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Many Happy Returns for Ex-Players Dinner

WWEXPAAs previewed last month, the Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association (“WWEPA”) played host to some great names from the past when they staged their fifth annual dinner on November 29. Heading the cast list was Martin O’Neill and many of his 1993 Double-winning heroes. The waistlines might have been a little thicker and the hair sparser or greyer, but the spirit of that FA Trophy and Vauxhall Conference champions’ squad was just as evident as it had been 20 years earlier.

When the doors to Adams Park were finally shut at 1.30am, many a story had been retold, many an event re-lived. Over 170 members and guests enjoyed a memorable re-union, reliving the best moments from that great season through video and personal memories.

MON and GeraldineTrue to form, Martin arrived just as we were making the opening announcements. But the important thing was that the new Republic of Ireland manager did interrupt a hectic schedule to return to the scene of his great triumphs between 1990 and 1995. And as a special bonus he brought wife Geraldine (pictured together left) with him as well.

Martin gave co-presenter Alan Hutchinson some good-humoured stick while recounting personal memories of that season and the 90s era which remains a club highlight. Others to relive the double-winning moments were club captain Glyn Creaser, 1993 Player of the Year Keith Scott, local hero Keith Ryan and fans’ favourites Steve Guppy, Matt Crossley, Anton Vircavs, Hakan Hayrettin and Steve Thompson.

1993 ReunionPlayers from the last six decades joined in the Happy Birthday greetings for John Reardon’s 81st birthday. Some of Wycombe’s greatest heroes were there including Tony Horseman, Charlie Gale, Dave Thomas, Barry Baker, John Maskell, Larry Pritchard, Paul Birdseye, Howard Kennedy, Bob Dell, Keith Samuels and Keith Searle.  And as always we were particularly delighted to see 1957 FA Amateur Cup Final veterans Len Worley, Mike Wicks and Jackie Tomlin along with other colleagues from the 50s. The 1980s squads were well represented too and they obviously enjoyed themselves.

With former managers Brian Lee, John Reardon, Alan Gane and of course Martin O’Neill all present, current boss Gareth Ainsworth and his assistant, Richard Dobson, had time to seek plenty of advice as well as handing out the trophies to all our 2013 event winners. Great to see them take time out to attend.

Former chairman Ivor Beeks was away on a pre-arranged holiday but sent his warmest regards to the players who had helped make his reign so special. And new chairman Don Woodward and members of the Trust board were able to discover exactly what made the club tick back in the ‘good old days’.

It wasn’t all football. After a great performance of Classic Sinatra, the talented Mr Ian Gallagher got everyone up dancing.  And it was wonderful to see 99-year-old club President Monty Seymour bopping away until midnight.

As well as the funds put into the club’s coffers from ticket and bar sales, WWEPA was also able to help their nominated charity, Bucks Air Ambulance, which will benefit by £1,000 from the raffle with more to come from the next WWEPA event, the annual quiz on 15th March 2014.

Because of the lateness of the finale, they didn’t get the proper chance to thank everyone who helped make the night such a success. But WWEPA would like to thank each and everyone one of you including Kelly Calvert and Becci Redmond from the club who – through a double booking of the room – put in an 18-hour day to make this dinner the success it was.

All pictures courtesy of Paul Dennis and available from: dennis.photo.football@dsl.pipex.com    


Well Done To The Matrix

MatrixHoused behind this rather plain door sign within Adams Park, there is plenty of activity going on.

In a room next to the offices of the Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust (our Community Team), the Matrix Centre operates most afternoons of the week providing youngsters with fun based activities aimed at improving their literacy and numeracy skills.

Meadows School Dec 2013This term, students from 3 schools – Meadows (Wooburn Green), Highcrest (High Wycombe) and Millbrook (High Wycombe) have benefited from this extra tuition and they were rewarded at a Celebration of Success Evening last night, held in the Vere Suite. The children were also able to show of some of their new skills in a variety of entertaining presentations, which were cheered by their parents and also by some of the WW Trust Directors who dropped in.

There to present the students with their certificates were WWFC first team players, Dean Morgan and Kortney Hause, pictured here with the Meadows School students and a festively dressed Bodger.

For more information on the activity of The Matrix, please click here


Fans Night with John Gorman and Sergio Torres – Wednesday 25th September

Since the Football Club moved into Trust ownership we have sought to put on events at prices that are more affordable to our fans.

The next of these combines this concept with the anniversary of the club’s founding in 1887 and follows on just one year after the hugely successful night with Martin O’Neill in September 2012.

