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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Norwich

All you need to know.

25 September 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

Wycombe Wanderers vs Norwich City
Tuesday 25th September 2018, k.o. 7.45pm
Carabao Cup Round Three

Adams Park
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Sponsor: FiServ

It's been 12 years since the Chairboys tasted third round action in the Carabao Cup, but the opportunity comes round again tonight with Championship side Norwich City rolling into town.

While Gareth Ainsworth's men have squeezed past Northampton and Forest Green to reach this stage, the Canaries have seen off Stevenage and Cardiff in the opening rounds, with the win in Wales sparking an upturn in form for Daniel Farke's side who've risen to 11th in the league table after an indifferent start.

The German made 10 changes to his side for the game at Cardiff and may shuffle the pack again tonight; only two of his squad have ever played a senior game at Adams Park, though Jordan Rhodes won't forget his five-goal haul on his last visit with Huddersfield in 2012.

The stadium also holds good memories for the Canaries, who won 2-0 in the FA Cup third round in 1994 and 1-0 in League 1 16 years later, holding a 100% win record in three overall meetings.

In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, the game will go straight to penalties (regular ABAB format).

*Click here to read our First Time Fans Guide*

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth has no fresh injury worries, so Anthony Stewart, Adam El-Abd and Nathan Tyson are the only confirmed absentees.

Norwich could be without Marco Stiepermann though Ivo Pinto is expected to be fit again, and Ben Marshall is fighting a virus.

Man in the middle
Referee Jeremy Simpson has shown 37 yellow and two red cards in his 10 games in charge so far this season.

It's his first involvement in a Wycombe game since February 2015, when he sent off Stevenage's Chris Beardsley and awarded a penalty to Boro in the 2-2 draw at Adams Park.

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

Utilita Half-Time Activity
The club's official energy partner Utilita will be inviting young fans of both clubs to take part in a half-time activity on the pitch; stay in your seats at the interval to learn more!

Tickets
Tickets cost just £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s; Chairboys fans can pay on arrival or collect pre-booked tickets from Ticket Office 1, but the game is all-ticket for Norwich fans. Season ticket holders are reminded they will need to pay for tickets for this fixture, as only league games are included in a season ticket.

Wanderers supporters will be accommodated in the BMI Healthcare Terrace, Frank Adams Stand and Beechdean Stand, with the Norwich faithful in the Lords Builders Merchants Stand.

Parklife
Tonight's programme is a 16-page edition at £1, available from the shop and kiosks.

Travel
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.

Parking
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 - blue pod close to 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

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.
  • Monty's – no away colours.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Printkick Fan Zone – home and away fans with BBQ plus alcoholic and soft drinks in 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.

Matchday timetable
10am - phone lines and shop open.
5.30pm - Ticket Office 1 opens.
5.45pm - players begin to arrive.
6pm - Caledonian Suite open.
6pm - collection point at blue pod 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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Report: Wycombe 3-4 Norwich

Rhodes hits hat-trick before Wanderers launch valiant comeback effort.

25 September 2018

Wanderers came back from 4-1 down to push Championship side Norwich City all the way before eventually bowing out of the Carabao Cup

Norwich striker Jordan Rhodes continued his phenomenal scoring record in south Bucks with a hat-trick for the visitors, having scored five times on his previous visit with Huddersfield, while Tom Trybull also chipped in with a header.

But Paris Cowan-Hall made it 2-1 and later Sam Saunders - from the penalty spot - and Adebayo Akinfenwa breathed life into the hosts' hopes of a dramatic comeback as Wycombe stunned their higher-placed opponents.

Gareth Ainsworth had made five changes in personnel and a shift in approach for the visit of the in-form Championship outfit, with Sam Saunders, Craig Mackail-Smith, Paris Cowan-Hall, Nick Freeman and Alex Samuel all coming into the line-up.

Jason McCarthy made a crucial clearance from a dangerous cross inside the first minute before Mackail-Smith crashed a volley into the arms of the keeper, taking a chance early under pressure from defenders outside the box.

Felix Passlack volleyed wildly wide from a misplaced Darius Charles header but the breakthrough came on 12 minutes, courtesy of Jordan Rhodes, who scored five times on his previous visit to Adams Park with Huddersfield, and was on the scoresheet again with an instinctive finish. Nathan Thompson’s cross was overhit but Emi Buendia returned the ball into danger and Rhodes chested home from a yard out, diving to meet the low cross.

The lead was doubled two minutes later, and it was Rhodes again, crashing home a far more spectacular effort from 20 yards despite the Chairboys’ appeal for a foul in the build-up, leading to a yellow card for dissent to Sam Saunders.

Matt Bloomfield saw a low shot deflected wide as the Blues pushed for an instant response, which came from the resulting corner courtesy of Paris Cowan-Hall’s quick reactions. Charles nodded Saunders’ deep delivery into danger and Ben Godfrey inexplicably smashed a header against his own crossbar, with the rebound falling kindly for Cowan-Hall to bundle home.

Rhodes should have had his hat-trick on 20 minutes when he glanced a header out for a throw when he should have hit the target, before Nick Freeman flashed a low shot past the near post from outside the box.

