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Jan
18

Home to Luton this Saturday

With all the fuss about a certain FA Cup tie the following weekend, please do not lose sight of the fact that the Wanderers have a very important League Two game at home to Luton Town this Saturday.

Both sides are in good form and this ‘Bucks/Beds derby’ promises to be keenly contested and well supported. Luton supporters have always come to Adams Park in good numbers.

Let’s make sure we have plenty of home support, making lots of noise and getting behind our boys!

Click here for ticket information

Matchday badges will be on sale from Alan and Ben’s stall just outside the club shop.

As previously stated there was not enough time to order and receive any special badges for the Tottenham match but on the badge stall you will find a good range of WWFC themed badges if you want to show your support in that way.


Jan
17

500 Club – £65000 raised and still rising

It’s time for an update on our 500 Club – Player Fund appeal.

As of yesterday the total raised had passed £65000 – donated by 384 of our fans.

The minimum donation needs to be just £150 and this can be a one-off sum or spread over 12 months. In either option, anyone can give more than that sum and quite a few have done so.

It’s not too late to help boost Gareth’s squad by contributing now.

Please go to www.500wanderers.co.uk to make your commitment.


Jan
14

Tottenham date and ticket prices confirmed plus priority structure

Tickets for the Emirates FA Cup fourth round tie at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 28th January will go on sale on Tuesday 17th January on a priority basis.

This game has not been selected for live television broadcast and will kick off at 3pm at White Hart Lane.

Wanderers have been given a total of 4,035 tickets – this is the maximum possible allocation for away fans due to building works at the stadium of the Premier League club, who have received special dispensation from the FA to reduce their normal allocation.

The priority ticketing structure is as follows.

Phase 1 – From Tuesday 17th, 10am onwards, including full-time after Luton fixture on Saturday 21st
Season ticket holders may purchase one ticket each. (One season ticket holder may purchase on behalf of other season ticket holders provided they can supply the correct name and customer number)

Phase 2 – From Thursday 19th, 10am onwards,including full-time after Luton fixture on Saturday 21st
In addition to those eligible in Phase 1, 500 Club members and half-season ticket holders (new and existing) may purchase one ticket each. Supporters who have already purchased in Phase 1 will not be eligible to purchase again.

Phase 3 – From Monday 23rd, 10am onwards
Those eligible in Phase 1 & 2 plus Share Scheme investors (new and existing) may purchase two tickets each. This enables those wishing to bring a guest to be seated together. Supporters who have already purchased in Phases 1 & 2 will not be eligible to purchase again in Phase 3.

Phase 4 – From Wednesday 25th, 10am onwards until sell-out
General sale (limited to four per person)

Prices are as follows.

Full Season Ticket Holders
Adults: £20.00
Seniors (65+): £10.00
Juniors (U18): £5.00

All Other Supporters
Adults: £25.00
Seniors (65+): £10.00
Juniors (U18): £5.00

The ticket office opening hours for this period are as follows.

– 10am to 3pm for over-the-counter sales at Adams Park, and 10am to 5pm over the phones.
– The phone line will remain open until 7pm on the first day of going on sale.
– Tickets for this fixture will not be available to purchase before kick-off on the day of the home game against Luton, but those eligible in Phases 1 & 2 will be able to buy tickets from 5pm after this game.

Please note the priority ticketing structure is hoped to allow a reasonable flow of ticket sales by phasing the demand across several different purchasing windows. However, supporters are asked to remain patient if required to wait in a queue either in person or over the phone. There will be no online sales in Phases 1, 2 or 3.

Season ticket holders purchasing an additional ticket will be charged the full rate for their guest (i.e. £20 for the season ticket holder + £25 for the guest).

Seats are allocated at the point of purchase and all supporters will be required to sit in their designated seat, so once you have bought your ticket, any additional tickets purchased at a later date will not be allocated to an adjacent seat.

Season ticket holders are asked to ensure you have either your season ticket card with you, or at least the customer number to hand, to speed up the process.

Wanderers have created a designated ‘singing block’ (Block 38) with 494 tickets in the lower tier – please request this block at the point of purchase if you wish to sit here. 

Disabled supporters will be able to purchase tickets directly from the Wycombe Wanderers ticket office in line with the above priority structure.

Enquiries for corporate hospitality packages should be directed to Damian Irvine at Wycombe Wanderers on commercial@wwfc.com.

Details regarding coach travel from Adams Park to White Hart Lane will be announced in due course. 


