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Aug
15

Views of an Adams Park Visitor

Adams ParkLevel Playing Field encourages disabled supporters to leave feedback following their match day experience. They always pass the comments (good or bad) onto the club itself with their offer of help and advice if required.

We have recently received the following comments from a York City fan who is a wheelchair user:

“I previously ordered tickets over the phone directly from Wycombe and also requested a wheelchair car park space but was told it was on a first come first served basis.

Prior to match we had a meal at The Blacksmiths Arms, a Harvester pub.

Arriving at the ground we were shown to a disabled car park space, there weren’t many left.

I collected our tickets from the blue pod in the car park.  We bought a program from a seller in the car park. The club shop was accessible but we didn’t go in.

On entering the ground a steward checked our bags & tickets and then opened some large doors for us to go through.

There were disabled toilets just inside the entrance but I never saw a refreshment bar.

There were about 5 wheelchair spaces each with 2 seats pitch side, in front of our own fans.

A steward checked to see if we were ok & said to call him if we needed anything, and then said if we wanted to move out of the sun, he would take us to other seats in a different stand.

Everyone from the fans to stewards were very friendly.

It did take us a long time to get out of the car park after the match, and the car park steward did warn us when we parked.”

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PS We have also had great feedback about the Fulham game as well

Aug
5

Anthony Mooney – R.I.P

Ant & GazIt is with sadness that we report the death this week of long time Wanderers supporter, season ticket holder, legacy trust member and hard working volunteer, Anthony Mooney.

Here’s a picture of Anthony and Gareth from the end of season bash a few years ago when we were celebrating our promotion.

Anthony had been a valuable member of the volunteer force, supervised by John Derben, often giving up his time to work around the stadium including helping with the seat cleaning last year.

His brother David Mooney has advised us that:

“Anthony has not been well. I think it was just before we were cleaning seats last year when he was diagnosed as having what they believed was a benign tumour in his neck. Unfortunately when it was removed they discovered that in fact it wasn’t benign and had spread. There was little they could do and sadly he passed away yesterday at his home. I saw him the night before he died and updated him on all the Wycombe pre-season news.

He did manage to get to the play-off final, it was just sad the team didn’t quite manage to give him the send off that we were hoping for. Wycombe Wanderers had a special place in his heart and some of my best memories will be of the times we shared at football (even cleaning seats and weeding).”

Our thoughts go out to David and all of the Mooney family at this sad time.

Jul
28

Great Work By The Volunteers!

Since the 5th of July the volunteers working on the stadium have amassed a total of 120 days ( averaging 6 hours a day )  that is 720 hours of voluntary effort

John Derben says:

“I cannot begin to express my appreciation and grateful thanks on behalf of the Football Club for this significant contribution. Well done all those supporters who have worked so hard to get the stadium ready for kick off on the 8th of August.

There are some extra bits we would like to do over the next 9 days involving painting, weeding and strimming the bottom of the banks. We will continue to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays but have set a work day on the 1st of August to finish things off.”

Please let John know whether you can make any of these dates asap on 01494 441145 or by email to j.derben123@btinternet.com

Thanks again for all your valuable help.

May
24

Wycombe Wanderers Helps to Reopen Youth Club

Good news from our Community Team:

GXYCWycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust (WWSET) is delighted to announce a new and exciting partnership with Gerrards Cross Youth Centre (GXYC) which will see the currently closed facility reopen its doors to local youngsters between the ages of 10 and 15 years old in early June 2015.

GXYC has been in existence for over 60 years and during that time has always been considered a valued asset and major contributor to community activity in Gerrards Cross.  However in recent months the club has been seeking a solution to its problem of locating suitable staff and it believes the partnership offers the ideal solution due to WWSET’s experience of working with young people, and also the appeal that the football club brand has with local youngsters which can be utilised to engage with them.

This partnership opportunity was first spotted by Gerrards Cross resident of 35 years and WWSET trustee Mr Ian Keizner who has seen at first hand the benefits of the GXYC due to the fact his own children used to attend the youth centre when they were growing up.

Along with Mr Keizner, the former Head of WWSET Gerald Kelly was instrumental in taking the partnership forward and before he moved on,he had this to say about the impending opening of the centre.

“We are delighted to partner with GXYC and to enable the club’s facilities to be made available once again for young people in Gerrards Cross.  Our overriding aim is to provide an all-inclusive facility which runs an exciting array of imaginative activities and informal education that encourages and facilitates the learning and development of the young people who spend time there. We strive for high standards of delivery with all projects we are involved with and GXYC will be no exception”.

