Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth says the club's new supporters can help his side get off to a positive start to the new campaign.Wanderers' season ticket sales are up by around 15% following an outstanding 2014/15 campaign which culminated in 15,000 fans following the club to Wembley in May.
Those new fans have helped to lift the feelgood factor even further around Adams Park, where a newly laid pitch awaits the players for the visit of York City, and Ainsworth hopes that will aid his side in the pursuit of a successful start.
“The years I’ve been in football, getting off to a winning start has always done well for the season, so I’m looking forward to seeing what York bring and seeing the other results in the league. Obviously, we’ve got a renovated pitch that we spent a small amount of money on to get right for the season.
"Some new fans that said they were coming on the back of Wembley who have never been before so it would be nice to see some new faces down at Wycombe Wanderers, as well as the old ones that I know will be behind us. There are new faces on the pitch and I’m sure the fans will get behind the boys and the result will be a good one.”
York endured a tough season last year but Ainsworth says that will have no effect on their approach to the opening day, with all teams level on zero points and vying to begin with a triumph.
“Look what happened to us when we didn’t have our best year. We went on a storming year so we’ve got to bear that in mind. York will come out the traps; they don’t want to be anywhere near where they were last year and Russ [Wilcox] is a good friend and a real good professional and a winner so he’ll be getting his team right up for this one.
"We’ll have to be at our best, there will be a couple of old faces coming from Wycombe and they’ll be trying to prove a point as well so we’re planning for the game, but it’s just one game for three points and there’s 45 more games to go after this one.
"I’ll be putting out a team that I believe can win the game and compete against what I think York will bring, and I’m sure that I’ll chop and change throughout the season, but there won’t be many more players used than last year because we’re just not like that. I’m happy with small numbers. People know that and hopefully they will be entertained by some of the new boys and some of the old faces can put a shift in as well.”
With thanks to Sam Avery.