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Crewe Alexandra vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 20th January 2018, k.o. 3pm
The Alexandra Stadium
Referee: Martin Coy
Wanderers eye a hat-trick of consecutive league wins when they head north to Crewe Alexandra for Saturday’s showdown, returning to a stadium where they haven’t won in the league since the late great Cyrille Regis was on the scoresheet.
The popular striker will be remembered with a minute’s silence before kick-off while the Chairboys squad will wear black armbands as a mark of respect, before action gets underway with Wycombe looking to build on recent triumphs over Forest Green and Colchester.
Tafari Moore and Nathan McGinley enjoyed excellent debuts last time out and could keep their places against a Crewe outfit who lost star man George Cooper to Peterborough in midweek, though they have made two new additions on Friday who could be included in their squad for the game.
Nathan Tyson struck a last-gasp winner to complete a sensational turnaround in the reverse fixture at Adams Park in September, and the Blues will hope for a more routine victory this time around to keep up the heat on those teams in the automatic promotion places.
Sido Jombati (knee), Anthony Stewart (calf), Michael Harriman (broken leg) and Will De Havilland (hamstring) remain absent but Gareth Ainsworth hopes to have Adam El-Abd (calf) and Nick Freeman (leg) available again. Randell Williams has made the trip after arriving on loan from Watford.
Crewe are without the suspended Perry Ng but George Ray could return following a long-term injury, while Ryan Wintle, Harry Pickering, Charlie Kirk and Josh Lundstram are in contention to replace George Cooper.
Man in the middle
It’s Martin Coy’s first season as and EFL official and while he’s yet to officiate in a Chairboys fixture, he was in charge of Crewe’s 5-1 thumping of Chesterfield in September.
He has shown 40 yellow and three red cards in his 22 matches so far.
Wycombe will be in their regular light and dark blue quarters for this fixture.
Tickets can now only be purchased on arrival; these are for Blocks C and D of the Whitby Morrison Stand, either side of the halfway line on one side of the pitch.
Ages 12-16: £10.50
Ages 11 and under: £6.50
Disabled: £17 (carer free)
By Adrian Wood
Postcode: CW2 6EB
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M6 (M40, M42). Exit the motorway at junction 16 and follow signs for Crewe on the A500 and then the A5020. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit and continue to the next roundabout, take the first exit continuing to follow signs for Crewe Town Centre and Crewe Railway Station. Pass Crewe Hall on your right and at the next roundabout continue forward down Weston Road. Away supporters parking can be found on the industrial estate on Weston Road - an approximate ten minute walk to the ground. If you continue down to the roundabout this will take you towards the ground, take the first left at the roundabout and continue past the train station. Take the second left down Gresty Road and continue down to the junction and the ground is on your left.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 150 (average journey 2 hours 20 minutes)
Suggested car parking area
Behind the Main Stand is a pay and display car park which holds 564 cars and, according to my latest information, costs £3.50 for the day. Obviously this does fill up quite quickly on match days. Another option is to use the industrial estate on Weston Road (see above).
Fancy using the train?
This is possible by using Chiltern Railways from High Wycombe to Birmingham Moor Street, walking to New Street Station, and from there using the West Midlands Trains service to Crewe. Possible departure times from Wycombe are at 09:34 and 10:34 arriving into Crewe at 12:30 and 13:30 respectively. Once you arrive at the train station, you can see the ground, turn left out of the main entrance and walk down to the second left, marked with the road sign Gresty Road. Then the ground is just a five minute walk down the road. Possible return times off Crewe are at 17:19 and 18:19 arriving back in Wycombe at 20:13 and 21:13 respectively.
Facilities for away fans
Away fans are housed in the Whitby Morrison Ice Cream Van Stand at one side of the ground. The whole of this stand is given to away supporters and houses 1,680 fans. Note there are a couple of supporting pillars in this stand that might affect your view of the playing action Entrance to the away stand is by ticket only so tickets need to be purchased from the ticket booth next to the supporters club at the entrance to this stand. Please note that alcohol is not available in this stand.
Spare time before or after match?
The Alex Suite can be found adjacent to the Whitby Morrison Stand, and opens from 12noon for Saturday fixtures. A selection of hot and cold food is also served inside, with vegetation options and pre-match alcoholic drinks available. Away fans are welcome pre-match in the Alexandra Suite. Meanwhile the pick of the local hostelries is probably the Corner Bar at the “The Royal Hotel” on Nantwich Road. There are usually separate bars for home and away supporters. There is also an excellent chip shop opposite.
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