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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Sunderland

All you need to know.

8 March 2019

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Sunderland
Saturday 9th March 2019, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Lee Swabey

There's a cup tie - almost David and Goliath - feel to a first ever meeting at Adams Park of the newly-promoted Chairboys and recently top-flight Black Cats, with the hosts looking to end a tough run of form against all odds by upsetting the promotion chasers who are unbeaten in 14 outings.

Gareth Ainsworth's men always knew a sequence of fixtures containing Luton, Barnsley, Peterborough and Sunderland would be challenging, and despite admirable showings in long periods of each game, they've left empty-handed on each occasion to leave them seeking their first point since early February.

Standing in their way are a resurgent side from the north-east, who strengthened well in January to secure their place in the Checkatrade Trophy final and apply plenty of pressure to the automatic promotion places, having won their last four, and nine in 14.

The key stories from the match at a near sold-out Adams Park will be Matt Bloomfield making his 500th appearance for the Chairboys, while lining up in the red and white of Sunderland will be Wanderers' promotion-winning hero Luke O'Nien, who's excelled at right-back for his new club.

It's a bumper crowd with plenty you need to know about; click here for our comprehensive supporter guide.

Team news
Adam El-Abd misses out as he serves the final game of his three-match suspension, while Gareth Ainsworth revealed that his squad has been hit by a virus which kept several players away from training. Darius Charles is the only confirmed absentee through injury, however.

Sunderland will make a late call on George Honeyman after he picked up an injury in midweek, but Reece James and Lee Cattermole are fit to return, and Chris Maguire is sidelined.

This is an all-ticket fixture, and close to selling out, so fans must book before 5pm on Friday. There will be none available on the day.

Sign-Up Saturday
Book your season tickets for the 2019/20 campaign by completing the application form and dropping it off in reception at Adams Park. You can download a form from here, or pick one up from reception. Full details can be found here.

Matt Bloomfield stars on the cover  and provides an insight into his pride at reaching 500 appearances for the club, while inside there's an exclusive column from Luke O'Nien, a Q&A with Luke Bolton, and the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth.

Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.

Meanwhile, if you can't get to the game, you can download a digital version of the programme on your iPhone, iPad and now also Android for £2.99 - click here for full details.

The Arriva matchday service will be running an additional vehicle, and will attempt to conduct a second shuttle, depending on local traffic.

The standard fare is £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). 

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.

The lower car park is fully booked, and the upper car park is available on a first-come-first-served basis at £5 per car, but is likely to become full by 2pm. At this stage, a sign will be placed at the top of Hillbottom Road to alert fans to seek parking elsewhere.

The club have secured additional parking at the Pladis (United Biscuits) site at the top of Hillbottom Road, again at £5 per car, while there are other options along the road into the stadium.

Street parking is also available in the vicinity of the ground, however, supporters are warned that traffic wardens patrol the area regularly and we would ask you to park sensibly, respecting our neighbours in the Sands area.

Sunderland's coaches will be parked behind the Synergy building, immediately to the right of the stadium gates as you face them.

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
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

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.
  • Additional Fan Zone - there's another marquee with a bar and BBQ at the far end of the car park, for home supporters.
  • Monty's – closed for VIP hospitality.
  • Woodlands – Members only.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Printkick Fan Zone – for away fans, with hot food and alcoholic and hot/soft drinks available from the marquee.

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.

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.
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.

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Outside the UK & Ireland: Watch live for £5!

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Match Reports

Report: Wycombe 1-1 Sunderland

Read the report from Adams Park.

9 March 2019

Duncan Watmore scored a stoppage time equaliser and three players saw red as Wycombe humbled Sunderland to a 1-1 draw at Adams Park on Saturday.

The Chairboys put in a stunning performance, particularly in the first-half when Alex Samuel grabbed a deserved goal ten minutes before the interval.

Chances fell for both sides in the second period with Tom Flanagan heading against the woodwork for the Black Cats and Matt Bloomfield seeing a good effort tipped over the bar on his 500th appearance in the light and dark blue quarters.

Despite Wycombe’s resilience, the visitors managed to sneak an equaliser in stoppage time after Watmore lashed home following a fumble from Ryan Allsop.

Gareth Ainsworth made three changes to the side who lost away at Peterborough last weekend as Marcus Bean, Luke Bolton and Nathan Tyson came in for Curtis Thompson, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Nick Freeman.

