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Sep
14

Use Easyfundraising to Raise More Funds for Wycombe Wanderers as You Shop Online

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There are no catches or hidden charges and Wycombe Wanderers will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

Sep
10

Next Adams Park Volunteers Session – Sunday 16th September

UPDATE: We are still in need of at least 8 more volunteers to be able to complete the works required, so if you can help, please reply John Derben ASAP. Also we need a roofer to repair the hip ridge tiles above the entrance to the Caledonian Suite, so if you are able to do this task, please let us know. The required scaffolding will be provided for this.

Because of the extended hot weather the flowers on the car park banks have seeded early. So we can now do the annual cut and have set a date of Sunday the 16th of Sept.
We start at 9.30am, sandwich lunch provided and finish around 4.00pm. 

No tools required but if you have a strimmer that would be helpful . We also need people to load the trailer.

Your help is always appreciated by the Club.  Please tel 01494 441145 or E-Mail me j.derben123@btinternet.com if you are available.

Thanks

John Derben

Jul
21

Get Your Promotion Badge

Yes it’s not too late to carry on celebrating promotion for the Chairboys from League 2 to League 1 which was achieved with a game to spare at the end of April and celebrated with the Party at the Park on May 5th.

Terry’s Badges stall will be back at Adams Park for this coming season and amongst his stock of WWFC – themed badges will be this special one as seen on the right. 

As with all the badges, this one will be on sale for just £3 with all profits donated to help the Club.

See Terry’s stall in the lower car park before the first game vs Blackpool on Saturday 4th August.

May
14

Richard Mann – R.I.P.

We have just become aware on the death last month of Richard Mann who passed away suddenly at the age of just 60.

Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Linda, daughter Sarah and son Nick.

Richard, who lived in Beaconsfield, had been a Wanderers fan for a good number of years, a Trust member and a contributor to the Community Share Scheme.

Click this link for a detailed tribute to Richard written by someone who clearly knew him well.

What is clear from reading that, is that this was  a man who committed himself fully to whatever he took on, whether it be his family, his career, outside interests or service to his local community.

May
2

Thanks To The Chairboys Funders

Back in 2013 a group of supporters came together in response to an urgent need for a capital injection of funds into the Football Club.  This was at a time when the Trust and Club were very short of money and needed to ensure the survival of the Club.

A special legal company – Chairboys Funders Limited – was set up and that company issued 5-year Loan Note Instruments to the individual Funders, who have received interest on their investment over this period that reflected the level of risk in the deal at that time

Whilst the overall financial position of the Trust and its two wholly owned subsidiaries – Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and Frank Adams Legacy Limited (which owns Adams Park) – has improved from where it was five years ago, we are still ‘not yet out of the woods’ though we can now see a path!  Over the past three years, the Group’s finances have been managed to stability and we are working towards financial sustainability.

The initial scheme has reached its 5-year end date.  Chairboys Funders Limited is therefore issuing further Loan Notes to continue this vital and successful scheme and these have already been fully subscribed by some of the original Funders, whilst others have understandably taken repayment.

The Trust Board would firstly like to place on record its appreciation to all the supporters who stepped up in 2013 as the original Chairboys Funders. It is also very grateful to those who have agreed to ‘continue with us on the journey ahead’ and support our exciting new future in League One.

Apr
12

More Great Work Done By The Volunteers…………Can You Help on Sunday 22nd April?

Big thanks to the volunteers that worked so hard at the training ground last Saturday. Great effort and well done. 

As always we still have more to do, so if anyone would like to come and help on Sunday 22nd April they would be really welcome. The gates will open at 09:30, a sandwich lunch will be provided, but you need to bring your own hot drinks. 

All tools provided but please bring along a pair of gloves

Please let John know if you can help by phoning 01494 441145

Thanks again
on behalf of John Derben (WWFC PALS Co-ordinator)

Apr
1

Volunteers Taskforce Required for Saturday 7th April

“My thanks to the volunteers that worked so hard at the training ground on Sunday 25th March. Splendid effort and well done. 

As always we still have more to do, so if anyone would like to come and help at the same place on Saturday 7th April they would be really welcome. The gates will open at 09:30, a sandwich lunch provided, but you need to bring your own hot drinks. 

All tools provided but please bring along a pair of gloves

Please let John know if you can help by phoning 01494 441145

(We don’t have a game that Saturday as intended opponents Lincoln are in the Checkatrade Final on Sunday 8th)

Thanks again”

Sent on behalf of John Derben (WWFC PALS Co-ordinator)

Feb
2

Supposing Wycombe Wanderers HAD Won the FA Cup?

We all remember getting to the FA Cup Semi-Final in 2001, probably the closest most of us have ever been to lifting the hallowed trophy.

Now you can have the opportunity of lifting a replica of the FA Cup, bedecked in light and dark blue ribbons.

