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PENNIES IN THE POT
(Thursday 10th May 2001)
Club Chairman Ivor Beeks gave Wycombe fans an impromptu speech after the final game of the season against Colchester. Speaking in the Vere Suite following the shirt sponsor presentation, Beeks thanked the fans for "the tremendous support up and down the country that you've given us this year, it's been absolutely marvellous"
Beeks was also delighted with the way the season had finished with a points total of 59, just two behind that on the previous season. "To finish in 13th and that's only on two goals difference when we've had at least five or six strikers out, amongst all the other injuries and got to the semi-final of the FA Cup is a wonderful testament to the players and the manager and for that I'm deeply indebted because it will enable us to next year to put a few pennies in the pot and see what we can do"
The Colchester game attracted the highest League gate of the season to Adams Park and comes in the same season that the 10,000 capacity version of Adams Park sold out twice. "I have to admit that today seeing over 7,000 people was tremendous and I think that's probably off the back of the support that we got up at Aston Villa. I not one of those who is going to wax and wane about numbers but I really would like to see perhaps that transform into a few more now and I think it possibly will. We really, really are looking to try and keep the lid on figures and Season Ticket prices for next year. There maybe a slight increase but nothing that will disturb you I'm sure"
Beeks held true to his word after the Board sat down to discuss budget details for next season at a meeting on Thursday 10th May. Season Ticket Prices released the following day came as a welcome surprise to Wycombe fans who had thought the previously published prices for new Season Ticket Holders would be carried forward for renewals. The Board had a re-think after seeing gates rise at Adams Park following the FA Cup run and have frozen most prices if purchased before Saturday 7th July. Matchday prices are still to be announced. It was thought that these would rise by £1 in most categories but this too maybe reviewed by Club Directors as they look to keep the momentum of support on the roll.
The Board also discussed the player budget for next season. With over £1m plus made from the FA Cup run alone, Lawrie Sanchez is expected to be given an undisclosed sum to go out and push for promotion to Division One. The Board will also have to consider funding of the re-vamped training ground and the extension to the away end but they have been blessed with cash windfalls of over £500,000 from a new TV deal with ITV plus another six figure sum as part of the NTL/Premium TV website tie-up. The construction of the 'away-end' will be helped by £285,000 grant from the Football Foundation with the Club likely to need an further estimated £100,000 to complete the project. A similar figure is expected to be needed to finalise the improved drainage at the new Training Ground in Booker.
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