Sunday, 14 April 2019

TLFG: 15-22 April 2019

Greetings one and all - welcome to the Easter weekend edition of TLFG.

With it being Easter I've extended this week's piece to include next Monday too so you can help plan what to watch.

As usual, there's an absolute banquet of games to dine on with over 90 between Friday and Monday (19-22 April) let alone the 29 earlier in the week!

Aside from the Premier League and EFL, there are loads of great non-league games to consider, many of which are derbies. There are also some county cup finals with my beloved Harrow Borough contesting the Middlesex Senior Cup Final against Brentford B at Griffin Park. Tickets are only £10 and with the fine old ground set for demolition in a year, this could be your only chance to see a game there so don't miss out.

A chance to see a game at Griffin Park for just £10
On Easter Monday we often get the chance to enjoy two or even three games thanks to the Combined Counties League putting on a load of matches in the morning but sadly this year that's not the case. However, there is a 1230pm kick-off in the groundshare derby between Lewisham Borough and Forest Hill Park which can probably be combined with the games at Dulwich Hamlet or Cray Valley PM later in the afternoon.

I'm afraid it's been another busy week and once again I've only been able to produce the match maps at this stage. I will try and add some more detail as the week progresses.

On a personal note, I made it to QPR on Saturday to see them demolish Swansea City 4-0 with a performance no-one saw coming. Hopefully we'll enjoy some more of the same against Blackburn on Friday.

We now also know who will contest the Women's FA Cup Final on Saturday 4 May at Wembley after Manchester City and West Ham United scraped through their very tight semi-finals. Tickets for this are only £15 for adults and free for kids and I'd highly recommend it.

Lastly from me, many thanks to James D and the other readers who have donated to TLFG's lung cancer fighting fund over the last week - you've taken the total way beyond the £150 mark. I really really appreciate it.

To recap, I recently received the news that my Dad has lung cancer. This condition also claimed the lives of my Mum and grandfather so with me powerless to do anything medically to help him, I've decided to ask for all donations to this blog to go to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation which you can contribute to through the fundraising page I've set up. 

As always - enjoy your football and have a great week.


THE WEEK AHEAD
The highlights of the next few days include action in the Premier League, EFL and loads of games in our local non-league competitions too.

As always, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or the venue or kick-off time has changed - this is highly possible for some of the lower non-league clubs. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found on the following match maps. If you've never used them before, please note that when there is more than one match at a specific ground you'll only be able to see individual match pins if you zoom right in. If you don't, the pins obscure each other and you might miss them. To avoid this, you can also scroll down the list of games on the drop down menu at the top of the map page to make sure you get all the information. Games are listed from top to bottom in date order so Monday's games (yellow pin) will appear first and Sunday's (orange pin) last. Games are also ranked in terms of status so the higher the division, the higher up the list they will appear on each day.
Also if you're unfamiliar with the English league structure I indicate the level at which an individual league sits in the national 'pyramid' with the Premier League at the top (Level 1) and various minor leagues at the bottom (Level 10). Typically a top level game will see crowds of anywhere between 20,000-60,000. These figures will gradually decline as you go down the leagues until you get to Levels 8-10 where attendances of 150 or less are most common.

It should also be noted that the top four levels are for fully professional teams. Level 5 has a mixture of professional and semi-professional teams, while Levels 6-10 will see most players paid but it will vary from no more than travel expenses at the bottom, right up to several hundred pounds a week at the top.

MIDWEEK MATCH MAP
Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - magenta pin
Thursday fixtures - purple pin



WEEKEND MATCH MAP
Good Friday fixtures - black pin
Easter Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Easter Sunday fixtures - orange pin
Easter Monday fixtures - yellow pin




GET INVOLVED
If you're going to see a game, whether you're a local or a visitor, please let me know what you've been up to. If you're interested in reviewing a ground in the London area for this blog then get in touch. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

NEED HELP?
Got any questions about visiting London? Don't hesitate to ask - be they football or more general travel/touristy queries. I do not charge for this advice like some other sites so don't hold back!

You can contact TLFG through the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or even by good old email.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

TLFG: 8-14 April 2019

Greetings one and all - welcome to the latest edition of TLFG.

I'm afraid it's been another busy week and once again I've only been able to produce the match maps. Instead of working on this blog this morning, I was doing a run from Waterloo to Hampton Court via the South Western Railway stations on the route. I clocked up 28km in the process and have been a bit frazzled since.

It's a real shame because I've got so much to tell you about but don't have enough time to do it properly here but in a nutshell I won an 'Unsung Hero' award from QPR last Saturday. Why? I hear you ask. Well way back in 2010 a couple of friends and I set up an annual fundraising walk for the QPR Tiger Cubs - a sports club for children with Down's syndrome. This year's event has now generated over £11,000 taking the overall total past the £100,000 mark.

Soon after this, I was then lucky enough to get a ticket for the opening match at Tottenham's new stadium on Wednesday thanks to an old friend unexpectedly coming through with one at the last minute - it was awesome!

There was also a special friendly in north-east London on Sunday morning where UE Sant Miquel from Catalonia celebrated their 40th anniversary by taking on Clapton CFC at the Stray Dog - winning 6-2 in the process in front of almost 200 fans (not bad for 11am on a Sunday).

A proud moment - leading my daughter onto the pitch at Loftus Road
This was particularly pleasing for me as the visitors had approached me several weeks ago looking for suggestions as to who to try and play. I suggested Clapton CFC, the two got in touch and the rest is history.

Unbelievably, the 12th tier MCFL side are travelling out to Barcelona to play another friendly on Monday as their links with sides in the region seem to get stronger by the day. They've also got a cup final on Saturday which is being played at Uxbridge so get down to Honeycroft for what will probably be one of the liveliest crowds of the day - it kicks off at 745pm too so you can easily combine it with an earlier game.

The week ahead has thrown up some more quirky and unusual fixtures including the 100th playing of the AFA Senior Cup Final at the Bank of England Sports Club in Roehampton. Old Carthusians, one of the finalists, are one of the oldest clubs in the country and won the FA Cup way back in 1881.

I've included some other minor cup finals and matches in the 11th and 12th tiers so you should have plenty to choose from over the next few days.

Lastly from me, many thanks to all who have donated to TLFG's lung cancer fighting fund over the last few weeks - you've raised nearly £150 between you. I really really appreciate it.

To recap, I recently received the news that my Dad has lung cancer. This condition also claimed the lives of my Mum and grandfather so with me powerless to do anything medically to help him, I've decided to ask for all donations to this blog to go to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation which you can contribute to through the fundraising page I've set up. 

As always - enjoy your football and have a great week.


THE WEEK AHEAD
The highlights of the next few days include action in the Champions League, Europa League, Premier League and EFL and loads of games in our local non-league competitions too.

