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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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In April 1995 the Football Club announced that it would be starting its own

supporters' club the following season and invited WWISC for talks on the matter.

However, following talks, it was felt that the proposed organisation was more of

a membership scheme, designed primarily to make money, that did not truly

represent the fans or have much in common with the goals and values of

WWISC and so the decision was made to continue as a separate, independent

supporters’ club. By the end of its first ever season, WWISC had 183 members.

Despite WWISC now facing competition from the new supporters’ club, more

and more Wycombe fans were signing up to WWISC for the upcoming season.

Talk of amalgamating the two organisations resurfaced, prompted WWISC to

ballot members, giving them the chance to decide once and for all whether or

not to join the new membership scheme. The result was massively in favour of

remaining independent. Originally, the Football Club responded by cutting all

ties with WWISC and the feeling among many members was that the Football

Club were unwilling to have anything to do with a supporter organisation that

they did not have control over. One well-known figure at the Football Club even

described WWISC as “terrorists”! However, in the years that followed, relations

between WWISC and the board of the Football Club have greatly improved.

In October 1996, WWISC lead a successful campaign to preserve the right of

ordinary fans to become members of the Football Club. WWISC also joined The

National Federation Of Football Supporters Clubs, the Football Supporters

Association and was also involved in the startup of The Independent Supporters

Association Network.

The first two and a half years of WWISC saw a lot of upheaval and challenges,

but since then the club has gone from strength to strength and become a

respected and integral part of the Chairboys community, supporting both the

Football Club and a number of local charities and building close links between

Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and its loyal supporters. Thank you to those

dedicated supporters who set up and persevered with the club a quarter of a

century ago. Here’s to the next twenty-five years!

Taken from www.wwisc.uk (edited)

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