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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Barnsley

All you need to know.

7 December 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Barnsley
Saturday 8th December 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Antony Coggins

The Chairboys and the Tykes were two divisions apart last season; now they meet for the first time in 14 years separated by just five places in the League 1 table following a phenomenal run of form by Gareth Ainsworth's men.

Wanderers have climbed five places to 10th since ending October with a 3-2 loss at Walsall, going on to overcome Peterborough, Shrewsbury and Accrington - and draw with Sunderland - during an excellent November which saw Ainsworth awarded with a Manager of the Month nomination.

Barnsley have adapted quickly to life in League 1 after suffering relegation last year, and in Kieffer Moore and Cauley Woodrow they boast two of the division's most in-form strikers - a threat similar to that carried by Peterborough a month ago, which was so excellently thwarted by the Wycombe backline.

With a sixth successive home win in their sights, the Blues will hand a debut to Stephen Henderson in goal, while the Tykes are eager for a third away victory in four games to complement their unbeaten home record so far.

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

And Barnsley supporters - take a look at our Away Fans Guide.

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Team news

Stephen Henderson arrived on an emergency loan from Nottingham Forest this week and will play in goal for the Blues, while Matt Bloomfield and Adebayo Akinfenwa have resumed outdoor training and could be in contention.

Barnsley have been preparing for Wycombe's "very simple, not bad" approach according to boss Daniel Stendel, who is without the suspended Dimitri Cavare and the injured trio of Kenny Dougall, Ryan Hedges and Lloyd Isgrove.

Man in the middle
Antony Coggins officiated Wycombe's Carabao Cup tie with Forest Green in August, showing two yellow cards, and has dished out 75 bookings and three red cards in 19 games this season.

Carols at the Park
Wanderers are delighted to welcome a number of local organisations who will be performing Christmas carols from 1.30pm in the Printkick Fan Zone at Adams Park.

The club would like to thank chaplain Benedict Musola for pulling the event together, which involves contributions from the Pastures Church (Downley), Wycombe Community Gospel Choir, Wycombe Workplace Chaplaincy, St Andrews Bookshop, The Salvation Army, Love Wycombe and also Rachael Samuel – the wife of Chairboys star Alex – who will be singing at around 2pm.

Meanwhile, the Salvation Army will also be pitchside to perform a number of carols during the half-time interval.

There's some new items in the shop just in time for Christmas - have a look at what's on offer. Open from 10am.

Dominic Gape and Fred Onyedinma star on the cover while inside there's a recap of previous encounters with the Tykes, thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield, Alex Samuel, Scott Kashket, Nathan Tyson, Nick Tunney, Ian Baker and much more.
Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.

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

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 12pm. 

  • Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Ale festival in operation. Closes at kick-off and will not be open at half-time or full-time due to Christmas parties that night.
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands – Members only.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality. Closes at 6pm.
  • Printkick Fan Zone – home and away fans, with chicken biryani, hot dogs, cheeseburgers and alcoholic and hot/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 Monty's
4pm - second half commences.
4.45pm - full-time. Monty's open to the public.

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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