Writing in the club’s programme ‘1887’ for today’s final game, WWFC Chairman Don Woodward expresses his thoughts at the end of the first season as a Trust owned club.
Don says: “What a year it’s been! The fact that we stand here safe from any threat of relegation, and edging closer to long-term financial security, is a testament to everyone who has worked incredibly hard in the name of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club. I think it’s only fitting to pay tribute to those people in this column.
To my fellow directors on the club and Trust boards, all of whom work voluntarily and give up huge numbers of hours to help the club make progress in a wide variety of areas. We always knew it would be tough, but we’ve overcome countless hurdles together.
To the staff who have knuckled down and worked tremendously well as a team, accepting the changes we’ve implemented with the right attitudes and continuing to provide superb service to our supporters, sponsors, partners and visitors.
To Gareth and his management team – what an achievement you have made. Inheriting a team on a downward spiral and turning the situation around in this manner shows true quality, class and togetherness. You have the support of everyone at the club, and to have Gareth as manager for the next two years is fantastic news. Keep up the good work!
To the players who have helped put a smile back on the faces of the fans, particularly the younger lads who have shown professionalism and experience beyond your years. You stuck together through the tough times, took on board what Gareth has asked of you and the end result is a united group of players who possess the talent and commitment required to push higher up the table next year.
To those volunteers who have helped us throughout the year in a number of ways. Whether it be maintaining the grounds, delivering leaflets, selling programmes, lending your expertise or any contribution of time and effort, you have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help your club and believe me, it has not gone unnoticed at all.
And to you, the supporters, who have played a massive part in shaping the way in which we are heading.
There is no finer sight than seeing Adams Park rocking after a hard-fought victory, or to see the faces of those fans who travel hundreds of miles for a memorable away-day success. This really is your club, and by continuing to get behind us (and inviting new supporters to come on board), we will carry on heading in the right direction and ensure this remains a club to be proud of for generations to come.”