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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Mansfield

All you need to know.

29 December 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Mansfield Town
Saturday 30th December 2017, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Christopher Sarginson

Six home wins in a row means the Chairboys will have a spring in their step as they arrive at Adams Park on Saturday, looking to continue that form against one of the pre-season promotion favourites.

Mansfield left a large dent in Wanderers’ play-off hopes last season when they left south Bucks with a 1-0 win in April, and a summer of investment at the One Call Stadium had Stags fans believing in a title charge under Steve Evans, a manager with a wealth of experience across the EFL.

Too many draws have left them with a lot of work to do but the tight nature of the League 2 table sees them sitting in eighth, just three points off third, and Evans has promised more new arrivals in January to bolster their squad.

As for Wycombe, they’re one goal off third and eager to prove their credentials by finishing 2017 on a high ahead of Monday’s trip to Forest Green.

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth hopes to have Adam El-Abd and Marcus Bean available againthough Anthony Stewart is sidelined with a calf problem and Scott Kashket continues to edge closer to fitness.

Mansfield are missing defender David Mirfin and midfielder Joel Byrom, but boast competition in attack with former Chairboy Lee Angol amongst the contenders for a starting berth.

Man in the middle
A late change to the officials list sees Christopher Sarginson replace Graham Horwood; Sarginson’s last involvement in a Wycombe game resulted in him awarding a penalty to Blackpool in the 0-0 draw last season.

Overall he’s shown 83 yellow and five red cards in 25 games so far this season.

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.

You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service. 

Arriva operate a matchday service at a standard fare of £3 single or £4 return, irrespective of where passengers join or leave the service. Children aged 11 and under are charged half price (£1.50 single or £2 return). 

Saturday 3pm kick-offs:
Handy Cross Hub – 12.55 and 13.55
Rail Station – 13.05 and 14.05
Frogmoor – 13.10 and 14.10
Bus Station – 13.15 and 14.15
Adams Park – 13.30 and 14.30

The return service will depart from Adams Park approximately 20 minutes after full-time, calling at the same pick-up/drop-off points.

Fares will be charged as follows:

Adult Single: £3
Adult Return: £4
Child Single: £1.50
Child Return: £2

Children are classed as ages 11 and under.

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 (from 12pm).
Collecting pre-booked tickets - collection pod opposite Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries and tickets for away games (until 2pm) - 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 outside the marquee.

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

  • Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Mini ale festival in operation. Open at half-time for fans in the Beechdean Stand and terrace, and after the game
  • Monty's – home and away fans. Open after the game
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee – home and away fans.

All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls.

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

Dan Scarr and Ebere Eze share the cover, while inside there’s a message from chairman Trevor Stroud, a quickfire review of the year, a round-up of the last two games plus columns from Bucks Free Press reporter Nick Tunney, Gareth Ainsworth and Matt Bloomfield.

Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.

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 - shop open.
12pm - Ticket Office 1 open.
12pm - Caledonian Suite and Monty's open.
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. Monty's open.

Can't make it?

Listen live on iFollow with Phil Catchpole 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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