August 2007 News Archive
All the news stories from August 2007
(Friday 31st August 2007)
The Club confirmed on Friday afternoon the season long loan deal for Plymouth Argyle striker Reuben Reid. However, the 19 year old has been ill all week and will not be included in Wanderers' squad to travel to Chesterfield on Saturday. Argyle have the option of recalling Reid during the January 2008 transfer window, while Paul Lambert has claimed there is no connection between this move and the interest being shown by Argyle in Jermaine Easter, who remains at Wycombe for the time being.
(Friday 31st August 2007)
Wanderers are set to complete a season long loan deal for Plymouth Argyle striker Reuben Reid according to reports in the Plymouth Herald. 19 year old Reid had loan spells with Kidderminster Harriers, Rochdale and Torquay United last season but has only appeared in the League Cup for Argyle this season, including an appearance at the right side of midfield against The Wanderers. The same report also claims that Wanderers are interested in Argyle's 21 year old striker Cherno Samba who has yet to feature for The Pigrims this season and has been told he can leave the Club by Manager Ian Holloway having joined in the summer of 2006. Meanwhile, the Jermaine Easter saga continues with more posturing via the Bucks Free Press and Official website from Paul Lambert and Steve Hayes as well as more from Easter. Hayes appears to be hanging out for a January sale, adding "He's got four months to prove to other clubs that he is worth the money that we value him at. If he is scoring the goals then clubs in the Championship will come in for him again. I can understand his disappointment because he would love to make it in the Championship but he has signed a contract with us."
Jermaine Easter EASTER SAGA - V07/08.2
(Thursday 30th August 2007)
With the transfer deadline approaching this Friday, the Jermaine Easter saga is boiling up again with the Swindon Advertiser claiming that Wanderers have now turned down a £250,000 offer from Plymouth Argyle. Easter was quoted as saying, "I only cost Wycombe £80,000 from Stockport County and now they have turned down an offer more than three times that. I don't want to rock the boat because I don't believe that's the right way to do things. But I had a meeting with the club yesterday and they wouldn't tell me how much money they wanted for me, which was pretty frustrating." Meanwhile, reports continue that Paul Lambert is still interested in signing Tommy Doherty from QPR but the player's injury points towards Wanderers opting for a loan deal once he has proved his fitness.
(Wednesday 29th August 2007)
The Club have agreed to host another 'Safe Standing Day' at Adams Park, this time to tie in with the Football League meeting with Brentford on Sunday 9th September which is being shown live on Sky TV with a 1.30pm kick-off. Fans from other clubs will be invited to stand on the Valley Terrace in order to promote the campaign. This news follows on from the success of a similar event when Wycombe played Leyton Orient at Adams Park on 29th December 2005. Since then the Football Supporters Federation has also released a report on the subject and this can be downloaded via their website.
