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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Cheltenham

All you need to know.

27 October 2017

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Cheltenham Town
Saturday 28th October 2017, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Lee Collins

With 10 goals in their last five games at Adams Park, the Chairboys are keen to return to the goal trail and more importantly get back to winning ways when Cheltenham roll into town on Saturday afternoon.

Exeter were the first club to leave south Bucks with a clean sheet in the league since April since they held on for a point a fortnight ago, and since then Gareth Ainsworth’s men have stumbled upon an unfortunate series of injuries which contributed to a return of one points from the back-to-back trips to Carlisle and Swindon.

However, they’ve followed each of their last four league defeats with a victory, and that strength of character will be required again when they meet a Cheltenham side buoyant after last weekend’s win over Forest Green which edged them towards mid-table.

Gary Johnson’s side have only collected five points on the road but earned a draw on their last visit to Adams Park, equalising late on with 10 men to claim a 3-3 draw in April.

Team news
Ainsworth hopes to have Sido Jombati, Anthony Stewart and Jack Williams available again after the trio missed last week’s loss at Swindon, though Josh Umerah is likely to be unavailable again, joining Nathan Tyson, Michael Harriman and Scott Kashket on the sidelines. Will De Havilland could join the squad after being recalled from his loan at Aldershot.

For Cheltenham, midfield trio Harry Pell, Kyle Storer and Nigel Atangana could all return after missing the win over Lincoln due to injury, but Jaanai Gordon and Jordon Forster remain long-term absentees.

Man in the middle
Lee Collins takes charge of just his second game this season, while two of his 10 games in the middle last campaign came at Adams Park – the EFL Cup loss to Bristol City and the league win over Newport.

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. Phone lines open from 10am on the day of the game, while tickets can be bought on arrival from Ticket Office 1 and 2 (both open at noon).

There is a new set of caps in-store, while shirts are priced at £42 in adult sizes and £35 in junior sizes; visit the shop from 10am on Saturday. Note that shirts will be printed during the match, so fans can make their purchase before the game and collect it afterwards.

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

Effective from October 2017, Arriva operate a revised 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 - 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. Ale festival in operation. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands.
  • Monty's - no away colours. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee - open to home and away fans, with music, a BBQ and selection of alcoholic and soft drinks available.

All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls, with the exception of the marquee.

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

Royal British Legion
Wycombe Wanderers are honoured to be hosting the launch of the countywide Poppy Appeal for the seventh consecutive year, welcoming representatives of the High Wycombe branch of the Royal British Legion to Adams Park for Saturday’s game against Cheltenham Town.

Joining the club as special guests are David Johnson (county chairman of the RBL), Brian Pearce (mayor of High Wycombe and WWFC season ticket holder), Monica Hickman (standard bearer), Barry Hall (bugler) and Kevin Taylor (chairman of the High Wycombe branch of the RBL), plus several volunteers.

Meanwhile, a local cadet group will be distributing poppies around the ground ahead of kick-off, in return for donations to the Poppy Appeal.

At the beginning of the half-time interval, both Kevin Taylor and Brian Pearce will take to the pitch to address supporters on behalf of the Legion, before a bugle recital of The Last Post and a reading from the poem ‘For The Fallen’, declaring ‘We Will Remember Them’.

Supporters of both clubs are asked to pay their respects during this period.

Scott Brown is the cover star as he comes up against his former club, while there are columns from volunteer Andy Miles, Bucks Free Press reporter Nick Tunney plus Gareth Ainsworth and Matt Bloomfield.

Tom Hancock introduces the visitors and tells the story behind a recent Lego model of Adams Park, while Adrian Wood re-visits former encounters with the Robins and provides travel news for the upcoming away games.

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 - phone lines and shop open.
12pm - Ticket Office 1 open.
12pm - Caledonian Suite, Monty's and marquee 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. Caledonian Suite and Monty's open.
5.15pm - Q&A in the Caledonian Suite.

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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