As always, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or the venue or kick-off time has changed - this is highly possible for some of the lower non-league clubs. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found on the following match maps. If you've never used them before, please note that when there is more than one match at a specific ground you'll only be able to see individual match pins if you zoom right in. If you don't, the pins obscure each other and you might miss them. To avoid this, you can also scroll down the list of games on the drop down menu at the top of the map page to make sure you get all the information. Games are listed from top to bottom in date order so Monday's games (yellow pin) will appear first and Sunday's (orange pin) last. Games are also ranked in terms of status so the higher the division, the higher up the list they will appear on each day.
Also if you're unfamiliar with the English league structure I indicate the level at which an individual league sits in the national 'pyramid' with the Premier League at the top (Level 1) and various minor leagues at the bottom (Level 10). Typically a top level game will see crowds of anywhere between 20,000-60,000. These figures will gradually decline as you go down the leagues until you get to Levels 8-10 where attendances of 150 or less are most common.

It should also be noted that the top four levels are for fully professional teams. Level 5 has a mixture of professional and semi-professional teams, while Levels 6-10 will see most players paid but it will vary from no more than travel expenses at the bottom, right up to several hundred pounds a week at the top.

MIDWEEK MATCH MAP
Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - magenta pin
Thursday fixtures - purple pin
Friday fixtures - black pin



WEEKEND MATCH MAP
Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Sunday fixtures - orange pin




GET INVOLVED
If you're going to see a game, whether you're a local or a visitor, please let me know what you've been up to. If you're interested in reviewing a ground in the London area for this blog then get in touch. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

NEED HELP?
Got any questions about visiting London? Don't hesitate to ask - be they football or more general travel/touristy queries. I do not charge for this advice like some other sites so don't hold back!

You can contact TLFG through the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or even by good old email.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

TLFG: 1-7 April 2019

Greetings one and all - welcome to the  latest edition of TLFG.

It's been a crazy week and despite getting up at around 6am today to work on this, I've only been able to produce the match maps.

Hopefully I'll get the chance to put a bit more info in over the next few days but it looks like being one of those weeks where I can only produce the bare minimum - apologies.

Lastly from me, many thanks to Scott T who donated to TLFG's lung cancer fighting fund this week. I really really appreciate it.

To recap, I recently received the news that my Dad has lung cancer. This condition also claimed the lives of my Mum and grandfather so with me powerless to do anything medically to help him, I've decided to ask for all donations to this blog to go to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation which you can contribute to through the fundraising page I've set up. 

As always - enjoy your football and have a great week.


THE WEEK AHEAD
The highlights of the next few days include action in the Premier League and EFL and loads of games in our local non-league competitions too.

As always, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or the venue or kick-off time has changed - this is highly possible for some of the lower non-league clubs. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found on the following match maps. If you've never used them before, please note that when there is more than one match at a specific ground you'll only be able to see individual match pins if you zoom right in. If you don't, the pins obscure each other and you might miss them. To avoid this, you can also scroll down the list of games on the drop down menu at the top of the map page to make sure you get all the information. Games are listed from top to bottom in date order so Monday's games (yellow pin) will appear first and Sunday's (orange pin) last. Games are also ranked in terms of status so the higher the division, the higher up the list they will appear on each day.
Also if you're unfamiliar with the English league structure I indicate the level at which an individual league sits in the national 'pyramid' with the Premier League at the top (Level 1) and various minor leagues at the bottom (Level 10). Typically a top level game will see crowds of anywhere between 20,000-60,000. These figures will gradually decline as you go down the leagues until you get to Levels 8-10 where attendances of 150 or less are most common.

It should also be noted that the top four levels are for fully professional teams. Level 5 has a mixture of professional and semi-professional teams, while Levels 6-10 will see most players paid but it will vary from no more than travel expenses at the bottom, right up to several hundred pounds a week at the top.

MIDWEEK MATCH MAP
Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - magenta pin
Thursday fixtures - purple pin
Friday fixtures - black pin



WEEKEND MATCH MAP
Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Sunday fixtures - orange pin




GET INVOLVED
If you're going to see a game, whether you're a local or a visitor, please let me know what you've been up to. If you're interested in reviewing a ground in the London area for this blog then get in touch. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

NEED HELP?
Got any questions about visiting London? Don't hesitate to ask - be they football or more general travel/touristy queries. I do not charge for this advice like some other sites so don't hold back!

You can contact TLFG through the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or even by good old email.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

TLFG: 25-31 March 2019

Greetings one and all - how has the international break been for you?

Did you go to Wembley for England's resounding win over the Czech Republic? Did you try out some non-league football for the first time or just get more confused and/or frustrated by all the Brexit shenanigans?

It's been a great weekend for some of our local non-league sides with Leyton Orient and Cray Valley PM both making it to Wembley for the finals of the FA Trophy and FA Vase respectively.

Chertsey Town have just finished the first leg of their Vase semi-final and will be very optimistic about making it to the national stadium too after drawing their tough looking away leg against Northwich Victoria 1-1.

Tickets to see all of them take part in Non-League Finals Day on Sunday 19 May are already on sale and I can assure you that it's a great day out. It's £25 for adults but only £12.50 if you get a group of mates together which is what I'm doing - remember, that's the drama of two cup finals back-to-back for that great price.

The QPR Tiger Cubs have inspired many fans to walk miles and raise £££s since 2010
I've been entertaining some old friends from overseas over the last few days so haven't been to any games but I did learn that I've won a community award from QPR which will be presented to me on the pitch at half-time during the Bolton game on Saturday.

Back in 2010 I helped to set up what has become an annual supporters' fundraising walk on behalf of the QPR Tiger Cubs - a sports club for children with Down's syndrome. I'm not sure of the exact amount raised over the years but it's topped £100,000.

Most walks have started at Loftus Road and headed crosstown to a derby match with walks going to games at Crystal Palace, Watford, Tottenham, Arsenal, Charlton, West Ham and Fulham. The other years have seen us walk from QPR's training ground near Heathrow to a home game and we'll be doing that this year too.

With it being the 10th event, a real effort is being made to get people involved and donating with other walks being undertaken by fan groups abroad so hopefully we'll get a really decent amount.

In other news I'd like to give a mention to Essex Senior League club Barkingside who are celebrating their 120th anniversary with a friendly against Clapton CFC on Monday. They've had a tough year resultswise so a big crowd for this match would mean the world to them.

As mentioned a few weeks ago, nominations and voting are now open for the 'Football Blogging Awards'.

This is something I've never got involved in and I'm not even sure which category this blog would fall into but I got an email from the organisers giving me the info so I might as well give it a go so if you could put a vote my way I'd really appreciate it. NOMINATION VOTING CLOSES AT 2359 TONIGHT (SUNDAY 24 MARCH)



There are many fine blogs including other local writers like 'The Cold End' and 'Two Men In Search of The Beautiful Game' who have made a huge contribution over the last few years. 

