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Reporting on WW Trust AGM – 29th November 2017

With our apologies that this has taken a little longer than desired to bring to you – please remember all our board members are also volunteers – we can now bring you the minutes and the slide presentation made at our most recent Annual General Meeting.

This file AGM Minutes Nov 2017 brings you the draft minutes of that meeting which contain the Chairman’s report in full along with a summary of the issues raised in the Q and A.

Included in this file of slides WWSGL AGM 29 NOVEMBER 2017 presented are those given by Group Finance Director Mark Burrell on the Group Finances covering Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Group Ltd (“WW Trust”) and its two subsidiaries – Frank Adams Legacy Limited and Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Ltd


Fans Keep On Giving….. So We Can Provide (Updated February 2018)

Notwithstanding the success of the 500 Club in the last year or so, the WW Trust Share Scheme launched in 2015 continues to thrive and produce much needed income for the Football Club.

Over ‘one hundred and eighty’ fans are still contributing with either monthly or annual payments to the Trust over a five year period and these are on top of the 160 who have made one-off payments in the last couple of years.

Those single payments have been of amounts between the minimum of £100 and the maximum of £100,000.

To date some £562,000 has been banked with more than a further £175,000 committed to be received over this and the next 2 seasons.

So what are we doing with your money?

Much of the initial inflow has gone into helping to stabilise the financial position of the football club by providing some much needed working capital. This allows WWFC to be able to pay its bills, (present and past) in line with agreed schedules and repayment plans.

As was outlined in our Share Scheme prospectus/brochure we have also been able to provide the money to make the best use of our prized asset – Adams Park. So far, some of the completed projects, which are thanks to Share Scheme money (and which would not have been affordable otherwise) are:

  • New lawnmower (from OWWSA contributions)
  • New club flag
  • Medical equipment to boost return of injured players
  • Replacement seats (Summer 2016 – from OWWSA Contributions)
  • New TVs for concourse etc
  • Big Screen repairs
  • Player Purchase – Michael Harriman
  • GPS Equipment – the player running tracking system
  • Security Fence for away end
  • Fixing of the heating/Air Con system in Caledonian Suite
  • Paint for various stadium areas (from OWWSA contributions)
  • Full structural survey of the stadium – required for safety certificate reasons
  • More paint (Summer 2017)
  • Further replacement seats (Summer 2017)
  • Essential refurb and extension of the dressing rooms – as demanded by the EFL (Summer 2017)
  • Upgrade of the CCTV equipment – so vital to maintain our safety certificate
  • Replacement IT equipment for Gareth and his team at the training ground – from OWWSA contributions
  • Contributions towards repair and maintenance of the Adams Park floodlights – from OWWSA contributions
  • Even more replacement seats – December 2017
  • New boiler to provide hot water for the players and staff at the training ground
  • Essential repairs and replacement of lighting units in the Frank Adams Stand

If you feel that fan ownership is worth more than the annual membership fee, then do join in with those who are contributing a bit (or a lot) more. See any Trust Director manning the table before each home game in the Caledonian Suite or go to our special Share Offer page via this link .

Any questions on the scheme can be sent by email to shares@wycombewandererstrust.com


Join the 500 Club-18 and YOU Could Be a Winner In ‘The 12 Draws of Christmas’

Wycombe Wanderers fans have had the chance to win exclusive prizes from the ‘Twelve Draws of Christmas’, launched by the 500 Club ahead of the festive period.

The 500 Club is in its second year, aiming to raise funds solely for the playing budget, to be spent during the January transfer window either on new players or extensions of contracts for existing stars.

Having raised almost £27,000 already this season, from 167 contributors, the initiative runs regular draws, giving supporters the opportunity to benefit from exclusive invitations, signed merchandise and more.

There’ll be 12 draws in the lead-up to Christmas so do sign up to the 500 Club-18 via 500wanderers.co.uk to be entered into each draw. Fans can either pay a one-off fee of £150, or spread the cost of 12 monthly instalments of £12.50.

