Sunday 23 August 2015

TLFG: 24-31 August 2015

Hi there and welcome to the August Bank Holiday special edition of TLFG.

As you may notice from the headline, this piece will also cover next Monday 31 August (a national holiday in England) so you can plan your whole weekend of football watching in one go.

I've been really pushed for time this week so it's pretty much just a match map from me at this stage - I will try and flesh things out a bit over the next day or two if I get the chance.

Have a good look through the map because there are over 120 fixtures in the next week or so. Apart from the big games in the Premier League and Football League there are also loads of local derbies in the local non-league competitions and also the next round of games in the FA Cup.

On Bank Holiday Monday itself, the Combined Counties League have scheduled all their games for 1130am meaning you'll be able to see at least two games that day.

Right, that's it from me for now. I might have more for you later in the week but if not, then fill your boots with the great games on offer and enjoy!

UPDATE (25/8/15): Match ticket info and a list of recommended games now updated - see below

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 well over 100 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).

(UPDATED 30/08/15)
White pin - Sunday fixtures
Purple pin - Bank Holiday Monday fixtures

Normally I suggest a Top 10 of games to watch but this week there are so many that I'm going to list a few more by date.

Monday 24 August
Arsenal v Liverpool - two members of Premier League royalty meet at the Emirates
Aveley v Cray Wanderers - a top six clash in Isthmian League Division 1 North

Tuesday 25 August
Crystal Palace v Shrewsbury Town - cheap tickets to see Palace in the League Cup
Fulham v Sheffield United - more cheap League Cup action
QPR v Carlisle United - another cheap League Cup night out
Enfield Town v Leiston - Isthmian league leaders pay a visit to north London
Corinthian Casuals v Dorking Wanderers - leaders versus eighth in Isthmian Division 1 South
Walton & Hersham v Walton Casuals - derby time in leafy Surrey

Wednesday 26 August
Grays Athletic v Canvey Island - Essex derby featuring joint leaders of Isthmian League

Friday 28 August
Arsenal v West Ham United - U21 Premier League action at the Emirates Stadium

Saturday 29 August
Chelsea v Crystal Palace - London derby featuring the reigning Premier League champions
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton - Spurs look for their first win of the season against the Toffees
Brentford v Reading - pretty much a derby in the Championship
Leyton Orient v Bristol Rovers - top versus fourth in League Two
Boreham Wood v Woking - the hosts beat Tranmere and now welcome second place Woking
Dulwich Hamlet v Grays Athletic - two Isthmian League title contenders meet
Wingate & Finchley v Staines Town - match between two in Isthmian League's top eight 

Also on 29 August FA Cup Preliminary round - TLFG picks:

Barking v Haringey Borough - went head-to-head for Essex Senior League title last season
Bedfont & Feltham v AFC Hayes - local derby
Bedfont Sports v Hanwell Town - local derby
Phoenix Sports v Guernsey - two up and coming teams from Isthmian North & South
Wembley v North Greenford United - local derby

Sunday 30 August
All FA Cup ties:
Barkingside v Ipswich Wanderers 
Erith & Belvedere v Carshalton Athletic
Erith Town v Horsham YMCA

Monday 31 August
Dartford v Ebbsfleet United - big derby in National League South
Hendon v Harrow Borough - groundshare derby in Isthmian Premier
Kingstonian v Dulwich Hamlet - south London derby in Isthmian Premier
Thamesmead Town v Aveley - second versus third in Isthmian North
Molesey v Corinthian Casuals - derby featuring Isthmian South leaders
Hanworth Villa v Spelthorne Sports - derby hosted by joint Combined Counties leaders

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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