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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Blackpool

All you need to know.

3 August 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more..

Wycombe Wanderers vs Blackpool
Saturday 4th August 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley

Build-Up: Read what the manager had to say

At 3pm on Saturday, Wycombe Wanderers will step out to play League 1 football at Adams Park for the first time in six years, having earned their place in the third tier following a sensational campaign last season.

A 4-3 home loss to Notts County - with two stoppage-time goals conceded - condemned the Chairboys to League 2 in 2012 and the return journey has been far from smooth, with relegation scares and play-off heartache along the way.

But, they're back, and eager to get stuck into Blackpool on day one having retained the vast majority of the squad that got them to League 1, with a handful of additions.

The Tangerines made their return to the third tier in 2017 and enjoyed a year of consolidation, but Gary Bowyer's men will be almost unrecognisable following a hectic summer of transfer activity in and out of the door, setting up an intriguing yet thoroughly unpredictable opening day clash.

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

Team news
Ryan Allsop and Marcus Bean could come up against their former clubs while the club are waiting on news of the injury Nathan Tyson picked up against Maidenhead in the final pre-season friendly; he too spent time with the Seasiders five years ago. Darius Charles and Scott Kashket also continue to be assessed after picking up knocks.

Blackpool's preparation has been hit by uncertainty surrounding the future of star defender Curtis Tilt, in the midst of plenty of transfer speculation, but there'll be plenty of debuts dished out by Gary Bowyer with former Maidenhead man Harry Pritchard amongst them.

Man in the middle
Nicholas Kinseley visited Adams Park twice last season, for the 1-0 win over Chesterfield and 1-1 draw with Cambridge.

He showed 124 yellow and six red cards in 29 matches in charge.

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.

Tickets CAN be purchased on arrival, from Ticket Office 1, or cash turnstiles to the terrace and away stand.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the blue pod outside Ticket Office 1.

Season Ticket Collections
Any season ticket holder who has not collected his/her card for the new campaign can do so from the shop - or just outside - from 10am. Click here for full details.

Get your hands on the new kit, the promotion-winning DVD, plus some new pocket money items, leisurewear and trainingwear. Open from 10am.

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 12 and under are charged half price (£1.50 single or £2 return). 

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 12 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 outside 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 outside 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. Ale festival in operation Open at half-time for fans in the Beechdean Stand and terrace. Open after the game with Q&A session at 5.15pm.
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands – Members only.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee – home and away fans, with BBQ and alcoholic and soft drinks available.

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.

Ryan Allsop is the cover star while inside there’s the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield, Bucks Free Press reporter Nick Tunney and Ian Baker, and Tom Hancock introduces the visitors.
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. Caledonian Suite and Monty's open to the public.
5.15pm - Q&A in Caledonian Suite.

Can't make it?

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

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Match Reports

Report: Wycombe 0-0 Blackpool

All-square on day one.

4 August 2018

Wanderers kicked off life in League 1 with a 0-0 draw with Blackpool at Adams Park - the third consecutive goalless stalemate between the two sides in league meetings.

Wycombe had the greater chances over the 90 minutes but couldn't discover their clinical streak of last season to force the ball beyond Mark Howard, though the visitors did threaten on occasions with Chris Taylor going closest from a free-kick.

Michael Harriman was sent off in the closing stages for a second yellow card but a draw was the least the the Chairboys deserved ahead of a trip to Doncaster Rovers next week.

The two starting XIs could barely have been more contrasting in terms of experience within their club, as Wanderers fielded 10 of the side that finished last season with Ryan Allsop making a second debut in goal, while Blackpool handed debuts to eight of their summer signings.

And it was Wycombe who started strongest, with Paris Cowan-Hall’s pace causing problems in behind the Tangerines’ backline. Firstly he shot straight at the keeper whilst trying to catch him off-guard with an early shot, and then lashed wide with his left foot after beating the offside trap in the box.

Chris Taylor talked his way into the book as the visitors appealed for an alleged elbow on 7 minutes, but referee Nicholas Kinseley waved away their protests and dished out the first yellow card of the new season to the former Oldham man.

A stop-start then ensued, but the hosts remained on top and a delicious cross from deep from Sam Saunders gave Adebayo Akinfenwa his first half-chance, holding off his man but sending his stooping header wide.

Blackpool’s attempts to play the ball out from the back at times were hampered by boundless energy from Wanderers, closing them down, winning it back and attacking at speed, showing no signs of any summer hangover. Akinfenwa again went close, glancing a deep free-kick into the side netting, before the referee called a drinks break, allowing for both sides to regroup on a sweltering afternoon.

The interruption didn’t dent Wycombe’s swagger, though. Moments after the restart, Akinfenwa connected well with a low volley which was deflected behind by the legs of keeper Mark Howard.

It took until the 34th minute for the Tangerines to register a shot and it was a harmless header from Nathan Delfouneso which sailed wide, before Randell Williams miscued a difficult chance off-target after Anthony Stewart returned Joe Jacobson’s deep free-kick into danger.

Adam El-Abd was booked for a foul on Joe Dodoo as the striker looked to break away, and Chris Taylor’s free-kick put hearts in mouths as it curled exquisitely towards the top corner, missing by inches as it bounced clear off the angle of bar and post.

Akinfenwa headed a Jacobson free-kick wide and Marcus Bean saw a shot blocked with the final chance of the half – one in which the Blues had impressed, and displayed a typically gritty work ethic, without really finding the cutting edge to trouble Howard.

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer swapped Michael Nottingham for John O’Sullivan at the break, but he was fortunate not to see his side fall behind as Akinfenwa planted a free header wide from Jacobson’s superb corner from the right.

Chris Taylor’s low shot from distance was well held by Ryan Allsop, and the keeper safely gathered Delfouneso’s glancing header as the visitors upped their game, but Wycombe roared back, seeing Matt Bloomfield’s shot blocked before Michael Harriman’s fantastic shot from distance was tipped behind.

Chris Taylor made way for Jordan Thompson on 63 minutes before Cowan-Hall headed Bloomfield’s cross wide, and then Joe Jacobson’s excellent through-ball gave Randell Williams a shooting chance in the box, but Howard diverted it behind with an outstretched boot.

From the corner, Akinfenwa’s diving header was blocked, ahead of a second drinks break of the match, with an intriguing quarter of the match still to play with deadlock intact.

Two more changes ensued; one for each side – Armand Gnanduillet for Joe Dodoo and Nick Freeman for Cowan-Hall – before Harry Pritchard’s well-hit volley was thankfully too close to Allsop, and the keeper held.

Then on came Craig Mackail-Smith, replacing Adebayo Akinfenwa in attack, before Nick Freeman’s cross almost dipped beneath the crossbar, needing a touch from Howard to keep it out.

Ben Heneghan headed over at the other end as the clock ticked towards 90, before referee Kinseley awarded a second yellow to Blues’ right-back Michael Harriman for a push on Delfouneso, prompting Wanderers’ third change with Sido Jombati replacing Randell Williams.

Four minutes of added time gave the visitors hope of finding a late winner, particularly with the help of a soft free-kick awarded in their favour late on, but Adam El-Abd made a fine diving block to keep out Jordan Thompson’s low shot to secure the draw.

Attendance: 5,115 (459 away)

Winning 50/50 Draw Numbers
Blue £1 – 00808 (£699.50 prize money)
Orange £2 – 2512 (£97.00 prize money)

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Ticket News

Season tickets available to collect before kick-off

All supporters who paid postage should have received theirs.

3 August 2018

Season ticket holders who are yet to collect their card for the new 2018/19 campaign can do so before kick-off at Saturday's opening day fixture against Blackpool at Adams Park.

All supporters who opted to pay for postage should have received their season ticket via the post; anyone who has not yet received theirs should email or call 01494 441118 to arrange a re-print, which can be collected from Adams Park.

Visit the shop from 10am to collect your season ticket; from around 1pm the collection point will move to a table outside the shop.

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