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The Big Match Preview - Aston Villa

8 January 2016

A guide for supporters ahead of Saturday's Emirates FA Cup third round tie at Adams Park (k.o. 12.45pm). Regularly updated with new details.

Wycombe Wanderers vs Aston Villa
Saturday 9th January 2016, k.o. 12.45pm
Adams Park, HP12 4HJ
Referee: Mr M Oliver

Gareth Ainsworth has said everyone has a chance of being part of the squad for the big Emirates FA Cup third round clash with Aston Villa.

Skipper Paul Hayes and midfielder Marcus Bean could return from injury but goalkeeper Matt Ingram will definitely miss out having had his red card appeal against his sending off versus Morecambe turned down. Alex Lynch will deputise in the Blues goal.

Boss Ainsworth is keen for his side to show what they are made of against Premier League opposition and showcase their desire and commitment against international players.

“The culture is right here and it feeds itself now,” he said. “The effort, enthusiasm and togetherness of the players has never been in question.

“We’re hoping it will be a great occasion on Saturday, win, lose or draw but that we can retain some of those fans who come down because to have a full house is absolutely brilliant.”

The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2 from 12pm, with Martin O'Neill, Lawrie Sanchez, David James and Steve McManaman amongst the guests.

The build-up begins from 10am with the 'Fletch & Sav' show on the same channel, with Glenn Hoddle joining Darren Fletcher and Robbie Savage in the studio. The programme will include a special feature in the Life Academy - the house which accommodates four young Wanderers players - and an interview with Gareth Ainsworth.

There has also been plenty of coverage in the national press, with Blues' stars featuring in interviews with the BBC and leading national newspapers. Read Garry Thompson's interview with the Mail Online here.

The game is sold out in all areas; approximately 200 tickets were held back due to replacement seats being installed, but these have been allocated to supporters on a waiting list.

Please do not turn up to the stadium without a ticket.

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.*

  • Wycombe Railway Station – 10.50 and 11.50
  • Eden Bus Station – 11.00 and 12.00
  • Cressex Park & Ride – 11.10 and 12.10
  • Adams Park – 11.20 and 12.20
  • End of Hillbottom Road – approx. 2.45pm
  • Cressex Park & Ride – approx. 2.55pm
  • Eden Bus Station – approx. 3.05pm
  • Wycombe Railway Station – approx. 3.15pm


There will be no parking for the general public in the lower tier - spaces in the upper tier are £10 per car.

Spaces for pass holders are guaranteed up until 12pm, 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, which are priced at the standard rate. These are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

There are 100 spaces available at the Verco Office Furniture site on Chapel Lane, priced at £5 per car. This is approximately 10-15 minutes' walk from the stadium, and closes at 4.30pm.

Where to go
The shop, ticket office and reception area is expected to be busy due to increased numbers of visitors in all areas. It will be open from 10am.

Where to go
Collecting pre-booked tickets (WWFC fans) - Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries - 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
Scouts - Ticket Office 1
Staff/deliveries - delivery entrance to the left of the shop

Food and drink
The Vere Suite opens at 9.45am to enable fans to watch the build-up on BT Sport on the TV screens. Note no alcohol will be served anywhere in the stadium before 11am.
  • Vere Suite - home fans only. Ale festival and hot food available.
  • Scores - closed to the public for VIP hospitality.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee - away fans only. Opens at 10am. Serves bottled and canned drinks and food is available from the adjacent Food Shack.
All bars show 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.

More to come.

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