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Dec
7

Use Easyfundraising to Raise More Funds For Wycombe Wanderers This Christmas.

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting free donations for Wycombe Wanderers Trust?

There are over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury’s – it doesn’t cost you a penny extra!

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

1. Head to https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/wycombewandererstrust/

and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to Wycombe Wanderers Trust for no extra cost whatsoever!

There are no catches or hidden charges and Wycombe Wanderers Trust will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.


Dec
6

Sign Up By Saturday for the Next Draw

The next FREE 500 Club member draws to win a ‘money-can’t buy’ treat of a prize will be held on Sunday.

Please get your contribution in by Saturday night to be eligible for these next draws

http://www.wycombewanderers.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/500-club-gathers-pace-with-scotty-signing-3454296.aspx

 


Dec
5

500 Club Helps Secure Kashket Deal

scott-kashketWycombe Wanderers Trust chairman Trevor Stroud says the club’s signing of striker Scott Kashket on a long-term contract underlines the importance of the 500 Club initiative.

Kashket put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year contract on Monday afternoon after an outstanding spell in the light and dark blue quarters, scoring nine times in nine appearances since joining in August.

Contributions from supporters into the 500 Club have enabled the Chairboys to commit to the signing of the 20-year-old striker, and Stroud says he hopes fans will realise the significance of the part they have been playing.

“The 500 Club is a fantastic initiative which gives fans the opportunity to shape the future of their club on the pitch,” he said. “We all know the limitations on the playing budget and Gareth and his staff have done a fantastic job in assembling the squad which is currently producing some superb results and performances in both the league and two cups.

“Keeping Scott at Adams Park is a major success story of the 500 Club but we want there to be many more, and I would urge any supporter who hasn’t yet contributed to dig deep and put their £150 into the pot to keep this momentum moving forward.”

The 500 Club asks for contributions of £150 per person – payable as a one-off sum or via monthly instalments – with assorted rewards on offer from a series of prize draws which recognise the support of those who have played their part.

Launched in September, the initiative is aimed at raising £75,000 for the playing budget, to be used in the January transfer window. More than half of the target has so far been raised with four weeks to go until the window opens.

To sign up to the 500 Club, visit 500wanderers.co.uk, or visit the Trust table inside the Caledonian Suite on home matchdays.


Dec
4

New Director Joins Trust Board

At last weeks’ Trust AGM, 4 directors were appointed to serve on the Trust Board.

Alan Cecil, had already served 2 spells of 3 years, retired by rotation and was re-elected.

David Roberton had been co-opted to fill a vacancy during the past year and was now re-elected.

Similarly David Smith had been co-opted earlier this year to fill a vacancy and therefore was required to seek election to the Board, which was agreed by all present.

lawrie-readWith Colin Treacher retiring from the Board after 6 years, his place was taken by newcomer Lawrie Read, pictured right.

Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud paid tribute to the work done by Colin not only in the areas of Membership and as Company Secretary but also in many other ways both seen and unseen. Colin was presented with a framed first team shirt signed by the first team squad.

For full details on Alan, David R, David S and Lawrie (plus the rest of the Trust Board), click here


Dec
2

Slides from Trust AGM

The minutes from the Trust AGM held on Wednesday 30th November will be sent to members in due course.

In the meantime here are the slides used during the meeting. agm-301116

See separate article below for the Q&A held with Andrew Howard , Club Chairman

 


Dec
1

500 Club ‘Player Fund’ Goes Past £40000!

flyer-1There has been an excellent response following the presentation given about the 500 Club at last night’s Trust Annual General Meeting.

The amount raised so far now stands at over £40,000 which means that we have passed halfway on our route towards raising £75,000 for Gareth’s player budget.

Of that sum, £22,800 has come in individual donations via Make A Donation  with the balance being paid over the monthly direct debit option via Go Cardless.

Every pound raised will be made available to Gareth and his team at the start of the January transfer window in order that they can strengthen our squad as they see fit.

We are so grateful to every supporter who has already committed to this fine cause. It is open to all WWFC fans, not just Trust members.

So do please take a look at http://www.500wanderers.co.uk/ and do what you can for YOUR CLUB and TEAM


Dec
1

Q & A with Club Chairman

andrew-howardAfter the formal business of the Trust AGM had been completed (report and slides to follow) , the Football Club Chairman Andrew Howard answered a variety of questions from audience. Here is a summary of those questions and answers.

Q1:      A hostess in the Woodlands Suite has recently resigned, are you able to explain the reason?

A1: (AH) It would be wrong to discuss individual staff matters in a public forum, but I will make enquiries to understand the reasons.

Q2:      If there were surplus cash, would there be sufficient to recover all or part of the Training Ground?

A2: (AH) There is no obvious benefit to the Club regaining ownership of the Training Ground, whilst there are other areas of the Club that require investment, particularly since the Club enjoys a preferential rent arrangement for a period that best suits the Club.

Q3: Are we benefiting from having Reading FC use Adams Park?

A3: (AH) Yes, revenue has gone some way to offsetting the reduction in income following Wasps’ departure and the arrangement will continue to be reviewed to ensure that the pitch is not adversely affected

Q4: What are the Club’s thoughts on how to increase attendances beyond the current average of ~3,500?

A4: (AH) The Club considers the current average gate to be poor, given that it exists within a 176k catchment area. Whilst the team’s current performance should go some way to improving attendance it appreciates that we need to do more to encourage the local community and to that end, 350 youngsters were invited to the Hartlepool game and it is currently working with local schools to generate interest.

Q5: What are the plans to introduce ‘everyday’ merchandise into the Club Shop?

A5: (AH) We have just signed off a range of products in time for Christmas. It should be noted that, under the arrangement with O’Neills, all profit from the shop now comes directly into the Club.

Q6: Is there any possibility of the Club Shop being reinstated in the Eden Centre?

A6: (AH) Pop Up shops are a great idea. Unfortunately, we can’t do that in time for Christmas, but we will consider the possibility in the New Year. We would probably need to staff such a facility with volunteers.

Q7: A comment, rather than a question, the real ale corner in the Caledonian Suite is a great success and food is also good.

A7: (AH) Away fans spend 3 times as much as home fans! We are constantly looking to improve our product and its’ delivery to fans so your comment and constructive feedback is appreciated

Q8: Is there likely to be any financial recognition by the EFL of the status of Trust Owned Clubs?

A8: (AH) No, the EFL does not take account of the detail of ownership, providing such ownership satisfies the EFL’s standards.

Q9: The 500 Club, requires that fans invest £12.50 pm, what difference would raising £75k make?

A9: (AH) Gareth manages his playing budget very well. Having that kind of sum made available to him would allow him to extend the contracts of those loan players that he is very keen to retain.

Q10: Has the EFL been able to explain the fixture setting process which, for instance, sees us having only one home league fixture in December?

A10: (AH) We make regular submission to the EFL and resist requests from other Clubs for rearrangements that are not in our own best interests, but find it very difficult to achieve change with the EFL where fixture rules are concerned.

Q11: Have there been any lessons learnt for the Jordan Ibe deal?

A11: (AH) There have been lessons learnt by both the EFL and ourselves and it is likely that our experience will result in the EFL restructuring certain aspects of transfer rules

Q12: What is the Club’s view on the Checkatrade Trophy?

A12: (AH) It works for us, those members of the squad who might not always start or who are returning from injury get a chance to play. Winning earns significant financial reward and it is a better mechanism for developing U21 talent

Q13: If the Checkatrade Trophy is seen to be a success, will it lead to B teams appearing in our League?

A13: (AH) No, the EFL has abandoned the concept of the Whole Game Solution. The majority of Clubs in L1 and 2 would have voted against it anyway

Q14: Is the Club able to influence the current standard of refereeing?

A14: (AH) The Club has made and will continue to make its’ views known

Q15: The Club no longer publicizes its’ matches or events within the town, what can be done?

A15: (AH) The use of social media to publicise the Club is more cost effective and is now common practice across all businesses and we continue to develop partnerships that will further improve that practice.

Q16: Could you explain the revised lottery scheme?

A16: (AH) The aim is, in common with a number of other Clubs, to move to a web-based system. All profits will still come back into the Club.

Q17: With the renaming of the Caledonian Suite, what type of tartan can we expect J?

A17: (AH) Whilst we have a good deal in place with Heineken, it doesn’t require us to lay a new carpet!

Q18: What playing squad protection do we have if we lose any of the loan players?

A18: (AH) The Club is already working very hard to retain those players currently on loan to us

Q19: There is a fan who believes that our Chairman already owns the Club, is that true?

A19: (AH) I cannot be more vocal on the fact that I do not own the Club!


Nov
30

Bring guests for just £5 each to our next home game!

v-orientWith five wins from the last six league matches at Adams Park, you won’t want to miss the visit of Leyton Orient on Saturday 17th December – and it’s time to get your mates involved too, with the club’s fantastic offer to its season ticket holders which encourages them to invite up to four guests for just £5 per person!

Gareth Ainsworth’s men produced one of their best performances of the season to defeat Hartlepool last weekend, adding to recent triumphs against Stevenage, Crewe, Exeter and Morecambe, making it the strongest run of form at home in almost six years!

Next up on home turf are Leyton Orient in the final game before Christmas, so get yourselves into the festive spirit and share the joy of watching the Wanderers with this excellent opportunity. Click here for full details.

Call 01494 441118 or visit the shop at Adams Park to purchase your guest tickets. Each season ticket holder will be able to purchase up to four guest tickets at £5 per person in any area of the ground, helping to generate a bumper crowd and electric atmosphere. Please note you may be required to move from your normal seat to accommodate your guests if there are none available around you. This option can only be taken up in advance, and not on the day of the game.


Nov
25

‘Small Town Dreams’ – makes an ideal Christmas present!

stdIf you haven’t already bought this excellent book, then why not treat yourself (or buy it for a friend) this Christmas.

Small Town Dreams written by James Cumming tells his story of how he fulfilled his ambitions both for a tour around the world but also of a glorious FA Cup run for his local football team – Wycombe Wanderers.

Who can forget the 2000-2001 season when our FA Cup exploits went from a humble beginning with a first round game at home to Harrow Borough and ended with a trip to Villa Park for a Semi-Final tie with the mighty Liverpool.

‘Small Town Dreams’ follows the events of “six extraordinary months in a very ordinary life” of a football fan – going “around the world in an FA Cup daze“!

Even if you were at some or all of those memorable games, James recalls his experiences which brings them all to life so vividly.

Get your copy from Amazon via this link 


Nov
7

‘Simply Walk’ to Adams Park for Each Saturday Home League Match

simply-walk-posterWalk your way to better health, one step at a time.

Guided walks taking place before each Wycombe Wanderers home fixture (those with a 3pm kick off time) during the 2016-17 season.

All walks start from Wycombe Train Station and culminate at Adams Park stadium. Led by trained guides and include a “backmarker” so you can safely walk at your own pace.

All participants will be given a FREE bus ticket for travel back to central Wycombe following the match.

For further details click on the picture or on this link simply-walk-poster to download the poster.


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Jordon Ibe Transfer Update

12/11/2016

After working for a few months now to secure our sell on share of Jordon’s transfer from Liverpool to Bournemouth, the Club directors are finally making very real progress.  As we have previously said, we have been limited in the information ‎we can give out because of very stringent confidentiality clauses in the various contracts.  [more…]

Help Raise Funds for the January Transfer/Loan Window

01/11/2016

Its now just 2 months before the January transfer window opens, so just 2 months for us to maximise contributions to the 500 Club. Please sign up for what you can either with a one-off donation or to start a series of monthly payments for one year. All that money will be counted in the total [more…]

Trust Directors Talk Us Through Their Role – Part 5

01/11/2016

The first to ‘declare their hand’ in this series was David Cook for whom the following article was published in the Accrington matchday programme back in August: As a Trust and Football Club Director we all have to accept responsibilities and ensure involvement and commitment to every single element of operating a successful and stable [more…]

Trust Directors Talk Us Through Their Roles – Part 4

28/10/2016

In the next part of our series profiling the duties of members of the Trust Board of Directors, we hear from Alan Cecil in an article which first appeared in ‘Parklife’ for last Saturday’s home match vs Barnet. “I expect I am best known as the man who distributes the team sheets outside and inside [more…]

What Goes On Within WWSET?

26/10/2016

Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust have just produced their first Annual Review Report covering the 2015-2016 season. Its purpose is to outline the activity undertaken during the 2015-16 season to satisfy the WWSET objectives based around Sports Participation, Health, Education and Social Inclusion. This report is an excellent summary of all the hard work that [more…]

Did You Miss The Fans Forum?

17/10/2016

The Football Club has published a summary of the questions asked and answers given at last week’s Fans Forum when the panel comprised Gareth Ainsworth, Paul Hayes, Dayle Southwell and Club Chairman Andrew Howard. Click here for the report

Trust Directors Talk Us Through Their Roles – Part 3

07/10/2016

In the latest in our series where members of the Trust Board tell us about their particular roles, we hear from Nigel Kingston – pictured on the right in the picture below. “I was elected as a Trust Director at the AGM held in November 2015. I was delighted to become an elected member of [more…]

Charles Broadbridge – R.I.P

30/09/2016

The death has been announced today of Charles Broadbridge – at the age of 63. ‘Charlie’ was a long time supporter of the football club until this summer, when his illness prevented him coming to watch the team. He had been a regular traveller to away games with WWISC and Charlie was one of the first [more…]

THE 500 CLUB: YOUR CHANCE TO FUND NEW SIGNINGS!

18/09/2016

Wycombe Wanderers are excited to launch a new initiative designed to strengthen the bond with its loyal supporters even further and help to maximise the club’s potential on the pitch. The 500 Club presents the opportunity for fans to contribute to a transfer fund to be spent on new signings – either loan or permanent [more…]

Trust Directors Talk Through Their Roles – 2

18/09/2016

Here we hear from David Smith – who was co-opted onto the Trust Board to fill a vacancy earlier this year. The following was published in the Stevenage match programme on Saturday. “As the most recently appointed Trust director I am delighted to have the opportunity to introduce myself and outline the contribution I hope [more…]