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Mar
29

Local Lad Makes His Debut

Matt Ingram

One of the disappointments of last Saturday’s game at Burton being postponed was that it prevented Matt Ingram from making his professional debut for his home town team. With Jordan Archer being away on Scotland Under 21 duty, this was the ideal chance for the 19-year-old goalkeeper to make his first appearance.

However with Archer having been recalled by Tottenham Hotspur, Matt was called up to make his debut today against Accrington and he will likely now be Wycombe’s first choice goalie for the rest of this season.

His debut looked like being a successful one as he barely got his gloves dirty in a game of few chances. Then in the 94th minute the young goalie was beaten by a shot from just inside the penalty box from a player who was perhaps lucky still to be on the pitch after he kicked out at Ingram early in the game, only to receive a yellow card.

Matt had been recalled from a highly successful loan spell at Blue Square North side Oxford City, where he had put in several outstanding performances.

The former John Hampden School pupil who was born in Wycombe Hospital and brought up in the area, still lives in Hazlemere.  Matt has been at Wycombe Wanderers since he was 12 and been working his way up the ladder.

Mar
4

Winding Up Petition – WWFC issues a Club Statement

The club have released the following statement this evening:

“Wycombe Wanderers can confirm that the HMRC have advertised the club’s overdue taxes.

The club are working with the HMRC to settle this amount and matters are progressing towards an amicable and workable end.

As stated previously, the club had great difficulty releasing funds held within the assets owned by Wycombe Wanderers Trust via Frank Adams Legacy Limited, but these are now being unwound and will allow the club to operate with ample working capital.”

Feb
25

Football Club Cash Position & The Training Ground Q&A

Certain information has been issued to Trust members by email today about the need to quickly raise some cash.

Some questions have been asked as a result and a Q&A has now been compiled.

Training_Ground_Q&A_25022013

Sep
29

Gaz’s Message to the Trust

Following a congratulatory email sent from our Chairman Trevor about his appointment as Caretaker Manager, Gareth “Gaz” Ainsworth has replied with this message for the WW Trust, its’ members and all fans:

“I will give everything I have got as always, if we work hard enough and show enough passion we will make our own luck and results will follow.
I really appreciate the chance you have all given me.”

Sep
14

Trust Delighted as Wasps Deal Completes

Following months of speculation, the Trust is really pleased to be working with London Wasps as confirmed tenants at Adams Park for the next 2 years at least. 

What does this mean? London Wasps will pay to use our excellent facilities. Their fans will see no difference in the service from the sale of tickets to the delivery of food and beverage departments. 

Improved match day menus for both sets of supporters and better value for money on match day drinking following the reduction in prices. 

Well done to all involved and here to successful seasons for London Wasps and of course, Wycombe Wanderers

Click here to read the BBC’s full report.

 

Aug
23

Chairman’s Welcome

For those who didn’t get a copy of “1887“, our Official Matchday Programme, here is a repeat of the welcome message from the WWFC Co-Chairman and Trust Director Don Woodward.

It gives me great pleasure – and pride – to welcome you to the first competitive fixture at Adams Park as co-chairman of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, following the successful takeover of the club by the Trust over the summer. Placing the ownership of the club back into the supporters’ hands is what you wanted, and I’m delighted that we were able to make it happen. 

The philosophy of the Trust, the directors and the staff here at the club is simple – we want to rebuild our reputation as a family club, one which puts it supporters first and actively engages with them, something which has lost its way in recent years. We also want to attract more people to Adams Park, and whether it be Wycombe fans, supporters of opposition clubs or guests visiting our conference centre, everybody will be welcomed with open arms. 

To achieve those goals, we are making a number of changes to the way the club is run – many of them will work, some might not, but they are all worth a try. The important thing is that you, the fans, have a huge part to play in making this club what you want it to be. 

Over the past few weeks and months, we have been deluged with positivity through meetings with the council, ex-players, sponsors and fans, who are all embracing what we are aiming to build here. I have had more than 50 individual offers of time and help from volunteers and haven’t yet managed to act on more than one or two of them, but please bear with me and don’t lose heart – we will be in touch to take you up on your generosity. 

The six weeks since the takeover have been spent settling the finances and the business side of the club, enabling us to work more closely with existing suppliers and partners, and reach out to new ones. There have been changes to the staff structure which required some very tough decisions, but ultimately the club has had to cut costs and must now seek to deliver an improved service with fewer people in place than when we arrived. It won’t be easy, but we’ll get there. 

On the pitch, it was fantastic to get the league campaign off to a fine start at York on Saturday, and Gary has worked extremely hard throughout the summer to put together a fantastic, spirited squad with a brilliant blend of youth and experience. We have a club, a manager and a team to be proud of, and throughout the season we must all do what we can to be supportive, introduce new fans to the club, and help secure the long-term future of Wycombe Wanderers. 

