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Bob Hart remembered

This has just come in from the Ex-Players Association:

Bob Hart

“Our thoughts go out to one of Wycombe’s best-known supporters, Edie Hart, whose husband Bob died this week.

WWEPA member Gerald Cox, a close friend, reminds us that Bob joined the club committee in 1971 and came into his own when the Loakes Park bar was updated with new boardroom and toilets. He personally supervised and was the man who laid bricks when he has finished his ‘day job’. He also painted the main stand with a few other volunteers and was generally responsible for maintenance Loakes Park, remembers Gerald. “When he was building houses as his main work, he employed several of the Brian Lee era players including Tony Horseman as times were hard during the miners’ strike when there was the three-day week with no electricity.”

With his wife Edie they later managed the bar and went on to act as hosts for the new VP Lounge. When the club left Loakes Park, Bob and Edie acted as hosts for the Vice Presidents’ Lounge and continued at Adams Park until just a few years ago when his health deteriorated.

Bob was a regular at matches until his eyesight failed a couple of years ago. But he was very proud when made a Life Member and will be missed by the many friends he made at the club. No doubt many will attend his funeral at on Tuesday, September 24 at Amersham Crematorium’s Milton Chapel (12.15). Edie has asked for family flowers only but should you wish to make a donation, Edie has requested it be to the Princes Risborough Blind Club of which Bob was a member. The Ex-Players Association will be doing just that. ”

Bob Hart was also a Life Member of the Football Club and a member of the Wycombe Wanderers Trust and our thoughts and condolences go out to Edie and their family.


‘One Wycombe’ in Action as Volunteers Do a ‘Super Sunday’ Job

IMAG0265A small group of fans combining Trust and WWFC Directors, OWWSA members and other supporters got together on Sunday to start to tackle some of this autumn’s ground maintenance work at Adams Park.

Three Alan’s, Three John’s, David and Harold worked hard for more than 5 hours clearing much of the overgrown bank behind the Home Terrace end of the stadium, using a strimmer, various hand-tools plus some good honest manual labour.

Hopefully you will notice the difference they have made on your next visit.

IMAG0266This work was done voluntarily under the guidance and leadership of Club Director John Derben, whose wife Sandie provided a free sandwich lunch with fruit and biscuits, plus hot and cold drinks for the workers.

This is the type of work that can be done by volunteers as, with the current financial position of the football club, it would probably otherwise not get done.


‘Shoot’ reports Wycombe’s African Adventure

Trust Member and WWISC Chairman Phil Slatter writes about the Blues In Kenya trip in his latest blog for www.shoot.co.uk

Click here to read Phil’s latest blog


Support for Safe Standing

Safe standingThe Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board has confirmed its’ support in principle for the concept of safe standing in certain areas of the ground.

Notwithstanding that Adams Park already has a permanent terrace at the home end, the Board wanted to join those clubs who are supporting the concept of safe standing areas in all stadiums, even those compelled at present to be all-seater.

Therefore we are hoping to arrange a display of the safe standing technology at some stage in the coming season, however our present view is that we would only consider installing such technology if suitable funding became available.

For more details on the proposed Roadshow and what the rail-seat technology involves, click here


‘Gareth The Great’ – Phil’s Latest Blog for ‘Shoot’

Phil SlGarethAinsworthThe newly contracted team manager is the main subject for the latest blog written by WWISC Chairman Phil Slatter for the Shoot website.

Click here to read what Phil has to say about the ‘Great’ man!

Hopefully you were at Adams Park on Saturday to cheer and applaud ‘Gaz’ as he made his 600th and last appearance as a player before concentrating fully on the role of Manager of Wycombe Wanderers.


Wycombe’s Wanderers – Phil writes for ‘Shoot’

logoPhil Slatter, the Chairman of Wycombe Wanderers Independent Supporters Association has written another article for Shoot magazine’s blog covering last Saturday’s fans’ sponsored walk to Oxford and the good links we have with Sheffield Wednesday.

Click here to read Phil’s latest post


Wycombe Fan Writes for ‘Shoot’

WWISC Logo(small)An interested fan’s view on where the Trust has come from, where we are going and what issues we face right now. (Not an ‘official’ Trust publication)

An article written for Shoot on the costs of lower league football clubs, by Phil Slatter of WWISC  – Wycombe Wanderers Independent Supporters Club

Click here to read Phil’s article


Game On….and Won. Thanks to you all.

Fans 19.1.13Trust members and other fans did a terrific job on Saturday clearing snow to get the game on.

A digger with snow shovel was brought in to help clear the lower car park.

The pitch was clear of snow and very green thanks to the work of the under soil heating system.

Then the team went out and did their bit with a terrific 1-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge. Sam Wood scored the only goal after 32 mins.

WWFC Director and OWWSA Chairman John Derben has issued this message to the volunteers:-

“Everyone  This is a THANKYOU  to all the volunteers who enabled the game to go ahead .  Without you the game would have been postponed.  We did not do it alone all the staff joined in and the whole operation led by a very determined Stan ( who lives in Northampton and travelled down in the early hours to get ready for the referees inspection at 8.30 am) worked together as a team to achieve what most 2nd Division grounds failed to do. So Wycombe Wanderers does not just have a good team on the field but a great one off it. CONGRATULATIONS we are planning to do more to help the Club over the next few months and will keep in touch as ideas progress. Thanks to all of you for your continued support”  


Football League Guide to Pitch Inspections

Click here for the FL’s laid down procedures

Looking at the weather forecast, it may become necessary to clear snow from paths, walkways, etc. on Saturday morning in order to get the match on and the Club are looking for volunteers to be available from 10.30am (with a shovel) to help with this.

If you would be prepared to help, please email Club Director John Derben at:  j.derben123@btinternet.com. Please include a telephone number.

Many thanks for your support.



More Good Work Done by the Volunteers

Following the successful clean-up operation done by a group of volunteers a week ago (see earlier feature article), there was a further opportunity for fans to get involved this weekend.

On Sunday 14th October another working party was assembled as there was still plenty to do in and around the stadium at Adams Park. Good progress was made on repainting the gates brought from Loakes Park and which stand at the entrance to the upper car park, though as of today these remain unfinished. Much more good work was also done on tidying up the grass banks and shrubbery areas around the complex. Click on pictures to enlarge.

The Club have been very appreciative of this work. WWFC Director and OWWSA Chairman John Derben sent this message ” To the volunteers who attended the work day on Sunday THANK YOU.   We really have made a difference over the last two of these days and everyone at Adams Park are delighted with your efforts.”

We hope to have one more session on Sunday 11th November which will include a break around 11am to respect Remembrance Sunday.

If you can be there and have not already got your name down, please email John Derben j.derben123@btinternet.com

Thank you – it does make a difference!


Teamwork by the Volunteers Makes a Difference

A working party of fans freely gave up more than 6 hours of their Sunday today to do a number of jobs around the Adams Park site.

The group pictured here during a brief break, was organised by WWFC Director John Derben (right) , whose wife Sandie arranged the sandwich lunch and other refreshments for the volunteer workers! John is also chairman of the Official Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Association (“OWWSA”).

More members of OWWSA and of the WW Trust, including its’ Board members, David Roberton, David Cook and Alan Cecil  joined other supporters in cutting down and tidying up many of the shrubbery and grass bank areas around the stadium and sweeping up much of the loose grit and shingle.

The entrance gates had been looking rather shabby with much of the blue paint having flaked off. They are now resplendent in new light and dark blue colours as will be seen on Tuesday night as you arrive for the home game against Plymouth (ko 7.45pm).

There is still more work to be done including the repainting of the black gates brought from Loakes Park and it is hoped that another volunteer group will be able to meet on Sunday 14th October – confirmation to follow.

Whilst this sort of work may not put more ‘points on the board’, it is one of a number of ways in which fans can now get involved in their club and an excellent way to Make a Difference!


Praise for Wycombe Support from Wednesday Fans

The latest edition (308) of the When Saturday Comes magazine features a  letter from a Sheffield Wednesday fan Tom Hible, in response to one the previous week, referring back to the final game of the 2011-12 season at Hillsborough.

Tom’s letter includes the following “Jon…. was too distracted to notice but the other 36,999 present at the final day love Wycombe with a passion. Their fans (who willingly agreed to go in our spare corner stand) were a credit to football in general, applauded our team on their lap of honour, enjoying the party even as they departed League One, and joined our chants (the team letting us win easily to seal promotion was also nice). They were just as accomodating at Adams Park earlier in the season. So Wycombe, an apology from the rest of us apart from Jon – we love you really”

Well done the Wycombe fans. We believe some of the Owls supporters may be coming to Chesterfield on Saturday …. to cheer on the Wanderers!!



Sad News – Graham Cadle R.I.P

News has reached the Trust today of the death last night of another lifelong Wycombe Fan – Graham Cadle.

Graham had also been one of the Adams Park Stewards for many years working mainly around the tunnel area where he was well known. He passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Graham has been described to us as “a true gentleman, great family man and a loyal supporter and employee of this club”

On behalf of all those fans, fellow stewards and club staff, we send our heartfelt condolences to all of Graham’s family and friends.



Jonathan Saunders passes away

In what has become a difficult week for Wycombe fans in a number of ways, sad news is reaching us tonight of the passing away of 24 year old supporter Jonathan Saunders.

Jonathan (“Jonny”) who had been fighting off illness for some time, was a Chairboys Gasroom contributor under the name of ‘My Only Wycombe’ , a regular and passionate supporter at Adams Park and who was able to get to some away games on the Independents’ coach. He was a news reporter in the Hemel Hempstead/Tring area and had only last month moved into a house with his new wife Adella.

Click here for a report from the Hemel Hempstead Gazette.

On behalf of all Wycombe fans and everyone at the Club, we send our sincere condolences to Adella, to his parents, family and friends.

Many fond tributes have been posted on the Chairboys Gasroom and on Twitter from those who knew this young man, taken from us far too soon.

Jonny, who was a member of the WW Trust, is pictured above in a typically enthusiastic moment at Port Vale in April 2009 (picture courtesy of Paul Dennis).

Courtesy of the Gasroom is the following message from Jonny’s father: “The funeral will be held on Monday 17th September 2012 at 11.30am at Tring Parish Church and then the Cemetary (family only). All are welcome to the service – WWFC flag likely (certain) to be on the coffin.
Dress code – Jonathan and I spoke a few weeks ago and he thought it would be marvellous if you could attend as though you were going to a match – t-shirt, jeans and off course the wwfc shirt.
Many thanks to you all – I continue to be amazed at how many lives he touched in such a short period of time. The gasroom should be proud of itself today.”