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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Preston

All you need to know.

5 January 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End
Saturday 6th January 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Peter Bankes

Fourth in the league, playing enterprising football and scoring plenty – it’s a good time to be a Chairboys fan, and it could get a whole lot better if Wanderers can pull off a cup shock against Preston North End tomorrow.

It’s the club’s first FA Cup meeting with a second-tier side since they saw off Wimbledon in that incredible fifth-round replay in 2001, and fame and fortune could lie in wait if they can repeat last year’s feat of reaching the fourth stage and facing Premier League opposition.

But standing in their way is one of the Championships’ most in-form sides; a well-organised, disciplined Preston side who’ve started life impressively under new boss Alex Neil, placing themselves amongst the dark horses for a shot at promotion in the second half of the year.

Gareth Ainsworth was a hit with the North End fans during three different spells in his playing career, but he’d lose a little popularity if he were to mastermind an upset for his troops, who’ve won six of their last seven outings at Adams Park, and are in the mood for another victory which would no doubt be their best of the lot.

Visiting Adams Park for the first time? Read our Fans Guide here.

The build-up
- Gareth Ainsworth looks ahead to an extra-special game
- Marcus Bean eyes a giant-killing - a last!
- Freeview video: Gareth Ainsworth

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth will make a late call on the fitness of Dominic Gape after he picked up a knock in the 2-1 win at Forest Green on Monday, but Matt Bloomfield should shrug off his minor injury in time and could be joined by Adam El-Abd, who is set to return after four games out.

However, Anthony Stewart (calf), Sido Jombati (knee), Michael Harriman (leg) and Scott Kashket (pelvis) aren’t likely to make it.

Preston could hand a debut to new signing Billy Bodin, who arrived this week from Bristol Rovers, but fellow new arrival Louis Moult is expected to miss out, along with Eoin Doyle, Tommy Spurr, Josh Earl and Sean Maguire.

Boss Alex Neil has hinted at changes without wanting to name a weakened side, in a bid to reach round four.

Man in the middle
Most of Peter Bankes’ 25 games in the middle this season have come in League 1 or the Championship, showing six red and 88 yellow cards. He’s officiated in two Preston games – a 1-1 home draw with Barnsley and a 2-0 loss to Aston Villa.

He hasn’t been involved in a Wycombe fixture since the League 2 play-off semi-final first leg at Plymouth, when the Blues were victorious with a 3-2 win.

Tickets for this game can be purchased on the day of the game, at no extra cost.

Prices are listed below; all areas of the stadium will be open for this fixture.

Adult (Seating): £20
Adult (Terrace): £15
Seniors (60+) (Seating): £15
Seniors (60+) (Terrace): £13
Young Adult (19-25) (Seating): £15
Young Adult (19-25) (Terrace): £13
Juniors (18 and under): £5

To purchase tickets call 01494 441118, buy online, or visit the ticket office at Adams Park.

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

Arriva operate a matchday service at a standard fare of £3 single or £4 return, irrespective of where passengers join or leave the service. Children aged 11 and under are charged half price (£1.50 single or £2 return). 

Saturday 3pm kick-offs:
Handy Cross Hub – 12.55 and 13.55
Rail Station – 13.05 and 14.05
Frogmoor – 13.10 and 14.10
Bus Station – 13.15 and 14.15
Adams Park – 13.30 and 14.30

The return service will depart from Adams Park approximately 20 minutes after full-time, calling at the same pick-up/drop-off points.

Fares will be charged as follows:

Adult Single: £3
Adult Return: £4
Child Single: £1.50
Child Return: £2

Children are classed as ages 11 and under.

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 (from 12pm).
Collecting pre-booked tickets - collection pod opposite Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries and tickets for away games - 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 outside the marquee.

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 12pm. 

  • Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Mini ale festival in operation. Open at half-time for fans in the Beechdean Stand and terrace, and after the game
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee – home and away fans.

All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls.

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

Gareth Ainsworth is the cover star, while inside there’s a review of the Chairboys’ recent love affair with the FA Cup, a look at previous encounters with North End and a poster of Luke O’Nien.

Pick up a copy for £2.50 around the ground.

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.

Matchday timetable
10am - shop open.
12pm - Ticket Office 1 open.
12pm - Caledonian Suite and Monty's open.
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. Monty's open.
5.15pm – Q&A in Caledonian Suite

Can't make it?

Listen live on iFollow with Phil Catchpole and Geoff Doyle on the club's new and improved audio and video service, while overseas fans can watch the game live for the first time. Click here for details.

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Match Reports

Report: Wycombe 1-5 Preston

Read the report from the Emirates FA Cup third round tie at Adams Park.

6 January 2018

Wycombe were knocked out of the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Preston North End, as they went down 5-1 to the Lilywhites in the third round at Adams Park.

Braces from Josh Harrop and Alan Browne, and Daryl Horgan's deflected strike saw the visitors make safe passage to the next stage with Luke O’Nien on target for the Chairboys; at the time making the game 2-1.

Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to his starting XI for this one, with Marcus Bean coming in at right-back for Dominic Gape, the fit again Adam El-Abd came back to skipper the side in place of Will De Havilland and Nathan Tyson replaced Craig Mackail-Smith in the front three. There was also a welcome return to the bench for Scott Kashket as he works his way back to full-fitness.

