Wycombe Wanderers came together to celebrate the official opening of an exhibition commemorating the club’s 125th anniversary at Wycombe Museum on Tuesday afternoon.
Player-manager Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield, Dave Winfield, a number of former players – including Tony ‘Bodger’ Horseman – club and WW Trust directors, and council dignitaries were all in attendance.
Guests enjoyed a look around the exhibition before speeches were made by Trevor Stroud, chairman of the Trust, Wycombe District Cllr Wendy Mallen and museum manager Richard De Peyer.
Bloomfield said: “I think it’s fantastic. I’d like to think I know a lot about our history already but to read about it in more detail and see some photos and silverware is great. It’s really good. There’s a few photos of moments and players that I can relate to which is nice.
“I think everyone realises how much the club means to me. I think the longer you are at a club, the more it grows on you. I grew up as an Ipswich fan but I consider Wycombe to by my team now as I’ve been here so long.
“I know a lot of the fans and feel a part of the place, so to be able to come here and see everything is fantastic.”
Museum curator Catherine Grigg said: “We’ve been saying for years that we should do a Wycombe Wanderers exhibition. David Cook from the Trust got in touch and we immediately bumped it right up the list.
“We’ve been working on it for almost a year and it’s been a really big task because the club wasn’t entirely sure what they had lurking in the back of cupboards, but they’ve managed to find some really amazing items.”
The exhibition opened last Wednesday and Catherine says the museum has been overwhelmed with the interest.
She said: “We had people queuing up for the exhibition which we’ve never had before – it’s been absolutely amazing.
“It’s always busy at half-term, but we’ve been busier than usual. It’s lovely. We think we do good exhibitions here, but it’s just about letting people know about what’s going on and the club has helped us with that. Hopefully we’ll get lots more people through the doors.
“The club has been so amazingly helpful to work with, not just the memorabilia but also the facts, figures, photos and much more.”
The club would like to place on record its sincere gratitude to Wycombe Museum for helping to organise and host the exhibition.
Admission is free while the opening times will be as follows:
Monday-Saturday - 10am-5pm
Sunday - 2pm-5pm
Bank Holidays - closed
Please note that limited parking is available with additional metered parking in adjoining roads.
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