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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Oxford

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14 September 2018

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Oxford United
Saturday 15th September 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: David Webb
Match Sponsor: Printkick

The 'M40 Derby' returns after a two-year absence and the morale boost of a victory would be as significant as local bragging rights for either side as they look to mount a charge up the League 1 table.

Wanderers' impressive performances of late have yielded only the one win - the 2-1 success at Bradford - leaving them to rue the fine margins in matches which have gone against them to prevent them accumulating a higher points tally.

Oxford assembled a squad for a promotion charge in the summer so are dismayed to be floundering at the wrong end with just one win to show for their efforts so far, though with more than 100 points still to play for it remains very early days for now.

After a rare full week to recover from the loss at Charlton and prepare for Oxford, at the end of a cycle of four consecutive midweek fixtures, this game kicks off another series with Checkatrade Trophy, Carabao Cup and league matches coming thick and fast, heightening the eagerness amongst Gareth Ainsworth's men to build momentum with a succession of victories.

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

Team news
Gareth Ainsworth can welcome back club captain Matt Bloomfield after the midfielder missed the game at Charlton due to the concussion protocol, leaving just Adam El-Abd, Nathan Tyson and Darius Charles unlikely to feature as they edge closer to their recoveries from injury.

Oxford are without the injured Simon Eastwood, Samir Carruthers and Rob Hall, but Gavin Whyte is back from international duty and former Wanderers pair Scott Shearer and John Mousinho are likely to be involved in the squad.

The Oxford United allocation is fully sold out with no more available; any away fans found in home areas will be ejected from the stadium.

Chairboys fans can benefit from a £2 discount when they book before 5pm on Saturday, with tickets available to buy online at any time and in person at Adams Park from 10am on Saturday. Click here for full details.

Man in the middle
Referee David Webb is a late change to the schedule with Andy Davies pulling out on Thursday, so Webb takes charge of a Wycombe game for the first time since March 2017, when he showed a red card to Paris Cowan-Hall in the 2-0 win at Hartlepool.

This season he's shown just eight yellow cards in five games.

Chilterns MS Centre collection
Volunteers from the club's charity partner Chilterns MS Centre will be collecting donations from supporters before the game; please give what you can.

Get your hands on a new style of cap as well as golf umbrellas, keyrings, footballs and pens, plus the full range of replica kits, leisurewear and trainingwear. Open from 10am, with a player appearance at around 2pm.

Paris Cowan-Hall is the cover star while there's the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield, journalists Ian Baker and Nick Tunney, plus 'Me and my Wycombe' with Hamish Munro, and another installment of the '25 Years On' feature.
Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.

You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service (two vehicles 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). 

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 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) (no tickets on sale for away supporters)
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 - reception
Staff/deliveries - delivery entrance to the left of the shop

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.
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands – Members only.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Printkick Fan Zone – away fans only, with BBQ and alcoholic and 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. Please note these remain under the operation of the club, with the new partnership with abm catering set to come into effect on Tuesday.

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. Caledonian Suite and Monty's open to the public.
5.15pm - Q&A in Caledonian Suite.

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.

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