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The Big Match Preview: Colchester

26 August 2016

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Colchester United at Adams Park (k.o. 3pm).

Wycombe Wanderers vs Colchester United
Saturday 27th August 2016, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park, HP12 4HJ
Referee: John Brooks

After four and a half years apart... it's derby day again!

Two old foes go head-to-head at Adams Park in one of football's oddest rivalries given the 100 miles that separate the two clubs. But while much of the ill feeling which developed in the early 90s during a promotion tussle has subsided, it remains a fixture with extra significance for both sets of fans.

Colchester finally succumbed to relegation in the summer after a number of years struggling at the wrong end of the table in League 1, but they've made a solid start to life in the fourth tier under new boss John McGreal, winning two and drawing one of their four league games so far.

Their unbeaten start came unstuck at Portsmouth last week and McGreal could be tempted to make changes to his side to avoid a second successive defeat, coming up against a Wycombe team who have collected four points from their two games on home turf.

Gareth Ainsworth's side returned from Blackpool with a creditable point and have been boosted by the return to fitness of striker Paul Hayes, while Danny Rowe has overcome the knock he collected at Bloomfield Road and Luke O'Nien and Paris Cowan-Hall are close to making a comeback.

Marcus Bean could come up against his former club while Matt Bloomfield is the only Chairboy to have featured in this particular derby fixture before, although Ainsworth says he has relayed the supporters' feelings towards this particular fixture to his squad to ensure they're fully prepared for what lies ahead.

First Time Fans
Read our guide for first-time fans here.

Tickets start at £15 for adults and £7 for juniors, while under 7s go free in the Origin Family Stand.

Click here for all the details and call 01494 441118 or go online to book.

Colchester fans are accommodated in the Panache Stand. This game is all-ticket for away fans. with no tickets available on the day.

Wycombe fans can either book online, call 01494 441118 or visit the ticket office at Adams Park.

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.

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


There will be no parking for the general public in the lower tier - spaces in the upper tier are £5 per car. There is also a car park behind Origin Global (on the left before the Adams Park gates), priced at £5 a car, the proceeds of which are split between the club and the Rennie Grove charity.

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 offices 1&2 (open from 1pm)
Buying tickets for the next away game - ticket office 1, window 4 (until 2pm, or from 4.45pm-6pm)
Collecting pre-booked tickets - collection pod opposite Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries - ticket office 1, window 4
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 opposite Ticket Office 1
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.
  • Monty's - home fans only.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee - away fans only. Serves bottled and canned drinks.
All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls, with the exception of the marquee.

There is an ale festival inside the Vere Suite.

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.

This week's matchday programme includes columns from Gareth Ainsworth and Marcus Bean, while we chat to Matt Bloomfield about his 400th appearance for the club and supporter Mike Williamson completes the 'Me and my Wycombe' questionnaire.

Steve Wilson inducts the latest star into his Hall of Fame, Tom Bowers recalls a previous meeting with the U's and Jonny King explains what this particular rivalry is all about.

This edition is 64 pages and costs £3.

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.

Matchday timetable
12pm - car park, bars, shop and ticket office open.
1.30pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
2.00pm - 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 Monty's bars open.
5.15pm - Q&A in the Vere Suite.

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

The manager's thoughts
Hear what Gareth Ainsworth had to say to Wycombe Sound before the game:

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