John GormanSergioThis time round we have the always popular former WWFC Manager John Gorman and one of our most entertaining players of recent times, Sergio Torres.

To find out more about this event and how to book your £10 tickets, please click here.

Doors will open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start and food will be available to purchase on the evening, while fans can also become the first to purchase Sergio’s new autobiography.

UPDATE 17.9.13 – it has just been announced that former Wanderer Russell Martin, now playing for Norwich City in the Premier League and a Scottish international, will be in attendance at this event as a guest along with Matt Bloomfield. Click here for the full story


The Wycombe Museum Exhibition to Celebrate WWFC’s 125th Anniversary?

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Running only until Sunday 8th September, the exhibition celebrates the 125th anniversary of the founding of the club and is rich in photographs of past achievements including the first season line-up, an early rattle and leather football, silverware, medals and shirts from milestone matches.

There is something there for every age and the club’s younger supporters will be able to take part in a fun football trail for £1.50. In doing so they will receive a gift from the museum and be entered into a monthly draw to be a mascot at Adams Park. 

Everyone that visits the Museum between 10th June and 8th September, completes the Quiz and has the form validated by the Museum will be able to claim a 25% discount on 2 matchday tickets for a league game of their choice during the 2013/14 season.

Admission is free, while the opening times will be as follows:

Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 2pm-5pm
Bank Holidays – closed

The Museum is located in Priory Ave, set your satnav to HP13 6PX!

Please note that limited parking is available with additional metered parking in adjoining roads.


Record Turnout for Ex-Players Golf Day

WWEXPAThree WW Trust Directors were able to make ‘guest appearances’ at the 5th Annual Golf Day organised by the Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association (“WWEPA”). This was held last Friday in bright sunshine and high temperatures at the wonderful setting of Winter Hill Golf Club near Cookham.

David Roberton, David Cook and Alan Cecil (a late substitute for Trevor Stroud) made up a fourball group with last year’s champion Stuart Thompson who had the honour of getting the competition under way, which had attracted a record entry of 32.

Winning TeamThe individual winner and another new name on the trophy was former goalkeeper Trevor Bunting and he also inspired his teammates – Anton Vircavs, Dave Twitchen and Peter Galvin (all pictured left) to win the Brian Lee team trophy. Trevor had to leave before the presentations but proud dad Colin, himself a former Blues goalkeeper of the 1960s, did the honours. Quite a week for the Bunting family with 18-year-old grandson Sam, a former Wycombe Academy ‘keeper, being offered a pro contract with St Johnstone.

Stuart Thompson won the Longest Drive prize, Terry Reardon was the Putting King and former BFP Sports Editor Mike Knox won the Nearest the Pin prize, sneaking inside a wonderful shot from David Roberton!  ‘Bodgers Booby’ prize went to the team of Keith Ryan, his brother Mark, Steve Brown and – no relation – Mike Brown.

Individual winnerPrizes were presented by WWEPA president Jack Tomlin (pictured right with Colin Bunting) who played for WWFC in the 1957 Amateur Cup Final at Wembley, as did Len Worley who was still spritely enough to enjoy a round of golf. In a field that included former players from every decade since the 50s, the oldest competitor was Derek Draffan.

A special get-well toast was drunk to former 70s hero Howard Kennedy who was missed both on and off the course.

Forthcoming WWEPA events:

Sunday 1st Sept: Scannappeal Cricket Challenge vs Wycombe Cricket Veterans. 20-overs-a-side match at HW Cricket Club, London Road starting at 2pm

Friday 29th November:  5th Annual Dinner in the Vere Suite at 7.30pm


Thanks Again to the Oxford Walkers

Oxford Walk Money PresentationOn Saturday, prior to the match against Aston Villa, Wycombe Wanderers Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud received a cheque for £4383.50 being the total amount raised by the Wycombe fans who walked through the night to Oxford in April.

Making the presentation were two of the walkers, Dale Jenkins and Paul McCloud.

Once again the Trust would like to thank all those who walked to raise this money and all those who donated by way of sponsorship.

(picture courtesy of Paul Dennis, Club Photographer)


News of the ‘Blues in Kenya’

The group of WWFC office staff and supporters led by the club’s longest serving player Matt Bloomfield have done a lot of great work in Nakuru, Kenya this week in a community project.

They have now completed their schedule of works in the school. Very much to the fore has been Matt Bloomfield who we are told “has been outstanding, working harder than anyone and keeping morale high”

You can read Matt’s first blog here on the Official Club Website.

