Sunday, 15 October 2017

TLFG: 16-22 October 2017

After all the busyness of preparing for Non-League Day last week, things have been far less eventful.

I'm currently on a seven-day run (Tuesday-Monday) of late shifts at work so football has been well and truly off the menu for me this week - I'm heading in again shortly so need to finish up quick.

However, I have a week off from next Sunday and with no firm plans at the minute, a little voice inside me is saying 'Do a great London groundhop' - in other words, try and see a game every day for a week. Now I'm not even sure if there are games every day or whether my family will appreciate it but it would be a lot cheaper than going away somewhere and would get the lack of live football well and truly out of my system. Have you ever undertaken such a thing? What's your record for amount of games watched in a week?

I've actually got a couple of days off this week too and am very tempted by some of the matches on offer with Leyton Orient v Dagenham & Redbridge catching my eye in the FA Cup.

Download your voucher to get cheap entry at AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday

There's also a really great deal on offer at AFC Wimbledon where you can get into their League One match against Rotherham on Tuesday for only £10 if you download a voucher from their website.

There are also several good options in the U23 leagues this week which allow you to see a couple of games a day on Monday and Friday - there's also a 'double' possible on Saturday as well but you'll have to read on to find out where.

Tickets for England's friendlies against Germany and Brazil at Wembley in November also went on sale last week so buy now if you don't want to miss out.

Right, I think that's it from me. Enjoy your week and let me know what you've been up to - photos are always welcome on TLFG's Facebook page.

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THE WEEK AHEAD
There are over 100 matches in the London area over the next seven days as the Premier League and EFL take centre stage. It's also a big week of cup football with the next round FA Vase taking place and a number of FA Cup replays too.

As always, 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 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
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 16 October


Premier League 2
Arsenal v Sunderland @7pm - the biggest crowd of the day will be found at the Emirates Stadium for this U23 game. The Gunners are currently third and looking to cut the gap on Liverpool and Everton who currently lead the way. Like the first team, the Mackems' youngsters are also having a tough season. Tickets are only £4 but must be purchased online by 3pm on Monday - no tickets will be available on the night

Professional Development League
Earlier in the day there are also U23 games at Charlton Athletic (@The Valley), Millwall (@Dartford FC) and Watford (@Vicarage Road).  All can be combined easily with the match above, however, details on admission are sketchy at the time of writing and venues can change at short notice so check with the clubs what the details are before travelling

Bostik League North Division
Haringey Borough v Maldon & Tiptree @745pm - the hosts suffered the disappointment of an FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round home defeat to Heybridge on Saturday but get the chance to bounce back straight away with this league game against one of their fellow promotion contenders

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Tuesday 17 October

League One

AFC Wimbledon v Rotherham United @745pm - the Dons managed to notch an absolutely crucial win at fellow strugglers Northampton on Saturday. Next up they welcome promotion contenders Rotherham who have won their last three. It's going to be tough and to help them put up a good fight, Wimbledon are offering tickets for just £10 in order to get a big crowd

League Two
Barnet v Mansfield Town @8pm - I have to confess having taken my eye off the Bees in recent weeks so it was quite a shock to discover they're down in the bottom four and in terrible form. A month or so ago they looked more likely to be pushing for promotion. Mansfield are slap bang in the middle of the table so are definitely beatable

FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round Replays - with the draw being made on Monday at 7pm, all the following sides will know who they'll potentially be playing in the next round. With League One and League Two sides in that draw, the remaining non-league sides could see themselves paired with former FA Cup winners Coventry City, Portsmouth or Wigan Athletic. The winners of each tie will also receive £12,500 in prize money so a lot is at stake. Also, all replays will go to extra-time and penalties if required
Leyton Orient v Dagenham & Redbridge @745pm - if you missed the chance to see these two east London rivals meet on Saturday then you've got another chance on Tuesday after they ground out a 0-0 draw in the original tie. It's set to be very tight again but with the O's now unbeaten in eight against the Daggers, they should start as favourites
Bromley v Dover Athletic @745pm - a little overshadowed by the game above, this Kent derby is also well worth a watch and features two sides who are actually in better form. The Lilywhites have had a good start and are up in seventh in the National League while Dover are just a point off top spot and have gone close to promotion several times in recent years
Enfield Town v Maidstone United @745pm - on paper you'd think the Towners would've been pretty chuffed to have earned a replay at a side who play two levels above them. However, the match finished 2-2 after the Stones grabbed a last-minute equaliser. Has Enfield's chance been and gone? Get down to Donkey Lane to find out

Bostik League Premier Division
Hendon v Needham Market @745pm - the Greens nicked a 90th-minute winner over Tonbridge Angels on Saturday to move up to third. Victory here against struggling Needham could put them top if results go their way elsewhere
Dulwich Hamlet v Harlow Town @745pm - if Hendon do fail to capitalise then Dulwich also have a chance to climb to the summit of the Bostik League with a win here. Harlow have also been poor of late but managed a 2-1 win home win over Harrow on Saturday

Combined Counties League Premier Division
Walton & Hersham v Westfield @745pm - one of the non-league matches of the week sees the top two in the CCL do battle at the newly opened Elmbridge Sports Hub. The visitors are currently two points clear with a game in hand and are averaging a staggering 4.7 goals a game! W&H have been great by most normal teams' standards but they're going to have to raise their game here

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Wednesday 18 October

Champions League
Chelsea v Roma @745pm - the Blues come into this game on the back of what many would see as a very embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace who had looked pretty hopeless prior to playing them. Roma should provide a real step up in class. The Italian side are currently fifth in Serie A with five wins from seven games but have lost on both previous occasions that they have played at Stamford Bridge

