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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Accrington

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20 April 2018

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Accrington Stanley
Saturday 21st April 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Matchball Sponsor: Chilterns MS Centre

Three games to go, and promotion-hunting Wycombe take on title-chasing Accrington Stanley in a simply unmissable encounter at Adams Park on Saturday afternoon.

It carries similarities to the clash with Doncaster around the same time last year; scorching hot conditions, an already-promoted opposition, and a Wycombe outfit needing three points to stay in the hunt for promotion. Wanderers were successful on that occasion, and will hope history repeats itself as they aim this time for the top three rather than the play-offs.

But the challenge facing them is laid out quite simply in Accrington’s form guide. They’re unbeaten since January 27th, winning 12 from 14, conceding only seven. John Coleman’s men are unquestionably deserving of their place in League One and have their sights set on achieving the title, coming back down to earth quickly after the euphoria of the celebrations that followed Tuesday’s win over Yeovil which sealed their place in the third tier.

Wanderers have an eight-game unbeaten run to carry them into the clash, with Tuesday’s goalless draw at Lincoln keeping them two points clear of Exeter with nine points left to play for. Those of you who’ve purchased a seat for the game will only require the edge of it.

Not familiar with a matchday at Adams Park? Read our First Time Fans Guide.

Collection for Chilterns MS Centre
Wanderers welcome charity partner Chilterns MS Centre back to Adams Park for a special matchday of fundraising and awareness. Please donate what you can to their collectors around the stadium. Click here for details.

Team news

Gareth Ainsworth hopes to have Dominic Gape and Luke O’Nien available again after illness ruled them out of Tuesday’s draw at Lincoln, while Adebayo Akinfenwa came off with a calf problem but could be involved. Anthony Stewart and Sido Jombati are close to a return while Tafari Moore and Curtis Thompson are available again, leaving only Dan Scarr as a confirmed absentee.

Accrington have only used 12 different players in their last nine games, making just one substitution in that time (due to injury), so a line-up of Chapman, Dunne, Hughes, Donacien, Clark, Brown, Jackson, McConville, Johnson, Conneely and Kee can be expected once again.

Man in the middle
Darren Drysdale returns to Adams Park for the first time since last February, when he officiated in a 2-1 loss to Carlisle, while he was also in the middle for the 1-1 draw at Morecambe last April.

In all this season he’s shown 133 yellow and six red cards in 42 matches so far.

Tickets
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.

Season Tickets
Make it Sign-Up Saturday by bringing back your renewal forms to guarantee next season’s football at this season’s prices. Click here for more information.

Shop Sale
Most clothing items are reduced to £20 in the club shop; see here for details.

Fisher's Brewing Company
Locally based brewers Fisher's will be special guests at the ale festival in the Caledonian Suite, handing out beer samples with the option to buy pints at the bar and gift packs of bottles, with proceeds coming back to the club.

Kerry Katona
Pop star and TV personality Kerry Katona will be around Adams Park to check out the surrounding ahead of the Sellebrity charity match on 28th May; be sure to say hello if you see her around the place.

Travel
You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service. Fans are advised to plan their journeys in advance and allow a little more time to account for any extra traffic around the town.

Arriva operate a 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). 

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.

Parking
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 to the right of Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries and tickets for away games - 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 with special guests Fisher's Brewing Company from High Wycombe, handing out beer samples with the opportunity buy pints from the bar and gift packs. Open at half-time for fans in the Beechdean Stand and terrace. Open after the game with Q&A session at 5.15pm.
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands – reopened following flood damage. Members only.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee – home and away fans.

All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls.

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

Parklife
Michael Harriman is the cover star while inside there’s the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield, Bucks Free Press reporter Nick Tunney and Ian Baker, and Tom Hancock introduces the visitors.
 
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 - shop open.
12pm - Ticket Office 1 open.
12pm - Caledonian Suite and Monty's 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 to the public.
5.15pm - Q&A in Caledonian Suite.

Can't make it?

Listen live on iFollow with Bill Turnbull and Phil Catchpole on the club's audio and video service, while overseas fans can watch the game live. Click here for details.


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