Sunday, 24 March 2013

TLFG: 25 March - 7 April 2013

Hello there one and all and welcome to the Easter Special edition of TLFG.

To clear a smidgen of time in my diary and generally take a bit of breather, I've decided to combine the next two weeks together so you can plan your football watching that bit further ahead over the holiday period.

Weather permitting, the amount, status and (hopefully) quality of games on offer over the next week or two is outstanding!

The Easter weekend itself is jam packed with matches on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday.

The latter, in many ways, is the highlight with groundhop 'triples' possible on the south and west sides of town thanks to the Combined Counties League putting on their games at 1130am, Fulham hosting QPR at 8pm and the Middlesex Senior Cup final also an evening kick-off.

I think my ideal combo would see me take in Hanworth Villa v Bedfont Sports in the morning, Wealdstone v Harrow Borough in the afternoon and Fulham v QPR in the evening. Derbies galore!

Like the Christmas period, the coming weekend is all about the derbies. Particularly so at non-league level where virtually all the big local rivals are playing each other at some point.

To make matches easier to find I've produced three different maps this week with one specifically for the four days of the Easter weekend.

Given there are so many great matches coming up, the TLFG Top 10 will be expanded this week and made into a 'Top Tips' section so more can be squeezed in. I will no doubt still miss out a few so do add your own in the comments section below.

Also keep the correspondence coming, I enjoy answering your questions and offering advice if I can.

You can contact TLFG through the comments section below or via Facebook or Twitter.


LATEST TICKET NEWS
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, 8pm - Republic of Ireland, international friendly, Wembley

FA CUP SEMI-FINAL
Saturday 13 April, 515pm - Millwall v Wigan Athletic, Wembley (on sale 5 Apr)

UEFA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
Thursday 23 May, 730pm - tbc v tbc, Stamford Bridge

ARSENAL
Nothing currently available

CHELSEA
Thursday 4 April, 805pm - Rubin Kazan, Europa League
Saturday 27 April, 3pm - Swansea City, Premier League

Nothing currently available

QUEENS PARK RANGERS
Sunday 7 April, 410pm - Wigan Athletic, Premier League
Saturday 20 April, 3pm - Stoke City, Premier League

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
Sunday 7 April, 205pm - Everton, Premier League
Sunday 21 April, 130pm - Manchester City, Premier League
Saturday 4 May, 3pm - Southampton, Premier League
Sunday 19 May, 4pm - Sunderland, Premier League

Wednesday 17 April, 745pm - Manchester United, Premier League
Saturday 20 April, 3pm - Wigan Athletic, Premier League
Saturday 4 May, 3pm - Newcastle United, Premier League

Outside the Premier League, Watford have reduced prices for their upcoming Championship game against Burnley on Good Friday 29 March at 3pm.

Watching some of the capital's top youth sides in action often provides excellent value for money.

Arsenal have been drawn at home to CSKA Moscow in the latest round of the NextGen Series for U19s.

The match is of such importance that the Gunners have decided to play it at the Emirates Stadium. It takes place on Monday 25 March at 7pm and costs only £4 for adults and £2 for U16s.

Arsenal's ground is one of the best in Europe and with tickets usually at least 10 times more than this, you should pop along if you've never been before.

If you're aware of any deals taking place at clubs near you please let me know so I can help to promote them.

Over the next two weeks there are well over 200 matches taking place in the London area so there's plenty to choose from. We've got London derbies, top of the table clashes, relegation 'six-pointers', two cup finals and an international friendly as well.

Details on all of them can be found in 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 left side of the map page to make sure you get all the information.


MATCH MAPS

Monday-Thursday 25-28 March
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Purple pin - Thursday fixtures


View London match map 25-28 March 2013 in a larger map


Easter Weekend 29 March-1 April
Magenta pin - Good Friday fixtures
Blue pin - Easter Saturday fixtures
Yellow pin - Easter Monday fixtures




Tuesday-Sunday 2-7 April
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Purple pin - Thursday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
Red pin - Sunday fixtures


View London match map 2-7 April 2013 in a larger map

Bad weather may cause a few postponements as the weeks progress so, as always, check with clubs before you travel. If games do get called off, they can sometimes be rearranged for later the same week or the week after so extra matches may get added. Please let me know if any of the details are wrong or missing.

Next up is this week's TLFG match recommendations where I list a few games which I think could be worth a watch - because there are so many I'll only go into brief detail.

TLFG TOP TIPS 

Monday 25 March
Arsenal v CSKA Moscow - NextGen Series game being played at the Emirates
Brazil v Russia - attractive looking international friendly at Stamford Bridge

Tuesday 26 March
Dulwich Hamlet v Maidstone United - top two in Isthmian Division 1 South
Oxhey Jets v Aylesbury United - third v second in Spartan South Midlands Premier

Thursday 28 March
Wealdstone v Concord Rangers - third v second in Isthmian Premier

Friday 29 March
Barnet v Dagenham & Redbridge - north versus east London derby in League Two
Welling United v Chelmsford City - top versus fourth in the Conference South
Phoenix Sports v Ashford United - second versus third in Kent Invicta League

Saturday 30 March
Erith Town v Erith & Belvedere - derby between two of the top four in the Kent League
Hampton & Richmond Borough v Kingstonian - south-west derby in Isthmian Premier
Harrow Borough v Hendon - north-west London derby in Isthmian Premier
Wingate & Finchley v Wealdstone - north-west London derby in Isthmian Premier
Tooting & Mitcham Utd v Dulwich Hamlet - south London derby in Isthmian Div 1 Sth
Waltham Forest v Ilford two Isthmian Division 1 North clubs who groundshare
Rayners Lane v Chinnor - first versus third Hellenic League Division 1 East

Monday 1 April
Chelsea v Manchester United - FA Cup quarter-final replay
Fulham v Queens Park Rangers - west London derby in the Premier League
AFC Wimbledon v Barnet - south versus north London derby in League Two
Middlesex Senior Cup final - Staines Town v Ashford Town, a derby @Uxbridge FC
Wealdstone v Harrow Borough - big north-west derby in Isthmian Premier
Hendon v Wingate & Finchley - north-west London derby in Isthmian Premier
Grays Athletic v Aveley - second versus fourth in Isthmian Division 1 North
Walton Casuals v Walton & Hersham - Surrey derby in Isthmian Division 1 South
Erith & Belvedere v VCD Athletic - top-two clash in the Kent League
Whyteleafe v Erith Town - two of the top four in the Kent League
Raynes Park Vale v Colliers Wood United - south-west derby in the CCL

Tuesday 3 April
Uxbridge v AFC Hayes - west London derby in Southern League Division 1 Central

Saturday 6 April
Watford v Cardiff City - third versus first in the Championship
Kingstonian v Whitehawk - play-off outsiders host Isthmian Premier leaders

Sunday 7 April
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton - two of Premier League's top six fight for Euro places
Johnstone's Paint Trophy final - Crewe Alexandra v Southend United at Wembley


 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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