As always - enjoy your football and have a great week.


THE WEEK AHEAD
The highlights of the next few days include matches in the Premier League and EFL, an FA Vase semi-final and loads of games in our local non-league competitions too.

As always, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or the venue or kick-off time has changed - this is highly possible for some of the lower non-league clubs. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found on the following match maps. If you've never used them before, please note that when there is more than one match at a specific ground you'll only be able to see individual match pins if you zoom right in. If you don't, the pins obscure each other and you might miss them. To avoid this, you can also scroll down the list of games on the drop down menu at the top of the map page to make sure you get all the information. Games are listed from top to bottom in date order so Monday's games (yellow pin) will appear first and Sunday's (orange pin) last. Games are also ranked in terms of status so the higher the division, the higher up the list they will appear on each day.
Also if you're unfamiliar with the English league structure I indicate the level at which an individual league sits in the national 'pyramid' with the Premier League at the top (Level 1) and various minor leagues at the bottom (Level 10). Typically a top level game will see crowds of anywhere between 20,000-60,000. These figures will gradually decline as you go down the leagues until you get to Levels 8-10 where attendances of 150 or less are most common.

It should also be noted that the top four levels are for fully professional teams. Level 5 has a mixture of professional and semi-professional teams, while Levels 6-10 will see most players paid but it will vary from no more than travel expenses at the bottom, right up to several hundred pounds a week at the top.

MIDWEEK MATCH MAP
Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - magenta pin
Thursday fixtures - purple pin
Friday fixtures - black pin



WEEKEND MATCH MAP
Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Sunday fixtures - orange pin



TLFG DAILY DIGEST
In the following section I list, by day, what are in my opinion the most notable games of the week and give some brief reasons for my choice. Check the maps above for kick-off times, ticket info and directions.

Monday 25 March

Professional Development League
The week gets underway with a couple of U23 games featuring Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace. Both south-east London clubs are hosting lunchtime games at their main stadiums so it's a great opportunity to visit The Valley and Selhurst Park on the cheap. Hull City and Sheffield United provide the opposition respectively

Friendly
Barkingside v Clapton CFC @745pm - despite having a rough time in the Essex Senior League, the 'Side will still be doing their best to celebrate their 120th anniversary with this friendly. Although Clapton CFC play in the 12th tier, they draw crowds of several hundred (comparable to and better than many seventh-tier clubs) and have therefore been invited to take part in this historic occasion. A special programme and various other pieces of merchandise have been produced to mark the game so get yourself along to Cricklefield if you want to take part

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Tuesday 26 March

National League
Leyton Orient v AFC Fylde @745pm - there is a busy programme of games in the National League on Tuesday night and this one immediately grabbed my attention. Not only does it see the league leaders host another member of the top five but the two clubs both made it through to the FA Trophy Final on Saturday so we'll get to take a look at both sides prior to their big Wembley match-up in May
Boreham Wood v Solihull Moors @745pm - if a trip for Brisbane Road isn't for you, the next best option in my opinion would be this match at Meadow Park. The Wood still aren't out of the fight to avoid the drop after suffering a woeful home defeat to fellow strugglers Aldershot on Saturday. Also in need of points are Solihull who are currently level on points with leaders Leyton Orient and are well in with a chance of the title

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Wednesday 27 March

Essex Senior League
Leyton Athletic v Walthamstow @745pm - it's groundshare derby time at Wadham Lodge where the two clubs involved have had very different seasons. With no other teams in sight, Leyton Athletic are locked in a fight with Barkingside to avoid finishing bottom whilst Walthamstow are up in fourth and still have an outside chance of winning the title

Southern Counties East League Premier Division
Cray Valley PM v Bearsted @745pm - CVPM are celebrating their centenary season and what a season it has become. On Saturday they drew at Canterbury City to make it through to the FA Vase Final at Wembley in May. They are also very much in the race to win the SCEFL title and have games in hand on all their challengers. If they win this game against midtable Bearsted they could climb to third

Southern Counties East League First Division
Bridon Ropes v Erith & Belvedere @745pm - a short walk from The Valley you'll come across the Meridian Sports Club which plays host to this hugely important 10th-tier game on Wednesday night. Currently third and second respectively, both sides have games in hand on leaders Welling Town who could very easily be caught before the end of the season
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Friday 29 March

U23 Development matches
The biggest game of the day is the Premier League 2 derby match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Boreham Wood. It kicks off at 7pm and entry is usually free but check this on the day. Earlier in the day at 3pm, Watford take on Cardiff City at Wingate & Finchley's ground meaning you could very easily get to enjoy a 'double' on Friday

A bit further afield
There are a couple of non-league options on Friday. Firstly there's some ninth-tier action as Woodford Town entertain Sawbridgeworth Town in the Essex Senior League up in Harlow. Secondly, I've included an 11th-tier match in the Southern Combination where you can watch the brilliantly titled Brighton Electricity host Worthing Town at Withdean Stadium - the home of Brighton & Hove Albion from 1999-2011

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Saturday 30 March

Premier League
Fulham v Manchester City @1230pm - a busy day of top-flight action gets underway at lunchtime with a game of critical importance to both teams. Second from bottom and with the worst form in the Premier League, the Cottagers find themselves 13 points adrift of safety with just seven games to go. If they are to mount a miraculous comeback it's going to have to start here against the reigning league champions. Pep Guardiola's side are the exact opposite of Fulham right now being second from top and in the best form - it would be quite possibly the shock of the season if they were to lose here. Tickets have sold out
Crystal Palace v Huddersfield Town @3pm - relegation looks even more certain for the visiting Terriers who are bottom and 16 points from safety. Despite this, they are still putting in a shift and were very unlucky to lose a seven-goal thriller at West Ham last week. As a result, Palace cannot afford to be complacent. With their own relegation fight not yet over, Roy Hodgson's side will view anything less than a win as a significant setback. Tickets are available to non-members but only in the Huddersfield fans' section of the ground
West Ham United v Everton @530pm - with the prize of a seventh-place finish the best either of these sides can hope for, there's not a huge amount at stake (bar a couple of million quid in prize money). There's been a lot of negativity around West Ham over the last two or three years but they always seem to get it together on the pitch to finish quite comfortably - they haven't ended below 13th since 2011. The Toffees are another solid member of the English football aristocracy who haven't really done much for years but at the same time rarely struggle - they haven't finished below 11th since 2004. I can't see it being anything other than a draw. Tickets are available to non-members

Stadium Test Event
Tottenham Hotspur Legends v Inter Forever @530pm - the second test event at Tottenham's new ground sees some old favourites return to the White Hart Lane pitch. Tickets are not available to non-members

