July 2007 News Archive
All the news stories from July 2007
(Tuesday 31st July 2007)
Wanderers drew 2-2 in their friendly with Maidenhead United at York Road on Tuesday evening. A strong Wycombe side took the lead on 20 minutes when a foul on Martin Bullock brought a penalty that Jermaine Easter converted. However, the home side were level two minutes later when Scott Shearer was beaten by a 30 yard free-kick from Dwane Lee. Wanderers regained the lead on 38 minutes when Scott McGleish finished following a run and good work from Bullock. But United drew level again three minutes before the break when David McCracken was penalised for holding his opponent in the box and Lee put away the resulting spot-kick. The obligatory array of second-half substitutions lead to a less eventful second 45 minutes, with Wycombe going closest to snatching a winner through efforts from Easter and John Sutton. Wycombe: Shearer (sub 60 Young), Martin, Woodman (sub 60 Palmer), Oakes (sub 60 Duncan), McCracken (sub 60 Christon), Johnson (sub HT Stockley), Bullock (sub HT Williams), Bloomfield (sub 60 Boucaud), Easter (sub 60 Sutton), McGleish, Torres - subs note used: Rice - Att:538
Matchday WYCOMBE 0 QPR 1
(Saturday 28th July 2007)
A stunning goal from former Wycombe Youth Teamer Martin Rowlands was enough to see QPR to victory in the pre-season friendly with the Wanderers at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon. The goal came on 40 minutes when Rowlands converted a 25 yard free-kick past Scott Shearer in the Wycombe goal. Paul Lambert gave most of his squad a run out, although Gary Holt missed out on his first appearance in a Wycombe shirt due to injury but new signing Tom Williams did make his debut. Wycombe: Shearer (sub 62 Young), Stockley (sub HT Martin), Woodman (sub HT Palmer), Boucaud (sub HT Bloomfield), McCracken (sub 62 Christon), Johnson, Bullock (sub 62 Rice), Torres (sub HT Oakes), Sutton, McGleish (sub HT Easter), Williams (sub 62 Duncan) - Att: 3,045 (1,082 away end)
Steven Gregory YOUTHS ON LOAN
(Friday 27th July 2007)
Stephen Gregory is set to join Conference side Aldershot Town on loan. According to the Bucks Free Press, there is also the possibilty of fellow youngsters Alan Massey and Tom Cadmore joining Gregory on loan at The Recreation Ground. All three have trained with The Shots this week and Massey played in their midweek friendly with Crystal Palace. All three were also due to be involved in their friendly with Millwall on Saturday before it was cancelled due to excessive Police costs.
(Friday 27th July 2007)
Left sided midfielder Tom Williams has become Paul Lambert's tenth signing of the close season. The former Swansea City player joins on two year deal confirmed by the official website on Thursday evening. The 27 year old has a Welsh international cap to his name, as well as spells with West Ham United, Birmingham City, QPR, Peterborough United and Gillingham. He was released by Swansea at the end of the last season.
(Friday 27th July 2007)
Wanderers have confirmed the release of striker Fola Onibuje by 'mutual consent' after just over six months with the Wanderers. The news came as The Bucks Free Press went to print with a story claiming the Club had turned down an offer of a three month loan move to Shrewsbury Town. Meanwhile, Leon Crooks has spent the last week training with his former Club MK Dons with a view to moving back to 'Franchise'. Like Onibuje, Crooks has not featured in the pre-season friendlies and did not travel with the squad to Germany. Both joined the Club in the January transfer window, with Crooks given a deal until the summer of 2009.
