Sunday, 28 September 2014

TLFG: 29 September - 5 October 2014

Greetings everyone and welcome to the latest edition of TLFG.

I'm going to keep things relatively brief this week as I'm really tired after running the Ealing Half Marathon this morning. It's had rave reviews in the past and I really have to agree that it is a fine race so if distance running is your thing put it in your diary for next year and combine it with a weekend of football watching here in the capital.

I haven't seen any football again this week but I'm all set to walk from Loftus Road to Upton Park on Sunday ahead of the Premier League game between West Ham and QPR. Every year a group of Rangers fans do a charity walk to raise funds for the QPR Tiger Cubs  - a club for kids and young people with Down's syndrome. We've made about £40,000 since I approached the club about setting up the event in 2010.

QPR's players show their support for this year's 'Tiger Feet' charity walk

It's a shame I've got to cut things a bit short as it's a huge week for football in London with big derbies, Champions League, Europa League, FA Cup and FA Vase matches all taking place. Scour the map and enjoy!

Anyway, that's it from me. 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 .

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.

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

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 over 80 matches in the London area over the next seven days so there's plenty to choose from whatever your budget.

However, 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 29 September - 5 October 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. This will be far shorter than normal as I don't have the energy or time this week - sorry.


1. Chelsea v Arsenal - the big matches are coming thick and fast for both these sides at the moment. The Blues are top and the Gunners are fourth and it's a huge London derby. Need I say more? (Premier League, Sunday 5 October, 205pm. Ticket info)

2. Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton - new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino welcomes former club Southampton to White Hart Lane. After an impressive start, the north London club are winless in four in the league while the club he left have gone from strength to strength under Ronald Koeman. The Saints could go joint top if they win here. (Premier League, Sunday 5 October, 205pm. Ticket info)

3. West Ham United v Queens Park Rangers - London is going to be a busy place on Sunday afternoon as we have this derby too. Neither side have made a scintillating start to the season but the Hammers pushed Manchester United hard on Saturday. QPR are in the bottom three but are led by Harry Redknapp who is most famous for his association with West Ham where he played and managed for a number of years. (Premier League, Sunday 5 October, 415pm. Ticket info)

4. Watford v Brentford - the Hornets have made a confident start to the campaign and are sat nicely in fourth after only losing two league games. The Bees had a terrible few days where they soundly lost back-to-back games against Norwich and Middlesbrough but they bounced back superbly on Saturday with a solid 2-0 win over Leeds. A win here will move them level with Watford. (Championship, Tuesday 30 September, 745pm. Ticket info)

5. Fulham v Bolton Wanderers - at the other end of the table we've got an early six-pointer between two former Premier League clubs who are finding this season very tough indeed. Both sides have only managed one league win so far but Fulham's came yesterday under caretaker boss Kit Symons so the form is with them.  (Championship, Wednesday 1 October, 8pm. Ticket info)

6. Leyton Orient v Swindon Town - after the heartbreak of last season's play-off final, Orient have found it hard to get going this season and are just a point above the relegation zone. Swindon are usually play-off contenders at the very least and they're right up there in third with a game in hand on second-placed Peterborough (League One, Saturday 4 October, 3pm. Ticket info)

7. Welling United v Dartford - it's derby time in the Conference on Tuesday when these two south-east London rivals meet for the first time this season. In recent years there have been some big meetings between these two and hopefully this won't disappoint. Both sides were among the favourites for relegation but they're keeping their heads above water at the moment with only a point separating them. (Conference Premier, Tuesday 30 September, 745pm. Ticket info)

8. Enfield Town v Eastbourne Borough - it's FA Cup replay time and we could have a cupset on our hands. Enfield are at the wrong end of the Isthmian League but recorded a very creditable 1-1 draw at Eastbourne on Saturday. The Sussex side were briefly top of the Conference South but have lost three on the trot meaning they could be vulnerable here. (FA Cup, Tuesday 30 September, 745pm. Ticket info)

9. Tooting & Mitcham United v Bishop's Stortford - there's a bigger gulf of two divisions between these clubs as TMU of the Isthmian Division 1 South also host Conference South opposition. The Terrors did really well to hold the Hertfordshire club to a 0-0 draw on Saturday and they'll have to be at their best again to progress here. (FA Cup, Tuesday 30 September, 745pm. Ticket info)

10. Kingstonian v Romford - the K's will have been disappointed not to see off lower ranked Romford on Saturday with a 0-0 draw forcing this replay. The hosts will again start as favourites but the Boro are likely to be well motivated and this could lead to one of the surprises of the round. (FA Cup, Monday 29 September, 745pm. 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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