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Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End
Saturday 6th January 2018, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Peter Bankes
Fourth in the league, playing enterprising football and scoring plenty – it’s a good time to be a Chairboys fan, and it could get a whole lot better if Wanderers can pull off a cup shock against Preston North End tomorrow.
It’s the club’s first FA Cup meeting with a second-tier side since they saw off Wimbledon in that incredible fifth-round replay in 2001, and fame and fortune could lie in wait if they can repeat last year’s feat of reaching the fourth stage and facing Premier League opposition.
But standing in their way is one of the Championships’ most in-form sides; a well-organised, disciplined Preston side who’ve started life impressively under new boss Alex Neil, placing themselves amongst the dark horses for a shot at promotion in the second half of the year.
Gareth Ainsworth was a hit with the North End fans during three different spells in his playing career, but he’d lose a little popularity if he were to mastermind an upset for his troops, who’ve won six of their last seven outings at Adams Park, and are in the mood for another victory which would no doubt be their best of the lot.
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Gareth Ainsworth will make a late call on the fitness of Dominic Gape after he picked up a knock in the 2-1 win at Forest Green on Monday, but Matt Bloomfield should shrug off his minor injury in time and could be joined by Adam El-Abd, who is set to return after four games out.
However, Anthony Stewart (calf), Sido Jombati (knee), Michael Harriman (leg) and Scott Kashket (pelvis) aren’t likely to make it.
Preston could hand a debut to new signing Billy Bodin, who arrived this week from Bristol Rovers, but fellow new arrival Louis Moult is expected to miss out, along with Eoin Doyle, Tommy Spurr, Josh Earl and Sean Maguire.
Boss Alex Neil has hinted at changes without wanting to name a weakened side, in a bid to reach round four.
Man in the middle
Most of Peter Bankes’ 25 games in the middle this season have come in League 1 or the Championship, showing six red and 88 yellow cards. He’s officiated in two Preston games – a 1-1 home draw with Barnsley and a 2-0 loss to Aston Villa.
He hasn’t been involved in a Wycombe fixture since the League 2 play-off semi-final first leg at Plymouth, when the Blues were victorious with a 3-2 win.
Tickets for this game can be purchased on the day of the game, at no extra cost.
Prices are listed below; all areas of the stadium will be open for this fixture.
Adult (Seating): £20
Adult (Terrace): £15
Seniors (60+) (Seating): £15
Seniors (60+) (Terrace): £13
Young Adult (19-25) (Seating): £15
Young Adult (19-25) (Terrace): £13
Juniors (18 and under): £5
To purchase tickets call 01494 441118, buy online, or visit the ticket office at Adams Park.
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.
Gareth Ainsworth is the cover star, while inside there’s a review of the Chairboys’ recent love affair with the FA Cup, a look at previous encounters with North End and a poster of Luke O’Nien.
Pick up a copy for £2.50 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.
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 Caledonian Suite
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