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Dec
14

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

Wycombe Wanderers fans have 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 over £25,000 already this season, from 158 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 – Programme signed by player chosen by the winner TBC

18th Dec– A pair of Scott Brown goalie gloves – TBC

20th Dec – Signed personalised plaque

22nd Dec – TBC

24th Dec – 2018 Calendar signed by Gareth and/or the playing squad

26th Dec – Director for the Day

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.

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.”

 

Apr
19

Ordinary & Founder WWFC Shareholders – A Copy of the Club’s 2015/16 Annual Accounts

The Club has recently emailed its’ 2015/16 audited accounts to all WWFC Ordinary and Founder Shareholders for whom it has email addresses. With 64% of all shareholders having an email address, this is clearly a cost effective way of reaching the majority of the WWFC shareholder base.

  • If you are a WWFC shareholder and haven’t received a copy, but have an email address, then please provide it to david_f_cook@msn.com when our records will be updated and a copy emailed to you
  • If you are a WWFC shareholder but don’t have an email address, then you may access a copy of the Club’s abbreviated accounts at the Companies House website https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/  using Company Number 5132509 as the search criteria.

Feb
16

Football Club Accounts 2015-16 Published

Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited (“WWFC”) has now filed with Companies House its audited accounts for the year ended 30th June 2016.

A copy of these abbreviated accounts can be viewed by clicking here or on the link at the top of our home page to our Share Offer information page.

WWFC is not required to file its Full Accounts and these are not publicly published in line with the view taken by many other League Clubs who also choose not to place themselves at a competitive disadvantage with their rivals.

Copies of the Full Accounts are now being sent by email to Founder and Ordinary Shareholders of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited.

Questions on the accounts were invited at the time of the Finance Forum in December 2016 (after the Trust AGM) and very few people chose to turn up and/or question anything. Should any shareholder, Trust Member or indeed fan of WWFC wish to ask about anything in the Full Accounts, then please contact Group Finance Director, Mark Burrell by email to mark@wycombewandererstrust.com

Jan
13

Monty Seymour – Club President – R.I.P

John D Taylor, vice-chairman of the Ex-Players Association, remembers the great Monty Seymour, who passed away on Thursday night aged 102.

“Wycombe Wanderers management, directors, players, former heroes and fans have all been paying tribute after the death was announced of Club President Monty Seymour just four months short of his 103rd birthday.

Happily, he lived long enough to see the club make a permanent tribute to his role by transforming the old Centre Spot and Scores Bar into Monty’s to honour the man whose official association with the club goes back to the 1950s and to Wycombe’s hey-day as the top amateur club in the South.

Inside, great moments in the club’s history are traced – from its formation in 1884, through the FA Amateur Cup Finals of 1931 and 1957, the eight Isthmian League title wins, FA Trophy glory at Wembley under Martin O’Neill, the transformation into a successful professional side and eventual elevation to the Football League in 1993. Monty Seymour played a significant role in most of these milestone moments.

Born on May 11, 1914 in humble surroundings on a farm near Marlow, he won a place at Borlase School before becoming a successful pharmacist in High Wycombe. Always a fan, he became the Wanderers’ President in 1966 – only the tenth since 1898 – and celebrated 50 years in that role in 2016.

Having served in Burma, the Second World War hero played a major role in setting up the Wycombe Royal British Legion Club where he was also President for over 50 years. Made an honorary Burgess of the town in 2002, the highest honour the Mayor can hand out, Monty also played a major role with the Wycombe Guarantors, the Rotary Club and the Charter Trustees over the years as well as heading the club’s annual Poppy Appeal.

At his 100th birthday in 2014, he was given a special party at Adams Park attended by his 12 great-grandchildren, eight grandchildren and three children – the highlight being a message from the Queen. Former Wanderers’ chairman Ivor Beeks gave him a club shirt with the No 100 printed on the back and described him as “An incredible person with an appetite for all the good things in life.” Ex-Wycombe manager and chairman Brian Lee described Monty as “A gentleman, and a very generous gentleman.”

