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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.

Jun
29

Please Support Trust Members Doing ‘The Big Climb’

There is still time to support three members who are embarking on fundraising ventures for the Trust this month.

Lisa and DavidLisa Bowker and Club and Trust director David Roberton (pictured left) made it to the top of Snowdon on Sunday 29 June along with a whole host of representatives from other clubs supporters trusts.

Trust Member FrankFrank Burton will be conquering Ben Nevis in September.

All three have been busy collecting sponsorships, including from Gareth Ainsworth, Richard Dobson and a number of the players, and Lisa now has pledges of over £2,000

They are making a big personal commitment and naturally they would be pleased to receive further support to make their efforts worthwhile and of course to fundraise as much as possible.

If you would like to help, please send an email to secretary@wycombewandererstrust.com stating the amount of your pledge and which one of the three you would like to support and he will pass these details on.

Jun
5

Buses and Badges

WWFC and the Trust are pleased to confirm that agreement has been reached with Arriva to continue the Supporters’ Bus service, which ran on a trial basis for the last seven home games, into season 2014/15.

Exact timings are likely to be the same as those during the trial and will be confirmed nearer the start of the season.

It has also been agreed that the service, which starts at Wycombe Railway Station, calling at the Eden Bus Station and Cressex Park & Ride en route to Adams Park, returning at the end of the game, will also operate for Matt Bloomfield’s testimonial match against Chelsea on Wednesday 16th July. Exact timings will be advised nearer the date. The great news of Matt having signed a new two year contract should make this an even more enjoyable event.

On the subject of Matt’s testimonial, the Trust has agreed with Matt that it will sell a special badge to celebrate the event, with profits being donated to Matt’s fund. The design, which has yet to be approved by Matt, will be similar to the matchday badges sold by the Trust towards the end of last season and will be uploaded to the Trust website once confirmed

May
11

Thanks to Elaine the ‘Unsung Hero’…..and to everyone else who helps

Here is the text of the thank you speech delivered by WWFC Director Matt Cecil at Friday night’s ‘Party at the Park’ following which long serving volunteer Elaine Cooper received the Unsung Hero Award.

“This part of the evening could go on for hours, as we recognise those unsung heroes who make this club what it is – something special and close to the hearts of thousands of people, all down to the contributions of supporters who give up their time, effort and skills for the benefit of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club.

I’ll move quickly, without wanting to do a disservice to everyone who’s played their part, and starting with those who work most closely with me on a matchday and around the media team. Shoutouts go to Jake Hayward, our stadium DJ, who continues to help in any way possible despite becoming a father for the first time earlier this year. The guys at Wycombe Hospital Radio, Keith, Tom and Joe, who deliver live commentary to patients who are unable to make it to Adams Park, and in particular Phil Catchpole, for shaking up BBC Three Counties Radio entire outlook on local coverage and getting this club back on the airwaves.

Then of course there’s the “senior pros”, Bill Turnbull and Paul Dennis, who continue to travel from afar to drag up the average age of our media team and deliver quality in everything they do. I’d also like to mention Ben Campbell – even if he did demote himself to the Franchise – and Matt Sadler, who ran the media department superbly during their time at the club.

We move on to contributors to the programme, such as Tom Bowers, Adrian Wood and Steve Wilson, who write excellent articles week in week out for nothing in return, and I have to say a massive thank you to Jamie Pike, who designs all of our posters and adverts which I’m sure you’ll agree look fantastic every time. Likewise, Chris Hendren has done a brilliant job for us helping to cast the net over Aylesbury, delivering and displaying leaflets around the town and even printing batch loads for us free of charge out of the goodness of his heart.

I’d like to give a quick mention as well for the Ex-Players Association, particularly John D Taylor, Alan Hutchinson and John Bignell, who have established this fantastic organisation which keeps us closely in touch with the club’s extraordinary history.

I’d like to thank the staff at the club, who work hard in often challenging circumstances, and keep this club ticking over on a day to day basis. A particular mention goes to Becci Redmond, who has put together tonight’s event at short notice and wins the award of proudest mother of any mascot we’ve had all season! On that note, I’d also like to thank Alan Parry for hosting tonight, and for all of his help and advice down the years.

I’d like to move on to my fellow directors and those on the Trust board, who remain thick-skinned through criticism and continue to give up their own time, free of charge, to help keep this club afloat. I’ve seen first-hand just how much dedication and devotion goes into their tasks and it makes me proud to stand alongside them at the helm of the club.

I’d like to mention the players, whose team spirit has remained strong and the belief never waivered during our most difficult season as a Football League club. Many players rightfully get the praise and hero status but there’s one man in particular I feel whose efforts are often forgotten or overlooked, and that’s Matt McClure. Matty’s Wycombe through and through, runs his socks off every game, and cares deeply about this club. I saw Matt after the Bristol Rovers game and it was clear how much this all means to him.

Next up are the training ground staff, Stewart the kit man, Theo and Gina and all the fitness staff, and I have to mention Gaz and Dobbo who have kept their heads throughout the season, stuck to what they believe in and delivered survival after everything we’ve been through. I remember at Portsmouth when the game was abandoned at half-time due to the downpour, and when their manager had been huddled in a huge coat in the dugout, Gaz was on the touchline in his shorts, as enthusiastic as ever, and brought the lads out to thank the fans when the game was called off. That sums him up for me, and so many Pompey fans were saying afterwards that they wish they had a manager like Gareth. Well he’s ours, we’re proud of him and he’s the man to lead us into the new season.

Nearly there! My final shout-out, before we reveal the winners, is for all the volunteers in John Derben’s army. There are dozens of you and I’m ashamed not to know you all by name, but that’s my target for next season! So this is for everyone who’s painted a fence, sold a programme, organised a coach for an away trip, done maintenance around the stadium, cleared glasses in the bar, delivered leaflets, given up time and expertise on the commercial side, shovelled snow or generally helped this club over the season – thank you very much.

But alas, there can only be one winner, and there was a flood of nominations for this person when we opened the voting a few months ago.

Elaine CooperA fan of the club from a young age, this person volunteered at Loakes Park and later worked on the door of the Vere Suite for around 11 years, before moving on to support Community Trust projects on matchdays.

She now runs our mascot experiences and supplies tours for birthday parties and other guests, contributing to an amazing day out for guests week in week out, and I personally have seen the joy that she brings to mascots who are able to fulfil their dream of leading the team out.

Thanks to this person’s help, with the assistance of her daughter Steph, we are now the envy of many clubs across the country for the superb matchday experience we offer to young fans.

So with no further ado, please show your appreciation as we recognise the extraordinary contribution made by this year’s Unsung Hero, Elaine Cooper.”

THANK YOU ONE AND ALL – AND ANYONE ELSE WE MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN

Apr
3

MP Damian Collins proposes new law to allow FA to block shady club owners

Damian Collins the conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe is to submit a private member’s bill on Friday which would give the Football Association the ability to veto any takeover bid of an English club

Click here to read more.