Wycombe Wanderers Trust
Find out more from the parent company of Wycombe Wanderers and Frank Adams Legacy.
- Wycombe Wanderers Trust took over Wycombe Wanderers Football Club on 29th June 2012 from Steve Hayes.
- Wycombe Wanderers Trust owns Wycombe Wanderers FC (the trading entity) and Adams Park as separate entities.
Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board is made up of the following directors:
Alan Cecil - firstname.lastname@example.org
David Cook - email@example.com
John Derben - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Hector - email@example.com
Nigel Kingston - firstname.lastname@example.org
David Roberton - email@example.com
David Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lawrie Read - email@example.com
- Ownership of Adams Park (professionally assessed at £7million) is held within Frank Adams Legacy Limited (“FALL”). There is a separate FALL Board, currently under reconstruction.
- Most major debts of the Trust sit under FALL, secured by charges on Adams Park, but Wycombe Wanderers Trust also has some debts to pay.
- Wycombe Wanderers Trust relies on rental income from WWFC (the trading entity) to gradually pay down its creditors and loans via FALL (for example Chairboys Funders interest).No takeover or change in ownership can proceed without 75% approval from all Legacy Members.
- Legacy Members are members who are in their fourth (at least) consecutive year of holding a season ticket. Legacy membership is retained in future years as long as season ticket holding continues. There are approximately 570 Legacy Members at present.
- A uniquely structured members club; one of only four fan owned clubs in the Football League.
- Wycombe Wanderers Trust became a Community Benefit Society during 2014 as this allows us to raise capital by selling shares to our members (see under Functions, below).
- Our full registered name is Wycombe Wanderers Supporters Group Limited. We had to adopt this name as part of the process of registering as a society, but we have kept Wycombe Wanderers Trust as our day to day trading name for everyone’s convenience.
- Wycombe Wanderers Trust does not run the football club.
Wycombe Wanderers Football Club’s operations are managed by Andrew Howard (WWFC Chairman) and its employees.
Only the Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board can appoint and remove individuals from and to the WWFC club board (WWFC’s Club Board is made up of Andrew Howard, Ivor Beeks, Mark Burrell, Trevor Stroud and David Cook).
Since Wycombe Wanderers Trust, and its Board, does not run the football club, the Trust’s job is to create an environment which will help WWFC to succeed.
This is done in a number of ways:
- Providing governance over its subsidiary companies – WWFC and FALL – and also support WWSET– our Community Trust which has charity status.
- Providing support to WWFC, for example volunteer forces to reduce costs; aiding and assisting WWFC’s employees through “WWFC PALS” as and when required.
- Undertaking other fundraising initiatives, for example sale of matchday badges and voluntary Trust member initiatives – to raise income.
- Communicating with members via emails, members meetings and visibility. Trust board directors will be held to account by Trust members and a third of the Wycombe Wanderers Trust Board directors retire by rotation at each AGM.
- Seeking to grow and expand our membership and therefore widen the fan ownership base in the community, particularly the younger and the future generation of supporters.
- Ensure members are consulted about and vote on the designated key issues affecting the football club (listed in the Trust Rules on the Wycombe Wanderers Trust website).
- Raising funds via the Share Scheme – to secure the working capital to allow Wycombe Wanderers Football Club to move towards breakeven (or a small profit) and allow the football club to pay its rent as scheduled to pay down remaining debts/ loans.
Latest Trust News
Trust provide investment update14 March 2019
Wycombe Wanderers Trust have tonight issued the following statement:
Trust confirm second investment bid7 March 2019
Wycombe Wanderers Trust have issued a statement which reads that they "are pleased to confirm that they have received a formal offer for an initial minority shareholding in the football club from...
Legacy Trust membership process re-opens6 February 2019
Wycombe Wanderers Trust have reopened the process for season ticket holders of four or more consecutive seasons to join the Trust and qualify for Legacy Membership, entitling them to a vote if...