Monday, 27 July 2015

TLFG: 27 July - 2 August 2015

It's been quite a week for TLFG.

As you may have noticed we've got a new, themed look and our own website address.

I hope you like it and that you'll find www.tlfg.uk a bit easier to use.

The traffic to this blog has soared over the last two weeks, nearly doubling, which has been really pleasing so thanks a lot for taking the time to read and for making it all worthwhile.

I'd also like to apologise again for the slightly delayed publication. Putting the map together has taken hours once more but that's because we've got even more matches to look forward to than last week - over 100.

A fine read about London football in German
If you're visiting London over the next few days, you've picked a great time to come with a really interesting selection of games to choose from. 

Personally, I'm all set to go to QPR v Atalanta on Sunday - if it happens (see TLFG Top 10 below). It'll be my first visit to Loftus Road since March when Tottenham were in town so it will be good to get back there. 

How well we do this season is unclear but optimism is fairly high and with my membership renewed once again I'm ready for the new campaign.

In other news, long-term readers may remember Dutch writer Paul Baaijens came to London at the back end of 2013 to research his book about London football called 'Matchdays'.

It's done well back in his homeland and it has now been translated and published in Germany by fellow TLFG reader Christoph Beutenmuller and his 'pretty good books' publishing company.

If you're a German speaker, give it a read. You'll probably learn more than you will from this blog! 

Have a good week and if you have any questions, send them my way.


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 within the London area for this blog then get in touch. You might also want to have a go at writing a 'Top Ten' one week. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

Got any questions about visiting London? Don't hesitate to ask - be they football or more general travel/touristy queries.

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


LATEST TICKET NEWS
Please follow this link or click on the tab at the top of the page for all the information you need about how to get a ticket, what's currently available to non-members at London's biggest clubs and any other special offers or promotions which might be running.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are over 100 matches in the London area over the next seven days so there's plenty to choose from whatever your budget.

However, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or venue has been changed. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found in the following match map. If you've never used it 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 left side of the map page to make sure you get all the information.

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 (e.g. clubs in the Conference South).

MATCH MAP
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Red pin - Wednesday fixtures
Orange pin - Thursday fixtures
Claret pin - Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
White pin - Sunday fixtures



Next up is this week's TLFG match recommendations where I list a few games which I think could be worth a watch. If I miss one that you think should get a mention then add your own in the comments section below. 

TLFG TOP 10

1. FA Community Shield - the annual curtain-raiser between the Premier League champions and FA Cup winners takes place at Wembley on Sunday and this year it's between the two titans of London football - Chelsea and Arsenal. The Blues' pre-season has got off to a wobbly start in America with defeat to the New York Red Bulls and a 1-1 draw against Paris St Germain. The Gunners, on the other hand, have won all four of their matches and scored 14 goals in the process. This included winning the Emirates Cup, something they haven't achieved since 2010. Arsenal are the current holders of the Shield but their recent record against Chelsea is poor (winless in eight) so you still have to fancy the west Londoners. (FA Community Shield, Sunday 2 August, 3pm. Ticket info)

2. Women's FA Cup Final - unless you're a member of one of the participating clubs, getting tickets to the Community Shield will be hard or very expensive. A far more realistic chance of visiting Wembley presents itself the previous day when Chelsea and Notts County meet in the final of this prestigious competition. Following England's third-place finish in the World Cup, interest in the women's game is the highest it's been for a while so quite a lot of attention is being focused on this. With ticket sales at the 24,000 mark over 10 days ago, a record attendance is very much on the cards and with very reasonable prices (adults £15, kids £5) it's not hard to see why. Both sides are currently in the top four in the league so we should hopefully get a decent game. (Women's FA Cup Final, Saturday 1 August, 3pm. Ticket info)

3. West Ham United v FC Astra Giurgiu - after scraping past Maltese cup winners Birkirkara on penalties in the last round, the Hammers' Europa League adventure next pits them against one of the top teams in Romania. Slaven Bilic's side were expected to get to this stage but have made heavy weather of it and in the Black Devils they should face a significant step up in class. If they want to make the group stages, still two rounds away, they'll need to up their game. Tickets for this are once again only £10 for adults and £5 for kids and will probably come close to selling out so don't delay buying if you want to go. Remember, it's also West Ham's final season at the Boleyn Ground so don't miss your chance to visit. If you can't get to this game, they also have a friendly against German club Werder Bremen on Sunday. (Europa League, Thursday 30 July, 745pm. Ticket info)

4. Watford v Sevilla - the Hornets' long awaited return to the Premier League is getting closer and this attractive friendly against the reigning Europa League champions will be their last warm-up match. On the pitch, preparations have been going well with four wins and a draw so far. Despite this they are still favourites to get relegated but I have a feeling they will give it a good go and win a few admirers along the way. Tickets for Watford's home games look likely to be restricted to members only for most of the season so take this chance while you can. (Friendly, Friday 31 July, 745pm. Ticket info)

5. Fulham v Crystal Palace - we've got a London derby at Craven Cottage the following day between sides possibly going in opposite directions. The Cottagers have spent most of the 21st century as a well established Premier League club but it well went pear-shaped in 2013/14 and they got relegated. Back in the Championship they found last season difficult and spent most of it trying to stay out of the bottom three. Eventually they survived and this time round no more than a midtable finish is expected. Following promotion in 2013, the Eagles are well on the way to cementing themselves into the top flight establishment with two top-11 finishes. With Alan Pardew in the dugout, a solid and well motivated squad in place and a passionate fan base behind them, the future looks bright for Palace. (Friendly, Saturday 1 August, 3pm. Ticket info)

