June 2008 News Archive
All the news stories from June 2008
(Monday 30th June 2008)
Wanderers have signed former Wigan Athletic winger Magno Silva Viera on a one year deal. The 23 year old joins Wycombe after spending much of last season at Crawley Town and a short loan spell at Cambridge United. Viera originally came to the UK to play for Wigan in 2003 but failed to make a First Team appearance with The Latics and was consequently loaned out to Northampton Town and then Carlisle United where he helped the Cumbrian side win promotion back to the Football League at the end of the 2004/5 season - scoring 10 goals in 35 appearances. After taking a year out of football, he spent the 2006/7 season at Barnet before joining Crawley Town in the summer of 2007. Wanderers boss Peter Taylor has described the player as a 'winger and striker' and his deal with Wycombe has the option of being extended to two years depending on appearances.
(Friday 27th June 2008)
Peter Taylor has said he wants to reorganise the scouting system at the Club in an effort to avoid letting slip more local talent to other clubs. Speaking to the Bucks Free Press, Taylor said "The scouting system here hasn't been good enough. I don't think we've invested as much as we should but Steve Hayes and the Board are telling me that there is going to be a bit more available." John O'Brien is the current 'Chief Scout' but Taylor added, "The people who have done the scouting here have worked their socks off but they need more eyes and we need to do it in a planned way to give ourselves more of a chance."
(Friday 27th June 2008)
Peter Taylor is on the look out for a 'wideman' to make it five signings since his arrival at the Club. According to the Bucks Free Press, Taylor is due to hold talks with an, as yet, unnamed player on Monday (30th June) and is hoping to sort out the deal before the squad returns to their first training session with the new boss. Meanwhile, Taylor has said he now has enough strikers at the Club. Taylor signed Chris Zebroski last week and he joins Scott McGleish, Leon Knight and John Sutton for the fight for the two places up front. Taylor commented, "We're OK in that department now." This has been seen as ruling out a move for out of favour Gillingham front man Delroy Facey who was on loan at Wycombe in the latter stages of last season.
(Wednesday 25th June 2008)
Many Wanderers followers will pay around 12% more for entry to 'League Two' games at Adams Park next season. The Club have yet to officially release the matchday prices but standard prices for Adult Season Tickets have risen from 335 to 375 in the centre block of the Woodlands Stand, while the cost of a Terrace season ticket is now 280 compared to 250 last season. A similar increase in the respective matchday costs would see a 2 rise, taking the most expensive seat in the Woodlands to 22 and a standing place on the Valley End terrace to 16. However, the Club have introduced free Season Tickets for under 10's who sit in the 'Family Stand' accompanied by an Adult. Previously under 10's would have had to pay up to 30 for a season ticket. It's also understood that the Club will retain its policy of offering a 2 discount for booking at least a day in advance of the game and Season Ticket holders will also be able to claim a 10% discount on purchase of additional home matchday tickets.
Season Ticket prices 2008/9 and archive
(Tuesday 24th June 2008)
Wycombe District Council are to set up a 'Working Party' with a view to "resolving the issues of the current stadium within the next 5 years". The situation was discussed at a Cabinet meeting on 9th June The report to the Cabinet added, "It is now considered that the time is right to put these discussions on a more formal footing exploring the implications of developing options for the future." Read more on this story
(Monday 23rd June 2008)
With four new signings announced last week, Wanderers followers are now awaiting the outcome of the ongoing contract talks with the Club's current longest serving player Matt Bloomfield. According to the Bucks Free Press, the 24 year old who is out on contract at the end of June, has been offered a deal on the same terms as last season but with a better offer in waiting if he recovers from his cruciate injury. Manager Peter Taylor is quoted as saying, "He's been very unlucky with the timing of me coming in because he's injured but I can't come in and give him a new contract because I haven't seen him play."
