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General Meeting Questions and Answers from Tuesday 10 June 2014

wwfc 1The following covers questions asked during the Football Club Q&A, following the break. Questions relating to the Trust resolution on the Share Scheme will be covered in the meeting minutes, which have been sent to Trust Members. 

General Issues – answered by Don Woodward 

Q: Can you provide an update on the Bristol Rovers issue?

A: Our view is there is no case to answer. The FA and FL are both running enquiries and we are waiting for their judgements.

Q: Do these enquiries involve any players other than Matt Phillips?

A: No.

Q: Have you incurred any legal costs in dealing with this?

A: No.

Q: Will you avoid future changes to kick off times without consultation, e.g. on Boxing Day?

A: Following discussions regarding Sky, we think a televised match at 3pm on Boxing Day is unlikely in future and therefore this particular issue is unlikely to arise again.

Q: How are season ticket sales progressing?

A: We have sold around 1500, which is on par with this stage last year.

Q: Will the volunteer activity continue now that John Derben is no longer on the Board?

A: Yes, John is still managing this work and we are very grateful to him for the great job he is doing.

Commercial Issues – answered by Andrew Howard

Q: Can we make better use of the facilities here at Adams Park to generate revenue?

A: Yes, AP is a great facility and is underused. A key focus will be match days and Wasps match days. There is some work to do to put our ‘house in order’ to develop non match day income.

Q: Will food and beverage be improved?

A: Yes, changes will be made and a questionnaire will be circulated to seek feedback.

Q: How do you plan to increase revenues to the figures in the presentation?

A: We will make changes that are right for the Club and seek your feedback, as above. On match days, it is critical to ensure the offer is right and represents good value, including for away fans. For our sponsors, we must give them real access to sell and not just the opportunity to erect a sign.

Q: The Northampton and Bristol Rovers matches demonstrated there are additional fans to be attracted back to matches. Will you be looking to build attendances?

A: Yes, we will have a plan around a clear marketing message that targets specific matches. 

Team Issues – answered by David Roberton

Q: Are we looking to re-sign Stuart Beavon?

A: We have enquired about a loan deal, but this looks unlikely and would probably be too expensive.

Q: Do you expect Anthony Stewart and Junior Morias to sign new deals?

A: We cannot be certain at this time, but in any case we are looking at alternatives. We have three specific targets and if we can sign two of these three, we will be very pleased. A left back is a priority to allow Sam Wood to play further forward. We will also use the loan market, although these deals tend to happen nearer to the start of the season.

Q: With our playing budget being cut, what do you anticipate will be our league position?

A: Higher than last year! We will have a smaller squad and injury prevention and fewer suspensions will be important. We are though very confident that Gareth will deliver a much better season, with his own increased experience and the opportunity to shape his own squad.

Q: Are you recruiting a new first team physio?

A: Yes, at the moment.


Financial Statements for Period Ended 30th June 2013

The audited accounts have now been filed at Companies House and are therefore available in the public domain.

These were circulated to our members prior to the Trust AGM in February but can now be viewed via the following links:


Trust Logo  Wycombe Wanderers Trust Accounts to 30 June 2013
  These statements consolidate the accounts of Wycombe Wanderers Trust
Limited and all of its subsidiaries.


wwfc 1 Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Accounts to 30 June 2013



Frank Adams LogoFrank Adams Legacy Limited Accounts to 30 June 2013


WWFC Publishes Audited Accounts to 30.6.12

WWFCThe Football Club has now filed at Companies House, the audited accounts of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club Limited for the year ended 30th June 2012.

That date is of course the day after the Wycombe Wanderers Trust took over ownership of the company and whilst reference is made to this fact and related transactions that took place, the financial figures represent the trading period prior to the Trust taking control.

The accounts can be reviewed via this link WWFC Accounts to 30.6.12


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.”


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.”


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.


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.”


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.



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.”


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.



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,

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!


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.