Championship
Queens Park Rangers v Bolton Wanderers @3pm - QPR can pretty much secure their place in the Championship for next season with a win here against struggling Bolton. Sadly, Wanderers are in trouble off the pitch as well with the proud old club told by a court on Friday that they would be given two weeks to settle a £1.2m tax bill or face going into administration. Rangers' record against relegation-threatened sides is not good as shown most recently by the loss to Rotherham. However, QPR are unbeaten in seven against Bolton which must be one of the best records they have against any club. Tickets are available to non-members. If you want to get a cheap ticket, there are a few on re-sale through the club's official partner Twickets - I often get my tickets this way and you pick them up from the box office as normal

League One
Charlton Athletic v Bradford City @3pm - the Addicks extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a draw at Bristol Rovers on Saturday. Now 11 points adrift of automatic promotion and 10 points ahead of seventh, a play-off place is pretty much guaranteed. Another former Premier League side, Bradford are one of the biggest clubs in this division but they've failed badly on the pitch this season and will almost certainly be relegated. Tickets are available to non-members

National League
Barnet v Leyton Orient @3pm - the match of the day at non-league level must be this London derby between clubs who are way more used to playing each other in the EFL. Now both in the fifth tier, the O's won the reverse fixture 3-1 back in September and should expect to win here as Barnet are nowhere near the title-chasing team the O's have become. However, Darren Currie's side are starting to build a decent unbeaten run and they could cause a few problems

National League South
Dulwich Hamlet v Billericay Town @3pm - the biggest crowd of the day in the sixth tier will come at Champion Hill where the teams who both came up from the Bostik League last season meet again. Billericay ended up as champions, with Dulwich coming up via the play-offs with quite a rivalry getting built in the process. The hosts have found the step up tough, sitting just above the relegation zone for most of the season whilst Billericay have spent most of it in the top six despite another year of off-field turbulence. However, it is Dulwich who are currently in better form and cheered on by the best part of 3,000 fans, they have an excellent chance of three points here

Bostik League Premier Division
Haringey Borough v Lewes @3pm - the hosts kept hold of second place with a fine 3-1 win over Enfield Town in the 'Other North London Derby' on Saturday in front of a very impressive crowd of 875. Lewes have an outside shot at the play-offs and also drew a crowd of over 800 on Saturday as they beat Kingstonian 3-0. Two teams in a bit of form with large fan bases should hopefully mean a fine afternoon out for all involved

Bostik League South East Division
VCD Athletic v Haywards Heath Town @3pm - despite being up in seventh, the Vickers are nine points adrift of the play-off places with eight games to go meaning their chances of making the post-season look slim. If they are to have any chance then they'll need to win this as Haywards Heath currently occupy the final play-off spot and are therefore the team that everyone's trying to catch

FA Vase Semi-Final Second Leg
Chertsey Town v Northwich Victoria @3pm - nevermind the games in the National League, for me the biggest non-league match of the weekend is this one at Alwyns Lane. After drawing 1-1 in Sunday's away leg up in Cheshire, Chertsey find themselves just 90 minutes from Wembley where Cray Valley PM await the winners. Northwich used to be one of the biggest non-league clubs in the country, making the FA Trophy final three times but off-field problems have seen them slide down the divisions in recent years. This match must be the biggest in Chertsey's history and the last I heard no tickets were being sold in advance so you should just be able to turn up and pay on the day

Southern Counties East League Division 1
Welling Town v Kennington @3pm - having been top pretty much all season, the Boots now look in danger of being caught at the last moment. Although still six points clear, the three teams below them all have games in hand. A lot will depend on the midweek game between Bridon Ropes and Erith & Belvedere but Kennington are fourth and still in with a chance themselves. If the visitors win this and their game in hand then they'll be just a point behind but if they lose then their title chances are all but over - the stakes are high for both
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Sunday 31 March

Checkatrade Trophy Final
Portsmouth v Sunderland @230pm  - the organisers of this competition must be delighted that two former Premier League teams have made it to Wembley this year. Demand for tickets has been unprecedented and both sides have sold out meaning the event is likely to get its highest ever attendance. With the sides currently only a point apart in League One's top four it should be a cracker

FA Women's Super League
Chelsea v West Ham United @2pm - if you haven't got a ticket for the match above, your next best option is this women's game at Kingsmeadow. Chelsea enjoyed a fine Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain in midweek and should start as favourites for this derby

A bit further afield
Just beyond the M25 at Cheshunt FC, Tottenham Hotspur Ladies will be entertaining their counterparts from Manchester United in this second tier women's game


GET INVOLVED
If you're going to see a game, whether you're a local or a visitor, please let me know what you've been up to. If you're interested in reviewing a ground in the London area for this blog then get in touch. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

NEED HELP?
Got any questions about visiting London? Don't hesitate to ask - be they football or more general travel/touristy queries. I do not charge for this advice like some other sites so don't hold back!

You can contact TLFG through the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or even by good old email.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

TLFG: 18-24 March 2019

Greetings one and all - I hope you're well.

I'll keep this pretty brief as I'm on early shifts at work and I'm well past my bedtime!

The main thing to note about the week ahead is that it's an international break which means there are no Premier League or Championship games - in fact there's only one EFL game at AFC Wimbledon.

With games a little bit thin on the ground, I've included a few more than usual from outside London or from lower levels - you can find them all on the match maps.

The main match of the week is England's Euro 2020 qualifier against the Czech Republic at Wembley whilst over in N17 on Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur host the first test event at their new stadium - sadly getting tickets for both events will now be very difficult or probably quite expensive as the first is sold out and the second must be close, with any available tickets going to members and season-ticket holders only.

With all the big teams having the week off, it's a great time to check out a non-league game and/or a women's match - Chelsea's Women's Champions League quarter-final against PSG being a particular highlight on Thursday.

On a personal note I got to go and see QPR play Rotherham United on Wednesday.

The Millers are battling relegation, hadn't won away all season and hadn't won at Loftus Road since 1951 but on Wednesday night they created a bit of history and did just that as they ran out 2-1 winners courtesy of a 94th-minute goal.

TLFG reader Moran M gets to meet his hero Tomer Hemed on a visit to QPR
It was one of the worst games of football I have ever seen - with both teams playing highly uninspiring stuff. How we got three goals (one of which was a cracker) I'll probably never know.

Thankfully Rangers recovered from 2-0 down to get a very useful point at Hull City on Saturday to partially sweep the awful midweek result somewhat under the carpet.

The best thing about the Rotherham game was getting to meet long-term TLFG reader Moran M from Israel who came on a multi-game tour last season and was back for another one this year.

With trips to various clubs up and down the divisions during his stay, it was a bit of an embarrassment to see him visit W12 for this one.

