It gives me great pleasure – and pride – to welcome you to the first competitive fixture at Adams Park as co-chairman of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, following the successful takeover of the club by the Trust over the summer. Placing the ownership of the club back into the supporters’ hands is what you wanted, and I’m delighted that we were able to make it happen.
The philosophy of the Trust, the directors and the staff here at the club is simple – we want to rebuild our reputation as a family club, one which puts it supporters first and actively engages with them, something which has lost its way in recent years. We also want to attract more people to Adams Park, and whether it be Wycombe fans, supporters of opposition clubs or guests visiting our conference centre, everybody will be welcomed with open arms.
To achieve those goals, we are making a number of changes to the way the club is run – many of them will work, some might not, but they are all worth a try. The important thing is that you, the fans, have a huge part to play in making this club what you want it to be.
Over the past few weeks and months, we have been deluged with positivity through meetings with the council, ex-players, sponsors and fans, who are all embracing what we are aiming to build here. I have had more than 50 individual offers of time and help from volunteers and haven’t yet managed to act on more than one or two of them, but please bear with me and don’t lose heart – we will be in touch to take you up on your generosity.
The six weeks since the takeover have been spent settling the finances and the business side of the club, enabling us to work more closely with existing suppliers and partners, and reach out to new ones. There have been changes to the staff structure which required some very tough decisions, but ultimately the club has had to cut costs and must now seek to deliver an improved service with fewer people in place than when we arrived. It won’t be easy, but we’ll get there.
On the pitch, it was fantastic to get the league campaign off to a fine start at York on Saturday, and Gary has worked extremely hard throughout the summer to put together a fantastic, spirited squad with a brilliant blend of youth and experience. We have a club, a manager and a team to be proud of, and throughout the season we must all do what we can to be supportive, introduce new fans to the club, and help secure the long-term future of Wycombe Wanderers.
Enjoy the game,
Our small but magnificent Media team work long and hard to put together each matchday programme, which this year includes a number of new regular features.They are supported by a number of guest writers, including the Manager and players, Steve Wilson plus Greg Burns from the Buckinghamshire Advertiser. Also worth a read is “Story of the Blues” which started its series with ‘How It all Began’. There is also a special ‘Kids Corner’ page for our younger fans.
The next edition of 1887 will be on sale around the ground on Saturday priced at £3. Grab your copy and enjoy a good read!