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The share scheme: why I invested

23 October 2015

A Trust member reveals his reasons for wanting to invest in the share scheme, improving the profitability of the club.

"Why did I subscribe in the Wycombe Wanderers share scheme?

"Well in my mind, despite the best efforts off-field to move the club and upward, it just wasn't happening. I still remember the shambles of our 125th year anniversary game against AFC Wimbledon that resulted in the departure of Gary Waddock. Didn't anybody care anymore about my beloved football team? A giant of the amateur game now slowly sinking into the abyss of failed corporate football?

"Well I was wrong. People did care. A lot. So invigorated by the new management team and the sharp opportunities afforded by the EIS scheme, I knew I just had to invest. Yes, it may be a very long time before there is any return on these shares (and I am not just talking about the painfully slow way HMRC deals with the tax refunds!), but the excitement of getting a WWFC share certificate was for me, as a lifelong fan, just so exciting.

"I also very much believe in an ideal of wider share ownership by fans in their football teams which will subsequently trigger greater interest and 'ownership'. I feel this is already delivering to WWFC on and off the field as everyone does care more and feels generally happier as they are part of 'something'.

"Take a look at the Trust meetings; these are pretty interesting affairs nowadays and surely far better than a night stuck in front of the telly!

"Should you have the time, please have a look at the Wrexham FC fans' share scheme. A more modest target was set by them, but just look how it's invigorated their community of fans. I feel a similar effect is happening amongst the Chairboy fraternity. OK, so maybe investing in the EIS share scheme means we are never going to match the financial power of the Manchester Citys, Uniteds or the Arsenals, but do we care?

"Yes we do because maybe history, pride and a way of doing things in a uniquely quartered football shirt are more important."

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