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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Rochdale

All you need to know.

23 October 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Rochdale
Tuesday 23rd October 2018, k.o. 7.45pm
Adams Park
Referee: Brett Huxtable

The walls of Adams Park will still be buzzing from the roars that greeted Craig Mackail-Smith's winner on Saturday when fans of the Chairboys return to the ground on Tuesday night, eager to see their side rack up a third successive home victory.

There was a time when the Blues were hopeless at home on Tuesday night league games - they failed to record a win in such fixtures from March 2012 to April 2015 - but victories last season over Crewe and Swindon delivered not just three points but phenomenal entertainment which had been unrivalled before this weekend's drama against Scunthorpe.

Now the challenge is on to take down a Rochdale outfit buoyed by their first league win since mid-September, seeing off Bradford on Saturday courtesy of Ian Henderson's eighth and ninth goals of the campaign. Boss Keith Hill is a known admirer of Gareth Ainsworth, and steered his side to safety on the final day of last year, though in truth they were better than the league table suggested, with a cup run and a major pitch problem thwarting their upward progress.

Dale spoiled the party with a late winner in Gareth Ainsworth's first match as permanent manager of the Blues back in November 2012, and have won five times in nine visits to Adams Park, but Wycombe are gradually adjusting to the third tier and are hungry for that third straight home win.

*Click here to read our First Time Fans Guide*

Team news
Wycombe are without Ryan Allsop and Dominic Gape through suspension, while Anthony Stewart, Darius Charles, Marcus Bean and Nathan Tyson remain in the treatment room.

Rochdale made five changes at the weekend, and won, so Hill could name the same team, though keeper Magnus Norman is available again after suspension and could dislodge Brendan Moore.

Man in the middle
Referee Brett Huxtable officiated a fiery 1-1 draw between Mansfield and Wycombe in 2016, and was also in charge of Wanderers' wins at Colchester and Solihull last season.

This term he's shown 41 yellow cards in 13 matches, and three reds, all in the same fixture - when Southend met Charlton.

Wanderers will be playing in their regular light and dark blue kit.

All under 12s go free as normal - click here for full details.

There's a recap of the thrilling win over Scunthorpe with photos, an interview with Craig Mackail-Smith and Gareth Ainsworth's column, along with plenty of other features.

This edition is £3.50 and available from around the ground.

The Arriva bus service is in operation for this fixture.

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). 

Midweek 7.45pm kick-offs:
Handy Cross Hub – 17.40 and 18.40
Rail Station – 17.50 and 18.50
Frogmoor – 17.55 and 18.55
Bus Station – 18.00 and 19.00
Adams Park – 18.15 and 19.15

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 7.15pm, 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 5.30pm).
Collecting pre-booked tickets - 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 - main reception
Staff/deliveries - delivery entrance to the left of the shop

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 6pm. 

  • Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands. Now serving tea and coffee before, after and at half-time, from the food bar.
  • Monty's – home and away fans.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - 1887 Business Club only.
  • Printkick Fan Zone – closed.

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.

Matchday timetable
10am - phone lines and shop open.
5.30pm - Ticket Office 1 opens.
5.45pm - players begin to arrive.
6pm - Caledonian Suite open.
6.15pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
6.45pm - teams announced via Twitter.
6.55pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
7pm - warm-up begins.
7.40pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
7.45pm - kick-off.
8.30pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean Stand & terrace have access to the Caledonian Suite.
8.45pm - second half commences.
9.30pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite open.

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Match Reports

Report: Wycombe 3-0 Rochdale

Morris, Akinfenwa and Onyedinma on the scoresheet.

23 October 2018

Wycombe eased to a third successive home victory with a 3-0 triumph over Rochdale, with Bryn Morris, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Fred Onyedinma all on target.

The half-time lead was a narrow one, with Bryn Morris’s long-range free-kick finding its way past keeper Brendan Moore, and the Blues overcame a good spell of Rochdale pressure to secure the points through Akinfenwa’s fine finish and Onyedinma’s header.

Gareth Ainsworth was boosted by the news ahead of kick-off that Ryan Allsop was available to play after the appeal against his weekend red card was overturned following an appeal, but Dominic Gape missed out through suspension and Craig Mackail-Smith was rested, with Bryn Morris and Alex Samuel coming into the side.