(Friday 20th June 2008)
Peter Taylor has confirmed his backroom staff, bringing in former player Junior Lewis who has played for Taylor while at Dover, Gillingham, Leicester, Brighton, Hull and Stevenage. The 34 year old will become First Team Coach and will work alongside Ian Culverhouse who has been re-titled as 'Assistant Manager'. Laurence Batty will continue as Goalkeeping Coach and the trip will oversee the Club's Reserve set-up. Damien Doyle will become 'Head of Medical and Sports Science' as replacement for the departed Terry Evans.
(Friday 20th June 2008)
Wanderers' Fitness Coach and former player Terry Evans has left the Club to join ground tenants London Wasps. According to the Bucks Free Press, Evans was initially offered the post in January 2008 but manager Paul Lambert wanted him to stay at Wanderers until the end of the season. However, Wasps kept their offer open and Evans was delighted to step in. He commented, "I always played rugby at school at and when my football playing career was over I bought a season ticket at Wasps and now have the chance to work for the best rugby club in England and arguably Europe." Evans, who went on to become Youth Team Physio at Wycombe after he stopped playing, returned to Wanderers as First Team Fitness Coach in the 2004/2005 season due to his connections with friend and Wanderers (and now Wasps) Director Steve Hayes. Evans role at Wycombe will be taken up by Damien Doyle who will become the 'Head of Medical and Sports Science'. He has previously been with Martin Allen at Barnet, Brentford, MK Dons and Leicester.
(Wednesday 18th June 2008)
The imminent arrival of striker Gavin Grant on a free transfer from Millwall will make it four signings in a week for new boss Peter Taylor. The 24 year old finished the season playing on loan at Stevange Borough under Taylor and has agree to join Wycombe following the end of his contract at Millwall on 30th June 2008. London born Grant began his football with Tooting & Mitcham before signing for Gillingham in December 2005 where he went on to make 10 appearances before signing for Millwall in May 2006. After just one League start for The Lions he spent time on loan at Grays Athletic in the Conference during the 2006/7 and 2007/8 season. But it was his seven goals in 14 appearances while at Stevenage that brought him to the attention of Taylor.
(Tuesday 17th June 2008)
21 year old Millwall striker Chris Zebroski is set to becombe Peter Taylor's third signing since his arrival at the Club according to reports in the South London Press. Zebroski signed for Millwall in August 2006 and has made 32 appearances, scoring three goals. However, Taylor has apparently been impressed by his goalscoring record while on loan at Conference side Torquay United where he scored 19 times last season. The player was originally part of the youth system at Swindon Town before being picked up Plymouth Argyle where he went on to make four First Team appearances before being dismissed after being found guilty of gross misconduct. His move to Adams Park is now subject to a fee being agreed between the two sides.
(Monday 16th June 2008)
John Mousinho has become Peter Taylor's second signing, after joining on a free from Brentford. The 22 year old midfielder, who can also play in the right back position, has joined on a two year deal. Mousinho began his football with Chesham United and moved around the non-League circuit before joining Brentford in October 2005 when Martin Allen was in charge at Griffin Park. He made 72 First Team appearances for The Bees - scoring twice.
(Monday 16th June 2008)
Left sided midfielder Lewwis Spence has become Peter Taylor's first signing as Wanderers' Manager. The 20 year old joins from Crystal Palace where came through the youth ranks to become captain of the Eagles Academy side. He signed his first pro contract at the start of the 2006/7 season when Taylor was in charge of the First Team at Selhurst Park and went on to make his senior debut as subsitute in a League Cup tie with Notts County in August 2006. Taylor then handed him his League debut in February 2007 when he was substitute in a 2-1 defeat at Leeds United. The following month he made his first start in Palace's 1-1 draw at Burnley but failed to return to First Team action that season and under subsequent Palace boss Neil Wannock. Spence has also gained experienced playing in the USA where he was often used as a left winger - a position that Taylor may favour in his attempt to replace Stefan Oakes.