Official website - press release 29th August 2007
FSF press release on launch of Safe Standing Report
COTN - Safe Standing Day - News archive December 2005
Supporters Trust TRUSTS ON HAYES & WASPS
(Tuesday 28th August 2007)
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' and Founders' Trusts have commented briefly on Steve Hayes' purchase of 11% shares in London Wasps and the subsequent news that he has joined their Board of Directors. The statement says the Boards of the Trusts will monitor the situation closely through their PLC Directors and report to their members on any relevant developments. The statement adds, "In particular the Boards of the Trusts would oppose any move, such as merging the companies controlling Wycombe Wanderers and Wasps, which places the interests of Wasps on either an equal footing with, or ahead of, those of Wycombe Wanderers." See for more details
Matchday WYCOMBE 1 BURY 0
(Saturday 25th August 2007)
A headed goal from Sergio Torres goal on 70 minutes was enough to see Wycombe register their first League victory of the 2007/8 season and also end a run of 13 League games with a win. The game had remained goalless to that point and the goal came after substitute Stefan Oakes had centered from the left for Torres to connect and angle a header past Jim Provett in the Bury goal. Next game, away to Chesterfield on Saturday 25th August. Wycombe: Shearer, Martin, McCracken, Johnson, Bloomfield (sub Oakes 66), Holt, Bullock, Williams, Torres (sub Stockley 86), McGleish (sub 74 Sutton), Easter - subs not used: Young, Boucaud - Att:4,067 (away end 191)
(Thursday 23rd August 2007)
Steve Hayes revealed his 'Major Announcement' at the Fans Forum on Thursday by confirming ambitions to move to a new stadium and also confirming his purchase of a 11% shareholding in London Wasps. COTN first reported Hayes' moves to take a shareholding in Wasps back in April and this latest annoucement is coupled with an ambitious plan to build a 'Community Stadium' through an 'enabling development' scheme which would see the site shared with retail and other commercial activities such as hotel accomodation and conferencing facilities. Hayes said he had a two year plan to get things moving with the local Council for what would be a joint venture with current ground tenants London Wasps. Hayes ruled out Handy Cross as a site for the new stadium as it would not be big enough for an 'enabling development' type project similar to the new stadium at Milton Keynes. Hayes went on to reveal that he would review his current funding of the Club at the end of this season and would only continue funding at the current levels if backing was given to the new stadium. The capacity of the stadium was suggested as between 17,000 and 20,000 and Hayes wants it become the first new stadium built in modern times to have a terraced section.
(Thursday 23rd August 2007)
A reminder that the Club are holding a 'Fans Forum' on Thursday evening in the Vere Suite at Adams Park which is open to all. Doors open at 6.30pm and proceedings are planned to get underway at 7.30pm. Manager Paul Lambert, along with his coaching staff and full First Team squad will be attendance, along with the Board of Directors of the PLC. MD Steve Hayes is tempting fans to attend by promising a 'major annoucement' at the forum.
(Tuesday 21st August 2007)
Wanderers Reservers went down 5-0 away to Southampton on Tuesday evening in their opening Combination game of the season. The match played at saints' Staplewood Traing Ground, saw a relatively young Wanderers side hold out until the 38th minute when Cedric Baseya looped a header over Jamie Young. Saints went on to dominate the second period, adding further goals from Adam Lallena (52), David McGoldrick (67 and 89) and Baseya (75). Adam Hammill was sent off for the home side on the hour for two bookable offences within 60 seconds. Next reserve outing is on Tuesday 11th September at home to Watford - kick-off 2pm at Adams Park. Wycombe: Jamie Young, Robert Rice, Jack Obersteller, Stuart Cattell, Leon Crooks, Matthew Phillips, Scott Shulton, Andre Boucard, Derek Duncan; Chidi Ohbuagu, Callum Botham - subs: Elliott Brathwaite, George Daly, Darell Ellams, Adam Holloway
(Tuesday 21st August 2007)
COTN understands that Wanderers officials are stepping up their search for a move away from Adams Park after estimated costs of access roads have made stadium expansion plans financially unviable. Ground tenants London Wasps are the main driving force behind a proposed capacity increase but their plans are on hold after issues raised by the Safety Advisory Group. An 'Emergency' access road across the Dashwood Estate is thought to be an option but may not satisfy safety concerns and would not alleviate crowd egress problems. Proposals from the local Council have already suggested an alternative site for a joint stadium for Wanderers and London Wasps and although Club officials denied knowledge of these proposals, it's understood that talks have now taken place between the parties. Possible sites include the soon to be vacated Handy Cross Leisure Centre and the RAF camp along Daws Hill Lane. Wasps' priorities lean towards a 15,000 capacity stadium while Wanderers want to centralise all their facilities on one site, including provision for a Youth Academy. Meanwhile, the Council will be desperate to keep London Wasps in High Wycombe as part of their town centre rejunvenation programme and will pull any strings possible.
