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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Southend

All you need to know.

28 September 2018

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Southend United
Saturday 29th September 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Tom Nield
Sponsor: Wycombe Leisure Centre

The final game of a hectic September brings Southend United to Adams Park for the first meeting between the sides since that unforgettable day at Wembley back in 2015, but forget revenge - the driving force for the Chairboys will be their determination for a first home win in the league this season.

Continuity for Gareth Ainsworth's men has been hard to come by during a period of league and cup matches coming thick and fast, prompting changes to personnel and tactics, and while a common theme has come in the high standard of performances, Wanderers know they need to start converting some draws into wins to give them the best chance of achieving their aims.

Standing in their way on Saturday are a Southend side who finished last season strongly following the appointment of club legend Chris Powell, though progress has been steady if unspectacular this term, with last weekend's win over Fleetwood ending a run of three straight league defeats.

The matchday carries extra significance with its support for Prostate Cancer UK, following the news that ex-player Howard Kennedy passed away earlier this month after a five-year illness. He'll be remembered with a minute's applause in the eighth minute, with Southend and Chris Powell in particular being excellent supporters of the charity's various ongoing initiatives.

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

Prostate Cancer UK
Fans of both clubs are asked to contribute to the collections around the stadium ahead of kick-off, and to purchase a badge in support of the charity. Ex-player Howard Kennedy will be remembered with a minute's applause in the eighth minute of the game.

Team news

Gareth Ainsworth revealed his side had collected one or two knocks in the midweek loss to Norwich, while Anthony Stewart, Adam El-Abd and Nathan Tyson are the confirmed absentees. Jason McCarthy and Scott Kashket are in line for their 50th appearances for the club.

Southend welcome back keeper Mark Oxley following suspension, while Michael Kightly should also be involved following an absence, though Powell may keep faith with the outfield players who contributed to last week's win over Fleetwood.

Man in the middle
Referee Tom Nield has shown 29 yellow cards two reds in nine games so far this season.

He last officiated a Wanderers game back in November 2017 in a home fixture against Yeovil Town; awarding the Chairboys a penalty which Joe Jacobson stuck away with the second goal of a 2-1 victory. Nield took charge of a Southend game more recently, overseeing their 2-0 home win against Bradford City in August.

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

Scott Kashket adorns the cover on what could be his 50th appearance for the club, with Jason McCarthy on the centrefold poster. Inside there's the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield, Adebayo Akinfenwa, journalists Nick Tunney and Ian Baker, plus all your favourite features, and a tribute to Howard Kennedy.
Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.

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 – home and away fans, with BBQ and alcoholic and soft drinks available from the marquee. There'll also be chicken and vegetable chow mein on sale, to launch the start of ABM Catering's operation of the kiosk and concession outlets around the stadium.

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.
3pm - kick-off.
3.08pm - minute's applause for Howard Kennedy.
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 2-3 Southend

Mackail-Smith hits stunner and Akinfenwa nets again, but the Shrimpers hang on.

29 September 2018

Another late fightback wasn't quite enough for the Chairboys who were made to pay for earlier defensive lapses in a 3-2 loss to Southend at Adams Park.

Craig Mackail-Smith and Adebayo breathed life into a late surge from the hosts who had found themselves 3-0 down after Theo Robinson, Tom Hopper and Simon Cox took advantage of being afforded too much space in front of goal.

However, time ran out on the Chairboys' hopes of a comeback, who now look for a happier October, kicking off at Fleetwood on Tuesday night.

Both sides were unchanged following impressive performances the previous week, with Wanderers earning a point at Portsmouth while Southend defeated Fleetwood.

It meant starting roles for Jason McCarthy and Scott Kashket on their 50th appearances for the club, as the game began in bright sunshine with both sides enjoying spells of pressure in the first period.

Ben Coker’s first-time effort for the visitors was saved comfortably by Ryan Allsop on five minutes before Southend keeper Mark Oxley was called into action, holding Bryn Morris’s volley from Adebayo Akinfenwa’s flick down.

Tom Hopper headed wide and Theo Robinson missed a sitter from close range as the Essex club got on top, and Robinson again threatened with a low shot which was well denied by the legs of Allsop.

Wanderers improved, with Matt Bloomfield volleying narrowly wide and Akinfenwa planted a header over the bar from Fred Onyedinma’s cross, before Bloomfield again darted into the box but saw the ball whipped off his toes as he was set to pull the trigger.

The opening goal came moments later at the other end, and Theo Robinson could hardly miss, meeting Hopper’s low cross with a bundled effort from a yard out.

Back came the hosts, seeing Bloomfield’s left-footed strike held by Oxley down to his right, but United sat on their lead until the interval, giving Gareth Ainsworth plenty to ponder as he looked for the right adjustments to get back in the game in the second half.

There was moments of note within 30 seconds of the restart, with United appealing for a penalty as Sido Jombati closed down Hopper with what they thought was an arm, before Fred Onyedinma was set free into the box but was denied by Oxley as the keeper dived out to block the effort.

But when Southend’s second goal came, it was all too simple. Ben Coker was allowed to drive into the box unchallenged and his pass towards the centre of the six-yard box was tapped home by Hopper with ease, heightening the size of the uphill struggle facing the Chairboys.

And it got worse. A routine ball down the right channel from Jason Demetriou found Simon Cox onside and in acres of space, and a striker of his experience was never going to squander the opportunity, carrying it forward and placing it with ease beyond Allsop.

Southend were well on top, and Wycombe needed changes. They came via the introductions of Paris Cowan-Hall, Craig Mackail-Smith and Randell Williams, taking the place of Matt Bloomfield, Scott Kashket and Fred Onyedinma.

But by this point, the Shrimpers looked comfortably home and dry, and made their first changes when Stephen McLaughlin and Michael Kightly replaced Simon Cox and Theo Robinson.

Timothee Dieng headed a deep free-kick over the bar and Sam Mantom drilled a chance wide after closing down Dominic Gape, while a well-hit Bryn Morris shot landed straight at Oxley, and Randell Williams tested the keeper’s handling with an effort from further out.

The home crowd had something to cheer with a goal-of-the-season contender from Craig Mackail-Smith, who lashed home an exquisite volley on 85 minutes from outside the box, and he also turned a deep cross dangerously along the face of goal only for it to be cleared by a man in orange.

Then came another ray of hope when a deep free-kick found Bryn Morris at the back post and his low cross was converted by Akinfenwa, making it 3-2 with the clock heading towards 90.

Akinfenwa side-footed a shot which was held by Oxley as the game entered four minutes of stoppage time, and Mackail-Smith blasted a volley over the bar in a bid to replicate his earlier strike.

But – just as in Tuesday’s cup defeat to Norwich – Wycombe had left themselves too much to do and couldn’t find the late equaliser, succumbing to a 3-2 defeat.

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Ticket News

Next up: Southend (H, 29/09)

Book your seat vs the Shrimpers!

31 August 2018

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Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' Sky Bet League One fixture against Southend United at Adams Park on Saturday 29th September (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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