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The Big Match Preview - Oxford United

18 December 2015

All you need to know about the visit of Oxford United to Adams Park on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Wycombe Wanderers vs Oxford United
Saturday 19th December 2015, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park, HP12 4HJ
Referee: Mr N Swarbrick

From title favourites Portsmouth to recent League 1 side Notts County to high-flying local rivals Oxford United - the big games keep coming at Adams Park as Wanderers go in hunt of a home win to ensure spirits remain high going into the busy festive period.

Three consecutive home draws in Sky Bet League 2 mean progress in recent weeks has been steady rather than spectacular for Gareth Ainsworth's men, who continue to save their best performances and results for away games.

The same can be said for Oxford United, who've won more matches on the road than they have at the Kassam Stadium, and make the short trip down the M40 knowing a win could leave them top of the table at Christmas if Northampton Town don't beat Portsmouth.

The U's have enjoyed a superb 2015, continuing their late-season form in the spring into the new campaign and progressing to both the third round of the FA Cup and the area final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Free-scoring attacker Kemar Roofe has been United's standout performer in recent weeks and will hope to find the net again on the ground where he scored twice in the last meeting in April, although the U's have been a little goal-shy of late, scoring just five times in their five league games since thrashing Stevenage 5-1 in October. However, they've been tight at the other end, meaning they arrive in Wycombe off the back of a six-game unbeaten run.

As for the Chairboys, there were positives to take from the 2-2 draw with County on Tuesday night, not least the return to the team of Joe Jacobson after injury, and they've now scored in all but one of their last nine matches. There are no new injuries to contend with which means Ainsworth has options to work with.

Build-up
Watch Jason McCarthy's interview on Chairboys PlayerHD - click here.
Aaron Amadi-Holloway tells PlayerHD he hopes to get on the goal trail again - click here.

Tickets
*Please note this game has been declared all-ticket which means tickets will not be available to purchase on the day of the game.Only fans with a previous ticket history can buy for this game.*

Oxford have sold their entire allocation of 1,800 tickets in the Panache Stand; Wycombe Wanderers looks forward to welcoming Oxford fans with a valid ticket to Adams Park and would like to issue a reminder that any away fans found in home areas are liable to be ejected, in accordance with stadium regulations.

Secure your seat for the match on Saturday 19th December before 5pm on Friday 18th December. Tickets will not be available after this point.

Click here for ticket prices - the best way to book is by going online and selecting 'Print At Home', which gives you the option to print your ticket and bring it along with you to gain access.

Alternatively, call 01494 441118 or visit the new ticket office at Adams Park (9am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday).

Travel
You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service.

Adult return: £3
Adult single: £2
Concession return: £1.50
Concession single: £1

Fares are charged at the same rate regardless of where passengers board the service. Concessions are classed at under 16s and over 60s.

The service timetables are as follows. *Please note that the return service will collect from the bus stop at the corner of Hillbottom Road and Lane End Road, to ensure a quicker getaway after the game.*

Saturday service (for 3pm kick-offs)
Outbound:
  • Wycombe Railway Station – 13.05 and 14.05
  • Eden Bus Station – 13.15 and 14.15
  • Cressex Park & Ride – 13.25 and 14.25
  • Adams Park – 13.35 and 14.35
Return:
  • End of Hillbottom Road – 17.10
  • Cressex Park & Ride – 17.20
  • Eden Bus Station – 17.30
  • Wycombe Railway Station – 17.40

Parking

There will be no parking for the general public in the lower tier - spaces in the upper tier are £5 per car.


Spaces for pass holders are guaranteed up until 2.30pm, after which time the lower tier becomes closed to vehicles due to high pedestrian traffic.


The club reserves 10 disabled parking spaces for blue badge holders in close proximity to the entrances to the stadium, but are no longer able to offer these free of charge. All vehicles are charged £5 and disabled bays are available on a first-come-first-served basis.


Where to go
The new combined shop, ticket office and reception area is expected to be busy due to increased numbers of hospitality guests and the 50% sale in the shop.

The archway into the old club shop now forms the main entrance into the stadium, bringing visitors into a combined information centre, shop and reception area, with a break-out section with sofas.

The former information centre will now be used as a staff/volunteer entrance and delivery drop-off point only, while the previous reception becomes an entrance for players and officials on a matchday. The coffee house has now closed.

Where to go
Buying tickets for the game - Ticket Office 1 or 2
Collecting pre-booked tickets (WWFC fans) - Ticket Collection booth opposite Ticket Office 1
Collecting pre-booked tickets (Oxford fans) - Marquee
Ticket enquiries - shop (far-left)
Buying tickets for Aston Villa or Luton - shop (far-left)
Shop - through the arch
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
Staff/deliveries - delivery entrance to the left of the shop

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 12pm and remain open after the match.
  • Vere Suite - home fans only. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands. Ale festival and hot food available.
  • Scores - home fans only.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee - away fans only. Serves bottled and canned drinks and food is available from the adjacent Food Shack.
All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls, with the exception of the marquee.

Inside the stadium, each stand is serviced by a kiosk serving hot and cold food and drink.

The Vere Suite will host a Q&A with a Wanderers player after the game.

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 £2 tickets from our vendors around the ground to be entered into the draw, where 50% of the takings go into the prize fund and the other 50% goes to support club projects.

Programme
Pick up a copy of Quarters for columns from Gareth Ainsworth and Matt Bloomfield plus a Christmas quiz, a review of how League 2 has evolved over the year, a report and photos from the 2-2 draw with Notts County, a welcome to the visitors, the latest news from the Sports & Education Trust and details for the away trip to Luton.

This edition of Quarters is a 64-page production available for just £3.

Matchday timetable
12pm - car park, bars, shop and ticket office open.
1.30pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
2.05pm - teams announced via Twitter.
2.15pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
3pm - kick-off.
3.45pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands have access to the Vere Suite.
4pm - second half commences.
4.45pm - full-time. Vere Suite and Scores bars open.
5.15pm - Q&A in the Vere Suite.

Commercial
We welcome Cordwallis as match sponsors, who will be exhibiting a number of their vehicles and giving out goodies in the car park before the game.

Live commentary
Tune in to Chairboys PlayerHD for live commentary from 2.55pm. Click here for details of how to subscribe.

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