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The Big Match Preview - Morecambe

Posted: Thu 31 Dec 2015
Author: @wwfcofficial

All you need to know about the Sky Bet League 2 meeting with Morecambe at Adams Park on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Wycombe Wanderers vs Morecambe
Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 2nd January 2016, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park, HP12 4HJ
Referee: Mr Andy Davies

2016 - you have a lot to live up to!

The curtain closed on an unbelievable 2015 on Monday with a 2-0 victory at home to Crawley Town, pushing Gareth Ainsworth's men up to fifth in the table at the mid-way point of the season.

It was a third successive win which comes at a perfect time during a busy Christmas period, and the Chairboys have in fact only lost once since 20th October, building up momentum as we move into the New Year.

Supporters' attentions may be gradually turning to the visit of Aston Villa in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup the following week, but Ainsworth won't allow his men to lose sight of the task in hand, and the opportunity to take revenge on a Morecambe side whose win at Adams Park in April saw the Blues slip out of the automatic promotion places with just one game remaining.

It was the Shrimps' first ever win over the Wanderers but normal order was restored in August when Aaron Pierre's second-half header at Morecambe made it three wins from three at the start of the campaign.

Jim Bentley's side find themselves in 17th but are closer points-wise to the play-offs than the relegation spots, and have struggled for consistency, winning once in the league in two months.

Midfielder Peter Murphy makes a return to Adams Park after departing the club in the summer, while Garry Thompson comes up against the club for whom he scored a play-off final goal to help them reach the Football League towards the start of his career.

There is no news yet on the extent of Paul Hayes' injury after the skipper was forced off with an injury in the win against Crawley, while Marcus Bean is close to a comeback after a spell on the sidelines.

Tickets start at £15 for adults and £5 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 - read about it here.

Click here for all the details and call 01494 441118 or go online to book. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the blue pod opposite Ticket Office 1 from 1pm onwards.

Morecambe fans are accommodated in the Panache Stand - the stand on the left of the stadium as you enter through the main gates.

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
  • Cressex Park & Ride – 13.25 and 14.25
  • Adams Park – 13.35 and 14.35
  • End of Hillbottom Road – 17.10
  • Cressex 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.

Spaces for pass holders 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
The archway into the old club shop now forms the main entrance into the stadium, bringing visitors into a combined information centre, shop and reception area, with a break-out section with sofas.

The former information centre will now be used as a staff/volunteer entrance and delivery drop-off point only, while the previous reception becomes an entrance for players and officials on a matchday.

Where to go
Buying tickets for the game - Ticket Office 1 or 2
Collecting pre-booked tickets - Ticket Collection booth 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
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. Ale festival and hot food available.
  • Scores - home and away fans.
  • 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.

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.

This edition of Quarters is a 2-in-1 programme for both the Crawley and Morecambe fixtures, priced at £3.

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
Aaron Pierre ensured it was a perfect start to the season: