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Match Previews

The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Bristol Rovers

All you need to know.

17 August 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Bristol Rovers
Saturday 18th August 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Kevin Johnson

After the excitement of the Carabao Cup shootout success in midweek, it's back to League 1 for the Chairboys on Saturday with Gareth Ainsworth's men hunting their first three points of the new campaign.

A positive display in the opening day stalemate with Blackpool was followed by what Ainsworth described as a "rude awakening" when Doncaster condemned the Blues to a 3-0 loss last weekend, before the feelgood factor returned thanks to the club's progress to the second round of the cup.

Now they're looking for their first League 1 win since Paul Hayes scored twice in a 3-1 win at Exeter in March 2012, and standing in their way are a Bristol Rovers outfit also seeking a first league win, though they too were successful against Crawley on Tuesday.

Recent encounters with the Pirates have been edge-of-the-seat material and another memorable encounter could be on the cards in front of a bumper crowd with more than 1,000 tickets already snapped up by Rovers fans.

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

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth has a selection headache after being impressed by his team's midweek performance, having made seven changes from the side that faced Doncaster. Scott Kashket is fit again while a late call will be made on the fitness of ex-Pirate Paris Cowan-Hall, with Nathan Tyson and Darius Charles also nearing a comeback.

Rovers made four changes in midweek and have former Wanderers loanees Tony Craig and Alex Jakubiak in their ranks, as well as recent signing Stefan Payne who netted on his debut last weekend.

Man in the middle
Referee Kevin Johnson has officiated in two games so far this season and both finished 1-0 to the away side, showing three yellows in Bradford’s win at Shrewsbury and five in Plymouth’s victory at Bristol City on Tuesday.

He finished the 2017/18 campaign with 111 yellow and nine red cards on his record from 37 games, one of which was Wanderers’ 1-0 loss to Swindon in October.

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.

Click here for ticket details.

Get your hands on the new golf umbrellas, keyrings, footballs and pens, plus the full range of replica kits, leisurewear and trainingwear. Open from 10am.

Jason McCarthy is the cover star while inside there’s the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth, Yves Ma-Kalambay, Ryan Allsop, 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.

We're giving away a free pair of Printkick sunglasses with every programme or shop purchase, and there's the chance to win exclusive prizes by posting a selfie of yourself in the glasses to social media, using the hashtag #EyesOnThePrize and tagging @wwfcofficial. Click here for full details.

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)
Buying tickets for upcoming games - Ticket Office 1
Collecting pre-booked tickets - collection pod outside Ticket Office 1
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.
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands – Members only.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Printkick Fan Zone – away fans only, with BBQ and alcoholic and soft drinks available from the marquee.

All bars show Babestation 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.

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 with Bill Turnbull and Phil Catchpole 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 1-2 Bristol Rovers

Last gasp heroics not enough as Wycombe denied a point vs the Pirates.

18 August 2018

A late goal from substitute Scott Kashket wasn’t enough as two early Bristol Rovers goals secured them all three points at Adams Park.

Goals from Ollie Clarke and Tony Craig, both from corners, put the Gas on course to victory and despite several late chances, the Chairboys couldn’t snatch a late equaliser.

Gareth Ainsworth made three changes from the side who defeated Northampton on penalties in the first round of the Carabao Cup in midweek, with Ryan Allsop returning in goal to replace Yves Ma-Kalambay. Also returning to the starting XI was Joe Jacobson and Adebayo Akinfenwa.

The early breakthrough went the way of the visitors who took the lead in the third minute. After a dangerous James Clarke cross was headed behind to safety, the resulting Liam Sercombe corner was half-cleared, but Clarke was on hand to stab home.

Wycombe had dangerous spells, with Matt Bloomfield looking lively in and around the penalty area, but gave away a number of free kicks in their own half, with Allsop on hand to save one at his near post while another was headed over.

The Chairboys did find their feet but fell further behind from another Bristol Rovers corner, Tony Craig rising highest to double the visitor’s lead.

Wycombe sparked into life after the second goal, with Randell Williams in particular looking full of running, but the ball would not fall kindly for Wycombe with Williams, Akinfenwa and Bloomfield failing to capitalise on several promising positions in front of the noisy Rovers supporters.

Rovers winger Sam Matthews had been dangerous throughout, and as he cut inside and slipped the ball between defenders, Allsop was on hand to deny Tom Nichols who was one-on-one with the Chairboys keeper.

The last chance of the half fell to Wycombe, with Akinfenwa rising highest to head a Joe Jacobson corner back into the mix. After Craig Mackail-Smith’s touch was cleared, it fell to midweek penalty shootout hero El-Abd who fired over to bring the first half to a close.

Wycombe needed a goal to start the second half and eight minutes into the second half they won a freekick in a dangerous position. A cleverly worked routine saw Jacobson find Williams unmarked. His cross to the back post found Akinfenwa whose header landed on the roof of the net.

A short while later, Craig Mackail-Smith’s cross was deflected for a corner and Jacobson’s corner again found Akinfenwa who could only head over the bar.

The chances continued to mount for Wycombe. After Liam Sercombe was booked for a cynical foul in the corner. Jacobson’s free kick found Mackail-Smith whose shot was deflected, with another corner headed over by Akinfenwa.

Rovers were clearly on the back foot and had been for much of the second half, reduced to shooting from distance, Gareth Ainsworth first brought on Scott Kashket in place of Mackail-Smith and then Nick Freeman and Sam Saunders for Matt Bloomfield and Dominic Gape as they searched for a way back into the match.

The changes worked. With less than ten minutes remaining, a goal kick from Allsop was flicked on by Akinfenwa. Rovers captain Tom Lockyer’s clearance was miscued and the ball found Scott Kashket who burst through, rounded keeper Adam Smith and tucked it home to reduce the deficit.

The Chairboys fans were envigorated by the goal and the Rovers fans becoming increasingly nervous as Wycombe pressed for a late equaliser.

Kashket had a shot tipped round the post just as the clock reached 90 minutes, and Akinfenwa had a shot cleared off the line in stoppage time but it wasn’t enough as Wycombe were denied a last minute equaliser.

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Bristol Rovers (H, 18/08)

Secure your seat!

16 July 2018

Apologies, this video is unvailable.

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' Sky Bet League One fixture against Bristol Rovers at Adams Park on Saturday 18th August (k.o. 3pm).

A £2 discount applies when match tickets are purchased before 5pm on the day preceding the fixture, while children aged 12 and under go free in all seated areas regardless of when they book, subject to availability.

2018/19 matchday ticket prices are as follows:

Price Type

Frank Adams Stand

Beechdean Stand

Origin Family Stand


Adult (26-59)





Senior (60+)





Young Adult (19-25)





Junior (13-18)





Child (12 and under)





Call 01494 441118, visit the shop at Adams Park, or go online to book tickets. If purchasing online for the terrace, select 'Terrace and Seats' 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.

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