Essex Senior League
Sporting Bengal United v Clapton @745pm - the biggest crowd of the night for a non-league game will probably be found at the Mile End Stadium where a large contingent of the Clapton Ultras will almost certainly put in an appearance. With a boycott of home games still continuing, the Ultras make even more of an effort to get to the away ones especially local derbies like this - an attendance of 300-350 is quite possible

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Oxhey Jets v Berkhamsted @730pm - the hosts have made a steady start to the campaign and are up in 10th but they'll have to be at their best for the visit of the league leaders

Spartan South Midlands League Division 1
London Lions v Southall @8pm - in the division below it's also 10th versus first. It's a real shame that Southall's plans to groundshare with Hayes & Yeading fell through as they've been forced all the way out to Burnham to play their home games. It seems to be working well for them on the pitch but it means they're no longer in TLFG's catchment area - hopefully they'll be back next year

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Friday 20 October

Premier League

West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion @8pm - the weekend gets underway with an important match between sides looking to put some daylight between themselves and the bottom three. The Hammers picked up a draw at Burnley over the weekend as did Brighton against Everton. The last time these sides met back in 2012, West Ham crushed the Seagulls 6-0 at Upton Park

Professional Development League
Queens Park Rangers v Ipswich Town @2pm - if you're in London for the game above you could combine it with this game at Loftus Road earlier in the day. Entry to these matches is often free but as with all U23 games, check with the club before you travel to make sure of all the details

Combined Counties League Premier Division
Bedfont Sports v Chertsey Town @745pm - this match near Heathrow Airport provides the only non-league option of the night. This ground, along with Bedfont & Feltham's next door, is famous for being a great place to watch football and airliners as it's less than 700m from the runway

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Saturday 21 October

Premier League
Chelsea v Watford @1230pm - after seeing Arsenal slain at Vicarage Road on Saturday, Antonio Conte will know his side can't afford to be complacent against this highly combative Watford side. And why should they be? Marco Silva's Hornets are now above Chelsea in the table and pushing for a place in the Champions League!

Championship
Brentford v Sunderland @3pm - neither of the Championship matches on offer this weekend are particularly mouthwatering. Normally the visit of Sunderland, one of the biggest clubs in the division would be quite a big deal, but they've been in dreadful form since relegation from the Premier League. Nonetheless they are still well supported and the ground should be close to capacity
Millwall v Birmingham City @530pm - for some reason this match has been selected for live TV. Neither side have been pulling up any trees this season and Birmingham have been particularly bad, however, they did manage a superb victory over Cardiff on Friday so maybe they've turned the corner. The late kick-off could also see you combine this with the game at Dulwich Hamlet which kicks off at 3pm - there's a 1707 train from East Dulwich after the game which should get you to The Den just in time

League One
AFC Wimbledon v Plymouth Argyle @3pm - after facing promotion contenders Rotherham in midweek, the Dons then play Plymouth in a hugely important relegation six-pointer. The hosts are currently fourth from bottom while Argyle are rock bottom - a must-win game for both

League Two
Barnet v Yeovil Town @3pm - in the division below, there's another game between two strugglers although the Glovers are in a far more healthy position than Plymouth

National League
Bromley v Woking @3pm - there are three games in the London area on Saturday in this division and they're all important, especially when you consider only six points separate the top 10 clubs. First up the Lilywhites have this derby against Woking. At the time of writing this represents a battle of seventh versus third so a win for the Cards could send them to the top
Dagenham & Redbridge v Wrexham @3pm - I'm pretty sure both of these top six sides have held a share of top spot at some point this season. The Welsh club are in marginally better form at the moment and boast the second highest levels of support in the whole of non-league football (only Tranmere get more). They may also be more refreshed as they don't have a midweek game
Leyton Orient v Macclesfield Town @3pm - last up is this game at Brisbane Road where the O's welcome the current leaders. Macclesfield have won five on the trot and demolished Stourbridge 5-0 away in the FA Cup on Saturday

National League South
Wealdstone v Truro City @3pm - after a dodgy start the Stones have turned things around under new manager Bobby Wilkinson and are gradually climbing the table. On Saturday they entertain title contenders Truro. Top a couple of weeks ago, City became the highest ranked Cornish club in history. On Saturday they saw off Hampton & Richmond to make the first round of the FA Cup so they've got some real momentum behind them

Bostik League Premier Division
Dulwich Hamlet v Burgess Hill Town @3pm - there are no real standout games in this division but if you're new to the non-league game and want a good experience then a trip to Champion Hill is always a good place to start. By the time this game kicks-off the Hamlet could be top of the league. Burgess Hill's lowly league position is also slightly false as they've been otherwise engaged in a great FA Cup run which sadly ended on Saturday. As mentioned above, you could combine this game with the 530pm kick-off at Millwall

Bostik League North Division
Grays Athletic v Tilbury @3pm - neither side are having a stellar season on the pitch so far but I've picked this because it is a derby. The two Essex clubs have produced some feisty encounters over the years and there was even some trouble at a game in 2011. The fact Grays are currently groundsharing away from their home town might take some of the sting out of it but maybe not

Bostik League South Division
Whyteleafe v Greenwich Borough @3pm - the game of the day in this division takes place on the 3G of Church Road. Third plays fourth as they look to keep pace with early leaders Lewes. Interestingly, both sides have scored 26 and conceded 13 this season but the Leafe have played a game more

Evo-Stik League East Division
Hayes & Yeading United v AFC Rushden & Diamonds @3pm - two clubs who have seen very much better days meet at the SkyEx on Saturday. As regular readers know, H&YU have suffered three relegations during the time I have been writing this blog to fall all the way down from what is now the National League. Fans of the visitors would have been watching what was their side (simply Rushden & Diamonds) in the third tier as recently as 2004. Since then the club dissolved and had to be re-formed by fans back in non-league. As a result of this history, the club is the biggest in the division in terms of support with average crowds of nearly 500 so a good attendance is expected

