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Wycombe Wanderers vs Notts County
Saturday 19th August 2017, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Michael Salisbury
With four points from two league games and a new striker in the building, the feelgood factor is buzzing again around the walls of Adams Park as they look to extend a successful run of form – which stretches back to the end of last season – with another positive result against Notts County.
The Magpies are one of just two clubs to have defeated the Chairboys in the league since February, winning 1-0 at Adams Park in March, and they return with a new-look squad which carries the expectation of a top-seven finish, having been threatened with relegation at times last year.
They’ve made 13 signings over the summer but it’s the Wanderers’ new arrival that will be the talk of the town ahead of kick-off, following the announcement of Craig Mackail-Smith putting pen to paper on a one-year deal.
A sunny day and vibrant atmosphere awaits another strong-sized crowd following the entertainment of the 2-2 draw with Lincoln in front of 5,300 fans on day one – this time the Blues will hoping to go one better and secure all three points.
Gareth Ainsworth has a decision to make whether or not to thrust Mackail-Smith straight into the starting line-up, while he’ll hope to have Paris Cowan-Hall available again after the frontman came off injured at Port Vale last weekend. Anthony Stewart is back in contention after an ankle complaint.
County boss Kevin Nolan will also be juggling with selection options having lost their opening league and cup fixtures but then beating Chesterfield in League 2 and Everton under-23s in the Checkatrade Trophy. Jonathan Forte impressed in their midweek triumph but has a challenge on his hands to displace former Premier League duo Jon Stead and Shola Ameobi.
Man in the middle
Wanderers experienced mixed fortunes with Michael Salisbury in charge of their games last season; he officiated in the 5-0 FA Cup win at Chesterfield, but then awarded a controversial late penalty to Crewe and sent Gareth Ainsworth to the stands in a 2-1 defeat in February.
His last two games as a referee have seen the home side score five times each, while he’s showed just six yellow cards in his three matches overall.
Chairboys fans can benefit from a £2 discount when they book before 5pm on Friday; click here for all the details including prices and how to book. Phone lines open from 10am on the day of the game, while tickets can be bought on arrival from Ticket Office 1 and 2 (both open at noon).
Scott Brown is the main man in Saturday's edition of Parklife and to mark the occasion, the shop are offering free name and number printing on every goalkeeper shirt bought from the shop on Saturday.
The Chairboys take on Notts County at Adams Park and goalkeeper Scott Brown is the man in the spotlight with a special interview with media man Tom Jarvis.
As well as the shirt printing offer, Brown's signed PEAK gloves are up for grabs - the names of all supporters who buy a replica shirt before the match will be entered into a draw which will be made at half-time.
Shirts are priced at £42 in adult sizes and £35 in junior sizes; visit the shop from 10am on Saturday. Note that shirts will be printed during the match, so fans can make their purchase before the game and collect it afterwards.
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.
Regular service (for 3pm kick-offs)
- Wycombe Railway Station – 13.05 and 14.05
- Eden Bus Station – 13.15 and 14.15
- Handy Cross Park & Ride – 13.25 and 14.25
- Adams Park – 13.35 and 14.35
- End of Hillbottom Road – 17.10
- Handy Cross 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 an additional club-run car park behind Origin Global (on the left before the Adams Park gates), priced at £5 a car.
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.
Blue badge holders are required to pre-book one of 15 complimentary parking spaces via the ticket office; otherwise the standard £5 charge applies.
Where to go
Buying tickets for this game - Ticket Office 1 or 2 (from 12pm).
Collecting pre-booked tickets - collection pod opposite Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries - Ticket Office 1, window 4
Shop - through the shop doors
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 - collection pod opposite Ticket Office 1
Staff/deliveries - delivery entrance to the left of the shop
Kids zone - the WWSET inflatable target practice will be next to the marquee by the car park entrance.
Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 12pm.
- Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Ale festival in operation. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands.
- Monty's - home fans only. Open after the game.
- Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
- Honours - VIP hospitality.
- Marquee - open to home and away fans, with a BBQ and selection of alcoholic and soft drinks available.
All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls, with the exception of the marquee.
The BBQ, which serves burgers, hot dogs and steak burgers, will also be open at half-time, close to the entrance to the Caledonian Suite.
Inside the stadium, each stand is serviced by a kiosk serving hot and cold food and drink.
Wanderers' official matchday programme 'Parklife' has new signing Craig Mackail-Smith on the front cover while there’s an interview with Scott Brown and columns from Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield and general manager Michael Davies.
Adrian Wood revisits the first and last meetings with the Magpies, while there’s also a look at the Chairboys’ top 10 goal celebrations in recent times.
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 £ tickets from our vendors around the ground to be entered into the draw, where 50% of the takings go into the prize find and the other 50% goes to support club projects.
10am - phone lines and shop open.
12pm - Ticket Office 1 and 2 open.
12pm - Caledonian Suite & Monty's bars open for home fans. Marquee open for away fans.
1pm - collection point at blue pod open.
1pm - players begin to arrive.
1.30pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
2pm - teams announced via Twitter.
2.10pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
2.55pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
3pm - kick-off.
3.45pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands have access to the Caledonian Suite.
4pm - second half commences.
4.45pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite and Monty's open.
5.15pm - Q&A in the Caledonian Suite.
Can't make it?
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