Monday 28 September 2015

TLFG: 28 September - 4 October

Welcome to this week's TLFG.

It's little more than a holding piece from me at this stage as time has beaten me this week.

I'm also pretty tired after managing to complete the Ealing Half Marathon earlier today.

So far I've managed to produce a match map which you can find below. If I get some time to do some match recommendations then I will but with Non-League Day (NLD) looming, it's unlikely.

It looks like being a good week to watch football in the capital with games in the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Vase so there's loads of great matches to choose from.

If you're looking for a bargain, Isthmian League club Dulwich Hamlet are running a 'Pay What You Like' scheme for their match against VCD Athletic on Saturday (3 October).

The Hamlet are a growing force in non-league football and have got crowds approaching 3,000 when they've run promotions like this before - pretty impressive for a club in the seventh tier where the average attendance is probably closer to 300 for most sides.
Less than two weeks to go - please help us promote the campaign

Non-League Day is now getting very close indeed.

Apart from updating the match map, something I'll hopefully finally finish this week, we've also received 50 copies of SI Games' Football Manager 2016 to give to clubs to help them promote the day.

If your club might be able to make use of one, get in touch.

Please also remember you can do your bit to help support NLD. We've got some new t-shirts available with part of the proceeds going to our charity partners Prostate Cancer UK. There are downloads and banners which you can print off or add to your website to help us promote it and you can vote for us in the 'Football Influencer' category at the Football Blogging Awards. If you think we're worth it, you can vote for us here.

Right, that's it from me. Enjoy your week.

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 90 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. Games are listed from top to bottom in date order so Monday's games (yellow pin) will appear first and Sunday's (white pin) last. Games are also ranked in terms of status so the higher the division, the higher up the list they will appear on each day.

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
Red pin - Wednesday fixtures
Claret pin - Friday fixtures
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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