FA Vase First Round - with the two qualifying rounds out of the way, the knockout competition for clubs in tiers 9-11 of the national system really starts to hot up. The winners of each tie receive a cheque for £825. There are several ties in London on Saturday - here are the ones which stand out for me
Cray Valley PM v Cricklewood Wanderers @3pm - as one of the only 11th-tier teams left in the competition, Cricklewood face a very tough journey to ninth-tier Cray who will definitely start as favourites
Edgware Town v Walton & Hersham @3pm - an interetsing inter-league match at Edgware's well appointed Silver Jubilee Park. Aside from Westfield, Walton & Hersham are one of the strongest teams in the CCL so it will be interesting to see how they fare against SSML opposition
Spelthorne Sports v Lordswood @3pm - teams from the top six of the CCL and SCEFL meet in Sunbury so another good chance to try and gauge which league is stronger
Cobham v Westfield @3pm - the hosts play a division below their all-conquering visitors. As leaders of the fifth tier CCL, Westfield should in theory be one of the favourites to win the Vase
Enfield Borough v Newmarket Town @3pm - the Panthers' blisteringly good start has slowed down marginally but they're still doing well in the SSML1 and should provide a very stern test for Newmarket who are one of the frontrunners in the Eastern Counties League, one level above them
London Lions v Clapton @3pm - the Lions did really well to see of Malmesbury in the last round and have been rewarded with a London derby against the Tons. As mentioned above, Clapton's fans will probably travel in large numbers so expect a lively atmosphere at Rowley Lane
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Sunday 22 October

Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool @4pm - the football week comes to an end with arguably its highlight. Two members of the Premier League royal family meet at Wembley for one of the only Spurs games so far this season to have sold out. On paper Tottenham should win but their record at the national stadium in big games is poor and the Reds, on their day, are more than capable of winning


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.

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Monday, 9 October 2017

TLFG: 9-15 October 2017

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

My participation in Non-League Day has meant the last week has been incredibly hectic and I've had very little time to work on this blog.

UPDATE: 11/10/17
The blog is now ready to go - three days late so here it is. Fill your boots!

First up apologies for what must be the latest ever publication of TLFG.

Thankfully this was entirely the result of what turned out to be a fantastically successful Non-League Day.

Things got really busy, really early in a way they never have before and consequently this blog has been put on the backburner a bit in recent weeks.

Yours truly puts in an appearance at Sky Sports News HQ
The main events of last week for me were a couple of appearances on Sky Sports News (where I shared the make-up room with Kirsty Gallagher), an early morning trip to BBC Broadcasting House to be on Radio 5 live (where I ran into and caught up with the doyenne of sports broadcasting that is Caroline Barker) and a cameo appearance in an article in The Times.

After some excellent discussions with the Premier League, they and their member clubs delivered some superb support for NLD in the form of programme and internet articles and social media posts. Having the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United (to name just four) backing the cause made a big difference. There was also good support from EFL clubs too, some of which even had games of their own on the day but still happily helped out.

Thankfully the charity angle worked really well for the first time with clubs' fundraising efforts for Prostate Cancer UK and other good causes raising thousands of pounds across the country.

On the football front, I attended two games on the day. First up I went to Dulwich Hamlet v Needham Market in the Bostik Premier.

It was with heavy heart that I didn't go to watch Harrow Borough v Kingstonian but by Thursday the club had shown no sign of engaging with the day so I committed to Dulwich instead who couldn't have done more.

With a 'Pay What You Like' deal in place and all profits going to local charities, a large crowd was guaranteed. On arrival at the ground, the queue snaked up from the car wash and into the Sainsbury's car park in a way I'd never seen despite many big games at Champion Hill in recent years. The queue was so big that stewards directed us to the other side of the ground to go through another turnstile reserved for big occasions.

Sky Sports News pay a visit to Dulwich Hamlet on Non-League Day

Aside from a penalty miss by Needham, the game itself was a bit of a stroll for the Hamlet who scored a goal minutes either side of the fluffed chance to win 2-0.

But what was the eventual attendance I hear you cry? A very healthy 2,417 - over a thousand more than average so I think we can say that went well.

With this game complete, I then made my way across town to Feltham for the evening game between PFC Victoria London and North Acton.

I don't think I've ever been to a 12th tier game before but that's exactly what this Middlesex County League match was.

Only founded last year, PFC (a club mainly for Polish players) won promotion at the first attempt and also won a cup too. In winning that cup, they drew a crowd of several hundred so it was ambitiously decided to try and get 1,000 to attend on NLD with the kick-off pushed back to try and make it possible.

The team groundshare with Hanworth Villa and there was hardly a sign of anyone when I arrived with a friend about 20-30 minutes before kick-off.

With the teams finally out on the pitch, the ground did fill up a bit but there was nowhere near the four-figure crowd that was hoped for.

It was a shame because an action-packed 90 minutes ensued.

Wild tackles flew in, the managers scrapped on the touchline, chances aplenty were created but until fairly late in the game it remained goalless.

The PFC Victoria ultras celebrate after watching their side open the scoring
Eventually, a well crafted and crisply finished goal was taken by the hosts causing the handful of ultras behind the goal to unleash a pyro show similar to that that you'd find at any Ekstraklasa game albeit on a smaller scale.

Although delighting most of the spectators, it saw the referee suspend play and order them to be moved from behind the goal which they complied with after being persuaded by one of the players.

Ultimately the game ended 1-0 and the majority of the crowd went home happy. Club officials guestimated there were around 350-400 there and with it being free entry it would be impossible to get a precise figure - I just strolled in through a side entrance. Personally I think it looked more like 150-200 but either way it was still a stunning attendance for a game at this level.

