MOHAN DEAL IS PERMANENT
John Gregory has signed defender Nicky
Mohan for £75,000 from Bradford City following his month's loan during September.
26-year-old Mohan has been at Bradford for the past two seasons where he
has been practically ever present in the City line-up (He played in last
season's FA Cup meeting between the two sides and also the previous season's
League meeting's). He joined Bradford in a £225,000 deal from Leicester
City (hence the Gregory connection) and previous to that had spent 7 seasons
at Middlesbrough - where he started as a trainee. He moved to Leicester
in 1994 for £330,000. The 6' 1" central defender made his Wycombe
debut against Northampton in the 0-0 draw at Adams Park and made a further 5 appearances before being recalled to City. Mohan went straight into the team for the league meeting at GillinghamOTHER NEWS THIS WEEK ENDING SATURDAY 4th October
Wycombe have signed 21 year University Graduate Ben Hodson. Hodson has played two reserve games for Wycombe earlier this season and impressed John Gregory enough to sign him on an 'appearance related contract'. The striker was a schoolboy at West Ham and Crystal Palace before taking a degree at the sports based University of Loughborough. 6ft 2in Ben, whose younger brother Matt is Wycombe's current Youth Team 'keeper, has also played for Yeading in the Isthmian League and had a five week trial at Chelsea before he was picked out by the Wanderers. Live radio coverage of Wycombe's away games is returning to local station 1170am. The first match back on air is to be the game at Gillingham. The coverage was stopped at the end of the 1995/96 season due to lack of sponsorship but with a new backer found, those unable to travel can at least listen in.CARROLL TESTIMONIAL GAME ANNOUNCED
Long serving Dave Carroll - currently in his testimonial
year - will
benefit from a game with Martin O'Neill's Leicester
City due to take place at Adams
Park on Wednesday November 12th. Phone
01494-472100 for further ticket info
and confirmation of the date.
BODIN ON LOAN FROM ROYALS Wycombe have signed former Welsh International Paul
Bodin on a months
loan from Reading. Bodin, who was 33 this week, joined Reading
but has failed to make their first team this campaign. The left back went
into the side that drew at Brentford. The Welshman is available
on a free transfer and John
Gregory may look to make the move permanent.
Bodin should be no stranger to Wycombe
fans having crossed paths on several
occasions. His football career began at Bath City - playing
back in the Gola League days of 1985/86. He subsequnetly moved to Newport
County before a move to Swindon Town in 1988. Two years later a £500,000
move saw him
join Crystal Palace but after less than twelve months he mas
back at The County Ground for
half that fee. Bodin has gained 22 Full Welsh
International caps - best remebered for his
penalty miss against Romania
that cost Wales a place in USA 1994.
MOHAN CALLED BACK TO BRADFORD
John Gregory has held his hands up and excepted
the blame for Saturday's
4-1 home defeat to Carlisle. He said
take full responsibility. I tried something and it didn't work"
Gregory entered into a war of words after
the match with managerless Carlisle
Chairman Michael Knighton. Knighton told the
always said football clubs don't need managers.
I've never believed in
them" He went on to add "I plan to take
quite an active
role in first team affairs. We won't neccesarily appoint a new manager,
we will see what happens." Gregory responded though, "He
should take the job on full time, if he thinks it's going to be so easy.
He had his ten minutes of fame when he juggled the ball in front of the
crowd at Manchester United...he had another five minutes yesterday, that's
his fifteen minutes gone". Carlisle were once in the old First
Division (in case you've forgotten).
Bradford City have called back Nicky Mohan after his month's loan
at Wycombe. City refused to extend the loan for another month and Wycombe
must now find £150,000 in order to keep him.
The Youth Team lost 1-0 away to Northampton Town in the South Junior
Floodlit Cup on Tuesday night - the only goal coming after 41 minutes.
