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The Big Match Preview: Rochdale vs Wycombe

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27 September 2019

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Rochdale v Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 28th September 2019 (kick off 3pm)
Crown Oil Arena
Referee: Darren Handley

It's been a summer of love around Adams Park with Gareth Ainsworth's men riding high in League 1 and recording five wins from six home games - now the challenge is on to collect that first away victory against a Rochdale outfit who've been headline news across the UK this week.

Dale took Manchester United all the way to a penalty shootout before bowing out of the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with 16-year-old Luke Matheson fulfilling the dreams of youngsters across the land by scoring the equalising goal.

Their mammoth efforts in midweek could have taken their toll on a side who top the possession charts in League 1, but have yet to convert their attractive style of play into a home victory, winning twice in nine league fixtures - both away.

So a team winless at home take on a club waiting for its first away win, just five months after the previous meeting at the Crown Oil Arena when Dale squeezed to a 1-0 victory en route to a great escape from relegation.

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Tickets go off sale from the ticket office at Adams Park at 1pm on Friday, with 254 snapped up by 11am. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Rochdale's ticket office from 1.30pm on the day of the game.

Wanderers fans will be housed in the Willbutts Lane Stand (unreserved seating, under cover, on one side of the stadium).

Please note tickets are cheaper when booked in advance.

Advance prices
Adult: £22
Senior (65+): £16
21 and under: £16
16 and under: £5
2 and under: Free
Carer: Free (wheelchair £16)

Matchday prices
Adult: £25
Senior (65+): £19
21 and under: £19
16 and under: £8
2 and under: Free
Carer: Free (wheelchair £19)

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Matt Bloomfield, Joe Jacobson, Alex Samuel and Rolando Aarons face late fitness tests ahead of the trip north, while Paul Smyth remains sidelined with a fractured foot.

Wycombe will be in their yellow change strip for this fixture.

Man in the Middle
Darren Handley has shown 25 yellow cards and two red cards in five matches in the middle so far.

His last involvement in a Wycombe fixture was the 2-0 win over Morecambe at Adams Park in November 2016.


By Adrian Wood


Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the normal route to the northbound M6 (M40 and M42). At Junction 21A (M62) keep forward (signposted Manchester), then in 0.5 miles branch left to join the eastbound M62. At J12 join the M60 (signposted Ring Road North, Leeds, Bolton). After 7.4 miles, continue forward onto the M62 (signposted Leeds, Huddersfield, Rochdale, M62). Exit the M62 at J20 and follow signs for Rochdale along the A627(M). At the first set of traffic lights keep left, sign posted Bury and Rochdale Town Centre. Bunnings Warehouse will be on your right-hand side, follow this road until the next set of traffic lights. Here you need to be in the second lane of four lanes, to head straight across (sign posted Blackburn). Follow this road (Roch Valley Way) until the next set of traffic lights, remaining in the left-hand lane. At the traffic lights go straight ahead on to Sandy Lane (the Cemetery pub should be on your right-hand side). Continue along this road and the Stadium is on your right-hand side after approximately half a mile.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 197 (approx. journey time 3¼ hours)

Recommended area for car parking
Street parking is available around the stadium, however, please be aware that parking restrictions are in place in the yellow coned areas – these are monitored by traffic control. Parking is also available at a local high school, which is around half a mile from the ground: Oulder Hill Community School, Greave Avenue, Rochdale, Lancashire, OL11 5EF

Using the train?
Rochdale Railway Station is just under two miles away from the ground and is served by direct trains from Manchester Victoria and Leeds. Alternatively, you can get a Metrolink tram to Rochdale Interchange from central Manchester. Be warned that the station is around a 35-40-minute walk from the Crown Oil arena.

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Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 10,249. Visiting supporters are housed in the Willbutts Lane Stand (Reside Estate and Lettings Agency). This is a covered stand and the view of the action and facilities within are both pretty good. Turnstiles open an hour before kick-off.

Time on your hands?
There are two bars at the ground. “Studds” is located underneath the Pearl Street Stand while “The Ratcliffe Arms” is located at the car park entrance to the ground, on Sandy Lane. The Cemetery Hotel, located at the bottom of Sandy Lane and on the corner with Bury Road, is also worth a visit. Alcohol is available inside the ground, although it is cans poured into plastic glasses.

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Outside the UK & Ireland: Watch live for £5!

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