Enjoy the game,
Don

Our small but magnificent Media team work long and hard to put together each matchday programme, which this year includes a number of new regular features.They are supported by a number of guest writers, including the Manager and players, Steve Wilson plus Greg Burns from the Buckinghamshire Advertiser. Also worth a read is “Story of the Blues” which started its series with ‘How It all Began’. There is also a special ‘Kids Corner’ page for our younger fans.

The next edition of 1887 will be on sale around the ground on Saturday priced at £3. Grab your copy and enjoy a good read!

Jul
10

WWFC Accounts FYE 30.6.11 Published

The Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Ltd audited accounts for the year ended 30th June 2011 have now been filed with Companies House and are therefore available for publishing in the public domain.

Click here to read those accounts, obtained from Companies House website and with appropriate copyright status acknowledged.

It was the late filing of these accounts that originally caused our two representatives to resign their Directorships from the Club Board in March and which also led to the transfer embargo being imposed. Thankfully that has now been lifted.

Jul
4

Fans Meeting – How We Got the Deal Done

For those of you who were unable to attend either of this week’s meetings, here are the slides as presented to fans at the open meeting on Tuesday.

Fans Meeting(pdf)                       Fans Meeting(powerpoint)

Click here for the Questions and Answers from both meetings combined.

Jun
29

Wycombe Wanderers Trust Acquires Wycombe Wanderers Football Club

Wycombe Wanderers Trust Ltd, hereafter referred to as “The Trust”, is pleased to announce that it has succeeded in completing the acquisition of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Ltd.

In a deal of significant value, the Trust has acquired the Ground, Training Ground and Club, and is delivering the long term protection of the generous Frank Adams gift. Both Frank Adams Legacy Limited and Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Ltd start the 2012/13 season with positive Balance Sheets.

Trust Chairman, Trevor Stroud commented: “The Trust is delighted to take control of Wycombe Wanderers, especially in the club’s 125th anniversary year. The plan is to work to a break-even model which will secure a sound financial footing for the club. I would like to express our appreciation to Steve Hayes for the considerate and constructive approach he has taken throughout the acquisition process. In addition, we wish to place on record our recognition of the contribution made by Mr Hayes to the club’s achievements during his tenure, and to Ivor Beeks and Brian Kane for their significant contributions in the negotiation process.”

Steve Hayes responded: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time, firstly as managing director and then as owner, and my support for the club will continue to be just as passionate as ever. I’m extremely confident that the club are in the best possible hands and wish the Trust every success in control of a club which I hold close to my heart.”

Under the deal that has been agreed, the Trust will form a holding company, which will control two separate entities, the Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, which will run the footballing operations and Frank Adams Legacy Ltd, which will be responsible for Adams Park, the Training Ground and the heritage aspects of the club. The Trust is delighted to announce that Karen Adams has agreed to serve on the Board of Frank Adams Legacy Ltd.

Details of the operating structure of all three bodies will be announced in due course, however in broad outline, the deal has succeeded in achieving the following objectives:

  • To takeover all the business activities related to Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Ltd including its’ properties
  • To stabilise the current trading position
  • To reinstate the enshrined rights and with it the Frank Adams legacy by preserving the ownership of Adams Park and, additionally, to retain ownership of the training facility
  • to enter season 2012/13 with accounts for 2010/11 signed off and the 2011/12 accounts, prepared in accordance with the regulatory timetable, leaving Wycombe Wanderers FC with a positive balance sheet.


More detail will be provided at Monday evening’s Trust members meeting
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Notes:

Background

  • The Trust was formed from the merger, in 2008, of Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Trust and the Wycombe Wanderers Founders Trust, with the express purpose of representing the views of supporters and protecting the long term interests of the Club. This has been our guiding principle during negotiations.
  •  With immediate effect, the Trust assumes full responsibility for the day to day running of the football club and will be entering into further, detailed discussion with all parties affected by the change of ownership.
  • In addition, the Trust will be enjoying the benefits of advice from Supporters Direct and other bodies and individuals having the interests of the football club at heart and other Trusts who have assumed similar control or influence.