6. Queens Park Rangers v Atalanta - pre-season is becoming a bit of a joke at Rangers with plans often appearing at the very last minute or falling through completely. Their recent tour of Italy promised much with some decent opposition lined up but ultimately only one of the three games took place and that miles away from where originally scheduled. This friendly, the only one at Loftus Road before the big kick-off, was supposed to have been against Chievo Verona but it too mysteriously fell through last week and fellow Serie A side Atalanta have been drafted in at short notice. Aside from this shambles, QPR are fancied to do quite well this year and they've made a number of interesting signings so I'll be there to see what's what. (Friendly, Sunday 2 August, 1245pm. Ticket info)

7. Millwall v Tondela - after suffering the trauma of relegation, Neil Harris's Millwall side are being tipped to be among the frontrunners in League One this year. Pre-season has been unspectacular so far and they finish it with this match against Portuguese opposition. Tondela have enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last few years having only become a fully professional club as recently as 2012. Last season they won the Segunda Liga so will play in the top flight against the likes of Benfica and Porto for the first time this year. (Friendly, Saturday 1 August, 3pm. Ticket info)

8. Hampton & Richmond Borough v Salford City - when the Beevers announced this fixture a few weeks ago it immediately caught people's attention. If you missed it, prior to last season, a consortium of Manchester United legends Phil Neville, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs took control of non-league Salford. They went on to win the Northern Premier League Division 1 North and now play at a parallel level to Hampton. They have since got further backing from Peter Lim, owner of Valencia and they have big plans to progress. Hampton have more modest ambitions and found things a little rocky last season but with former Kingstonian boss Alan Dowson in charge, they should be in safe hands.  (Friendly, Saturday 1 August, 3pm. Club info)

9. Middlesex Charity Cup Final the Women's FA Cup isn't the only piece of silverware up for grabs on Saturday. Four miles to the west, Harrow Borough go after the Middlesex double. Having beaten Hanwell Town to claim the Middlesex Senior Cup back in May, Boro have had to wait until now for the final of this competition because of the Enfield Town ineligible player saga. Enfield were supposed to have been Harrow's opponents and hosted the final at the end of last season but got disqualified. Consequently the final will now be played at Harrow but, at the time of writing, we don't know their opponents. Ashford Town and Cockfosters will contest the other semi-final on Tuesday so all will be revealed then. (Middlesex Charity Cup Final, Saturday 1 August, 3pm. Ticket info: TBC)

10. Thamesmead Town v Jersey - last up this week we see another unusual game with interesting opponents from overseas. Over the last few years, fellow Channel Islanders and big rivals Guernsey have been making all the football headlines as they turned semi-pro and climbed up to the eighth tier of English football. Jersey, the bigger island, have been somewhat left behind and are trying to redress the balance with some good pre-season games. Last week they welcomed Sutton United for a visit, this Saturday they travel to the capital to take on Thamesmead who play at the same level as Guernsey. Town representatives are very excited about the game which will be the focus of what is also the club's Community Fun Day so get down there if you're in the area. (Saturday 1 August, 3pm. Club info)

If you have any questions or want advice about watching football in London, you can contact TLFG using the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or email.

Monday, 20 July 2015

TLFG: 20-26 July 2015

First off apologies for the slightly later publication than usual.

It's been a busy old week and rather than gradually bring everything together over a few days, I didn't start compiling the map until Sunday morning.

With pre-season now fully underway, this took even longer than usual and we've got a bumper week to look forward to with over 100 games taking place in the Greater London area.

So what have you been up to? I've heard from a few of you including Kev from Sussex (thanks for the photo) who made it to Kingsmeadow for Kingstonian's game against Chelsea's U21s. I warned in my preview not to expect to see John Terry in action and although he didn't play, the Blues captain did still put in an appearance which was appreciated by many of near 1,000 crowd.

John Terry made it to Kingstonian on Monday to watch Chelsea's U21s
West Ham packed out the Boleyn Ground again as they took on Birkirkara in the Europa League. The Maltese underdogs almost pulled off a shock 0-0 draw but conceded a last-minute goal as they gave new Hammers boss Slaven Bilic an uncomfortable evening.

The east London side are back in action again this week while Arsenal also return to action in the capital with a couple of games at the weekend - see TLFG's Top 10 below for details of both.

The first batch of tickets for Premier League games at Tottenham and West Ham go on general sale over the next few days. With Arsenal, Chelsea and Crystal Palace pretty much members only, these two are likely to be the easiest source of tickets for matches at this level this season. If Watford really struggle then you might get some there too.

As previously mentioned, there's loads on offer so have a great week.

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 within the London area for this blog then get in touch. You might also want to have a go at writing a 'Top Ten' one week. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

Got any questions about visiting London? Don't hesitate to ask - be they football or more general travel/touristy queries.

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


LATEST TICKET NEWS
Please follow this link or click on the tab at the top of the page for all the information you need about how to get a ticket, what's currently available to non-members at London's biggest clubs and any other special offers or promotions which might be running.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are over 100 matches in the London area over the next seven days so there's plenty to choose from whatever your budget.

However, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or venue has been changed. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found in the following match map. If you've never used it 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 left side of the map page to make sure you get all the information.

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 (e.g. clubs in the Conference South).

MATCH MAP
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Red pin - Wednesday fixtures
Orange pin - Thursday fixtures
Claret pin - Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
White pin - Sunday fixtures



Next up is this week's TLFG match recommendations where I list a few games which I think could be worth a watch. If I miss one that you think should get a mention then add your own in the comments section below. 

TLFG TOP 10

1. The Emirates Cup - not to be confused with the Emirates FA Cup, this annual tournament at Arsenal is one of the highlights of the pre-season in London. It brings together four decent European clubs and puts them on show in arguably the city's best club stadium and tickets are reasonably easy to come by - something that is not the case for most Gunners games. Played over a weekend, this year the visiting teams are Lyon (France), Villarreal (Spain) and Wolfsburg (Germany). The format is a little odd as it's played as a league, however, each side only gets two games so Arsenal, for example, won't be playing Villarreal. Why they don't just make it semi-finals on Saturday and a third-place play-off/final on Sunday I don't know. Nonetheless, it gives you a great chance to see some good sides and the vast majority of tickets are under £30. (The Emirates Cup, Saturday & Sunday 25/26 July, from 2pm. Ticket info)

2. Charlton Athletic v West Ham United - on paper this friendly leaps off the page. A London derby between two sides from the east side of town, one south and one north of the river. Despite the geographical closeness and similar stature, the clubs have only played competitively on 40 occasions in their history with last game as long ago as 2007 when the Addicks enjoyed a resounding 4-0 win in a Premier League game at The Valley. Despite that result, Charlton got relegated that year and fell all the way down to England's third tier. Happily they're a Championship side again and will hope to give the Hammers a good workout. The other brilliant thing about this match is that adult tickets are just £10 so it's a bargain too!  (Friendly, Saturday 25 July, 3pm. Ticket info)

3. Brentford v Stoke City - we have another Championship v Premier League clash at Griffin Park a little earlier the same day. The Bees made a fantastic return to life in England's second division last season, outdoing all expectations to claim a play-off place. However, things went sour between owner and manager so now a new person is in charge. Dutchman Marinus Dijkhuizen joined from Eredivisie minnows Excelsior whom he did well to keep up in 2014/15. He is still a bit of an unknown quantity for many fans so he has a lot to prove. The Potters remain one of the top flight's 'unfashionable' clubs despite solid progress. Mark Hughes took them to an impressive ninth-place finish last year and should be tough to beat again. (Friendly, Saturday 25 July, 130pm. Ticket info)

4. Queens Park Rangers v Dundee United - back from a slightly chaotic tour of Italy, QPR's first pre-season game in London will be against this famous Scottish club. As a child I developed quite a soft spot for the Terrors as they went on their amazing run to the Uefa Cup final in 1987 and have kept an eye on their results ever since. Last season they came fifth in the Premiership which, to me at least, should make them about the same standard as a Championship team. If you do fancy this England v Scotland clash, please note that it is being played at Barnet's ground in north London and not at QPR's Loftus Road. (Friendly, Wednesday 22 July, 730pm. Ticket info)

5. Barnet v MK Dons - it's going to be a really busy week at The Hive as the Bees have two friendlies of their own going on too. After welcoming League One side Peterborough United on Tuesday, Championship newcomers MK Dons roll into town at the weekend. The Buckinghamshire club are highly controversial having been formed out of the original Wimbledon football club in 2004. Unofficially seen as a franchise side, they are disliked by many. On the pitch, though, they've done well in recent seasons and find themselves at this level for the first time. Barnet also enjoyed promotion last season after Martin Allen guided them to the Conference title and he will want to do well against one of his former clubs. (Friendly, Saturday 25 July, 3pm. Ticket info)

6. Dagenham & Redbridge v Southend United - although the Daggers have arguably a more prestigious friendly against Charlton in midweek, this derby against Essex neighbours Southend appeals more. As mentioned it is a derby and the sides have played regularly in recent seasons building a decent rivalry. This match is happening in pre-season as the Shrimpers hauled themselves up to League One via the play-offs in May and will no doubt want to laud that over their hosts for the afternoon. (Friendly, Saturday 25 July, 3pm. Ticket info)

7. Bromley v Gillingham - talking of county derbies, we have one of the Kent variety down at Hayes Lane on Tuesday. The Ravens claimed the Conference South title in April and are now playing at national level for the first time - quite an achievement. Expected by the bookies to consolidate their position, it will be an interesting time for the club whose supporter base could grow considerably. The Gills recorded a very respectable midtable finish in League One last year and weren't a million miles away from gaining a play-off place. Bromley held Millwall to a 2-2 draw last week and I think the honours could well be even again here. (Friendly, Tuesday 21 July, 745pm. Ticket info)

8. Wealdstone v Wycombe Wanderers - the Stones more than held their own in the Conference South last season and will hope for at least more of the same this time round. Pre-season began with an emphatic 7-2 drubbing of local Southern League club Hanwell Town a couple of weeks ago but that's been followed with three straight defeats against somewhat stiffer opposition. Former non-league rivals Wycombe, who only play a short drive away up the A40, missed automatic promotion to League One by a point in 2014/15 and then suffered the heartbreak of losing the play-off final to the aforementioned Southend on penalties. Boss Gareth Ainsworth, a man not lacking passion, will hope his side go one better this time. (Friendly, Tuesday 21 July, 745pm. Ticket info)

