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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Southend

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28 September 2018

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Southend United
Saturday 29th September 2018, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Tom Nield
Sponsor: Wycombe Leisure Centre

The final game of a hectic September brings Southend United to Adams Park for the first meeting between the sides since that unforgettable day at Wembley back in 2015, but forget revenge - the driving force for the Chairboys will be their determination for a first home win in the league this season.

Continuity for Gareth Ainsworth's men has been hard to come by during a period of league and cup matches coming thick and fast, prompting changes to personnel and tactics, and while a common theme has come in the high standard of performances, Wanderers know they need to start converting some draws into wins to give them the best chance of achieving their aims.

Standing in their way on Saturday are a Southend side who finished last season strongly following the appointment of club legend Chris Powell, though progress has been steady if unspectacular this term, with last weekend's win over Fleetwood ending a run of three straight league defeats.

The matchday carries extra significance with its support for Prostate Cancer UK, following the news that ex-player Howard Kennedy passed away earlier this month after a five-year illness. He'll be remembered with a minute's applause in the eighth minute, with Southend and Chris Powell in particular being excellent supporters of the charity's various ongoing initiatives.

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

Prostate Cancer UK
Fans of both clubs are asked to contribute to the collections around the stadium ahead of kick-off, and to purchase a badge in support of the charity. Ex-player Howard Kennedy will be remembered with a minute's applause in the eighth minute of the game.

Team news

Gareth Ainsworth revealed his side had collected one or two knocks in the midweek loss to Norwich, while Anthony Stewart, Adam El-Abd and Nathan Tyson are the confirmed absentees. Jason McCarthy and Scott Kashket are in line for their 50th appearances for the club.

Southend welcome back keeper Mark Oxley following suspension, while Michael Kightly should also be involved following an absence, though Powell may keep faith with the outfield players who contributed to last week's win over Fleetwood.

Man in the middle
Referee Tom Nield has shown 29 yellow cards two reds in nine games so far this season.

He last officiated a Wanderers game back in November 2017 in a home fixture against Yeovil Town; awarding the Chairboys a penalty which Joe Jacobson stuck away with the second goal of a 2-1 victory. Nield took charge of a Southend game more recently, overseeing their 2-0 home win against Bradford City in August.

Get your hands on the new golf umbrellas, caps, keyrings, footballs and pens, plus the full range of replica kits, leisurewear and trainingwear. Open from 10am.

Scott Kashket adorns the cover on what could be his 50th appearance for the club, with Jason McCarthy on the centrefold poster. Inside there's the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield, Adebayo Akinfenwa, journalists Nick Tunney and Ian Baker, plus all your favourite features, and a tribute to Howard Kennedy.
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). 

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)
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.
  • Monty's – no away colours. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands – Members only.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Printkick Fan Zone – home and away fans, with BBQ and alcoholic and soft drinks available from the marquee. There'll also be chicken and vegetable chow mein on sale, to launch the start of ABM Catering's operation of the kiosk and concession outlets around the stadium.

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.

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.
3.08pm - minute's applause for Howard Kennedy.
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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