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Feb
20

‘We’re Wycombe Whatever’ – Please Renew Your Season Ticket for 2019-20 NOW.

The club’s owners, Wycombe Wanderers Trust, are in talks with two parties interested in taking a significant share of the club and opening a new chapter in the illustrious history of the Chairboys, with an outcome likely to be known before the end of the current season.

In the meantime, Gareth Ainsworth’s men have a job to finish on the pitch, firstly guaranteeing survival in League 1 and then potentially achieving their highest ever league finish this century, as well as preparing to strengthen the squad for the 2019/20 campaign.

And it’s business as usual off the pitch, as the club continues to work towards improving its experience for all visitors to Adams Park and strengthening its ties with the local community.

The club believes that many supporters will be sure to book their place for the new season come what may – proudly sharing the ‘We’re Wycombe, Whatever’ tagline – but for some, their allegiance to the Blues may be affected by the outcome of the investment prospects.

The Trust are keen to ensure that the values, traditions and heritage of the club are upheld whichever direction is taken, and that supporters should continue to feel proud to wear the badge and remain attached to the Wycombe Wanderers community.

So with that in mind, the club have made a pledge that anybody who buys a season ticket during the ‘early bird’ window – closing on May 4th – will be entitled to a  full refund of  their season ticket by June 30th, if they choose not to continue their support of the team in this way. Simply contact the ticket office to arrange this.

Click on this link for season ticket renewal information

Nov
20

Audited Accounts FYE 30th June 2018 – UPDATED 7.11.18 & 20.11.18

22.10.18 The Audit of Accounts for Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Group Ltd, (t/a WW Trust), Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Ltd and Frank Adams Legacy Ltd has now been completed and most of the respective boards have now signed off their annual reports (WWSGL will do theirs this week).

Copy of the accounts for WWFC Ltd has now been sent to Ordinary and Founder Shareholders of that company by email (or by post where necessary) and a copy has been placed on this website under our Share Offer heading http://www.wycombewandererstrust.com/share-offer where, since the launch of the Trust Share Scheme, all our accounts have been available.

UPDATE: 7th November 2018 The signed audited accounts for Frank Adams Legacy Limited are now available and have been added to the same page – for sake of continuity

UPDATE: 20th November 2018 Ahead of the AGM next week, the audited accounts for Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Group Ltd (t/a WW Trust) have been added to the same page as above or can be viewed via this link WWSGL – signed accounts to 30.6.18

Oct
11

Think of Wycombe Wanderers As You Plan for Christmas (and all year round too)

There are a number of exciting ways in which you can help YOUR CLUB  in the build up to Christmas 2018 from the comfort of your own home.

(Don’t forget though that the club shop at Adams Park is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, or from 10am on home matchdays.)

O’Neills (Click here for their website) is the proud supplier of the Official Wycombe Wanderers FC Kit for the 2018/19 season.
Show your support for The Blues in a home, away or goalkeeper kit.
Get kitted out like Akinfenwa with their elite fit jerseys, and make it personal with a name or number.
They also have leisurewear including skinny joggers, zip training tops and training t-shirts for kids and adults. 

 

Media Storehouse https://www.chairboysprints.co.uk/ can supply framed prints and photographic gifts featuring current and past Wycombe Wanderers FC players.

They offer a wide range of beautiful wall art and photo gifts including framed prints, canvas prints, mugs, jigsaw puzzles, cushions and much more.

 

PersonalisedFootballGifts.co.uk are providing a wide range of Wycombe Wanderers FC  personalised gift items .
These include mugs, prints, phone cases, cards, notebooks, mouse mats, engraved gifts, jigsaws, coasters and water bottles.
Click here for their website

 

Finally if you really prefer to buy a more conventional (non-WWFC) type of Christmas gift, then you can still help raise funds for your club by registering with EasyFundraising via this link   https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/wycombewandererstrust/ or via their App.

Then join over 100 other fans who have already registered so that when you shop online via the easyfundraising portal or app, you raise funds for WW Trust, which we then use to help the Football Club – and all at no extra cost to you.

Many of the major retailers take part in Easyfundraising including Amazon, M&S, Sainsburys, John Lewis and Debenhams as well as holiday sites like Hotels.com, Expedia. Lastminute.com and Booking.com

Sep
28

Mark Burrell steps down from Club and Trust Boards

Mark Burrell has taken the decision to step down from his positions as a Director on the boards of both Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and Wycombe Wanderers Trust, effective from October 8th.

Burrell joined the Trust Board having been elected by Trust members in February 2015, and joined the Football Club Board in June 2015 to work with then-Chairman Andrew Howard and Trevor Stroud to improve the operations and financial stability of the club.

