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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Bradford

All you need to know.

1 February 2019

Team news, tickets, travel and more.

Wycombe Wanderers vs Bradford City
Saturday 2nd February 2019, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Thomas Bramall

A winter wonderland greets two teams in good form in League 1, with Wanderers looking to stretch their unbeaten run to five games while the Bantams hope to leap clear of the drop zone with a sixth win in ten.

Things looked dire for the Yorkshire club when they lost six in a row towards the start of the season - kicked off by a 2-1 defeat to Wycombe in August - and then seven in a row through October and into November.

But new manager David Hopkin has turned things round, collecting important victories and strengthening the squad on deadline day with the arrivals of Jacob Butterfield and Billy Clarke.

Gareth Ainsworth's men converted a run of four straight defeats into 10 points from their next four games, and hope to find home comforts once again following triumphs over Doncaster and Plymouth in their last two outings in south Bucks.

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

And Bradford supporters - take a look at our Away Fans Guide.

Weather update
As of Friday lunchtime, the stadium team have been making excellent progress in clearing snow from the car park and surrounding areas, which will continue with the assistance of volunteers throughout the afternoon.

The grounds team have cleared the pitch of snow and the undersoil heating has kicked in to prevent a frost.

The club remain very confident that the game will go ahead as planned, and are in constant dialogue with Bradford City and the local authorities.

Please note however that parking is expected to be limited due to the likely closure of the upper tier.

Team news

Charlie Owens could be involved for the Blues after making a deadline day loan move from QPR, though there are no fresh injury worries, with Darius Charles and Yves Ma-Kalambay the only ones sidelined.

Bradford have been without Sean Scannell, Kelvin Mellor and Jake Reeves with long-term problems, but Billy Clarke and Jacob Butterfield come into the squad after signing on Wednesday.

Chairboys fans can benefit from a £2 discount when they book before 5pm on Friday; click here for all the details including prices and how to book.

Tickets can be purchased on arrival, from Ticket Office 1, or cash turnstiles to the terrace and away stand.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the blue pod outside Ticket Office 1.

There's a 20% discount on all goalkeeper kit items, while all calendars are reduced to £5 each. The shop is open from 10am.

Nick Freeman stars on the cover while inside there's a recap of the past two games, the thoughts of the boss, Matt Bloomfield, Luke Bolton, Nick Tunney and much more.

Pick up a copy for £3.50 around the ground.

Meanwhile, if you can't get to the game, you can download a digital version of the programme on your iPhone or iPad for £2.99 - click here for full details.

The club will confirm as soon as possible whether the Arriva matchday bus service is running.

There will be no parking for the general public in the lower tier - a call on the availability of vehicles in the upper tier will be made on Saturday morning.

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
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

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 hot food and alcoholic and hot/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.

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.
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.

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