Jan
13

Monty Seymour – Club President – R.I.P

John D Taylor, vice-chairman of the Ex-Players Association, remembers the great Monty Seymour, who passed away on Thursday night aged 102.

“Wycombe Wanderers management, directors, players, former heroes and fans have all been paying tribute after the death was announced of Club President Monty Seymour just four months short of his 103rd birthday.

Happily, he lived long enough to see the club make a permanent tribute to his role by transforming the old Centre Spot and Scores Bar into Monty’s to honour the man whose official association with the club goes back to the 1950s and to Wycombe’s hey-day as the top amateur club in the South.

Inside, great moments in the club’s history are traced – from its formation in 1884, through the FA Amateur Cup Finals of 1931 and 1957, the eight Isthmian League title wins, FA Trophy glory at Wembley under Martin O’Neill, the transformation into a successful professional side and eventual elevation to the Football League in 1993. Monty Seymour played a significant role in most of these milestone moments.

Born on May 11, 1914 in humble surroundings on a farm near Marlow, he won a place at Borlase School before becoming a successful pharmacist in High Wycombe. Always a fan, he became the Wanderers’ President in 1966 – only the tenth since 1898 – and celebrated 50 years in that role in 2016.

Having served in Burma, the Second World War hero played a major role in setting up the Wycombe Royal British Legion Club where he was also President for over 50 years. Made an honorary Burgess of the town in 2002, the highest honour the Mayor can hand out, Monty also played a major role with the Wycombe Guarantors, the Rotary Club and the Charter Trustees over the years as well as heading the club’s annual Poppy Appeal.

At his 100th birthday in 2014, he was given a special party at Adams Park attended by his 12 great-grandchildren, eight grandchildren and three children – the highlight being a message from the Queen. Former Wanderers’ chairman Ivor Beeks gave him a club shirt with the No 100 printed on the back and described him as “An incredible person with an appetite for all the good things in life.” Ex-Wycombe manager and chairman Brian Lee described Monty as “A gentleman, and a very generous gentleman.”

The club is in the process of making arrangements for a series of special tributes to take place at the fixture against Luton Town on Saturday 21st January at Adams Park. It is hoped that members of his famiily will be able to attend.

A minute’s applause has been arranged at all EFL clubs ahead of kick-off tomorrow in memory of former England manager Graham Taylor, who passed away this week. This will be observed at Adams Park as planned.

Out of respect for both Graham Taylor and Monty Seymour – and their families and friends – the two tributes will be kept apart and therefore Wanderers will pay their respects to Monty at the match on 21st January.

A book of condolence will be opened at Adams Park in the coming days for visitors to contribute to.


Jan
8

A Boost for the Share Scheme

The Share Scheme is still alive and doing well!  Many thanks to all those who have already contributed and/or are still doing so for the next few years.

This month an existing WW Trust Share Scheme shareholder Gareth Hayes wanted to acknowledge the 21st birthday of his son Amos by making an investment for him in the football club.

‘Our own Gareth‘ was on hand on Saturday to present Amos with his share certificate supported by (left to right) Nigel Kingston (Share Scheme Chairman), Trevor Stroud (Trust Chairman), Alan Cecil (Share Scheme Administrator) and on the far right is Gareth Hayes.

If you can help boost the finances of your club, then please go to http://www.wycombewandererstrust.com/share-offer


Jan
1

500 Club Showing Its Worth As Jamal Stays On

Speaking on the news that loan goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has had his loan period from Chelsea extended until the end of this season, Manager Gareth Ainsworth had this to say:

“There’s a lot of work to be done in January to keep this squad as strong as it can be and to give us a real chance of achieving something in the second half of the season.
The 500 Club has played a massive part so far and I’d like to thank everyone who’s contributed because the fans here can make such a difference.”

The 500 Club was set up to bolster Gareth’s playing budget, initially in the January 2017 window, and we already seen the Scott Kashket and Jamal Blackman deals.

If you can help boost the sum already raised for this purpose then please go to www.500wanderers.co.uk


Dec
7

Use Easyfundraising to Raise More Funds For Wycombe Wanderers

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.


Sep
1

Are YOU Getting Your Share? (Updated 5.1.17)

scan0018If you are one of the 317 Wycombe Wanderers Trust members who have already signed up to support the Community Share Scheme, then we wish to say a big thank-you!

In just over 14 months since the Share Scheme was launched, there has been a terrific response from our members and with £737k now committed, we are already well over one third of the way towards our target.

