Football Trade Directory

Wycombe Chairman Andrew Horward guests at football show


Adams Park was the place to be on Thursday for the latest football event organised by the Football Trade Directory.

A gathering of football clubs and suppliers were treated to a great event - as well as an illuminating question and answer session with club Chairman Andrew Howard and Trevor Stroud the Club's Supporters Trust Chairman.

Howard, a previous sponsor of the club through his Ice Cream business Beechdean Dairy Farmhouse joined the club board in June 2014.

Asked about his role he made it clear that a vital factor in running the club was making sure that people knew what their roles were and what was expected of each person.

Of real interest was the revelation that manager Gareth Ainsworth was involved in the running of the club, attending Board meetings and buying into the club's five year plan.

As Howard said: 'There was no point asking Gareth (Ainsworth) to buy into our plans without giving him a five year contract to help achieve it.

He went onto to answer a question about that ambition by confirming: 'Last season we set a target of 55 points and we had achieved it by January. We then went for it (promotion). This season we realistically set a slightly higher target of 61 points, and we will look at promotion only if we get to that number of points.'

Trevor Stroud confirmed that the Football Board ran the club in tandem with the Supporters Trust Board and there were a group of directors on both boards to ensure continuity. Everyone on both boards has a specific role and is on the board to bring something to the club.

On the face of it, Wycombe are a success story for supporter involvement in the running of a club and the speakers were roundly applauded by an appreciative audience.

The day saw many new relationships forged between clubs and suppliers. The next event in the series is at Rotherham United's New York Stadium in April 2016.




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