Details of the draws and prizes (subject to change):

5th Dec – a ‘Director for the Day’ package at Adams Park – won by Eric Threlfall see this link

6th Dec – Signed WWFC Football – won by Richard Glenister see this link

8th Dec – Copy of Football Manager 2018 signed by GA – won by Steve Knight see this link

10th Dec – Copy of ‘The Beast’ signed by Bayo -won by Alan Fryer see this link

12th Dec –  one 20% off voucher to be used in the Club shop –won by Keith Higgins of Wycombe Sound Radio see this link

14th Dec – 2018 Calendar signed by the playing squad – won by David Riddington see this link 

16th Dec– A pair of Scott Brown goalie gloves – won by Richard Townsend

18th Dec – An opportunity to deliver the matchball at a chosen home game  – won by Paul Churchett

20th Dec – Signed personalised plaque (as seen in players’ dressing room)  – won by Gareth Cook

22nd Dec – 2018 Calendar signed by Gareth and/or the playing squad – won by Elizabeth Lowe see this link

24th Dec – Signed personalised name plaque (as used in players dressing room) – won by Derek Budd

26th Dec – Director for the Day – won by Philip Bate see this link

Picture above (thanks to WWFC and whoever took it) shows the first few winners receiving their prizes from Gareth.

Read more here https://www.wycombewanderers.co.uk/news/2017/december/fans-rewarded-in-500-club-draws/ and



Accounts for Year Ended 30th June 2017

A link to the Trust’s audited financial report and accounts for year ended 30th June 2017 was recently sent to members with the calling notice for the Annual General Meeting and this can also be found from the appropriate article further down this page.

These and the end of year accounts for Frank Adams Legacy Limited (which owns Adams Park) can also be viewed on our Share Offer page via this link

The Football Club’s accounts for the same period are now finalised and have been sent to each Founder and Ordinary WWFC Shareholder.

Questions on any of these that were not answered at the Trust AGM on November 29th, can be raised at the Finance Forum which was to have taken place on Monday 11 December (postponed due to snow) and which has now been rearranged for Tuesday 23rd January between 6pm and 8pm in Monty’s Bar.


Monday 11th December – Finance Forum Postponed

Given the current and forecasted weather conditions we have decided to postpone the planned Finance Forum due tonight.

The Trust Board is due to meet later this week and will then agree on a new date.


A ‘Simple Guide’ to the WW Trust – Updated 1.12.17

trust logo 003 wwfc our heritageFollowing the AGM in February 2015, some members were asking for clarification on what are the separate responsibilities and duties of the Trust and of the Football Club.

A small group from the Trust Board then put together the following which we hope will be useful:

The Basic Structure

Wycombe Wanderers Trust took over Wycombe Wanderers Football Club on 29th June 2012 from Steve Hayes.

Wycombe Wanderers Trust owns Wycombe Wanderers FC Ltd (the trading entity) and Frank Adams Legacy Limited as separate entities.


  • Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board is made up of the following directors:

John Bignell                johnbig@wycombewandererstrust.com
Mark Burrell               mark@wycombewandererstrust.com
Alan Cecil                   alan@wycombewandererstrust.com
David Cook                 dave@wycombewandererstrust.com
John Derben               john@wycombewandererstrust.com
Tony Hector                 tony@wycombewandererstrust.com
Nigel Kingston            nigel@wycombewandererstrust.com
Lawrie Read                 lawrie@wycombewandererstrust.com
David Roberton           david@wycombewandererstrust.com
David Smith                 dsmith@wycombewandererstrust.com
Trevor Stroud              trevor@wycombewandererstrust.com

  • Ownership of Adams Park (professionally assessed at £7million) is held within Frank Adams Legacy Limited (“FALL”). There is a separate FALL Board.
  • Most major debts of the Trust sit under FALL, secured by charges on Adams Park, but Wycombe Wanderers Trust also has some debts to pay. All our debts now have agreed repayment schedules.
  • Wycombe Wanderers Trust relies on rental income from WWFC (the trading entity) to gradually pay down its creditors and loans via FALL (which include the Chairboys Funders interest).
  • No takeover or change in ownership can proceed without 75% approval from all Legacy Members.
  • Legacy Members are members who are in their fourth (at least) consecutive year of holding a season ticket. Legacy membership is retained in future years as long as season ticket holding continues. There are approximately 570 Legacy Members at present.
  • A uniquely structured members club; one of only four fan owned clubs in the Football League.
  • Wycombe Wanderers Trust became a Community Benefit Society during 2014 as this allows us to raise capital by selling shares to our members (see under Functions, below).
  • Our full registered name is Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Group Limited. We had to adopt this name as part of the process of registering as a society, but we have kept Wycombe Wanderers Trust as our day to day trading name for everyone’s convenience.