On the downside, I heard on Monday that the club had received a hefty fine for the pyrotechnics and North Acton tweeted that their players had been threatened and abused by members of the crowd during the game. Whether this was the case and what form this abuse took is unclear but it was particularly disappointing to hear this as 'Kick It Out' had chosen it as only one of six games nationwide to promote their message.

Overall though, it was a fine day. NLD received lots of great feedback from the public and our partners. Amazingly #nonleagueday was number 2 trend on Twitter in the UK for the whole of Saturday and 11th worldwide which has never happened.

Needless to say, preparations are already under way for next year.

If you supported the day by going to a game and/or promoted our message in some way then thanks very much I really, really appreciate it.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are over 90 matches in the London area over the next seven days as the Premier League and Championship make their return. One of the highlights of the week is the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round - the final hurdle that the remaining non-league clubs have to negotiate before going into the hat with the League 1 and League 2 teams. The tie of the round locally is the mouthwatering east London derby between Dagenham & Redbridge and Leyton Orient.

As always, 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 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.

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Wednesday 11 October

Bostik League North Division
Grays Athletic v Potters Bar Town @745pm - the top ranked match in the men's game takes place at Aveley. On paper it would appear that it's not much to get excited about as Grays are down near the bottom and PBT in midtable

Combined Counties League Cup
Colliers Wood United v Balham @730pm - down at the Wibbandune we've got a groundshare derby to look forward to between two ninth-tier teams

Essex Senior League Cup
West Essex v Basildon United @745pm - two of the ESL's top four meet in the opening round of the league's knockout cup competition

FA Women's Premier League Southern
Charlton Athletic v West Ham United @745pm - you could argue that this is the football event of the day as it's a derby and takes place at The Valley

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Thursday 12 October

FA Women's Super League Cup

Arsenal v London Bees @730pm - women's football tops the bill on Thursday night as the Gunners entertain their local rivals at Boreham Wood
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Friday 13 October

Premier League 2
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City @1pm - Spurs' U23 side are having a poor season and are currently bottom of their division, whilst the Foxes are up in the top four. This game will take place at the club's impressive training ground but check before you travel that you will be admitted as it is unclear at this stage
Fulham v Stoke City @7pm - a much safer bet is this match at the Cottagers' training ground. It is open to the public, the facilities for spectators are pretty decent, it's easy to get to and only £3 for adults
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Saturday 14 October

Premier League
Crystal Palace v Chelsea @3pm - the Eagles have made the worst possible start, losing all seven without scoring a goal. Things are unlikely to get any better on Saturday when the league champions pay a visit. If Roy Hodgson's men get anything out of this, it will be quite an achievement
Watford v Arsenal @530pm - there's another derby at Vicarage Road where two of the top eight do battle. Only a point currently separate them in the table which shows how far Watford have come in recent years and/or Arsenal have fallen
Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth @3pm - the two games above will be tough to get tickets for, but that's not the case at Wembley where you'll find it very straightforward to get in. Spurs are unbeaten in five, up in third and should have way too much for the Cherries

Championship
Brentford v Millwall @3pm - there's a cracking London derby to look forward to at Griffin Park. However, because it's a small ground and security will be tight, you'll need to have a purchasing history with the Bees to be able to buy a ticket for this one
Fulham v Preston North End @3pm - the alternative at Craven Cottage is a good one as two of the top 10 meet in the battle for a play-off spot

League One
Charlton Athletic v Doncaster Rovers @3pm - the Addicks made a great start but then ran into a rough patch. They managed to arrest that slump with a solid win at Fleetwood and could make further inroads into the top six with a win here

FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round - the country's top cup competition has reached a critical point. At this stage the National League sides enter the draw alongside all the remaining lower ranked non-league sides. The winners progress to the First Round 'proper', where they will go into the draw against all the clubs in League One and League Two, and also receive £12,500 in prize money. 
Dagenham & Redbridge v Leyton Orient @3pm - undoubtedly the tie of the round in these parts as two East End clubs from the National League meet at Victoria Road. They've met many times over the last 25 years since D&R formed and it's the O's who have had the upper hand - currently the Brisbane Road club are unbeaten in seven against their local rivals
Hampton & Richmond Borough v Truro City @3pm - a struggling Beavers side travelled down to Cornwall on Saturday for a National League South game against Truro. They managed to force a draw and unseated Truro from top spot in the process. This time they'll have home advantage so could go one better and beat them
Haringey Borough v Heybridge Swifts @3pm - the final tie in London pits two of the best teams from the Bostik North against each other. Coming from the eighth tier, these are a couple of the lowest ranked teams left in the competition and for either to make the first round would be some achievement

Bostik League Premier Division
Staines Town v Dulwich Hamlet @3pm  - the match of the day in the seventh tier can be found at Wheatsheaf Lane where sixth-placed Staines take on a Dulwich side who will go top if they win

Bostik League North Division
AFC Hornchurch v Bowers & Pitsea @3pm - there's an even more crucial game in the eighth tier where the Urchins, in second, entertain the team who are third. Only goal difference currently separates them and with both being from Essex, there's a bit of a derby flavour to this one too

Bostik League South Division
Cray Wanderers v Corinthian Casuals @3pm - formed in 1860, the hosts are believed to be the oldest club in London. On Saturday they take on another historic club as they look to keep pace with the other play-off contenders

Evo-Stik League East Division
Ashford Town (Middlesex) v Hayes & Yeading United @3pm - the Tangerines are leading the charge in this division from a TLFG perspective. Up in fifth and with games in hand on all those above them, things are looking good. H&YU have always been the more senior club but recent times have been tough and start this derby as underdogs

