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The Big Match Preview: Blackpool

19 August 2016

All you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League Two clash at Bloomfield Road on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Blackpool vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 20th August 2016, k.o. 3pm
Bloomfield Road, FY1 6JJ
Referee: Ollie Yates

Wanderers return to Blackpool for the first time in 13 years, which - to put into context - was even before Matt Bloomfield had joined the Blues. This weekend he could make his 400th appearance for the club - and what better place to achieve that feat than at the aptly-named Bloomfield Road?

The Tangerines have endured a tough six years since they faced Arsenal in the Premier League on this weekend in 2010, sliding down the divisions amidst a succession of managerial changes and off-field discontent.

However, new boss Gary Bowyer made a promising start to the new campaign with wins in their opening league and cup games, and they were only denied a victory at Barnet on Tuesday by a last-gasp equaliser from the home side.

Now they'll be looking to keep up their feelgood factor on home turf against a Wycombe side who've won one, lost one and drawn one of their three matches at Adams Park since the opening day defeat at Crawley.

They travel north this lunchtime (Friday) for their first overnight trip of the new league season, which could mean initiation ceremonies for the summer signings.

Then it's down to business on Saturday with no fresh injury worries, giving Gareth Ainsworth a few selection decisions to make as they bid to upset one of the favourites for promotion.

Tickets
Wanderers have been given an initial allocation of 500 tickets in the North Stand, with more available on request.

Prices are as follows; tickets will also be available to purchase on the day at no extra charge.

Adults: £22
Seniors (60+): £18
U19s: £10
U11s: FREE (if bought with adult/senior)

To pre-book, go online at tickets.wwfc.com, call 01494 441118 or visit the ticket office at Adams Park. Tickets go off-sale at noon on Friday.

Recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M6 (M49 and M42). Stay on the motorway until Junction 32 and there take the M55 signposted Blackpool, Fleetwood, Preston North. The M55 joins Yeadon Way after approximately 12 miles, which takes traffic directly to Seasiders Way and Bloomfield Road Stadium. The ground is roughly located about half way between the Pleasure Beach and the Tower and is about a 1/4 of a mile inland from the south shore Lonsdale car park, which runs alongside the West Stand and is available for use, costing £3.50 for up to 3 hours or £7.50 for up to 18 hours (Prices may be subject to change). There are also several other pay and display car parks that surround the stadium.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 219

Recommended area for car parking
Please see above. Note that the car park nearest to the South Station is more expensive to park in (£5 for three hours), but it easier to get out of and back on the road towards the M55 after the game.

Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 08.30. Travel prices are £24 for adults, £23 for seniors, and £22 for juniors. The price for non-members is £28 (no refund if game is cancelled). If you wish to book by phone (Rena 01494 520179, Graham 07876 267301) or by e-mail (bookings@owwsa.co.uk) you need to do so by Thursday August 18th at 17.00.

Using the train?
There is an hourly service from London Euston and you will need to change at Preston – fastest journey time is 2h 45m. The trains go into Blackpool North that is some two miles from the stadium. You can use the number 11 bus from the bus station across the road that runs every eight minutes and passes the end of Bloomfield Road. Alight at the Bridge House pub and walk down Lonsdale Road to the ground.

Facilities for away fans
Visiting supporters to Bloomfield Road are housed in the North Stand, which is located at one end of the pitch. For visiting supporters this is an improvement on the East Stand that has been used in previous seasons, as the facilities are generally better and there are no supporting pillars to contend with. This end is shared with home fans, making for a good atmosphere. Food such as pies and hot dogs are available at the kiosk, as well as a selection of drinks. There is also a betting booth in the away stand. Programmes are priced at £3.

Facilities around the ground
Festival Park is a five minute walk from the stadium, and has a number of food outlets. Inside the retail park there is a McDonalds, Frankie & Benny’s and the Swift Hound Flaming Grill. Elsewhere there are a number of pubs a short walk from the stadium on Lytham Road, including a Wetherspoons.
  
Can't make it?
Phil Catchpole and guest are behind the mic 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. Also keen an eye on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for more content.

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