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Dec
14

Join the 500 Club-18 and YOU Could Be a Winner In ‘The 12 Draws of Christmas’

Wycombe Wanderers fans have the chance to win exclusive prizes from the ‘Twelve Draws of Christmas’, launched by the 500 Club ahead of the festive period.

The 500 Club is in its second year, aiming to raise funds solely for the playing budget, to be spent during the January transfer window either on new players or extensions of contracts for existing stars.

Having raised over £25,000 already this season, from 158 contributors, the initiative runs regular draws, giving supporters the opportunity to benefit from exclusive invitations, signed merchandise and more.

There’ll be 12 draws in the lead-up to Christmas so do sign up to the 500 Club-18 via 500wanderers.co.uk to be entered into each draw. Fans can either pay a one-off fee of £150, or spread the cost of 12 monthly instalments of £12.50.

Details of the draws and prizes (subject to change):

5th Dec – a ‘Director for the Day’ package at Adams Park – won by Eric Threlfall see this link

6th Dec – Signed WWFC Football – won by Richard Glenister see this link

8th Dec – Copy of Football Manager 2018 signed by GA – won by Steve Knight see this link

10th Dec – Copy of ‘The Beast’ signed by Bayo -won by Alan Fryer see this link

12th Dec –  one 20% off voucher to be used in the Club shop –won by Keith Higgins of Wycombe Sound Radio see this link

14th Dec – 2018 Calendar signed by the playing squad – won by David Riddington see this link 

16th Dec – Programme signed by player chosen by the winner TBC

18th Dec– A pair of Scott Brown goalie gloves – TBC

20th Dec – Signed personalised plaque

22nd Dec – TBC

24th Dec – 2018 Calendar signed by Gareth and/or the playing squad

26th Dec – Director for the Day


Dec
8

Accounts for Year Ended 30th June 2017

A link to the Trust’s audited financial report and accounts for year ended 30th June 2017 was recently sent to members with the calling notice for the Annual General Meeting and this can also be found from the appropriate article further down this page. 

These and the end of year accounts for Frank Adams Legacy Limited (which owns Adams Park) can also be viewed on our Share Offer page via this link

The Football Club’s accounts for the same period are ow finalised and are now being sent to each Founder and Ordinary WWFC Shareholder.

Questions on these that are not answered at the Trust AGM on November 29th, can be raised at the Finance Forum which this year was to have taken place on the evening of Monday 11 December and which will now be rearranged for another date.


Dec
4

Quiz Nights Coming Up

WWISC were to be hosting a quiz night on Monday 11th December, starting at 8:00 p.m. in The Honours Lounge at Adams Park. Entry is £2 per person and its open to all. You don’t have to be a WWISC member to take part.

Do please come along if you can and bring any friends along (it’s not a football specific quiz).

NOW TO BE ARRANGED FOR ANOTHER DATE in 2018

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Then to get the New Year going, OWWSA have their Quiz Night on Friday 12th January 2018 in the Caledonian Suite.

Teams should be a maximum of eight players, paying £5 each.

The night will start with food available from 18.30 and the quiz will go ahead at 19.30.

Please contact Sandie Derben on 01494 441145 to register your team and/or for further details.

This is always an excellent night and they look forward to seeing you there.

 


Dec
4

Fans Keep On Giving….. So We Can Provide (Updated December 2017)

Notwithstanding the success of the 500 Club in the last year or so, the WW Trust Share Scheme launched in 2015 continues to thrive and produce much needed income for the Football Club.

Over ‘one hundred and eighty’ fans are still contributing with either monthly or annual payments to the Trust over a five year period and these are on top of the 160 who have made one-off payments in the last couple of years. 

Those single payments have been of amounts between the minimum of £100 and the maximum of £100,000.

To date some £552,000 has been banked with more than a further £185,000 committed to be received over this and the next 2 seasons. 

So what are we doing with your money?

Much of the initial inflow has gone into helping to stabilise the financial position of the football club by providing some much needed working capital. This allows WWFC to be able to pay its bills, (present and past) in line with agreed schedules and repayment plans.

As was outlined in our Share Scheme prospectus/brochure we have also been able to provide the money to make the best use of our prized asset – Adams Park. So far, some of the completed projects, which are thanks to Share Scheme money (and which would not have been affordable otherwise) are:

  • New lawnmower (from OWWSA contributions)
  • New club flag
  • Medical equipment to boost return of injured players
  • Replacement seats (Summer 2016 – from OWWSA Contributions)
  • New TVs for concourse etc
  • Big Screen repairs
  • Player Purchase – Michael Harriman
  • GPS Equipment – the player running tracking system
  • Security Fence for away end
  • Fixing of the heating/Air Con system in Caledonian Suite
  • Paint for various stadium areas (from OWWSA contributions)
  • Full structural survey of the stadium – required for safety certificate reasons
  • More paint (Summer 2017)
  • Further replacement seats (Summer 2017)
  • Essential refurb and extension of the dressing rooms – as demanded by the EFL (Summer 2017)
  • Upgrade of the CCTV equipment – so vital to maintain our safety certificate
  • Replacement IT equipment for Gareth and his team at the training ground – from OWWSA contributions
  • Contributions towards repair and maintenance of the Adams Park floodlights – from OWWSA contributions

If you feel that fan ownership is worth more than the annual membership fee, then do join in with those who are contributing a bit (or a lot) more. See any Trust Director manning the table before each home game in the Caledonian Suite or go to our special Share Offer page via this link .

Any questions on the scheme can be sent by email to shares@wycombewandererstrust.com


Dec
1

A ‘Simple Guide’ to the WW Trust – Updated 1.12.17

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 then put together the following which we hope will be useful: 

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 Ltd (the trading entity) and Frank Adams Legacy Limited 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
Tony Hector                 tony@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.
  • 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. All our debts now have agreed repayment schedules.
  • Wycombe Wanderers Trust relies on rental income from WWFC (the trading entity) to gradually pay down its creditors and loans via FALL (which include the 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 WWFCs 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.

Nov
30

Profile of New Trust Director – Tony Hector

With kind permission of WWFC, we are able to reproduce a recent programme article where Tony Hector answered questions in the ‘Me and My Wycombe’ feature:

Name: Tony Hector

Where do you sit/stand? I stand on the terrace.

Who do you come to games with? I meet up at the ground with a number of people, but mainly Alan Sunderland and Rod Armitage, although they both have their season tickets for the Beechdean Stand. However, I have stood with the same guys (Colin, Joel, David, Jeff & Alan) for a number of years.

How long have you been a supporter? I first started supporting Wycombe in October 1969.

What made you first start coming to matches? A couple of friends at school had been regulars at Loakes Park since about 1966/67.  They persuaded me to come and watch a game with them.

What was your first match as a fan? Walthamstow Avenue.  I remember we won but really can’t remember the score (2 or 3 nil I think).

What has been your favourite moment supporting the club? Celebrating the most dramatic and unlikely FA Cup 5th round replay victory over Wimbledon in 2001 with ten men and possibly the 120th minute Paul McCarthy equaliser within that game.  It wasn’t the best game overall, but it probably caused me the greatest rollercoaster of emotions and most unexpectedly joyous ending to a game ever.

Who’s the best player you’ve seen during your time as a fan? Steve Guppy in his first spell. He had great acceleration, skill / trickery and was one of the best crossers of the ball I’ve ever seen.

Wycombe Wanderers supporters ahead of the Sky Bet League 2 match between Wycombe Wanderers (4th) and Exeter City (1st) at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England on 14 October 2017. Photo by Andy Rowland.

Who’s been your favourite player to wear the quarters and why? Steve Brown – despite a very difficult start to his time with us, he showed the determination, passion, skill and steel to become a legend.

Tell us a funny story from your time supporting the club? The first time I got the OWWSA coach from outside the Empire Cinema there were two coaches waiting.  However I didn’t realise one was a Saga Travel coach until I tried to get on it.

What does the club mean to you? It feels like being part of a really passionate family.

Describe Wycombe Wanderers in three words: Friendly, Outgoing, Dynamic.


Nov
26

Use Easyfundraising to Raise More Funds for Wycombe Wanderers as You Shop Online for 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 will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.


Nov
23

Let WWSET’s FFIT Programme Help You Get In Shape

Football Fans in Training is a hugely successful lifestyle programme aimed at men aged 35 – 65 years old with a waist size of 38 inches or more.

Delivered at professional clubs, by professional clubs, participants get the chance to learn about diet & nutrition, healthy lifestyle choices and take part in the gentle physical activity.

Each of the scheduled WWSET FFIT programmes will run one evening a week for 12 weeks at Adams Park, with participants building up their ability to take part in some football-related activity. Whilst improving the health and wellbeing of our fans, the FFIT programme will also provide a behind-the-scenes look at Wycombe Wanderers FC.

The FREE weekly sessions are split between education based workshops and physical activity training with all sessions delivered by WWSET’s professional coaches. Participants will also receive a free WWFC top and jogging bottoms each.

The main aims of the programme are to:

  • Increase knowledge of diet & nutrition
  • Improve lifestyle choices
  • Increase physical activity amongst participants
  • Reduce weight and waist measurements
  • Increase engagement in other physical activity

To sign up for the WWSET FFIT programme all you have to do is meet the criteria below. It’s a great opportunity to improve your fitness, lose weight, and train with fellow supporters at Adams Park but places are limited so don’t delay…get in touch with us to reserve your place!

There are three courses being delivered across the next year:

Dates:

17th May – 2nd August 2017 – Course One successfully completed

6th September – 22nd November 2017 – Course Two now completed

17th January – 11th April 2018 – Book Now!

The courses will take place on a Wednesday evening (6:00 pm – 7.30pm)

Location:

Adams Park, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, Bucks.HP12 4HJ

Eligibility:

You are eligible to take part if you are a male between 35 and 65 years old and meet any of the following criteria:

Trouser waist size of 38 inches+

Belly 100cm+ (measure your waist and go around your belly!)

BMI of 27+ (Calculate this by visiting http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/)

Contact:

To register please email sam.parker@wwfc.com or phone 01494 455736 with the details below:

Name

Address

DOB

Contact Telephone and/or Email

BMI / Belly / Trouser size


Nov
19

Volunteers Update

Once again THANK YOU to those who helped with the strimming behind the Frank Adams Stand, this was an important piece of work that had to carried out.

Without all of you volunteers Wycombe Wanderers would be spending lots of money to have this type of work completed.

Wycombe Wanderers and the Trust appreciate all the work that you do, here are some of the areas that you have helped with so far this season:

  • Seat Cleaning
  • Painting of the Stairs in the Beachdean Stand
  • Painting of the Toilets
  • Weeding and Strimming around the ground
  • Car Parking
  • Programme Sales
  • General Maintenance

Thanks again and kind regards

John Derben (PALS Organiser)

If you fancy volunteering to help YOUR CLUB then please speak with John Derben or contact General manager Michael Davies (email michael.davies@wwfc.com) indicating any particular area of interest/expertise and your general availability to assist.


Other News...

Monday 11th December – Finance Forum Postponed

11/12/2017

Given the current and forecasted weather conditions we have decided to postpone the planned Finance Forum due tonight. The Trust Board is due to meet later this week and will then agree on a new date.

R.I.P – Len Monk (1921-2017)

30/11/2017

The Trust was saddened to learn of the recent death of one its oldest members – Len Monk, who passed away on 25th November 2017. A lifelong resident of High Wycombe, Len had held a WWFC season ticket and been a member of the Woodlands Executive Club for many years. Len enjoyed five trips to [more…]

Trust Board Election Result

30/11/2017

The number of votes cast at last night’s AGM for each candidate (including proxy/postal votes) was: Lisa Bowker  – 64 Mark Burrell – 122 (re-elected) David Cook – 129 (re-elected) John Derben – 142 (re-elected) Tony Hector – 110 (newly elected) Peter Lerner – 90 Many thanks to all Trust members who attended and voted [more…]

AGM – Notice To Trust Members

15/11/2017

Dear Member, The Annual General Meeting of Wycombe Wanderers Trust will be held on Wednesday 29th November, starting at 7.30pm in the Caledonian Suite at Adams Park. The venue will be open to members from 6.30pm, along with complimentary tea and coffee and the bar will be open. The following documents are available by clicking [more…]

Lucky Winners Announced – They Joined the 500 Club 18 and Won an Evening with Bayo

09/11/2017

The names of 2 lucky winners were drawn last Saturday in the Caledonian Suite after the post match player Q&A session and these two were chosen – Alex Hume and Kevin Skidmore. Each of them won: a FREE invite of two tickets and to meet Adebayo Akinfenwa on the evening of the club’s event on [more…]

Trust Membership Renewals Are Due

24/10/2017

Membership fees for 2017-2018 become due on 1st November. The majority of members pay by Standing Order but if you use other means a reminder that you can pay by cash or cheque at the Trust table in the Caledonian Suite before home games. Alternatively send a cheque to Wycombe Wanderers Trust at Adams Park, [more…]

R.I.P. – Ann Lewis (1934-2017)

28/09/2017

Ann Lewis – a lifelong Wanderers supporter – passed away suddenly on 15th September 2017, aged 82.  Ann was a long-time member of both the Official and Independent Supporters’ Clubs and her cheery character saw her make many friends during her travels home and away with the Wanderers. Ann comes from a family with a [more…]

70 Years A Chairboys Fan – Well Done Dave!

25/09/2017

Dave Payne has been supporting Wycombe since his first match 70 years ago, when Frank Adams handed over the ground at Loakes Park to the Club. ‘Payney’ was smitten from that day onwards. Thanks Dave for your incredible dedication to the Club over so many years  – from all your friends at Wycombe Wanderers.

Get Well Soon – Eddie Ball

21/09/2017

We would like to send best wishes to Trust Member and long time supporter Eddie Ball who has been recovering from a fall whilst on holiday and a subsequent period of illness. Eddie will be best known to many Wycombe fans as the guy who often used to wear an Indian Chieftain headdress. He was [more…]

500 Club Goes Again for 2018 Window

08/09/2017

Chairboys fans have the opportunity once again to help play their part in the club’s on-field success by becoming a 500 Club member for the 2017/18 season. Now in its second year, the 500 Club – an idea initiated and developed by a group of supporters – aims to raise £75,000 to be spent on [more…]

PALS Working Parties

31/08/2017

Please see below message from Trust Director John Derben: “It’s that time again, we need to tackle the banks around the car park. Several of you have asked about the dates and I can now confirm that with agreement with the club, we have now fixed Sunday 10th September and Sunday 24th September for our [more…]

New Dressing Rooms – Paid For By The Trust Members

25/08/2017

This summer extensive work had to be done to enlarge and improve the Adams Park dressing rooms used by home and away players and matchday officials in order to keep up to required standards. The cost of this work was met by the football club but they have now received sizeable donations from the Trust [more…]