NEWS THIS WEEK ENDING 13th September The 2,000 Wycombe fans who were at last
weeks game at Watford have
earnt praise from the Watford police and officials. Talking to the
Free Press Inspector Glynn Evans said "They are the best supporters
we have had.
There was a lovely atmosphere and I was particularly impressed
at the way they applauded Elton
John as he took his seat.". Watford
Manager, Grahan Taylor, is also writing to the
club to thank Wycombe fans
for there behaviour.
Following his set back last week in
training, Jason Cousins made
his comeback in the reserves 3-0 victory over Gillingham on Wednesday afternoon
in the Doxhill Cup. Cousins may well be in the squad for Saturday's game
at home to Carlisle United having been sidelined since his leg injury in
July against Aston Villa. Fellow first team regulars Dave Carroll, Michael
Simpson, Keith Ryan, Brian Parkin and Maurice Harkin also played in the
victory. Keith Scott is still recovering from his ankle injury while
Michael Forsyth, who damaged a rib in the defeat at Watford, will
be probably be out for another week.
With Nicky Mohan's loan period ending after the home game with Carlisle,
John Gregory has been talking to Bradford City with a view to extending
the loan period for another month. With Bradford going well near the top
of Division One, Gregory has every chance of being successful and may also
be near to a permanent move if the price is right.
John Gregory has extended Alan Beeton's contract to two years following
the 18 year olds encouraging start to the season. The extension protects
Wycombe from the vultures in the Premier League and below and also gives
Beeton added security.
His fellow ex-youth teamer Maurice Harkin is already
on a two year deal as Gregory was
concerned that the Northern Ireland Youth
International would be touted while playing for
ENGLAND UNDER-21 GAIN NARROW VICTORY A crowd of over 5,500 saw the England Under-21 side beat Moldova 1-0
to remain top of their European Championship Group table. In an otherwise
drab encounter, Coventry's Marcus Hall finally livened the subdued crowd
with a 72nd minute strike following a Jamie Carragher corner on the left.
The game shown live on SKY TV left Wycombe officials with red faces as
the upper tier of the Woodlands Stand was forced to be open on the stroke
of kick-off due to the remainder of the ground reaching near capacity.
The Club's decision to shut the upper tier (the side where the cameras
are situated), for this game only, was publicly criticised before the game
by WWISC who claimed the crowd were being used as TV extras to make the
attendance look bigger. As it turned out the Club
needn't have worried
but may have lost out on further internationals of this level due to the
chaos outside of the ground near to kick-off.
NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 6th September Wycombe's 4-1 midweek victory over Southend
took the goals for tally to 12 after just 12 games - making Wycombe the
highest scoring side in the Football League. It took Wycombe until the
home game with Rotherham on October 1st to reach
the same goal total last season. John Cornforth's 25 yarder against Fulham earned him £80 from
the bookies, having backed himself with a fiver at 16-1 to score the first
goal. Cornforth, who has scored 3 times this season, is looking to get
back into the Bobby Gould's Welsh squad. Jason Cousin's has received a set-back to his recovery when he picked
up a calf strain in training. Cousins, who was injured in pre-season, was
hoping to be in the squad for the game at Watford at the weekend. He will
now be looking to be ready for the home game with Carlisle or the Friday
night game at Brentford on September 19.
Next Saturday's game at Adams Park against Carlisle United is the first
of four 'Quid a Kid' days to be promoted by Wycombe this season.
