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Aug
14

Terry’s Badges – Back Again and Raising Funds for Wycombe Wanderers

Yes we are delighted to announce the return of Terry’s Badges stall to Adams Park for the new season.

Terry actually started with the pre-season friendly vs AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday 25th July and a badge from that game is still available to purchase.

On Saturday 5th August the main focus was on our first League Two game vs Lincoln City who brought a large number of fans. As a result of them and an increased number of home fans, we SOLD OUT of WWFC vs Lincoln Matchday Badges!

Next Saturday 19th August we play Notts County

This venture has been a very useful fund raiser for us with Terry donating the profit made on the sale of Matchday and other WWFC-themed badges to the Trust.

We hope you will like and support this season’s new design.

Each badge costs just £3 and every one sold is helping to raise funds for YOUR CLUB.

Terry’s Badges stall will be located in the new Fans-zone just inside the entrance gates at Adams Park. This area is now open to both home and away fans unless a restriction is announced eg for an all ticket game.

Aug
6

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

Jul
19

Fans Keep On Giving So We Can Provide (Updated July 2017)

Notwithstanding the success of the 500 Club in recent months, 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 144 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 £534,000 has been banked with more than a further £200,000 committed to be received over the next 3 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
  • New club flag
  • Medical equipment to boost return of injured players
  • Replacement seats 
  • 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)

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

Jun
29

5 Years of Supporter Trust Ownership for WWFC

At 7.42pm on Thursday 29th June 2012, Wycombe Wanderers Trust completed their takeover of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, placing the ownership of the club into the hands of its supporters. Trust chairman Trevor Stroud reflects on the past five years.

By the time you read this, Wycombe Wanderers Trust will have owned our football club for five years!

To say those five years have been interesting would be an understatement, but thanks to a lot of hard work by a lot of people – on a voluntary basis – we now have a football club in as strong a position as it has been for a long time.

We have significantly reduced – and are continuing to reduce – our debt, and all our loans are fully documented and structured. We have restored credibility with our suppliers by delivering on repayment plans.

Furthermore, I feel that all the various organisations that support WWFC are more involved in the club and feel that they have a voice that will be listened to. We have established a Fans Council, which is a route for fans – whether they are Trust members or not – to express their views and get feedback from the club.

Oh, and we have had a lot of fun on the way as well.

There are too many people to thank individually, but I do believe it is worth mentioning just a few.

When we took ownership of the club, we were losing a seven-figure sum every year. Don Woodward took over as chairman and, in conjunction with the Trust Board, made the difficult decisions to significantly reduce the cost base and started us on the journey to achieve a break-even position.

Three years ago, Andrew Howard took over as chairman, and brought his tremendous business acumen to place more emphasis on the commercial side of the business to boost income.

For virtually our entire period of ownership, we have had one manager. Gareth has delivered incredible results with one of the lowest budgets in League 2, and our various cup runs – and the play-off final at Wembley – have contributed significantly to our financial position as well as providing some memorable occasions.

I must mention John Derben, who, with his band of volunteers (the PALS), has saved the club literally thousands of pounds, be it by gardening, painting or cleaning seats and lots of other work.

Finally, I would also like to thank both the football club and Trust boards for all of their time and effort, again on a voluntary basis.

There is still a lot of hard work to be done, and more decisions to be made, but for now let’s celebrate five years of owning our football club, and look forward to a new season which promises much.

Let’s encourage as many people as we can down to Adams Park and I am sure the new season will provide us with much fun and a bit of heartache on the way.

Trevor Stroud
Trust Chairman

Jun
22

Trust Board Deliberations

Although things go a little quieter over the summer months, the Trust Board have still been holding their regular monthly board meetings. As promised here are a summary of the previous three meetings. Please understand that not everything discussed can be put into the public domain for reasons of confidentiality and/or commercial sensitivity.

