Monday, 21 April 2014

TLFG: 22-27 April 2014

Hi there one and all and welcome to TLFG.

I hope you had a great Easter and crammed in as much football as you could. I worked all weekend meaning all I got to see was a few seconds of Corinthian Casuals v Peacehaven & Telscombe and Worcester Park v Cobham as I passed on trains.

It was a big week for some of our clubs as Brentford sealed promotion to the Championship, Wealdstone won the Isthmian League, Whyteleafe sealed top spot in the Southern Counties East League, Hanwell Town took the honours in the Spartan South Midlands League and Spelthorne Sports claimed the Combined Counties Division 1 crown.

Over the next week several more clubs could achieve promotion, earn a play-off spot or avoid relegation/be relegated. Most of the key games are in the Top 10 below, make sure you try and get to one of them.

Here at TLFG we like to help clubs promote special offers and events. Over the last few weeks a number of our local clubs have successfully run free entry or pay what you want schemes. The next to try it out in two weeks time are Ryman League club Corinthian Casuals who are hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday 26 April. Good luck to them.

In south-west London on 26 April? Give this a go
Don't forget, you can get all the latest ticket information for our local clubs and other big games taking place in the capital on the 'Match Ticket Info' page .

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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 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.

Got any questions about visiting London? Don't hesitate to ask - be they football or more general travel/touristy queries.

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LATEST TICKET NEWS
Please follow this link or click on the tab at the top of the page for all the information you need about how to get a ticket, what's currently available to non-members at London's biggest clubs and any other special offers or promotions which might be running.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are over 70 matches in the London area over the next six days so there's plenty to choose from whatever your budget.

However, in case of bad weather, 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 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.

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 (e.g. clubs in the Conference South).

MATCH MAP 22-27 APRIL
Yellow pin - Monday fixtures
Green pin - Tuesday fixtures
Turquoise pin - Wednesday fixtures
Purple pin - Thursday fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
Red pin - Sunday fixtures


View London match map 22-27 April 2014 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. If I miss one that you think should get a mention then add your own in the comments section below.

TLFG TOP 10

1. Crystal Palace v Manchester City -  the Eagles have had a great first season in the top flight and will have absolutely nothing to lose as they host City. The visitors have to win to keep their title hopes alive. It could be an uncomfortable afternoon for the multimillionaires. (Premier League, Sunday 27 April, 410pm. Ticket info)

2. Fulham v Hull City - a huge game at the wrong end of the table. Hull have made it to the FA Cup final but they're still catchable by the bottom three of whom the Cottagers are one. Fulham are in marginally better form and have home advantage - could they really survive for another year? (Premier League, Saturday 26 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

3. Queens Park Rangers v Millwall - a London derby which affects both ends of the table. Rangers have sealed a play-off spot but whether they get home advantage in the semi-final second leg will require them to finish at least fourth so they'll want to get something from this. A win for the Lions could see them avoid the drop while defeat could dump them into the bottom three. The last couple of games between these two in Shepherd's Bush have seen ugly scenes off the field both before, during and after the game so it will probably be lively. (Championship, Saturday 26 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

4. Leyton Orient v Tranmere Rovers - in the division below, the O's have also claimed a play-off spot but will still want to finish as high as possible. Like Millwall, Tranmere are also desperate for points at the other end and could also stay up with a win so it's pretty much a carbon copy of the game above but without the crosstown rivalry. (League One, Saturday 26 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

5. Dulwich Hamlet v Kingstonian - it's the final day of the Isthmian League season on Saturday and there's still plenty to play for. The league title has been claimed and two of the four Premier Division play-off spots have been taken. The K's have taken one of them while Dulwich will also get one if they win this. Anything less could well see them miss out. (Isthmian League Premier Division, Saturday 26 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

6. AFC Hornchurch v Metropolitan Police - one side that could capitalise are the Urchins who slipped out of the top five today (Monday) after only managing a draw at Canvey Island. Met Police are in lower midtable and have nothing to play for but are a tricky side as evidenced by their recent win over Wealdstone which delayed their winning of the title. (Isthmian League Premier Division, Saturday 26 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

7. Wingate & Finchley v Billericay Town - at the bottom there are still two relegation places to be filled and mathematically there are still four teams fighting to avoid them. Only a massive win over Bury Town will give Thamesmead a faint chance of survival so they're effectively down which means Wingate are in a three-way tussle with East Thurrock and Enfield Town. The latter are in the best position and have, on paper, the easiest fixture in a trip to already relegated Cray Wanderers. East Thurrock have the hardest game in a challenging visit to second-placed Bognor. Therefore Wingate's home game against midtable Billericay means they've got a good chance but they start the game knowing that a win may still not be enough if the others match their result. Nervous times. (Isthmian League Premier Division, Saturday 26 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

8. VCD Athletic v Romford - bidding to replace one of them are VCD. They've topped the Isthmian League Division 1 North from the start but have slipped to second right at the end. In a division where only one team goes up automatically, it would be a tragedy if they missed out in the play-offs. All is not lost though - with one game to go they are only one point behind top club Witham Town who have to travel to Cheshunt. They also have a superior goal difference (albeit by only one) meaning they just need to better Witham's result to win the title so a draw could be enough. (Isthmian League Division 1 North, Saturday 26 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

9. Thurrock v Tilbury - another local side looking to sew up a place in the play-offs are Thurrock. By the time this happens they could have already done this as they have a midweek game against Ware but if they mess it up, this is their last chance. It's also an Essex derby so I'm sure Tilbury will want to spoil things. (Isthmian League Division 1 North, Saturday 26 April, 3pm. Ticket info)

10. Sun Postal Sports v Welwyn Garden City - SPS seem to have been top of the Spartan South Midlands League Division 1 for months but still haven't won the title. They also have games in hand over all their main challengers so they are overwhelming favourites. Welwyn are fourth and out of the title race but must be dispatched to ensure Bedford and Kings Langley are kept at bay. (Spartan South Midlands League Division 1, Tuesday 22 April, 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.

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