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The Big Match Preview - Exeter City

Posted: Fri 12 Feb 2016
Author: @wwfcofficial

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League 2 clash with Exeter City at Adams Park (k.o. 3pm).

Wycombe Wanderers vs Exeter City
Saturday 13th February 2016, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park, HP12 4HJ
Referee: Mr David Webb

It's a fixture which has produced some dramatic entertainment over the years between two Trust-owned clubs who have developed under the guidance of bright young managers - and the Adams Park faithful will crave more of the same in tomorrow's encounter.

The last three games on home soil have ended in defeat with the Chairboys unable to find the net, yet their away form continues to impress and spirits are high after the 2-1 win at Dagenham & Redbridge.

The 2-0 victory at Exeter in September was one of eight away successes already this season, and if they can begin to replicate that record at Adams Park then the pursuit of success will certainly gather pace.

City are renowned for being one of the best footballing sides in the division and Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth is a long-time admirer of his counterpart, Paul Tisdale.

Speaking ahead of the game, he said: "We can compare ourselves with Exeter as they are a Trust-owned club and what a fantastic job they have done over the years.

"They had restraints in the early days and Paul has been through that but he has always kept his dignity and has produced some fantastic players. He is a manager that I have great respect for - he always does it right. He is very good in the press and looks at his own team before he starts mentioning anything else about other teams."

Exeter's style of play means Saturday's encounter is likely to be a different type of affair to many of the battles the Chairboys have contested over the winter months, but Ainsworth said his side will be ready to adapt:

"It is going to be tough. We always seem to have good games against Exeter and that is testament to the quality that Paul brings to the team.

"The long ball has a place in League 2. The other night we saw that Dagenham were very direct and we have ended up being quite long at times in the last couple of games - longer than I would like it to be.

"It does have its place and League 2 players don't seem to have the time on the ball that you see in the Premier League. But Paul does try and instill that passing game in his team. They work hard on the rotations in midfield and different formations and I am expecting nothing less than some good passing football to come up against and we will have to be at our best to take them on."

Last season's meeting ended in a thrilling 2-1 win for the hosts as Paul Hayes netted the winner from the penalty spot in the 12th minute of stoppage time, and Ainsworth said he'll be happy to take the points however they come.

"I am hoping it doesn't go as long as it did last time with the 102nd minute winner; just taking a winner at anytime would be nice!" 

Garry Thompson misses out through suspension while Alex Lynch is sidelined through injury until April, but Joe Jacobson will hope to return if he has recovered from his leg injury in time.

Tickets start at £15 for adults and £7 for juniors, while under 7s go free in the family stand. The £15 ticket in the Bucks New Uni Stand (terrace) is officially the cheapest adult ticket in Sky Bet League 2.

Click here for all the details and call 01494 441118 or go online to book.

Exeter fans are accommodated in the Panache Stand.

Wycombe fans can either book online, call 01494 441118 or visit the ticket office at Adams Park.

You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service.

Adult return: £3
Adult single: £2
Concession return: £1.50
Concession single: £1

Fares are charged at the same rate regardless of where passengers board the service. Concessions are classed at under 16s and over 60s.

The service timetables are as follows.

Saturday service (for 3pm kick-offs)
  • Wycombe Railway Station – 13.05 and 14.05
  • Eden Bus Station – 13.15 and 14.15
  • New Park & Ride (next to Wycombe Leisure Centre) – 13.25 and 14.25
  • Adams Park – 13.35 and 14.35
  • End of Hillbottom Road – 17.10
  • New Park & Ride – 17.20
  • Eden Bus Station – 17.30
  • Wycombe Railway Station – 17.40


There will be no parking for the general public in the lower tier - spaces in the upper tier are £5 per car. There is also a new car park behind Origin Global (on the left before the Adams Park gates), priced at £5 a car, the proceeds of which are split between the club and the Rennie Grove charity.

Spaces for pass holders in the club car park are guaranteed up until 2.30pm, after which time the lower tier becomes closed to vehicles due to high pedestrian traffic.

The club reserves 10 disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders in close proximity to the entrances to the stadium, which are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Where to go
Collecting pre-booked tickets (WWFC fans) - collection pod opposite Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries - shop (far-left)
Shop - through the arch
Hospitality and boardroom guests - through the arch to the reception desk
Media - through the arch to the reception desk
Players and officials - designated entrance to the right of the shop
Scouts - Ticket Office 1
Staff/deliveries - delivery entrance to the left of the shop

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 12pm and remain open after the match.
  • Vere Suite - home fans only. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands.
  • Scores - home fans only.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee - away fans only. Serves bottled and canned drinks and food is available from the adjacent Food Shack.
All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls, with the exception of the marquee.

Inside the stadium, each stand is serviced by a kiosk serving hot and cold food and drink.

The Vere Suite will host a Q&A with a Wanderers player after the game.

This week's matchday programme includes a recap of Tuesday night's win at Dagenham with the views of Paul Hayes and Paris Cowan-Hall, and Grecians fan Martin Weiler gives us the lowdown on his side.

This edition is 64 pages and costs £3.

50/50 matchday draws
The club operates two matchday draws giving fans the chance to win a cash prize. Purchase your blue £1 or orange £2 tickets from our vendors around the ground to be entered into the draw, where 50% of the takings go into the prize fund and the other 50% goes to support club projects.

Matchday timetable
12pm - car park, bars, shop and ticket office open.
1.30pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
2.05pm - teams announced via Twitter.
2.15pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
3pm - kick-off.
3.45pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands have access to the Vere Suite.
4pm - second half commences.
4.45pm - full-time. Vere Suite and Scores bars open.
5.15pm - Q&A in the Vere Suite.

Live commentary
Tune in to Chairboys PlayerHD for live commentary from 2.55pm. Click here for details of how to subscribe.

Last time out
Goals from Joe Jacobson and Garry Thompson and Paul Hayes gave the Chairboys all three points in September: