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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.

Mar
23

Thanks to the Adams Park Volunteers

IMAG0328Despite a heavy hail and rain shower, a dozen or so volunteers were able to continue the work programme at Adams Park today – Sunday 23rd March

We were able to continue the painting of the staircases in the North Stand and to dig and tidy up the central beds in the main car park.

If you feel you are able to help on another occasion please contact John Derben on 01494 441145 or email  j.derben123@btinternet.com

There is still plenty to be done, which were it not for our volunteers, the Club would not be able to pay for.

Many hands make light work!

Jan
1

Easy Fund Raising for the WW Trust

Spend & Raise is Changing 

Since its’ introduction, online purchases through Spend & Raise have generated over £400 in commissions for the Wycombe Wanderers Trust.

EasyFundraisingWe have been advised that, from the end of January Spend & Raise will be replaced by easyfundraising. In fact, anyone seeking to use Spend & Raise currently might well be experiencing problems. However, the good news is that easyfundraising, covering over 2,700 retailers, is available for use right now, just in time for those last minute purchases.

The process for registering is very much easier than doing so for Spend & Raise and functionality seems much more user-friendly. To start using easyfundraising and generating cash for the Wycombe Wanderers Trust, just follow the steps outlined below. Remember that you don’t have to be a Trust member to use the site, friends, family and work colleagues can register and take advantage of all available offers whilst benefiting the Wycombe Wanderers Trust.

  1. Visit easyfundraising.org.uk
  2. Click on “Create an Account” (top right of screen)
  3. Select “I want to support a good cause”
  4. Enter Wycombe Wanderers Trust and click “Find”
  5. Scroll down to “Wycombe Wanderers Trust” and click “Support this cause”
  6. Enter your personal details and click “Continue”
  7. Choose (or not) to add the site to your favourites
  8. Use “Your Account” to update your settings as appropriate 

You will subsequently receive an email confirmation of your registration, which among other options will allow you to download, if your browser allows, the “Find and Remind” toolbar, which makes finding participating retailers much easier.

You will find many favourite retailers participating in this scheme and being only too willing to donate funds to our cause – Wycombe Wanderers Trust – eg Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Apple, LateRooms.com, Game, Next, Tesco , M & S, Domino’s Pizza, Lakeland, ASOS and many more!

We would welcome any feedback that you may have, but in the meantime, have a relaxing Christmas and happy shopping!

Nov
17

Never Mind the Weather…………..One Wycombe In Action

IMAG0337Despite starting off in a steady drizzle, which prevented any more painting work being done inside the stadium, a small but loyal group of volunteer supporters continued the ground maintenance works at Adams Park on Sunday.

They were able to complete clearing the overgrown steep bank at the far end of the stadium complex, binning the garden waste and wheeling it all up to the pile in the top car park.

Thanks are due to Alan H, Alan S, Arthur and Jenny, John B, Graham and Alan C all working under the supervision and organisation  of Club Director John Derben.

Nov
14

Good News – Message From A Chairboy Serving In Afghanistan

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESGood to hear from Wycombe Fan Carl Tucker, currently serving in Afghanistan:

“Hello everyone at the club,

I would like to thank the club for sending me out the new flag, I’ve attached a couple of pictures of it out here with me!

I’m deployed to Afghanistan on Herrick 19 with 58 Squadron RAF Regiment based at RAF Leuchars in Fife.

We are here to provide force protection to all UK assets out on operations in Afghanistan. We spend weeks on patrol living out of vehicles and eating rations. Temperature is currently ok reaching late teens in the day but drops to minuses at night and due to get colder. We have been trying to keep fit and exercising when we can using what ever kit and equipment we can.

Will be here for nearly all the season even over Christmas and new year, apart from 2 weeks R&R in March but dates not confirmed yet, will be returning in May hopefully in time for Torquay away where i have my fingers crossed that we will be promoted by then!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI been listening and keeping track of the results through BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Station / BBC 5 live) but it can be difficult being 4.5 hours in front!

If anybody at the club or fans would like to send out any parcels it would be hugely appreciated my address is:

  30085013 SAC Carl Tucker,
  C Flt 58 Sqn RAF Regiment,
  RFS
  Op Herrick
  BFPO 792

(if 2kg or under postage is free)

I would like to wish the Gareth and the rest of the club well and good luck for the rest of the season!

Come on Wycombe

Carl”

If you want to reply to Carl then use this email address: the.c.t.87@gmail.com or c.tucker87@hotmail.co.uk

Nov
11

Scores Bar Update

DSC01429The next time you are at Adams Park do take a look into the Scores Bar, where you will see that quite a transformation has taken place.

The first stage of the upgrade to this room has now been completed with a number of new panels added to the side walls showing much of the history of Wycombe Wanderers that was previously on display at the Wycombe Museum.

DSC01418The objective has been to create a Wycombe Wanderers ‘club room atmosphere’. But it will not end here – we are also working to bring more items out of store into the other rooms and corridors, but this will come later as we cannot do everything at once.

We have many pictures, pennants, trophies and other items that we want fans to see as they form part of the history of the club.

Recently Gareth went on record as saying  that he wanted to instill a sense of pride in the players for playing at Wycombe. The Trust are also working to make all supporters proud to support a club with a heritage as rich as ours and we hope that this will be a contribution to this.

Following the recent request for suggestions to rename the Scores Bar, the Trust and the Club have received feedback that not everyone who wished to make a suggestion had a proper opportunity, particularly as the process was geared towards the use of social media. Therefore, as we are a Club owned by the Trust, it was felt appropriate that Trust members be asked to contribute to a revised process.