It was a nightmare start for the Chairboys as they went behind to a free-kick with less than two minutes played. Harrop curled home the set-piece with a sumptuous curling effort from 20-yards out after Daryl Horgan was pulled back by O’Nien for the foul.

Preston continued to look a threat as Scott Brown got down low to divert Harrop's chance over the bar with 14 minutes played. Tom Clarke would head wide soon after, before Callum Robinson drilled over after wriggling into a shooting position on 18 minutes.

Back Preston came again as Wycombe struggled to get a foothold in the game. Brown once more getting down well to deny Robinson as fired low on his left foot, sticking out a leg to fling it behind for a corner.

At the other end, Nick Freeman looped one over on 26 minutes, after the ball landed at his feet following a spell of pinball in the box, which started from Joe Jacobson’s free-kick into a good area.

That gave Wycombe and Freeman a spark, and he and Adebayo Akinfenwa linked up well with the former seeing his shot deflect behind for a corner with just over 30 minutes played. From the resulting set-piece the ball would drop to Freeman again in the box, but he failed to hit the target.

The combination of Bayo and Freeman looked to be PNE’s biggest cause for concern - Freeman this time making space down the right, crossing to the Beast who headed wide at the back-stick.

Wycombe were made to pay for not taking their chances when on top, as Preston clinically made it two with 38 minutes played. The ball was half-cleared to Browne on the edge, and he sent a thunderous and perfectly-timed shot past Brown to double the visitors’ advantage.

Wanderers were down, but certainly not out as they reduced the deficit with one minute of normal time remaining in the first period. Freeman, who was Wycombe’s best player in the first-half, threaded it through to O’Nien who saw his cross-shot deflected into the net off Horgan.

Still all to play for at the break.

Half-time: Wycombe 1-2 Preston

Ainsworth made a switch at half-time with Sam Saunders being replaced by De Havilland. Bean would slot into his more usual holding role and De Havilland would operate at full-back.

Wycombe came out fighting, and laid down their intentions early as Freeman hit wide after a nice flick on Akinfenwa with two minutes of the half played.

But it was Preston who would find the net next on 50 minutes, as Horgan used good trickery to get a yard in the box, before sending a shot beyond Brown after taking a wicked deflection off De Havilland.

Wycombe with nothing to lose continued to press for a way back into the game. The ball fell loose to Akinfenwa in the box after Dan Scarr’s flick-on but he could only hit wide, though the flag was already up.

Blues were almost out of the tie just past the hour-mark as Robinson got beyond El-Abd and Scarr and before sending a right-footed shot just beyond the post.

Gareth then made his second switch, and it was time for the return of Kashket as he replaced Bloomfield to an outstanding ovation with 20 left to play.

PNE were given a glorious chance to seal their passage to round four as referee Peter Bankes spotted a pull on Paul Huntington and pointed to the spot. Browne made no mistake and bagged a brace from 12-yards on 78 minutes.

Changes for both sides after that goal as Daniel Johnson and Andy Boyle replaced new signing Billy Bodin and Calum Woods for Preston, before Paris Cowan-Hall came on for Jacobson as Blues went three at the back.

The scoreline was cruel on Brown who had made number of great saves during the game. He denied Robinson once more with seven left on the clock, and that was to be Robinson’s last action as he was replaced by Paul Gallagher.

Brown could not prevent Harrop from getting his second and the Lilywhites fifth however, as Greg Cunningham picked the striker out with a pinpoint cross and he nodded it beyond the Chairboys keeper to cap off a convincing win for Alex Neil’s side.

Attendance: 4,928 (791 Preston)

50/50 Draw:
Blue £1: 21743 (Prize: £764.00)
Orange £2: 32609 (Prize: 119.00)

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Ticket News

Emirates FA Cup: Preston North End tickets on general sale

Secure your seat for the third round tie.

31 December 2017

Tickets for the Emirates FA Cup third round tie vs Preston North End at Adams Park on Saturday 6th January (k.o. 3pm) are now on general sale.

Prices are listed below; all areas of the stadium will be open for this fixture.

Adult (Seating): £20
Adult (Terrace): £15
Seniors (60+) (Seating): £15
Seniors (60+) (Terrace): £13
Young Adult (19-25) (Seating): £15
Young Adult (19-25) (Terrace): £13
Juniors (18 and under): £5

To purchase tickets call 01494 441118, buy online, or visit the shop at Adams Park.

VIP Hospitality
Enjoy VIP treatment in the Honours Lounge with a pre-match meal, parking, teamsheets, programmes, pre-match Q&A and post-match Man of the Match presentation for just £50 per person, which includes your match ticket. Email or call 01494 455766 to book.

Executive Boxes
Executive boxes are available for £720 + VAT, to include tickets for up to 12 guests, a one-course meal, player visit, parking, teamsheets, programmes and half-time refreshments. Email or call 01494 455766 to book.

Disabled parking
All disabled parking spots are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so please contact the ticket office on 01494 441118 to pre-book a slot. You will be required to display a blue badge on arrival at the car park.

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