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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Port Vale

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23 March 2018

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Port Vale
Saturday 24th March 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Lee Swabey
Match Sponsor: Wycombe Leisure Centre

First Barnet, then Crawley – now the Chairboys have an opportunity to cap a perfect week by completing another league ‘double’ when they meet struggling Port Vale at Adams Park on Saturday.

Wanderers’ last memory of playing on home turf is one of disappointment, having conceded in stoppage time to drop two points against Cambridge a fortnight ago, having lost their two previous outings at Adams Park to Morecambe and Coventry.

It meant they had to rely on their trusted away record to return to form, and they did just that, recording successive triumphs to leap to the top of the league table based on away performance, and becoming the highest-scoring Wycombe team in any EFL season.

Three of their 73 goals so far came at Vale Park in the reverse fixture against a Valiants outfit tipped for an immediate return to League 1, but as the season has progressed, Neil Aspin’s side will now be content to avoid the drop into the National League, currently nursing a 13-game winless streak which leaves them 20th in the division.

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

Team news

Gareth Ainsworth hopes to have Luke O’Nien available the midfielder left the field with a knee injury after a nasty challenge at Crawley, while Dan Scarr’s ankle problem continues to be assessed. Sam Saunders stepped up his rehab from a knee injury at BMI The Chiltern Hospital this week, while Michael Harriman and Anthony Stewart are also making good progress.

Vale impressed boss Neil Aspin despite losing 1-0 to Exeter on Tuesday so he could name an unchanged side, though Antony Kay could be available again and striker Dan Turner could be in contention after scoring for the reserves in midweek.

Man in the middle
Lee Swabey takes charge of his first Wanderers fixture since August 2015, when he was in the middle for a 0-0 draw at Crawley.

In total this season he’s shown 42 yellow cards and just one red in his 13 matches in the middle, awarding five penalties.

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.

This game marks the second of the Final Five fixtures, available as a bundle for £50 for adults and free in all seated areas for under 11s. Click here for information.

You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service. Fans are advised to plan their journeys in advance and allow a little more time to account for any extra traffic around the town.

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 to the right of 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, but closed after the game due to the 500 Club event. May be busier than usual before the match due to close of Woodlands Lounge.
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands – closed due to flood damage. Members are being rehoused in the Honours Lounge and Caledonian Suite.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Marquee – home and away fans. Also open after the game until 6pm due to the closure of the Caledonian Suite to the public.

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.

Sido Jombati’s celebration at Crawley adorns the cover while inside there’s reports from two junior journalists, a look back at the last three games and a step back in time to Wycombe’s last home win against the Valiants.
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 and marquee open to the public. Caledonian Suite closed for 500 Club event.

Can't make it?

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

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