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Chairman's New Year message

Rob Couhig addresses the Wanderers fans.

2 January 2021

For most of the world it’s good riddance to 2020 and the misery that beset everyone. For members of the WorldWide Wycombe Wanderers Phenomenon, we must acknowledge that the year also had some real positives.

As we entered 2020, we were top of League 1 and ready to complete the change of ownership. The partnership between my family and the Trust was paying huge dividends on and off the pitch. It was a time of great excitement.

I am quite fond of the old Yiddish expression “Man Plans, God Laughs”. Rarely has an entire year proven the validity of that truism. On January 1, I felt confident of automatic promotion or, at least, a position in the playoffs. Off the pitch, I looked forward to instituting the changes and upgrades that would allow the club to achieve true financial stability.

Then, suddenly, Covid was upon us and it was worldwide. Games were cancelled, the season cut short, playoffs instituted, and yet in July, the team advanced to the Championship for the first time in its 133-year history. Our new season began without fans and a bad run of games. Then, because of the talent and character of our manager, coaches, staff and players, the team stabilized and began to accumulate points.

Off the pitch, our staff has been remarkable creating new commercial opportunities, reaching out to WorldWide Wanderers, putting in place infrastructure improvements at Adams Park, and doing their best to make sure that when there is a return to some degree of normality, the fan experience will be better than ever.

The relationship between the Trust and Feliciana has matured into one of mutual respect centred on the common cause of making the Wycombe Wanderers Football Club better in every way.

We have heavy hearts for those we have lost and those who continue to suffer physically and financially from this dreadful disease. However, we greet our New Year with the optimism that we share as members of this special community.

Everywhere we look, there seems to be good things in the offing. Vaccines hopefully will put to rest the calamity of the pandemic by spring. There finally seems to be a resolution of the longstanding Brexit issue. We have a deep and talented team that has proven it is capable of competing in the Championship . And we share the joy that comes from being members of the WorldWide Wycombe Wanderers Phenomenon.

Happy New Year from the players, coaches, staff, board of directors, Pete, Missy and me, and our sincere hope that 2021 will bring you good health and great happiness!

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