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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Forest Green

All you need to know.

1 September 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and much more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Forest Green Rovers
Saturday 2nd September 2017, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Scott Oldham

A first ever EFL meeting between the two clubs could see a raft of debutants on either side after the transfer window closed on Thursday night with both managers content with their recruitment.

Rovers added winger Will Randall and forward Toni Gomes to their ranks ahead of the deadline, although their attentions on Saturday may be at the other end of the pitch, having conceded the second most goals in the division so far.

They come up against a Wanderers side with the second most goals scored, and Gareth Ainsworth’s frontline has been bolstered by the arrival of striker Josh Umerah and creative midfielder Ebere Eze in the past week, as well as defender Dan Scarr.

Wycombe have also conceded more than they would have liked and are eyeing first clean sheet and home win of the new season, while Forest Green hunt their first point on the road as an EFL club.

Team news
Wycombe will be without Sam Saunders and Scott Kashket due to injury, but Nathan Tyson could return while Eze and Scarr are in contention for debuts.

Rovers boss Mark Cooper could be tempted to make a change in goal, with Sam Russell keeping a clean sheet in their midweek Checkatrade Trophy win.

Man in the middle
Scott Oldham takes charge of just his third EFL match, having been promoted from the National League in the summer.

He showed a red card to Grimsby’s Sam Jones at Stevenage, while he’s shown six yellows in total.

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).

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 (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 and away fans. 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 have teamed up with programme suppliers Ignition Sports Media to become one of the first clubs to introduce augmented reality to its matchday programme, enabling fans to unlock online content by scanning pages with a smartphone.

Via the free app ‘Layar’, fans can scan any page which displays the Layar icon to access online content which will include exclusive videos, competitions and special offers.

Beginning with a soft launch this Saturday for the game against Forest Green Rovers, supporters will be able to scan the front cover image of new loan signing Josh Umerah to watch a short video message from the Charlton striker, and also scan the back cover from 2.30pm onwards to view the teamsheet from that game.

Future editions will include more unlockable content – all for free – simply by scanning pages using the Layar app.

Download Layar today, ready for use on Saturday’s edition of Parklife, which costs just £3.50 from volunteer sellers around the ground.

Included in the programme are a six-page tribute to departing striker Paul Hayes, an away day review of the trip to Grimsby by Dan McDonald, columns from Gareth Ainsworth and Matt Bloomfield, reports and photos from the last two matches and all you need to know about the visitors, written by Tom Hancock.

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 - phone lines and shop open.
12pm - Ticket Office 1 open.
12pm - Caledonian Suite, Monty's and marquee 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. Caledonian Suite and Monty's open.
5.15pm - Q&A in the Caledonian Suite.

Can't make it?
Listen live on iFollow with Phil Catchpole 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 3-1 Forest Green

Cowan-Hall, Stewart and O'Nien on target.

2 September 2017

An outstanding first-half display set the Chairboys on their way to a first home win of the season in their first ever EFL meeting with Forest Green Rovers.

Paris Cowan-Hall struck first with a crisp low shot before Anthony Stewart and Luke O’Nien continued the barnstorming start to the match to put Wanderers out of sight.

Christian Doidge converted from close range midway through the second period to give Rovers hope, but the result never looked in doubt as Wycombe made it three league wins from five played.

Gareth Ainsworth stuck with the same XI that defeated Grimsby last weekend, keeping new loan signings Josh Umerah, Ebere Eze and Dan Scarr on the bench, and a fast start to the game saw both sides go close to opening the scoring in the first three minutes.

Liam Noble forced a smart save from Scott Brown with a dangerous free-kick from 20 yards, before Brown’s long kick forward put his opposite number Sam Russell under pressure, but his dropped catch fell to safety.

Then Paris Cowan-Hall came close to converting a header from a whipped cross from the left, Adebayo Akinfenwa had a header of his own diverted wide for a corner, and Craig Mackail-Smith’s acrobatic overhead kick landed in the side netting.

The breakthrough came on seven minutes through a clinical first-time strike from Paris Cowan-Hall, thrashing a loose ball low into the net after Akinfenwa and Mackail-Smith both unsettled the defence.

Rovers struggled to get a foothold in the game, being harried all over the pitch by a fired-up Chairboys outfit, but they were inches away from levelling when Noble’s exquisite free-kick bounced back off the inside of the post and flew back across the face of goal.

However, Wanderers struck again midway through the first half, doubling their lead with a strikers’ finish from Anthony Stewart. A deep cross from the right from Cowan-Hall evaded Akinfenwa but Stewart had stayed forward from a set-piece and showed elegance to control the ball, shift it past his man and drill it into the bottom corner from 15 yards.

