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Nov
30

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.

Nov
30

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.

Nov
15

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.

Aug
25

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

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!

 

Mar
27

500 Club – Target Reached!

Chairboys supporters have achieved the target of raising £75,000 for the playing budget through the 500 Club initiative. 

A huge thank you to all fans who’ve supported the 500 Club as we hit the £75,000 target on Saturday 25th March. This huge contribution to the playing budget has allowed Gareth to strengthen the squad in January and help provide a platform to enable us to aim for the play offs. An amazing 439 fans have joined the 500 Club and made donations to the playing budget.

Launched in September, the 500 Club invited fans to commit at least £150 – either as a one-off payment or in monthly instalments – to be spent on new signings and/or players’ contracts, with Scott Kashket (right) and Dominic Gape amongst those whose deals at Adams Park were part-funded by the scheme.

Contributors have been rewarded along the way by a series of prize draws, and each fan has received a signed squad photo as a thank you for their show of support.

The latest prize winner is Phil Holman, who has been selected as the 500 Club’s representative at the player kit sponsors’ dinner next week, with the 500 Club sponsoring Kashket’s away shirt.

All 500 Club members have been invited to a private event with the players in the Caledonian Suite at Adams Park after the match against Mansfield Town on Friday 14th April, which includes a meal, raffle, speeches and the presentation of the 500 Club Player of the Year, voted for by contributors.

Any members who have not yet confirmed their attendance should do so by contacting Nigel Kingston at nigel@ascom.net or 01494 677160. When replying, please state your nomination for your 500 Club Player of the Year.

See the 500 Club website for more details about the initiative: 500wanderers.co.uk

Feb
8

Trust Directors Talk Us Through Their Roles – Part 9

The latest Trust Director to have had their piece published in the Matchday programme and then on here is John Derben.   John outlined his role on the board of Wycombe Wanderers Trust as follows:

“Good afternoon and welcome to the fans of Portsmouth FC – my old stomping ground when in my teens I saw them win back-to-back Division 1 Championships in 1948/49 and 1949/50.

My allegiance these days is with Wycombe Wanderers and has been for the past 15 years. During that time, I have served on the football club board and currently on the board of the Supporters Trust, where I have several areas of responsibility.

As chairman of the board of Frank Adams Legacy Limited, the actual owners of the stadium, I – together with my colleagues – look after the interests of the supporters. Working together, we provide financial security to the football club who lease the stadium and maintain the fabric as part of their responsibilities.

Volunteers now play a significant role in helping the club to reduce the cost of maintenance and redecoration. Volunteers also sell programmes and run the car parks, with more than 20 in total working around the stadium on matchdays. We are called PALS and have over 100 volunteers signed up. If you would like to join our happy band, contact me on 01494 441145 for the forms.

As chairman of OWWSA (the Official Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Association), I represent the fans on the Trust board and co-ordinate the activities of the PALS volunteers.

OWWSA regularly raises funds for the club through events, run by my wife Sandie, and organising a coach service to all away games, run by Rena Frontalski and Graham Roberts. This amounts to between £6,000 and £10,000 each year. If anyone would like to join OWWSA, it costs just £12 a year – Graham Roberts is your man to contact. OWWSA membership entitles you to a £4 discount on every away coach trip.

The safety aspect of the stadium is overseen by Buckinghamshire County Council through a committee called the SAG (Safety Advisory Group). All the public services play a role on the SAG – police, fire brigade, ambulance service, St John’s Ambulance and Wycombe District Council (environmental health and building surveyors departments).

The club is represented by the stadium manager Gordon Reilly and safety officer Trevor Morgan, director David Cook, and myself. I have attended the SAG for the last five years partly because of my past professional background and partly because of the work our volunteers do to protect our supporters. This is one of those tasks which goes on in the background in the overall running of the football club.

This year, Gordon, Trevor, David and I have been rewriting the safety certificate which governs all aspects of health and safety in and around the stadium. This is a mandatory document designed to protect not only our supporters and staff but all visitors to our facilities. In my role, I attend the pre-match stewards briefings and support the stadium manager and safety officer as and when required.

Life is never boring at Wycombe Wanderers. All the directors of the club and Trust boards give their time voluntarily and it’s a pleasure to work with such dedicated teams and for a dedicated band of supporters.”