Sunday, 20 May 2012

TLFG: 21-27 May 2012

Saturday proved to be quite a day for London football - not only did West Ham return to the Premier League (meaning there are now six clubs from the capital in the country's top division) but Chelsea became champions of Europe.

As a QPR fan I have no gripe with West Ham and depending on which day the fixture falls on, it looks like a group of us will be walking from Loftus Road to Upton Park next season when the clubs play. We do this to raise funds for the QPR Tiger Cubs football team for children with Down's syndrome - the previous three seasons have taken us to Crystal Palace, Watford and Spurs.

Congratulating Chelsea is a much a tougher thing to consider but I am currently compromised as former Blues player and current assistant coach Eddie Newton was a witness at my wedding some years ago.

It so happened that he was a neighbour of my wife at the time of our nuptials and it's hard to turn down an FA Cup final goalscorer whoever they played for.

In fact, my other half has far better football connections than I do having grown up in the same area as DJ Campbell (currently at QPR) - apparently he was 'on his bike the whole time' and she can never remember seeing him with a football.

I digress - I don't like Chelsea but I'm overjoyed for Eddie as he is a gent and went through some tough times when his playing days ended. For that reason, I want Roberto Di Matteo to miss out on the Stamford Bridge job and take himself and Mr Newton somewhere else so I can get back to being bitter without restraint!

Aside from this, I spent Saturday lunchtime hosting a brainstorm/planning meeting ahead of this year's Non-League Day event.

After two successful years, it will be making its return next season on Saturday 13 October 2012.

If you've not heard of it before, it's a day when football fans (particularly Premier League and Championship supporters) are asked to go and watch their local non-league teams instead. This is made possible by scheduling the day on an international weekend when all the big clubs are without fixtures.

Clubs at the grassroots of the game are the bedrock of football in this country and are often operated on a shoestring to the benefit of their local communities.

I set the day up to celebrate what they are about and help people discover what such clubs have to offer. So if you're in England on 13 October please try and get to a game.

Looking ahead to this week - we really are at the fag end of the season so there's very little to choose from (I make it five games). Apart from the two play-off finals at Wembley, there are some games in the Middlesex County Football League and Essex Olympian League.

Please let me know if there is anything going on that I've missed and if you know when Interwood kick-off on Monday night please get in touch (last Wednesday it was 7pm). As always, please double check with clubs on the day that games are still going ahead.

Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Purple pin - Thursday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
Red pin - Sunday fixtures

View London match map 21-27 May 2012 in a larger map 

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