Sunday 28 July 2019

TLFG: 29 July - 4 August 2019

Greetings one and all and welcome to the latest edition of TLFG.

I'm afraid to say that this week's piece has been a bit of a rush job as my week has been incredibly busy building up to a bi-annual work exam and preparing for a holiday - the taxi is coming in less than seven hours and I need some sleep before that!

As a result it's not much more than the match maps this week and I haven't searched as exhaustively as usual to find every friendly so there might be one or two missing.

The main focus has been on including the competitive matches as the EFL, National League, Combined Counties League, Essex Senior League, Southern Counties East League and Spartan South Midlands League all start this week. On top of those, we've also got the FA Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday plus several women's friendlies.

As mentioned in previous posts, this week also sees the staging of the first 'Jumpers For Goalposts' festival of football culture here in London on 3-4 August.

A new football festival is coming to London
There will be speakers, screenings, memorabilia, retro video games and pretty much everything your heart might desire.

It's taking place at Printworks London in Surrey Quays, a stone's throw from Millwall who will be hosting Preston North End on the Saturday in their opening game of the new season - day tickets to the festival are £20 but you can get 15% off if you include discount code 'LFG15' when booking.

I'm always interested to hear what you've been up to so it was great to hear Christine P and family from Ottawa, Canada who came to London for a few days last week. There wasn't a huge amount on during the time they were here but made the most of things by heading up to The Hive to watch Barnet take on an Arsenal XI (the visitors won 3-2) and were kind enough to send this photo.

Christine and family enjoy a trip to Barnet
That's about it from me - I'm going to be in Istanbul all this week and as yet I've yet to receive or find any information about any games in Turkey's biggest city. If you know of any, please get in touch.

Lastly this week, many thanks to all the readers who have donated to TLFG's lung cancer fighting fund over the last few months. I really really appreciate it and thanks for all your kind words. The page will stay open as the fight goes on!

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

The highlights of the next few days include some decent friendlies featuring several Premier League sides and the opening week of the EFL, National League and  several other minor leagues - there are over 80 matches in total so there's plenty to choose from.

Getting details on all games taking place this week has been a challenge, especially the lower down you go. Several clubs have published nothing at all, incorrect information and/or have not responded to requests for clarification - so there could be one or two matches I've missed. 

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
Thursday fixtures - purple 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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