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The Big Match Preview: Hartlepool

25 November 2016

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

Wycombe Wanderers vs Hartlepool United
Saturday 26th November 2016, k.o. 3pm 
Adams Park, HP12 4HJ 
Referee: Kevin Johnson

Five wins from the last six at home, back-to-back away victories, 8th in the league and still in two cup competitions. It's a good time to be a Chairboys fan.

Momentum built during a string of successes at Adams Park in the autumn and grew with encouraging displays in draws at Mansfield and Doncaster, culminating with a stylish 2-0 home win over Morecambe and overdue away triumphs at Cambridge and Newport.

The surprise 2-0 loss to Barnet in October serves as a reminder of what can happen when Gareth Ainsworth's men let their standards slip, but for the most part, the Blues are proving their strength and looking more than capable of continuing their rise up the table.

Their next challenge comes in the form of a Hartlepool side currently sitting in mid-table, winning two of their last three but generally being one of the more unpredictable and inconsistent sides in the division, with manager Craig Hignett still making his mark and moulding his squad having been appointed in the summer.

They once lost eight consecutive meetings with the Chairboys, including their last five visits to Adams Park, but bucked the trend with a 1-0 win at Victoria Park when the two sides last met in January.

In the final game before the short break for FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy action, both teams will be looking to enter the Christmas period on a high with a morale-boosting victory.

Wanderers welcome Dominic Gape back into the fold after suspension, while Pools have Liam Donnelly and Jordan Richards available again following injury.
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. 

Hartlepool fans are accommodated in the Panache Stand. 

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

Simply Walks

Join fellow fans on a walk to Adams Park from High Wycombe town centre, as part of a new initiative from Simply Walks and the Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust.

Each walk is free to join and is led by a trained guide, while a 'back marker' will join each walk to ensure everyone can walk safely at their own pace.

All participants will receive a free refreshment once they reach Adams Park, but will need to purchase a ticket to enter the stadium to watch the game.

The walk departs the rail station at 12.45pm. The route will pass the bus station at 12.55pm and the Hour Glass pub at 1.40pm, reaching the stadium at around 2pm.

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 (open from 1pm).
Buying tickets for the next away game - ticket office 1, window 4
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. 
  • Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands.
  • Monty's - home and away fans.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality. 
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 Caledonian Suite. 

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

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

This week's matchday programme includes columns from Gareth Ainsworth and Matt Bloomfield, while there's a round-up of recent matches, and Bill Turnbull takes part in the Me and my Wycombe feature.

Steve Wilson inducts the latest star into his Hall of Fame, Tom Bowers recalls a previous meeting with Hartlepool and there's a round-up of the latest activity from the Sports & Education Trust. 

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. Caledonian Suite and Monty's bars open. 
5.20pm - Q&A in the Caledonian Suite. 

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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