(Saturday 21st July 2007)
Wanderers drew 1-1 with German Third tier side SC Verl on Saturday afternoon as they completed their training exercise week in Germany. Both goals came in the early stages, with Wanderers taking the lead in the third minute when John Sutton netted, while the home side equalised on seven minutes through Lars Remmert. Paul Lambert had taken a 24 man squad for the meeting with the 'Regionalliga Nord' side and as expected gave a run out to all those except Will Antwi, Mike Williamson, Stuart Cattell and Jack Obersteller. There was good news in that both Chris Palmer and Matt Bloomfield made starts having missed the recent match at Holmer Green due to minor injuries, while Gary Holt made his first appearance in a Wycombe shirt since signing from Nottingham Forest. There were around 50 Wycombe fans in the 600 attendance at Verl's 5,000 capacity Poststraße stadium. Wycombe 1st Half: Shearer, Stockley, Woodman, Boucard, McCracken, Christon, Rice, Bloomfield, Sutton, McGleish, Palmer - 2nd half: Young, Martin, McCracken, Johnson, Woodman, Bullock, Holt, Oakes, Duncan, Easter, Torres
(Wednesday 18th July 2007)
The Club have further allayed fears of a downsizing in the Youth set-up by announcing Greg Heald as the new Youth Team Manager and appointing Richard Dobson in the apparent new role of 'Head of Centre of Excellence'. Heald, 36, best known for his playing career with Peterborough United, Barnet and Leyton Orient, will replace Ian Culverhouse. Dobson, 31, is a former trainee with Brentford who had his playing career curtailed by injury and opted to move into coaching with The Bees, where he was employed part-time as coach in their Centre of Excellence. He will work with Youth Development Officer Gary Karsa.
(Tuesday 17th July 2007)
Wanderers' ground tenants London Wasps have announced their new Chief Executive to replace the soon to be departed David Davies. The man is former Welsh Rugby Union international Tony Copsey who comes following a seven year spell as MD at Harlequins. Copsey will take up his role in mid August and will become embroiled in the ongoing saga of pushing through ground expansion plans at Adams Park. Proposals to increase the capacity to 15,000 are already running in excess of six months behind schedule but Copsey seems confident that progress can be made, commenting, "Wasps already have the use of an excellent stadium, and a progressive and forward thinking stadium partner in Wycombe Wanderers FC. Wycombe have great plans to move forward, and there will be an exciting future ahead for both clubs." In theory a 15,000 capacity is required Rugby Union Premiership clubs for the start of the 2008/9 season. Proposals, which have yet to be publicised, are understood by COTN to involve adding 4,000 seats above the existing Valley End terrace, as well as incorporating new corporate and catering facilities. However, the plans appear to have reached a bottle neck with the Safety Advisory Group and and the related problems with emergency access to the stadium.
(Friday 13th July 2007)
Wanderers will take a 24 man squad to their training camp in Dortmund next week. The party will fly out on Sunday and train all week in Dortmund before playing a friendly against local side SC Verl next Saturday (21st July - KO 3pm local time). There is no room for triallists Ramon Calliste and Fiston Manuella after they failed to impress in the friendly against Holmer Green but there is a place for former Reading trainee Andre Boucard. Also travelling in the squad are First Year pros Robert Rice and Stuart Cattell. Tom Cadmore, Leon Crooks, Steven Gregory, Alan Massey and Fola Onibuje are not due to travel. Squad for Germany: Shearer, Christon, Palmer, Martin, McCracken, Oakes, Bullock, Easter, Bloomfield, Sutton, McGleish, Woodman, Young, Johnson, Rice, Torres, Stockley, Cattell, Duncan, Holt, Obersteller, Boucaud, Antwi and Williamson
(Thursday 12th July 2007)
Wanderers will experiment with a large screen at Adams Park for the coming season that will be capable of showing live pictures from events in progress, action replays and pre-recorded items. The colour LED screen will measure approximately 50 feet wide and will be hired by the Club, with surround sponsorship and on screen advertising hoping to make this project 'self-funding', according to Club MD Steve Hayes. The screen will be installed in the corner of the ground between the Old Main Stand and the away end and will also be used by London Wasps.
(Thursday 12th July 2007)
The Club confirmed on Thursday afternoon the signing of Gary Holt on what is understood to be a two year deal. The news follows speculation on COTN earlier in the week that Paul Lambert had targeted the former Norwich City and Scottish international midfielder. The 34 year old becomes Lambert's ninth signing of the close season, joining Martin Bullock, Derek Duncan, Leon Johnson, David McCracken, Jack Oberstaller, Scott Shearer, John Sutton and Craig Woodman.
