Sunday, 20 August 2017

TLFG: 21-28 August 2017

This week, with the Bank Holiday at the end, is one of the biggest in the football calendar and is literally bursting with matches.

Sadly I'm completely out of time and I've only been able to put the match maps together.

On the Bank Holiday itself, there are derbies galore and it's possible to see three games in the day thanks to 1130am kick-offs in the Combined Counties League, loads of others at 3pm and a 745pm match at Barkingside.


Railway improvement work could have a serious impact on your journey to football this month

I will try and flesh things out a bit more over the next day or two but in the meantime have a good look through the maps and I'm sorry I couldn't do more. Today alone I've had to squeeze in this, a seven-mile run, it's my wedding anniversary and I'm off to work shortly until getting on for 1am.


THE WEEK AHEAD
There are well over 100 matches in the London area over the next seven days with all our major football leagues in action.

There are also some FA Cup ties, some of which are yet to be confirmed so check back as the week progresses.

As always, 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 on the following match maps. If you've never used them 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 drop down menu at the top 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 (orange 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.


The Non-League Club Directory is back for 2017-2018

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.

MIDWEEK MATCH MAP
Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - magenta pin
Friday fixtures - black pin



WEEKEND MATCH MAP
Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Sunday fixtures - orange pin
Bank Holiday Monday fixtures - grey pin





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