March
Club President: Trevor Stroud advised that the view of the Club Board is that Ivor Beeks be asked to assume the role of Club President, following the death of Monty Seymour, but that it was important that the Trust Board had the opportunity to express its’ view on the appointment.

Following discussion it was agreed that Ivor Beeks be asked to accept the position of President.

Finance: Mark Burrell updated the Board of summer pitch and dressing room refurbishment costs.
The third charge on Adams Park had been removed following the repayment of Steve Hayes’ debt. 

Share Scheme / 500 Club: The 500 club scheme reached its £75,000 target on Saturday 25th March and now exceeds its original target with £75,090 committed.
Following one application during March, the share scheme now has 331 investors with £742,000 having been committed. As and when further funds are used to provide working capital to the Club, the existing statement on the Trust website will be updated accordingly. 

Club news: The Club would be responding to the EFL with its view of the Checkatrade trophy, following consultation with the Fans Council.
Initial discussions had been initiated on the development of a Wycombe Ladies Team and a closer relationship with WWFC. 

PALS Update: John Derben updated the meeting with the great news that new volunteers continue to come forward. 

Fans Council: The Club Charter was being reviewed and a draft Fans’ code of conduct was being developed. Progress would be reported 

April
President Appointment: Trevor Stroud confirmed that Ivor Beeks had been appointed President of the Club. 

Share Scheme / 500 Club: Nigel Kingston reported that the end of season event had gone well. Alan Cecil reported that the Share Scheme had received a further application and the scheme now has 332 investors. 

PALS Update: JD updated the meeting that the volunteer system continued to work well and that OWWSA had donated £2,155 to the Club for various purposes

Fans’ Council: Trevor Stroud reported that the meeting earlier in the evening had discussed the EFL proposals for next season’s Checkatrade Trophy, and had provided valuable feedback to the Club which would help inform the Club board’s discussion on how to respond to the EFL proposals. Fans’ Council meetings would continue on a monthly basis.

May
Share Scheme / 500 Club: Alan Cecil reported that a further two applications had been received and the share scheme now has 334 investors 

Club Update: David Cook updated the meeting that Aaron Pierre had not yet signed the contract that has been offered. Note: A revised contract has since been offered.
Dressing room updates have commenced and the pitch was due to be re-done towards the end of May, and a tidy up had been planned for the training ground. 

PALS Update: JD updated the meeting that a volunteer day is planned for Sunday 9th July in conjunction with Michael Davies. This will also act as a recruitment day for the club (seeking stewards/ F&B staff etc). 

WWSET/ Ladies:  A manager/ coach is being sought for the WW Ladies team.

AOB: Alan Cecil reported that while the sale of matchday badges was lower this season than last season, it still generated £1,714 for the Trust, and it was agreed that the arrangements should continue for the 2017-18 season.
Easy Fundraising had also generated an additional £375 for the Trust in the past year.

The Trust Board will convene again later this month for their June meeting and a summary of discussions will be published in due course.

May
12

Thanks To Those We Have Lost

As the 2016-17 season draws to a close, it is perhaps a fitting time to remind ourselves of those we have lost over this period.

Many tributes have been paid to former WWFC President Monty Seymour who died in January.

Also we have already acknowledged the passing of a number of supporters – Glen Fyrth, Charles Broadbridge, Pete Sheridan and Dorothy Carpenter.

To that list now needs to be added the name of David Symons, the sad passing of whom in June 2016 has only just reached us. David had been a great supporter of the club over many years, a Founder Shareholder, Football Club Shareholder, Trust Member and a contributor to the Trust Share Scheme.

A former pupil of Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, a graduate of Leeds and Thames Valley Universities, David worked for many years for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, a role which in recent years took him to Cyprus where he was CWGC’s Director for the Mediterranean Area.

His widow Elspeth has now kindly agreed to donate all David’s shares to the Club and Trust for which we are very grateful. She is proud to have kept and to cherish one of the players’ ‘anthem jackets’ which bears David’s name, as he was one of the first 150 to sign up for the Share Scheme back in 2014.