Matchday 5-0 WIN AT HOLMER
(Wednesday 11th July 2007)
Wanderers enjoyed a fairly comfortable 5-0 victory at Holmer Green on Wednesday evening in a game where Manager Paul Lambert played two completely different line-ups in each half. Only a 41st minute goal from Ramon Calliste seperated the sides at the break but Wanderers more powerful second-half XI eventually came good with further goals via a deflected Scott McGleish effort (51), Leon Johnson header (55), McGliesh chip (66) and a last minute strike from Jermaine Easter. Wanderers included new triallist Andre Boucaud in their line-up. The 22 year old former Reading trainee, spent two years at Peteborough, making 27 apps in two years before being released and signing for Kettering Town at the start of last season. He has also gained international honours for Trinidad & Tobago, playing against Scotland in a friendly in May 2004. Wycombe v Holmer (1st half): Young, Stockley, Massey, Gregory, McCracken, Cadmore, Rice, Manuella, Sutton, Calliste, Torrres. (2nd half): Shearer, Woodman, Johnson, Woodman, Christon, Martin, Duncan, Boucaud, Oakes, Bullock, McGleish, Easter - Att: Approx 700
(Wednesday 11th July 2007)
COTN understands the Club are set to announce the appointment of former Woking 'keeper Laurence Batty as goalkeeping coach. Batty, a youngster with Brentford & Fulham, won three FA Trophy winners medals with Woking. Having left Woking in the summer of 2000 he later played for Chesham United, St Albans City and Maidenhead United. Batty then gained Managerial experience with Walton & Hersham before being involved with coaching at Chelsea and Fulham and gaining a Uefa 'B' licence and specialised Goalkeeping licence. The 43 year old was present at Wanderers' opening pre-season friendly against Holmer Green.
(Tuesday 10th July 2007)
Former Norwich City midfielder Gary Holt is understood to be latest transfer target of Paul Lambert. The 34 year old was released by Nottingham Forest at the end of last season and with his Scottish connections, Lambert wants him at Adams Park. Holt, who spent a short spell at Celtic in his early part of his career, played at Stoke City and Kilmarnock before a £135,000 move to Norwich in 2001. He made 182 apps for The Canaries before moving to Forest in the summer of 2005. He has also made 10 appearances for Scotland between 2001 and 2004.
(Tuesday 10th July 2007)
Paul Lambert is hoping to sign 'a former international midfielder, who has played in both the English Premiership and its Scottish equivalent', according to reports in Tuesday morning's Midweek BFP. Lambert is hoping to complete the deal before Wednesday evening's friendly at Holmer Green. The Wycombe boss also plans to use the game to assess former Wales U21 striker Ramon Calliste. The 22 year old is the cousin of Jermaine Easter and has been on trial at Wycombe during pre-season training along with midfielder Fiston Manuella who is described as a 'powerful midfielder' by the Wanderers coaching staff. The 26 year old has spent time at Aylesbury United, Aldershot Town and Crawley Town. While playing for Staines Town he was also involved in a moment of madness. Last season he played for Chelmsford City in the Isthmian Premier, while as a youngster he gained experience with Crystal Palace and Brentford.
(Monday 9th July 2007)
Wanderers kick off their pre-season programme this Wednesday when a mixed strength side will play at Holmer Green (kick-off 7.45pm). Holmer, who celebrate their centenary this season, play at Watchet Lane, Holmer Green and entrance prices are £5 adults and £2 for seniors and under 16's. Meanwhile, Wanderers have released ticket prices for the home friendly against QPR on Saturday 28th July. Prices for adult seats in the Family Stand and Old Main Stand will be £15 (£10 seniors and students), while The Valley Terrace will be £10 (£8 seniors and students). Under 16's will be able to gain entry for just £1. Regulars to the upper tier of the Woodlands Stand will not be able to take their usual spot as this area of the ground will be closed as a cost cutting measure. An attendance of between 2,000-3,000 is expected.
(Monday 9th July 2007)
COTN understands that now former Wanderers striker Tommy Mooney is close to agreeing terms with last season's 'League Two' Champions Walsall. Saddlers boss Richard Money has been targeting strikers in his recent dip in the transfer market and moved in for Mooney last week. Mooney, a former Birmingham City player, lives in Solihull, about 25 miles from Walsall. The signing was officially confirmed by the official Walsall website at around 10.30am on Monday morning.
New shirt sponsor DREAM DEAL CONFIRMED
(Saturday 7th July 2007)
The Club have confirmed that 'Dreams' will be Wanderers' new shirt sponsors for the next season. As previously revealed on COTN, the deal is for two years and will be formally announced at a press conference at Adams Park on Tuesday afternoon.