Taking on the role as Group Finance Director, Mark played a pivotal role in significantly developing the financial management of the Football Club and Trust, including the day-to-day needs of the club’s working capital cashflow and strategic long-term needs in terms of funding further success and development on and off the pitch.

However, Mark feels the time is right for him to pass on the responsibility of governing the finances in order to focus his efforts on to his own business.

He said: “Being part of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club has been an amazing experience since 2015, getting to understand the detail and brutal reality of what it takes to run and fund the club, especially with the confined finances associated with being a fan-owned club.”

“I have given so much time and effort to work with others to change the club and make significant progress towards off-field financial survival and stability.”

“However, that work has come at a cost to my business and it is now right for others to take the Group finances and investment opportunities forward. I’m pleased to have played my part in delivering these opportunities at the recent Trust Members meeting  and now others will take the plans forward as a team.”

“I owe this to my business, my clients and my family as there has to be a limit to how much individuals can do as an unpaid volunteer.  I am looking forward to being able to watch Wycombe Wanderers as a fan again as we strive to make a success of our first season back in League 1.”

Chairman Trevor Stroud said: “The finances have come from a complex and extremely challenging position to a point now where we have a clear understanding, for which we owe a great deal to Mark and I’d like to place on record our sincere gratitude for the expertise and dedication he has brought to both boards.”

“Mark’s contributions have enabled us to present an attractive proposition to potential investors who may be able to take the club forward, and we thank him for everything he’s done and wish him every success and happiness for the future.”

“We will review the requirements of both boards over the coming weeks with a view to welcoming new ideas and expertise, but in the meantime, we are pleased that Martyn Broughton – who is Group Treasurer for the Trust and club – will be helping to cover Mark’s role until a long-term appointment is made.”

Sep
9

Football Finance Directors Report 2018 – from BDO

The accountancy and business advisory firm BDO recently published their Football Finance Directors Report.
“This report is about the financial health and operations of football clubs across the English and Scottish leagues, with an insight into the top priorities and concerns of these football clubs, as well as commentary on how they are responding to developments in the game.”

Wycombe Wanderers – through its Finance Director Mark Burrell – has had input into this report for the last three years.

Members may find this report interesting to read – particularly before Wednesday’s important meeting

Click here to download the report

It contains some very interesting stuff that takes some reading and further analysis, but early key findings from this year’s report include:

  • Only 50% of EPL clubs reported their financial position as ‘very healthy’, compared to 71% last year
  • Only one-in-five FLC clubs believe that, two years in, the enhanced EPL media rights have been positive for their club, with no FL2 or SP clubs sharing this view
  • 71% and 64% of FLC clubs are expecting to make losses before and after player trading respectively, which is higher than last year: three-quarters of which are spending more than two-thirds of their revenue on wages
  • No FL2 responding clubs will be profitable before player trading and less than a third will be profitable after player trading, most likely at the expense of strengthening their squads for the future
  • Fewer FL2 clubs (17%) are expecting to be profitable after player trading than was the case in 2016/17 (30%)
  • Outside the EPL, over two-thirds of Football League clubs remain dependent on their principal  shareholder to finance annual revenue shortfalls or operating losses.

Please KIV that we would have responded as a FL2 club.

May
9

GDPR Privacy Statement

Following the recent advice on the Club’s approach to the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25th May 2018, the following Privacy Statement has been agreed, which also covers information held by The Trust about its members:

Privacy Statement   Click on that link to read

Anyone having any concern in relation to data that might be held by the Club, against their name, should contact the General Manager,  in writing, at Adams Park, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP12 4HJ

Apr
5

General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)

On 25th May 2018, a new Data Privacy law is being introduced, bringing the UK in line with European legislation.

Under GDPR, every individual whose data is held, has the following rights:

  • the right to be informed about the collection and use of their personal data. 
  • the right of access to their personal data and any supplementary information.
  • the right to have personal data rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete
  • the right to enable an individual to request the deletion or removal of personal data
  • the right of individuals to obtain and reuse their personal data for their own purposes
  • the right to object to processing based on legitimate interests or direct marketing
  • the rights relating to making a decision solely by automated means

 

This explanatory statement covers the following data held by Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Group Ltd (“WWSGL”), Wycombe Wanderers Football Club (“WWFC”) and Wycombe Wanderers Ladies Football Club (“WWLFC”), known collectively, for the purpose of this statement only, as ‘the Club’:

  • WWSGL
    • Community Share Scheme Register
    • Trust Membership
    • Chairboys Funders
    • 500 Club Membership
    • Volunteers
  • WWFC
    • Sponsorship, Supplier and Customer data
    • Season Ticket Holders
    • Staff, including playing staff
    • Founder, Ordinary & Voting Shareholders
  • WWLFC
    • Player Registration

The Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) allows the use of Legitimate Interest Assessment (“LIA”) to be used as a form of consent for individuals’ data to be held and processed, providing:

  • the individual would reasonably expect such data to be held, and
  • there is minimal privacy impact

An LIA has been conducted for all data currently held and has been deemed to be an acceptable form of consent. In addition, and for the avoidance of doubt, the Club will seek opt-in consent for the use of email to advise individuals of Club events, promotions and partner offers. The Club confirms that it does not share any of the above data with any third party, other than may be legally required by UK regulatory bodies.

