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The Big Match Preview: Wycombe vs Rochdale

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17 January 2020

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Wycombe Wanderers vs Rochdale
Saturday 18th January 2020, k.o. 3pm
Adams Park
Referee: Craig Hicks
Weather: 7c, sunny intervals

Match Sponsor: Cherry Red Records
Matchball Sponsor: Digital Gearbox
Matchday Activity Partner: Wycombe Leisure Centre
Supporting: Chiltern Samaritans

First Time Fans Guide
Away Fans Guide

As the UK enters statistically the most depressing time of the year, Wanderers are ready to restore the feelgood factor to Adams Park with its 'Anything But Blue' matchday for the visit of Rochdale in League 1 on Saturday.

Both clubs will be wearing change strips - Wycombe in yellow, Dale in pink - as part of an initiative in support of the Chiltern branch of the Samaritans, bringing colour to Adams Park on a day when the Chairboys are looking to return to winning ways after a challenging New Year period which yielded just one point from five matches.

They meet a Rochdale outfit who've picked up form in 2020 and held Premier League outfit Newcastle to a draw in the recent FA Cup meeting, culminating in their 4-1 defeat in the replay on Tuesday night.

Wanderers recorded their first away win of the season - in yellow - at Rochdale in September and will eye a first 'double' of the campaign, to continue the phenomenal home record which has seen attendances rise significantly in support of Ainsworth and his men.

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Jack Grimmer and Fred Onyedinma are edging closer to contention while there are no fresh injury concerns.

Rochdale will have Paul McShane available after the defender extended his stay with the club in midweek, but new loan signing Tyler Smith isn't yet available for action.
Man in the Middle
Craig Hicks’ last involvement in a Wycombe fixture was the 2-0 loss at Luton in the FA Cup first round last season.

This term he’s shown a total of 59 yellow and four red cards in 20 matches in the middle.

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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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We're encouraging fans of both clubs to wear 'anything but blue' in support of Chiltern Samaritans, who will be handing out goodies as well as advice for the help that they offer fans in need.

It's all change on the catering front, with a variety of food trucks joining the Chairboys Village atmosphere, while there is a brand new range of Tom Kerridge pies being served from Ticket Office 2. Please read our comprehensive guide to become accustomed with the new arrangements.

Before the game, the One Can Trust foodbank will be receiving generously donated food items from Wanderers fans in the car park, and staff from Wycombe Leisure Centre will be meeting fans at the WWSET inflatable activity to recruit new members.

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 beer for all.

Pauly Zarb will be performing before the game in the Chairboys Village, which opens at noon.

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


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). *Please note that inclement weather could reduce the capacity of the upper tier, so fans are advised to arrive early to secure a spot.*

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, until 6pm due to a private booking.
  • 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 – closed.

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 and Chairboys Village open.
12.30pm - players begin to arrive.
12.30pm - Watford vs Tottenham 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.
2.55pm - teams emerge from the tunnel.
3.45pm - half-time. Naphill FC Under 8s taking penalties.
4pm - second half commences.
4.45pm - full-time.
4.50pm - Caledonian Suite, Monty's and Chairboys Village open to the public.
5.30pm - Newcastle vs Chelsea shown on TV.


This edition of Parklife contains the thoughts of Gareth Ainsworth, Matt Bloomfield and Darisu Charles, plus Rochdale 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.

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Listen live on iFollow with commentary from Phil Catchpole; 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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