9. Thurrock v Luton Town - eighth-tier club Thurrock have a habit of bringing in a biggish name in pre-season. Last year it was Portsmouth, this time it's the Hatters. The fact they have former Gillingham boss Mark Stimson in charge probably helps. The Essex side were another to make it to play-offs in their division (Isthmian League Division 1 North) last season but rather than experience penalty woe, got completely gubbed by Brentwood Town. Given they were a Conference South side not that long ago, they should really be playing at a higher level and should look to be among the title contenders again. Luton are also playing at a lower level than they should be. A Championship side until as recently as 2007, financial disaster saw them plummet down to the Conference in quick time but now they're moving back up. Achieving a top-eight finish in League Two last season, they'll be expecting at least a play-off place. (Friendly, Wednesday 22 July, 745pm. Ticket info)

10. Millers Invitational Tournament - just up the road at Mill Field, Isthmian League club Aveley are hosting a three side mini tournament on Saturday afternoon. Eastenders Clapton and Kent outfit Faversham Town are the guests with three one-hour, instead of 90-minute, games taking place from 1pm. Adult tickets are just £5 and with the Clapton Ultras no doubt putting in an appearance, it should be a fun afternoon. (Saturday 25 July, from 1pm. Tournament info)

If you have any questions or want advice about watching football in London, you can contact TLFG using the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or email.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

TLFG: 13-19 July 2015

The week began with a lot of hope and excitement as the pre-season fixtures really started to get going for another year.

However, during Tuesday evening's game between Whyteleafe and Tonbridge Angels tragedy struck as 24-year-old Junior Dian, on trial with the visitors, collapsed on the pitch and later died. 

The story made national news and raised the issue of undiagnosed cardiac problems in the young again. Charity CRY do a lot of good work on this topic so check their website if you want to know any more about this subject.

There's another bargain to be had at the Boleyn Ground
Despite this terrible incident, the world of football continued to turn and the action continued elsewhere with a few cracking encounters watched by several readers.

This week is almost like a normal one with 80 games to choose from, including the next instalment of West Ham's Europa League odyssey as Maltese club Birkirkara wend their way to Upton Park.

Personally I haven't seen anything live over the last few days but our Non-League Day preparations have stepped up a gear. 

On the non-league front, we should have the Isthmian and Southern League fixtures by Friday - an exciting time for many clubs in our region.

Enjoy your football and get in touch if you have any questions.

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 within the London area for this blog then get in touch. You might also want to have a go at writing a 'Top Ten' one week. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

Got any questions about visiting London? Don't hesitate to ask - be they football or more general travel/touristy queries.

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


LATEST TICKET NEWS
Please follow this link or click on the tab at the top of the page for all the information you need about how to get a ticket, what's currently available to non-members at London's biggest clubs and any other special offers or promotions which might be running.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are 80 matches in the London area over the next seven days so there's plenty to choose from whatever your budget.

However, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or venue has been changed. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found in the following match map. If you've never used it 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 left side of the map page to make sure you get all the information.

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 (e.g. clubs in the Conference South).

MATCH MAP
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Red pin - Wednesday fixtures
Orange pin - Thursday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
White pin - Sunday fixtures



Next up is this week's TLFG match recommendations where I list a few games which I think could be worth a watch. If I miss one that you think should get a mention then add your own in the comments section below. 

TLFG TOP 10

1. West Ham United v Birkirkara - it's only the middle of July but this will be the Hammers' third competitive match of the season as their Europa League adventure continues. Having seen off Andorra's Lusitans in the opening round, the Stripes provide their next opponents. Slaven Bilic's side should see off the Maltese cup holders with ease and with tickets at only £10 for adults and £5 for kids it's likely to sell out again. Remember, this is the final season the club will be playing at the Boleyn Ground so if you don't get to London often, this could be your final chance. (Europa League, Thursday 16 July, 745pm. Ticket info)

2. AFC Wimbledon v Millwall - aside from the game above, the rest of this week's games are all pre-season friendlies. This derby on Saturday between clubs from League Two and League One should be fairly competitive and hence worth a watch. The Dons will once again be looking to consolidate their position in the division and push towards a play-off spot. They began their pre-season with an entertaining 2-2 draw against Premier League newcomers Watford on Saturday. The Lions, however, are looking to regroup after suffering relegation from the Championship and boss Neil Harris has already seen his side installed as one of the favourites to go up. (Friendly, Saturday 18 July, 3pm. Ticket info)

3. Boreham Wood v Brentford - the Wood usually manage to put together a decent pre-season schedule and this week they welcome League Two side Luton Town on Tuesday and then Championship club Brentford on Sunday. Both sides made it to the play-offs in their respective divisions last season - the Wood won theirs to make it to the newly re-named National League (Level 5 in the national system) while the Bees came unstuck at the semi-final stage to miss out on a place in the Premier League. Relations have been good between these clubs since they met in the FA Cup back in 2012 - a tie Brentford unsurprisingly won 2-0. (Friendly, Sunday 19 July, 3pm. Ticket info)

