Monday, 5 March 2018

TLFG: 5-11 March 2018

After last week's weather induced football famine, we've got a bumper crop of games to look forward to over the next seven days if they can survive the conditions.

With many games postponed from earlier in the winter being re-arranged for Tuesday and Wednesday, the midweek programme of fixtures is looking much fuller than normal.

Sadly this has all coincided with an incredibly busy week for me so the guide is nowhere near as comprehensive as I would like - in fact I can't really provide you with much more than the match maps this time round for which I apologise.

Aside from work, my spare time has been spent on childcare (including a fourth 5th birthday party in three weeks - I was part of the winning team in the Dad dancing and tug-of-war, very proud!), various other family commitments and helping to freshen up the local pre-school which my wife and a few friends have salvaged from the clutches a large and rather hopeless 'charity' to run as a not-for-profit business.

There could be some big family news on Monday which we're all on tenterhooks for so that could once again affect how much effort goes into next week's piece.

Apologies again and enjoy your week!

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There are over 100 matches in the London area over the next seven days. The highlights include some big games in the Champions League, Premier League and EFL plus some county cup games and a few non-league derbies.

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.
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.

Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - magenta pin
Friday fixtures - black pin

Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Sunday fixtures - orange pin

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 in the London area for this blog then get in touch. 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. I do not charge for this advice like some other sites so don't hold back!

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