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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs AFC Wimbledon

All you need to know.

21 December 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs AFC Wimbledon
Saturday 22nd December 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: John Busby

The last fixture at Adams Park in 2018, and the Chairboys will be hoping to sign off a memorable year with their seventh win in a row on home turf.

Standing in their way is AFC Wimbledon with new manager, Wally Downes hoping for a victory to kick-start his reign at the Dons.

Away form hasn't been good of late for Wimbledon, who have lost their last seven league games on the road and have only managed to score once in their last five League One fixtures away from the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

This will be the first time the two teams have met since April 2016 where a brace from Lyle Taylor either side of a Michael Harriman strike was enough to give the South London side the points at Adams Park.

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

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

- READ: Gareth Ainsworth

Team news
Stephen Henderson will be in goal this weekend after he extended his emergency loan with the club for a further seven days earlier this week. Adebayo Akinfenwa could be in contention to face his former side after completing a second week of full training. The game may come too soon for former Dons defender Darius Charles however and Matt Bloomfield is also likely to miss the clash.

In opposition, midfielder Mitch Pinnock will miss the game through suspension after seeing red at Charlton last weekend. James Hanson could be back in the starting XI  after dropping to the bench with illness last weekend, but Joe Pigott (thigh) and Deji Oshilaja (ankle) are expected to miss out.

Man in the middle
John Busby officiated Wycombe's 3-1 home win over rivals Colchester United last season, showing three yellow cards on that day.

So far Busby has dished out 53 bookings and two red cards in 23 games this season.

Wanderers are inviting season ticket holders to bring up to four guests for just £5 each! Simply call 01494 441118 or visit the shop at Adams Park to book your guest tickets – you may need to quote the number printed on your season ticket card, so please have it to hand.

To view all ticket information for this weekend's game, please click here!

Be the first to use new 2020 seat at Adams Park!
Chairboys fans have the chance to be the first in the world to use the new 2020 seat, produced by Grand Stand Seating Systems Ltd in conjunction with Alderdale seating, after the installation was approved for use at Adams Park by the local authorities.

The structure has been fitted in Block J of the Origin Family Stand, with 60 elevated seats available to ensure that eye levels are the same regardless of whether they’re sitting or standing, while there are also 15 seats available for ambulant disabled fans in rows A and B.

Fans are now able to book a seat in Block J for tomorrow's game, either by buying online, calling 01494 441118 or visiting the shop at Adams Park. These seats are available at the same price as a regular seat in the same stand, but please note there is a minimum height regulation of 1.3m for any child using the seats.

There's some new items in the shop just in time for Christmas including two new leisuire range items - a baseball jacket and long-sleeved t-shirt. There is also more 2019 calendars in stock and a 20% discount on all O'Neills clothes which is available until after the game.

Gareth Ainsworth stars on the cover while inside there's a recap of previous encounters with the Dons, thoughts of the boss, Matt Bloomfield, Randell Williams, Nathan Tyson, Nick Tunney and much more.
Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.

Santa Claus is coming to town!
Father Christmas makes his annual visit to Adams Park, together with his sleigh and replica reindeer, collecting donations for the High Wycombe Rotary Club's nominated charities.

Win a Twickenham Stadium Tour!
The club's caterting provider, abm catering are offering the chance to win a tour of the Twickenham RFC Stadium for two people. Simply buy any food item from the marquee and you'll be entered into their free prize draw which will be drawn and announced at half-time!

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. Open at half-time for fans in the Beechdean Stand and terrace. Open after the game until 6pm.
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands – Members only. Closing at 6pm.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Printkick Fan Zone – home and away fans, with chicken biryani, hot dogs, cheeseburgers and alcoholic and hot/soft drinks available from the marquee with a chance to win a tour for two of Twickenham with any food item bought.

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.
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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