The Wycombe Wanderers Ex-Players Association have helped fund new seats at Adams Park.Chairboys stars from years gone by have contributed a four-figure sum into the Wycombe Wanderers share scheme to help fund the purchase of new seats, enabling more fans to watch the club’s FA Cup third round tie against Aston Villa on Saturday 9th January.
When all available tickets were snapped up within five days of going on sale, around 200 were unable to be sold due to those seats being broken or damaged.
Replacement seats have been ordered and will be installed by volunteers, including directors of the club and Trust, to ensure that as many fans as possible can get their hands on tickets for the big match. Supporters can apply to join the waiting list for tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org – these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and those fans who are successful will be informed as soon as the seats are available.
The Ex-Players Association, which includes heroes from previous cup runs such as the semi-final appearance in 2001, and a famous meeting with Middlesbrough in 1975, raises funds via its annual membership subscriptions as well as events such as quiz nights, golf days and an annual dinner, held at Adams Park. Whilst most of their proceeds are donated to charity, it was agreed that a significant sum would be invested into the share scheme to assist with the club’s pursuit of stability and success under supporter ownership. Alan Hutchinson, chairman of WWEPA, presented the cheque to Trust director Nigel Kingston before the 2-1 victory over Oxford United before Christmas.
Further investments into the scheme have arrived this week from individual supporters to take the total amount pledged to over £700,000 by 279 investors.
The money raised via the scheme is to be used as much-needed working capital to refinance the club, providing resources to improve the profitability of the club, widen the community ownership of the club and improve the attraction of Adams Park as an event venue.
The share offer is an Enterprise Investment Scheme offering tax relief of up to 30% on investments at the end of the tax year, while there’s the possibility of earning interest payments and/or receiving money back should the club achieve a sufficient level of success.
Contributors must be members of Wycombe Wanderers Trust, which costs just £10 per season (or £5 for concessions), and shares of £1 will be issued at a minimum investment of £100 and a maximum of £100,000.
To pledge your support to the share offer, fans can contribute a one-off payment or spread instalment s either monthly or annually.
So, are you getting your share?
Follow in the footsteps of fellow Blues fans – and players from years gone by - who have contributed to the scheme and help the club secure vital funds to reach stability under supporter ownership. Pick up a copy of the information booklet around the ground or click here to download the application form.