Further information will be provided closer to 25th May, but anyone having a concern, who believes that his or her data is held under any of the above categories, should contact the Club either by email at wwfc@wwfc.com, or in writing at Adams Park, Hillbottom Road, High Wycombe HP12 4HJ.

Dec
26

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

https://www.wycombewanderers.co.uk/news/2018/january/latest-500-club-prize-draw-winners-revealed/

Dec
22

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.

Nov
9

Lucky Winners Announced – They Joined the 500 Club 18 and Won an Evening with Bayo

The names of 2 lucky winners were drawn last Saturday in the Caledonian Suite after the post match player Q&A session and these two were chosen – Alex Hume and Kevin Skidmore.

Each of them won:

  • a FREE invite of two tickets and to meet Adebayo Akinfenwa on the evening of the club’s event on Thursday 9th November at Adams Park
  • the opportunity to come back stage and meet ‘Bayo’ before the evening event commences

The event is for Bayo to share his tales with guests following his book launch a week earlier. More details of that can be found here

Please sign up here to support the 500 Club’s boost for Gareth’s Player Budget and to put yourself in with a chance of winning this special prize.

120 fans have now joined the 500 Club 18 and between them have committed a sum of £18,150.

Please do your bit if you can by going to www.500wanderers.co.uk

Sep
8

500 Club Goes Again for 2018 Window

Chairboys fans have the opportunity once again to help play their part in the club’s on-field success by becoming a 500 Club member for the 2017/18 season.

Now in its second year, the 500 Club – an idea initiated and developed by a group of supporters – aims to raise £75,000 to be spent on new players or extending the contracts of current players, having contributed to the strengthening of the squad in the last January transfer window.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth was able to reward star striker Scott Kashket with a new deal and bring Dominic Gape and Sam Saunders to the club on permanent transfers using funds from the 500 Club, all of which are generated by the Wanderers’ loyal supporters.

500 Club ’18 is now open, inviting fans to sign up for £150 a year, either as a one-off payment or via monthly instalments of £12.50. Members will receive a 500 Club ’18 badge, entry into a number of draws with money-can’t-buy prizes, second priority (after season ticket holders) for high-demand away cup games, and an invitation to an exclusive event with the players.

Club and Trust Chairman Trevor Stroud said:

“We were blown away by the success of the 500 Club in its first year, and on behalf of Gareth and everyone at the club, I’d like to say thank you once again to everyone who contributed and played their part in keeping the squad as strong as it could be. It would be fantastic if we could achieve similar results with the 500 Club this season and make more funds available for the January transfer window.”

Visit 500wanderers.co.uk to sign up today.

Jun
20

Please Can You Help YOUR Club On Sunday 9th July

Your club needs you – so now’s the time to pledge your commitment to Wanderers’ volunteer force by signing up to the next working party at Adams Park on Sunday 9th July.

Growing in numbers each year since the takeover of the club by the Supporters Trust in 2012, the team of volunteers – known as PALS – provides the opportunity to help your club by giving up time to lend a hand, whether it be assisting with the up-keep of the stadium, supporting the staff in the office, or offering specialist expertise when the club has a particular requirement.

PALS have organised a dedicated day of work around the stadium to prepare for the new season, with tasks including painting, gardening and seat cleaning.

The session runs from 9.30am to 4pm, with lunch included, though there is no obligation to stay for the full session – all contributions of time and effort are greatly appreciated.

General manager Michael Davies said: “Everyone at the club is hugely excited for the new season and there’s plenty of work to be done to ensure the stadium is ready for the arrival of another 100,000 supporters over the course of the year.

“We’re extremely grateful to everyone who gives up their time for the club and hope to have a big turnout on July 9th for a big team effort to keep our proud home looking at its best.”

It’s estimated that PALS saves the club at least £70,000 each year in labour, based on the number of hours worked even at the minimum wage by dozens of supporters over the course of a season.

This year saw the introduction of the Volunteer of the Year trophy at the club’s annual awards dinner, which was won by Alan Hodgson for his tireless efforts both on matchdays and during the week in a number of roles.

“There is nothing better than saying ‘we did that’ when I come to support the team on matchdays,” said Alan. “It gives me a feeling of immense pride and I really feel part of the club.”

If you are able to commit for the day, the morning or the afternoon please email the club on wwfc@wwfc.com or phone 01494 472100 for more details.