The Trust lost another member with the death of Reginald R Fawkes who passed away peacefully on Sunday 7th May at The Royal Berkshire Hospital aged 95.
Predeceased by his wife Dolores, he will be missed by his daughter Deborah, son in law Alan and step grandson Michael. 

May
12

Trust Board Backs The Changes

Although the Trust Board won’t hold its normal monthly meeting until later in May, the Directors have unanimously agreed to release the following statement:

“Following the recent announcements of the changes to the board of WWFC, the Trust Directors would like to express publicly to Andrew Howard our appreciation for the tremendous work he has done over the last three years as Chairman of WWFC, and to Trevor Stroud for agreeing to take on the role.

We have great confidence in them both and wish them every success in their new roles.

The progress which the club has made in the past three seasons is due in no small part to the relationships which have built up between the two of them and Gareth, and we are delighted that Andrew is keen to continue working with us in the position of Sporting Director.”

May
10

Change of Football Club Chairman

A restructure of the Wycombe Wanderers FC board of directors will see Trevor Stroud take over as club chairman from the 1st of August. 

Current club chairman Andrew Howard, who has held the post for three years, will remain on the board and move into a new position as Sporting Director, overseeing the performance and development of all football matters.

Stroud, a club director and also chairman of Wycombe Wanderers Trust, will now take overall responsibility for the running of the club as it moves into the fourth year of a five-year plan to achieve sustainability on and off the field in League 1.

Howard explains: “I have been immensely proud to be chairman of Wycombe Wanderers and found it to be a challenging but extremely rewarding three years. Together I feel we have developed a really professional organisation and are moving towards an infrastructure which will be capable of operating at a higher level.

“However, the time has come for me to focus my efforts on the football side of the business, working in a new role which Gareth and his staff, with the support of the board, have devised in order to give us all the best possible chance of continuing the excellent progress on the pitch.

“We put the five-year plan in place to provide a real focus for everyone involved with the club, and I have done all I can in the past three years to develop the club as a whole with a particular focus on the commercial side. I’m excited to now help evolve the playing side and giving all the help I can to our outstanding young manager and his talented, dedicated and hungry staff.

“Trevor is the right person to succeed me as chairman; he represents the fanbase superbly and is backed by two strong boards – the club and the Trust – who are working extremely hard to maximise this club’s potential, with the support of the staff, fans and volunteers.”

 

May
7

How to Get Your Trust Share Certificate

Members who have paid into the Share Scheme during the 2016-17 tax year (ended 5th April 2017) are entitled to a Share Certificate and where requested a form to claim back 30% of their investment against any tax they have paid in that year.

This paperwork has all now been prepared and some have been collected or sent out. Those members still awaiting theirs who didn’t collect them from the Trust Table in the Caledonian Suite before Saturday’s game with Cambridge will need to wait for them to be posted out this coming week.

Many thanks for helping and for your investments into the Football Club via the Share Scheme.

It’s not too late to join in the Share Scheme. Click here for all the details, including brochure and forms

ARE YOU GETTING YOUR SHARE!

 

Apr
8

Trust Directors Sponsor ‘Sweet Luke O’Nien’

Luke O’Nien with Directors during the Wycombe Wanderers Player Sponsors End of Season Dinner at Adams Park, High Wycombe, England on 6 April 2017. Photo by David Horn / PRiME Media Images.

The Trust Directors have again personally sponsored the home shirt of Luke O’Nien this season and a good number of them were present at the Player Kit Sponsors Dinner on Thursday night.

Pictured (l to r) with Luke are David Roberton, Alan Cecil, David Cook, John Bignell, Trevor Stroud and Dale Jenkins.

Thanks to Prime Media Images for the photograph.

Along with a good number of other sponsors, the Trust Directors pledged on the night to renew their sponsorship for next season, though this will need to be ratified at the next Trust Board meeting. The cost of this sponsorship is met by the directors themselves and not out of Trust funds.