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Chairman's New Year message

31 December 2013

We begin 2014 with fresh hope for an upturn in fortunes after a difficult run of results on the pitch and an unfortunate ending to the year with the postponement of the Fleetwood Town fixture.

Don Woodward

Happy New Year to you all, and here’s to a prosperous 2014.

In order to grow in 2014, we will always be on the lookout for new initiatives to boost the fanbase and engage with more and more people, but those of you who have stayed with us over the years and continue to back us are hugely appreciated and we will do everything we can to give you more reasons to cheer about.

Finally, I’d like to thank you all for your ongoing support and commitment to Wycombe Wanderers. Many of you travel all over the country at great expense and in terrible weather conditions to get behind the team, and lots of you have offered your time on countless occasions to help us in a variety of ways.

Onto the coming weeks and months, and January promises to be an exciting time with three attractive home fixtures against AFC Wimbledon, Oxford United and Portsmouth. Any activity in the transfer market is likely to be dictated by offers received for any of our players, but we want to give Gareth the best squad possible to work with and you can be sure that whoever pulls on the light and dark blue quarters will give everything for the cause, as they have done since the day he accepted the position as manager.

Events last Sunday were disappointing for all of us, and I can assure you that a series of reviews have been conducted to evaluate what could have been done differently to enable the game to go ahead. Ultimately we were caught out by the weather, which produced an unexpected frost overnight to render the pitch unplayable despite our best efforts on the day of the game. The safety of the players and the convenience of the supporters were held as top priorities throughout the day, and the referee wanted to allow as much time as possible for the pitch to thaw, but it wasn’t to be. It is not how we had hoped to finish the year, but we hope you can appreciate the situation and return for the rearranged fixture once it has been scheduled.

In the first full calendar year of Supporters Trust ownership, there have been areas for improvement, and causes for regret, but we view those as opportunities to learn and grow as a club. We won’t always get everything right, but with the understanding and loyalty of our supporters, we can all work together to keep us moving in the right direction.

We have also made strides off the pitch with a growth in the number of season ticket holders, and the beginning of new partnerships with local and national organisations which will continue to bear fruit in the coming months and years. None of this would have been possible without the dedication of our hardworking staff members and the help and support of skilled volunteers, who have contributed heavily to projects on a commercial front as well as conducting maintenance around the stadium on a regular basis. This is a club where its supporters are prepared to go above and beyond the call of duty for the common good, which remains something to be immensely proud of.

2013 has been a year for learning and for development, and we have seen the emergence of some excellent young talent in the squad, guided and nurtured by an excellent manager and coaching staff who are still building their knowledge and expertise day by day. We started the calendar year in 17th position and ended in 16th, but I feel that good progress has been made and we are well set-up for further improvements to be made into the New Year.

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