Wycombe Wanderers Trust does not run the football club.

  • Wycombe Wanderers Football Club controls all income from footballing matters and the use of Adams Park on matchdays and non-matchdays.
  • Wycombe Wanderers Football Club’s operations are managed by Trevor Stroud (WWFC Chairman), Michael Davies (General Manager) and the other employees.
  • Only the Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board can appoint and remove individuals to and from the WWFC club board (WWFC’s Club Board is made up of Andrew Howard, Ivor Beeks, Mark Burrell, Trevor Stroud and David Cook).


Since Wycombe Wanderers Trust, and its Board, does not run the football club, the Trust’s job is to create an environment which will help WWFC to succeed.

This is done in a number of ways:

  • Providing governance over its subsidiary companies – WWFC and FALL – and also support WWSET– our Community Trust which has charity status.
  • Providing support to WWFC, for example volunteer forces to reduce costs; aiding and assisting WWFCs employees through “WWFC PALS” as and when required.
  • Undertaking other fundraising initiatives, for example sale of matchday badges and voluntary Trust member initiatives – to raise income.
  • Communicating with members via emails, members meetings and visibility. Trust board directors will be held to account by Trust members and a third of the Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board directors retire by rotation at each AGM.
  • Seeking to grow and expand our membership and therefore widen the fan ownership base in the community, particularly the younger and the future generation of supporters.
  • Ensure members are consulted about and vote on the designated key issues affecting the football club (listed in the Trust Rules on the Wycombe Wanderers Trust website).
  • Raising funds via the Share Scheme – to secure the working capital to allow Wycombe Wanderers Football Club to move towards breakeven (or a small profit) and allow the football club to pay its rent as scheduled to pay down remaining debts/ loans.


Profile of New Trust Director – Tony Hector

With kind permission of WWFC, we are able to reproduce a recent programme article where Tony Hector answered questions in the ‘Me and My Wycombe’ feature:

Name: Tony Hector

Where do you sit/stand? I stand on the terrace.

Who do you come to games with? I meet up at the ground with a number of people, but mainly Alan Sunderland and Rod Armitage, although they both have their season tickets for the Beechdean Stand. However, I have stood with the same guys (Colin, Joel, David, Jeff & Alan) for a number of years.

How long have you been a supporter? I first started supporting Wycombe in October 1969.

What made you first start coming to matches? A couple of friends at school had been regulars at Loakes Park since about 1966/67.  They persuaded me to come and watch a game with them.

What was your first match as a fan? Walthamstow Avenue.  I remember we won but really can’t remember the score (2 or 3 nil I think).

What has been your favourite moment supporting the club? Celebrating the most dramatic and unlikely FA Cup 5th round replay victory over Wimbledon in 2001 with ten men and possibly the 120th minute Paul McCarthy equaliser within that game.  It wasn’t the best game overall, but it probably caused me the greatest rollercoaster of emotions and most unexpectedly joyous ending to a game ever.

Who’s the best player you’ve seen during your time as a fan? Steve Guppy in his first spell. He had great acceleration, skill / trickery and was one of the best crossers of the ball I’ve ever seen.

Wycombe Wanderers supporters ahead of the Sky Bet League 2 match between Wycombe Wanderers (4th) and Exeter City (1st) at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England on 14 October 2017. Photo by Andy Rowland.

Who’s been your favourite player to wear the quarters and why? Steve Brown – despite a very difficult start to his time with us, he showed the determination, passion, skill and steel to become a legend.

