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The Big Match Preview: Grimsby vs Wycombe

All you need to know ahead of the Chairboys' trip to Blundell Park.

25 August 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Grimsby Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Sky Bet League Two
Blundell Park
Saturday 26th August
Kick-off: 3pm

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth hopes to have Sam Saunders and Paris Cowan-Hall available again after injury, with Nathan Tyson to be assessed after returning to training on Thursday. Scott Kashket will be unavailable as he continues his rehabilitation.

Grimsby will be without Sam Jones, who serves the the second of a three match suspension, as well as Ben Davies following his dismissal on Tuesday night vs Derby in the Carabao Cup

Elsewhere Scott Vernon is ruled as having a 50-50 chance by boss Russell Slade after missing the last two games with a calf strain. Long term absentees Akwasi Asante, Jamey Osborne and Sean McAllister will not feature.

Head-to-head
Blundell Park has been a happy hunting ground for the Chairboys as they have only lost one of their nine visits. They have won four and drew four.

Last season's game saw the Chairboys come from behind to seal a 2-1 victory thanks to a Danny Collins own-goal and a Paris Cowan-Hall strike from long-range.

Man in the middle
Mark Heywood will be taking charge of Saturday's game vs the Mariners. He has refereed three games so far this season, brandishing seven yellow cards and no reds.

The last Wycombe game Heywood took charge of came on the last day of 2016/17 in the 1-0 home victory over Cambridge United.

Kit
Wanderers will be wearing their home shirt light and dark blue quarters with sky shorts and socks.

Tickets
Advance ticket sales have now ended but Chairboys can pay on arrival at Blundell Park

On-the-day prices are as follows.

Adults: £20
Juniors Accompanied (14 and under): £5
Juniors Unaccompanied (14 and under): £7
Young Adult: (15-18): £13
Seniors (65 and over): £13
Students (with a valid NUS card): £13

Travel

By Adrian Wood

By car - 
From Wycombe take the M40 towards Birmingham. Exit at J10 taking the A43 towards Northampton to pick up the northbound M1 at J15A. At Junction 32 take the M18 (signed The North, Doncaster, Hull). At J5 take the M180 (signed Grimsby). At the end of the M180 continue along the A180 towards Grimsby. After around 14 miles you will near Grimsby town centre. Continue along the A180 following signs for Cleethorpes. On reaching a McDonalds sign on your left and the Blundell Park Hotel on the right, turn left into Imperial Avenue for the Club entrance. Mileage from High Wycombe = 214 (average journey time 3 hrs 40 mins)

Parking - There is no car park at the ground; therefore it is street parking only. As you drive along the A180 towards the ground, the home end appears first, then after the McDonalds is the away end. There are plenty of side roads off the A180 Grimsby Road mostly before and immediately after Blundell Park so you should be able to find a suitable spot.

By train - The best route is from London Kings Cross changing at Doncaster. Journey time is a little over 3 hours, for example depart Kings Cross at 09:48, change at Doncaster, arriving Cleethorpes at 12:51. The station is about a mile from the ground and the walk will take you 15-20 minutes. First available return times off Cleethorpes are 17:26 and 18:26 arriving back in the capital at 20:27 and 21:40 respectively. On both services you need to change at Doncaster.

Facilities for away fans
Away fans are housed in the Osmond Corner stand at the south end of the ground, where there are around 580 seats. This stand was built in 1939 and has a total capacity of 1,904 seats - shared between home and away fans. One downside of this stand is that there are a number of supporting pillars which could impede your view of the game. There is a bar in the away end which is run by the Mariners Trust.


Spare time before or after match?
Coming recommended is the Blundell Park Hotel, which is located just across the road from the ground. This can however get pretty full so it is advised to arrive early. It also serves some good food at reasonable prices. Another option is “The Rutland Arms”. There are also a number of pubs along Cleethorpes sea front but this is around a 20 minute away. With Grimsby and Cleethorpes renowned for its Fish & Chips, GTFC recommend you visit the County Fish & Chip shop on Grimsby Road, which is just a short walk from Blundell Park. Or alternatively Steel's Fish & Chip restaurant in the Market Place in Cleethorpes.

Can’t make it?
Listen live on iFollow with Phil Catchpole and Tom Jarvis, 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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