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The Big Match Preview: Crawley Town

5 August 2016

All you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League Two curtain-raiser at the Checkatrade.com Stadium on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Crawley Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 6th August 2016, k.o. 3pm
Checkatrade.com Stadium, RH11 9RX
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley

It's almost time. After 13 weeks without league action, the Chairboys are back - and ready to attack.

Pre-season preparations have gone well for Gareth Ainsworth's men, who head into the game off the back of a comfortable and impressive 4-1 win at Maidenhead United last weekend.

Goals were in short supply towards the back end of last year, but the captures of Adebayo Akinfenwa, Dayle Southwell, Myles Weston and Paris Cowan-Hall could go a long way to addressing that problem and each will keen to impress on day one, hoping to continue the trend which has seen a summer signing score in the first game in each of the past six seasons.

Standing in their way are a much-changed Crawley outfit, who have been the busiest EFL club in the transfer market since appointing Dermot Drummy, who begins his first managerial role having previously coached at Arsenal and Chelsea.

Amongst his summer captures have been former Chairboy Jason Banton plus prolific League Two marksman James Collins, although the loss of midfielder Gwion Edwards to Peterborough United may be a blow to their hopes.

Ainsworth hopes to be able to recall several players who missed last weekend's friendly as a precaution following injury, as they bid to replicate their strong start of last season where they collected a club record three consecutive wins at the start of the campaign.

Tickets
Virtually all of the Chairboys' initial allocation of 400 tickets were snapped up in advance but there will be plenty available for fans who wish to pay on the day, at no extra cost.

Prices are as follows.

Seating (Checkatrade.com Stand)
Adults: £18
Seniors (65+): £14
Young Adult (18-21): £14
Under 18s: £10
Under 16s: £8
Under 11s: £1
Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 U16s): £44
Family Ticket (1 Adult, 1 U16): £23

Standing (KR-L Stand)
Adults: £16
Seniors (65+): £12
Young Adult (18-21): £12
Under 18s: £10
Under 16s: £8
Under 11s: £1
Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 U16s): £38
Family Ticket (1 Adult, 1 U16): £20

Prices are the same for ambulant disabled supporters, but helpers are free of charge (one helper per person). Wheelchair users' tickets are in the Checkatrade.com Stand. 

Travel
Recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and at junction 1A take the M25 South sign posted M4/M23/Heathrow Airport. Carry on the M25 until junction 7 and take the M23 South exit signed Brighton/Gatwick Airport. Leave the M23 at Junction 11 (sign posted A264 Horsham, Pease Pottage Services). At the roundabout at the end of the motorway slip road turn right onto the A23 going towards Crawley. The ground is on the left just before the next roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout and left again for the stadium car park.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 64

Recommended area for car parking
There is a 350-space car park at the Stadium, spaces available on a first come first served basis at £5. In addition there are 350 spaces in Broadfield Business Park at the offices of William Reed and Novo Nordisk next to the Stadium. In addition there are 90 spaces at KPMG and Bard Ltd. at Tilgate Forest Business Centre on the southbound side of the Brighton Road. All the free parking options are signposted from the A23/M23 roundabout at the top of Brighton Road.

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are primarily housed in the KR-L Stand at one end of the ground. This mostly covered terrace can accommodate up to 1,600 fans. A small number of seats are also available to away supporters in the West Stand. The facilities at the stadium are pretty good.
  
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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