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Ivor Beeks retires from Wanderers board after 28 years
AFTER nearly 30 years of service to the club, one of Wycombe Wanderers’ best-loved figures has retired from the club’s board.
Ivor Beeks has stepped down after agreeing to extend his role by a year to oversee the transition following Wycombe Wanderers Trust’s takeover of the club.
In his 28-year affiliation with the Blues, Mr Beeks served as chairman from 1987 and oversaw Wanderers rise to the Football League after appointing manager Martin O’Neill.
The 72-year-old, who was awarded an MBE last year, will continue his love affair with the club in the role of vice-president, while Don Woodward will now act as sole chairman.
He told the club’s website: “I arrived at the club when Wycombe were in the Isthmian League and 500 people were coming to watch, I leave them as a Football League club.
“I’ve had an unbelievable 28 years and I will always treasure them, but it’s the right time for me to go and allow the Trust to carry on their good work.
“Being chairman is 24/7 and although I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, I’m looking forward to spending some more time with my wife Janet and my family.”
Mr Beeks took over the chairmanship 26 years ago after serving for two years as a director, and was awarded a Long Service Award from the Football League last September.
Chairman Don Woodward told the club: “Ivor’s contribution to the club has been invaluable, from the moment his association began right up to the present day.
“I would like to thank him for his outstanding service over the past 28 years, but especially the last 12 months as his insight and knowledge have been crucial in helping the Trust.”