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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Carlisle

All you need to know.

2 February 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Carlisle United
Saturday 3rd February 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Carl Boyeson

Wanderers return to Adams Park after three weeks away, having added two victories to their triumphs over Forest Green and Colchester at the start of 2018, leaving them eyeing a fifth straight win when Carlisle United roll into town.

Gareth Ainsworth’s men have momentum behind them, leaping into second place in Sky Bet League Two courtesy of a stunning 3-2 win at leaders Luton on Tuesday – a result that proves Wanderers’ credentials and heightens the significance of following that victory with another positive outcome on Saturday.

Carlisle made a series of new additions to their squad ahead of the transfer deadline this week, as boss Keith Curle eyes a late surge into the play-offs having endured an indifferent first half of the campaign. They’ve picked up in recent weeks, collecting seven points from their last three league games and keeping clean sheets in all three of them.

They’ll need to be equally tight to thwart a Chairboys attack which boasts the second highest goals tally in the EFL, having scored three in each of their last outings, with a wealth of attacking options at their disposal.

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

Scott Brown and Nathan Tyson eye another three points

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth welcomed Adam El-Abd back into the side on Tuesday night and Matt Bloomfield, Sido Jombati and Sam Saunders could be the next to return, though Anthony Stewart and Michael Harriman remain sidelined.

Carlisle could hand debuts to new signings Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Ashley Nadesan, while Kelvin Etuhu is fit again after a spell on the sidelines.

Man in the middle
Carl Boyeson’s last involvement in a Wanderers fixture was the 3-3 draw with Cheltenham last season, in which he awarded two penalties and showed a red card.

So far this season he’s dished out 64 yellow and nine red cards in 24 matches.

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.

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 11 and under are charged half price (£1.50 single or £2 return). 

Saturday 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 11 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)
Collecting pre-booked tickets - collection pod opposite Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries and tickets for away games - 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
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. Mini ale festival in operation. Open at half-time for fans in the Beechdean Stand and terrace, and after the game
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee – home and away fans.

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.

Dominic Gape is the cover star while inside there’s a recap of the last three matches, columns from Nick Tunney and Ian Baker plus a review of Sy Thomas’ trip to the Himalayas with a Chairboys flag in tow!
Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.

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. Monty's open.
5.15pm – Q&A in the Caledonian Suite

Can't make it?

Listen live on iFollow with Phil Catchpole on the club's audio and video service, while overseas fans can watch the game live. Click here for details.

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