Tell us a funny story from your time supporting the club? The first time I got the OWWSA coach from outside the Empire Cinema there were two coaches waiting.  However I didn’t realise one was a Saga Travel coach until I tried to get on it.

What does the club mean to you? It feels like being part of a really passionate family.

Describe Wycombe Wanderers in three words: Friendly, Outgoing, Dynamic.


Trust Board Election Result

The number of votes cast at last night’s AGM for each candidate (including proxy/postal votes) was:

Lisa Bowker  – 64

Mark Burrell – 122 (re-elected)

David Cook – 129 (re-elected)

John Derben – 142 (re-elected)

Tony Hector – 110 (newly elected)

Peter Lerner – 90

Many thanks to all Trust members who attended and voted or who submitted a voting paper by post.

Big thanks go out to Lisa and Peter for ‘stepping up’ to make this a contest and congratulations to Tony on his election to the Board. 

Once again, we express our thanks to Dale Jenkins who stepped down after a three year stint on the Board.


AGM – Notice To Trust Members

Dear Member,

The Annual General Meeting of Wycombe Wanderers Trust will be held on Wednesday 29th November, starting at 7.30pm in the Caledonian Suite at Adams Park. The venue will be open to members from 6.30pm, along with complimentary tea and coffee and the bar will be open.

The following documents are available by clicking on these links:

In accordance with the Trust’s Rules, one third of the current Trust Board is required to retire.
Dale Jenkins has decided to retire from the board.
Mark Burrell, David Cook and John Derben are offering themselves for re-election.
Lisa Bowker, Tony Hector and Peter Lerner are also offering themselves for election. As there are six nominees for four available positions, there will be a ballot this year. Click on the Director Nominations link above to read their individual statements.

The six nominees will be in the Caledonian Suite from 1.00pm on Saturday 25th November, prior to the Yeovil Town match, should you wish to meet them..

For those members unable to attend, proxy forms are included for completion and return.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact the Trust – secretary@wycombewandererstrust.com, on matchdays in the Caledonian Suite or on Twitter – @wwtrust

We hope to see you on Wednesday 29th November.


Trust Membership Renewals Are Due

Membership fees for 2017-2018 become due on 1st November.
The majority of members pay by Standing Order but if you use other means a reminder that you can pay by cash or cheque at the Trust table in the Caledonian Suite before home games.

Alternatively send a cheque to Wycombe Wanderers Trust at Adams Park, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe HP12 4HJ or pay directly into the Trust account, sort code 40-24-38, account no. 81390031 – using your membership number as your reference. 

If you are not yet a member and wish to attend the AGM on 29th November there is still time to join. You can do this at the Trust table in the Caledonian Suite or by emailing johnbig@wycombewandererstrust.com for an application form. You can also pick up a form from reception at Adams Park during office hours or download one here Membership-Form

Whatever way you pay your continued membership is much appreciated and we look forward to seeing as many paid up members as possible at the AGM.

John Bignell

Membership Secretary


New Dressing Rooms – Paid For By The Trust Members

This summer extensive work had to be done to enlarge and improve the Adams Park dressing rooms used by home and away players and matchday officials in order to keep up to required standards.

The cost of this work was met by the football club but they have now received sizeable donations from the Trust member’s contributions to the Community Share Scheme.

This use of Share Scheme money is firmly in line with the stated intentions when the scheme was launched back in 2015 – one of which was to “modernise the changing facilities” which together with other improvements would also “improve our chances of staging other events such as Under 21 international games”

Read also https://www.wycombewanderers.co.uk/news/2017/july/changing-room-renovations-signal-progress-says-boss/

Other projects covered by Share Scheme donations are listed in an earlier article on this website

If you would like to know how you can join the Share Scheme and help support your club financially please email shares@wycombewandererstrust.com


Fulham at Home For Our First Cup Game of The Season

Tuesday night 8th August brings Championship side Fulham to Adams Park in the first round of the Carabao League Cup. Kick off is 7.45pm

A mini version of Terry’s Badges stall will be in his usual spot just inside the Adams Park gates – next to the programme hut.

Please help our fundraising by buying a Matchday badge for just £3

Full details of match tickets can be obtained via this link to the official website of WWFC