   Looking Forward

  • Over the past few years, Wycombe Wanderers has made significant operating losses. The Trust is committed to reversing that trend and will be aiming for financial break even as soon as possible. There will be close examination of running costs and every opportunity for increasing revenue will be explored. The Trust’s objective is to live within its’ means and to ensure stability and security in all aspects of its’ operations, both on and off the field of play. This is a time for financial prudence and consolidation, but equally, a time for optimism as we enter a challenging phase in the Club’s future.
  • Never has support for Wycombe Wanderers Football Club been more important than now. This continues to be a fans’ and family club. The Trust is determined to recognise and retain the values of its’ long and eventful history. Support during the forthcoming 2012/13 season, the season that sees us celebrate the club’s 125th anniversary, is vital. Our visits to Wembley and our Semi Final at Villa Park in 2001 saw tens of thousands turn out. Let’s improve our home game attendance this season. Financially, and in terms of the growth in confidence, an increased attendance would have a massive impact.
  • Join the Trust now by visiting http://www.wycombewandererstrust.com/trust-membership/ or by contacting the Membership Secretary at the Registered Office address below. Any Trust member having time, skills or a willingness to support the club in any capacity should contact the Trust at secretary@wycombewandererstrust.com

Wycombe Wanderers Trust Limited,  3 Kingswood Place · High Wycombe · Bucks · HP13 7SR
Registered Office as above · Registered in England & Wales No. 05190371
Email: secretary@wycombewandererstrust.com · Telephone: 07973 961068
Website: www.wycombewandererstrust.com · twitter: @wwtrust

Jun
16

Honour for the WWFC Chairman

On behalf of all Wanderers fans, past and present, the Trust would like to congratulate Ivor Beeks, the Chairman of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club on the award of an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honoursfor services to football and the community in High Wycombe

Ivor, who turned 70 last November, has been Chairman of the Football Club since about 1987 making him the longest serving chairman in the club’s history.

A great honour for Ivor and for Wycombe Wanderers.

Jun
8

Centre of Excellence Closes

Wycombe Wanderers and Wycombe Wanderers Trust have reluctantly taken the joint decision to close the club’s Centre of Excellence with immediate effect.

Due to the club’s financial limitations, together with the increased demands of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) for the forthcoming season, the club and the Trust – who are finalising a deal to take over the club – feel it will no longer be able to sustain youth development at any age level going forward.

Whilst the current Centre of Excellence structure requires significant backing to operate each year, the new EPPP rules would demand increased investment to meet new criteria.

The ruling will also see the introduction of a new policy for transfer fees for players under the age of 18. If a fee cannot be agreed between two clubs, a limit of around £70,000 will be the amount that Football League clubs will be able to receive for a player which it has spent time, effort and financial resources in developing. With this rule in place, the club expects that more and more fees will not be agreed and be settled under this new requirement.

Wanderers were opposed to the EPPP from the outset, voting against the proposal at a meeting alongside fellow Football League clubs in October. However, the ruling was passed and the club believes it is certain to change the way in which Football League clubs are able to operate at youth level.

The long-term stability of the club is the number one priority and all resources are going towards ensuring the club is financially secure. Both parties understand this is extremely disappointing news, but it was unavoidable in ensuring the club becomes sustainable.

The club will do all in its power to assist in helping players find new teams, whilst they also reserve the opportunity to offer professional contracts to selected scholars.

Wanderers have established a reputation for having one of the best youth departments in the Football League, having developed and handed professional debuts to the likes of Roger Johnson, Matt Phillips, Jordon Ibe and Kadeem Harris, who are now at Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackpool, Liverpool and Cardiff City respectively.

In the current squad, Matt McClure, Jesse Kewley-Graham, Anthony Stewart, Josh Scowen and Charles Dunne have also all come through the ranks at Adams Park and made their first-team debuts in the last two years.

The club would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff, who will now be leaving as a consequence of the closure of the department, in helping to build a well-respected Centre of Excellence and wish them every success for the future.

May
14

Press Release

Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and Wycombe Wanderers Trust are pleased to issue the following joint statement:

Wycombe Wanderers can today announce that the Club and its owner Steve Hayes are in the final stages of negotiations to complete a deal which would see the Club taken over by Wycombe Wanderers Trust.

Whilst there remain a number of issues to be resolved and agreed, including agreement from WWFC shareholders regarding possible changes to their shareholder rights, to enable the deal to take place, both parties are confident a deal can be finalised in the coming weeks.

The deal is designed to preserve the Frank Adams legacy of Adams Park for Wycombe Wanderers, ahead of the Club’s 125th year anniversary next season.

Wycombe Wanderers Trust Chairman, Trevor Stroud said: “We believe we are in a strong position to take the Club and Adams Park forward under the Trust’s stewardship and we are pleased with the favourable terms being offered by Steve Hayes in this process. Whilst we work towards making this deal happen and we focus on key financial and legal matters, there will be no further comment from the Trust until such time as a deal has been finalised.”

Wycombe Wanderers owner Steve Hayes said: “I am confident that Wycombe Wanderers Trust are the right people to take the Club forward. For now the focus of everyone involved is to ensure the deal is completed as quickly as possible. In keeping with the Trust, the Club and I will make no further comment until such time as a deal has been finalised”