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The Big Match Preview - Luton Town

24 December 2015

All you need to know about the trip to Kenilworth Road on Boxing Day (k.o. 3pm).

Luton Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 26th December 2015, k.o. 3pm
Kenilworth Road
Referee: Dean Whitestone

After the glorious 2-1 victory over Oxford United on the final Saturday before Christmas, it's derby day round two as Wanderers make the short trip into Bedfordshire to visit Luton Town on Boxing Day.

The fixture is a reverse of last season's encounter when the two sides played out an enthralling 1-1 draw at Adams Park, with both goals coming inside the first eight minutes before an end-to-end attacking display left both sets of fans singing in the rain and hanging off the edge of their seats.

Luton were a top three team at the time but 2015 has not been a year to remember fondly for Hatters fans, who saw their club slide out of the promotion race in the second half of last season, and a slow and inconsistent start to the new campaign cost manager John Still his job last week, with Andy Awford taking temporary charge.

He got off to the perfect start with a last-gasp victory at Exeter City last weekend and his first game at the helm at Kenilworth Road brings a confident an in-form Wycombe Wanderers, looking for a repeat of the spectacular 3-2 win in the Sky Sports televised game in March.

Manager Gareth Ainsworth has only one absentee from his squad - midfielder Marcus Bean, who steps into the commentary box to give his expert analysis on the game whilst he recovers from his ankle injury.

Michael Harriman comes up against his former club, who have only won once at home in their last six. Wanderers, however, have officially the worst Boxing Day record in the country, winning only four of their 20 matches on that day since entering the Football League.

Tickets can now only be purchased via the Luton Town ticket office.

Wanderers sold 810 tickets in advance and Luton Town have kindly agreed to sell the remaining 222 directly through their own ticket office.

These must be purchased before 12.30pm on Thursday or between 10am and 12pm on the day of the game by calling 01582 416976.

There will be no tickets available to purchase at the stadium; all pre-booked ones can be collected.

Adults: £22
Seniors (65-75): £17
Young Adults (18-22): £17
Golden Seniors (75+): £14
Youths (10-18): £10
Juniors (under 10): £7
Click here for Adrian Wood's guide for the trip to Luton.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 10,226 all seated. Away fans are housed on one side of the small, covered Oak Road Stand (on the Executive Stand side) at one end of the ground. This is an ALL TICKET fixture. The entrance to the Oak Stand is unusual.  The impression is of queuing to go into someone's house and then through their back garden and into the stand! There are a number of supporting pillars in this stand, which may hinder your view. The leg room is tight – possibly one reason why away fans tend to stand.

Facilities around the ground
There is not a great choice of hostelries around the ground. I have heard that the Beech Hill Conservative Club on Leagrave Road welcomes both home and away supporters. To find the club, with the away entrance in front of you, turn left and walk down to the bottom of Oak Road. Proceed through the small arcade of shops opposite and you will see the sign for the club between two shops. It has a large car park (charge made) and offers reasonably priced beer. Recommended in the town centre on the Bedford Road, only a few minutes’ walk from the train station is the “English Rose”. There is also a Wetherspoons pub called the London Hatter on Park Street (away fans wearing colours are apparently not admitted). There is now a licensed bar in the ground for away fans.

Can't make it?
Marcus Bean is behind the mic with Paul Dixon to provide live commentary on Chairboys Player and the FLi Player app from 2.55pm. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial.

Last time out
Sam Saunders, Paul Hayes and Alfie Mawson lit up Luton in March:

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