Grounds for complaint in Wycombe?
Wycombe Wanderers play in light and dark blue but a sizeable minority of home supporters have started wearing black and white scarves this season.
In symbolic terms they are similar to the green and gold scarves worn by Manchester United supporters protesting against the Glazer family's ownership of the Premier League club.
Both sets of scarves depict the original colours worn by the clubs in question, although the protest at Wycombe is not against the club's owner per se, but rather what he wants to do with the club.
Steve Hayes is the owner of both League Two Wycombe Wanderers and rugby union Premiership side Wasps. He took over at Wasps in December 2008 and Wycombe in July 2009, in the process reportedly writing off £3m in debt in exchange for shares. Hayes, a long-standing Wycombe fan, wants to move both clubs away from Adams Park and into a new modern facility on a current green belt site at Wycombe Air Park on the outskirts of the Buckinghamshire town of Booker.
The vision is for a stadium with a capacity between 17,500 and 20,000, that serves as the focal point of a state-of-the-art sports village. There will be modern hospitality facilities as well as a strong community and academy presence for both Wanderers and Wasps. There will be numerous training pitches and facilities that are open to the public as well as an education tie-in with Buckinghamshire New University.
"What we have is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," WSDL chief executive Mike Brooks told me. "It will be a powerful destination, a sporting hub with a mixture of recreational and professional sports people rubbing shoulders."
Tony Green, the deputy leader of the council, explained: "It would be great and I think it would be very important for Wycombe."
It sounds like a bold and brave idea, one that could provide the town with a facility that is envied nationwide.
But there are doubts. Big doubts.
Groups Against Stadium Proposals (Gasp) is a broad alliance, all of whom are united by their opposition to the development of the 200-acre site at Booker. They include local residents, the gliding club, people with concern about the development of green belt land and many supporters of the football club.
"Some of the objections are quite reasonable, no one wants a big development next to where they live, but some are caused by confusion more than anything else," added Green.
"For example, we are hoping the air park can co-exist on the site; that the gliding club will be able to continue. Won't be sure until the plans are drawn up."
When I spoke to Brooks he was keen to stress that the project cannot be examined in isolation, from the perspective of just one of any group.
"This is about more than just Wycombe and Wasps moving to a new ground," he said. "We understand there are groups with concerns but as developers we must manage that and do the best we can with the planners, the council and the community to create something the vast majority will really love."
Hayes, Brooks and everyone else connected to WSDL have a lot of work to do before they assuage the doubts of Wycombe fans opposed to the move.
The influential Wycombe Wanderers Trust (WWT) has opposed the move, while supporters have formed a "No to Booker" campaign. I have spoken to people from both these groups and it is extremely important to stress that they are not necessarily against the move; they just want to know how it can benefit the football club.
"We are open minded about looking to see whether a combined ground with better facilities might work," said WWT member Don Woodward, who represents the Trust on the football club board.
"But the Trust's position on this is reasonably straightforward - as things stand as far as we are concerned the football club does not need to move."
Wycombe own Adams Park, with their tenant Wasps currently paying £650,000 a year to play there. Wanderers also own their own training facility, but the move to Booker will see these assets sold off and the profits absorbed into the cost of the new development. Wycombe and Wasps will both be tenants if the scheme reaches fruition.
"We cannot see how that will work in terms of putting the club in a better financial position or securing the long-term future of the club," added Woodward.
Wycombe currently have a debt in the region of £6m and lose approximately £1m per year. There are a lot of questions about the club's finances that supporters want answered. What will happen to the current debts? How will the club generate income at Booker if they do not own the ground? Will Wycombe and Wasps both pay a separate rent? Who exactly will pay for the building of Booker and how much will it cost?
Concerned supporters want WSDL to show them a clear and coherent business plan that explains how the move will add up for Wycombe. At the moment there isn't one. Brooks says it is too early, some of the opposition groups interpret it as a worrying sign.
"Supporters will remain sceptical until they see [a business plan] and I can appreciate and understand that," added Brooks.
"It is absolutely down to us to produce that information. We are at an early stage but in due course we have to do that. It will take time to produce and generate and I would ask people to hold on making a judgment until they have seen it."
Green told me that it is up to WSDL to submit an application to the council's planning committee and produce a plan that shows the venture will make financial sense.
"The next stage will be to apply for planning permission but that will not be the end of it, there has got to be a proper business plan," he said. "No one wants to build a stadium and then find it is not financially viable."
Brooks would not be drawn to specific timescales but when I asked whether something would be ready by the end of the year he said: "Yes, absolutely."
Hayes made his wealth in finance and has invested large sums in the club. "I think people need to appreciate just how much he has committed and how passionate he is to improving it," added Brooks.
But supporters are concerned that if the club sell their ground and move to Booker they will be left high and dry if, at some point in the future, Hayes were to cut his ties with the club.
"If Hayes pulled the plug then the club could cease to exist," said a member of the No to Booker campaign who wished to remain anonymous. "I am scared at the moment by a lack of answers."
Brooks argued that Wycombe District Council's involvement should be a source of reassurance, stating: "They would not be involved if the project did not create a long-term, sustainable and beneficial situation for both clubs."
Wasps have played at Adams Park since 2002. Photo: Getty Images
Those against the move point out that Adams Park is easily a big enough stadium for a club that has pulled in more than 5,000 supporters just twice in the league this season. The suggestion is that Wasps are the big club with the established brand and that the move will benefit them more. Wanderers could be left in a situation like Darlington or MK Dons, with fans rattling around a stadium far too big for the fanbase it serves.
Brooks is adamant that WSDL have looked long and hard at Adams Park and concluded that they need to leave if they are to flourish. He points to the poor access to Adams Park, the limited car parking and the fact that the community programmes and academies for both Wycombe and Wasps are located away from the ground.
"We are talking about a long-term journey here but we need to start building foundations for the future," said the WSDL chief executive.
That ambition is Championship football and crowds edging towards an average of 10,000. The sceptics argue that is unrealistic. In their 124-year history the Chairboys have never played in the second tier of English football and only had two spells in the third tier.
If those who oppose the club's move are successful then Brooks told me there would have to be "fundamental change because the status quo is not tenable". He prefers to focus on winning over the doubters and believes that 2011 will be a crucial year in doing so.
"We need to develop a business plan, progress funding arrangements and a planning application," said Brooks.
"I would like [the development of Booker] to happen in the next four to five years but we need to be realistic and realise this is a medium-to-long-term project. I am quietly confident but we have a number of hurdles to overcome."
In January WSDL announced that after a public consultation process Booker had been chosen by the public and endorsed by the council. However, the council's scrutiny committee subsequently called in that decision for further review and although Booker remains the council's choice the issue remains a hot potato.
Securing planning permission to develop green belt land may not be easy and the various groups who are against the development are adamant that there are many more battles to fight.
And until Wycombe put forward a robust and logical case as to why it makes sense for the football club to leave the ground they own to become tenants in a stadium that it is questionable they need, the black and white scarves will continue to appear at Adams Park.