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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Lincoln

All you need to know ahead of the curtain-raiser!

4 August 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and much more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Lincoln City
Saturday 5th August 2017, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Graham Horwood

Got that familiar feeling running through your veins? That'll be the buzz of a matchday, back again after a long and lonely summer away from Adams Park. The wait is nearly over, and it all gets underway again on what looks like being a bright, sunny afternoon at Adams Park on Saturday.

Gareth Ainsworth's Chairboys are in the position of looking to continue the progress they made last season, in which they embarked on their longest ever unbeaten run in the EFL, enjoyed two cup adventures and finished narrowly outside the play-offs after a strong finish.

Therefore it's been business as usual during their pre-season campaign, with Adam El-Abd and Nathan Tyson bolstering an already-strong squad looking to go one better than in the 2016/17 campaign.

On day one they come up against last year's National League champions Lincoln City, returning to the EFL after a six-year absence, and they're not prepared to settle for just survival. Boss Danny Cowley has been able to re-invest a good proportion of their prize money from last year's incredible FA Cup run, making 10 new signings including seasoned professionals at league level including Michael Bostwick, Matt Green and Neal Eardley.

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth will make late decisions on the inclusion of Anthony Stewart and Scott Kashket after the pair spent part of pre-season requiring injury treatment. Adam El-Abd and QPR loanee Jack Williams are available for their debuts, as is Nathan Tyson, who could make his second Wanderers bow some 14 years after his first.

Lincoln team news to follow.

Man in the middle
Graham Horwood took charge of three games at Adams Park last season; the 1-0 win over Stevenage, the 2-1 victory against Doncaster, and the 2-0 loss to Barnet. Overall he showed 113 yellow and six red cards in his 31 matches.

Tickets
Chairboys fans can benefit from a £2 discount when they book before 5pm on Friday; click here for all the details including prices and how to book. Phone lines open from 10am on the day of the game, while tickets can be bought on arrival from Ticket Office 1 and 2 (both open at noon).

Contrary to earlier reports, Lincoln have not sold their full 1,800 allocation, with around 400 remaining at the close of play on Thursday. Imps fans must buy in advance via their own club's ticket office, as no tickets will be available for away fans on the day of the game.

Fans looking to buy tickets for next week's game at Port Vale should do so from the shop after the final whistle; they will not be available before kick-off in order to reduce queues on what could be a busy afternoon.

Season ticket/car park pass collection
Not received your season ticket in the post? Don't panic - call the ticket office today on 01494 441118 and they can arrange for a re-print or a paper ticket which can be collected from next to the blue pod opposite Ticket Office 1 on arrival at the ground.

The same applies for fans yet to receive their car park pass; their name will be on a list at the gate in order to gain access, and then passes can be collected from the same point.

Travel
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.
 
Regular service (for 3pm kick-offs)
Outbound: 
  • 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 
Return: 
  • End of Hillbottom Road – 17.10
  • Handy Cross Park & Ride – 17.20
  • Eden Bus Station – 17.30
  • Wycombe Railway Station – 17.40

Parking
There will be no parking for the general public in the lower tier - spaces in the upper tier are £5 per car.

There is an additional club-run car park behind Origin Global (on the left before the Adams Park gates), priced at £5 a car.

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 Office 1 or 2 (from 12pm).
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
Kids zone - the WWSET inflatable target practice will be next to the marquee by the car park entrance.

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 12pm. 

  • Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Ale festival in operation. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands.
  • Monty's - home fans only. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee - open to away fans, with a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks available. BBQ and hog roast, and inflatable target practice game for kids, also available to home fans.
All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls.

The BBQ, which serves burgers, hot dogs and steak burgers, will also be open at half-time, close to the entrance to the Caledonian Suite.

Inside the stadium, each stand is serviced by a kiosk serving hot and cold food and drink.
 
Parklife
Wanderers' official matchday programme 'Parklife' returns for the 2017/18 season with an interview with new signing Adam El-Abd and plenty of features, old and new.

The defender discusses how he's adapting to life at Adams Park while there are columns from chairman Trevor Stroud, manager Gareth Ainsworth and Matt Bloomfield, as well as a re-cap of all the summer news and pre-season friendlies.

Friends of the dearly-missed Ian Nixon pay their tributes to the long-time Chairboys fan who passed away suddenly over the summer, while John Hogg from the Chilterns MS Centre takes part in the Me and my Wycombe survey.

Adrian Wood and Steve Wilson have penned new features, entitled 'First And Last' and 'The Man Who' respectively, and there's the usual introduction to the visitors, news from the Sports & Education Trust, and fun for the younger fans in Bodger's Corner.

Fans are advised that - following a review of all budgets for the coming season, the matchday programme will now be sold for £3.50.

Pick up a copy of Parklife from our volunteer sellers around the ground, or from the shop.

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 £ tickets from our vendors around the ground to be entered into the draw, where 50% of the takings go into the prize find and the other 50% goes to support club projects.

Matchday timetable
10am - phone lines and shop open.
12pm - Ticket Office 1 and 2 open.
12pm - Caledonian Suite & Monty's bars open for home fans. Marquee open for away fans.
1pm - collection point at blue pod open.
1pm - players begin to arrive.
1.30pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
2pm - teams announced via Twitter.
2.10pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
2.55pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
3pm - kick-off.
3.45pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands have access to the Caledonian Suite.
4pm - second half commences.
4.45pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite and Monty's open.
5.15pm - Q&A in the Caledonian Suite.

Can't make it?
Listen live on iFollow with Joe Shennan and Keith Scott on the club's new and improved audio and video service, while overseas fans can watch the game live for the first time. Click here for details.


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