Sunday, 3 February 2013

TLFG: 4-10 February 2013

Welcome to TLFG, it's a pleasure to have you here.

If you read last week's post you'll know that I was expecting the birth of my first child around now. 

Well on Friday lunchtime, after my wife 'experienced' over 100 hours of contractions, a baby girl weighing almost 10 pounds (approx 4.5 kgs) arrived!

Consequently preparation time for this week's entry has been greatly reduced so there will be no 'TLFG Top 10' match recommendations this week.

This could happen for a week or two so please bear with me while I adjust.

In the meantime, enjoy your football watching and let me know where you've been or where you're going either in the comments section below or via Facebook or Twitter.

Each week at TLFG we attempt to compile a list of what's on general sale to non-members at London's Premier League clubs and for other notable matches (click on the team name for details).

Wednesday 29 May - Republic of Ireland, international friendly, Wembley

Monday 25 March, 730pm - Brazil v Russia, Stamford Bridge

Saturday 16 February, 3pm - Blackburn Rovers, FA Cup

Sunday 17 February, 12pm - Brentford, FA Cup
Thursday 21 February, 805pm - Sparta Prague, Europa League
Saturday 2 March, 3pm - West Bromwich Albion 

Saturday 23 February, 1245pm - Stoke City, Premier League

Saturday 9 March, 3pm - Sunderland, Premier League 

Saturday 9 February, 1245pm - Newcastle United, Premier League
Thursday 14 February, 805pm - Lyon, Europa League
Saturday 16 March, 3pm - Fulham, Premier League

Monday 25 February, 8pm - Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League
Saturday 9 March, 1245pm - Manchester United, Premier League

Aside from the above, Crystal Palace travel to Watford for a derby this Friday and with both sides currently in the top five it looks like being a cracker.

Leyton Orient have made it to the southern area final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and on the 5 February they will play relatively near neighbours Southend United in the first leg knowing a place at Wembley is up for grabs. It's a big game for both clubs but tickets are only £15. 

Also that night, England C are in action against Turkey at Dartford's Princes Park ground. Apparently tickets are FREE, just call or email the club to get one.

There is also availability for an international friendly between South Korea and Croatia at Craven Cottage on Wednesday 6 February. Sadly it kicks-off at 2pm, presumably for Korean TV purposes. If you're lucky enough to have tickets for England v Brazil at Wembley in the evening, you could take the day off and do an international 'double'.

If the Europa League is your thing, Chelsea v Sparta Prague on 21 February could be a fine way to spend your evening. It looks like tickets are being sold at a flat rate of £30 which is much less than you'd normally pay for a trip to Stamford Bridge. The week before in the same competition, Tottenham Hotspur host Lyon and have applied 'Category C' prices which means adult tickets will vary from £32-£47.

We've also received word that Fulham season-ticket holders can take up to two friends to their Premier League game against Stoke City on 23 February for only £5 each, so if you've got any mates who are regulars at Craven Cottage you might want to get in touch.

Also, if you're aware of any other deals or promotions at clubs in the capital that I've missed please post them below.

Over the next week there are more than 90 matches taking place in the London area so there's plenty to choose from. There are big international friendlies, London derbies, top of the table clashes and some county cup fixtures too.

Details on all of them 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 page to make sure you get all the information.

Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Purple pin - Thursday fixtures
Magenta pin - Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures

View London match map 4-10 February 2013 in a larger map

Bad weather may cause a few postponements as the week progresses so, as always, check with clubs before you travel. Please also let me know if any of the details are wrong or missing.

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.

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