Children under 16 will be able to sit in the Family Stand or Stand on the
Valley Terrace for £1. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the
NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 22nd August John Gregory is extremely keen to sign Nicky Mohan
on a permanent basis after he made an impressive debut in his first game
against Northampton. Speaking at the WWISC Forum on Forum on Thursday evening,
Gregory said he was looking a younger Terry Evans. Mohan is on a week to
week contract at Bradford City after a fallout with City Manager Chris
Kamara - City wanted £250,000 last season but with the current dispute,
Gregory might find the fee dropping to just over £100,000. Maurice Harkin scored a hat-trick for the reserves in their Capital
League game with Leyton Orient on Wednesday afternoon, four days after
his 18th birthday. Harkin and fellow ex-youth teamer Alan Beeton
are both close to breaking into first team action as the efforts of the
Youth structure set-up by Martin O'Neill and Steve Walford and continued
by Neil Smillie begin to pay off. The current Youth Team won the
VELO International Under 18 tournament in Holland last weekend after scoring
15 without reply in their qualifying games and then beating Belgian side
Genk 3-0 in the final. Jason Cousins is due to begin full training again this week following
his injury in the pre-season game with Aston Villa. Meanwhile other club
casuality, Keith Ryan, suffered another set-back in his return to
full fitness when he developed a minor back complaint on Tuesday. Ryan
returned to first team action on the opening day of the season but picked
up an ankle injury and has not played since - he will however be in the
squad that travels to Blackpool.
NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 15th August Wycombe are giving a trial to ex-Leyton Orient and Peterborough winger
Danny Carter. The 28 year old was freed by Posh in the summer having
only made 8 appearances for them in their relegation season. Carter joined
Orient in 1988 from non-League Billericay and went on to make close to
200 appearances although he was never a prolific scorer. The Londoner played
for Wycombe in the Capital League defeat at Peterborough on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Jason Van Blerk has opted to join Manchester City - thus
ending any slim hopes of a move Adams Park. Wycombe Wanderers Youth Team travel to Holland this weekend to compete
in an international Youth tournament, The team, which will not include
Alan Beeton and Mo Harkin, play against two Dutch sides and a Japanese
IS NEW TICKET SYSTEM FAIR? Wycombe Wanderers Independent Supporters Club have asked the club to
consider offering an equal pricing policy for away fans in light of the
£1 discount being offered to supporters who buy their ticket at least
at day in advance. WWISC believe this goes against Football League regulation
25B which states that "No club should charge visiting supporters
more for accomodation comparable to that of home supporters" The
£1 discount is offered to away fans but tickets must be brought at
least a day in advance. This is only possible if the visiting club takes
advance tickets (this only usually happens for all-ticket games), by booking
on the Credit Card hotline and thus incurring a £1 booking fee per
ticket (unless you own a WWFC credit card) or by visiting Wanderers in
Town. The resultant matchday costs mean that away fans will pay £12
(Adults), £10 (Senior Citizens) and £8 (Juniors and Students)
to sit at the Hillbottom Road End. This represents price increases of 20%,
100% and 60% respectively compared to last season.
In a response, the Club believe that there is a direct comparison for seating
behind the goal to the upper tier of the new stand and have suggested that
people with children can go in the Family Stand enclosure where the rates
are £10, £7 and £5 on the day or £1 cheaper in
On a similar subject the situation was made worse this week for home supporters
when the computer connection between Wanderers in Town and Adams Park failed,
leaving over 200 supporters unable to purchase their discounted tickets
for the Fulham game . The line was back working on Tuesday when supporters
were offered the same discount. NEWS FROM WEEK ENDING 8th August
Jason Van Blerk, the ex Australian International who played for Wycombe
against QPR is now trying his luck at Premier League Crystal Palace. Gregory
has not given up hope of signing the Millwall cast off if Palace pull-out.
Another ex-Wycombe player has joined Icis Premier side, Kingstonian. Gary
Patterson has signed a two year contract to team up with Terry Evans
and Matt Crossley. Other ex-Wycombe players on the move are John Cheesewright
who has joined Wivenhoe and Anthony Clarke who has moved to Hendon. Wycombe are 33-1 to win the Division Two title according to bookmakers
Ladbrokes with only Bristol Rovers (40-1), Northampton (40-1), Plymouth
(50-1), Bournemouth (66-1) and York (66-1) with longer odds. Favourites
are Bristol City and Luton Town, both at 7-1, with Watford (8-1), Grimsby
(9-1) and Burnley (10-1) the other choices.