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AFC Wimbledon v Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 31st August 2019 (kick off 3pm)
Cherry Red Records Stadium
Referee: Alan Young
One of the shortest journeys of Wanderers' season takes them to a venue where they've never won in five visits during Gareth Ainsworth's reign as manager - but that hasn't stopped Sky Bet placing the Blues as slight favourites following contrasting starts to the League 1 campaign.
Wycombe remain unbeaten with three home wins and two away draws giving them their best ever start to a third tier season, but AFC Wimbledon have just one point from five tough tests which have included close encounters with promotion-hunting Sunderland, Ipswich, Fleetwood and Rotherham.
Wally Downes' men pulled off the great escape from relegation last term, thanks in no small part to a 2-1 win over the Chairboys in their penultimate fixture, but lost defenders Deji Oshilaja and Toby Sibbick to Championship clubs in the summer, while key man Will Nightingale has also been absent for much of the season so far.
Wanderers stars Darius Charles and Adebayo Akinfenwa return to their former club, where they both won promotion to League 1 in 2016, while Ainsworth himself of course was a former Wimbledon man in their Crazy Gang days in the top flight.
Tickets are now off sale from the ticket office at Adams Park. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the Cherry Red Records Stadium from 1pm on the day of the game.
Prices are as follows.
Under 18s: £4
*Concessions are over 65s and students with valid ID
The Chairboys will make a late call on the fitness of Paul Smyth and Fred Onyedinma after the pair picked up knocks in recent weeks, while Adam El-Abd, Curtis Thompson and Sido Jombati are nearing a return.
AFC Wimbledon can call Will Nightingale back into the side but Rod McDonald misses out through injury, while Joe Pigott - who scored twice against Wycombe in April - is in line for a recall.
Wycombe will be in their yellow change strip for this fixture.
Man in the Middle
Alan Young has shown 16 yellow cards and one red card in four matches in the middle so far
His last involvement in a Wycombe fixture was the 3-2 comeback win over Scunthorpe at Adams Park last season, in which he showed a red card to Ryan Allsop which was later rescinded.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: KT1 3PB
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Head towards London on the M40. Leave the motorway at Junction 1A and take right-hand lane, and then join the M25 anticlockwise following signs to ‘Heathrow’. Continue to Junction 10 and take the A3 northbound towards London. After around 11 miles, at the exit for New Malden/Worcester Park, turn off and take the left turn into Malden Road (A2043) towards Kingston. Follow this to the next roundabout. Take the first exit into Kingston Road (A2043 still) and the stadium is one mile on the left.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 44 (approx. journey time a little under one hour)
Recommended area for car parking
The car park at the Cherry Red Records Stadium is free to use, but can be full up to 90 minutes before kick-off. Street parking is available in the local area, however please park considerately if using local roads.
Using the train?
The nearest railway station is Norbiton which is less than a mile from The Cherry Red Records Stadium. Trains run from Waterloo every 15 minutes via Clapham Junction and Wimbledon. Leave the station via the back exit, and take the first left onto Norbiton Avenue. Turn right at the end onto Gloucester Road. Take a left on to Cambridge Road. The main entrance to Kingsmeadow is 400 yards down on the right, with the away entrance a little further on past this on the right-hand side and is well sign posted. New Malden station is also within walking distance.
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 4,850 (seating for 2,265). Away fans are mostly housed on one side of the Rygas Stand at one side of the pitch. This small shallow terrace is partly covered to the rear and we have received an allocation of 700 tickets. The terrace is shared with home supporters. Away fans are located towards the John Green Stand side of the terrace and are adequately separated from the home fans. There is also a small flat standing area beside the stand which also leads to the refreshment area and toilets. In addition, we have received 74 tickets for seats in the John Green Stand, which is a relatively new covered stand.
Spare time on your hands?
There are two bars inside the main Paul Strank Stand and away supporters are usually admitted. There is not much around the stadium. One option is the “Bricklayers Arms” on Hawks Road, which is around a ten-minute walk from the stadium. To find this pub go along Kingston Road which becomes Cambridge Road. Where the road forks, bear left (signposted Surbiton) into Hawks Road and the pub is down on the right. Another option is to visit Kingston or New Malden town centres – bus number 131 goes past the ground from both towns. On New Malden High Street there is a Wetherspoons outlet called “The Watchman”.
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