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Wanderers need positive backing from its town
11:30am Friday 15th March 2013 in Latest Sport
LAST week’s Bucks Free Press carried an article headed ‘Are they still Wycombe’s Wanderers?' It’s time to prove it if they are’, in which sports editor Alan Feldberg suggested that, for various reasons, there might be a disconnect between the football club and the town.
Long-time Blues fan Dale Jenkins has submitted the following response:
As a keen supporter of 15 years and regular attendee at Wycombe Wanderers, I felt compelled to respond countering the views of Alan Feldberg in last week’s paper.
The aforementioned article made some highly-contentious claims. One was that the current Wycombe side isn’t full of locally produced youngsters.
Fantastic progress made by youth-team graduates Stewart, Scowen, Morias, Hause, Dunne and McClure this season would suggest otherwise.
It was reported that Wanderers struggled to sell out their allocation at Stamford Bridge, but a League Two club selling 6,000 tickets for an away game live on Television isn’t to be derided.
No mention was made of the fantastic crowd of 9625 vs. Notts County in 2009 and 8567 vs. Southend in May 2011, which shows the capabilities of the club and the town.
Attendances have been disappointing this season, often around the 3,000-3,500 mark. A closer look however shows that the Trust, now running the club, had no say in ticket pricing for this season as season ticket prices were set by the previous owner.
This is an issue the Trust is addressing and positive news is imminent.
One other statement was that Wycombe are pushing financial boundaries. The reality is that Steve Hayes had WWFC running at an operating loss of c.£1.5million per year.
A change of mindset was required; the Trust is now trying to run the club sensibly at breakeven. This radical transition is a challenge, and requires patience, but progress is being made to run WWFC sustainably again.
With the Trust having their hearts in the right place and aiming to run the club prudently going forwards, it needs the backing of the town.
Cheap tickets for the Accrington game provide a first opportunity. Posters across the town centre would be a start to spread the word. This local club needs backing from its local people.