It was fast and frantic, with both teams looking capable of adding to their tally, but importantly Wanderers were keeping themselves in the game, tightening up at the back and keeping a leash on that man Rhodes, although he did have a goal disallowed after getting the better of Ryan Allsop in a one-on-one duel.

At the other end, excellent build-up play from Saunders gave Freeman the chance to drill in a low cross which was intercepted before reaching Mackail-Smith, and then Mario Vrancic bent a chance over the bar from 20 yards.

But just as Wanderers looked to be heading to the break with a narrow deficit to chase, their task was made tougher by City’s third goal, which was all too simple for Tom Trybull. A well-drilled corner from the right flew perfectly into his path and the German made no mistake, placing a bullet header past Allsop.

Ivo Pinto and Dominic Gape were booked for an altercation on 44 minutes, and there was a chance for Cowan-Hall to pull one back in stoppage time when he just failed to connect with Sido Jombati’s header towards the back post from a free-kick.

So it was 3-1 to City at the interval, though the game could have been out of sight on 49 minutes when Felix Passlack sent a first-time shot at goal, requiring a smart stop low down by Allsop.

Then Dennis Srbeny blasted a shot against the bar at the end of a mazy run from Vrancic, with Wycombe holding on dearly to the slender grip they had on the cup tie.

And that grip seemingly disappeared altogether when Rhodes completed his hat-trick on 52 minutes, meeting Ivo Pinto’s clever cross from deep with a toe which took it beyond Allsop to make it 4-1, with his ninth goal in three visits to Adams Park.

The hosts were awarded a penalty on the hour-mark when Christoph Zimmerman tripped Alex Samuel in the box, and Sam Saunders dispatched the spot-kick with confidence, making it 4-2 with 30 minutes still to play.

Gareth Ainsworth made a double change, introducing Adebayo Akinfenwa and Michael Harriman for Darius Charles and Matt Bloomfield, and then saw his side twice come close to scoring a third, with Michael McGovern expertly tipping away Alex Samuel’s header from a cross before Nick Freeman drilled wide.

Craig Mackail-Smith fired into the side netting at the end of a mazy run between two defenders, and then came the moment that gave all home fans hope, when Adebayo Akinfenwa bundled home his first of the season to make it 4-3.

McGovern had produced a wonder save to deny Mackail-Smith’s shot only for Samuel to fire the ball across the face of goal and Akinfenwa was in the right place to ensure it reached the net.

All of a sudden, Wanderers believed, and Norwich panicked, making a change when Jamal Lewis replaced the lively Louis Thompson.

Tom Trybull made a succession of blocks to deny goalbound efforts on 82 minutes before Ainsworth made his final change, introducing Scott Kashket for Samuel.

City shored up their defence by bringing on Timm Klose to man-mark Akinfenwa, with creative midfielder Buendia making way, but Akinfenwa still got the better of his markers to tee up Nick Freeman for an effort which was held by McGovern.

Then Marco Stiepermann replaced Srbeny for the Canaries as the clock ticked towards 90, and Saunders rolled a shot agonisingly past the post as he bore down on goal on the left-hand side of the box.

Four minutes of stoppage time gave Wanderers hope but City hung on to seal their place in round four, with the Blues looking to take the positives into Saturday’s league clash with Southend at Adams Park.

Attendance: 3,947 (1,439 from Norwich)

50/50 Draw Numbers
Blue £1: 05751 (Prize: £362.00)
Orange: 26101 (Prize: £77.00)

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Ticket News

Tickets & hospitality: Norwich (H, 25/09)

Carabao Cup third round tie to be played on Tuesday 25th September (k.o. 7.45pm).

31 August 2018

Wanderers' Carabao Cup third round tie against Norwich City will be played at Adams Park on Tuesday 25th September (k.o. 7.45pm).

Gareth Ainsworth's side progressed to the third stage courtesy of a penalty shootout victory over Forest Green in round two, with Norwich overcoming Cardiff.

Ticket prices have been frozen at the same rate as in the previous rounds, and are as follows:

Adults: £10

Juniors (18 and under): £5

Wycombe fans will be housed in the Frank Adams, BMI Healthcare Terrace and Beechdean Stand in the first instance, with the option to open the Origin Family Stand if demand dictates.

Tickets are now on general sale. Go online to book, call 01494 441 118 or visit the shop at Adams Park ( Club shop open 10am-5pm on weekdays).

VIP Hospitality
We have two fantastic options for you:

Honours Lounge
Enjoy a one-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 £30 per person.

Menu: Cottage Pie with Seasonal Vegetables.

Executive Box
Watch the game from the best seat in the house - outside your very own executive box. You'll receive 12 tickets, a one-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 £500 + VAT.

Call 01494 472 100 or email commercial@wwfc.com to book your VIP hospitality package no later than 5pm on Wednesday 19th September.

Mascots
For just £99, our mascot package includes the following:

- A full home or away child’s kit.
- Included in the matchday programme.
- Meet the players and enter the home dressing room.
- Pre match warm up on the hallowed turf.

- Numerous of photos taken of the mascots on the day, which we will send to you.
- Four complimentary seats to watch the game.
- A full tour of Adams Park.
- Meet Bodger the Chairboys’ mascot

If you would like to register your interest for this game, please call us on 01494 472100 (option 2) or contact us via email at commercial@wwfc.com with your name, age, address and contact phone number.

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