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The Big Match Preview: Blackpool

10 March 2017

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

Wycombe Wanderers vs Blackpool
Saturday 11th March 2017, k.o. 3pm 
Adams Park, HP12 4HJ 
Referee: Christopher Sarginson

It's a first visit to Adams Park since 2004 for Blackpool - and they'll be looking to pick up where they left off!

The Tangerines were always something of a bogey side for the Chairboys in south Bucks, responsible for the demise of the Blues' promotion hopes in 2002 with a 4-1 victory, which they then followed up with 2-1 and 3-0 triumphs on their most recent trips.

But there's been plenty of water under the bridge since then; Blackpool have soared to the Premier League and slid back down again, and arrive at Adams Park tomorrow hoping to continue their late surge towards the play-offs after a superb 3-0 win at Plymouth in midweek.

That result leaves them level on points with Wycombe, who themselves hope to continue their momentum after returning to winning ways with a 2-1 comeback victory at Grimsby last week.

Dayle Southwell returned to the fold for that game with the Mariners and should be involved again for his first game at Adams Park since September, while Gareth Ainsworth hopes to be able to shorten his injury list in time for the weekend, which recently stood at six names with Anthony Stewart, Aaron Pierre, Paul Hayes, Scott Kashket, Dominic Gape and Sam Saunders out injured.

Blackpool could name an unchanged side after their midweek triumph, although keeper Sam Slocombe is expected to return to the squad after injury.

Man in the middle
Christopher Sarginson has shown 100 yellow cards and seven reds in his 31 matches so far this season, and was last at Adams Park for the 1-0 win over Bristol Rovers last season.

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.

Blackpool 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.

Ales in the Caledonian Suite this weekend include Bombardier Reserve, Caledonian 'Over The Bar', Robinson's Wizard Ale, Brains Rev. James Rye, Ushers 1824, Sloping Loakes and Spring Sprinter.

This week's matchday programme contains the views of Gareth Ainsworth and Matt Bloomfield in their regular columns while Bucks Free Press sports reporter Nick Tunney begins a new series of features from the press box.

There's a recap of the past three games, a collection of what's hot on social media this week, while Steve Wilson inducts the latest star into his Hall of Fame, Tom Bowers recalls a previous meeting with Blackpool 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.

What's going on
We welcome Bedgrove Dynamos Under 9s who are taking part in the half-time penalty shootout on the pitch, while there's also 120 youngsters from Danesfield Beavers, Radnage Cubs and Downley Cubs joining us in the Origin Family Stand and also for a lap of honour during the interval.

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 
Tune in to Chairboys PlayerHD for live commentary from 2.55pm. Click here for details of how to subscribe.

Last time out
The league meeting in August ended in a 0-0 draw but there was more drama in the Checkatrade Trophy third round tie in January, with Wycombe coming out victors on penalties.

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