Essex Senior League
Barkingside v Ilford @3pm - these two groundsharers are locked together in midtable as we head into what I will dramatically title the 'Seven Kings derby' (because it's the nearest station)
Clapton v Great Wakering Rovers @3pm - after attracting a crowd of nearly 800 on Saturday for the 'away' game at Hackney Wick, the Old Spotted Dog will probably be pretty empty again for the visit of the league leaders. The Clapton Ultras are, as far as I know, still in dispute with the people running the club and will resume their boycott outside the ground

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division
Wembley v Hoddesdon Town @3pm - the Lions finished fourth last season and are currently fourth again. That position makes them the top TLFG club in the division. The visitors are only a point behind but beating them could see a move up to second

Combined Counties League Division 1
Staines Lammas v Eversley & California @3pm - the hosts welcome the league leaders to the Lucan Pavilion for this interesting top-four clash
Worcester Park v Chessington & Hook United @3pm - regular title contenders Worcester Park will go top if they beat local rivals Chessington and Eversley come unstuck at Staines

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Sunday 15 October

Premier League 2
West Ham United v Manchester United @1pm - I'm a huge believer that the country's top clubs should make more of their U23 games. Often poorly advertised or moved at short notice, some potentially great games are never even considered by most fans. On Sunday we've got the chance to watch what looks like being a great game at the London Stadium. Tickets are only £5 but you're advised to buy in advance as only a small section of the ground will be open

Kent Senior Trophy First Round
Cray Valley PM v Fisher @3pm - if it's a non-league game you're after then this is the best on offer as two sides from the SCEFL begin their quests for county cup glory

FA Women's Premier League Cup
Crystal Palace v Lewes @2pm - the teams who are third and second in the league meet in the cup in the standout women's game of the day. The match will be played at Bromley's ground


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!

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

TLFG: 2-8 October 2017

I can't quite believe it but it's that time of year again - yes, Non-League Day (NLD) is back for it's eighth year to fill the gap left by the international break.

Given how tiny the team of NLD volunteers is, how we do it all in our spare time and with no budget other than our own money it’s almost miraculous. 

Things seem to have got a lot busier a lot earlier this year which is hopefully a good sign. Many more clubs than previously have signed up to raise funds for our charity partner Prostate Cancer UK so hopefully we'll make a load of money for them too.

Kick It Out are holding five showpiece events around the country with two in London so it looks like being a pretty exciting weekend.


This year's Non-League Day takes place on Saturday - get involved!

Aside from NLD, there are a load of midweek games and also some EFL games and women's matches at the weekend. They do all appear on the match maps but my focus is entirely on NLD and what you can see, with the TLFG Daily Digest making way for a more specific look at the best things that are going on on Saturday.

POSSIBLE GROUNDHOP TRIPLE
It is also possible to see a triple of games on NLD itself if you start off with either the League Two game between Barnet and Coventry City or Chelsea's Women's Super League game against Liverpool both of which start at 1230pm. You can combine them with a number of nearby games at 3pm (Hadley are offering free entry to Barnet match-ticket holders) before finishing off watching PFC Victoria London in Feltham at 730pm - more on them later.

GUEST WRITER GROUND VISIT
We're also really lucky this week to have a received a ground review from Nick Willis. His timing is superb as it features a trip to Dulwich Hamlet who will be one of the best teams to visit on Non-League Day. Here's what he has to say:

I arrive at East Dulwich station, and meet a couple of friends in the Cherry Tree pub on Grove Vale just across from the station. A big, airy, open plan pub, playing the early kick-off Premier League match. Lots of groups of men in their late twenties / early thirties are watching the televised football, some sporting the pink and purple of Dulwich.
A short walk around the corner we arrive at Champion Hill Stadium. The entrance to which is tucked away next to a Sainsbury’s supermarket … and worryingly, next to a car-wash forecourt … people have to queue to one side of the car-wash, looking apprehensive about the possibility of getting drenched! It’s £11 for an adult ticket, which at face value seems ok, especially given the proximity to central London.

The entrance is in the north-east corner of the ground, just along from the main stand which sits along the north side of the pitch. Next to the entrance as you go in is a blue shipping container selling Hamlet merchandise. There is a steady flow of customers picking up baseball hats, t-shirts and fanzines.

A fine sticker collection is just one of the many reasons to visit Champion Hill

We walk to the far north-west corner of the ground to a bar tucked away in a large hut facility. They sell an interesting array of craft beer for around £3 a can. Alongside the bar is a Thai street-food stall, which wouldn’t look out of place in a Brick Lane market. These additions seem to enhance the matchday experience for Hamlet fans, one such that I speak to saying “it has to be better than the usual stuff you get at football”. I can’t disagree, Dulwich seem to be moving with the times, and offer their fan-base the chance to choose something of a slightly higher quality when it comes to eating and drinking.

One noticeable difference about Champion Hill is the amount of stickering around the ground, many bearing the logos of German sides, St Pauli and more commonly Altona 93. A post-match search on the internet reveals that Altona, a lower division side from the suburbs of Hamburg, have recently struck up a friendship with Dulwich, having been founded in the same year, 1893. A match has subsequently taken place between the two teams in Hamburg.

We take our place on a slightly raised area behind the goal. Leatherhead are attacking, joined by a small collection of green shirted away fans. The 500-seater main stand is heaving by this point, with some large pink and purple flags being waved.
Leatherhead start the game with plenty of attacking intent and possession, but the home team dispatch a goal on the break, and quickly add a second. Without a great deal of the ball, Dulwich look quietly in control, their efficiency in front of goal and doggedness at the back see them out as 4-0 winners, much to the delight of the 1,750 crowd.

The main stand at Dulwich Hamlet - turn up early if you want to get a seat
Leatherhead, with some high profile additions to their squad this summer, were expected to put up more of a fight, but alas, Dulwich were just too good on the day. The final whistle doesn’t seem to signal the speedy departure of many Hamlet fans from the ground, a large contingent seem happy to stick around and have another drink in the fine autumn weather.