The Management Committee of GXYC is also extremely excited about the upcoming reopening of the centre. Anthony Aston, who has dedicated a large amount of time and effort to ensure the centre successfully reopens, had this to say:

“We are delighted to be joining up with WWSET to produce what we anticipate will be a top quality youth club experience for young people in Gerrards Cross.  While the Club anticipates that WWSET’s sports focus will be a major attraction for young people in Gerrards Cross it also looks forward to providing balanced youth club activities for all members, both boys and girls.  The Club will be re-opening after the summer half term on Tuesday 2nd June and will hold sessions on Tuesdays from 6.00pm to 8.00pm for children in Years 5 and 6 and on Thursdays from 7.00pm to 9.00pm for Years 7 and 8 youngsters, with the possibility of further sessions being added later.  Details of on-line registration through the WWSET website (www.wwset.co.uk) will be announced shortly.”

For more information about the Club and its activities, or to talk to a committee member about helping to run or manage the club, please contact gxyc@gmail.com “

Dec
15

Message from Kenya

Blooms and Pastor WilliamI have today received a nice message from Pastor William Othieno the director and Pastor of the Mama Kerry Project in Nakuru-Kenya.

Wycombe Wanderers is the only team who has cared and contributed most to our project.

You have made us proud with all volunteers like Matt and others to our project.

Thank you for your management and all the donations at Mama Kerry.”

Click here if you want to recall the 2013 trip to Kenya by Matt Bloomfield, plus a number of club staff and fans.

Dec
1

Wycombe Wanderers – “a source of pride for the town”

Andy CarswellGood to see support for Wycombe Wanderers coming from the Bucks Free Press last Friday in the form of an editorial by Andy Carswell.

Bucks Free PressAndy regularly reports on Wanderers matches for the paper and their website.

Click here to read what he had to say in calling for greater support from local residents.

“It is only right that Wanderers are given the backing they deserve…..”

Nov
7

Football Governance Bill 2014-15

The Football Governance Bill 2014-15 was stood over at its second reading on 7 November 2014 because fewer than 40 MPs were present. The Bill can still progress through the House. The second reading debate will be on a date to be announced.

This Bill was presented to Parliament on 7 July 2014. This is known as the first reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage.

This is a Private Members Bill sponsored by Damian Collins MP and its aim is to:

“Require professional and semi-professional football clubs in England to disclose the identity of their owners; to give the Football Association powers to block the ownership of a club by anyone whom they consider is not a fit and proper person; to require all creditors of a football club to be compensated equally should the club go into administration; to facilitate the raising by supporters’ organisations of the finance required to acquire a controlling stake in a football club; and for connected purposes.”

For full details of what speeches were made on the Bill click here and here for a short video from the Bill’s sponsor

Our MP Steve Baker sent this quote in advance of the bill actually finding time in the Commons:

“Hopefully the Government will look closely at these proposals and adopt what is necessary. A government bill would enjoy the proper time in the Commons.”

Oct
1

The Daleks Have Arrived at AP…………. and St George!

DALEKTo go along with the successful sale of Matchday Badges, we have commissioned some additional Wycombe Wanderers badges to be sold from the Terry’s Badges stall just inside Adams Park.

The first (recognising the new Doctor Who series on TV) is a Dalek badge in light and dark blue colours. These have been sold at other grounds and been very popular with both kids and adults!

WWFC2Terry will also have two WWFC badges based on the St Georges Flag – one in traditional red and white and the other in light and dark blue.

WWFC4The Dalek and St Georges badges will retail at £3 each of which £2 will be going to the WW Trust.

Pictures taken before the match with Cambridge (courtesy of Andy Rowland of UK Sports Pics):

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Sep
7

Fans Helping To Make A Difference

Some fans just cannot stay away from Adams Park!

IMAG0619A small but dedicated group of them were back there today to carry out various ground maintenance jobs around the stadium. The grass banks will take several weeks to clear completely but a good start was made today led by Alan “Mr Strimmer” Hodgson.

IMAG0621Some of the islands in the car park have been tidied and weeds were removed from the flower beds closer to the club building.

Much of this work will probably go unnoticed by many fans but it does help to make the place look a bit tidier.

So many thanks again to Alan H, Jenny D, Jenny P, Harold L, Lisa B, Hannah S, Alan C and a newcomer to the team Gill Rogers. All were rewarded with coffee, water and a sandwich lunch for their efforts and as always were marshalled and supervised by John Derben.

Jul
13

The Gates Are Back

wpid-imag0518.jpgThe Adams Park gates damaged earlier this year by someone (allegedly) trying a ‘handbrake turn’ too close to them, have now been replaced and painted blue.

Thanks to Alan Hodgson and Graham Roberts for volunteering to do the painting work. Sadly we haven’t yet been able to replicate the previous light and dark blue quartered pattern across the entire width.