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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Rochdale

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23 October 2018

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Rochdale
Tuesday 23rd October 2018, k.o. 7.45pm
Adams Park
Referee: Brett Huxtable

The walls of Adams Park will still be buzzing from the roars that greeted Craig Mackail-Smith's winner on Saturday when fans of the Chairboys return to the ground on Tuesday night, eager to see their side rack up a third successive home victory.

There was a time when the Blues were hopeless at home on Tuesday night league games - they failed to record a win in such fixtures from March 2012 to April 2015 - but victories last season over Crewe and Swindon delivered not just three points but phenomenal entertainment which had been unrivalled before this weekend's drama against Scunthorpe.

Now the challenge is on to take down a Rochdale outfit buoyed by their first league win since mid-September, seeing off Bradford on Saturday courtesy of Ian Henderson's eighth and ninth goals of the campaign. Boss Keith Hill is a known admirer of Gareth Ainsworth, and steered his side to safety on the final day of last year, though in truth they were better than the league table suggested, with a cup run and a major pitch problem thwarting their upward progress.

Dale spoiled the party with a late winner in Gareth Ainsworth's first match as permanent manager of the Blues back in November 2012, and have won five times in nine visits to Adams Park, but Wycombe are gradually adjusting to the third tier and are hungry for that third straight home win.

*Click here to read our First Time Fans Guide*

Team news
Wycombe are without Ryan Allsop and Dominic Gape through suspension, while Anthony Stewart, Darius Charles, Marcus Bean and Nathan Tyson remain in the treatment room.

Rochdale made five changes at the weekend, and won, so Hill could name the same team, though keeper Magnus Norman is available again after suspension and could dislodge Brendan Moore.

Man in the middle
Referee Brett Huxtable officiated a fiery 1-1 draw between Mansfield and Wycombe in 2016, and was also in charge of Wanderers' wins at Colchester and Solihull last season.

This term he's shown 41 yellow cards in 13 matches, and three reds, all in the same fixture - when Southend met Charlton.

Wanderers will be playing in their regular light and dark blue kit.

All under 12s go free as normal - click here for full details.

There's a recap of the thrilling win over Scunthorpe with photos, an interview with Craig Mackail-Smith and Gareth Ainsworth's column, along with plenty of other features.

This edition is £3.50 and available from around the ground.

The Arriva bus service is in operation for this fixture.

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). 

Midweek 7.45pm kick-offs:
Handy Cross Hub – 17.40 and 18.40
Rail Station – 17.50 and 18.50
Frogmoor – 17.55 and 18.55
Bus Station – 18.00 and 19.00
Adams Park – 18.15 and 19.15

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 7.15pm, 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 5.30pm).
Collecting pre-booked tickets - Ticket Office 1
Ticket enquiries - 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 - main reception
Staff/deliveries - delivery entrance to the left of the shop

Food and drink
The bars in the stadium open at 6pm. 

  • Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Also open at half-time for fans in Beechdean & Bucks New Uni stands. Now serving tea and coffee before, after and at half-time, from the food bar.
  • Monty's – home and away fans.
  • Woodlands - members only. Hot food available.
  • Honours - 1887 Business Club only.
  • Printkick Fan Zone – closed.

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.

Matchday timetable
10am - phone lines and shop open.
5.30pm - Ticket Office 1 opens.
5.45pm - players begin to arrive.
6pm - Caledonian Suite open.
6.15pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
6.45pm - teams announced via Twitter.
6.55pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
7pm - warm-up begins.
7.40pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
7.45pm - kick-off.
8.30pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean Stand & terrace have access to the Caledonian Suite.
8.45pm - second half commences.
9.30pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite open.

Can't make it?
Watch or listen live on iFollow with Phil Catchpole and Brian Jeeves on the club's audio and video service - click here for details.

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