Sunday, 11 May 2014

TLFG: 12-31 May 2014

Hello there and welcome to the last edition of TLFG for the season.

I can't believe it's that time again already but here we are. As I write this the final round of Premier League games has just got under way and there's little at stake for most London clubs with none in contention for the title or battling to avoid the drop.

Below this we're well into the Football League's play-off season with the first legs of all the semi-finals (bar York v Fleetwood) having been completed.

QPR and Leyton Orient, the two London clubs involved, managed to draw their away legs at Wigan and Peterborough to put them in a decent position ahead of the second legs this week.

Personally I'm off to the QPR v Wigan game on Monday. The last time Rangers made the play-offs in 2003 I actively avoided going because I simply couldn't take the tension. On this occasion my attitude has completely changed and I'm not sure why.

Maybe it's because I'm that much older, wiser and a bit more jaded. Maybe it's because our last spell in the Premier League was such a joke. Don't get me wrong, I'll be overjoyed if we make it up but if we don't I won't be devastated - in all honesty, we are a Championship club while someone like Derby or Brighton are probably better set to sustain top-flight football.

Anyway back to the blog. This edition covers everything for the rest of May as there really isn't that much on. To bulk things up, it has become the trend at this time of year to also include some Step 7/Level 11 football from the Middlesex County and Essex Olympian Leagues. I've also added a few matches from the FA Women's Super League. Beware though, games at Step 7/Level 11 can move or have kick-off times changed and confirming such info is often tricky. There are also a few friendlies, testimonials and charity games.

Also, despite the match being played just outside the M25, I received a request from the Amateur FA asking to help them promote the title deciding match in the Southern Amateur League between Winchmore Hill and Old Wilsonians. It's being played in Potters Bar and it's free to get in so if you're in north London on Tuesday evening, this could be one for you.

Anyway that's it from me for the summer, enjoy your World Cup and hope to see you back here again in July when the pre-season friendlies get going.

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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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.

There are only around 30 matches in the London area over the remainder of the month as the season winds down for the summer.

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).

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 12-18 May 2014 in a larger map

Turquoise pin - Wednesday 21 May fixtures
Blue pin - Saturday 24 May fixtures
Red pin - Sunday 25 May fixtures
Yellow pin - Monday 26 May fixtures
Green pin - Wednesday 28 May fixtures
Magenta pin - Friday 30 May fixtures
Purple pin - Saturday 31 May fixtures

View London match map 19-31 May 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.


Monday 12 May
Queens Park Rangers v Wigan Athletic - the week gets off to a great start with this Championship semi-final second leg. The two sides played out a 0-0 draw at the DW Stadium in the first leg on Friday meaning it's all to play for at Loftus Road. The league match between the two about six weeks ago saw Rangers edge to a 1-0 win although Rob Green was in great form in goal to ensure that scoreline. It's likely to be tight again. The match has sold out.

Tuesday 13 May
Leyton Orient v Peterborough United - the following night we've got the second leg of the League One play-off semi-final. The first leg ended 1-1 so again there's all to play for at Brisbane Road. The previous time these sides played at the Matchroom Stadium back in February, Posh won 2-1. There were only 400 tickets left on Friday so they've probably gone by now but check with the club to be sure.

Saturday 17 May
FA Cup final - this year's Wembley showpiece pits Arsenal against Hull City. Famously, the Gunners haven't won a trophy since 2005 when they won the FA Cup on penalties against Manchester United. Apart from promotions, Hull have never won any of the major trophies so they will start as underdogs. However, they will have absolutely nothing to lose and will face an Arsenal side under enormous pressure to win. History doesn't bode well for the Tigers though who have lost 10 of their last 11 games against the north London club. 

Sunday 18 May
Conference Premier play-off final - the following day at the national stadium, Cambridge United face Gateshead for a place in the Football League. The U's haven't played in the fourth tier since 2005 while the Tynesiders haven't been there since 1960. Matches between these two are usually pretty close with both recording a win against each other during the regular season. Ticket info

Saturday 24 May
Championship play-off final - at this stage we don't know who will be there but this is one of the biggest matches of the season worldwide in terms of the 'prize money' that's at stake. A place in the Premier League is worth tens of millions of pounds so there's plenty at stake. Tickets are usually hard to come by for non-members but this might not be the case if Wigan make it so check with the clubs later this week for more info. UPDATE 13/5/14 - we now know that Derby County will play Queens Park Rangers

Sunday 25 May
League One play-off final - as above we don't know who will contest this match but tickets might be a little easier to come by so check with the clubs. UPDATE 18/5/14 - Leyton Orient will play Rotherham United

Monday 26 May
League Two play-off final - as above we don't know who will contest this match but tickets might be a little easier to come by so check with the clubs. Update 18/5/14 - Burton Albion will play Fleetwood Town

Wednesday 28 May
Nigeria v Scotland - the first of two attractive World Cup warm-up games taking place at Fulham's Craven Cottage. Nigeria, the reigning African champions, are going to Brazil to contest a group consisting of Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran so will feel at least a second-placed finish is possible. Scotland didn't make it and lost their last meeting 2-1 back in 2002. Ticket info

Friday 30 May
England v Peru - it's also World Cup warm-up time at Wembley where the Three Lions play their final game on home soil before heading off to Miami for a couple more games. This is the first time England have hosted Peru and would hope to win against a side who finished seventh out of nine in the South American qualifiers which are played out in a league format. Unsurprisingly tickets are still available. Ticket info

Saturday 31 May
Italy v Ireland - last up this season we've got a very interesting looking friendly at Craven Cottage. Italy are of course going to Brazil and will be in England's qualifying group. Sadly Ireland aren't but they usually given Italy a good game. They've played four times over the last five years and have only lost one of them. A balmy evening next to the Thames, a lively crowd and some decent football - it could be a fine way to end a season of football watching. Ticket 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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