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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Luton

All you need to know.

31 August 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Luton Town
Saturday 1st September 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Darren England

After the excitement of yet another Carabao Cup shootout success in midweek, it's back to League One for the Chairboys on Saturday with Gareth Ainsworth's men looking to build on the four points they took on the road last week.

A dominant second half display to secure a point at Plymouth was followed by a complete performance at Bradford which led to Wanderers taking their first three points of the season with a 2-1 victory at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Saturday's visitors boast an undefeated record at the home of Wycombe in 13 visits, and secured a last minute victory last season in a 2-1 win for the Hatters in League Two.

Wanderers made amends at Kenilworth Road in January, winning 3-2 to prevent Luton opening up a 12-point lead at the top of League Two, and that result proved pivotal with Town ultimately losing their grip on top spot to Accrington, and Wycombe carrying that momentum into a successful promotion bid of their own.

Now the two teams are reunited in League One, having both overcome early scares that the step up in class might be larger than first anticipated. Both collected just one point from their opening three league games, but turned a corner on August 21st, with Luton defeating Southend and repeating the feat against Shrewsbury at the weekend.

With a sold out away attendance and a large home expected, let's hope for a cracker vs the Hatters!

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

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth has a selection headache after the midweek cup win, having made six changes from the side that faced Bradford. The Blues boss also has new loan signings Charlie Fox and Fred Onyadinma available for selection after signing on Thursday.

Adam El-Abd will miss the game as he continues his recovery from a thigh injury, whilst Nathan Tyson and Darius Charles are nearing a comeback.

In opposition Danny Hylton and Alan Sheehan will be assessed ahead of the fixture as the former was substituted at half-time of last week’s win over Shrewsbury with a hamstring niggle, and Sheehan sitting the game out completely with a heel injury.

Man in the middle
Referee Darren England has officiated in six games so far this season, though this will be his first in Sky Bet League One this term. So far in 2018/19, he has dished out 13 yellow cards and no reds.

The last time England took charge of a gme involving Wanderers was back in February 2017, in the 2-1 defeat to Coventry in the Checkatrade Trophy semi-final.

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.

Former Hatter Craig Mackail-Smith is the cover star while inside you can read his thoughts as well Gareth Ainsworth and Ryan Allsop, Bucks Free Press reporter Nick Tunney, BBC Three Counties' Phil Catchpole and Ian Baker. There is also a full low-down on our visitors.
Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.

The A404 between Marlow (A4155 junction) and the Bisham roundabout will be closed from 9pm on Friday night to 5am on Monday, which could affect some supporters' travel plans for the game.

Highways England will be conducting maintenance to the bridge across the road, enforcing diversions to be put in place via Henley-on-Thames, while traffic approaching from the M4 towards the M40 will also be diverted via the M4, M25 and M40.

See here for full details, and please allow extra time for your journey if you usually take this route.

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) (no tickets on sale for away supporters)
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 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 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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