Sunday, 15 February 2015

TLFG 16-22 February 2015

It's a real rush job from me this week I'm afraid as I'm just about to dash off to the airport for a few days in Ireland so it really is the match map and very little else I'm afraid.

I promised some big news about Non-League Day (NLD) last week and I have some. Briefly, we're partnering with The Football Association to try and turn the FA Trophy Final into a big non-league get together on Sunday 29 March.

Like NLD it takes place on an international break and rather than get everyone to go to lots of different clubs around the country, we want to try and get as many people from the football community to meet up at Wembley instead and enjoy what is arguably the most prestigious game in non-league football.

It's going to be a big challenge but with tickets fairly priced (from £15 adults, £5 kids) we've got a chance.

We are also running a non-league photography competition with the winners in junior and adult categories getting their pictures published in the programme and on Wembley's big screens and they will of course win match tickets too.

All the info can be found here on our website. Tickets go on sale from the FA website on Monday 16 February.

Right, got to get to the airport. Enjoy your week and hope to see you at Wembley!

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).

Blue pin - Saturday fixtures
White pin - Sunday fixtures

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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