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The Big Match Preview: Port Vale vs Wycombe

All you need to know ahead of the Chairboys' first away game of the new season.

9 August 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth hopes to have Anthony Stewart and Paris Cowan-Hall available again after injury, though Scott Kashket is unlikely to make it.

Vale are without the suspended Gavin Gunning, while goalkeeper Rob Lainton is a doubt after being substituted with an injury in their midweek cup loss at Leeds. Tyrone Barnett will miss out.

Wycombe won on their first ever visit to Vale Park in 2000 but have picked up just three points in six games since. Overall, the Wanderers have the upper hand with five wins in all meetings, while there’ve been six draws and just three Vale wins.

Man in the middle
It’s Craig Hicks’ first ever game as a referee in the EFL, having spent the past four seasons in the National League. He has previously been involved as an assistant in numerous Chairboys fixtures.

Wanderers will be wearing their first-choice light and dark blue quarters.

Advance ticket sales have now ended but Chairboys can pay on arrival at Vale Park from the away sales kiosk outside the away stand (open from 1pm). Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the kiosk from 1.30pm.

On-the-day prices are as follows.

Adults (22-61): £22
Seniors (62+): £17
Young Adults (18-21): £17
Juniors (12-17): £10
Under 12s (0-11): £2

By Adrian Wood

By car -
The ground is located in Burslem, one of the six towns comprising Stoke-on-Trent. Take the normal route to the northbound M6 (M40, M42). Leave the M6 at junction 15 and take the A500 north towards Stoke-on-Trent. Follow the A500 until the A5271 exit signposted Tunstall A5271. At the roundabout take the 4th exit into Porthill Road and continue to follow the A5271. After 0.5 miles, turn right (2nd exit) onto the B5051 (Newcastle Street). Carry on to the next roundabout and go straight across the crossroads into Moorland Road. Take the second left onto Hamil Road and Vale Park is on the left. Mileage from High Wycombe =  143 (average journey time 2 hrs 20 mins).

Parking - Parking for visiting fans is directly in front of the Hamil Road Stand, which is accessible through gate C. Parking is charged at £5 for cars, £16 for minibuses, and £25 for coaches.

By train -This is possible but not particularly straightforward. The principal station in the area is Stoke-on-Trent. From there you need first catch a number 9, 21A or 25 bus to Hanley Bus Station and from there a number 3 First Potteries bus up to Burslem.

Facilities for away fans

Up to 4,500 away supporters can be accommodated in the Signal One Stand (Hamil Road), where the view and facilities located on the concourse behind the stand are good. Even a relatively small number of away fans can really make some noise from this stand, as the acoustics are excellent. However as the slope is quite shallow this might affect your view should a tall person be seated in front. Please note that cash is not accepted at the away turnstiles; you have to buy a ticket from the portakabin in the car park by the away end. This portakabin is 'cash only'.

Spare time before or after match?
Just outside the away turnstiles is a Club Bar called the 'Vale Social'. Normally it does admit away fans but at a cost of £2 per person (Over 60s and Under 18s are admitted free). The choice of pubs for visiting supporters to drink in near to the ground or in the town centre is very limited as most have signs up saying "Home fans only". This includes the closest pub to the ground, “The Vine”. One option however is “The Bull’s Head” located in St John's Square, about a 10-minute walk away. This is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and it is friendly for away fans with up to nine real ales on offer. The nearby “Leopard” and “Post Office Vaults” are also OK for visitors.

Can’t make it?
Listen live on iFollow with Joe Shennan, or if you’re overseas, you can watch a live stream via the service. There’ll be regular updates as usual across social media.

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