For those who didn’t pick up a FREE matchday programme “Quarters” on Saturday, here is what the Club Chairman Don Woodward had to say:
“Recent weeks have given us all plenty to talk about and this is certainly a crucial time for everyone concerned with Wycombe Wanderers Football Club.
First and foremost, a great deal of credit must go to Gareth, his staff and the players for delivering a run of results which has eased the tension at the wrong end of the division. There is still plenty of work to be done to secure our Football League status, but the belief in our own ability never waivered during our toughest times and we are now seeing the positive results that everyone’s hard work has deserved.
There is, of course, a bigger picture. The recent approach to buy the football club leaves us in a position where our future lies in the hands of you, the fans, who must soon decide how this club moves forward.
Once THE TRUST are able to reveal the full details, although despite further meetings this week, they are no closer to being able to do so, Legacy Trust Members will have the final say in whether the club falls back into private ownership, and away from the current model of being in the hands of the supporters.
It doesn’t have to be that way – if you don’t want it to be.
But to be run by the fans means the club must be funded by fans, because although we are doing everything we can to breakeven, it’s a constant uphill struggle to keep the momentum towards stability without working capital – the books need to be balanced, cash is needed to trade.
So I can only spell it out like this – if you want the club to continue and thrive under supporter ownership, I ask you to subscribe to the share capital scheme as proposed by the Trust, you can also help us achieve a large season ticket take-up by renewing your own and encouraging friends, family, colleagues and lapsed supporters to join you in getting behind your local club.
There is proof that the share scheme will work. Portsmouth may have a considerably larger fanbase than we do, but the £4.1m million they raised recently via this initiative has secured their future and enabled them to plan ahead under supporter ownership. Whilst we have aspirations for £ 2m we are realistic that this may take time, but we need to get this going now to be able to fend off potential acquirers, but we do need some funds now.
We have something really special here, and a club we can all be proud of, but we have to separate romance from reality and ask fans what they can contribute to continue the legacy that we are trying to build.
Myself and my fellow Trust directors would be delighted to hear from you if you’re behind us, and urge you all to renew your season tickets by contacting the Club or sign up to the share scheme by completing a standing order form which is available on the Trust website. (Click on this link Membership and Standing Order )
As a Trust body, we are guardians of the football club and will always endeavour to act in the best interests of Wycombe Wanderers. Any individual or organisation looking to buy the club must show they have the right intentions, and sufficient financial backing to make improvements in all areas, though we can never be 100% confident that any takeover would be the right decision, and there are countless examples of clubs suffering from financial difficulties and a serious loss of identity by allowing themselves to fall into the wrong hands.
So if we continue to have your backing, now is the time to act and please show your support by making either (or both) of the commitments stated above.
Enjoy the game”