You may feel that a name which reflects the history and heritage of the Club would be appropriate, or you may have an idea for a different theme. All suggestions will be considered.

As well as its matchday use, Scores is open for lunch on weekdays and is a venue for private parties and functions. It was converted into a modern sports bar in 2005 and has recently been renovated to accommodate memorabilia from the Club’s history that had previously been on display at WycombeMuseum – please do visit and take a look.

Details of Scores as a venue can be found at:  http://www.adamspark.co.uk/function-rooms/scores-sports-bar.php .

Nov
3

Fans Put in Sunday Shift to Improve Their Ground

IMAG0326About a dozen fans turned up at Adams Park this morning for the latest session of voluntary work on the ground.

Split into 4 separate groups they once again ‘put in a full shift’ by continuing to tidy the steep banks around the car park and clear overgrowth from behind the Dreams and Greene King Stands.

IMAG0325Another group picked up their paint brushes to start work on improving the look inside the stadium. The staircases from the concourse to the Main Stand are showing signs of age with flaking paintwork and the yellow safety marked areas are badly faded.

IMAG0328These take quite a lot of manual work to clean down before painting  can commence so only the centre staircase was completed this week. The pictures (left) show how it looked at the start and at the end!

IMAG0327Hence there will be another working party organised for Sunday 17th November (weather permitting) when volunteers can either choose gardening work or painting.

If you can help on this date or at any other time, then please contact Club Director John Derben on 01494 441145 or email j.derben123@btinternet.com or Trust Director Alan Cecil on 07776 381626 or email alan@wycombewandererstrust.com As always a free lunch will be provided.

Oct
18

Matchday Sponsorship and Pitch-Side Advertising

Adams Park 3Following discussion with the club, the Trust is pleased to invite its’ members including friends, family and employers, to take up the remaining matchday and pitch-side sponsorship opportunities.

With the current run of good form, which we anticipate should result in increased attendances and better local and national coverage, the Trust is happy to support the club in seeking to maximise revenue whilst providing its’ members and friends with a unique experience.

Matchday sponsorship is available in three forms, Match Sponsor, Match Ball Sponsorship and Matchday Programme Sponsorship. Each package can be customised to individual requirements, but, amongst other elements, includes the following key benefits:

Match Sponsor (£999 +VAT)
o A box on the halfway line with a three course meal for up to 10 guests
o Reserved car parking spaces
o Logo on the front and editorial in the match day programme
o LED Screen advertising
o Man of the match selection and presentation
o Commemorative gifts

Match Ball Sponsorship (£699 +VAT)
o A box on the halfway line with a three course meal for up to 6 guests
o Reserved car parking space
o Logo on the back and advertising in the match day programme
o LED Screen advertising

Matchday Programme Sponsorship (£495 + VAT)
o A box on the halfway line with a three course meal for up to 4 guests
o Reserved car parking space
o Logo on the back and advertising in the match day programme
o LED Screen advertising

Pitch-Side advertising (ranging from £600 to £2000) is available around the ground, with the few remaining season-long camera facing locations attracting premium pricing. There are still season-long opportunities at the lower end of the price range on other areas of Adams Park.

In recognition of fans whose referrals result in sponsorship or advertising being taken up and paid, the club will offer a 20% reduction on the price of a season ticket for 2014/15. Multiple, successful referrals may attract an increased reduction, at the discretion of the club

To discuss specific requirements on any of the above sponsorship deals, please contact Corina Francis on 01494 455711 or corina.francis@wwfc.com or Becci Redmond on 01494 455706 or becci.redmond@wwfc.com

Oct
9

Adams Park – A Venue for Every Occasion

adamsparkccAdams Park Conference Centre is busy taking bookings for weddings, parties, meetings, photo-shoots and much more.

For details of the special pre-Christmas events, click on this link – Christmas 2013 at Adams Park

Wedding bookings for 2014 are proving incredibly popular, as are individually-tailored birthday parties.

The Conference Centre offers various-sized suites suitable to accommodate a 250 dinner dance or a 400-person reception, while the club’s executive boxes create the ideal space for a small meeting, staff training or interview, with the added bonus of looking out over the hallowed turf.

The staff can cater for your every need and will produce a personalized itinerary to ensure you receive the best possible service.

What’s more, Adams Park boasts exceptional access with over 700 free car parking spaces situated at the ground.

Visit adamspark.co.uk or contact Corina Francis on 01494 455722 or corina.francis@wwfc.com for more information or to book.

The Trust asks our Members to consider using these facilities for any special event and to spread the word to your friends and colleagues.

Sep
22

Small Team Makes a Huge Difference

IMAG0279Another group of fans volunteered for ground maintenance duties at Adams Park on Sunday and like previous sessions their work is making a huge difference to the appearance of our ground.

After much great work had been done during the week by Alan Hodgson with a strimmer (thanks to Ray and any others who helped him) it was down to manual labour today with shears and sickles, rakes and bypass loppers.
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Thanks are due to John, John, Alan, Gaynor, Pip, Jenny and Graham, who all worked for several hours under the guidance of Club Director and OWWSA Chairman John Derben, to clear another big area of the steep green bank that goes around the car park. Octogenarian Harold Lunnon was also seen on site cutting down some trees which were obscuring the security cameras.

With more of the same sort of work still to be done, another session will be held in three weeks time on Sunday 13th October from 10am to 4pm. If you can spare even a couple of hours to assist, then please contact John Derben on 01494 441145 or email j.derben 123@btinternet.com

The Trust and the Football Club are hugely appreciative of this work done by the fans.