The team at Wycombe Wanderers would like to wish all supporters, sponsors, staff, players and directors a very Merry Christmas.The offices at Adams Park are now closed for Christmas, reopening at 9am on Wednesday 28th December. Tickets can still be purchased online via tickets.wwfc.com.
Below is the Christmas message from chairman Andrew Howard, first published in the matchday programme on Saturday 17th December.
Having joined the club in the summer of 2014 to help to turn around a business in quite a lot of difficulty, I always maintained that it was the job not the football club that attracted me. Whilst I still need to maintain a detached view to deliver the required job, it is hard not to be impressed by what I think is one of the most welcoming, hard-working, honest and fan-orientated clubs in the EFL.
Where do I start? 2016 began with a sold-out Adams Park and a heroic effort from everyone on and off the pitch, earning a replay against a Premier League side in the FA Cup. 2016 now draws to an end with the team winning SEVEN games in a row (so far!), playing some of the best football I’ve seen, scoring for fun and genuinely enjoying representing this club, wearing a smile on their faces in everything they do.
Then you have the 500 Club. Nearly 300 of you have generated almost £50,000 to enable Gareth to keep this squad as strong as possible in the second half of the season, and you’re seeing the rewards already with Scott Kashket being a real fans favourite and extending his stay with us.
Off-field progress has been promising too. We have now reached a position where the foundations and the key principles of how this club should operate have been formed and developed, and we look forward to the arrival of our new General Manager, Michael Davies, who will help drive us forward in the New Year.
And financially we are edging closer towards real stability under supporter ownership. The debt to the previous owner has now been cleared and the light at the end of the tunnel – where this club is debt-free and operating to a break-even model – is coming slowly but surely into view. There is still a long way to go and no doubt difficult decisions to make in the future, but as Mr Stroud would say, “we are still here“.
It is also important at this time of year to thank the many people who make this club work and something to be proud of. Without wanting to sound like a Gwyneth Paltrow award acceptance speech, here we go…
Firstly, to Gareth, his staff, and the players. Keep doing what you’re doing. The energy, commitment, togetherness, desire to achieve and sheer pride of representing the club makes you all a real inspiration to those around you. No manager heads or kicks every ball like Gareth and this passion for the game can be seen throughout the squad.
To my fellow directors, and those on the board of the Trust – thank you for your continued efforts, all voluntarily, in helping to keep this ship sailing in the right direction. The legacy that you are helping to create will be fondly remembered by generations to come.
To the team off the pitch in the office, and everybody responsible for the running of the club day-to-day, well done on another excellent year. Together you’ve overcome challenges (Aston Villa!), changes in operation, including taking retail in-house, and a relentlessly busy workload, but it has all been worthwhile as we stand in a much healthier position than a year or two ago.
To the volunteers – thank you, as always, for the incredible dedication you show. You may think it goes un-noticed at times but the work you put in on matchdays, around the ground during the week, and generally helping the club you love makes such a big difference and we are forever grateful.
And to the fans – what a year it’s been. Ups and downs, highs and lows, frustration and jubilation – you’ve been there throughout and shared the adventures with us. Thank you to everyone who’s stood by us, never lost faith and contributed in any way, whether it’s supporting the club, signing up to the 500 Club, travelling long distances, singing yourselves hoarse on the terrace or helping to introduce friends, family members and colleagues to the club… you are helping to shape the future of your club and you should be proud. I feel very proud to be chairman of Wycombe Wanderers; thank you for this unique opportunity.
Have a very merry Christmas.