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Feb
3

Twenty Years of The Frank Adams Stand

Frank Adams StandThis special anniversary has recently been noted in a article on The Football Pink website www.footballpink.net as the second feature in their series on Making a Stand

Click here to read the full article

Karen Adams

Our Trust President (and now a director of Frank Adams Legacy Limited) Karen Robinson (nee Adams), pictured left has just said:

” Every time I arrive at the ground, I am reminded of the wonderful contribution that my grandfather made to Wycombe Wanderers, and grateful that he is honoured.

I  feel privileged to be a small part of the Club’s future” 

Apr
28

The Legacy of Frank Adams

Frank AdamsThis delightful picture (apologies for the flash reflection) of our generous benefactor Frank Adams has just been returned to the football club having formed part of the recent exhibition at the High Wycombe Library.

Frank Adams joined the club in 1910 and by the time of his retirement in 1929 he had made 331 appearances and scored 104 goals. Yet his impact on the club was far more reaching than mere statistics!

In an act of supreme generosity this former player, captain, committee member and, by then, life member purchased the freehold of Loakes Park from Lord Carrington and in 1947 presented the deeds to the club, thereby securing the future of the club for generations to come.

Loakes Park model(pictured here is a three-dimensional model of Loakes Park which was also in the library display and which we hope to find space for, to have on display somewhere at Adams Park).

Frank Adams was then made Patron of the club – a position he continued in until his death in 1981, when he was succeeded by his son Jack.

It is with many thanks to Jack’s daughter, Karen Adams, (President of WW Trust) that we have had so much of Frank’s memorabilia loaned to the club for both the recent Museum and Library exhibitions. Some other items are on display just inside the Main Reception at Adams Park.

Loakes Park plaqueWhen the club moved in 1990, Adams Park was named in honour of Frank. Born in 1896, Frank played in two Spartan League Championship winning teams and three times helped the club to win the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup. As well as his connection with the Wanderers, Frank served on the International Committee of the Football Association and was a prominent local businessman.

Dec
8

See Wycombe Wanderers’ History in the Library

We would like to invite you visit a special exhibition at High Wycombe Library which has been running from early December and ending on Saturday 25th April 2015.

DSC01864The exhibition is a project led jointly by the Football Club, Wycombe Wanderers Trust and the Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association showcasing memorabilia and artefacts from the club’s 127-year history, many of which have never before been viewed by the general public.

DSC01865It tells the story of the club’s Wembley years and famous cup runs, plus its various homes in the Wycombe area, while it also pays tribute to the legacy of Frank Adams and celebrates our “local heroes” and other connections which have helped cement the Chairboys into the heart of its local community.

The Wycombe library is situated opposite Marks and Spencer in the Eden Centre and the exhibition can be found on the second floor in the reference section. However near the first floor entrance there are entry forms for a special competition which anyone can enter, for which the answers can be found by looking at our special display cabinets dotted around the second floor.

DSC01868Some of the cabinets have drawers underneath enabling us to display some flat items so do open each drawer in turn.

For those interested in seeing more pictures from Wycombe Wanderers’ past, then go to Sharing Wycombe’s Old Photographs  via www.buckscc.gov.uk/swop – a Bucks Library Service initiative sponsored by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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May
9

Heroes of 1993-94 – Where Are They Now?

1993-94Fans might be interested to read this article from The Football League Paper to find out what our heroes from 20 years ago are doing now

Click here to read it

Feb
13

Tony “Bodger” Horseman Reminisces

Tony Horseman 3Despite the occasional appearance at Adams Park with the Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association, we don’t see or hear much of Tony Horseman these days – our all time record goalscorer.

‘Bodger’ Horseman scored 416 goals in his 749 appearances for the Chairboys between 1961 and 1978 but now at the age of 73 and with two new hips his activity is limited to walking and the occasional round of golf.

Tony Horseman 2Tony recently agreed to give an interview to long time supporter and Trust member Phil Ball, with the kind assistance of Ben Campbell at Adams Park and we are able to bring this to you in four parts here, where it will be saved in our historical matters file. Click each of these links in turn:

Part One of Four  Part Two of Four   Part Three of Four   Part Four of Four

Oct
13

The Lasting Legacy of Frank Adams

Frank Adams LogoIn the second of his two articles, originally published in the Bucks Free Press, local historian Mike Dewey concludes his story of Frank’s life as a sportsman, businessman and benefactor.

Clink on this link The Lasting Legacy of Frank Adams

Mike Dewey has been a lifelong supporter of WWFC for nearly 70 years, and he was at Loakes Park when Frank Adams handed over the Deeds. He also twice gave an illustrated talk on Frank earlier this year at the Wycombe Museum.

Also this link takes you to another BFP article written in July 2012 expressing the Adams’ family delight in the Trust taking over ownership of the football club.

 

Oct
11

Frank Adams – The World War One Service of a Footballer

Frank Adams LogoWith grateful thanks to local historian Mike Dewey and to the Bucks Free Press, we are pleased to be able to re-produce the article which Mike wrote for the newspaper in August 2013 about the Club’s benefactor and former captain.

Click on this link The World War One Service of Footballer Frank Adams

Mike Dewey has been a lifelong supporter of WWFC for nearly 70 years, and he was at Loakes Park when Frank Adams handed over the Deeds. He also twice gave an illustrated talk on Frank earlier this year at the Wycombe Museum.

A second article will follow shortly.

Sep
11

Exhibition Closes but WWFC History Goes On

DSC01421The Exhibition of Wanderers history and memorabilia may have closed but that does not mean that everything will be put back in the cupboards and forgotten.

Some of the items that were on display at the Wycombe Museum were kindly lent to us by certain individuals and those have now been returned to their owners. These include the family of our benefactor Frank Adams.

Of the rest many of the wall-boards telling the history of the football club will be used to help turn the Scores Bar into more of a ‘Club House’. Many of the photographs, plaques and pennants will also hopefully go on more open display around the bars and corridors and, subject to appropriate security, even some of the trophies that the club has won over the years might be on view to our supporters.

WWEXPAThe Trust is grateful to the WW Ex-Players Association for all their help in setting up and dismantling the Museum Exhibition and for funding the work that needed to be done to install the wall panels inside Adams Park.