The club is in the process of making arrangements for a series of special tributes to take place at the fixture against Luton Town on Saturday 21st January at Adams Park. It is hoped that members of his famiily will be able to attend.

A minute’s applause has been arranged at all EFL clubs ahead of kick-off tomorrow in memory of former England manager Graham Taylor, who passed away this week. This will be observed at Adams Park as planned.

Out of respect for both Graham Taylor and Monty Seymour – and their families and friends – the two tributes will be kept apart and therefore Wanderers will pay their respects to Monty at the match on 21st January.

A book of condolence will be opened at Adams Park in the coming days for visitors to contribute to.

Jan
1

500 Club Showing Its Worth As Jamal Stays On

Speaking on the news that loan goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has had his loan period from Chelsea extended until the end of this season, Manager Gareth Ainsworth had this to say:

“There’s a lot of work to be done in January to keep this squad as strong as it can be and to give us a real chance of achieving something in the second half of the season.
The 500 Club has played a massive part so far and I’d like to thank everyone who’s contributed because the fans here can make such a difference.”

The 500 Club was set up to bolster Gareth’s playing budget, initially in the January 2017 window, and we already seen the Scott Kashket and Jamal Blackman deals.

If you can help boost the sum already raised for this purpose then please go to www.500wanderers.co.uk

Dec
5

500 Club Helps Secure Kashket Deal

scott-kashketWycombe Wanderers Trust chairman Trevor Stroud says the club’s signing of striker Scott Kashket on a long-term contract underlines the importance of the 500 Club initiative.

Kashket put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year contract on Monday afternoon after an outstanding spell in the light and dark blue quarters, scoring nine times in nine appearances since joining in August.

Contributions from supporters into the 500 Club have enabled the Chairboys to commit to the signing of the 20-year-old striker, and Stroud says he hopes fans will realise the significance of the part they have been playing.

“The 500 Club is a fantastic initiative which gives fans the opportunity to shape the future of their club on the pitch,” he said. “We all know the limitations on the playing budget and Gareth and his staff have done a fantastic job in assembling the squad which is currently producing some superb results and performances in both the league and two cups.

“Keeping Scott at Adams Park is a major success story of the 500 Club but we want there to be many more, and I would urge any supporter who hasn’t yet contributed to dig deep and put their £150 into the pot to keep this momentum moving forward.”

The 500 Club asks for contributions of £150 per person – payable as a one-off sum or via monthly instalments – with assorted rewards on offer from a series of prize draws which recognise the support of those who have played their part.

Launched in September, the initiative is aimed at raising £75,000 for the playing budget, to be used in the January transfer window. More than half of the target has so far been raised with four weeks to go until the window opens.

To sign up to the 500 Club, visit 500wanderers.co.uk, or visit the Trust table inside the Caledonian Suite on home matchdays.

Dec
1

Q & A with Club Chairman

andrew-howardAfter the formal business of the Trust AGM had been completed (report and slides to follow) , the Football Club Chairman Andrew Howard answered a variety of questions from audience. Here is a summary of those questions and answers.

Q1:      A hostess in the Woodlands Suite has recently resigned, are you able to explain the reason?

A1: (AH) It would be wrong to discuss individual staff matters in a public forum, but I will make enquiries to understand the reasons.

Q2:      If there were surplus cash, would there be sufficient to recover all or part of the Training Ground?

A2: (AH) There is no obvious benefit to the Club regaining ownership of the Training Ground, whilst there are other areas of the Club that require investment, particularly since the Club enjoys a preferential rent arrangement for a period that best suits the Club.

Q3: Are we benefiting from having Reading FC use Adams Park?

A3: (AH) Yes, revenue has gone some way to offsetting the reduction in income following Wasps’ departure and the arrangement will continue to be reviewed to ensure that the pitch is not adversely affected

Q4: What are the Club’s thoughts on how to increase attendances beyond the current average of ~3,500?

