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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Forest Green

All you need to know.

28 August 2018

Wycombe Wanderers vs Forest Green Rovers
Tuesday 28th August 2018, k.o. 7.45pm
Carabao Cup Round Two

Adams Park
Referee: Antony Coggins

It's the first time Adams Park has hosted a League Cup second round tie since 2011 - and Wanderers are hoping their adventure doesn't end tonight, with a place in the third tier alongside the country's biggest clubs at stake.

Last time it was Nottingham Forest, this time it's Forest Green visiting south Bucks, and Rovers have made great strides since their last visit when they were overpowered in a 3-1 loss almost a year ago to the day.

Mark Cooper's men have made an unbeaten start to the new season, including a 1-0 win at Swindon in the first round, and come up against a Wycombe side rejuvenated by a promising week on the road, collecting four points from trips to Plymouth and Bradford.

In the event of a draw after 90 minutes, the game will go straight to penalties (regular ABAB format).

*Click here to read our First Time Fans Guide*

Team news
Alex Samuel could make his debut after joining the Chairboys last week, while there are no fresh injury problems for Gareth Ainsworth's men, with Paris Cowan-Hall and Darius Charles nearing a comeback.

Forest Green have a clean bill of health and could recall Gavin Gunning after a recent suspension.

Man in the middle
Referee Antony Coggins showed eight yellow cards in his first three games in charge this season, and was also in charge of Wycombe’s 2-1 win at Forest Green last term, showing a red card to the home side’s Charlie Cooper.

His last visit to Adams Park was two months earlier for the 4-0 thrashing of Crawley.

Wanderers will be playing in their orange change strip tonight; find out why here.

Tickets cost just £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s; both sets of fans can pay on arrival or collect pre-booked tickets from Ticket Office 1. Season ticket holders are reminded they will need to pay for tickets for this fixture, as only league games are included in a season ticket.

Wanderers supporters will be accommodated in the BMI Healthcare Terrace and Beechdean Stand, with the Forest Green faithful in the Lords Builders Merchants Stand.

Tonight's programme is a 16-page edition at £1, available from the shop and kiosks.

The Arriva bus service is in operation for this fixture.

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). 

Midweek 7.45pm kick-offs:
Handy Cross Hub – 17.40 and 18.40
Rail Station – 17.50 and 18.50
Frogmoor – 17.55 and 18.55
Bus Station – 18.00 and 19.00
Adams Park – 18.15 and 19.15

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 7.15pm, 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 5.30pm).
Collecting pre-booked tickets - blue pod close to 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

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 6pm. 

  • Caledonian Suite - home and away fans. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands.
  • Monty's – closed.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Printkick Fan Zone – home and away fans with BBQ plus alcoholic and soft drinks in the marquee.

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.

Matchday timetable
10am - phone lines and shop open.
5.30pm - Ticket Office 1 opens.
5.45pm - players begin to arrive.
6pm - Caledonian Suite open.
6pm - collection point at blue pod open.
6.15pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
6.45pm - teams announced via Twitter.
6.55pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
7pm - warm-up begins.
7.40pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
7.45pm - kick-off.
8.30pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean Stand & terrace have access to the Caledonian Suite.
8.45pm - second half commences.
9.30pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite open.

Can't make it?
Listen live on iFollow with Phil Catchpole and Sam Avery on the club's audio and video service.

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