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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. 

Apr
30

Get All Your Badges on Saturday

Terry’s Badges stall will be back at Adams Park before the big game vs Cambridge United on Saturday 6th May.

The Badge Stall will be located near the new “Fans Zone” just inside the Adams Park gates and you will find Terry just next to the club shop.

We apologise if some of you did not get badges for the Notts County, Cheltenham and/or Mansfield games but these will all be available this Saturday.

Terry will also will have a range of other WWFC – themed badges for sale as well as his huge collection from other clubs.

Each badge costs just £3 with profits on our badges donated to the Trust for helping with the Football Club’s finances.

If you want to buy a set of all this season’s badges and have them in a special frame (see right), then please get you order into Terry as soon as possible.

Thanks for all your support this season with this fundraising scheme.

 

Apr
23

Fans Council To Debate EFL (Checkatrade) Trophy

Many of our fans have had strong views on the changes made to the EFL Trophy competition.

Given that the future of this competition is now under consideration, the Trust and Club are asking the Fans Council to act as a forum for opinion which will be fed back to both boards.

So this Thursday 27th April at 7.30pm in Monty’s Bar there is a chance for all fans to come along and have their say on the matter.

The Checkatrade trophy did give WWFC a chance to give game time to some players who were not getting a regular start in the first team and of course provided some much needed prize money. That unbudgeted income has helped boost the club’s finances in terms of ‘football fortune’ and, along with the 500 Club money, meant that players did not have to be sold to ‘balance the books’.

Do come along on Thursday.

Mar
12

Can You Help Jenny’s Ride for Cancer Charity?


OWWSA Committee Member, Trust Member, PALS Volunteer
and loyal WWFC supporter Jenny Priest is taking part in the “Ride The Night” cycle challenge on May 27th, pedalling 100km through London in aid of Women vs Cancer

Jenny (pictured left with Alfie Mawson) lost her mum to cancer and is looking to raise as much money as possible to help kick out breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.

If you’re able to make a donation, please visit this link or speak to her around the ground on matchdays (usually found in the Caledonian Suite).

Thanks for any support you can give this great effort for worthy causes.

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

x

Nov
25

‘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