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The Big Match Preview: Notts County

24 March 2017

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

Wycombe Wanderers vs Notts County
Saturday 25th March 2017, k.o. 3pm 
Adams Park, HP12 4HJ 
Referee: Ross Joyce

Eight games to go and the Chairboys are looking to continue their recent momentum to surge into the play-offs, eyeing three points when Notts County come to town.

A dip in form throughout February has been put to the back of the minds of the players who've now embarked on a five-match unbeaten streak, which has included hallmarks of the impressive form they showed in the long successful run over the winter.

Now they must sustain that as they seek to complete the 'double' over the Magpies, who themselves are enjoying a resurgence after being thrust into relegation danger during previous boss John Sheridan's reign.

The arrival of new owner Alan Hardy and manager Kevin Nolan has instilled a feelgood factor around the club which has seen them build a comfortable gap away from the bottom two, and they're looking for their first back-to-back wins since September, having defeated Barnet 1-0 last Sunday.

Gareth Ainsworth's men triumphed 2-0 at Meadow Lane back in December, which came in the midst of a 10-game losing streak in league games for the Magpies, with Scott Kashket and Adebayo Akinfenwa on target.

County possess a lethal front-line of their own, however, with former Premier League duo Shola Ameobi and Jon Stead likely to start in attack, although winger Mark Yeates is suspended.

Ainsworth will check on the fitness of Aaron Pierre and Akinfenwa after they picked up knocks last week at Hartlepool, but Matt Bloomfield could return after missing three games through injury.

Read the views of the manager, speaking at Thursday's press conference.

Man in the middle
In his second year as an EFL referee, Ross Joyce has never taken charge of a Wycombe match before, although he was in the middle for Notts County's 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy loss to Sunderland U23s in November.

In total this season, he's shown 155 yellow cards and 11 reds in 36 matches.

First Time Fans 
Read our guide for first-time fans here.

What's going on
We welcome Naphill Under 10s who are taking part in the half-time penalty shootout on the pitch, while Cookham Dean Under 7s are staging the Guard of Honour before the game.

We're also joined by Penn & Tylers Green Scouts, Stokenchurch Scouts, 1st Marlow Bottom Scouts and the cast of Gang Show, who will all be cheering on from the Origin Family Stand.

At half-time, there'll be an on-pitch by the Mana Cheerleader team, who will also be around the ground meeting fans before and during the game.

And former Chairboys defender Terry Evans will be at the game, enjoying VIP hospitality with fellow guests in the Honours Lounge - stop and say hello if you see him around the stadium.

Minute's silence
Kick-off will be preceded by a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the attacks in London earlier this week.

Matchday timetable 
10am - ticket office 1 and shop open.
12pm - bars open.
1.30pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
1.30pm - player appearance in club shop for photos and autographs.
2.00pm - teams announced via Twitter.
2.00pm - Mana Cheerleader appearance outside marquee/fan zone area.
2.15pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars. 
2.20pm - warm up begins.
2.55pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
2.59pm - minute's silence for victims of attacks in London.
3pm - kick-off. 
3.45pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands have access to the Caledonian Suite. Half-time penalties, lap of honour and Mana Cheerleader performance to take place.
4pm - second half commences. 
4.45pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite and Monty's bar open.
5.20pm - Q&A in the Caledonian Suite.
6pm - Caledonian Suite closes. 

Tickets start at £15 for adults and £7 for juniors, while under 7s go free in the Origin Family Stand. Season ticket holders have the opportunity to bring up to four guests for £5 each when they book before 5pm on Friday.

Notts County 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 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, and after the game until 6pm.
  • Monty's - home fans only. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee - open to home and away fans, with BBQ food and a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks available. Also includes inflatable target practice game for kids.
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. 

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

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 continues his new series of features from the press box.

There's a recap of the past two games, Phil Catchpole reports on the recent EFL Fan Forum, Alexander Hamilton takes part in Me and my Wycombe, Steve Wilson inducts the latest star into his Hall of Fame, Tom Bowers recalls a previous meeting with the Magpies 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.

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

Get the lowdown on the game in this short video.

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