Sunderland boss Jack Ross named an unchanged side to the team that beat Plymouth in the league last Saturday.

Wycombe were coming into the game on the back of four straight defeats and were at risk of losing five in a row in the league for the first time since February 2017 but Ainsworth’s side were desperate to put their poor run of form to bed and looked bright in the opening stages.

Bloomfield was played across by Luke Bolton after some good work but a desperate challenge from Jimmy Dunne saw the dream start go begging for the hosts’ man of the moment inside just two minutes.

After creating the first chance, Bolton then had an even better one to score himself. Bloomfield latched onto a ball down the left and played it forward to Tyson. The winger got to the byline and pulled it back for Bolton at the far-post but he fired wide from five yards.

The Blues had marshalled the promotion pushing Black Cats well and were still knocking on the door as Joe Jacobson’s free-kick flew just over the bar with the home side convinced it took a deflection but the referee deemed otherwise.

Minutes later Wanderers took a deserved lead. Dominic Gape did brilliantly to beat his man and find Paris Cowan-Hall in space on the right. With Sunderland caught pressing high, Wycombe had found themselves in a two-on-one scenario which allowed Cowan-Hall to square the ball for Samuel to slot home and send Adams Park into delirium.

Sunderland had barely threatened in the first-half and Wycombe knew they’d be facing a different side after the interval.

Within five minutes of the second period Jack Ross’ side nearly equalised as Flanagan’s header rattled the bar following Grant Leadbitter’s free-kick.

The visitor’s early chance didn’t seem to faze the Chairboys though as they nearly grabbed a second when Jacobson’s corner flew across the face of goal but was just inches away from a Wycombe touch.

Heroic defending from Anthony Stewart saw Lewis Morgan’s attempt blocked before Bloomfield almost scored a goal of the season contender under the circumstances when his effort was tipped over the bar from Jon McLaughlin.

A number of injuries saw the fourth official award six minutes of additional time in which Wycombe’s resilient efforts to hold out for the slender lead were diminished as Leadbitter’s strike was fumbled by Allsop and the loose ball fell to Watmore to lash home.

That late goal saw tensions flare as a touchline bust up minutes later saw George Honeyman and Tyson, who had both already been substituted, see red from referee Lee Swabey and a late tackle from Bean once play had eventually resumed saw him pick up a second yellow card.

Despite being a man down, the Chairboys were able to hold on to the draw when the final whistle was finally blown 13 minutes into stoppage time.

The result sees the Blues remain 12th ahead of their midweek fixture against Accrington Stanley at Adams Park on Tuesday.

Attendance: 8,422 (2,723 Sunderland)

50/50 Result:
£1 Draw (£961.50) - 37751
£2 Draw (£223) - 29064

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Ticket News

TICKETS OFF SALE: Sunderland (H, 09/03), ALL-TICKET

Away fans to be housed in Beechdean Stand as well as Lords Builders Merchants Stand.

17 January 2019

Ticket sales have now surpassed 8,300 for the game against Sunderland at Adams Park on Saturday 9th March, where the club have agreed to extend the allocation of tickets available for away fans to the Beechdean Stand as well as the Lords Builders Merchants Stand.

In addition to the regular allocation of 1,800 seats behind one goal in the Lords Builders Merchants Stand, the Black Cats will also receive approximately 900 seats in the Beechdean Stand, along one side of the pitch.

Wanderers fans who hold season tickets in the Beechdean Stand have been contacted to reallocate their tickets for this fixture, and will be able to claim a free guest ticket each for the game against Accrington Stanley at Adams Park three days later as a gesture of goodwill for any inconvenience caused.

Tickets for Wycombe supporters are now on general sale. This fixture has now been made all-ticket for both sets of supporters, meaning that no tickets will be available to buy on the day of the game.

Home fans looking to buy online will need a previous ticket history – within the past 12 months – in order to complete the purchase; alternatively they will need to call the ticket office on 01494 441118 or visit the shop at Adams Park.

Away supporters will only be able to purchase tickets from Sunderland’s ticket office, in accordance with their selling policy.

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.

To view ticket information for our upcoming games, please click here.

Please note: All VIP Hospitality and Executive Boxes for this fixture have now sold out.

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