Jermaine Easter EASTER SAGA - V07/08.1
(Tuesday 21st August 2007)
Wanderers have turned down an offer of £125,000 for Jermaine Easter from Swindon Town according to reports in the BFP Midweek. Wanderers MD commented, "It was an insult to the player and the Club" The bid follows Hayes' comments on the official website on Monday 13th August saying, ""We have not had a single offer for Jermaine. It's true that a number of clubs have phoned me about him, but that's as far as it's gone. We would have to listen if a genuine offer came in because every player has his price, but we certainly don't want to lose him as he's a vital part of our promotion plans for the season." However, while Swindon's initial bid has been rejected, it's also reported that Plymouth Argyle are set to make an offer, with Easter commenting, "Plymouth would defintely interest me. They are in the Championship and I have always said I think I can play in the Championship." 25 year old Easter, who joined Wanderers for £80,000 from Stockport County in January 2006, is out of contract at the end of the 2007/8 season and has stalled on signing a new contract that has been on offer since last March.
(Monday 20th August 2007)
New Youth Team boss Greg Heald got off to a flying start to his career at Wycombe as he saw his Under 18 side beat Colchester United 5-1 at Bisham Abbey on Saturday morning in their opening Football League Youth Alliance fixture. Wanderers' scorers were Scott Shulton, Matt Phillips and a hat-trick from George Daly. Up and coming fixtures for the U18's are away to Brentford on Saturday 1st September and then home to QPR on Saturday 8th September. The youngsters then begin their group matches in the Youth Alliance Cup, playing Hereford (H), Rushden & Diamonds (A), Peterborough (H), Northampton (A), Cheltenham (H) and finally Exeter City (A).
(Saturday 18th August 2007)
Wanderers came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at League newcomers Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday afternoon. Jermaine Easter, returning to the Wycombe side for the first time this season following suspension, grabbed the equaliser in the fifth minute of second half stoppage time when he converted a penalty after Sergio Torres had been tripped on the edge of the box. Wycombe had started the match brightly but fell behind in the 33rd minute when Sam Sloma turned the ball in from six yards for The Daggers first ever Football League goal. It got worst for Wycombe three minutes after the start of the second half when Chris Moore struck a low left footed effort past Scott Shearer from 12 yards. Wanderers got back into the game on 69 minutes following good work from substitute Martin Bullock who set up for Matt Bloomfield to head home from close range. Easter's last gasp penalty then secured the first points of the season for Wycombe. Next game, home to Bury on Saturday 25th August. Wycombe: Shearer, Martin, Christon, McCracken, Johnson, Bloomfield, Holt, Boucaud (sub 52 Bullock), Oakes (sub 52 Torres), McGleish (sub 67 Sutton), Easter - subs not used: Young, Stockley - Att:2,280 (away end 598)
Football League Cup PLYMOUTH 2 WYCOMBE 1
(Tuesday 14th August 2007)
Wanderers bowed out of the Football League Cup on Tuesday evening, going down 2-0 to a Plymouth Argyle team who had made eight changes from their line-up that had won 3-2 at Hull City on Saturday in 'The Championship'. Wanderers, with just three changes from the starting XI that had disappointed against Accrington, were rocked with two goals conceded shortly before the break - Martin Bullock putting through his own net from close range on 41 minutes and Lee Hodges doubling the lead on the stroke of half-time when he headed past Scott Shearer following a corner from the right. Wanderers were given a lifeline with 14 minutes remaining when a 30 yarder from Stefan Oakes found its way past Luke McCormick but there was to be no dramatic finish. So no memorable run in this competition this season and it's back to League action on Saturday at Dagenham & Redbridge. Wycombe: Shearer, Woodman, McCracken, Johnson, Bullock, Bloomfield, Martin, Oakes, Torres, Sutton, Williams (sub 55 McGleish) - subs not used: Holt, Boucaud, Stockley, Young - Att: 5,474 (away section 225)
(Monday 13th August 2007)
Sad news breaking over the weekend when it was revealed that former Wanderers player Steve Thorne had died at the age of 48 from a brain tumor. Locally born Thorne played for the Wanderers during the Mike Keen era, joining in 1982 and being a vital part of the Isthmian League Championship winning side of 1982/1983 - making 17 appearances and scoring three times. The popular player made a further 17 appearances for Wanderers the following season before returning to play in local football. Condolences to his family and friends during this sad and difficult time.
