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Bolton Wanderers vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 15th February 2020 (kick off 3pm)
University of Bolton Stadium
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Plenty has changed since these two sets of Wanderers met at Adams Park on the opening day of the season, not least the expectation level amongst Chairboys fans after seeing their side rise into the promotion picture following a phenomenal first half of the season.
Nobody was quite sure what was to come following a summer which started with significant budget cuts and ended with a wave of mouthwatering recruits to bolster the squad, culminating in a 2-0 win for the Blues and a surge towards the top of the table.
Bolton were forced to field a side largely made up of youth team products that day amidst a complicated takeover and financial struggles, but new boss Keith Hill has brought in a number of experienced EFL stalwarts to bolster their squad, leaving them with some hope of completing the great escape from relegation despite their 12-point deduction.
They've performed well of late, if not collecting the desired results, while Wycombe need a remedy for their recent away record which has brought about a period of inconsistency without back-to-back wins since November.
Wanderers fans will be housed in the Franking Sense South Stand. You can book on arrival at Bolton tomorrow, direct from the turnstiles at Block E of the Franking Sense South Stand. Tickets will be sold on a cash only basis from 2pm. There is no increase in price on the day.
Prices are as follows:
Over 65s/Under 23s: £12
Under 18s: £10
Away tickets made available for collection can be picked up from Bolton from 1.30pm on the day of the game.
Jack Grimmer is the only confirmed absentee, with Fred Onyedinma having made his return from injury in midweek. Darius Charles, Matt Bloomfield and Curtis Thompson sat out Tuesday's game but should return.
Bolton expect to welcome back Dennis Politic and Toto Nsiala, but Jack Hobbs, Kean Bryan and Ronan Darcy miss out.
The referee is Graham Salisbury, who was in charge of the FA Cup replay against Tranmere in November, and has shown 77 yellow cards and one red card in 25 matches so far.
By Adrian Wood
POST CODE: BL6 6JW
Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
From the northbound M6, follow signs for the M62 and leave at Junction 21a, following signs for Manchester. Join the M60 at Junction 12 and proceed to follow signs for the M61 towards Preston. Do NOT take the A666 towards Bolton. Turn off the M61 at Junction 6 and take the third exit off the roundabout onto the A6027, the De Havilland Way. At the next roundabout, take a left turn onto Burnden Way and park in the main stadium visitors' car park.
Mileage from High Wycombe = 195 (The journey should take around 3¼ hours)
Recommended area for car parking
BWFC recommend “Car Park A” that is available for away supporters. This is located at the South end of the stadium and is accessed via the A6027, De Havilland Way. This car park is clearly sign posted from the motorway junction. Parking is available for cars, mini coaches and coaches. Entry can be purchased on a matchday, price per car = £7. A lot of the surrounding industrial estate units offer cheaper parking, usually around the £4-£5 mark.
Using the train?
The University of Bolton Stadium is located approximately 200 metres from Horwich Parkway Station. There is a regular Avanti West Coast Service from Euston to Stockport where you can take a Northern service to Horwich.
Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 28,723 (all seated). Away fans are housed in the two-tiered South Stand at one end of the ground. The leg room and facilities within this stand are good. Wycombe have received an initial allocation of 750 seats in the Franking Sense South Stand, Lower Tier. A decision on whether to allow on-the-day sales will be made closer to the game, so fans should check the website for confirmation.
Time on your hands?
I have heard that “The Beehive” on Chorley New Road is the main pub for away supporters. It is about a 10-15-minute walk away. You can also park your car there. Another option is pub is “The Barnstormers” on Lostock Lane (from the M61, go past the stadium on your left, move into the right-hand filter lane and turn right at the traffic lights into Lostock Lane, the pub is down on the right). There are plenty of eating outlets on the nearby Middlebrook Retail Park.
Watch live on iFollow from outside the UK & Ireland, or listen to the audio commentary (£2.50 for the game, £4.49 monthly, or £45 for the year).