However, QPR's on-loan striker Tomer Hemed is one of Moran's favourite players and after I advised him to make a banner to catch his attention, the Israeli international came over for a quick chat and a photo after the game - so what could have been a night to forget, ended up being quite the opposite.

As mentioned last week, nominations and voting are now open for the 'Football Blogging Awards'.

This is something I've never got involved in and I'm not even sure which category this blog would fall into but I got an email from the organisers giving me the info so I might as well give it a go so if you could put a vote my way I'd really appreciate it.



There are many fine blogs including other local writers like 'The Cold End' and 'Two Men In Search of The Beautiful Game' who have made a huge contribution over the last few years.

Lastly this week, many thanks to Chris H who donated to TLFG's lung cancer fighting fund this week. I really really appreciate it and thanks also for your kind words.

To recap, I recently received the news that my Dad has lung cancer. This condition also claimed the lives of my Mum and grandfather so with me powerless to do anything medically to help him, I've decided to ask for all donations to this blog to go to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation which you can contribute to through the fundraising page I've set up. 

As always - enjoy your football and have a great week.


THE WEEK AHEAD
The highlights of the next few days include some international football plus some action in the EFL and loads of games in our local non-league competitions too.

As always, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or the venue or kick-off time has changed - this is highly possible for some of the lower non-league clubs. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found on the following match maps. If you've never used them before, please note that when there is more than one match at a specific ground you'll only be able to see individual match pins if you zoom right in. If you don't, the pins obscure each other and you might miss them. To avoid this, you can also scroll down the list of games on the drop down menu at the top of the map page to make sure you get all the information. Games are listed from top to bottom in date order so Monday's games (yellow pin) will appear first and Sunday's (orange pin) last. Games are also ranked in terms of status so the higher the division, the higher up the list they will appear on each day.
Also if you're unfamiliar with the English league structure I indicate the level at which an individual league sits in the national 'pyramid' with the Premier League at the top (Level 1) and various minor leagues at the bottom (Level 10). Typically a top level game will see crowds of anywhere between 20,000-60,000. These figures will gradually decline as you go down the leagues until you get to Levels 8-10 where attendances of 150 or less are most common.

It should also be noted that the top four levels are for fully professional teams. Level 5 has a mixture of professional and semi-professional teams, while Levels 6-10 will see most players paid but it will vary from no more than travel expenses at the bottom, right up to several hundred pounds a week at the top.

MIDWEEK MATCH MAP
Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - magenta pin
Thursday fixtures - purple pin
Friday fixtures - black pin



WEEKEND MATCH MAP
Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Sunday fixtures - orange pin



TLFG DAILY DIGEST
In the following section I list, by day, what are in my opinion the most notable games of the week and give some brief reasons for my choice. Check the maps above for kick-off times, ticket info and directions.

Monday 18 March

Essex Senior League
Barkingside v Redbridge @745pm - the week begins with a bit of a grudge match at Cricklefield where the 'Side entertain the club who effectively evicted them from their own ground a few years ago (they sold them the lease and then the rent got too high for them to stay). Now groundsharing at Ilford, this is very much a local derby. Barkingside are bottom but have this game in hand which if drawn will see them climb above Leyton Athletic in the battle to avoid the wooden spoon - they certainly shouldn't be lacking any motivation

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Tuesday 19 March

National League
Barnet v Harrogate Town @745pm - back-to-back draws against Halifax and Hartlepool have left the Bees precariously perched just above the relegation zone but they have four games in hand on all those around them which makes their position a little false. This match is one of those games but it's a tough one. Harrogate were one of the early season pacesetters and although probably out of title contention, are very much in the race for the play-offs and are one of the form teams of the division

A bit further afield
Just beyond the M25 you can catch some seventh-tier football as Beaconsfield Town entertain Welsh club Merthyr Town in an Evo-Stik League game. Over at Hemel Hempstead Town's ground it's also the Herts Senior Centenary Trophy Final between Belstone and London Lions 
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Wednesday 20 March

Essex Senior League
Sporting Bengal United v Ilford @745pm - these two east London clubs sit snugly in the top 10 and apart from maintaining position, have little to play for as the leaders are so far clear. If you're a visitor to London, Sporting Bengal play at the Mile End Stadium and are one of the capital's most centrally located non-league clubs as a result

Herts Senior County League Premier Division
New Salamis v Sandridge Rovers @745pm - with not a huge amount on I thought I'd give this 11th-tier match a mention. Being played at Enfield Town's ground, this is a top-four clash. New Salamis are third and still have a shot at the title

A bit further afield
Hitchin Town v Coalville Town @745pm - a short journey north into deepest Hertfordshire will bring you to Top Field where the hosts entertain promotion chasing Coalville in this seventh-tier Evo-Stik League game
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Thursday 21 March

Women's Champions League Quarter-Final First Leg
Chelsea v Paris Saint-Germain @705pm - women's football tops the bill on Thursday with this hugely important European tie. French clubs have dominated this competition since 2010 with Lyon making the final seven times (winning five) and PSG twice. Both clubs have made it to this year's quarter-finals too. Thankfully for Chelsea they've drawn the 'weaker' of the two with PSG currently second domestically. The Blues won the English double last season and made it through to the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday. However, they still aren't quite the side they were so this could be quite a challenge. Adult tickets are £6

A bit further afield
The other main match of the night is the England U21 friendly against Poland at Bristol City's Ashton Gate. It's over 100 miles from London but the trains take less than two hours and the last direct one to Paddington leaves Temple Meads at 2235. Adult tickets are £15

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Friday 22 March

Euro 2020 qualifier
England v Czech Republic @745pm - the Three Lions begin their qualifying campaign at Wembley against the Czechs who are, according to the Fifa rankings, the next best team in the group. With Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo also in Group A it should be England's to win but there might be one or two tricky away games which should be negotiated carefully. Although it took a while, this game has now sold out which shows how Gareth Southgate's team have been able to re-engage with the English fans after a very successful 2018

Professional Development League
If you're coming into London for the England game you could make a real day of it and combine that match with an U23 fixture earlier in the day. Millwall, QPR and Watford all have games and to top it all they're all being played at their main stadiums - all three also play near stations with direct links to Wembley too

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Saturday 23 March

League One
AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham @1215pm  - the Dons looked certainties for relegation but they've picked up 10 points from their last four games to put themselves only three points adrift of safety. They've beaten some good sides in the process too. The Gills are only five points above them so are no great shakes but there is an element of a derby about this as they only have to travel from Kent - it's a big game for both teams. This is the only EFL game in London on Saturday and tickets are available