(Friday 6th July 2007)
The Tommy Mooney debate will be fired up again this morning following comments from the former Wanderers captain in the local press. Mooney has questioned the quality of the new signings, the dismissal of some of the coaching staff and says he was insulted by the Club statement announcing his departure. He commented, "I don't think there will be an awful lot left of the Club I joined. Cost-cutting is a big thing there at the moment and it's a slippery slope. Four coaches have gone and that's going to have an effect on the squad". Mooney was also upset at statements from Club MD Steve Hayes that suggested he wanted a guaranteed place in the First Team. Mooney said, "To intimate that I wanted first team football is ridiculous. I played nearly 50 games last season and would have loved a rest but wasn't able to have one because they didn't strengthen the squad in January." Mooney added that despite eight new signings in the summer, only two of them were on Paul Lambert's original wanted list and he feels some lack experience. He concluded, "This is in no way how I envisaged my time at Wycombe to end or indeed so soon particularly under the cloud of such a bizarre Club statement."
New shirt sponsor DREAM SPONSOR DEAL?
(Thursday 5th July 2007)
The Club are set to make an official announcement revealing the new shirt sponsors for the next season, with 'Britain's leading bed retailer' Dreams expected to have agreed a two year deal to have their blue, white and pink logo on the First Team kit. The company, which has its headquarters in Loudwater and celebrate 20 years of existence this year, currently sponsor the away end at Adams Park and this is expected to continue as part of the agreement. The official announcement is expected to be another attempted joint release from the Club and local press.
(Thursday 5th July 2007)
The Club have responded to fears over the future of the Wanderers Under 18 side by stating that a team will be competing in the coming season's Football League Youth Alliance South East Conference. A squad of players will also compete in the annual Under 19 Jet tournament in Norway between 16th July and 21st July. However, the new coaching structure has yet to be announced, while the bulk of the side is likely to be made up of the nine new First Year Apprentices. Initial games for the new season will take place on Saturday mornings at Bisham Abbey until Wanderers' training ground pitches are deemed suitable
(Wednesday 4th July 2007)
The future of Wanderers Under 18 Youth Team is in doubt following two departures from the coaching side due to 'financial reasons'. Youth Team coach Ian Culverhouse was moved to First Team duties after Steve Brown and Keith Ryan were shown the door and this has been quickly followed by the departure of Youth Team coach Scott Marshall. The possibility is that Wanderers will run just an Under 16 side with additional players made up from the Centre of Excellence overseen by Youth Development Officer Gary Karsa. Wanderers are also hoping to save money by using the Club's training facility at Booker for matches following the closure of Molins Sports Ground. The new set-up will take on board nine new apprenticeship deals announced towards the end of the last season with George Daly, Daniel Fitchett, Jordan Lumsden, Chidi Ogbuago, David Pearce, Matthew Phillips, Craig Read, David Reading and James Reading all signing up for the two year long Government backed scheme.
(Tuesday 3rd July 2007)
Wanderers have confirmed the signing of former Millwall trainee Jack Oberstaller. The 18 year old left sided defender was released by The Lions having spent a short spell on work experience at Crawley Town and then a trial period at Wycombe. He has signed an initial 12 month contract with Wycombe.
(Tuesday 3rd July 2007)
Wanderers have put their efforts to sign QPR midfielder Tommy Doherty on hold after the player needed an emergency operation while on holiday to remove his appendix. The recovery period is expected to be around six to eight weeks and Wycombe are reluctant to complete the expected £50,000 deal while he is out of action and still under contract at Loftus Road.
(Monday 2nd July 2007)
The Club confirmed on Monday afternoon the departure of Tommy Mooney following increased press speculation over the weekend that he had rejected a new contract offer from the Wanderers. In a statement on the Club's official website, MD Steve Hayes said, "We have had lengthy talks with his agent and we had to take into account Tommy's age and the fact that no player can be guaranteed first team football especially now that we have so many top quality strikers in the squad. We're sorry to see him go, but we understand his desire to play regular first team football. I'd like to thank Tommy for everything he did for us over the last two years and wish him well for the future." Mooney, who is 36 in August, joined Wanderers in the summer of 2005 and scored 32 goals in 101 appearances. He has been linked with moves to fellow 'League Two' sides Brentford and Notts County.

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