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Wycombe Wanderers vs Luton Town
Saturday 16th September 2017, k.o. 3pm
Referee: James Linington
Five points from three games in September so far have seen the Chairboys return to their resilient ways in defence whilst continuing to impress in attack, even if they have been thwarted by two man-of-the-match displays from opposition keepers on the road.
Now they return to Adams Park looking to end their long winless streak against Luton Town, who’ve avoided defeat in 12 previous visits to south Bucks. The Hatters haven’t yet reached the heights expected of them after a busy summer of high-profile recruitment following play-off heartbreak last season, but returned to winning ways on Tuesday night against Port Vale.
Gareth Ainsworth will have selection headaches for all the right reasons, with the three players called into his starting XI on Tuesday catching the eye with impressive performances, adding to the superb team display at Newport three days earlier.
Two defeats in their last 14 league outings shows the Chairboys are tough to beat – now can they take an extra step and record all three points for the first time against one of the promotion favourites?
Adebayo Akinfenwa could return for the Chairboys after missing both away games through injury, while Sam Saunders and Nathan Tyson are also on the brink of a return.
Luton have Scott Cuthbert available again after suspension, while Lawson D’Ath is their only confirmed absentee due to injury.
Man in the middle
James Linington returns to Adams Park having officiated in the recent Checkatrade Trophy clash with Bristol Rovers – the only match so far this season in which he hasn’t shown a card.
He brandished a red card to two players in his last outing – Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough – and again 10 days earlier when Swindon faced Barnet.
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).
This fixture is all-ticket for away fans, meaning Luton supporters must buy in advance via their own ticket office as no tickets will be available on the day.
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.
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.
Regular 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 (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 at the terrace end of the car park.
Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 12pm. Note that the Hourglass pub has chosen to permit entry to away fans only, so Chairboys supporters who regularly attend this pub are encouraged to make use of the facilities at Adams Park instead.
- Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Ale festival in operation. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands.
- Monty's - home fans only. Open after the game.
- Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
- Honours - VIP hospitality.
- Marquee - open to away fans only, 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.
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.
Paris Cowan-Hall stars on the cover after making his 100th appearance for the club on Tuesday – you can scan the image using the Layar app to view an exclusive video marking his achievement.
Inside, there’s columns from Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield, Nick Tunney and Phil Catchpole, plus a special feature on John Motson’s memorable moment at Adams Park, and interviews with Dan Scarr, Adam El-Abd and Joe Jacobson.
Chilterns MS Centre
Wanderers’ club captain Matt Bloomfield has kicked off the fundraising for the Chilterns MS Centre’s ‘Walk The MS Mile’ event on Saturday 16th September – and urges Chairboys fans to follow suit.
The club’s charity partner are staging five walks across the local area throughout September, and will have a team of volunteers at Wycombe’s fixture against Luton Town to collect generous donations from home and away supporters.
Registration for each walk costs just £5 – but you can pledge your support even if you can’t take part by texting WWFC05 to 70070 to make a £5 donation, or by making a cash donation at the Luton fixture.
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.
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?
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