Many thanks to Nick for taking the time to put this together, much appreciated. If you want to do something similar then get in touch through one of the various ways listed at the foot of the page.

If you're in London this weekend, please do consider giving a non-league game a visit. As mentioned above, you can combine it with a league game. If you've never been before, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the standard of football, facilities, prices and many other things (the bread pudding at Harrow Borough is sensational). If nothing else, do it for me.

Have a great one!

THE WEEK AHEAD
There are over 100 matches in the London area over the next seven days despite the Premier League and Championship taking a break. Aside from a couple of games in the EFL, it's all about non-league football this week as the capital's smaller clubs take centre stage.

As always, 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 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.

One of the biggest crowds of the day is likely to be at Champion Hill where it's 'Pay What You Like' 

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
Friday fixtures - black pin



WEEKEND MATCH MAP
Saturday (Non-League Day) fixtures - blue pin
Sunday fixtures - orange pin




TLFG NON-LEAGUE DAY RECOMMENDATIONS
In this section I will list a few games I think are particularly worth watching and highlight ones which are offering special deals and events to get new people in. To clarify, non-league teams are classed as those playing in the fifth tier and below of English football.

National League (Level 5)
Sutton United v AFC Fylde @3pm - arguably the most famous non-league club in London at the present time because of their stunning FA Cup run earlier this year, the U's head into this game on the back of a 2-2 draw with fellow title contenders Dover. Sutton have always been huge supporters of NLD and are throwing their weight fully behind it this year. As well as a number of discounts to get you in, they're also one of Prostate Cancer UK's showpiece games
Boreham Wood v FC Halifax Town @3pm - I'm not aware of any promotions being offered at Meadow Park but it should be a good game with the sides neck and neck in the table and pushing to get into the top six. UPDATE: Ticket deals are now available
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National League South (Level 6)
Dartford v Bognor Regis Town @3pm - the Darts are currently the pick of the sides in this division from the London area. Currently fifth and just three points behind the leaders, they should fancy themselves to win here. They are also offering some great deals to attract new visitors 
Wealdstone v Whitehawk @3pm - the Stones started sluggishly but have started to pull away from the bottom three - a win here against the whipping boys of the division is a must. Wealdstone were the first ever team to offer a special deal on NLD and they've got loads going on again as they are also one of PCUK's showpiece games. The Raider is also set to make an appearance
Welling United v Chippenham Town @3pm - it's pleasing to see that all London clubs in the NLS who are playing at home are offering special deals. The Wings are giving reduced admission to season-ticket holders from Premier League and EFL clubs
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Bostik League Premier Division (Level 7)
Dulwich Hamlet v Needham Market @3pm - arguably the Daddies of NLD, the Hamlet threw the kitchen sink into their preparations back in 2014 in what turned out to be a huge moment in the development of the event. Offering 'Pay What You Like' with all profits going to charity, a near capacity crowd of almost 3,000 saw them play Hampton & Richmond. They're offering 'Pay What You Like' again this year so hopefully the crowds will turn out in large numbers once more
Enfield Town v Margate @3pm - the Towners, with their ultras, are one of the better supported clubs in the division and should get a good turnout for the visit of Margate. They also have a special kids' package in place
Harrow Borough v Kingstonian @3pm - they've left it late to show their hand but the Boro are offering half-price admission to Premier League and EFL season-ticket holders and members for the visit of the K's
Metropolitan Police v Folkestone Invicta @3pm - the Met are renowned for not really having any fans so if any club could do with a boost in that department it's them. Luckily they've been chosen as one of only five clubs nationally to host one of Kick It Out's showpiece games. As part of this there will also be a Non-League Legends XI taking on some Chelsea fans in another match earlier in the day 
Tooting & Mitcham United v Worthing @3pm - the Terrors have some of the finest facilities of any non-league club in London as I discovered when I visited on NLD2 back in 2011. They always offer concessionary prices to the likes of armed forces, emergency services personnel and season-ticket holders of other clubs. This match is an early season six-pointer between two strugglers so there's plenty at stake
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FA Trophy Preliminary Round
 - this national knockout cup competition, with its final at Wembley, for clubs in the fifth to eighth tiers gets underway on Saturday. At this stage only teams in the eighth tier are taking part, with the winners of each tie pocketing £3,000. It is also rare to find any clubs in FA competitions reducing admission has they have to agree it with the opposition. However, most clubs at this level will usually charge no more than £8-9 to get in anyway
Ashford Town (Middlesex) v Uxbridge @3pm - hailing from either side of Heathrow Airport and playing in the same division we've got a decent looking derby on our hands
Corinthian Casuals v AFC Dunstable @3pm - aside from being an interesting clash between leading sides from the parallel Bostik South and Evo-Stik East, this game has also been selected as one of PCUK's showpiece games
Grays Athletic v Norwich United @3pm - on the far eastern side of town, the hosts are also doing a collection for PCUK and want you to come down and check out the fine new ground they share with Aveley

Twelfth-tier club PFC Victoria London are aiming to get a 1,000 crowd
Haringey Borough v Whyteleafe @3pm - the hosts have enjoyed a great run in the FA Cup this season, making it through to next week's fourth qualifying round, and are also doing well in the Bostik North. The Leafe are also doing really well in the Bostik South so we might find out which division is better
Walton Casuals v Canvey Island @3pm - like the match above, two teams from the top end of the Bostik South and North do battle. This is a good one for groundhoppers as the Stags have just moved into a new stadium
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Essex Senior League (Level 9)
Hackney Wick v Clapton @3pm - one of the standout games of the day at any level, this East End derby between sides who share the Old Spotted Dog (the oldest ground in London) has real potential. However, a lot depends on whether the Clapton Ultras, who generate some of the best atmosphere in non-league football, turn up. They have been boycotting home games because of a dispute with the owner but with this technically being an away game, there are rumours they may return. Hackney Wick have announced some special deals and events too. UPDATE: I have received confirmation that the ultras will be returning for this game 
Ilford v Takely @3pm - the Foxes entertain one of the title contenders at Cricklefield and are offering reduced prices to West Ham fans whilst also collecting for the Salvation Army

