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The Big Match Preview: Crawley

24 February 2017

All you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League 2 meeting with Crawley Town at Adams Park on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

Wycombe Wanderers vs Crawley Town
Saturday 25th February 2017, k.o. 3pm 
Adams Park, HP12 4HJ 
Referee: Gavin Ward

Wycombe look to return to winning ways on Saturday with the visit of Crawley Town to Adams Park, hoping to recapture the fine form which has placed them amongst the promotion contenders.

February began brightly with a 1-0 home triumph over Portsmouth but a couple of uncharacteristic performances have just hampered the Blues' momentum, with four straight league defeats edging them out of the top seven as the rigours of a busy fixture schedule perhaps take their toll.

Now is the time to bounce back and stride confidently onto home turf to take on a Crawley side which has struggled to maintain consistency so far this season; a point made evident when their superb 3-2 win at Colchester was followed by a disappointing 3-1 setback at home to Morecambe.

The two sides have met three times before, with one win apiece, with the Red Devils claiming a 1-0 success on the opening day of the season way back in August.

Much has changed since then, and only five of the Wycombe side who started that game were in the first XI for Tuesday's loss at Colchester.

Gareth Ainsworth will be without Joe Jacobson, who serves a one-match suspension, while Aaron Pierre, Paul Hayes, Myles Weston and Scott Kashket continue to be assessed in their recovery from 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.

Crawley fans are accommodated in the Panache Stand - they can pay cash on the turnstile, or by card from Ticket Office 1 on arrival.

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
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 (open from 10pm) or 2 (from 1pm).
Buying tickets for upcoming games - ticket office 1
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 at the far end of the car park

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, and after the game.
  • Monty's - home and away fans. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee - closed.
All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls.

There is a new BBQ serving burgers, hot dogs and steak burgers close to the entrance of the Caledonian Suite; this will also be open at half-time.

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

After the game, there'll be a Q&A in the Caledonian Suite with a member of the squad.

Macca tribute
A number of former players are returning to pay their respects to Paul McCarthy, a hero of the 2000/01 FA Cup run, who passed away suddenly last weekend.

Wanderers' players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute's applause for Macca in the fifth minute of the game (to mark the squad number - 5 - which he wore during his time with the club).

There will also be a special toast to Macca in the Caledonian Suite after the game, led by John D Taylor of the Ex-Players Association with a selection of the ex-players.

This week's matchday programme contains six pages of tributes to  Paul McCarthy.

There's a welcome to American soccer fan Mackie Jackson, who visits Adams Park for the first time, while Alan Parry gives his views, Steve Wilson inducts the latest star into his Hall of Fame, Tom Bowers recalls a previous meeting with Carlisle 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 
10am - ticket office 1 and shop open.
12pm - bars 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 Caledonian Suite..
4pm - second half commences. 
4.45pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite and Monty's bar open.

Live commentary 
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