We set ourselves a target to raise £2,000,000 over 5 years “to improve the capital base of the Trust in order for it to invest in its assets WWFC and FALL” by using a community share structure to:

  • Ensure the club remains in fans’ ownership with the provision of a capital injection to re-finance the Football Club
  • Provide resources to improve the profitability of the business and the management structure of the Football Club
  • Invest in improved conference and matchday facilities to improve the attraction of Adams Park as an alternative event venue
  • Widen the community ownership of the Football Club and its social benefit

Already we are seeing the benefits of the £463k of Share Scheme money that has been banked, with the Football Club finances heading towards a more stable position and a number of visible improvements being made around the stadium. These will continue as more funds come in.

The Share Scheme is set up so that anyone can invest at any level and if necessary spread their payments over the next 5 years.

We started off with a good number of members wanting to donate their £10 a year subscription EACH MONTH and most of those people have now turned those donations into share purchases to build up a good number of shares over the coming five years.

At the outset it was a simple calculation that if 1000 members each were able to invest £2000, then we would quickly and easily reach our target. Thanks to those who have put in a ‘lump sum’ – some have invested £2000, some have paid more and some less but all are much appreciated.

If we are to continue to ensure Community ownership, then we do need to keep progressing towards our target and hence this message is now being put out to our membership.

So Are YOU Getting Your Share?

Do please consider if you can help in anyway by either setting up a 5-year payment plan (monthly or annually) or by donating a one-off payment of whatever you can. The minimum investment is £100 and the maximum is £100,000.

If you can, then the forms are on our website page –click here – where you can also find the brochure and all the associated background information.

Any questions can be emailed to shares@wycombewandererstrust.com

We believe that by raising extra capital through these Community Shares to invest in the Club, we can turn a business that has traditionally lost money into one built on firm foundations making a profit and make sure the Club remains owned by you, the fans.

Many thanks for any help you can give.

NIgel KingstonTrust Directors will be at the Trust Table before each home game to receive your application or to answer any questions.

Nigel Kingston
Chairman – Share Issue Marketing Group

 


Feb
6

A ‘Simple Guide’ to the WW Trust – Updated 16.12.16

trust logo 003 wwfc our heritageFollowing the AGM in February 2015, some members were asking for clarification on what are the separate responsibilities and duties of the Trust and of the Football Club.

A small group from the Trust Board, led by the then new Trust Director Dale Jenkins put together the following which we hope will be useful:

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The Basic Structure

Wycombe Wanderers Trust took over Wycombe Wanderers Football Club on 29th June 2012 from Steve Hayes.

Wycombe Wanderers Trust owns Wycombe Wanderers FC (the trading entity) and Adams Park as separate entities.

Features

  • Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board is made up of the following directors:

John Bignell                  johnbig@wycombewandererstrust.com
Mark Burrell               mark@wycombewandererstrust.com
Alan Cecil                   alan@wycombewandererstrust.com
David Cook                 dave@wycombewandererstrust.com
John Derben                john@wycombewandererstrust.com
Dale Jenkins              dale@wycombewandererstrust.com
Nigel Kingston            nigel@wycombewandererstrust.com
Lawrie Read               lawrie@wycombewandererstrust.com
David Roberton          david@wycombewandererstrust.com
David Smith                 dsmith@wycombewandererstrust.com
Trevor Stroud              trevor@wycombewandererstrust.com

  • Ownership of Adams Park (professionally assessed at £7million) is held within Frank Adams Legacy Limited (“FALL”). There is a separate FALL Board, currently under reconstruction.
  • Most major debts of the Trust sit under FALL, secured by charges on Adams Park, but Wycombe Wanderers Trust also has some debts to pay.
  • Wycombe Wanderers Trust relies on rental income from WWFC (the trading entity) to gradually pay down its creditors and loans via FALL (for example remaining Steve Hayes repayments, Chairboys Funders interest).
  • No takeover or change in ownership can proceed without 75% approval from all Legacy Members.
  • Legacy Members are members who are in their fourth (at least) consecutive year of holding a season ticket. Legacy membership is retained in future years as long as season ticket holding continues. There are approximately 570 Legacy Members at present.
  • A uniquely structured members club; one of only four fan owned clubs in the Football League.
  • Wycombe Wanderers Trust became a Community Benefit Society during 2014 as this allows us to raise capital by selling shares to our members (see under Functions, below).
  • Our full registered name is Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Group Limited. We had to adopt this name as part of the process of registering as a society, but we have kept Wycombe Wanderers Trust as our day to day trading name for everyone’s convenience.