Just like Saturday, Wanderers nearly fell behind early on when Joe Rafferty got in behind the defence and slid a dangerous cross along the face of goal, but Jordan Williams couldn’t convert.

And the deadlock was broken on 10 minutes at the other end, due to a combination of Bryn Morris’s sheer power and keeper Brendan Moore’s ill judgement. The midfielder lined up a free-kick some 35 yards from goal and fizzed his effort on target, but Moore appeared to misjudge the swerve and allowed the ball to fly through his hands and into the net.

It was Morris’s first goal at Adams Park, and it gave the Blues added confidence, going to close to doubling the lead when Moore flapped at Joe Jacobson’s corner but eventually gathered the loose ball at the third attempt.

Callum Camps bent a first-time effort over the bar from 20 yards on 24 minutes, and then at the other end, Fred Onyedinma delivered a dangerous ball through the six-yard box but there were no blue shirts on hand to convert.

With Wycombe on top, and Samuel enjoying an excellent league debut, Morris sidefooted a low shot wide from just outside the area, though they had to stay alert at the other end, with Allsop making his first save on 34 when Camps curled goalwards, but the keeper held on well.

Joe Jacobson surged forward from halfway and unleashed a low shot which was clutched on to by Moore, before Samuel’s speculative lob from a tight angle was nervously held by the keeper, who then fumbled a long Ryan Allsop clearance behind for a corner.

He did better with a low shot from Morris before Rochdale made a surprise change on 41 minutes, replacing the already-booked Kgosi Ntlhe with Andrew Cannon which prompted a reshuffle with Matt Done moving to left-back.

They’d doubled up on Adebayo Akinfenwa too, with Harrison McGahey and MJ Williams deployed to mark him both in front and behind, but that did afford more space for the Wycombe striker’s team-mates to operate in the final third.

Jordan Williams fired a low shot narrowly wide on 44 minutes, but overall the Blues had held the upper hand for long periods and deserved the half-time lead given to them by Morris.

Rochdale came close four minutes after the interval when Ian Henderson skipped into space and unleashed a fine curling effort which missed the post by inches. Then they made a second change, introducing Aaron Wilbraham for MJ Williams and changing the frontline as a result.

They could have been level when Jordan Williams planted a volley wastefully over the bar after Stephen Dooley’s free-kick was only partially cleared, with Dale getting the upper hand in terms of territory.

But there was a golden chance for Wycombe to double their lead when Paris Cowan-Hall found himself unmarked to float an inviting cross towards the penalty spot, but the onrushing and unmarked Jason McCarthy could only plant his glancing header wide.

Fortunately, they didn’t have long to wait for the second goal. Moments later, with 66 minutes on the clock, Joe Jacobson delivered a free-kick from deep and Adebayo Akinfenwa did what he does best, holding off his man, chesting down and firing an unstoppable shot past Moore for his fifth goal of the season.

Rochdale immediately made their final sub, with Brad Inman replacing Jordan Williams, but it was to be in vain, with Wanderers’ third goal coming on 72 minutes. The excellent Samuel lifted a cross towards the middle of the box and Dale’s effort to meet it was almost lethargic, giving Fred Onyedinma the opportunity to head home his second goal in as many games.

With confidence flowing through the hosts, they came close to a fourth when Onyedinma’s rasping effort stung the palms of Moore, before Callum Camps fired over from distance.

Marcus Bean replaced Curtis Thompson in the home midfield, before the game ended on a lull, with Henderson lashing over with both sides knowing the points were safely in the hands of the home side.

However there was nearly a Goal of the Season winner when Bryn Morris narrowly missed the target with a speculative lob from 60 yards, and a late cameos for Nick Freeman and Scott Kashket, who came off the bench to replace Akinfenwa and Onyedinma respectively.

50/50 Results
Blue £1 (Prize: £642.00) – 09863
Orange £2 (Prize £91.00) - 27753

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Rochdale (H, 23/10)

Secure your ticket vs The Dale.

2 October 2018

Apologies, this video is unvailable.

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' Sky Bet League One fixture against Rochdale at Adams Park on Tuesday 23rd October (k.o. 7.45pm).

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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