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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.

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.