Wycombe Wanderers Trust does not run the football club.

  • Wycombe Wanderers Football Club controls all income from footballing matters and the use of Adams Park on matchdays and non-matchdays.
  • Wycombe Wanderers Football Club’s operations are managed by Andrew Howard (WWFC Chairman) and its employees.
  • Only the Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board can appoint and remove individuals from and to the WWFC club board (WWFC’s Club Board is made up of Andrew Howard, Ivor Beeks, Mark Burrell, Trevor Stroud and David Cook).

Functions

Since Wycombe Wanderers Trust, and its Board, does not run the football club, the Trust’s job is to create an environment which will help WWFC to succeed.

This is done in a number of ways:

  • Providing governance over its subsidiary companies – WWFC and FALL – and also support WWSET– our Community Trust which has charity status.
  • Providing support to WWFC, for example volunteer forces to reduce costs; aiding and assisting WWFC’s employees through “WWFC PALS” as and when required.
  • Undertaking other fundraising initiatives, for example sale of matchday badges and voluntary Trust member initiatives – to raise income.
  • Communicating with members via emails, members meetings and visibility. Trust board directors will be held to account by Trust members and a third of the Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board directors retire by rotation at each AGM.
  • Seeking to grow and expand our membership and therefore widen the fan ownership base in the community, particularly the younger and the future generation of supporters.
  • Ensure members are consulted about and vote on the designated key issues affecting the football club (listed in the Trust Rules on the Wycombe Wanderers Trust website).
  • Raising funds via the Share Scheme – to secure the working capital to allow Wycombe Wanderers Football Club to move towards breakeven (or a small profit) and allow the football club to pay its rent as scheduled to pay down remaining debts/ loans.

Other News...

Invest in the Present and Future of YOUR CLUB Please

20/04/2016

Watch this video and then join more than 300 Wycombe Wanderers fans who are investing in their club via the Trust’s Share Scheme. (Track: Love Runs Out by One Republic.) Every little helps but there is a feel good factor amongst those who have signed up to do their bit! Share Offer Forms    Share Offer Brochure

Glen Fyrth R.I.P

05/01/2017

We were saddened to learn of the death this week of Glen Fyrth just a day after his 38th birthday. A resident of Marlow, Glen was a much loved Wycombe Wanderers fan and Trust member. Many of you will have known Glen and will have seen him at matches home and away (allegedly nearly being kicked out of [more…]

Trust Chairman Looks Ahead At 2017

03/01/2017

In case you missed this in the Newport match programme, ‘Parklife’ Trevor Stroud, Chairman of Wycombe Wanderers Trust had this to say about the year ahead: “As we start a New Year, I have more optimism for the future of our Football Club, than I have had since we took ownership in 2012. Not only [more…]

Final 2016 Board Meeting – Summary

20/12/2016

The WWSGL (Wycombe Wanderers Trust) Board recently met for their final monthly meeting of 2016. A summary of the discussions are below. AGM: • As confirmed at the AGM, Colin Treacher has retired by rotation, replaced by Lawrie Read (unopposed). • Jordon Ibe: as members found out at the AGM, the Jordon Ibe monies had [more…]

Trust Directors Talk Us Through Their Role – Part 7

20/12/2016

Now it’s the turn of David Roberton to explain some of his input into the Football Club via the Trust Board: “As a grandchild might ask – “ … and what do you do grandad?”. Firstly as a Trust member I try and participate in fundraising activities including the Walk to Oxford, the Snowdon Climb [more…]

Trust Directors Talk Us Through Their Role – Part 6

20/12/2016

The latest Trust Director to explain their particular role is our Membership Secretary and representative of the Ex-Players Association, John Bignell: “November is the busiest time of the year for me in my role as  Membership Secretary. Subscriptions become due at the beginning of the month so updating the database as over 1000 standing order and [more…]

Give The Gift That Keeps On Giving.

12/12/2016

The latest free draw for 500 Club donors took place yesterday and whoever won the Meet and Greet with the manager and players will be taking it up at the Newport game on the 2nd January. The second prize of a copy of Football Manager 2017 was won and we are hoping to present that to [more…]

500 Club Helps Secure Kashket Deal

05/12/2016

Wycombe 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 [more…]

New Director Joins Trust Board

04/12/2016

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 [more…]

Slides from Trust AGM

02/12/2016

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  

500 Club ‘Player Fund’ Goes Past £40000!

01/12/2016

There 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 [more…]