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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Bristol Rovers

All you need to know.

17 August 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Bristol Rovers
Saturday 18th August 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Kevin Johnson

After the excitement of the Carabao Cup shootout success in midweek, it's back to League 1 for the Chairboys on Saturday with Gareth Ainsworth's men hunting their first three points of the new campaign.

A positive display in the opening day stalemate with Blackpool was followed by what Ainsworth described as a "rude awakening" when Doncaster condemned the Blues to a 3-0 loss last weekend, before the feelgood factor returned thanks to the club's progress to the second round of the cup.

Now they're looking for their first League 1 win since Paul Hayes scored twice in a 3-1 win at Exeter in March 2012, and standing in their way are a Bristol Rovers outfit also seeking a first league win, though they too were successful against Crawley on Tuesday.

Recent encounters with the Pirates have been edge-of-the-seat material and another memorable encounter could be on the cards in front of a bumper crowd with more than 1,000 tickets already snapped up by Rovers fans.

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

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth has a selection headache after being impressed by his team's midweek performance, having made seven changes from the side that faced Doncaster. Scott Kashket is fit again while a late call will be made on the fitness of ex-Pirate Paris Cowan-Hall, with Nathan Tyson and Darius Charles also nearing a comeback.

Rovers made four changes in midweek and have former Wanderers loanees Tony Craig and Alex Jakubiak in their ranks, as well as recent signing Stefan Payne who netted on his debut last weekend.

Man in the middle
Referee Kevin Johnson has officiated in two games so far this season and both finished 1-0 to the away side, showing three yellows in Bradford’s win at Shrewsbury and five in Plymouth’s victory at Bristol City on Tuesday.

He finished the 2017/18 campaign with 111 yellow and nine red cards on his record from 37 games, one of which was Wanderers’ 1-0 loss to Swindon in October.

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.

Tickets CAN be purchased on arrival, from Ticket Office 1, or cash turnstiles to the terrace and away stand.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the blue pod outside Ticket Office 1.

Click here for ticket details.

Get your hands on the new golf umbrellas, keyrings, footballs and pens, plus the full range of replica kits, leisurewear and trainingwear. Open from 10am.

Jason McCarthy is the cover star while inside there’s the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth, Yves Ma-Kalambay, Ryan Allsop, 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.

We're giving away a free pair of Printkick sunglasses with every programme or shop purchase, and there's the chance to win exclusive prizes by posting a selfie of yourself in the glasses to social media, using the hashtag #EyesOnThePrize and tagging @wwfcofficial. Click here for full details.

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

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 12 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 12 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)
Buying tickets for upcoming games - Ticket Office 1
Collecting pre-booked tickets - collection pod outside Ticket Office 1
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 outside 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. Open at half-time for fans in the Beechdean Stand and terrace. Open after the game.
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands – Members only.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Printkick Fan Zone – away fans only, with BBQ and alcoholic and soft drinks available from the marquee.

All bars show Babestation 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.

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 - now with audio commentary. Click here for details.

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