Confidence oozed through the hosts, and a sublime burst between two defenders from Matt Bloomfield wasn’t quite matched by the cutback as the Blues looked to rattle home a third.

Then Akinfenwa rolled the ball just past the far post after Mackail-Smith’s low cross reached the striker on his left foot, and Bloomfield again sprinted past a defender into the box but Russell thwarted him just in time, darting from his line.

The third goal was no less than Wycombe deserved, and Akinfenwa was unlucky that it wasn’t his name on the scoresheet after charging at goal, taking advantage of another defensive mishap. Noble passed the ball straight to the striker, but his low shot was parried out by Russell into the path of Luke O’Nien, who gleefully rolled the ball into the net.

Rovers boss Mark Cooper reacted with an immediate substitution, bringing on Emmanuel Monthe for a man-marking job on Akinfenwa, with Alex Iacovitti the unfortunate man to make way.

But chances kept coming. Stewart could have had a second goal, but his downward bouncing header was well tipped away by Russell after the defender peeled away to meet Joe Jacobson’s deep free-kick.

There was a scare when Noble converted a loose ball in stoppage time, but the offside flag had already been raised to deny Rovers any consolation before the break. Another offside flag at the other denied Mackail-Smith a first Wycombe goal ahead of the whistle, after more superb play from Bloomfield and Akinfenwa.

The half-time whistle was met with rapturous applause from the home supporters but howls of derision from the away fans, who may have been cheered to see Toni Gomes handed a debut from the bench in the second period, with Dan Wishart making way.

But the game carried a familiar pattern after the break, Stewart continued to excel at the back and displayed consummate calmness with the ball at his feet, driving forward some 50 yards in one instance before teeing up Cowan-Hall to win a corner.

Stewart and Noble both missed the target with half-chances at either end, while Scott Laird bent a free-kick well over the bar on the hour-mark.

Forest Green’s final substitution arrived shortly after when Shamir Mullings replaced Drissa Traore, prompting a change in formation to play three up top.

Then came another flowing Wycombe move when Luke O’Nien won the ball back high up the pitch and it found its way to Matt Bloomfield, whose low ball was almost met by the onrushing Mackail-Smith before being turned behind for a corner.

But the hosts’ hopes of a clean sheet were dashed midway through the half when Christian Doidge pulled one back at the second attempt, seeing his initial header bounce back off the post before nodding the rebound into an empty net with Scott Brown stranded.

It came against the run of play, with Brown having been a spectator for most of the game, and Wycombe freshened thing up with a change as Josh Umerah took the place of Mackail-Smith in attack.

Adam El-Abd did well to hook the ball away from danger after a Forest Green free-kick bounced awkwardly in front of Brown and escaped his grasp, before Umerah was denied a maiden senior goal by a last-gasp tackle from Dale Bennett after reaching Brown’s long ball and controlling it neatly into his own path in the box.

Marcus Bean came on for Matt Bloomfield, who’d collected a knock, before O’Nien collected a yellow card for leaving the ground to contest a loose ball with Noble.

Umerah then again came close, with Wycombe’s hunger on show as Michael Harriman won the ball back by the corner flag, and as the move stayed alive, Jacobson flashed a low cross into the six-yard box but the Charlton loanee couldn’t quite connect.

Nick Freeman replaced Paris Cowan-Hall at the start of five minutes’ stoppage time, in which the hosts saw the game out with no late drama to move to 10 points from five games.

50/50 Draw Numbers

Blue £1: 03110
Prize: £490.00

Orange £2: 28303
Prize: £49.00

Sponsors’ man of the match (Beechdean): Anthony Stewart

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Forest Green Rovers (H, 02/09)

30 August 2017

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' home fixture vs Forest Green Rovers on Saturday 2nd September (k.o. 3pm).

Wycombe take on Forest Green in their first ever league meeting, and tickets for the match are priced as follows with a £2 discount if you purchase before 5pm on Friday 1st September.

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 

Ticket prices have been frozen for the new season, with the added bonus that the qualifying age for free tickets in the Origin Family Stand has been raised from 7 to 11.

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
Watch the match in style with a VIP hospitality package, either with fellow guests in the Honours Lounge or in your own exclusive executive box.

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.

Executive Box
Watch the game from the best seat in the house - outside your very own executive box. You'll receive 12 tickets, a three-course meal, reserved car parking, programmes, teamsheets, half-time refreshments, a player visit pre-match and a welcome in the matchday programme.  An executive box for this fixture costs £1,285 + VAT.

Call 01494 455766 or email to book your VIP hospitality package no later than 5pm on Thursday 31st August.

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