National League
Boreham Wood v Aldershot Town @3pm - one of the smallest teams in the division, The Wood did really well to make the play-off final last year. This year it's been a different story and they find themselves six points above the relegation zone with eight games to go. The Shots have been in the bottom four for a while and with four defeats on the bounce look almost certain to go down. If they win here, things will start to become very uncomfortable for the hosts
Dagenham & Redbridge v Dover Athletic @3pm - the Daggers were in terrible trouble at the start of the season but with their financial problems now behind them, Peter Taylor has managed to stabilise them in midtable. Dover also seemed destined for the drop but they've fought hard to keep their heads above water and will be hungry to pick up something here UPDATE: This match has now been moved to 26th March

National League South
Dartford v Hampton & Richmond Borough @3pm - the Darts are pushing hard for promotion again. They came agonisingly close last year and will be desperate to put that heartache behind them. The title is out of their reach so a play-off place is the best they can hope for but even that isn't a foregone conclusion. Boro have had a disappointing season of transition after seeing boss Alan Dowson leave for Woking but they seem to have done enough to stay up
Wealdstone v Chippenham Town @3pm - if Dartford do slip up, the Stones are one of the teams hoping to nip in and nick one of those play-off places. There or thereabouts all season, Bobby Wilkinson's side haven't quite been able to crack the top seven but with Billericay on the slide, there is a chance of making it. Visitors Chippenham are down in 11th and have almost certainly left themselves with too much to do

Bostik League Premier Division
Corinthian Casuals v Dorking Wanderers @3pm - these two contested a thrilling play-off final a couple of years ago which Wanderers eventually won on penalties. Thankfully Casuals only had to wait another year to enjoy promotion and joined them in the Bostik League's top tier. This season the visitors, after a fairly average start, have grown to become a formidable team and have opened up an almost insurmountable 13-point lead at the top. The hosts, however, need points to avoid the drop but cheered on by a passionate following they should have at least half a chance

Bostik League South Central Division
Hayes & Yeading United v Bracknell Town @3pm - there's no question about which is the game of the week in the eighth tier as the top two meet at the SkyEx. However with H&YU 14 points clear at the top, it's surely just a case of dotting the i's and crossing the t's as far as their title bid is concerned. Whatever happens, there should be plenty of goals - the clubs have banged in a whopping 200 between them in the league this season!

Southern Counties East League Premier Division
Croydon v K Sports @3pm - it's been a really tough season for the Trams. Currently 10 points adrift at the bottom you'd think things couldn't get much worse. Ten days ago thieves ransacked their clubhouse, stealing loads of valuables and causing lots of damage. Financially the club were struggling anyway so this was the last thing they needed. They're asking for donations or simply for more people to come down and watch their games so if you're free, get yourself along to the Croydon Arena for this one

Combined Counties League Division 1
Bedfont & Feltham v Farnham Town @3pm - B&F are in a three-way fight for the title with Sheerwater and Frimley Green as we head into the last six games of the season. Farnham are fourth and mathematically also in with a shout so this should be a significant game for all concerned

A bit further afield
With it being an international break, I've added several League One and League Two games to the match map - all of them are less than an hour's journey by train from London. Luton Town's game against Doncaster Rovers is the pick of the matches
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Sunday 24 March

U18 Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton @3pm - ladies and gentlemen the moment we've all been waiting for - the first test event at Tottenham's new stadium! It seems to have been a long time coming but this Sunday is the day. Unsurprisingly tickets aren't available to non-members as the capacity is being limited to 30,000

FA Women's Championship
Charlton Athletic v Manchester United @2pm - the only game in the London area you'll be able to get into is this women's second-tier match but it should be a cracker as it features the recently created Manchester United side who are second and Charlton who are third - the top two go up. Loads to play for!  

GET INVOLVED
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Sunday, 10 March 2019

TLFG: 11-17 March 2019

Greetings one and all and welcome to this week's TLFG.

It's been another significant week of football in the capital so he's a round-up of what's been going on.

If we didn't already know it, the chance of a London club winning the Premier League has now pretty much fizzled out following Southampton's surprise win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. The north London club stay third but are now 13 points behind Manchester City and are in danger of being caught by Manchester United when they play Arsenal on Sunday.

Talking of the Gunners, if they lose to United, it could become a week to forget following their Europa League loss at Rennes on Thursday.

It was a different story for Chelsea who comfortably beat Dynamo Kiev and they could also close the gap on the top four on Sunday if they beat Wolves at Stamford Bridge.

Sadly Crystal Palace, Watford and West Ham United all lost as did Fulham who now look dead certs for relegation.

In the Championship, Brentford moved up to 12th after an impressive win at Middlesbrough and must now have half an eye on the play-off places which are now only six points away. QPR managed to draw with Stoke whilst Millwall suffered a desperately disappointing defeat to fellow strugglers Bolton to stay just above the relegation zone.

It's back on 6 April for Dagenham & Redbridge's game against Barrow

It was a great day in League One for AFC Wimbledon and Charlton Athletic who both notched hugely important wins over Doncaster Rovers and Portsmouth respectively. The Dons are still marooned at the foot of the table and will probably go down but they're starting to pick up some points and escape is by no means impossible. The Addicks seem to have been fifith forever and should finish there or thereabouts to claim a play-off place again.

Leyton Orient won the big match against Wrexham to return to the top of the National League. They must now focus their efforts on their FA Trophy semi-final against AFC Telford United as they look to do the non-league double.

In the sixth tier, Welling United became our top local club after their 3-1 win at Wealdstone moved them up to third. They also made the London Senior Cup Final after beating Harrow Borough in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

In the lower levels of non-league Cray Wanderers, Harefield United, Hashtag United, Hayes & Yeading United, Sutton Common Rovers and Welling Town are all leading their respective divisions with other London sides poised to challenge for top spot in several others.

My football week saw me head to The Rogers Family Stadium to see the aforementioned cup tie between Harrow and Welling. The Wings were the better side and comfortably won 3-1 and should give Brentford B a good game in the final.

In other news, Spurs finally announced the details for the long-awaited opening of their new stadium. There will be a couple of test events featuring their U18s and a Legends side before they eventually host a league game in April. Demand for all of these is expected to be massive with a season ticket required just enter the initial ballot for the test events.

To mark your card for future weeks, it's great to see that Dagenham & Redbridge are once again holding their annual 'Daggers Against Racism Day' for their match against Barrow on 6 April. One of the best things about this event is the reduced ticket prices which can see adults gain entry for just £2.50 - I'd advise you to book now to avoid missing out.

Nominations and voting also opened this week for the 'Football Blogging Awards'.

This is something I've never got involved in and I'm not even sure which category this blog would fall into but I got an email from the organisers giving me the info so I might as well give it a go.



There are many fine blogs including other local writers like 'The Cold End' and 'Two Men In Search of The Beautiful Game' who have made a huge contribution over the last few years.