4. Bromley v Millwall - the aforementioned Lions actually begin their pre-season on Tuesday with a visit to fellow south-east Londoners Bromley. Like Boreham Wood, the Ravens also made it out of the Conference South last season but as champions. Unlike the Wood, they are fancied to hold their own and survive their first season at this level. Millwall should provide a good test for them and attract a sizeable crowd so turn up in good time. (Friendly, Tuesday 14 July, 745pm. Ticket info)

5. Dulwich Hamlet v Dagenham & Redbridge - the Champion Hill outfit put on two thoroughly entertaining friendlies last week against Peterborough and Altona 93. Although they narrowly lost both, a total of 13 goals were scored. Next up they welcome the Daggers from east London. A former non-league side themselves, D&R now compete in League Two and achieved a much improved midtable finish in 2014/15. With away wins over St Albans City and Maidstone United last week, they arrive in good form. (Friendly, Tuesday 14 July, 745pm. Ticket info)

6. Sutton United v Crystal Palace XI this local derby will mark an historic moment for Sutton as this game will be used to officially inaugurate their new 3G pitch. Although the first game on it will actually be against Bristol Rovers today (Sunday), this match against neighbours Palace is the big one. Although not a full Eagles side, I expect one or two notables to make an appearance as the first team's next game isn't until Saturday. (Friendly, Tuesday 14 July, 745pm. Ticket info)

7. Kingstonian v Chelsea XI - The Isthmian League K's seem to be making a habit of attracting a Blues squad to Kingsmeadow in pre-season having played them as recently as 2012. Once again this is listed as an U21 game for Chelsea so don't expect to see Diego Costa or John Terry pulling on their boots for this one. Even so, tickets have been selling well and I'm told only a few will be available on the night so, once again, get there early to avoid disappointment. (Friendly, Monday 13 July, 745pm. Ticket info)

8. Welling United v Ebbsfleet United - after the visit of Charlton on Saturday, Park View Road plays host to another derby match this week. On paper, National League side Welling should be the favourites as Ebbsfleet are from the division below. However, it should be pretty even as the Wings narrowly avoided relegation last season and are expected to struggle again while the visitors are among the title favourites in the National League South. There's a bit of added spice to this one as Ebbsfleet lured Welling's long-serving manager Jamie Day to Stonebridge Road during last season, only to dispense with his services a few months later. (Friendly, Saturday 18 July, 3pm. Club info)

9. Thurrock v Dartford when I started this blog in 2011 these two were rivals in what is now the National League South. Since then Thurrock have suffered two relegations and Dartford have experienced a promotion, a reprieve and a relegation. If you've kept up then that means the Darts are back where they started and the clubs are currently two divisions apart. Playing at either end of the Queen Elizabeth II bridge which spans the Thames this is a cross-river derby and should hopefully pull in a few spectators. (Friendly, Tuesday 14 July, 745pm. Ticket info)

10. Enfield Town v AFC Rushden & Diamonds - lastly this week we have a game between two fan-owned clubs. Enfield's season ended in chaos a couple of months ago when a play-off place was taken away from them after they were controversially judged to have fielded an ineligible player. The decision and the cost of unsuccessful appeals were damaging for the club and they'll be desperate to put it behind them this year. The visitors are a reincarnation of Northamptonshire club Rushden & Diamonds who progressed quickly from the depths of non-league to what is now League One following investment from Dr Martens owner Max Griggs. He sold up and financial problems ensued which saw the club enter administration in 2011. This new fan-run club began in 2012 and they have now made it through the United Counties League to take their place in the Southern League Division 1 Central, a level below Enfield. Given the previous size of the club, their fan base is still relatively large and should bring a few with them. (Friendly, Saturday 18 July, 3pm. Club info)

If you have any questions or want advice about watching football in London, you can contact TLFG using the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or email.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

TLFG: 6-12 July 2015

Hello and welcome to TLFG. How have you been?

West Ham kicked off the new season with a 3-0 win over FC Lusitans in the Europa League on Thursday in front of a capacity crowd of 35,000 at the Boleyn Ground. Did you get a ticket?

There were also a few friendlies too but the next seven days sees things really begin to hot up with over 50 matches taking place.

We've got a couple of Premier League teams taking their first tentative steps of the summer, local derbies and even a tournament between four near neighbours down at Corinthian Casuals.

A fine way to spend a weekend and great value too
Aside from this we also had the release of the renamed National League (formerly Conference) fixtures and also the draws of the early rounds of the various FA competitions.

The National League fixtures were interesting for me as it gives us our first list of games which will be played on this year's Non-League Day with former Football League club Tranmere Rovers among those who will be hosting. Locally, Boreham Wood and Bromley are both at home too.

Lokalrunde, our sister event in Germany and Switzerland, is also developing well and they received their first batch of fixtures a few days ago too. To the many readers of this blog who are based in Germany I strongly urge you to visit their website and see what they're about.

Enjoy your week ahead, there are some decent games on offer. I've compiled a Top 10 below to help you decide. Please also double-check venues with clubs as some matches are being played at neutral or unusual locations.

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 within the London area for this blog then get in touch. You might also want to have a go at writing a 'Top Ten' one week. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

Got any questions about visiting London? Don't hesitate to ask - be they football or more general travel/touristy queries.

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


LATEST TICKET NEWS
Please follow this link or click on the tab at the top of the page for all the information you need about how to get a ticket, what's currently available to non-members at London's biggest clubs and any other special offers or promotions which might be running.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are over 50 matches in the London area over the next seven days so there's plenty to choose from whatever your budget.

However, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or venue has been changed. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found in the following match map. If you've never used it 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 left side of the map page to make sure you get all the information.

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 (e.g. clubs in the Conference South).

MATCH MAP
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Red pin - Wednesday fixtures
Orange pin - Thursday fixtures
Claret pin - Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
White pin - Sunday fixtures



Next up is this week's TLFG match recommendations where I list a few games which I think could be worth a watch. If I miss one that you think should get a mention then add your own in the comments section below. 

TLFG TOP 10

1. AFC Wimbledon v Watford - the Dons and Hornets get their pre-seasons under way on Saturday with this attractive fixture at Kingsmeadow. The 2014/15 campaign was good to both sides. Wimbledon, with one of the smaller budgets in the division, comfortably achieved a solid midtable finish in League Two and even played Liverpool in a televised and thoroughly entertaining FA Cup tie. Watford, on the other hand, won promotion to the Premier League after an eight-year absence and missed out on the Championship title simply by conceding a very late goal against Sheffield Wednesday. Despite this success, the visitors have yet another new manager, Quique Flores, in place and this will be his first game in charge. (Friendly, Saturday 11 July, 3pm. Ticket info)

2. Barnet v Crystal Palace - if getting to north London is easier for you, then you can get a look at another Premier League squad in action at The Hive. Hosts Barnet began their pre-season with an emphatic 6-1 win over non-league Hungerford on Saturday. The Bees, newly promoted to League Two, will hopefully find the top-flight Eagles a bit more of a challenge. Please note, that tickets must be bought in advance with no sales on the turnstile. (Friendly, Saturday 11 July, 3pm. Ticket info)

3. Welling United v Charlton Athletic - the pick of the games in south-east London this week has to be this derby between clubs from the National League and Championship. The Wings often host Charlton in pre-season, often producing entertaining games in front of decent sized crowds. Although you will be able to buy tickets on the day, they are cheaper if bought in advance. (Friendly, Saturday 11 July, 3pm. Ticket info)

4. Sutton United v Bristol Rovers - usually among the promotion contenders, last season's 15th-placed finish was a bit disappointing from Sutton. They'll be looking to get back to winning ways this campaign and as a statement of that intent have spent the off-season laying a brand new 3G pitch at Gander Green Lane. This match against Rovers, recently returned to League Two after winning the Conference play-offs, will be their first on the new surface. The other attraction of this fixture is that it's taking place on Sunday, allowing you to grab a second game over the weekend. (Friendly, Sunday 12 July, 1pm. Ticket info)

5. Wealdstone v Stevenage - after a dreadful start last year, the Stones finished well and stayed up with ease. This year they will be looking to build on this and begin firmly establishing themselves in the National League South. On Saturday they welcome Hertfordshire club Stevenage who made it to the League Two play-offs last season. Defeat in these saw manager Graham Westley depart and be replaced by former Manchester United and England striker Teddy Sheringham making his first foray into management - this will be his first game in charge. (Friendly, Saturday 11 July, 3pm. Ticket info)

6. Dulwich Hamlet v Peterborough United - on Wednesday head down to Champion Hill to see Dulwich open their pre-season campaign against League One big boys Peterborough United. The hosts are an improving side who made it to the Isthmian League Premier Division play-offs last season and must be among the title favourites this time round. Posh are usually there or thereabouts in England's third tier and signed Dulwich's star player Erhun Oztumer a year ago with this friendly presumably part of the deal. (Friendly, Wednesday 8 July, 745pm. Ticket info)

7. Dulwich Hamlet v Altona 93 - I try to avoid giving one club two listings in a week but this game is a bit special and worthy of a mention. Dulwich have one of the best group of fans in non-league football and they've built a strong relationship with German amateur club Altona 93. Supporters from both sides often visit each others' clubs for a game during the course of a season - this summer their clubs are actually playing each other and next year the Hamlet will go to Germany in a reverse of the fixture, fundraising for which is ongoing. The hosts always try to do things a little differently and for this one, rather than charge the normal £10 to get in, they'll accept €10 instead. (Friendly, Saturday 11 July, 6pm. Ticket info)

8. Geoff Harvey Memorial Vase - one of the highlights of pre-season in south-west London is this four-club tournament which takes place over the course of a weekend. Historic club Corinthian Casuals play host to three clubs from the local area, adding a derby feel to proceedings. This year's guest teams are Hampton & Richmond Borough, Metropolitan Police and Tooting & Mitcham United - which means it's two clubs from the Isthmian Premier and two from the Isthmian South. Saturday sees the two semi-finals and Sunday a third-place play-off and final. Tickets are available by the day (£8) or the whole weekend at a reduced rate (£12). (Pre-season tournament, Saturday & Sunday 11/12 July, Matches at 11am & 3pm. Ticket info)

9. Hampton & Richmond Borough v Brentford XI - the Beevers will warm up for the above tournament with a now customary pre-season game against a squad from Brentford. The Bees haven't got this listed as a first-team fixture so will probably only field players from their U21 development squad but there might be one or two notables. If the weather's nice, the Beveree is a fine place to spend a summer evening. (Friendly, Wednesday 8 July, 745pm. Club info)

10. Metropolitan Police v Fulham XI - just down the road at Imber Court, the Met will also be preparing for the Geoff Harvey tournament with a game against local Championship opposition. Like Brentford, the Cottagers are only likely to put out youngsters and they should face quite a stiff test against a side who made the Isthmian Premier play-offs last season. (Friendly, Wednesday 8 July, 745pm. Club info)

If you have any questions or want advice about watching football in London, you can contact TLFG using the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or email.

