Day: June 30, 2012

A New Dawn For Wycombe Wanderers

The timing of the announcement, coming as it did on a Friday evening, might have been a little unusual, but there can be no doubting that the take-over of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club by its supporters trust is very positive news indeed. The clubs future has been a source of some conjecture over the last couple of years on account of the plans and whims of now former owner Steve Hayes, but by repositioning the club as an asset of its local community, and with the future of its Adams Park stadium now considerably more certain, it seems as if a new dawn is rising over the Buckinghamshire club today. A former double-glazing salesman and finance broker, Hayes first became involved at Wycombe in 2004 when he purchased a twenty-five per cent shareholding in the club. He followed this up in 2007 by buying a stake in the London Wasps Rugby Football Club and then securing ownership of that club at the end of the following year. In the summer of 2009, he completed a take-over of Wycombe Wanderers in a deal which saw £3m of debt written off and converted into shares (which, as we will see below, turned out to be a far from harmonious affair), but after this the future of both of these clubs became intertwined as Hayes sought to build a Sport Village containing...

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Three Up, Three Down & The Stigma Of Non-League Football

Earlier this week, a curious Early Day Motion was presented to parliament. Early Day Motions are one of the more endearing quirks of our antiquated parliamentary system, allowing Members of Parliament the opportunity to get whatever may have been on their minds of late which couldn’t be considered of national importance out there in the open. They tend to err on the side of the trivial and humorous, but they can – as happened with the 1979 vote of no confidence that ended the Labour government of Jim Callaghan and ushered in Thatcherism – be introduced on matters of considerable importance. Whether the EDM presented by Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat representative for Westmorland and Lonsdale, earlier this week falls into the former or latter of those two categories may depend upon which football club you support. Farron, whose constituency covers, amongst other places, Kendal and Windermere, is of the opinion that there is a bottleneck at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier, and that the Football League should introduce a third promotion place between League Two and this division. As gestures go it is a certainly a grand one, but, as the chairman of Burton Albion, Ben Robinson, stated when recently questioned on the subject, “it will take a lot of hard work to convince the majority of clubs.” There was of course, a time when...

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