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May
13

High Court Hearing – Winding Up Order Dismissed

The Trust is pleased to confirm that the football club has settled its outstanding tax bill with HM Revenue & Customs.

Wanderers were represented in the High Court today (Monday) where the winding up petition that they faced was dismissed.

Joint-chairman of WWFC Don Woodward said:

“The High Court hearing was a formality and we would like to thank HMRC for their cooperation.

A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to ensure the club can progress and we are confident that plans are in place to make this happen.”

Apr
27

Chairman Don Says Thanks To You All

DonWWriting in the club’s programme ‘1887’ for today’s final game, WWFC Chairman Don Woodward expresses his thoughts at the end of the first season as a Trust owned club.

Don says: “What a year it’s been!  The fact that we stand here safe from any threat of relegation, and edging closer to long-term financial security, is a testament to everyone who has worked incredibly hard in the name of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. I think it’s only fitting to pay tribute to those people in this column.

To my fellow directors on the club and Trust boards, all of whom work voluntarily and give up huge numbers of hours to help the club make progress in a wide variety of areas. We always knew it would be tough, but we’ve overcome countless hurdles together.

To the staff who have knuckled down and worked tremendously well as a team, accepting the changes we’ve implemented with the right attitudes and continuing to provide superb service to our supporters, sponsors, partners and visitors.

To Gareth and his management team – what an achievement you have made. Inheriting a team on a downward spiral and turning the situation around in this manner shows true quality, class and togetherness. You have the support of everyone at the club, and to have Gareth as manager for the next two years is fantastic news. Keep up the good work!

To the players who have helped put a smile back on the faces of the fans, particularly the younger lads who have shown professionalism and experience beyond your years. You stuck together through the tough times, took on board what Gareth has asked of you and the end result is a united group of players who possess the talent and commitment required to push higher up the table next year.

To those volunteers who have helped us throughout the year in a number of ways. Whether it be maintaining the grounds, delivering leaflets, selling programmes, lending your expertise or any contribution of time and effort, you have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help your club and believe me, it has not gone unnoticed at all.

And to you, the supporters, who have played a massive part in shaping the way in which we are heading.

There is no finer sight than seeing Adams Park rocking after a hard-fought victory, or to see the faces of those fans who travel hundreds of miles for a memorable away-day success. This really is your club, and by continuing to get behind us (and inviting new supporters to come on board), we will carry on heading in the right direction and ensure this remains a club to be proud of for generations to come.”

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.