A4: (AH) The Club considers the current average gate to be poor, given that it exists within a 176k catchment area. Whilst the team’s current performance should go some way to improving attendance it appreciates that we need to do more to encourage the local community and to that end, 350 youngsters were invited to the Hartlepool game and it is currently working with local schools to generate interest.

Q5: What are the plans to introduce ‘everyday’ merchandise into the Club Shop?

A5: (AH) We have just signed off a range of products in time for Christmas. It should be noted that, under the arrangement with O’Neills, all profit from the shop now comes directly into the Club.

Q6: Is there any possibility of the Club Shop being reinstated in the Eden Centre?

A6: (AH) Pop Up shops are a great idea. Unfortunately, we can’t do that in time for Christmas, but we will consider the possibility in the New Year. We would probably need to staff such a facility with volunteers.

Q7: A comment, rather than a question, the real ale corner in the Caledonian Suite is a great success and food is also good.

A7: (AH) Away fans spend 3 times as much as home fans! We are constantly looking to improve our product and its’ delivery to fans so your comment and constructive feedback is appreciated

Q8: Is there likely to be any financial recognition by the EFL of the status of Trust Owned Clubs?

A8: (AH) No, the EFL does not take account of the detail of ownership, providing such ownership satisfies the EFL’s standards.

Q9: The 500 Club, requires that fans invest £12.50 pm, what difference would raising £75k make?

A9: (AH) Gareth manages his playing budget very well. Having that kind of sum made available to him would allow him to extend the contracts of those loan players that he is very keen to retain.

Q10: Has the EFL been able to explain the fixture setting process which, for instance, sees us having only one home league fixture in December?

A10: (AH) We make regular submission to the EFL and resist requests from other Clubs for rearrangements that are not in our own best interests, but find it very difficult to achieve change with the EFL where fixture rules are concerned.

Q11: Have there been any lessons learnt for the Jordan Ibe deal?

A11: (AH) There have been lessons learnt by both the EFL and ourselves and it is likely that our experience will result in the EFL restructuring certain aspects of transfer rules

Q12: What is the Club’s view on the Checkatrade Trophy?

A12: (AH) It works for us, those members of the squad who might not always start or who are returning from injury get a chance to play. Winning earns significant financial reward and it is a better mechanism for developing U21 talent

Q13: If the Checkatrade Trophy is seen to be a success, will it lead to B teams appearing in our League?

A13: (AH) No, the EFL has abandoned the concept of the Whole Game Solution. The majority of Clubs in L1 and 2 would have voted against it anyway

Q14: Is the Club able to influence the current standard of refereeing?

A14: (AH) The Club has made and will continue to make its’ views known

Q15: The Club no longer publicizes its’ matches or events within the town, what can be done?

A15: (AH) The use of social media to publicise the Club is more cost effective and is now common practice across all businesses and we continue to develop partnerships that will further improve that practice.

Q16: Could you explain the revised lottery scheme?

A16: (AH) The aim is, in common with a number of other Clubs, to move to a web-based system. All profits will still come back into the Club.

Q17: With the renaming of the Caledonian Suite, what type of tartan can we expect J?

A17: (AH) Whilst we have a good deal in place with Heineken, it doesn’t require us to lay a new carpet!

Q18: What playing squad protection do we have if we lose any of the loan players?

A18: (AH) The Club is already working very hard to retain those players currently on loan to us

Q19: There is a fan who believes that our Chairman already owns the Club, is that true?

A19: (AH) I cannot be more vocal on the fact that I do not own the Club!

Oct
17

Did You Miss The Fans Forum?

wwfc 1The Football Club has published a summary of the questions asked and answers given at last week’s Fans Forum when the panel comprised Gareth Ainsworth, Paul Hayes, Dayle Southwell and Club Chairman Andrew Howard.

Click here for the report