Southern Counties East League Premier Division (Level 9)
Beckenham Town v Canterbury City @3pm - the hosts have a family day with face painting, flags and rattles all available plus a DJ and food.
Croydon v Bearsted @3pm - you'll get in for free to this one if you download the Sportswik app or get in for half price simply for mentioning 'Non-League Day' - bargain!
Glebe v Hollands & Blair @330pm - there are reduced admission prices to be had at Foxbury Avenue as Glebe look to win over the people of Chislehurst and Sidcup

Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division (Level 9)
Hadley v Tring Athletic @3pm - with neighbours Barnet playing Coventry City at 1230pm in a League Two game, the hosts are offering free entry to everyone with a ticket to that match or anyone with a season ticket at any other club
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Southern Counties East League First Division (Level 10)
FC Elmstead v Stansfeld @3pm - the Cocks have tweeted Bromley fans asking them to come along and bring a friend for free. Whether this 2-for-1 principle is in place for everyone is unclear
Fisher v Forest Hill Park @3pm - the Fish have been big supporters of NLD since it began in 2010 so it's no surprise that they're offering an impressive 'Pay What You Want' deal for this match. It's also a good chance to check out their new ground if you've not been yet
Sporting Club Thamesmead v Meridian VP @3pm - the hosts are getting local youth teams involved as mascots and ballboys and will be giving reduced admission to residents of the area

Spartan South Midlands League Division 1 (Level 10)
Broadfields United v Codicote @3pm - playing at Harefield United's ground, the Fighting Cocks live very much in the shadow of nearby Wealdstone who dominate the non-league scene in this area. Not to be put off by this they're running a 'Pay What You Want' promotion 
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Middlesex County Football League Division 1 West (Level 12)
PFC Victoria London v North Acton @730pm - the hosts, a club primarily for players from Poland, have only recently formed but are ambitious and won promotion last season. I'm highlighting this because it's been selected as one of Kick It Out's showpiece games and they're trying to smash their attendance record by trying to get 1,000 people to turn up which would be sensational for a team at this level. It's free to get in and the late kick-off should easily allow groundhoppers and anyone else who wants to see a second or third game plenty of time to get there. They play at Hanworth Villa's ground near Feltham which is in easy reach of many other games

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 September 2017

TLFG: 25 September - 1 October 2017

With September coming to an end, the leagues TLFG covers are starting to take a meaningful shape.

After a fallow year last time, Chelsea are once again spearheading the charge in the Premier League from a London perspective with Spurs just behind them.

Arsenal are struggling by their usually high standards but it's West Ham and Palace who really have things to worry about.

At this early stage, it's Watford who are the surprise package sitting pretty in sixth despite an absolute thrashing by Manchester City last week.

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In the Championship I'm staggered say that it's QPR who lead the London pack which shows just what a mediocre bunch we have in the second tier. Whilst in League One, Charlton are well up with the play-off contenders but need to arrest a winless run which is starting to look troublesome.

Barnet are all on their own in League Two and they, to borrow a cricket phrase, look unlikely to trouble the scorers in any meaningful way at either end.

Lastly in the National League, a deliciously tight title race is already unfolding with only three points separating the top nine clubs and it's our very own Sutton United who currently lead the way.

One of the highlights of the week ahead is the next round of the FA Cup. 

The Third Qualifying Round sees all remaining teams from Levels 6-10 of the national system battle it out to go in the hat with all the sides from the National League (Level 5) in the final qualifying round before the League One and Two clubs enter in the round after that.

For a number of sides, getting to play one of the big teams from the National League would be prestigious enough as there are many former league clubs including Tranmere Rovers who made the League Cup final back in 2000.

There are a handful of ties to enjoy in London on Saturday so check one out if you get the chance.

There's now less than two weeks to go until this year's Non-League Day
Lastly from me, just a reminder that we're now closing in fast on this year's Non-League Day (NLD). I don't have a huge amount to add, just put it in your diary and visit a game if you can. I'm still undecided as to where I'll be but I'll be somewhere for sure. Use our match finder to see what's on.

We've also launched our new range of NLD t-shirts to go with some of the most popular ones from previous years. If you're a groundhopper then I hope you'll like the theme. With these, the manufacturer will also be donating a percentage of the proceeds to PCUK and grassroots football charity Street League. All the designs can be found towards the bottom of our homepage and several of them can be customised to your club's colours.

Next week I hope to put together a Non-League Day special so you know exactly what's going on in London on 7 October.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are over 80 matches in the London area over the next seven days as the Premier League and EFL take centre stage. It's also a big week of cup football with the next round FA Cup taking place and a number of other minor cups too.

As always, 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 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.


