Sunday, 29 September 2013

TLFG: 30 September - 6 October 2013

Hello there and welcome once again to TLFG. If you're new, great to have you here and if you've come back for more, thanks for sticking with me.

Not a huge amount happened in my football watching week - just pleased that QPR have kept up the momentum at the top of the Championship with their win over Middlesbrough. Sadly I was working so couldn't go. I doubt I'll be able to see them now until the end of November when Charlton visit such is my schedule.

Anyway, I'm pretty much out of time and don't have much to share this week. Remember to let me know what you've been up to and 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. Get involved!

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

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).

Friday 11 October, 8pm - Montenegro, World Cup qualifier, Wembley
Tuesday 15 October, 8pm - Poland, World Cup qualifier, Wembley

Monday 7 October, 7pm - Wolverhampton Wanderers, U21 Premier League

Sunday 6 October, 11am - Manchester City, U21 Premier League (must buy in advance)

Nothing currently available

Saturday 5 October, 3pm - Stoke City, Premier League
Saturday 23 November, 3pm - Swansea City, Premier League

Sunday 10 November, 12pm - Newcastle United, Premier League

Saturday 19 October, 530pm - Manchester City, Premier League
Saturday 2 November, 3pm - Aston Villa, Premier League (on sale 24 Sep)
Saturday 23 November, 530pm - Chelsea, Premier League
Thursday 26 December, 3pm - Arsenal, Premier League
Saturday 22 March, 3pm - Manchester United, Premier League
Saturday 5 April, 3pm - Liverpool, Premier League
Saturday 3 May, 3pm - Tottenham Hotspur, Premier League

The best value this week is to be found in the U19 Champions League and U21 Premier League.

With the seniors playing Napoli on Tuesday, Arsenal's U19's take on their Italian counterparts at Boreham Wood's ground the day after and it's FREE to get in.

If you're an early riser, you might fancy a Sunday morning trip to Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea play Manchester City in the U21 Premier League. The match kicks-off at 1105am but tickets must be bought by Friday afternoon at the latest - NONE WILL BE ON SALE ON THE DAY.

In about two weeks time, Fulham's Craven Cottage ground will play host to an international friendly between Australia and Canada with tickets ranging from £15-25.

At the end of October, League One side Brentford are running another one of their 'Pay What You Can' promotions for the visit of Shrewsbury Town. Tickets are on sale now, with a minimum price of £1.

If you know of any other deals I may have missed or your club is running a promotion let me know.

There are 80 matches in the London area this week including a few ties in the FA Cup, FA Trophy and a few county cups too. If women's football is your thing, we've also got the FAWSL Continental Cup final between Arsenal and Lincoln Ladies on Friday night.

As always, 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.

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

View London match map 30 September - 6 October 2013 in a larger map

Next up is this week's TLFG match recommendations where I list a few games which I think could be worth a watch. Add your own in the comments section below.


Never mind London, this looks like being one of the best matches of the week in Europe. It pits the current leaders in England against the team currently ranked number two in Italy. Interestingly, despite being second in their league, Napoli have actually had a better season than the Gunners so far having remained unbeaten in their first six games, accruing 16 points in the process. Rafa Benitez's side also began their Champions League campaign with a notable 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, last year's beaten finalists. Many have said Arsenal are only top because they've had relativley 'easy' fixtures thus far - win this and they'll be taken a lot more seriously. (Champions League, Tuesday 1 October, 745pm. Ticket info)

Back in the Premier League we've got this mouthwatering derby. This weekend Spurs had to negotiate a tricky match against west London rivals Chelsea, this time the challenge comes from the east. The Hammers aren't quite the same calibre as the Blues but will still try and make life hard for Tottenham. Nevertheless, the smart money is still very much on AVB's boys to win as they're in the top three while West Ham are just outside the bottom three. The side from Upton Park also haven't won at White Hart Lane since 1999, a winless streak of 12 games. (Premier League, Sunday 6 October, 4pm. Ticket info)