Weather permitting this trophy will be on display on Terry’s Badges stall just inside the Adams Park gates before some of our remaining games this season – when Terry himself is present.

Terry has paid out to buy this full-size version of the FA Cup, so if you want to take a picture,  please can you make him a donation of just £1 to help towards his costs.

While you are there, why not buy a Matchday Badge for just £3 – all profits from which go to support the football club’s finances.

Other WWFC themed badges are also available to buy.

 

Nov
30

R.I.P – Len Monk (1921-2017)

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 Wembley to watch his beloved Wanderers, the first of those being the 1957 Amateur Cup Final.

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends and we send our condolences to all who knew him.

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.

Sep
28

R.I.P. – Ann Lewis (1934-2017)

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 history of support for the Wanderers.  Her father took her to her first Wanderers game in the early 1950’s and her loyalty for The Blues carried on throughout her entire life.  She was lucky enough to enjoy the run to the Amateur Cup Final at Wembley in 1957 (along with her husband Brian) before passing down the family tradition of watching the Wanderers to son Paul in 1973.

Ann, with Paul, continued to be regulars at Loakes Park and many away days, before sharing the wonderful experience of the Martin O’Neil years at Adams Park, including the memorable victories at Wembley in 1991, 1993 and 1994.  Another highlight for Ann was the FA Cup run of 2001 where she travelled to Selhurst Park, Leicester and Villa Park on never to be forgotten occasions.  The latter gave Ann the chance to show off her creative style with a self-decorated hat and makeup.

Although Ann will be deeply missed by her family and friends, the family tradition of support for the Wanderers continue with Paul (a season ticket for the past 35 years) plus Paul’s partner Jane and their daughter Aimee (both now season ticket holders for more than ten years), all regulars in The Family Stand.

Sep
25

70 Years A Chairboys Fan – Well Done Dave!

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.

Sep
21

Get Well Soon – Eddie Ball

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 able to come in his wheelchair to the match vs Luton last Saturday, his first game for some time.

We hope Eddie makes a full recovery soon and is soon back with us as a regular supporter

Aug
31

PALS Working Parties

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 working parties.

The usual arrangements apply –  9:30am/10:00am start and a 4:00pm finish, but of course you can leave early to your own program. No tools are required although if you have a spare petrol strimmer that would be helpful. A sandwich lunch will be provided along with plenty of drinks.

The job is essentially working behind a team of strimmers and collecting all the rubbish which will be put into bags and taken up to the dump by tractor.

Please let me know if you can come, especially on the 10th as I have to organise the sandwiches next week.

This has almost become a social occasion, and if the weather is fine we should have a good time.

Please contact me by telephone or email j.derben123@btinternet.com  I will be pleased to hear from you”.

Jul
9

Adams Park – Owned by the Fans – Loved by the Fans – Preserved by the Fans

A decent number of Wanderers fans of all ages (from teenage to over 80) turned up today for the first of this summer’s volunteer days.

The Wycombe PALS were put to good use cleaning seats, painting steps as well as clearing brambles and other overgrowth around the stadium.

Many of these jobs could not be done without the contribution of the volunteers who include a few who turn up during every week

Another similar day was held on Sunday 23rd July  

THANKS TO THE WYCOMBE PALS

Jun
21

Ian Nixon – R.I.P

The Trust would like to add their sincere condolences to the family of Ian Nixon who sadly passed away this month.

Ian’s funeral takes place this Friday 23rd June and full details are within the Club Statement 

Ian was a Legacy member of the Trust, a supporter of the 500 Club and a WWFC Cashline Collector but probably best known as the popular Chairman of Wycombe Wanderers Independent Supporters Club.

A decent man who will be very much missed.

(our apologies for this late tribute but our website editor was away on holiday when the sad news came through)

May
12

Thanks To Those We Have Lost

As the 2016-17 season draws to a close, it is perhaps a fitting time to remind ourselves of those we have lost over this period.

Many tributes have been paid to former WWFC President Monty Seymour who died in January.

Also we have already acknowledged the passing of a number of supporters – Glen Fyrth, Charles Broadbridge, Pete Sheridan and Dorothy Carpenter.

To that list now needs to be added the name of David Symons, the sad passing of whom in June 2016 has only just reached us. David had been a great supporter of the club over many years, a Founder Shareholder, Football Club Shareholder, Trust Member and a contributor to the Trust Share Scheme.

A former pupil of Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, a graduate of Leeds and Thames Valley Universities, David worked for many years for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, a role which in recent years took him to Cyprus where he was CWGC’s Director for the Mediterranean Area.

His widow Elspeth has now kindly agreed to donate all David’s shares to the Club and Trust for which we are very grateful. She is proud to have kept and to cherish one of the players’ ‘anthem jackets’ which bears David’s name, as he was one of the first 150 to sign up for the Share Scheme back in 2014.

