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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


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”.


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  



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)


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. 


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.


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



‘Small Town Dreams’ – makes an ideal Christmas present!

stdIf you haven’t already bought this excellent book, then why not treat yourself (or buy it for a friend) this Christmas.

Small Town Dreams written by James Cumming tells his story of how he fulfilled his ambitions both for a tour around the world but also of a glorious FA Cup run for his local football team – Wycombe Wanderers.

Who can forget the 2000-2001 season when our FA Cup exploits went from a humble beginning with a first round game at home to Harrow Borough and ended with a trip to Villa Park for a Semi-Final tie with the mighty Liverpool.

‘Small Town Dreams’ follows the events of “six extraordinary months in a very ordinary life” of a football fan – going “around the world in an FA Cup daze“!

Even if you were at some or all of those memorable games, James recalls his experiences which brings them all to life so vividly.

Get your copy from Amazon via this link 


What Goes On Within WWSET?

?????Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust have just produced their first Annual Review Report covering the 2015-2016 season.

Its purpose is to outline the activity undertaken during the 2015-16 season to satisfy the WWSET objectives based around Sports Participation, Health, Education and Social Inclusion.

This report is an excellent summary of all the hard work that the WWSET guys do throughout the week, on matchdays and even some Sundays to further the name of Wycombe Wanderers within the local community.

To see full Report please go to..http://www.wwset.co.uk/wwset-annual-report/ or click on this link annual-report-2015-2016


Charles Broadbridge – R.I.P

charlie-broadbridgeThe death has been announced today of Charles Broadbridge – at the age of 63.

‘Charlie’ was a long time supporter of the football club until this summer, when his illness prevented him coming to watch the team.

He had been a regular traveller to away games with WWISC and Charlie was one of the first Trust members to subscribe into the Share Scheme.

Our condolences go out to Charlie’s family at this sad time.


Pete Sheridan – R.I.P

The Trust lost one of its Legacy Members recently with the sad death of Peter Sheridan who passed away on Saturday 16th August at the age of 74.

‘Pete’ had been a Wanderers supporter for many many years, He usually socialized in the Vere Suite before games and was a regular traveller to away games with the Wycombe Wanderers Independent Supporters Club (“WWISC”) who have written this short moving tribute:

“WWISC would like to send our condolences to Sue Sheridan and family, widow of Pete Sheridan who passed away after a short illness on Saturday 13th August 2016.

Pete was a member of WWISC for about 10 years and was well liked by all, he used to travel with us on away trips (he enjoyed his pint), and also came on our end of season overseas breaks with Sue, which he enjoyed very much.

He became a friend to a lot of our members who were very sad to hear of his passing. Pete will be sadly missed within WWISC, especially by ‘the back of the coach’.

RIP Pete.”

The funeral is being held on Tuesday 30th August at 12.30 at St Augustines Church, Amersham Hill, High Wycombe but with a request for family flowers only.

Any donations are to go to Cancer Research UK or The Oesophaguel Patients Association c/o Arnolds Funeral Service, London Road, High Wycombe HP10 9TB Tel 01494 472572


‘Scores’ becomes ‘Monty’s’

MontyWork has finally been completed this week to rename the Scores Bar after the club’s 102 year old President – Monty Seymour, which celebrates and recognizes his 50 years of holding that office.

Monty’s was formally reopened today as the club has reported here 


Wycombe Wanderers Show Racism the Red Card!

Kick it Out 2016As you may already be aware, Wycombe Wanderers FC and Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust are both supporting the Kick It Out organisation’s Season of Action” campaign which aims to reduce the levels of discrimination in and around football.

It does this by acting as a focal point for professional clubs, grassroots teams, community groups and schools to join together and celebrate footballs ability to unite people from all different back grounds. In addition the campaign provides an extended opportunity for those involved in football to dedicate their commitment to equality and diversity and showcase how much work takes place throughout the year to promote football as a comfortable and inclusive environment.

Unfortunately campaigns such as these are necessary as instances of discrimination within football are still all too prevalent despite the huge strides that have been made in recent years to combat unwelcome behaviour.

So much of this progress has been achieved through the hard work carried out by Kick It Out since they were created by the Commission for Racial Equality and The Professional Footballers Association (The PFA) in 1993 under the name “Lets Kick Racism Out of Football”.

In 1997 the organisation evolved to become known as Kick It Out, and they expanded their aims by attempting to banish all forms of discrimination, not just racism, from football.  Now funded by the FA, the Premier League, the Football Foundation and The PFA, Kick It Out currently work with the football authorities, professional clubs, players, fans and communities to tackle all forms of discrimination. Their relentless campaigning has been pivotal in persuading and supporting the games stakeholders to take seriously their responsibility to ensure equality.

Kick It Out’s vision, which underpins all of their work, is to make football a sport where people can flourish in a supportive community, and where fairness is openly and transparently practiced and enforced for the good of all participants. Specifically their strategic objectives are to:

  • Significantly increase the awareness of inclusion and diversity, and the consequences of inappropriate behaviour across all levels of football.
  • To actively share good practice, critical actions, and partnership working to empower and support football organisations to develop their own responsibility towards greater equality and fairness.
  • To clearly show the importance of exposing inequalities and the positive value and impact that can be made through collective preventative action.

scan0025In order to assist Kick It Out with raising awareness of the problem of discrimination Wycombe Wanderers are hoping their involvement will send a clear message that we as a football club want to actively promote equality in all walks of life. As part of last Saturday’s activities WWSET decided to run an art competition to see if we could find a local youngster who could design a programme cover for the Stevenage match which spreads the message of inclusion and/or anti-discrimination.

