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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.


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.


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 


‘Get Active’ – Every Wednesday Lunchtime at Adams Park

GET-ACTIVE-212x300Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust (“WWSET”) are running a fun fitness/get active session every Wednesday at Adams Park between 12.15pm and 1.15pm for just £2 per session.

This is for anyone who wants to get active or fit. WWSET are offering it to the local community to raise health levels, but also we are offering places to anyone who is involved or working for the club.

If you wish to join in, just turn up

All further information you can find on the WWSET Website- www.wwset.co.uk/get-active-adams-park/



Football Governance (Supporters Participation) Bill – No further progress!

parliamentRegular readers here will know that we have been monitoring the progress of this (and similar) bills through Parliament in the last couple of years. Progress of any Private Members Bill is difficult and many do not get given any time for debate.

However there was some progress on the Football Governance (Supporters’ Participation) Bill 2015-16 on Friday 4th March in that it did get a Second Reading and a brief debate.

The MP sponsoring this Bill did nominate Friday 13 May 2016 for the Second Reading debate on the Bill to resume. However the House did not sit on this date and this Bill will make no further progress.

To read what was said in March, click here – you will then have to scroll down the page until Column 1285 and 1.48pm when the debate on this bill started.


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.