(Monday 16th June 2008)
The Football League fixtures were released today with Wanderers given a home start against Morecambe on Saturday 9th August. This is followed on Wednesday 13th August by the home meeting with Birmingham City in the 'League Cup' (This has since been confirmed as being shown live on Sky). Wanderers' first away game is on Saturday 16th August with the trip to Chester City. The Christmas holiday fixtures will see Wycombe host their first ever Football League meeting with Exeter City on 26th December, followed two later with the trip to Gillingham. There are no New Years Day fixtures this season because it falls on a Thursday and this is too close to the scheduled date for the Third Round of the FA Cup on Saturday 3rd January. This situation last cropped up during the 2003-04 season. Wanderers full fixture list for 2008/9 can be obtained from the BBC Online website
(Monday 16th June 2008)
Wanderers will experiment with a new 'swipe card' entry system next season, with all Season Ticket holders for the 2008/9 campaign being issued with their own individual smart card. The Club reported that sales of Season Tickets for the forthcoming season had topped the 2,000 mark as they approached the extended renewal discount deadline of Saturday 14th June. The new 'swipe card' system will be similar to that used by Reading and in the early stages will still be assisted by turnstile staff who will check matching of the card details with the user. The card will also be used to obtain discounts in the Club Shop and other partner outlets and discount schemes.
Football League Cup LEAGUE CUP DRAW
(Friday 13th June 2008)
Wanderers have been drawn at home to Birmingham City in the First Round of this season's League Cup when the draw was made at 10am this morning. Wycombe last met City at the Second Round stage of the same competition when they went down 5-3 on aggregate. The draw was regionalised North/South and Championship sides and the top half of 'League One' were included as seeded clubs. Last season Wanderers went out at the First Round stage after losing 2-1 at Plymouth Argyle. The tie with City will take place during the week commencing 11th August. Full details of the First Round draw
(Monday 9th June 2008)
Wanderers have lost midfielder Stefan Oakes to 'League Two' rivals Lincoln City. The 29 year old has turned down a new deal with Wycombe that is understood to have been on no better terms than his previous contract. The former Leicester City player joined Wycombe in the summer of 2005 from Notts County and went on to clock up 124 appearances, scoring nine times. Oakes has signed a two year deal with The Imps that will start on 1st July 2008 when his current contract with Wycombe expires. Oakes played for Taylor during his time with Leicester but the new Wycombe Manager doesn't appear concerned about his departure, saying to the press, "It was difficult because of that wonderful left foot of his, but I've had a look at our squad and the positions that we need, and we need some wide players."
(Monday 9th June 2008)
Peter Taylor has rejected the chance to take on any of Peterborough United's transfer listed players as part payment for the transfer of Russell Martin according to a report in the The Peterborough Evening Telegraph. The article suggests that Wycombe want a 'six-figure' compensation fee for Martin but Posh Director of Football Barry Fry says they will go to a tribunial if a player deal is not struck. The seven listed players at Posh are Adam Newton, Mark Tyler, Josh Low, Shwan Jalal, Adam Smith, Danny Blanchett and Danny Crow.
(Friday 6th June 2008)
Wanderers will play a friendly at Peter Taylor's former Club Stevenage Borough on Friday 25th July, with a 7.45pm kick-off. The game at the 'Conference National' side is the fourth pre-season friendly to be arranged, all away from home, but the Club say they are still hoping to arrange a 'prestigious friendly' at Adams Park on Saturday 2nd August - a week before the Football League season gets underway. Meanwhile, Taylor has dismissed trying to lure Stevenage striker Steve Morrison to Adams Park. The 24 year old was joint 3rd top goalscorer in the 'Conference National' with 22 goals in the season 2007/2008 having joined from Bishop Stortford in August 2006. Borough turned down a bid from Exeter City last season and Taylor believes the price will be too high and will be better spent elsewhere. He commented to the press, "You can spend your money too quickly and you can only spend it once. I am going to take my time to get the right people and spend the budget wisely. The time to panic is on August 9 if we haven't signed anybody, not now. It is early days yet."

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