(Saturday 11th August 2007)
Wanderers went down 1-0 to Accrington Stanley in their opening day fixture at Adams Park. The only goal of the game came on 58 minutes when a cross from the right caught out the Wycombe defence and Paul Mullin headed home at the near post past a bemused Scott Shearer. Shearer was one of nine players making their competitive debuts for the Wanderers - beating the previous highest of eight when Cambridge United were the visitors in August 2004. Meanwhile, the defeat to Stanley extends Wanderers' winless run in the League to twelve games - with the last victory coming on 3rd March 2007 versus Macclesfield Town. Next game is on Tuesday when Paul Lambert's side have a break from League action, making the long journey to Plymouth Argyle in the First Round of the Football League Cup. Wycombe: Shearer, Stockley, Johnson, McCracken, Woodman (sub 78 Boucaud), Bullock (sub 60 Williams), Bloomfield, Torres, Holt (sub 70 Oakes), Sutton, McGleish - subs not used: Young, Martin - Att:4,179 (away section 130)
Jermaine Easter EASTER SAGA - VERSION 07/08
(Saturday 11th August 2007)
The Jermaine Easter transfer saga is up and running again for the new season with claiming that both Swindon Town and MK Dons have tabled bids for the Wycombe striker. Paul Lambert has already slapped a £675,000 price tag on the Welsh International via the BFP back in May, while if you look hard enough on the new look official website there is an interview with Easter that says he is happy at Wycombe and 'sick and tired' of the speculation linking him to other clubs. Expect more of the same as the 31st August transfer deadline approaches.
(Friday 10th August 2007)
Alternative Wanderers fans website SMBU has kicked back into action this week with a new look and a new editorial team. They correctly lambast the choice of new 'Club Song' while suggesting 'You were always on my mind' as the smbu fave - don't worry there's an explanation there too. And never fear, old favourite Tucker Chump is still around. visit
Meanwhile, if you are looking for more alternative match reports, take a glimpse at
(Thursday 9th August 2007)
Wanderers' scheduled fixture at Peterborough United on Saturday 13th October has been moved to Sunday 14th October with a 2pm kick-off after Posh insisted on the change due to England playing Estonia at Wembley on the Saturday. Officials at Wycombe objected to the change, suggesting Friday evening, or later on Saturday evening as a better alternative but the Football League supported Peterborough's request.
(Wednesday 8th August 2007)
Wanderers have confirmed the permanent signing of midfielder Andre Boucaud on a one year deal. The 22 year old was a free agent having played for Kettering Town last season and before that having spent time with Reading and Peterborough United. However, the signing of Boucaud comes on the same day that left sided player Chris Palmer agreed a loan move until the end of 2007 to fellow 'League Two' side Darlington. Palmer joined Wanderers in the summer of 2006 from Notts County on a two year deal. He made 27 starts for Wanderers last season plus 14 appearances from the bench. Meanwhile, youth teamer Alan Massey's loan move to Wealdstone has also been confirmed.
1986-87 remembered 1986-87 REMEMBERED
(Wednesday 8th August 2007)
COTN concludes its 20 year retro feature on the 1986/87 season with a look back at Wanderers' closing games of that campaign, including a Berks & Bucks Senior Cup Final versus Aylesbury United and a record breaking conclusion to their Isthmian League career. 1986-87 - 20 year retro - final part
(Tuesday 7th August 2007)
Wanderers head towards their opening Football League game of the 2007/8 campaign with a shortage of strikers. Jermaine Easter will miss the meeting with Accrington as he serves the second game of the three match ban, while Scott McGleish is fighting to regain fitness after missing the game at Oxford due to a toe injury. McGleish is expected to make it back in time for Saturday but if he fails that would leave new signing John Sutton as the solitary recognised front man available for selection. Elsewhere, Manager Paul Lambert has named David McCracken as the new team captain.
