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Wycombe Wanderers vs Shrewsbury Town
Saturday 24th November 2018, k.o. 3pm
Referee: Andy Haines
Two teams in form lock horns again for the first time in four seasons, with Shrewsbury vying to end a 24-year wait for a league win over the Chairboys by notching up a fourth successive victory over Gareth Ainsworth's men, who themselves are seeking a fifth home league triumph in a row.
Let's start with Wycombe, who are doing better than merely keeping their heads above water in League 1, following up the excellent 1-0 win over Peterborough with a superb showing in the 1-1 draw at Sunderland last week.
Constant chopping and changing of the side due to injuries and player ineligibilities hasn't dented the consistency of results and performances, on home turf at least, and recent showings will see them enter the clash with the Shrews with nothing to fear.
The visitors made a slow start in their attempts to replicate last year's fantastic assault on the promotion picture, which ultimately ended in play-off heartache, the departure of boss Paul Hurst and several key players. An inconsistent run of form cost new manager John Askey his job, but caretaker Danny Coyne has made a fine job of steering them to three successive victories, restoring belief, confidence and a feelgood factor around the place.
Not familiar with a matchday at Adams Park? Read our First Time Fans Guide.
And Shrewsbury supporters - take a look at our Away Fans Guide.
- READ: Gareth Ainsworth
- WATCH: Adam El-Abd
- WATCH: Alex Samuel
Nathan Tyson returned from injury last week and will be in contention again, while David Stockdale will make his debut in goal after joining on an emergency loan. Joe Jacobson and Adam El-Abd should face their former club, but Bryn Morris is ineligible, and late decisions will be made on the fitness of Matt Bloomfield, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Michael Harriman and Darius Charles.
Shrewsbury could shuffle the pack after a quick turnaround from their last game on Wednesday, where they reportedly picked up knocks to a few first-team stars, but Danny Coyne will be keen to maintain momentum with former Blues Anthony Grant, Josh Laurent, Aaron Holloway and Lee Angol all in line to make a return to Adams Park when they travel south today (Friday).
Man in the middle
Andy Haines officiated two Wycombe games last season: the 3-2 home win over Crewe and the 2-1 loss at Morecambe.
So far this term he's shown 54 yellow and three red cards in 16 matches in the middle.
Wycombe Homeless Connection collection
Volunteers from the Wycombe Homeless Connection will be collecting cash donations around the ground before and after the match, ahead of the Dreams Big Sleepout at Adams Park that evening. Please give what you can.
As part of the EFL's support of Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign, there'll be rainbow corner flags in place around the pitch, with both captains wearing a rainbow armband.
There's a 20% Black Friday sale in the shop on all O'Neills items - click here for details. Open from 10am.
Joe Jacobson stars on the cover while inside there's a Me and my Wycombe feature from Toby Deakin, a recap of previous encounters with the Posh, thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield, Matt Ingram, Fred Onyedinma, Nick Tunney, Ian Baker and much more.
Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.
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 12 and under are charged half price (£1.50 single or £2 return).
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 12 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)
Buying tickets for upcoming games - Ticket Office 1
Collecting pre-booked tickets - collection pod outside Ticket Office 1
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 outside 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. Ale festival in operation. Open at half-time for fans in the Beechdean Stand and terrace. Open after the game until 6pm.
- Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
- Woodlands – Members only. Closing at 6pm.
- Honours - VIP hospitality.
- Printkick Fan Zone – home and away fans, with chicken biryani, hot dogs, cheeseburgers and alcoholic and hot/soft drinks available from the marquee.
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.
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. Caledonian Suite and Monty's open to the public.
5.15pm - Q&A in Caledonian Suite.
5.45pm - last orders in Caledonian Suite and Woodlands Lounge (closing at 6pm).
Can't make it?
Listen live on iFollow on the club's audio and video service, while overseas fans can watch the game live - now with audio commentary. Click here for details.