Sunday 18 November 2018

TLFG: 19-25 November 2018

Welcome to TLFG.

For any who might be new to this blog or haven't read it for a while let me re-cap - my wife had a baby a few weeks ago and the amount of content in TLFG has been scaled back. However, it is gradually increasing as domestic life settles down.

This week it's just the match maps again but they contain all fixtures down to the 10th tier as normal. The daily digest is the most time consuming part to research and put together and as a result it will be missing again this time.

With a very successful international break now over (well done England) - the Premier League and Championship clubs return to action and you'll be able to see all our local clubs in League One too.

I've also thrown in three fixtures outside London which might be of interest.

First up on Monday, the England U20 side have a match against their counterparts from Germany. It is being played at Colchester United's ground out in Essex. It looks close to sold out already so check before travelling whether any tickets are still available.

On Tuesday, Brazil play the next leg of their English tour with a friendly against Cameroon in Milton Keynes. Whatever you think about MK Dons, they do have a start of the art stadium which was part of England's last unsuccessful World Cup bid. Over 20,000 tickets have so far been sold so there should be a good atmosphere.

Finally on Friday evening, Chelsea entertain Tottenham in an U23 match at Aldershot Town.

There are some absolutely huge games in the Premier League this weekend and consequently tickets will be hard to get hold of for most of them but there were a few available for the matches at Fulham and West Ham the last time I checked. If you've got a previous purchasing history with Spurs then you should also be able to get one for their big derby against Chelsea at Wembley.

In the Championship tickets are available to watch Brentford take on title contenders Middlesbrough and you shouldn't struggle getting into the relegation six-pointer between Millwall and Bolton.

Despite all their off-field problems, Charlton are still proving to be highly competitive on it and are among the play-off contenders coming into this week's games. Tickets are readily available for both their fixtures this week.

Elsewhere in League One, AFC Wimbledon are struggling badly - eight straight league defeats have left them in the relegation zone and without a manager following Neal Ardley's departure.

There's plenty to enjoy at non-league level too with several derbies and the latest round of the FA Trophy where the ties at Hampton & Richmond and Welling United look rather interesting.

Thanks to all those who have sent their best wishes and many thanks to those who have donated to TLFG's coffee drinking fund since I last wrote - much appreciated.

Apologies again for the short version this week but I hope it proves to be better than nothing.

As always, have a great week and enjoy your football watching.

The highlights of the next few days include action in the Premier League, EFL, most of our local non-league competitions and the Women's Super League.

As always, please make sure you check with clubs before you travel just in case a game has been called off or the venue or kick-off time has changed - this is highly possible for some of the lower non-league clubs. 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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