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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Port Vale

Match sponsored by Wycombe Leisure Centre.

23 March 2018

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Port Vale
Saturday 24th March 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Lee Swabey
Match Sponsor: Wycombe Leisure Centre

First Barnet, then Crawley – now the Chairboys have an opportunity to cap a perfect week by completing another league ‘double’ when they meet struggling Port Vale at Adams Park on Saturday.

Wanderers’ last memory of playing on home turf is one of disappointment, having conceded in stoppage time to drop two points against Cambridge a fortnight ago, having lost their two previous outings at Adams Park to Morecambe and Coventry.

It meant they had to rely on their trusted away record to return to form, and they did just that, recording successive triumphs to leap to the top of the league table based on away performance, and becoming the highest-scoring Wycombe team in any EFL season.

Three of their 73 goals so far came at Vale Park in the reverse fixture against a Valiants outfit tipped for an immediate return to League 1, but as the season has progressed, Neil Aspin’s side will now be content to avoid the drop into the National League, currently nursing a 13-game winless streak which leaves them 20th in the division.

Not familiar with a matchday at Adams Park? Read our First Time Fans Guide.

Team news

Gareth Ainsworth hopes to have Luke O’Nien available the midfielder left the field with a knee injury after a nasty challenge at Crawley, while Dan Scarr’s ankle problem continues to be assessed. Sam Saunders stepped up his rehab from a knee injury at BMI The Chiltern Hospital this week, while Michael Harriman and Anthony Stewart are also making good progress.

Vale impressed boss Neil Aspin despite losing 1-0 to Exeter on Tuesday so he could name an unchanged side, though Antony Kay could be available again and striker Dan Turner could be in contention after scoring for the reserves in midweek.

Man in the middle
Lee Swabey takes charge of his first Wanderers fixture since August 2015, when he was in the middle for a 0-0 draw at Crawley.

In total this season he’s shown 42 yellow cards and just one red in his 13 matches in the middle, awarding five penalties.

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.

This game marks the second of the Final Five fixtures, available as a bundle for £50 for adults and free in all seated areas for under 11s. Click here for information.

You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service. Fans are advised to plan their journeys in advance and allow a little more time to account for any extra traffic around the town.

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 to the right of 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, but closed after the game due to the 500 Club event. May be busier than usual before the match due to close of Woodlands Lounge.
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands – closed due to flood damage. Members are being rehoused in the Honours Lounge and Caledonian Suite.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee – home and away fans. Also open after the game until 6pm due to the closure of the Caledonian Suite to the public.

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.

Sido Jombati’s celebration at Crawley adorns the cover while inside there’s reports from two junior journalists, a look back at the last three games and a step back in time to Wycombe’s last home win against the Valiants.
Pick up a copy for £3.50 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 and marquee open to the public. Caledonian Suite closed for 500 Club event.

Can't make it?

Listen live on iFollow with Ollie Bayliss on the club's audio and video service, while overseas fans can watch the game live. Click here for details.

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Match Reports

Report: Wycombe 0-0 Port Vale

Read the report from Vale stalemate.

24 March 2018

Wycombe were unable to unlock a resilient Port Vale defence as they drew 0-0 with the Valiants at Adams Park.

The Valiants began well, targeting the right wing as their preferred route to goal, but the Blues defended well before launching forays forward of their own, with Adebayo Akinfenwa twice going close from crosses as Thompson impressed as an architect in midfield.

One chance saw keeper Ryan Boot tip a bullet header over the bar from the Wanderers’ top scorer, but they were generally well contained by the visitors, whose best effort of the opening half hour saw Ben Whitfield lash wildly over the stand from 25 yards after a corner was half-cleared.

Nathan Tyson latched on to an Akinfenwa flick-on and lashed a low ball across the face of goal as he stretched to keep the ball in play, with no team-mate on hand to tap home.

Akinfenwa’s challenge to affect the game in his usual manner was hindered by an over-zealous referee who spotted infringements every time the ball reached the Wycombe striker, and it was his team-mate Sido Jombati who rose like the Beast to meet a Jacobson corner, requiring a smart save from Boot to parry the ball behind – the last chance of the first half.

