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The Big Match Preview: Luton vs Wycombe

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9 November 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Luton Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 10th November 2018, k.o. 3pm
Kenilworth Road
Referee: Craig Hicks

It's the first round of the Emirates FA Cup, and while Luton vs Wycombe may not carry the romance of other ties around the competition, it's one which is bound to stir up another electric atmosphere inside Kenilworth Road once kick-off approaches.

Meetings between the two sides have been fast and furious in recent times, and Wanderers fans will need no reminding of their superb 3-2 victory in Bedfordshire in the league meeting in January.

Likewise, the 1-1 draw at Adams Park in September culminated in an end-to-end finale and the drama could be just as intense this time around with both clubs looking to bank the £36,000 prize money and a place in round two.

The Hatters have won six of their last eight games in all competitions, and eight from ten at home this season, while the Chairboys' away record could do with a boost following recent losses at Coventry and Walsall which have punctuated their own impressive form on home turf.

Tickets
Tickets for the Chairboys' Emirates FA Cup first round tie vs Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Saturday 10th November (k.o. 3pm) can now only be purchased via the Hatters' ticket office, no later than noon on the day of the game.

This is an ALL-TICKET fixture for Wycombe fans, so tickets must be purchased in advance with none available on the gate. Wanderers' allocation of 772 tickets sold out on Friday morning but the Hatters will sell to Chairboys fans via their ticket office on 01582 416976 until 5pm on Friday, and from 9am to noon on Saturday.

Adult (22 to 65): £15
Concession (over 65 and 17 to 21): £10
U17 Unaccompanied: £6
U17 Accompanied: £1

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Kenilworth Road from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

Team News
Luton will be without the suspended Danny Hylton, while Luke Berry is unlikely to be risked as he continues his recovery from injury, and Dan Potts remains in the treatment room.

Wycombe are close to welcoming Anthony Stewart and Nathan Tyson back from injury while Matt Bloomfield, Michael Harriman and Adebayo Akinfenwa continue to be assessed. Meanwhile, this fixture will be Richard Dobson's 400th game as assistant manager of the Blues.

Man in the Middle
Craig Hicks takes charge of his second Wycombe game this season, having officiated in the 2-2 draw at Portsmouth in September.

Seven of his 55 yellows came in that match, with three reds also shown in 16 matches in total this term.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their regular light and dark blue strip.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: LU4 8AW

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the London bound M40 and then the M25 northbound (clockwise). Exit at Junction 21 then join the M1 motorway (signposted The North). Leave the M1 at Junction 11 and join the A505 towards Luton. Go through one set of traffic lights and at the 1st roundabout, turn right into Chaul End Lane. At the next roundabout turn left into Hatters Way. Whilst continuing down Hatters Way the ground will be seen on your left, although it is not accessible from this road. At the end of Hatters Way turn left and start looking for street parking from here on (the ground will now be on your left).

Mileage from High Wycombe = 42 (approx. journey time 45 minutes)

Recommended area for car parking
There is no car park at the ground, and there is limited space available in the streets around the ground. If you are early, you can find a space close by, but the street parking fills up quite quickly. There is a multi-storey car park in the town centre. Follow the signs for the Galaxy Centre Leisure Complex. There is another large multi-storey car park at Luton railway station.

Using the train?
Thameslink trains operate a very regular service from the capital (St Pancras International, Blackfriars, Farringdon etc.), average journey time is around 35 minutes. Luton station is around a 15min walk from the ground. I have read that there are free buses to / from the ground for away fans. Alternatively, from the Bus Interchange opposite the station, take the “Luton - Dunstable Busway” which stops outside the ground (close to Oak Road stadium entrances). Busway routes A, B, C or F70 to the Clifton Road stop.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 10,356 (all seated). Away fans are housed on one side of the small, covered Oak Road Stand (on the Executive Stand side) at one end of the ground. The entrance to the Oak Stand is unusual.  The impression is of queuing to go into someone's house and then through their back garden and into the stand! There are a number of supporting pillars in this stand, which may hinder your view. The leg room is tight – possibly one reason why away fans tend to stand.

Spare time on your hands?
There is not a great choice of hostelries around the ground. I am told that the Beech Hill Conservative Club on Leagrave Road welcomes both home and away supporters. To find the club, with the away entrance in front of you, turn left and walk down to the bottom of Oak Road. Proceed through the small arcade of shops opposite and you will see the sign for the club between two shops. It has a large car park (charge made) and offers reasonably priced beer. At the ground itself there is a licensed bar just inside the away turnstiles serving both draught and bottled beers. This is situated to the left-hand side as you look at the pitch from the Oak Road End.

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