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Blackpool vs Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday 29th January 2019, k.o. 7.45pm
Referee: Martin Coy
Two sides unbeaten in their last three go head-to-head at Bloomfield Road as eighth-placed Blackpool welcome ninth-placed Wycombe.
This fixture was originally scheduled for Saturday 6th January, but was moved due to the Seasider’s involvement in the Emirates FA Cup. That weekend break for Wycombe appears to have done them the world of good as they followed up a run of four defeats over the festive period with three consecutive victories in Sky Bet League One in as many weeks.
Blackpool themselves have recovered from a run of five without a win to take two wins from their last three in the league; which included victories over promotion chasing Portsmouth and a 2-0 win at Coventry City last time out.
Tuesday night’s fixture sees the reverse of the opening day where the Chairboys and the Tangerines played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at Adams Park, which was to be Pool boss Gary Bowyer’s last game in charge. After initially taking charge of the team on a temporary basis, former assistant manager Terry McPhillips was offered the manager’s job on a permanent basis in September after a string of fine results.
Wycombe’s last win at Bloomfield Road was back in September 1999 in a 2-1 victory for the Chairboys thanks to goals from Jermaine McSporran and Sean Devine after Brett Omerod had given the hosts a 13th minute lead.
Wanderers were victorious from the spot in the Checkatrade Trophy on their last visit to Blackpool after a 1-1 draw in normal time in January 2017. The last four meetings in all competitions have in fact ended in a stalemate between the two sides, three of those ending goalless, what will Tuesday bring?
Craig Mackail-Smith, who missed the weekend's win over Plymouth Argyle with a hamstring problem will be assessed ahead of this one. Darius Charles (hip) and Yves Ma-Kalambay (broken finger) are out.
Blackpool were unable to field a goalkeeper amongst their subsititutes at Coventry City last weekend with with Mark Howard (groin) and Myles Boney (shoulder) both missing with injury. Midfielder Callum Guy and striker Chris Long (hamstring) also missed that one.
Wycombe will be in their home kit for this fixture.
Man in the Middle
Martin Coy's last game involving Wanderers came on the last day of the 2017/18 season in a 1-0 home victory over Stevenage.
Coy has shown 75 yellow cards and two reds in 25 games so far this campaign, which works out as an average of three yellow cards a match.
Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game at Bloomfield Road with no price increase.
Tickets are priced as follows:
Seniors (60+): £18
Juniors (U18): £10
Juniors (U11): Free (with an adult/senior)
Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the Bloomfield Road from 6pm on the day of the game.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: FY1 6JJ
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M6 (M49 and M42). Stay on the motorway until Junction 32 and there take the M55 signposted Blackpool, Fleetwood, Preston North. The M55 joins Yeadon Way after approximately 12 miles, which takes traffic directly to Seasiders Way and Bloomfield Road Stadium. The ground is roughly located about half way between the Pleasure Beach and the Tower and is about a 1/4 of a mile inland from the south shore.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 219 (approx. journey time 3½ hours)
Recommended area for car parking
Parking on-site is limited, however there are plenty of pay and display council car parks within the vicinity of the stadium. Parking on those car parks costs £3.50 for up to 3 hours and £6 for up to 6 hours. Note that the pay and display car parks near to the ground still charge after 6pm.
Travelling by coach?
OWWSA will be running a coach that will leave Adams Park at 13.30. The deadline for bookings has now passed (Sunday 27th January, 5pm).
Using the train?
Due to this being an evening fixture, this mode of transport can only be used if you are staying overnight. There is an hourly service from London Euston and you will need to change at Preston – the journey time is around 3 hours. The trains go into Blackpool North that is some two miles from the stadium.
Facilities for away fans
Despite the ground capacity being 16,750 (all seated) a number of Blackpool fans are currently boycotting the Club which has resulted in a big drop in matchday attendances. Away fans are housed in the Stan Mortensen (North) Stand, at one end of the ground. This is an improvement on the East Stand that has been used previously as the facilities are generally better and there are no supporting pillars to contend with. The BFC phone number is 01253 401953.
Spare time on your hands?
A popular hostelry with away fans is the “Old Bridge House” on Lytham Road. This is just a short walk away -go down Bloomfield Road towards the seafront, turn right into Lytham Road and the pub is on the right. A little further along Lytham Road on the corner with the seafront is the “Manchester Bar” which welcomes away fans. Also on Lytham Road, but this time going in the direction of the Pleasure Beach, is the “Albert Pub” that normally has a good mix of home and away fans.
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