Vale made a change at the break, bringing young striker Dan Turner into the fray at the expense of Anton Forrester, before Nick Freeman was booked for going in late on the keeper as they contested an aerial ball.

Sido Jombati curled a free-kick into the wall after Akinfenwa was awarded a decision in his favour, before David Worrall was booked following a confrontation which was provoked when Vale took an ungentlemanly approach in returning the ball to Wycombe after a head injury.

Akinfenwa was then booked for persistent fouling before Wanderers introduced Scott Kashket and Craig Mackail-Smith from the bench, taking the places of Tyson and Freeman on the hour-mark.

With the game becoming stretched, Tyrone Barnett strode forward and drilled goalwards from 25 yards, forcing a smart low save from Scott Brown, before Tafari Moore and Scott Kashket combined superbly as the full-back continued his run forward but stumbled in the box as he collected the striker’s clever pass.

Matt Bloomfield replaced Thompson who appeared to have collected a knock shortly after, and the tempo of the game was cranked up a notch, with Kashket sending a swerving, dipping effort at goal which Boot did well to get his body behind.

Then Brown’s handling was equally impressive at the other end, holding on to Nathan Smith’s low strike from distance, before Wanderers went close to finding the breakthrough on the counter-attack when Bloomfield found Kashket and his pass landed in the path of Mackail-Smith, whose prodded effort under pressure was beaten away by Boot.

Marcus Bean and Kyle Howkins were both booked for fouls before Vale swapped David Worrall for Marcus Harness, and Mackail-Smith went close again, turning Akinfenwa’s knockdown goalwards only to be denied by a block from the keeper after Tafari Moore had delivered an inch-perfect free-kick.

There were five minutes of stoppage time, in which there was a goal-line clearance from Cristian Montano when Marcus Bean returned Jacobson’s free-kick into danger, but there was to be no late winner as Vale celebrated a hard-earned point despite extending their winless run to 14 games, while Wanderers rued two dropped points in the pursuit of promotion.

Attendance: 4,620 (208 Port Vale).

50/50 Result:

Blue £1 (£700.50) - 02341
Orange £2 (£161) - 00559

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Ticket News

Tickets & hospitality: Port Vale (H, 24/03)

Information for our upcoming home fixture against the Valiants.

8 March 2018

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Book your ticket for the Chairboys' home game vs Port Vale on Saturday 24th March (k.o. 3pm).

Tickets for the match are priced as follows with a £2 discount if you purchase before 5pm on Friday 23rd March.

Price Type Frank Adams Stand Beechdean Stand (Blocks C, D & E) Origin Family Stand Terrace
Adult (26-59) £22 £22 
Senior (60+) £19 £19 £15 £13
Young Adult (19-25) £17 £17 
Junior (12-18) £13 £13 £7 
Child (11 and under) £13 £13 

Don't forget - this match is the first game of our Final Five For £50 ticket offer - click here to find out more!

Call 01494 441118, visit the shop at Adams Park, or go online to book tickets. If purchasing online for the terrace, select 'Best Available' rather than 'Choose Seats'.

You have three options for receiving your tickets:

1) Have them posted to you (additional fee applies)
2) Collect them from Adams Park, either in advance or on the day of the game
3) Have the tickets sent to you via email, to print off and bring with you, or to show on your smart phone. The barcode is scanned at the turnstile to grant access.

VIP Hospitality

We have two fantastic options for you:

Honours Lounge
Enjoy a three-course meal, reserved car parking, programmes, teamsheets, half-time refreshments, top price ticket for the game and access to the Man of the Match presentation, all for just £50 per person. Season ticket holders can upgrade for only £25.

Starter: Smoked slamon with capers and shallots.

Main: Roasted chicken breast with dauphinoise potatoes, seasonal greens and red wine sauce.

Dessert: Chocolate fondant tart with vanilla ice cream.

Executive Box
All boxes are sold out for this fixture.

Call 01494 455766 or email to book your VIP hospitality package no later than 5pm on Tuesday 20th March.

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