Trust Directors Talk Us Through Their Role – Part 6

Ohoto by Ann Priest)

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 cash payments come in is a very time consuming exercise. Cash and cheque payers need reminders to pay, mostly by email for those that have it but also by post for others. Standing orders and email does make life easier so my plea to those members who are able to but haven’t yet done so is let me have an email address and contact me to set up a standing order.

The need to have the database updated and correct is important as only paid up members can be admitted to the AGM and vote on key issues.

Earlier in the year I was asked to join the board of Frank Adams Legacy Limited my brief being to oversee the recording and displaying of the vast quantity of club memorabilia and records. John Taylor, vice chairman of Wycombe Wanderers Ex Players Association has worked closely with me on this with help from Trust members Lawrie Read, Dave Goulding, Phil Ball and Alan Hodgson.

If you have not been into Monty’s bar (formerly Scores) this season I urge you to do so to take a look at the updated project undertaken  throughout the summer. You can now see more historical photos, trophies and artefacts around the bar and surrounding areas, creating a visual chronology of the club from its foundation in 1887 right through to the current day.

The display traces key moments including the FA Amateur Cup Finals of 1931 and 1957, the eight Isthmian League title wins, FA Trophy and Play Off glory at Wembley under Martin O’Neill, the transformation into a successful professional side and eventual elevation to the Football League in 1993. There is scope to refresh and update this area and new improved lighting is due to installed imminently. The Ex Players Association have kindly funded this project and we are very grateful to them.

We are now looking at other areas of the stadium where more items of our illustrious history can be shared by all. Many thanks to all who have offered help and encouragement with this.”