It's top versus bottom in the Championship at Loftus Road on Saturday. It's therefore unlikely to be a classic but it's a good chance to see just how good Harry Redknapp's newlook team are - they received rave reviews after beating Middlesbrough on Saturday. It could also be a good opportunity to see a great upset and the end of QPR's unbeaten record. The omens, however, don't look good - QPR are on fire whilst Barnsley have managed one win all season. Rangers also have a fantastic home record against the Yorkshire club with the last defeat coming way back in 1950! Knowing QPR, it's a certain three points for the Tykes. (Championship, Saturday 5 October, 3pm. Ticket info)

After beginning the week with defeat to Leyton Orient in the derby, the Bees ended it well with a 2-0 win at Coventry City. The result left them in tenth just a point behind Rotherham who visit Griffin Park on Saturday. A win could well catapult either of them into the play-off places so it should be keenly contested. The Millers would already be there but they lost their unbeaten record on Saturday to high flying Peterborough. Can Brentford inflict their second defeat on the trot? Be there and find out. (League One, Saturday 5 October, 3pm. Ticket info)

When the fixtures were released back in the summer, this must have been one that fans of newly promoted Welling were looking for. Aside from near neighbours Dartford, the Bees are the only other London club in the Conference Premier so this is a big game for all concerned. They're also pretty evenly matched with only a point separating them in the table. Aside from their loss at Macclesfield yesterday, the Wings' form is better than Barnet's but it's still hard to see past a draw. (Conference Premier, Saturday 5 October, 3pm. Ticket info)

There's been some decent match-ups in the Conference South recently and this one is no exception. Both teams are in the top six at the time of writing and should be among the play-off contenders by the end of the season. Again, only a point separates them with Sutton narrowly ahead but only because they've played a game more. Like Welling above, Sutton's overall form and home advantage should see them start as favourites. It is also worth noting that the hosts are holding a Community Day so there should be lots going on for kids before the match, details on the club's website. (Conference South, Saturday 5 October, 3pm. Ticket info)

Having both made good progress in the FA Cup on Saturday, these two return to league duty this weekend. Both have made very solid starts to their Isthmian League campaigns with Dulwich currently fifth and Lewes sixth. In fact, if Hamlet beat Bury Town on Tuesday they will be top when this kicks off. Although the Rooks may not be top of the pile themselves, they will be very tough to overcome having gone unbeaten in their opening 11 league games. (Isthmian League Premier Division, Saturday 5 October, 3pm. Ticket info)

The only other unbeaten record in the division is held by Wealdstone who also comfortably made it through to the next round of the FA Cup on Saturday. Margate weren't so lucky, going out at home to Dulwich. The Kent side will therefore be keen to get their season back on track and a win here would be some achievement. However, the hosts buoyed on by a large and partisan crowd should be too much for them (Isthmian League Premier Division, Saturday 5 October, 3pm. Ticket info)

The 'Road to Wembley' gets underway in the FA Trophy this weekend with sides in Step 4/Level 8 kicking things off. One of the ties of the round is this derby between two Southern League Division 1 Central clubs. Hayes have enjoyed a better start to the season but when the clubs met in a league match earlier this month it was Northwood who came out on top by 2-1. This game could well go either way. (FA Trophy, Saturday 5 October, 3pm. Ticket info)

Also in the Trophy we have this potential cracker between the two best clubs in the Isthmian League Division 1 South. Walton are currently five points clear at the top but CDG have a game in hand. Walton did have a bit of a wobble on Saturday too, losing 1-0 at home to Hastings United who are also among the chasing pack. Although Crawley managed to win at Corinthian Casuals, their five-game form is a bit iffy with three games ending in defeat. Although a cup tie, this match could be significant in how the ILD1S pans out. (FA Trophy, Saturday 5 October, 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.

1 comment:

  1. Newly promoted Barkingside FC have so far collected enough points to leave 4 teams behind them in the Isthmian League Division 1. But having the worst goal difference they certainly need a better shape to stay safe throughout the season. After a hefty cup defeat at home to Guernsey (6:0) and another cup loss at Cray Valley they find themselves under pressure to get back on track. Now one of the top teams, Maldon & Tiptree come along to the lovely Oakside Stadium, where you are by the way allowed to enjoy your drink anytime anywhere.