This special 'Ronaldo edition' of FIFA18 is released on Tuesday

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
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 September


Premier League
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion @745pm - there can't have been many times, certainly in the Premier League era, when the Baggies have travelled to Arsenal and found themselves above them in the table but that is very much the case after five games. Despite this, I'm sure they'll still be happy to leave with a point as they've only won at the Emirates or Highbury three times over the last 40 years

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Tuesday 26 September

Championship

Brentford v Derby County @745pm - the Bees have found things tough going in the opening weeks of the season but finally picked up their first win at Bolton on Saturday. The Rams have been models of inconsistency alternating between wins, draws and defeats and sit slightly surprisingly in midtable
Millwall v Reading @745pm - Lions fans must be satisfied with their side's start to life back in the second tier. Although not pulling up any trees, they're holding their own and find themselves above the Royals who were expected to be title contenders

Bostik League Premier Division
Hendon v Staines Town @745pm - while big spending Billericay have made the early running, it's great to see clubs with much more meagre resources also challenging. One of those are Hendon who avoided relegation on the final day of last season and are currently up in fourth. The Swans are locked on level points in fifth so this should be a very well matched contest

Evo-Stik League East Division
Egham Town v Hartley Wintney @745pm - the Sarnies have made the play-offs for the last two seasons and are right up in fourth challenging again. However, newly promoted Hartley Wintney are just above them and have games in hand on the top two as they look likely to push for more honours again

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Wednesday 27 September

Bostik League North Division
Grays Athletic v Canvey Island @745pm - these two Essex clubs both suffered relegation last season and it's Canvey who have made much the better start and should be expected to win here
Romford v Cheshunt @745pm - just down the road at Thurrock's ground, we've got an early season 'six-pointer' between two of the division's strugglers

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Friday 29 September

Championship
Queens Park Rangers v Fulham @745pm - one of the matches of the week comes at Loftus Road where these two old west London rivals meet for the first time this season. QPR narrowly avoided relegation last season while Fulham made the play-offs. Currently they're both in midtable with Rangers just one point ahead. One other point to note, QPR's recent record against Fulham is poor with only two wins in the 12 games since 1999

Premier League Cup
Charlton Athletic v Liverpool @7pm - if you don't fancy splashing the cash for the game above, then how about an U23 game at The Valley for a far more reasonable £5?

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Saturday 30 September

Premier League
Chelsea v Manchester City @530pm - top billing this week goes to this clash of the Titans at Stamford Bridge where the reigning champions play host to the current league leaders. Both are scoring for fun at the moment (22 between them from their last three games) and they should serve up a fine contest at tea-time on Saturday
West Ham United v Swansea City @3pm - earlier in the day we have a game between sides with much more to play for at the other end of the table. After a poor start, the Hammers had shown signs of improvement but came unstuck again on Saturday against Spurs despite a spirited fightback. Like them, the Swans have only managed one win this season so this is a must-win game for Slaven Bilic's side

Championship
Millwall v Barnsley @3pm - if Premier League football is beyond your budget, then this second-tier game represents your next best option. To be fair, this lower midtable Championship game is hardly mouthwatering but you won't struggle to get a ticket. The last time these two met was in the the 2015/16 League One play-off final which Barnsley won 3-1 so there could be some unfinished business for the Lions' fans

League One
AFC Wimbledon v Rochdale @3pm - much to their disgust, the hosts lost their big match against MK Dons to leave them just above the relegation zone. Rochdale are down there with them so really must be beaten

National League
Bromley v Tranmere Rovers @3pm - the Lilywhites welcome Rovers to Hayes Lane on Saturday for one of their biggest games of the season. Although struggling badly by their standards, former second-tier club Tranmere are one of the best supported sides in non-league football and will bring a sizeable contingent

FA Cup Third Qualifying Round - the country's top cup competition is starting to get serious with the glory of the First Round now just two games away. No new teams enter the draw at this stage which is still regionalised roughly between north and south although a few sides have some very lengthy journeys. The winners of each tie receive £7,500 in prize money. Slightly annoyingly, a couple of ties are still to be confirmed after replays from the previous round were postponed until Tuesday so we'll get the full line-up then
Ashford Town (Middlesex) v Leatherhead @3pm - having notched impressive wins over Wembley, Corinthian Casuals and Marlow, Ashford now face a significant step up in class as Bostik Premier title contenders Leatherhead pay a visit. The Tanners have scored 11 goals in the previous two rounds and should provide formidable opposition
Enfield Town v Phoenix Sports @3pm - after beating west Londoners Harrow Borough and Hanwell Town in the previous two rounds, the hosts next welcome a side from the south-east of town who play in the division below. On paper, this should be a banker for Enfield. TLFG fact - this is the furthest Phoenix have ever gone in the FA Cup so they should be pretty chuffed with their efforts whatever happens
Haringey Borough v TBC @3pm - one of the ties still be confirmed is this one at Coles Park. What we do know is that Haringey will definitely be at home thanks to their stunning win at Welling United in the previous round. They face a visit from either Bodmin Town or Bideford who hail from Cornwall and Devon respectively
Hayes & Yeading United v Havant & Waterlooville @3pm - the last time these two played around 18 months ago they were fighting a relegation battle from the National League South. It was a fight they both lost and went down. Fast forward to today and we see that Havant went straight back up as Ryman League champions while Hayes went down again as a dark period in their history continued. Now finally in their new ground, they're trying to stop the rot and turn things round. This cup match is probably the biggest the SkyEx Stadium has yet hosted and it should be a great occasion

Combined Counties League Premier Division
Sutton Common Rovers v Westfield @3pm  - head down to Gander Green Lane if you want to run the rule over the visitors who are taking the CCL by storm this season. Unbeaten in nine games, averaging nearly 4.5 goals a game and six points clear, the Woking-based club are in spectacular form

Essex Senior League
West Essex v Enfield 1893 @3pm - the hosts only debuted at this level last season so to see them top after eight games is quite a surprise. The table is tight and two sides below have games in hand so they'll need to win to keep up with the pace
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Sunday 1 October

Premier League
Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion @12pm - aside from a couple of recent meetings in the FA Cup, this will be the first time the clubs have met in a league match since 1983 when the Gunners won 3-1 at Highbury. At the time of writing, the Sussex club are tied on level points with Arsenal after their valuable win over Newcastle on Sunday. Arsene Wenger's side will start as favourites but roared on by 3,000 travelling fans, I'm sure Brighton will give it a good go


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.