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The Wanderer - issue 119 - http://www.wwisc.co.uk/

The Wanderer - issue 119 - Online - WYCOMBE WANDERERS INDEPENDENT SUPPORTERS CLUB - http://www.wwisc.co.uk/

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF WWISC

The 2019/2020 season saw Wycombe Wanderers Independent Supporters’ Club

celebrate its 25 th anniversary. The club has certainly come a long way from its

humble origins, as recounted below.

The idea of a Supporters' Club at Wycombe Wanderers first reared its head in

April 1994, at an away game against Scarborough, when six like-minded fans

got together to have a good old moan about the Football Club. Principally it was

the decision by the club to sell tickets to the crucial away game at Crewe on the

proviso that you also had to buy a coach ticket. That caused enough discontent

for certain individuals to group together and formally set up a supporters' club.

A few weeks later, an informal meeting was held at Hazelmere Community

Centre, where the decision was made to approach the Football Club for their

comments on the matter.

Correspondence was sent to club Chairman Ivor Beeks, but unfortunately he

never replied. Faced with this lack of recognition, it was decided to add the

word ‘Independent’ to the club’s name. A committee was formed in early

August 1994 and the club’s aims and objectives were formulated, concerning

areas the committee felt the Football Club were neglecting, including;

- Cheaper coach travel

- Supporter social events

- Supporters' Forums, with guest speakers

- A free magazine, running all season

- Better representation for all supporters at Wycombe Wanderers

WWISC held their first public meeting in September 1994 at the Post Office

Club, High Wycombe. Over fifty people joined up, proving that the interest for an

independent supporters' club was definitely there. More meetings were held

throughout the season, with guest speakers such as Club Director Alan Parry

and representatives from the local police. The Football Club were receptive to

the new fans organisation and as a gesture of goodwill, WWISC donated £500

to help set up the club’s Youth Training Scheme.

The first edition of The Wanderer fanzine went on sale on 7 th January 1995, for

an F.A. Cup Third Round tie at Adams Park against Premier League side West

Ham United. Free for members and 50p for everyone else, sales were no doubt

helped by the then-record gate of 9,007.

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