Lastly this week, many thanks to Moran M who donated to TLFG's lung cancer fighting fund this week. I really really appreciate it.

To recap, I recently received the news that my Dad has lung cancer. This condition also claimed the lives of my Mum and grandfather so with me powerless to do anything medically to help him, I've decided to ask for all donations to this blog to go to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation which you can contribute to through the fundraising page I've set up. 

As always - enjoy your football and have a great week.


THE WEEK AHEAD
The highlights of the next few days include action in the Europa League, Premier League, EFL, FA Trophy, FA Vase and loads of action in our local non-league competitions too.

As always, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or the venue or kick-off time has changed - this is highly possible for some of the lower non-league clubs. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found on the following match maps. If you've never used them before, please note that when there is more than one match at a specific ground you'll only be able to see individual match pins if you zoom right in. If you don't, the pins obscure each other and you might miss them. To avoid this, you can also scroll down the list of games on the drop down menu at the top of the map page to make sure you get all the information. Games are listed from top to bottom in date order so Monday's games (yellow pin) will appear first and Sunday's (orange pin) last. Games are also ranked in terms of status so the higher the division, the higher up the list they will appear on each day.
Also if you're unfamiliar with the English league structure I indicate the level at which an individual league sits in the national 'pyramid' with the Premier League at the top (Level 1) and various minor leagues at the bottom (Level 10). Typically a top level game will see crowds of anywhere between 20,000-60,000. These figures will gradually decline as you go down the leagues until you get to Levels 8-10 where attendances of 150 or less are most common.

It should also be noted that the top four levels are for fully professional teams. Level 5 has a mixture of professional and semi-professional teams, while Levels 6-10 will see most players paid but it will vary from no more than travel expenses at the bottom, right up to several hundred pounds a week at the top.

MIDWEEK MATCH MAP
Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - magenta pin
Thursday fixtures - purple pin
Friday fixtures - black pin



WEEKEND MATCH MAP
Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Sunday fixtures - orange pin



TLFG DAILY DIGEST
In the following section I list, by day, what are in my opinion the most notable games of the week and give some brief reasons for my choice. Check the maps above for kick-off times, ticket info and directions.

Monday 11 March

Essex Senior League
Tower Hamlets v Leyton Athletic @745pm - it's a pretty quiet day across the country but we do have this one match in the ESL. With both sides in the bottom four, there's not a huge amount going for this one but it is pretty easy to get to being just a short walk from Mile End Tube station

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Tuesday 12 March

League One
AFC Wimbledon v Peterborough United @745pm - the Dons have had a pretty good seven days with a draw at Shrewsbury and an unexpected 2-0 home win over Doncaster. The gap to safety is now back down to seven points which has no doubt got a few fans dreaming of staying up again. Posh are chasing a play-off place so this looks like a tough ask on paper but so did the match against Donny. Tickets are available to non-members
Charlton Athletic v Burton Albion @745pm - the Addicks extended their unbeaten run to 11 games with a valuable win over promotion rivals Portsmouth on Saturday evening. An automatic promotion spot looks beyond them at this stage but their grip on a play-off place is looking increasingly secure with 10 games to go. Burton are a solid midtable side who came down from the Championship last season and made it to this season's Carabao Cup semi-finals - they're no mugs and could well be capable of getting at least point. Tickets are available to non-members

National League
Sutton United v Braintree Town @745pm - there are a trio of fixtures in this division on Tuesday and none of them really stand out. At a push I'd go for this one as it features Sutton who are pushing for a play-off spot and Braintree who are bottom and trying against all odds to avoid the drop. The other matches are at Barnet and Bromley

Bostik League South Central
Egham Town v Bracknell Town @745pm - just 20 minutes apart by train, there is a hint of derby about this game which will have ramifications at either end of the table. Bottom and 12 points adrift of safety, the Sarnies look almost certain to go down but they do have the knack of pulling off the odd upset with the draw against runaway leaders Hayes & Yeading raising a few eyebrows last month. Bracknell are second and pretty much certain of a play-off place so will start as huge favourites

SCEFL Challenge Cup Semi-Final Second Leg
Fisher v Corinthian @745pm - after grinding out a 0-0 draw in last week's first leg, two of the league's title contenders meet for a place in the final. Including that game, the sides have met four times already this season with Fisher yet to win. The last time they met at St Paul's was in the FA Vase and it produced a thrilling 4-4 draw so hopefully we'll have some more of the same

A bit further afield
Reading v Leeds United @8pm - one of the biggest games of the night anywhere in the country is taking place just to the west of London where the Royals are now on a three-game unbeaten run that has finally seen them climb out of the bottom three. Saturday's priceless win in the six-pointer against Wigan saw them climb up to 19th but defeat here could see them slide back down into the relegation zone almost immediately given how tight it is down there. After their recent blip at QPR, Leeds have recovered well with back-to-back wins over promotion contenders West Brom and Bristol City and will go top with a win here. Tickets are available to non-members
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Wednesday 13 March

Championship
Queens Park Rangers v Rotherham United @745pm - for the neutral this doesn't look like a thriller and it probably won't be but it's of reasonable importance to both clubs. QPR picked up a point from a dour 0-0 draw with Stoke on Saturday (despite having an extra man for 79 minutes) to move 10 points clear of the relegation zone. The Millers stayed in the bottom three after an unsurprising derby defeat at title chasing Sheffield United. QPR haven't lost at home to Rotherham since 1951 and a win here would almost certainly confirm their place in the second tier for next season. Tickets are available to non-members

Essex Senior League
Walthamstow v Stanway Rovers @745pm - the hosts won 2-1 at Stanway in the reverse fixture on Saturday and climbed up to fourth in the process. The top London club in this league by some distance, Ryan Maxwell's side have had a good year and although the title realistically looks beyond them (10 points adrift with seven games to go), they could conceivably finish as high as second

Southern Counties East League Division 1
Welling Town v Erith & Belvedere @745pm - there's a top-two clash at Bayliss Avenue which means it doesn't get much bigger than this as far as this division is concerned. The hosts have been top pretty much all season but the much more experienced Deres are back in contention and although still six points behind, have a considerable four games in hand. The stakes are massive for both!

FA Women's Championship
Charlton Athletic v Millwall Lionesses @745pm - although there are some more important games in the Women's Super League on Wednesday, this south-east London derby would seem to be the biggest occasion as the two clubs' players are being given the chance to shine on the hallowed turf of The Valley itself. With the England team recording their fantastic tournament victory in the SheBelieves Cup in the USA last week, the buzz around women's football is considerable at the moment and hopefully a decent crowd will turn out. Tickets are £6 for adults

A bit further afield
Army FA v Surrey @730pm - if you're looking for something a bit quirky and want to add an unusual ground to your list then head down to the Aldershot Military Stadium for this friendly. It's a chance to see the long established Army team (founded in 1888) take on the very new Surrey international football side. To top it all, it's free to get in
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Thursday 14 March

Europa League
Arsenal v Rennes @8pm - on paper this draw against a midtable French team looked like a great opportunity for the Gunners to progress to the quarter-finals but after losing the first leg 3-1, they face an uphill task. Manager Unai Emery has a fantastic record in the competition, winning it three years in a row whilst at Sevilla so if anyone can turn it round then it's him. It's also Arsenal's only chance of silverware this season but is that more important than a top-four finish?