(Tuesday 7th August 2007)
The Club have confirmed the loan moves of Stephen Gregory and Tom Cadmore to Conference South side Hayes & Yeading United. The duo have both signed three month long deals and this could free up funds for Paul Lambert to pursue his interest in Andre Boucaud. Meanwhile, Youth teamer Alan Massey is currently on trial at Wealdstone and played for them at the weekend against a Hayes & Yeading United side that included his former team mates Gregory and Cadmore.
(Friday 3rd August 2007)
Wanderers drew 1-1 at Oxford in their final pre-season friendly. Both goals came in the second half and followed a fairly even opening 45 minutes where John Sutton went closest for Wycombe with a header. Wycombe took the lead three minutes after the restart after good work down the left flank ended with Sergio Torres capitalising on a mistake in the United defence, before weaving forward and sending a wonder strike past Billy Turley. However, United equalised with 15 minutes left on the clock when Barry Quinn headed past Scott Shearer following a free-kick. It was United who went nearest to finding a winner with Marvin Robinson seeing a header tipped away, while Michael Standing also forced a decent save from Shearer with a couple of minutes remaining. Wanderers now await the start of the League campaign on Saturday 11th August. Wycombe: Shearer, Palmer (sub 75 Duncan), Stockley, McCracken (sub HT Martin), Williams (sub HT Oakes), Johnson (sub 54 Crooks), Bloomfield, Boucaud (sub HT Torres) Bullock, Easter, Sutton (sub 61 Woodman) - Att:1,691 (away section 342)
(Friday 3rd August 2007)
Paul Lambert has told the press that he wants to tie up triallist Andre Boucaud on a permanent deal at Adams Park after the 22 year old impressed in Wanderers' pre-season games to date. However, Lambert has limited funds remaining after already reaching his target of ten signings and having to pay off the remainder of Fola Onibuje's contract. Wanderers complete their pre-season programme at Oxford United on Friday evening where Gary Holt is expected to miss out due to the light plaster cast that remains on his wrist. Kick-off at United's 'Stadium' is 7.45pm with entrance prices £10 adults, £5 over 65's, £3 under 16's.
(Friday 3rd August 2007)
Stephen Gregory and Tom Cadmore could now be set to join newly amalagamated Conference South side Hayes and Yeading United after their proposed move to Aldershot Town fell through. The duo played for the new side in their midweek 4-1 victory over an Exeter City XI. They, along with Youth teamer Alan Massey, had been on trial at Aldershot but it fell through after Shots boss Gary Waddock took up other options to extend his squad. Meanwhile, Leon Crooks has returned from a week's trial at MK Dons after 'Franchise' boss Paul Ince told him there was no future for him at his former club. Paul Lambert has said that Crooks must now fight for his place back at the Wanderers.
(Thursday 2nd August 2007)
Wycombe Wanderers Supporters' Trust and Founders' Trust are likely to merge in the near future but COTN understands that attempts to incorporate the Official Supporters' Association and Independent Supporters' Club have been ditched. A meeting of members from both Trusts on 28th June saw agreement in principle to a merger of the Trusts which would see a single Board oversee two levels of membership. However, a further meeting of representatives from OWWSA and WWISC with Club and Trust officials could not come to an agreement on how these two groups could be incorporated in the structure, with both organisations wishing to retain their independence.
Football Fans Census FIVE YEAR PLAN SURVEY
(Wednesday 1st August 2007)
The Football Fans Census website is running a national survey looking at where fans think their club will be in five year's time. The survey is six questions long and asks how well do you think the Wanderers will be fairing in the league and how stable or unstable the Club will be financially and managerially. They are also asking who you see as Wanderers’ main rivals in 2007.
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