Day Two Blog Here   Day Three Blog Here   

Day Four Blog Here  Day Five Blog Here

Day Six Blog Here     Days Seven and Eight Blog Here

You can find other news on Twitter @BluesinKenya where ‘Blooms’ has posted the following:-

The farewell dinner was a fitting end to an amazing trip.These guys have done our club proud and I am privileged to have been part of it. MB

– Blues in Kenya 2013 (@BluesInKenya) June 9, 2013


Find Out About Frank Adams – Sunday 2nd June

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‘Frank Adams – a Wycombe Wanderers Icon’

at the Wycombe  Museum

In words and images, Mike Dewey will describe the life of Frank Adams, a true ‘Rags to Riches’ story.

The original talk arranged for Thursday 7th March sold out and so another one has been organised for Sunday 2nd June from 14.30-16.30.

This will include a short talk about the name ‘Chair Boys’ and a viewing of the newly installed exhibition to celebrate Wycombe Wanderers 125 years.

Cost: £4  (Wycombe Leisure Card discount available).

Venue: Wycombe Museum , Priory Avenue , High Wycombe HP13 6PX

Contact: Call 01494-421895 for more information and to book your place or visit www.wycombe.gov.uk/museum


More Pics of the Fund Raising Walkers

With grateful thanks to Club photographer Paul Dennis, here are some more pictures of our group of walkers, celebrating completion of their mission at Oxford.

It’s not too late if you wish to donate. Click here to do so


Gaz Gets The Walk To Oxford Under Way

The small but dedicated group of fans making the walk through the night from Wycombe to Oxford’s Kassam Stadium set off from Adams Park at midnight.


There to see them off was the WWFC Management team of Gareth Ainsworth, Richard Dobson and Lee Harrison who had come straight to Adams Park from a trip to watch Port Vale beat next Tuesday’s opponents Burton Albion by 7-1.

Gareth presented our walkers with a special shirt signed by all the first team squad, thanked the group for all their efforts in fund raising and wished them well for the 10-hour night walk ahead of them.

It is not too late if you want to support this walk.

Click this link to make a donation online 

There will also be a chance to meet the walkers who are being hosted on their arrival on Saturday morning at the Priory Pub near the Oxford ground. Collecting buckets will be available there and at the Kassam Stadium before this always important M40 derby match.

Thanks to all of the group ( Dale Jenkins, Paul McCloud, Sue McCloud, Josh Salter, Rob Salter, Andy Tillman, Ben Hampstead, Toni Blake, Rena Perrin, John Bartlett, Will Schafer-Peek, David Roberton, David Howells and Russell Cox) but especially to key organisers Dale Jenkins and Paul McCloud. In amongst that group, who were waived and cheered off by a small group of other fans was WWFC, WW Trust and Community Trust Director David Roberton.


Guardian Article – Wednesday 17th October

Wycombe Wanderers marked their 125th birthday with a journey back to the future

Click here to read David Conn’s article that appeared in the Guardian today


The ‘Adams Park Family’ At Its Best – over £4,000 raised for charity!

Saturday night’s KenDarCom 2012 event showed how well our people pull together.

The music and comedy event, which also included a team quiz, raffle and auction, took place in a packed out Vere Suite and raised thousands of pounds for various good causes.

WWFC staff from the Ticket Office, Media, Food and Beverage and the Community Team all played a full part alongside some of the matchday hospitality stewards to make KenDarComm 2012 such a success. They were well supported in the audience by fans of all ages including Trust and WWFC Directors, the ‘Twitter Club’ and ‘Gasroomers’.

The star of the show was undoubtedly caretaker manager Gaz Ainsworth, who fresh from managing Wycombe to their first home win for 7 months in the afternoon, took to the stage to sing with local band Subrosa5. Is there no end to this man’s enthusiasm! He was also cheered on by a group of visiting QPR fans.

We will let you know the final amount raised from this fans’ evening in due course but it has already topped £4,000 with donations still coming in. Please see here some pictures taken by club photographer Paul Dennis. Thanks to all who attended and/or who contributed in any way.

Finally thanks must go to the two guys who chiefly made this event happen. Darren Willis pictured left (Commercial Executive at WWFC) who visited Kenya in the summer along with the Community Team to highlight some of the issues out there. A share of the night’s proceeds will be supporting that project. Matchday announcer Matt Cecil (right), who had organised a similar event last year, took on much of the promotional work as well as organising the raffle prizes and auction items. These also raised funds to support cancer charities (in memory of Steve Maguire, Jonny Saunders and Graham Cadle) and for Great Ormond Street Hospital (where Lee Harrison’s 10 year old son Luke is under going cancer treatment).