his plans for next season and adds, "I have a meeting with the club this week. The manager will know in a few days about some of the players he'd like to bring in. If he gets what he wants, then I'd be happy to sit down with the club and discuss staying next season." See full article at
(Friday 11th May 2007)
Paul Lambert is looking for another goalkeeper despite the news that Jamie Young has agreed a three year deal with the Club this week. On loan Fulham 'keeper Ricardo Batista has returned to Craven Cottage and Lambert is understood to want a permanent signing to complement Young. Press reports suggest that talks have already taken place with a 'keeper with 'League Two' experience. Loanees Anthony Grant and Scott Golbourne have also returned to the Premiership Club's and indications from Chelsea suggest that Grant is likely to be loaned to a 'Championship' Club next season. However, Lambert is thought to be hopeful of signing QPR midfielder Tommy Doherty on a permanent deal but is also reported to be looking at Mansfield Town midfielder Giles Coke. Elsewhere, Lamabert has offered youngsters Steven Gregory and Tom Cadmore one year deals.
(Friday 11th May 2007)
Paul Lambert has released six out of contract players from his First Team squad, including two he signed during the season. Out goes goalkeeper Frank Talia after five years with the Club along with former Youth Teamer Ikechi Anya who became the youngest Wycombe player to appear in a Football League game when aged just 16 years 279 days in October 2004. First Year Pro striker James Faulkner and goalkeeper Dean Thornton have also been released without having made a First Team appearance. The Wycombe boss has also let go Matthew Barnes-Homer and Anthony McParland. Striker Barnes-Homer only signed for Wanderers in March 2007 from Willenhall Town and made just one sub First Team appearance during his time at Adams Park, while former Barnsley winger McParland joined in January 2007 after a month on loan from The Tykes - making one start and three sub First Team appearances for Wycombe.
(Thursday 10th May 2007)
WWFC PLC will make a loss approaching 1m for the 2006/7 season despite making a profit of 600,000 from the run to the semi-final of the League Cup and accumulating over 600,000 of income from transfer fees. The loss compares to 1.9m for the 2005/6 season and has been sweetened by an increase in profit of 250,000 from the catering department. Club Vice Chairman Brian Kane described the losses at the recent shareholders meeting as, "far more encouraging than expected.", and went on to claim that the Club was, "..making real progress in so many areas." The transfer income was boosted by 50,000 after Bristol City were promoted and thus activating a clause in the deal that saw Kevin Betsy move to Ashton Gate in January. The remainder of the income comes from the first half of instalments of the 275,000 paid by Cardiff City for Roger Johnson and 300,000 from the final payment from Nottingham Forest for Nathan Tyson.
(Thursday 10th May 2007)
Reports from Macclesfield suggest that midfielder Martin Bullock is set to sign for Wanderers in the close season. The 32 year old's contract expires with Macclesfield in the summer and he has only been offered a one year extension by Silkmen boss Paul Ince. According to Ince, Wycombe have stepped in with a two year deal and 'a lot more money' in order to tempt the former Barnsley and Blackpool player to move to Adams Park. Bullock joined Macclesfield in the summer of 2005 and made 95 appearances, scoring 12 times in his two year spell. His pro career began at Barnsley in 1993 where he spent eight years before a move to Blackpool. In four years at Blackpool he clocked up 185 appearances and scored seven times. It's unlikely the transfer will be officially confirmed until the middle June although the Club have since confirmed a deal is set to be signed.
Oxford United - You'll always be non-League...non-League, you'll always be non-League. non-League, you'll always be non-League CONFERENCE PLAY-OFFS
(Wednesday 9th May 2007)
Oxford United's abject failure in the Conference play-offs means that Wanderers will meet two new opponents at Football League level in the 2007/8 season. Dagenham & Redbridge have already been promoted as Champions and will play Wycombe for the first time at league level since the Conference season of 1992/93. Meanwhile, they will be joined by Morecambe or Exeter City who play-off at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 20th May for the second promotion slot. Wanderers' only previous meeting with Morecambe was in the Second Round of the FA Trophy in 1992/93, while Exeter City have only previously clashed with Wycombe in a 2000/2001 LDV tie at Adams Park.
(Wednesday 9th May 2007)
Around 60 Shareholders of Wycombe Wanderers FC PLC attended the 'informal' meeting on Tuesday. With PLC Chairman Ivor Beeks absent due to a migrane, Vive Chairman Brian Kane addressed the audience of the Club's progress and once again reinstated the ambition to 'improve communications'. It was confirmed that the PLC now had 91 'investors' and 420 'Founder Shareholders' but no progress had been made of enabling new investors. Manager Paul Lambert spoke too and admitted that some of his signings had not reached expectations. Presentations were made by the Youth and Community departments at the Club while PLC MD Steve Hayes confirmed that both WWFC and London Wasps had been in discussions with the local Council over a possible new site for a shared ground but progress had been slow and nothing was expected to be resolved for some considerable time.
(Tuesday 8th May 2007)
Shareholders of Wycombe Wanderers FC PLC have been invited to attend an 'informal' meeting on Tuesday 8th May 2007 under the banner 'Wycombe Wanderers at the Crossroads - The Vision for the Future'. Club Directors along with Manager Paul Lambert will be in attendance to deliver presentations and answer questions. The invitation states, "Our goal is to take the Club to a higher Division, where we belong, while operating in a financially successful, profitable and stable manner." but adds, "We do have some way to go on all fronts." See invite via
(Friday 4th May 2007)
Wanderers Manager Paul Lambert has agreed to stay for another season at the Club, according to reports in the Bucks Free Press. Lambert is on a rolling one year contract with the Wanderers and is said to have been close to quitting the club due to 'negativity from inside and outside the Club'. His decision to keep his family home in his native Scotland also fuelled rumours he would leave following Wanderers' end of season collapse where his side picked up just five points from a possible 30 leading up the final game of the season at Barnet.
(Friday 4th May 2007)
Wanderers have announced more changes in non-football staff . Associate Director Alan Parry has been appointed into the role of 'Head of Media and Public Relations'. Parry role is understood to be partially replacing that covered by Catherine Asprey who was appointed in November 2006. Parry covered a similar role with the Club during the latter part of the 1980's but this was later taken on by Alan Hutchinson who has remained in that position until the present day. However, health issues have restricted Hutchinson's day to day involvement at Adams Park. Meanwhile, Website Manager Matt Beadle is leaving the Club after two years helping to transform the Club's official website to one that was nominated for awards by the Football League. Completing this latest round of behind the scenes changes is the arrival of 'Sales and Marketing Manager' Karen Murphy. Murphy comes with experience from working at Spurs and Crystal Palace.

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