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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Southend

All you need to know.

23 August 2019

Team news, tickets, travel, Chairboys Village and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Southend United
Saturday 24th August 2019, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Match Sponsor: Biffa High Wycombe

First Time Fans Guide
Away Fans Guide

Eight points from four games leaves Wanderers on the cusp of their best ever start to a third tier campaign if they can collect three points against a Southend United side who've never lost their first five league games.

The two sides were embroiled in a relegation battle at the end of last season and while Wycombe's fantastic 2-0 win at Roots Hall made their own escape a little more comfortable, the Shrimpers left it late, securing survival with a goal three minutes from time on the final day.

However, Kevin Bond's men have started slowly, yet to pick up a point, and travel to Adams Park where the home side have won both league games so far, and collected two points on the road from trips to Bristol Rovers and Fleetwood.

Gareth Ainsworth's side are six points and four goals better off than at the same stage last season, and three of those goals came in last week's thrilling victory over MK Dons, with the Wanderers faithful hoping for similar entertainment and a similar outcome this time around.

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Adam El-Abd and Jack Grimmer could be in contention again after missing the trip to Fleetwood, though Darius Charles and Giles Phillips deputised admirably and could retain their places. Sido Jombati and Curtis Thompson are closer to a return to the side, having been unable to feature so far.

Nathan Ralph is a doubt for the visitors, but Simon Cox, Rob Kiernan, Jason Demetriou and Liam Ridgewell are all in contention after injuries.

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Chairboys fans can by online at any time and save £2 through the new TicketCo platform, either on the website at or the TicketCo Wallet app.

Fans are encouraged to use the online platform rather than queuing to buy a ticket from Ticket Office 1 or 2. Buying online saves you time and money, which can be better spent in the shop, bar or stadium bowl.

Please also note that there will be no cash turnstile facility in the home areas; all fans are required to present a ticket (either the QR code on a smartphone/printout, or a physical ticket).

Supporters are advised to download their QR code to their smartphone wallet, or screenshot it to the camera roll, to prevent any issues using internet data to retrieve the code from emails whilst entering at the turnstile.

Click here for the full ticket details, including prices.

Tickets for the upcoming away games at AFC Wimbledon and Gillingham can be purchased from Ticket Office 1 AFTER the match, but not before, to alleviate queues.

Tickets will be available on the day for Southend fans.

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Adams Park opens at the earlier time of 10.30am, with an Ashes Breakfast being held in the Caledonian Suite, giving fans the chance to enjoy day three of the test match in the company of Rob and Missy Couhig.

The Chairboys Village is open for business, sponsored by Printkick, with the Rebellion beer tent, BBQ and live performance from local musician Kirsty Fuller. There'll also be Printkick sunglasses up for grabs, free of charge, with prizes randomly assigned to fans who post selfies to social media using the hashtag #EyesOnThePrize.

There'll be no Wycombe Blue Swans cheer squad at this game, but look out for their return to Adams Park in the near future.

Meanwhile, 500 Club members can collect their plaques from the Trust table in the Caledonian Suite at the end of the game, where there'll also be a Q&A with a Wanderers player before Liverpool vs Arsenal is displayed on the TVs.


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 (or free before 11am).

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.

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Buying tickets for this game: Ticket Office 1 (from 12pm)
Collecting pre-booked tickets: collection pod outside Ticket Office
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

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All bars in the stadium open at 12pm, with the exception of the Caledonian Suite which opens earlier at 10.30am for the Ashes Breakfast.

  • Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Ale festival in operation. Open at half-time for fans in the Beechdean Stand and BMI Healthcare terrace. Open after the game for Q&A and Liverpool vs Arsenal on TV. *Please note the area of the room furthest from the windows will be partitioned off due to repairs following flood damage.*
  • Monty's – no away colours please. Open after the game.
  • Woodlands – Members only.
  • Honours - boardroom guests (boardroom is closed whilst undergoing repairs on flood damage).
  • Chairboys Village - home fans only. Click here for details.
  • Printkick Fan Zone – away fans only, with a BBQ and alcoholic and hot/soft drinks available

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.


10am - shop open.
10.30am - Caledonian Suite open for Ashes Breakfast.
12pm - Ticket Office 1 open.
12pm - Monty's, Chairboys Village and Printkick Fan Zone open.
12.30pm - players begin to arrive.
1pm - collection point at blue pod open.
1.30pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
2pm - teams announced via social media.
2.10pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
2.20pm - Wycombe begin their warm-up.
2.55pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
3.45pm - half-time. Fans in Beechdean & BMI Healthcare stands have access to the Caledonian Suite.
4pm - second half commences.
4.45pm - full-time. Caledonian Suite, Chairboys Village and Monty's open to the public.
5.15pm - Q&A in Caledonian Suite, which then remains open for Liverpool vs Arsenal.


This season's Parklife has a pullout section for kids (which folds out to a giant poster) as well as plenty of content in the main section, including:

- Gareth Ainsworth and Matt Bloomfield columns
- Giles Phillips, Darius Charles and David Wheeler interviews
- Southend profiles
- Adrian Wood reflects on a previous encounter
- SET News
- And lots more!

Parklife will be on sale as normal from our volunteer sellers around the ground at the price of £3.50.

Meanwhile, don't forget you can download the main edition via the MatchDayInfo app on the day of the game, if you're unable to make it to Adams Park to buy a physical copy.


Step inside the shop at Adams Park from 10am to purchase from the new range of change and goalkeeper kits, training kit, leisurewear and travelwear, as well as new mini car kits for £5, and 'Wanderer' t-shirts (in both navy and white) for £10, and 'Wanderers' caps in five different colours, also for £10.

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Listen live on iFollow, which is available for just £45 for the year, £4.49 monthly, or £2.50 for a single match audio pass. Live commentary begins at 2.55pm. If you live outside the UK & Ireland, you can watch the game live for just £5; visit the website to purchase a match pass.

Updates will also be provided across the club's social media channels.

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