Having received around 150 entries it was a tough ask to pick just one winner but after much deliberation 1st team manager Gareth Ainsworth chose 11 year old Sadie Horsley’s fantastic design as shown here. Everybody from the club would like to congratulate Sadie and we hope that you enjoy seeing your artwork being used by the club

In addition to running the art competition which aimed to provoke discussion and ultimately educate local children that individual differences should be accepted and embraced rather than being ridiculed or feared, WWSET were also giving out stickers, pens and wristbands to young people around the ground to try to get them thinking about the message being delivered.

In other news from WWSET there are numerous upcoming football activities being delivered by WWSET that people may be interested in:

  • Their Social Inclusion & Mental Wellbeing sessions are now taking place every Monday and are free to come along to. Further details can be found on their website wwset.co.uk.
  • Easter Holiday Football Courses can be booked via their website. They have four courses running in both week one and week two of the holidays and these are taking place in High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Maidenhead and Chesham. Bookings can be made directly through their website.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for more information on a brand new Saturday morning football session that will be beginning on April 16th right here in High Wycombe.


Wycombe Wanderers Supports “Football United Against Domestic Violence”

We would like to bring to your attention an exciting new 3-way partnership that has recently been formed between the Football Club, Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust (“WWSET”) and Wycombe Women’s Aid.

For those that aren’t aware Wycombe Women’s Aid are the local branch of the National Women’s Aid charity who help women and children who are experiencing or trying to escape domestic violence, as well as those who are dealing with its effects and consequences.

As part of this new partnership Wycombe Wanderers FC have last week signed up to the “Football United Against Domestic Violence” campaign being championed by Women’s Aid, and which aims to raise awareness of domestic violence and battle the sexist attitudes that underpin abuse against women.

By pledging our support, we as a football club are sending a clear message that domestic violence is completely unacceptable, and we are actively encouraging the football community to speak out publicly against domestic violence in society in order to make football a place where perpetrators of domestic abuse are not welcome.

Wycombe Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth holds up a signed Football United Club Pledge poster during Wycombe Wanderers Training at High Wycombe, England on 4 February 2016. Photo by Andy Rowland / PRiME Media Images.

Wycombe Wanderers Manager Gareth Ainsworth holds up a signed Football United Club Pledge poster during Wycombe Wanderers Training at High Wycombe, England on 4 February 2016. Photo by Andy Rowland / PRiME Media Images.

Whilst signing the pledge on behalf of WWFC, manager Gareth Ainsworth threw the full weight of his support behind the clubs involvement by saying:

“Everybody involved with Wycombe Wanderers recognises that domestic violence is an abhorrent act which causes immeasurable damage to victims, both physically and mentally. We are a football club who want to achieve results on the pitch and also want to help achieve results off the pitch in the local community as well. If the clubs support of this campaign helps even one person escape domestic abuse then that would be considered a great result!”

The “Football United Against Domestic Violence” campaign also has the full backing of the FA. Upon the launch of the charter, then FA general secretary Alex Horne had this to say:

“Football has a key role to play in tackling such a serious problem and The FA is proud to back the campaign. Domestic violence affects all of our society and football has the potential to reach a huge proportion of the public. We can all make a difference by signing up to the Football United Against Domestic Violence campaign – clubs, fans and players – to bring domestic violence out from behind closed doors.”

In addition to WWFC signing the charter, WWSET have also teamed up with Wycombe Women’s Aid to design and deliver educational workshops in local schools. The workshops aim to provide an interactive and interesting way for children to learn about healthy relationships, the dangers of domestic abuse and ways to keep themselves safe. Following the workshops all children should be able to identify types of abusive behaviour, understand what behaviour is healthy and not healthy, and know where to get help should they ever be at risk.

Hopefully in the future these educational workshops will make a small difference in improving the frightening statistics around domestic violence in the UK:

  • Domestic violence will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime
  • Domestic violence leads to on average two women being murdered each week and 30 men per year
  • Domestic violence accounts for 16% of all violent crime, however it is still the violent crime least likely to be reported to the police
  • Domestic violence has more repeat victims than any other crime (on average there will have been 35 assaults before a victim calls the police)
  • Domestic violence is the single most quoted reason for becoming homeless
  • Approximately 400 people commit suicide each year who have attended hospital for domestic abuse injuries in the previous six months, 200 of these attend hospital on the day they go on to commit suicide 

So, if you’re involved with a school who may be interested in taking part in the free educational workshops please get in touch with the WWSET team and they will be happy to organise something for you.

Alternatively, if you are currently suffering at the hands of an abuser please know that help is out there.You can contact Wycombe Women’s Aid in the strictest of confidence on the following number: 01494 461367


More Great Work in the Community from WWSET

Mental Health Football Sessions

WWSET 2Beginning on Monday 29th Feb Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust (“WWSET”) are going to be running football sessions catering specifically for people who suffer from mental health issues.

It’s accepted that one in four people will experience a mental health problem in any year, and over 10% of the population has depression at any one time. It’s also accepted that sport can help in people’s recovery, help to manage symptoms and can radically improve the quality of people’s lives.

So, if you or somebody you know suffers from any type or degree of mental health problems please keep checking the WWSET website for further detailed information which will be released very soon.

In summing up WWSET’s current and growing provision of Health & Social Inclusion activities, their lead staff member in this area, Aqeel Akram, had the following to say:

“WWSET are very excited about our upcoming projects. We want to remove all barriers and allow everybody regardless of their personal circumstances the opportunity to participate in and enjoy sport, and take advantage of all the related benefits that sport can offer.”

So, fingers crossed, we are going to be making a positive difference to the lives of some local people over the course of the coming year…please keep on checking the WWSET website for updates!