Sunday, 14 April 2019

TLFG: 15-22 April 2019

Greetings one and all - welcome to the Easter weekend edition of TLFG.

With it being Easter I've extended this week's piece to include next Monday too so you can help plan what to watch.

As usual, there's an absolute banquet of games to dine on with over 90 between Friday and Monday (19-22 April) let alone the 29 earlier in the week!

Aside from the Premier League and EFL, there are loads of great non-league games to consider, many of which are derbies. There are also some county cup finals with my beloved Harrow Borough contesting the Middlesex Senior Cup Final against Brentford B at Griffin Park. Tickets are only £10 and with the fine old ground set for demolition in a year, this could be your only chance to see a game there so don't miss out.

A chance to see a game at Griffin Park for just £10
On Easter Monday we often get the chance to enjoy two or even three games thanks to the Combined Counties League putting on a load of matches in the morning but sadly this year that's not the case. However, there is a 1230pm kick-off in the groundshare derby between Lewisham Borough and Forest Hill Park which can probably be combined with the games at Dulwich Hamlet or Cray Valley PM later in the afternoon.

I'm afraid it's been another busy week and once again I've only been able to produce the match maps at this stage. I will try and add some more detail as the week progresses.

On a personal note, I made it to QPR on Saturday to see them demolish Swansea City 4-0 with a performance no-one saw coming. Hopefully we'll enjoy some more of the same against Blackburn on Friday.

We now also know who will contest the Women's FA Cup Final on Saturday 4 May at Wembley after Manchester City and West Ham United scraped through their very tight semi-finals. Tickets for this are only £15 for adults and free for kids and I'd highly recommend it.

Lastly from me, many thanks to James D and the other readers who have donated to TLFG's lung cancer fighting fund over the last week - you've taken the total way beyond the £150 mark. I really really appreciate it.

To recap, I recently received the news that my Dad has lung cancer. This condition also claimed the lives of my Mum and grandfather so with me powerless to do anything medically to help him, I've decided to ask for all donations to this blog to go to the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation which you can contribute to through the fundraising page I've set up. 

As always - enjoy your football and have a great week.


THE WEEK AHEAD
The highlights of the next few days include action in the Premier League, EFL and loads of games in our local non-league competitions too.

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.

MIDWEEK MATCH MAP
Monday fixtures - yellow pin
Tuesday fixtures - green pin
Wednesday fixtures - magenta pin
Thursday fixtures - purple pin



WEEKEND MATCH MAP
Good Friday fixtures - black pin
Easter Saturday fixtures - blue pin
Easter Sunday fixtures - orange pin
Easter Monday fixtures - yellow pin




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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.

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