Monday, 29 June 2015

TLFG: 29 June - 5 July 2015

Greetings one and all and welcome back to the new season here at TLFG. 

The 'summer' break has been swift with one or two sides commencing their pre-season fixtures already.

It's not just the non-league sides who have been thrust into early action either. On Thursday night Premier League club West Ham United face a fully competitive fixture against FC Lusitans in the opening round of the Europa League.

Unsurprisingly it forms the highlight of this week's fixtures and with adult tickets at only £10 it presents a great chance to see a game at the Boleyn Ground before it shuts at the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

Tickets for the match of the week are only £10 for adults


The only other professional team in action in the capital this week are League Two Barnet. They have an unusual home fixture against Hungerford Town - it's eye-catching because the visitors play three divisions below them in the Southern League and it's an unwritten rule that the smaller club usually hosts such friendlies at this time of year. With tickets also priced at £10 for adults it's unlikely to be a sell out.

In total there are only 13 games that I know about over the next few days with many of them taking place on clubs' training pitches and at hired neutral 3G facilities in schools and leisure centres (make sure you check with clubs before you travel that matches are still taking place and/or the venue hasn't changed). Although most of these will grant free entry, it's not going to be much of a spectacle. You could say this edition of the blog is a soft re-launch with most clubs not really getting into things for another two weeks.

The other point of note is that we have had a handful of new teams join at Step 6/Level 10 this season and some clubs have moved to new grounds at various levels (sometimes meaning they've left our catchment area) so there's some fresh opportunities to groundhop.

I don't have a huge amount to add at this stage. Hope you have a good week and here's to an exciting 2015/16.

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 within the London area for this blog then get in touch. You might also want to have a go at writing a 'Top Ten' one week. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

Got any questions about visiting London? Don't hesitate to ask - be they football or more general travel/touristy queries.

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


LATEST TICKET NEWS
Please follow this link or click on the tab at the top of the page for all the information you need about how to get a ticket, what's currently available to non-members at London's biggest clubs and any other special offers or promotions which might be running.


THE WEEK AHEAD
Details on all of this week's games can be found in the following match map. If you've never used it 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 left side of the map page to make sure you get all the information.

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 (e.g. clubs in the Conference South).

MATCH MAP
Red pin - Wednesday fixtures
Orange pin - Thursday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures




If you have any questions or want advice about watching football in London, you can contact TLFG using the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or email.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

TLFG: 18-31 May 2015

'And now, the end is near...' as a wise man once sung - yes this is it, the final entry of the 2014/15 season has arrived.

Things have been getting quieter and quieter over the last few weeks and as a result there won't be a top 10 again this week - there are only about 10 games taking place anyway.

That's not to say what there is won't be thrilling, far from it.

With the final round of Premier League games, the Football League play-offs and the FA Cup Final all happening over the next couple of weeks there's a lot of big matches to look forward to.

The Premier League has already been won by Chelsea but there's still the battle for second and some relegation issues to be settled.

Margate (blue and white) defend an early Hendon free-kick
On the subject of Chelsea - the Blues are holding a victory parade on Monday 25 May from 12pm in the area around Stamford Bridge. More details of the open-top bus route can be found via the match map below.

The play-offs are usually always full of drama and although no London sides are involved, I thoroughly recommend a trip to Wembley for one of these.

Tickets are available directly from each competing club and most seem to be putting some on general sale so if you're quick you should be able to get something, even for the Championship game which usually sells out. Links to all the relevant club sites can be found on our 'Match Ticket Info' page.

Sadly the FA Cup Final is sold out and only illegal touts or massively overpriced hospitality packages will be your only chance of getting in.

What is likely to be my final game of the season took place at Earlsmead this afternoon (Sunday) where I saw the long awaited Isthmian League Premier Division play-off final.

Hendon took on Margate in a David v Goliath contest.

The Greens have been without a ground of their own for several years and consequently have seen their support and finances dwindle.

Despite this, manager Gary McCann has built a fine squad which this year finished second in the Isthmian League, won the League Cup and London Senior Cup.

Margate on the other hand have spent a small fortune building their squad and fielded a number of players with Football League experience. They probably also provided the best part of 1,000 of the 1,228 crowd so it was really like an away game for the hosts.

The London club battled gamely for the first 20 minutes until striker Aaron Morgan picked up an incredibly harsh red card after lunging to block Tambeson Eyong's clearance.

This put Hendon on the backfoot and saw them pretty much plotting for penalties with 65 minutes of normal time to go.

Margate upped their game and got the opener shortly before the interval when Ryan Moss tapped in from close range.

It seemed closer after the break and although Ben McNamara was far the busier keeper, it was hardly an onslaught.

Ultimately the Kent club never really looked threatened and secured the 1-0 win which sees them join county rivals Maidstone United in the Conference South next season.

In other news, it was pleasing this week to hear that Martin from the USA, who I helped secure some tickets in the Swansea end for their trip to Arsenal on Monday had a great time. What a night to become a Swans fan! Apparently there was 'mayhem' when they scored but he still had an 'awesome' time.

The interactions I've had with you, the readers, are definitely the highlight of writing this blog so please keep the questions coming - I can't always help but I always try.

