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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Sunderland

All you need to know.

8 March 2019

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Wycombe Wanderers vs Sunderland
Saturday 9th March 2019, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Lee Swabey

There's a cup tie - almost David and Goliath - feel to a first ever meeting at Adams Park of the newly-promoted Chairboys and recently top-flight Black Cats, with the hosts looking to end a tough run of form against all odds by upsetting the promotion chasers who are unbeaten in 14 outings.

Gareth Ainsworth's men always knew a sequence of fixtures containing Luton, Barnsley, Peterborough and Sunderland would be challenging, and despite admirable showings in long periods of each game, they've left empty-handed on each occasion to leave them seeking their first point since early February.

Standing in their way are a resurgent side from the north-east, who strengthened well in January to secure their place in the Checkatrade Trophy final and apply plenty of pressure to the automatic promotion places, having won their last four, and nine in 14.

The key stories from the match at a near sold-out Adams Park will be Matt Bloomfield making his 500th appearance for the Chairboys, while lining up in the red and white of Sunderland will be Wanderers' promotion-winning hero Luke O'Nien, who's excelled at right-back for his new club.

It's a bumper crowd with plenty you need to know about; click here for our comprehensive supporter guide.

Team news
Adam El-Abd misses out as he serves the final game of his three-match suspension, while Gareth Ainsworth revealed that his squad has been hit by a virus which kept several players away from training. Darius Charles is the only confirmed absentee through injury, however.

Sunderland will make a late call on George Honeyman after he picked up an injury in midweek, but Reece James and Lee Cattermole are fit to return, and Chris Maguire is sidelined.

Tickets
This is an all-ticket fixture, and close to selling out, so fans must book before 5pm on Friday. There will be none available on the day.

Sign-Up Saturday
Book your season tickets for the 2019/20 campaign by completing the application form and dropping it off in reception at Adams Park. You can download a form from here, or pick one up from reception. Full details can be found here.

Parklife
Matt Bloomfield stars on the cover  and provides an insight into his pride at reaching 500 appearances for the club, while inside there's an exclusive column from Luke O'Nien, a Q&A with Luke Bolton, and the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth.

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, iPad and now also Android for £2.99 - click here for full details.

Travel
The Arriva matchday service will be running an additional vehicle, and will attempt to conduct a second shuttle, depending on local traffic.

The standard fare is £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). 

Saturday 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.

Parking
The lower car park is fully booked, and the upper car park is available on a first-come-first-served basis at £5 per car, but is likely to become full by 2pm. At this stage, a sign will be placed at the top of Hillbottom Road to alert fans to seek parking elsewhere.

The club have secured additional parking at the Pladis (United Biscuits) site at the top of Hillbottom Road, again at £5 per car, while there are other options along the road into the stadium.

Street parking is also available in the vicinity of the ground, however, supporters are warned that traffic wardens patrol the area regularly and we would ask you to park sensibly, respecting our neighbours in the Sands area.

Sunderland's coaches will be parked behind the Synergy building, immediately to the right of the stadium gates as you face them.

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.
  • Additional Fan Zone - there's another marquee with a bar and BBQ at the far end of the car park, for home supporters.
  • Monty's – closed for VIP hospitality.
  • Woodlands – Members only.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Printkick Fan Zone – for 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.

Can't make it?

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