Our next trip to the one of the 92 league clubs in England during 2024 was to watch Wycombe Wanderers v Lincoln City on Saturday 13th January.
History of Wycombe Wanderers
Wycombe Wanderers Football Club is a professional football team based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. Here’s a brief history of the club:
Having been founded in 1887 , the club officially joined the Southern League in 1896 and spent much of their history in non-league football. However, the 1990s marked a turning point for Wycombe Wanderers. Under the management of Martin O’Neill, the club experienced significant success. They secured promotion to the Football League in 1993 and reached the Football League Second Division (now League One) in 1994.
Wycombe Wanderers spent several seasons in the lower tiers of the Football League, achieving promotions and avoiding relegation. The club secured promotion to the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football, for the first time in its history after winning the League One playoff final in the 2019-2020 season.
Following relegation at the end of the 2020/2021 season, Wycombe currently remain in League One.
Adams Park Stadium
The 10,000 capacity Adams Park Stadium is located in High Wycombe Buckinghamshire. We found it easy to park on a residential street about a 15 minute walk from the stadium, although spaces were looking in short supply about two hours before kick-off. As you get closer to the stadium you walk through an industrial estate where there are plenty of place to park for a £5 fee.
There were plenty of stewards in the stadium entrance directing everyone where to go – there was even a guy at the club shop opening the door for people. Naturally we had a walk around the stadium…
Food and Drink
Before the match we headed to the Caledonian Suite Bar, a very spacious indoor bar where food and drink was available. We were already impressed by the volume of vendors outside including a German Food stall.
Food vendors outside the stadium
Inside the Stadium
Tickets for the terrace were £22 and it was busy inside. We arrived there around 2.30pm and were able to obtain a good position just to the right of the goal. There were no restricted views and 16 rows for people to stand on.
behind the terrace
The Terrace – about 30 minutes before kick-off
View from The Terrace
A few flags and a drum created a good atmosphere throughout the match with regular chants of “Chairboys”. From the Terrace, the view offered hills and trees looming over the Main Stand where the dugouts were situated, far nicer than the industrial area you walk through to access the stadium.
Wycombe Wanderers v Lincoln City
The match started with Wycombe on the front foot however it took until 30 minutes for the breakthrough when Dale Taylor headed home. In The Terrace, celebrations were on hold for a couple of seconds as the header seemed to be cleared off the line – however as players wheeled away celebrating it seemed that they knew the ball was over the line. The linesman agreed and the goal was given and the celebrations started.
Terrific scoreboard at Adams Park
In the first half we were able to pick out a couple of players who impressed. Centre Back, number 17, Joe Low won everything he had to in the air whilst reading the game exceptionally well on the floor. He was supported brilliantly by captain and tenacious full-back Jack Grimmer who always made himself available as the extra man across the back whilst proving a willing player going forward. Captain Jack was also not holding back when expecting more from the goalkeeper when slow off the line.
View from The Terrace
As the fourth official was announcing two minutes of injury time at the end of the first half, Lincoln had a rare effort on goal with a ferocious drive from distance striking the inside of the upright. The rebound was slammed over the bar with the ball bouncing loudly on the tin roof of the terrace.
Mid-way through the second half it looked as though The Imps has levelled but the flag came to the rescue with an offside decision. A minute later, the handful which is Sam Vokes, threw himself at a cross but his header blazed over the bar. It could have been game over. As the game went on, the home side made substitutions with Phillips, Vincent-Young and Kone all bringing good energy to the field as they looked to hold on to the three points.
However in the last ten minutes Lincoln threw bodies forward and there would be a late twist with Lincoln equalising with the last kick of the game.
Final Score: Wycombe Wanderers 1 Lincoln City 1
Attendance 4470 Inc 420 Lincoln
We really enjoyed our visit to Wycombe, a really great little stadium, facilities which they can be proud of and a really great atmosphere too.
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