So I think that's about it from me for the 'summer'. I hope you've enjoyed this season's output and found it useful. I think TLFG will be down for about six weeks. Some clubs have already published friendly fixtures for the first week of July so we'll be up and running again in time for those.

Have a great close season and hope to welcome you back again soon.


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 within the London area for this blog then get in touch. You might also want to have a go at writing a 'Top Ten' one week. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

Got any questions about visiting London? Don't hesitate to ask - be they football or more general travel/touristy queries.

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


LATEST TICKET NEWS
Please follow this link or click on the tab at the top of the page for all the information you need about how to get a ticket, what's currently available to non-members at London's biggest clubs and any other special offers or promotions which might be running.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are only about 10 matches in the London area over the next couple of weeks so things really are starting to wind down for the summer.

At the lowest levels the venue and kick-off times can be hard to get hold of or be unreliable so 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 been changed. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found in the following match map. If you've never used it 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 left side of the map page to make sure you get all the information.

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 (e.g. clubs in the Conference South).

MATCH MAP
Yellow pin - Monday 18 May fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday 19 May fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday 20 May fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday 23 May fixtures
White pin - Sunday 24 May fixtures
Orange pin - Monday 25 May fixtures
Claret pin - Tuesday 26 May fixtures
Red pin - Saturday 30 May fixtures




If you have any questions or want advice about watching football in London, you can contact TLFG using the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or email.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

TLFG: 11-17 May 2015

Hello there and welcome to TLFG.

The end of season wind down continued this week with a number of cup finals completed and play-offs decided.

From a London point of view there has again been plenty to celebrate.

On Saturday Boreham Wood overcame Whitehawk after extra-time to claim a place in the Conference National - something very few people would've expected back in August.

With crowds averaging a little over 300, the Hertfordshire club will now find themselves up against a number of former Football League clubs including recently relegated Tranmere Rovers who were regularly attracting 6,000 to Prenton Park this season. 

There was also success for our local sides in the three county cup finals this week. On Thursday, Hendon saw off a spirited Tooting & Mitcham United to win the London Senior Cup 3-2 after extra-time. While on Saturday, Harrow Borough edged to a 1-0 win over local rivals Hanwell Town to claim the Middlesex Senior Cup. There was also success for Metropolitan Police in the Surrey Senior Cup against Merstham.

The one slight disappointment this week saw Brentford suffer defeat in the home leg of their play-off semi-final against Middlesbrough. An injury-time goal saw them lose 2-1 meaning they're still in with a chance but given they've now lost all three games against Boro this season it's looking tough.

Elsewhere, the Isthmian League play-offs have still yet to be resolved. The Enfield Town ineligible player saga went to an appeal on Friday but got adjourned until Monday (11 May) when we should finally know what's going to happen.

UPDATE (12/5/15): Enfield lost their appeal meaning Hendon will now host Metropolitan Police on Thursday 14 May at 745pm - £10 adults. In the other tie, Dulwich Hamlet will travel to Margate. The one-legged final will be on Sunday 17 May at the team which finished highest in the league. All details of Hendon's game are on the match map below. Info on the final will be added if a London club are hosting.

Aside from the play-offs, it's pretty much all about the Premier League for the remainder of month so you'll have to fork out for your football unless you want to watch some Step 7/Level 11 action which is still continuing for a little while yet. Consequently there won't be a Top 10 this week - the 'Match Ticket Info' section is the best guide to what's on.

From a personal point of view, Sunday is likely to be a sad day as my team QPR will probably get relegated. Nine points adrift with three games to go, they have to begin by winning at second placed Manchester City which looks highly unlikely to say the least.

Personally I'm not hugely gutted by this, we don't deserve to stay up. Our performances haven't been terrible but they haven't been rousing and too many easy points have been dropped with crucial lapses here and there. Given the finances we've had access to, we've made a real mess of things and other sides deserve to stay up far more than we do.

Hand on heart, we are not a Premier League club. With a stadium capacity of 19,000 that we don't always sell out, we're never going to be able to compete with the biggest clubs in the land.

Besides, we usually win a lot more games in the Championship so there should be far more enjoyment to be had at that level - fingers crossed.

Here's to a miracle!

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 within the London area for this blog then get in touch. You might also want to have a go at writing a 'Top Ten' one week. I also very much welcome photos of your football travels.

Got any questions about visiting London? Don't hesitate to ask - be they football or more general travel/touristy queries.

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


LATEST TICKET NEWS
Please follow this link or click on the tab at the top of the page for all the information you need about how to get a ticket, what's currently available to non-members at London's biggest clubs and any other special offers or promotions which might be running.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are less than 20 matches in the London area over the next seven days so things really are starting to wind down for the summer.

As has become customary at this time of year, the match map has been bulked out with games at Step 7/Level 11 and also some women's football. With the Step 7 games, venue and kick-off times can be hard to get hold of or be unreliable so 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 been changed. Also, please let me know if anything is wrong or missing.

Details on all of this week's games can be found in the following match map. If you've never used it 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 left side of the map page to make sure you get all the information.

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 (e.g. clubs in the Conference South).

MATCH MAP
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Orange pin - Thursday fixtures
Claret pin - Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
White pin - Sunday fixtures




If you have any questions or want advice about watching football in London, you can contact TLFG using the comments section below or via FacebookTwitter or email.