This is a vote to save Wycombe Wanderers Football Club.
It might not be nice to think that way, but that is the long and short of it. We’ve arrived at a(nother) crossroads in our history.
What do I mean by ‘save’? Honestly, it’s hard to be exact – but I at least mean preserve our League status. Chairman Trevor Stroud has expressed in no uncertain terms that “our level” – assuming continued fan ownership – is the National League (and even that might be optimistic). None of us want that – in spite of what you may have heard about a mythical group of old gits who long for a world in which we’re panning the Rye for stale dog turds before playing Easton Street Car Park Reserves. Ok, some may believe so strongly in fan (Trust) ownership that they wouldn’t mind being back in non-League, but I don’t think they’re that extreme – absurd though such a mentality still is in my opinion.
Anyway, look, I’m not going to make this a long ramble. In essence, VOTE ‘YES’. I’ve seen the summary of the deal – details of which I don’t think I’m at liberty to divulge – and nothing has set alarm bells ringing. My stance has always been vote ‘Yes’ unless Rob’s proposal would leave us even worse off then we are already. Of course, that’s for those with a vote to decide – I am not, for reasons beyond my control, a Legacy Member, so I’m powerless, horribly – but, while I wouldn’t expect anyone to blindly vote in favour, don’t overcomplicate things. We can’t have complete control over our destiny under the current model and sometimes, you have to take a bit of a leap of faith. And frankly, from what we’ve seen of Rob and how he is as a person, I’m not sure why we wouldn’t have faith.
Most importantly, though, he, Pete and co. will bring business acumen which we’ve been badly lacking. I have no doubt that the Trust board are dedicated Wycombe supporters, but they’ve shown themselves to be out of depth when it comes to actually running their club – with yearly losses on their way to a million. In that sense, they have failed – but they have succeeded in bringing Rob to us.
More will become clear tonight, I’m sure, but we have to be realistic. We can’t keep hoping that a more lucrative offer is going to come along – and do we really want someone to come in and brazenly splash the cash anyway? We also know full well that we can’t go on as we are; fan ownership is a nice thought but just isn’t sustainable, as we’ve been told countless times. If we reject this deal, where are we going to find two million quid from at the drop of a hat to cover our debts? Football is a mess, but that’s not something we have much power to change – defeatist though that may sound.
So read the summary; read the full beast of a legal document if you have the time and knowledge; ask all the questions you feel necessary; meet with Rob as he’s offered to; but please do the right thing in the end. The 889 Legacy Members are in the privileged position of being able to choose/approve Wycombe’s next owner; please don’t abuse that position by waiting for the perfect deal which will never come. And if you’re still unsure after scrutinising what’s on the table to the point that the table gives way, go to another table: the league table. Will we finish in the play-offs? I don’t know, but I do know that football is all about dreaming – and who’d have thought that we, little old Wycombe, would find ourselves dreaming of the Championship? If we keep Gaz (someone please ask the question tonight, even if you might not get an answer) and get Rob, I reckon we can do it.
IF YOU HAVE A VOTE, USE IT!