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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Bristol Rovers

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7 February 2020

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Bristol Rovers
Saturday 8th February 2020, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Tom Nield
Weather: 11c, sunny intervals

Match Sponsor: Whitley Stimpson

In Memory Of Oliver Darlington

First Time Fans Guide
Away Fans Guide

It's the first of a double-header of home games for a Wycombe Wanderers outfit looking to capitalise on the best home record in the division, taking on Bristol Rovers on Saturday before Fleetwood visit HP12 on Tuesday.

The reverse fixture was a 0-0 draw on a sunny August afternoon in the West Country, but the Pirates have changed manager since then, with Graham Coughlan departing for Mansfield and Ben Garner taking up his first managerial post.

The new incumbent is yet to taste victory, with Rovers slipping from fourth place following their last win (on 14th December) to 13th, 11 points short of the play-offs.

Wanderers remain in the top two but recent losses on the road have enabled the chasing pack to close the gap, though the club's first target is collecting three more points to equal last year's total tally before turning their minds to any longer-term end of season aspirations. On Matt Bloomfield's 36th birthday, Gareth Ainsworth will take charge of his 400th match as Wycombe manager, as fans, staff and players come together to remember young fan Oliver Darlington.

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Adebayo Akinfenwa is available again with Jack Grimmer and Fred Onyedinma edging closer to contention, while there are no fresh injury concerns. Darius Charles missed out at MK Dons but is ready for action.

Rovers boss Ben Garner says his team are carrying a couple of knocks, with new signing James Daly a doubt, but Josh Hare has returned to training.
Man in the Middle
Tom Nield was in charge of Wanderers’ 2-0 win over Bolton on the opening day of the season, and has shown 75 yellow and two red cards in his 24 games in the middle so far this term.

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Chairboys fans can by online at any time and save £2 through the new TicketCo platform, either on the website at or the TicketCo Wallet app.

Fans are encouraged to use the online platform rather than queuing to buy a ticket from Ticket Office 1 or 2. Buying online saves you time and money, which can be better spent in the shop, bar or stadium bowl.

Please also note that there will be no cash turnstile facility in the home areas; all fans are required to present a ticket (either the QR code on a smartphone/printout, or a physical ticket).

Supporters are advised to download their QR code to their smartphone wallet, or screenshot it to the camera roll, to prevent any issues using internet data to retrieve the code from emails whilst entering at the turnstile.

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Doughsmiths Pizza join the Chairboys Village atmosphere, while there is our brand new range of Tom Kerridge pies being served from Ticket Office 2. Also in the Village are the Beyond BBQ vegan grill and Barbarian BBQ, while the Dazzling Events food truck will be serving at the car park entrance.

Before the game, the One Can Trust foodbank will be receiving generously donated food items from Wanderers fans in the car park, and there's a jumble sale of old clothing items in the Caledonian Suite, plus a bucket collection in the car park for a memorial bench for Oli Darlington on the Pedestal playing fields.

The Rebellion Market Hall will be open in the Frank Adams Stand concourse from 1pm, with the early kick-off shown on TV, the kiosks open, and Rebellion and Tiger beer for all.

Pauly Zarb will be performing before the game in the Chairboys Village, which opens at noon, with SET's inflatable target practice game open for kids.

Meanwhile, the new wine bar in Monty's is open from 12pm, with a wide range of wines on offer.

Inside the stadium, there'll be a parade of Oliver Darlington's number 11 shirt by his Downley Dynamos team-mates, with his family walking out with the matchball, and a minute's applause in the 11th minute.

Wanderers players will be wearing the Heads Up t-shirts during the warm-up in support of a national campaign tackling mental health issues.

At half-time, Penn & Tylers Green will be taking the penalties while one unknowing supporter is in for a 'treat'... that's all we can say.

And there's a Q&A in the Caledonian Suite after the match.


You can travel to the game by bus thanks to the Arriva service.

Arriva operate a matchday service at a standard fare of £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).

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.

Fares will be charged as follows:

Adult Single: £3
Adult Return: £4
Child Single: £1.50
Child Return: £2 Children are classed as ages 12 and under.

There will be no parking for the general public in the lower tier - spaces in the upper tier are £5 per car (or free before 11am).

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.

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Buying tickets for this game: Ticket Office 1 (from 10am)
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

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All bars in the stadium open at 12pm unless stated.

  • Caledonian Suite - home fans only. Ale festival in operation. Open at half-time and full-time.
  • Rebellion Market Hall - fans in Frank Adams Stand only. Open from 1pm.
  • Monty's – open from 12pm. No away colours please. New wine bar open.
  • Woodlands – Members only.
  • Honours - VIP hospitality.
  • Chairboys Village - open from 12pm and after the game.
  • Printkick Fan Zone – open for away fans with bottle bar and BBQ, plus Dazzling Events food truck.

All bars show Sky Sports and BT Sport on the TVs around the walls.


10am - shop and Ticket Office 1open.
12pm - Caledonian Suite, Monty's, Printkick Fan Zone Chairboys Village open.
12.30pm - players begin to arrive.
12.30pm - Everton vs Crystal Palace and Wigan vs Preston shown live on TV
1pm - Rebellion Market Hall opens.
1pm - collection point at blue pod open.
1.30pm - turnstiles open for access to stadium bowl.
2pm - teams announced via social media.
2.10pm - teamsheets distributed around the bars.
2.20pm - Wycombe begin their warm-up.
2.45pm - Downley Dynamos parade with Oli Darlington shirt
2.55pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
3pm - kick-off.
3.11pm - minute's applause for Oli Darlington.
3.45pm - half-time. Penn & Tylers Green taking penalties.
4pm - second half commences.
4.45pm - full-time.
4.50pm - Caledonian Suite, Monty's and Chairboys Village open to the public.
5.15pm - Q&A in Caledonian Suite
5.30pm - Brighton vs Watford and Nottm Forest vs Leeds shown on TV.


This edition of Parklife contains the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth and Matt Bloomfield, plus Rovers profiles, a walk down memory lane, and a kids pullout.

Pick up a copy from our volunteer sellers around the ground for £3.50.


Step inside the shop at Adams Park from 10am to purchase from the current range of change and goalkeeper kits, training kit, leisurewear and travelwear, as well as new mini car kits for £5.

Also in store are flags, drawstring bags, autograph books and mugs, plus the new 2020 calendar.

And there's a jumble sale of old stock in the Caledonian Suite.

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Listen live on iFollow with commentary from Phil Catchpole and Bill Turnbull; visit the website to purchase a match pass. Fans overseas can watch the game live on iFollow for £5.

Updates will also be provided across the club's social media channels.

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