The Trust lost another member with the death of Reginald R Fawkes who passed away peacefully on Sunday 7th May at The Royal Berkshire Hospital aged 95.
Predeceased by his wife Dolores, he will be missed by his daughter Deborah, son in law Alan and step grandson Michael. 

Jan
20

Fans Council – Chance To Get Involved

Many supporters will be aware that a Fans Council was set up last season. As a Fan owned Football Club this was seen as a vital link between you, the supporters, the Football Club & Trust. The 500 Club was an initiative which was heavily promoted by the Fans Council, and, we are delighted to say that those that have invested have helped raise over £65,000, a quite staggering achievement.

Aside from the fund raising element this proves the power of the supporters, and the importance of a need for official representation from the fans.

Mark Bowring (Head of the Fans Council), met with Club Chairman Andrew Howard & Trust Director Trevor Stroud recently to formulate a solid structure moving forward. It was agreed that it would be beneficial to make the Council more open and easily accessible to everyone, and that an official panel should be constructed to represent the Council.

It was concluded that the panel should consist of five members, a head, and one fan from each of the following; Family Stand, Terrace, Frank Adams, & Beechdean Stand.

The panel of five will host open monthly meetings in which all supporters are encouraged to attend. What we would like to achieve from this is a platform where supporters can meet on a regular basis to discuss all aspects of the club from a fans perspective, what people would like to see, share ideas, and so on. Following the meeting the five Council members will meet with the Club/Board/Trust to put all of the views, questions and idea across. Minutes will be taken, and the Council will then report back to the fans. Similar to the Trust, the five panel members will be voted on/off on in an annual AGM to ensure that the supporters get to choose who represents them.

The Fans Council are now seeking four new members to join Mark Bowring on the panel. Applicants will need to be in a position to give up some time, particularly on match days. This will involve spending time in the control tower, bars, kiosks etc. to get a good understanding of the club behind the scenes so that they are better placed to answer questions during the meetings.

As per the above, in order to represent every section of the ground we are seeking one person from each of the Family Stand, Terrace, Frank Adams, & Beechdean Stands. If you are interested in joining this exciting supporter led initiative please email us via fanscouncil@wycombewandererstrust.com.Please include your full name, contact number, where you usually sit/stand, and how you feel you can bring a positive contribution to the meetings. In addition, we are also seeking a volunteer(s) to take notes and produce the minutes from each meeting. The meetings will take place on the last Thursday of every month and will be held in Monty’s from 7.30pm, the first one being Thursday 23rd February.

Jan
5

Glen Fyrth R.I.P

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 the wrong end at one away game, for celebrating a Wycombe equaliser!), as well as at Wembley, throughout the years.

A friend of his has written this tribute:

“It is impossible to do him justice in just a few paragraphs, but here goes……

Glen grew up in Marlow, and attended Sir William Borlase’s Grammar school, where he formed friendships which continued throughout his life – a testament to his positive and friendly character. Glen loved his sport, with his favourites being football, golf, rugby and cricket. As well as supporting Wycombe, he had a huge soft spot for Tottenham Hotspur and played in goal for local Sunday team Wye Rangers. For his stag weekend his friends combined these two facts to dress him as Erik the Viking for the night – see right!

Away from sport, Glen’s big love was his music and enjoyed regular visits to festivals. Together with some team mates from Wye Rangers, ‘Element’ was formed, with Glen sharing the lead vocals for the first gig, before becoming a ‘rock God’ on bass. They played numerous gigs in pubs around Wycombe and Jersey, as well as the ‘Wales Famous’ Rustonbury Festival and a little venue called The O2!

However, all of these took a back seat when he met someone as special as he is. Sarah, who lit up his world – rarely has anyone been as obviously joyful as Glen was on their wedding day, in 2010. Every time he introduced Sarah he would burst with pride at calling her his wife. Glen helped Sarah care for his step-son Oliver and their daughter Lily, who will both grow up with no doubt in their minds as to just how amazing he was.

As one tribute on Facebook said, “I knew Glen from the age of 6…..he was a great person who grew into an even greater man (husband, dad, son, brother and friend).”

Rest in peace mate x”

It is hoped fans will join in a minute’s applause at the 38th minute on Saturday.

Glen’s funeral arrangements are as follows:

Thursday 12th January at 10.45am in the Milton Chapel, Amersham Crematorium followed by a Wake at Marlow British Legion.  All welcome, including children.

Please no black! We want to celebrate G’s life and leave uplifted and thankful for it 😊

Also, please no flowers; instead kind donations to the following charities very close to our hearts would be appreciated:

RobsARTTT (Amanda Dunkerton) http://www.robsarttt.co.uk

Rennie Grove Hospice Care http://www.renniegrove.org

Sue Ryder Hospice, Nettlebed http://m.sueryder.org/care-centres/hospices/nettlebed-hospice

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