FA Women's Super League
Arsenal v Bristol City @730pm - with tickets for the above not available to non-members, this is the only other game in the London area. Being played at Boreham Wood, the Gunners' women's team are very much in the race to become league champions. At the time of writing they're second, two points behind Manchester City but with two games in hand. Bristol City are in the top five themselves but they'll do well to avoid defeat

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Friday 15 March

Peter Butcher Memorial Trophy
Barkingside v Sporting Bengal United @745pm - two East End clubs meet for a bit of cup football at Cricklefield in the day's only game. The 'Side are always welcoming to new visitors so get yourself down there - Seven Kings is the nearest station

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Saturday 16 March

FA Cup Quarter-Final
Watford v Crystal Palace @1215pm  - the game of the day takes place at Vicarage Road where two of our local clubs do battle for a place in the semi-finals which these days are played at Wembley. Neither side have ever won the FA Cup but both have made the final - Palace as recently as 2016 after beating Watford in the semi-finals. The Hornets are favourites to win here - they have home advantage and have won both league matches between the sides this season. Unsurprisingly it's sold out

Premier League
West Ham United v Huddersfield Town @3pm - with the Hammers past the all-important 38-point mark and Huddersfield 16 points adrift of safety at the bottom, there isn't a huge amount riding on this game. West Ham suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at struggling Cardiff on Saturday to make sure they can't quite take their collective feet off the gas just yet but they should have too much for Huddersfield who have won only three times all season. A few tickets are still available to non-members

Championship
Brentford v West Bromwich Albion @3pm - the Bees' great run of results continued with a superb 2-1 away win at Middlesbrough on Saturday. The result lifted them to 12th, only six points away from the play-off places. In a division as crazy as the Championship, with 11 games to go anything is possible. West Brom have, generally speaking, had a pretty good season so there was shock around the country when news filtered through on Saturday evening that manager Darren Moore had been sacked. Although winless in three, they're still in fourth so it seemed like a very strange decision indeed. Games between these two have been few and far between in recent years - Brentford haven't played the Baggies at Griffin Park since 1998 when they won 3-0 in a cup game

FA Trophy Semi-Final First Leg
Leyton Orient v AFC Telford United @3pm - after winning their huge match against Wrexham to go top of the National League, the O's continue their push for the non-league double with another big game at Brisbane Road. Remember, the final of this competition is played at Wembley so both these clubs are just two legs away from a prestigious trip to the national stadium. Telford play a level below Orient so will start as underdogs but Brackley Town from the same division managed to win the competition last season so it can be done

National League South
Welling United v Woking @3pm - with away wins at Harrow Borough and Wealdstone over the last few days, it's been a great week for the Wings. Now up in third, this match against joint leaders Woking is even bigger than it was before. With only one team going up automatically both these sides should be well motivated to get the points

Evo-Stik League Premier Division South
Metropolitan Police v Kings Langley @3pm  - the Met kept up their improbable title push with a 4-2 win over Wimborne on Saturday. The Surrey club are only four points behind new leaders Weymouth who unseated long-term top dogs Taunton on Saturday. Kings Langley have been playing well for a while too and moved into the top six with a very impressive 2-1 win at Salisbury who are also amongst the leading pack. It's deliciously tight in this division, so this game could prove to be highly significant

Bostik League South Central Division
Uxbridge v Hanwell Town @3pm - there really isn't anything truly outstanding taking place in the eighth tier this week but this west London derby should be worth a watch. Neither side have a huge amount to play for which means the pressure's off and it could produce a decent game

Combined Counties League Premier Division
Walton & Hersham v Sutton Common Rovers @3pm -there's not a great selection of games in the ninth tier either but this match could prove to be important in the battle to see who ultimately claims the CCL title. SCR are top at the moment but Chertsey are only a point behind with five games in hand - in other words, this is a must win game for the visitors

Southern Counties East League Division 1
Meridian VP v Bridon Ropes @3pm - there might be other more important matches on in the 10th tier but this groundshare derby between two south-east London clubs very much in the shadow of Charlton Athletic is always worth a mention. The hosts have had a terrible season and are currently bottom so the smart money is on the 'visitors' who have an outside shot at the title
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Sunday 17 March

FA Cup Quarter-Final
Millwall v Brighton & Hove Albion @2pm - sitting just above the Championship relegation zone, the Lions are the lowest ranked team left in the competition. In Premier League strugglers Brighton at home, they've got one of the best draws possible. The game should prove a welcome distraction for both as they attempt to stave off the drop in their respective divisions. Both have made it to the final before but neither have won it. Given Millwall are at home and beat Everton in the fourth round, they've got a great chance to progress. Tickets have sold out

Premier League
Fulham v Liverpool @215pm - there's another big game at Craven Cottage where Fulham are entering the last-chance saloon when comes to staying up this season. After losing at Leicester on Saturday, Scott Parker's side are now 13 points adrift of safety with eight games to go. In reality you and I both know it's all over for them but if they were to win here who knows what effect it would have. Liverpool are still in the hunt for the title and, at the time of writing, a win here could put them top. Tickets have sold out

FA Vase Semi-Final, First Leg
Cray Valley PM v Canterbury City @3pm - your only other option on Sunday is this hugely important game for two ninth-tier clubs. Like Leyton Orient above, CVPM are now only two legs away from a Wembley final. The south-east London side have never been this far in the competition and getting to the last two would be a massive achievement in a competition recently dominated by clubs from the north east. The hosts are also going for the Southern Counties East League title so it could be a truly memorable season (it's also their centenary year). Canterbury are also in the SCEFL but are 26 points behind and lost 2-0 on their last visit to Badgers Sports Ground in January. Interestingly, Cray Valley have a forward line of Kevin Lisbie and Gavin Tomlin that is absolutely steeped in EFL experience so it's no wonder they're doing so well. Tickets are available on the gate with none on sale in advance so arrive early to beat the queues

A bit further afield
If you want to tick Wycombe Wanderers' Adams Park off your list then you could do it while watching Reading host Manchester United in the quarter-finals of the women's FA Cup. The Royals play in the division above the Red Devils so should start as favourites but Casey Stoney's side have been impressive this year and will more than fancy their chances



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