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5 February 2016

All you need to know ahead of our trip to Adams Park

Wycombe Wanderers v Luton Town
Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 6th February 2016, kick-off 3pm

Live commentary on Hatters Player

• Town never lost at Adams Park (W5 D5)
• Wanderers won three of last four meetings (h&a)
• Hosts lost both home matches in League 2 in 2016
• Wycombe eighth, Hatters 16th (eight points behind)
• 1,300 Hatters fans expected to travel
• Last meeting: Boxing Day Town 0-2 Wycombe

WHO? Wycombe Wanderers, aka the Chairboys (never the Choirboys that you may have previously thought), from Adams Park, Buckinghamshire. Boss Gareth Ainsworth guided Wanderers to the Play-Off final last season but they lost to Southend on penalties. They won 1-0 at Plymouth last Saturday and lie one point and one place outside the top seven.

WHERE? Adams Park has been the Chairboys’ home since 1990 having moved from Loakes Park. Over the years the ground has been redeveloped and seats just over 10,000. Hatters fans have been allocated the all-seated, covered away end which seats 1,800.

TICKETS. Almost 1,300 tickets have been sold for the away end and they go off sale at 2pm from the Luton Town ticket office. No tickets will be available on the day of the game. Click here for information and prices.

HOW TO GET THERE. The stadium is located on the outskirts of Wycombe on the Sands Industrial Estate. Leave the M40 at Junction 4 and take the A4010 towards Aylesbury. Turn left at the fourth roundabout into Lane End Road and then continue straight down this road. Cross another roundabout and into Hillbottom Road. The ground is down at the very bottom of this road. The Adams Park postcode is HP12 4HJ. 

HAVEN’T WE MET BEFORE? Saturday’s meeting will be the 21st between the two clubs since Wycombe came into the Football League and the 11th at Adams Park. The Town will be protecting an unbeaten record at the Buckinghamshire venue which reads five wins and five draws from the previously 10 visits. The Hatters were last successful there in an FA Cup second round tie in 2004. Wycombe have, however, won three of the last four meetings in total – all of which have come at Kenilworth Road.

ON THE ROAD. Both the Town and Wycombe have enjoyed more success away from home this season. The Town have picked up 21 points on their travels compared to just 14 at Kenilworth Road. Wanderers, meanwhile, have 19 at Adams Park, but have won five more points on the road. Ainsworth’s side have lost their last two League 2 matches at home, to Leyton Orient and Morecambe.

KNOWING ME, KNOW YOU. There is one familiar face in the Wycombe squad: Michael Harriman. The former QPR man joined the Chairboys permanently last month having spent the first six months of the season on-loan at Adams Park. Harriman was in fine form for the Hatters last term and was a virtual ever-present after signing on-loan, scoring twice – once against Cambridge in the FA Cup, the other against Stevenage on the final day of the campaign.

REF WATCH. Tyneside referee Sebastian Stockbridge takes charge of his first match involving the Hatters this season. Saturday’s official has overseen three Town games in the past: last season’s 2-2 draw at Accrington, a 1-1 home draw with Grimsby in the Conference in April 2013 and a 1-0 win at Grimsby in October 2011 (Tommy Wright’s with the winner). So far this term Sebastian has shown 66 yellow cards and three reds in the 19 matches he has officiated. 

TOWN TEAM NEWS. It could be a case of as you were for the Town tonight following Saturday’s defeat to Notts County. Ryan Hall could return to the squad if he overcomes an ankle knock while loan signing. He is the nearest to a return as Josh McQuoid, Danny Green and Nathan Doyle are all unavailable with injury.

LIVE AND ONLINE. As ever, we’ll be reporting live from Adams Park. Build-up starts at midday, so get on our early blog on the Wall for all the latest updates.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for photos, videos and all the behind-the-scenes action. Hatters Player subscribers will be able to listen to live commentary from just before 3pm with Simon Pitts in the press box. 

Post-match, remember to check out the official website, YouTube channel and Player for reports, interviews and photographs and don’t forget to tune in from midday on Sunday for all the highlights in glorious HD!

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